042 - Advanced Vocabulary: 16 Different Words for Speaking
The English language has a very rich vocabulary, and learning alternative words can give more complexity and meaning to your sentences. Here are 16 different words for speaking or vocalizing.Click here for the lesson text
10 Jun 2015
265: Stay motivated tip #2 - Never compare your English to others'
Hi students! It’s Shayna from EspressoEnglish.net and I’m excited to share with you my second tip for how to stay motivated to learn English. Tip #1, which we learned last time, is to be encouraged because your English is probably better than you imagine. Now let’s consider tip #2, which is: Never Compare Your English Skills To Others’
6 May 2020
239 - English Pronunciation Tip: Say, Says, Said
Today's quick pronunciation tip involves a very common verb: the word "say." You might be surprised that there's slightly different pronunciation in the different forms of this word. In this lesson I’m going to ask you to repeat after me, because the best way to practice pronunciation is for YOU to say the words and sentences out loud, not just watch me say them :-) You can get a LOT more pronunciation training inside my courses called American English Pronunciation and Shadowing with Shayna. Inside these courses, you can practice all the different sounds in English - both in individual words and in sentences. The lessons will help you improve your pronunciation and reduce your accent, so you can speak more clearly.
6 Nov 2019
Learn 36 compound words to expand your vocabulary
Today I'm sending you a special class all about compound words! Compound words are when two or more words are put together to form a new word with a new meaning - like notebook, mother-in-law, and post office. Sometimes compound words are easy to understand: a bookstore is a store that sells books; a dishwasher is a machine that washes dishes. But others might not be so obvious, for example: brainstorm – an intense process where you think of many different ideas scapegoat – someone who bears the blame for others In this lesson, you'll learn the meanings of 36 compound words in English. If you’d like to continue improving your vocabulary, you’ll really enjoy the Vocabulary Builder Courses at Espresso English. Level 1 of the course focuses on essential everyday words for things in daily life, work, study, travel, describing people, describing the world, etc. Level 2 of the course goes deeper into these subjects and also has lessons on more advanced topics like binomials, metaphors, word roots, and prefixes and suffixes. You'll learn more than 1,000 words in each level of the Vocabulary Builder!
10 Jun 2020
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260 - 4 ways to use the -ING form of verbs in English
Did you know that there are at least four different ways to use the -ING form of verbs in English? You might already know one or two of these, but after this lesson you'll have a more complete understanding of when we use English verbs in the -ING form. English grammar can be difficult, but I try to make it easy for my students! To learn grammar from me, you can get my $1 grammar e-books - these cover basic and intermediate grammar. If you're a more advanced student, then check out my Advanced English Grammar Course for very detailed lessons that will help make complex grammar topics clear to you. The e-books and course will give you a structured and organized way to learn English grammar and improve your speaking and writing.
8 Apr 2020
141: How many of these vocabulary words do you know?
Do you think you have a good understanding of English vocabulary? Today I'm sending you a challenging quiz to test your knowledge! Click here to take the vocabulary quiz. Choose the best word to complete each sentence, then click on "Get Results" at the end to see your score and the correct answers. If you can improve your vocabulary, you'll have a lot more ways to express yourself in English. You'll be able to say exactly what you want, instead of trying desperately to think of the right word. Sometimes students ask me for lists of the "most common words" in English... but I don't think memorizing lists is the best way to study. Instead, you should learn words in context, in "families" (topics), and with visual aids (pictures). What's even more important is to practice the new words so that you don't forget them! In my Vocabulary Builder Courses, you'll learn hundreds of useful English words. Each lesson also includes a quiz and short-answer exercises to help these words stay in your memory. I hope to see you in one of the courses!
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024 - Difference between JUST and ONLY
The word “just” can be used in two ways: 1) Recently Be careful – I just washed the floor, and it’s still wet. (= I washed the floor a few minutes ago) He just finished a big project. (= he finished the project very recently) 2) Only I have just one brother. (= I have only one brother) I thought you were hungry, but you ate just half of your sandwich. (= you ate only half of your sandwich, and no more) Click Here for the episode text!
4 Feb 2015
062 - Sentence Starters for Everyday English Speaking
One of the biggest challenges when learning to speak English is simply knowing how to start your sentences.And if you think too much about it, there will be awkward pauses... or the conversation will just move on without you!That's why it's good to learn "sentence starters" - easy phrases that native speakers use frequently.In today's lesson, you'll learn 36 sentence starters that you can use in everyday spoken English.Click here for the lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/english-sentence-starters-for-everyday-speaking/
28 Oct 2015
223 - More answers to your questions about phrasal verbs
Phrasal verbs are combinations of a verb + preposition, like get up and find out. Phrasal verbs often have specific meanings that may not be obvious from the words themselves. In today's lesson, I'll explain four phrasal verbs that students have asked me about recently: hook up, plug away, ward off, and whip up. These are just a few of the THOUSANDS of phrasal verbs we have in the English language - and we use them every day! You can learn more than 500 phrasal verbs in the Phrasal Verbs in Conversation Course. This is an easy and fun way to learn phrasal verbs in context and put them into practice in your own English.
17 Jul 2019
Daily English Phrases - It's a long story, To make a long story short
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003 - Difference between SHOULD HAVE, COULD HAVE, and WOULD HAVE
Should have, could have, and would have are sometimes called “modals of lost opportunity” because they describe situations when we are imagining that the past was different. Click here for the lesson text - http://www.espressoenglish.net/past-modals-should-have-could-have-would-have/
11 Jan 2015
004 - How to Improve Your Spoken English
Speaking English is difficult for many learners. In this article, I’ll give you 10 ways to speak English better: 5 ways to improve your spoken English at home, and 5 ways to improve your spoken English while in a conversation. Click here for the lesson text - http://www.espressoenglish.net/speaking-english-10-ways-to-improve/
11 Jan 2015
Daily English Phrases - Get a head start, Get the ball rolling
13 Jun 2018
Daily English Phrases - Set the record straight, Have a great track record
12 Jun 2018
Daily English Phrases - On the right track, Get back on track
9 Jun 2018
236 - How can I use grammar correctly when speaking English?
Today I want to answer a question that is important for everyone who is studying English. Many of my students say, "I study grammar a lot and I understand it in theory. But when I speak, I can't think of the grammar in the moment, or it takes too long to remember the rules. So how can I use grammar correctly when speaking English?" This is a great question! It's true that when you're speaking there's really no time to think about grammar rules and to analyze each sentence. But what if the grammar just doesn’t come to mind? What tends to happen is that you either freeze or pause a lot. I hear a lot of students with these long pauses in the middle of their sentences as they’re thinking carefully about their grammar. I don't want that to happen to you! I want you to be able to speak more easily and confidently, using correct grammar. I really hope that you practice your grammar in the way I described in this lesson - trust me, it will come out more naturally with time! If you want to practice with the help of a teacher, we have two courses for you: In the Advanced English Grammar Course, you have the option of doing writing tasks with teacher feedback. In the Everyday English Speaking Courses, you can record your spoken English and get teacher feedback.
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Daily English Phrases - I have no clue, Totally clueless
10 Jun 2018
025 - 10 Interesting "Water" Idioms
In this episode, you’ll learn the idiomatic expressions: like a fish out of water come hell or high water in deep water in hot water dead in the water not hold water test the waters keep your head above water a watering hole water under the bridge Click here for the lesson text!
11 Feb 2015
132: How to use "at all" in English
What does it mean when someone asks, "Do you drive at all?" In today's lesson, you'll learn how to use the expression "at all" in negative statements and questions. Lesson text: http://www.espressoenglish.net/how-to-use-at-all-in-english
17 May 2017
138: 8 grammar mistakes that even advanced students make
I see this problem in a lot of more experienced English learners: Their written English might be 90% fine, but there are still some small errors. These mistakes don't affect communication... but of course we still want to correct them! In today's lesson, I'll teach you 8 common English grammar mistakes with examples from real students of mine. Are you an upper-intermediate or advanced student, and do you want to make sure your written English is completely correct? If so, then you would definitely benefit from my Advanced English Grammar Course. It has 45 lessons that cover many aspects of English grammar in depth, with plenty of examples. But what really makes it special is the writing task in each lesson, where you have the opportunity to send me your writing for correction and feedback. You can click here to learn more about the course, see the lesson list, and take some free samples.
12 Jul 2017