Espresso English Podcast
Espresso English Podcast
Shayna Oliveira
On the Espresso English podcast, you'll learn English grammar, vocabulary, phrases, idioms, and more. Espresso English lessons are clear and practical, making it easy to learn the language quickly and effectively. Visit to get English courses and e-books that will help you learn faster!
English phrases with THANK & THANKS
This week is the holiday of Thanksgiving in the United States... so in today's lesson, you'll learn useful expressions with the word THANK or THANKS  :-) I'll also teach you about a couple common mistake - make sure to watch the whole video so you can avoid the errors. If you want to improve your spoken English by learning more REAL phrases that native English speakers use - then join my Everyday English Speaking courses! You'll learn exactly what to say in everyday situations, social situations, and more.   The Everyday English Speaking Courses are based on conversations so you can learn the expressions in context. These are our most popular courses!
Nov 25
6 min
Flip out, freak out, piss off, & tick off
A student asked about the following four phrasal verbs: flip out freak out piss off tick off She asked, “Are they all the same? Are they all appropriate to use?” Good questions – I’m going to explain them in today's lesson! Piss off, tick off, flip out, freak out Can you see how it's essential to learn phrasal verbs like these in context, with examples? And it's also very important to put them into practice yourself. You can learn 500 more phrasal verbs in a natural and effective way inside my course: Phrasal Verbs in Conversation! Each lesson in the course contains: a conversation my explanation of the phrasal verbs in the conversation a quiz to help you practice and review the phrasal verbs short-answer exercises to help YOU use the phrasal verbs (and you can send these in for feedback and correction!) If you want to be fluent in English, you need to know common phrasal verbs. You can join my phrasal verbs course to get started today :-)
Nov 18
7 min
Learn and practice 10 beautiful English words
The English language has a number of words that sound nice and are fun to say! Today I'll teach you 10 words that many people find beautiful - you can learn what they mean and practice pronouncing them in order to expand your vocabulary. If you're working on getting your vocabulary up to a more advanced level, there are 1,000 more words waiting for you inside our Vocabulary Builder Course - Level 2. OK, now get ready to listen and repeat 10 beautiful English words... Which one was your favorite? Do you have any English words that you enjoy saying, simply because you think they sound pretty? Let me know – I’d be interested in finding out which words you think are nice to say and hear. And if you want to learn more about our many online English courses, click here for more information as well as some free sample lessons you can try. Thanks so much for joining me today - I'll talk to you in the next lesson!
Nov 11
7 min
16 super-confusing words in English
Do you ever use the wrong word in English? It's a very common problem - and it affects students at all levels, from beginner to intermediate to advanced. These mistakes are especially common when the two words appear very similar - like "interfere" and "intervene" or "relation" and "relationship" - or when they seem to have the same meaning, like "problem" and "trouble" or "staff" and "employees." Today I'm going to teach you the differences between all these super-confusing words I just mentioned, as well as a few more. I hope this lesson has helped clarify these super-confusing words! If you have any words that confuse you, let me know and I'll add them to my list for a future lesson. But you might find many of your questions answered inside my 600+ Confusing Words E-Book. You can see exactly what's covered in that e-book when you click on this list of all 600 words you'll learn.
Nov 4
11 min
20 different ways to say THANK YOU in English
This month we’ve been doing a series on different ways to say things in English, in order to help expand your vocabulary and know what to say in lots of situations. Today we’ll cover 20 ways to say "thank you" – phrases for expressing gratitude and appreciation. We’ll start out with some basic ones you probably already know, but keep watching so that you learn some new ones! Thank you so much for joining me; I hope you learned some new phrases today! To continue learning real-life English, join my Everyday English Speaking Courses. More than 2,000 students love these courses! In addition to helping you learn phrases from the dialogues inside the lessons, the Everyday English Speaking Courses also have opportunities for you to record yourself speaking and get feedback from a teacher on our team. I hope you gave a great day. Thanks a million for being my student  :-)
Oct 28
8 min
20 different ways to say SORRY in English
Today you're going to learn 20 different ways to say "sorry" in English. Why should you learn all these different expressions? Because they're used in different situations. There are many different times we might want to say "sorry," but we'd use different words depending on whether we spilled some coffee, or hurt someone's feelings, or made a mistake at work. Some of these phrases are more informal and casual, and others are more serious. This means you're not just learning a bunch of equivalent ways to say the same thing - you're learning what native English speakers would say in different situations, so that you can be more fluent. Now you know a whole bunch of different ways to say “Sorry” in English – for minor things and major problems, in formal situations and informal situations, and at times when you want to get someone’s attention or express sympathy. If you like learning how to use phrases inside real situations, check out my Everyday English Speaking Courses, where all the lessons are based on situations in daily life. It's a great way to learn phrases in context!
Oct 21
9 min
20 different ways to say NO in English
Last week you learned 20 different ways to say "yes" in English, and today you’ll learn 20 different expressions for "no." These are especially important to learn because we often want to be polite when declining an invitation or request – it sounds a little rude to just say "no." Or maybe you want to add some additional information to the simple answer of "no" – a lot of today’s expressions include extra meaning. This is just a very small sample of the many ways we have to say "no" in English – there are many, many more!   As you can see, these different expressions all add slightly different meanings. A lot of them are commonly used in some situations, but don’t sound natural if used in another situation.   This is why it’s so important to learn words and phrases in context, so that you can use them the right way. The lessons inside the Everyday English Speaking Courses are based on dialogues that help you learn phrases in the real situations where we use them. It's our most popular and practical course at Espresso English  :-)
Oct 14
6 min
20 different ways to say YES in English
Today you’re going to learn a lot of different ways to say “yes” in English. But wait – why should you learn these expressions, when you could just use “yes” to keep things simple?   There are two good reasons: So that you can understand native English speakers, because we use these expressions all the time. If you only know the word “yes,” then you might be confused when you hear someone say “Why not?” or “Be my guest!” So that you can express your own answers in creative ways. Some of these expressions actually add additional meaning beyond a simple “yes,” so it’s important to learn types of situations where you can use them. Let’s get started with these 20 ways to say yes! Instead of showing you a big list of words, I’m going to show each one inside a little situation.   Now you know 20 different ways to say “yes” in English, in all sorts of different situations – formal and informal, replying to questions about facts, favors, and offers. To continue improving your spoken English and learning the phrases that native speakers use, come join my Everyday English Speaking Courses. You’ll learn what to say when traveling, socializing, doing daily activities, and talking about all sorts of topics.
Oct 7
6 min
14 Business English "Buzzwords"
Today you're going to learn 14 business English “buzzwords” – informal expressions that you might hear at work or in a professional context. I'll tell you a little story that will teach you expressions like: push the envelope a shoestring budget streamline pitch an idea the lion's share ...and more There are tons of these informal expressions used in the business world, and my Business English Course includes several lessons about business idioms. You'll also learn practical phrases and vocabulary for phone calls, meetings, presentations, negotiation, networking, customer service, and more. Click here to see the lesson list!
Sep 30
4 min
Worse vs. Worst (+ Expressions)
Today I’m going to teach you how to use worse and worst correctly. Even some native English speakers confuse these words!   After taking this lesson, you’ll understand the difference clearly - and you'll also learn a few expressions with each one.   The opposite of worse is better, and I'm here to help your English get better! You can learn more when you join one of my online courses. At Espresso English, you can improve all your English skills - from grammar to vocabulary, speaking, listening, reading, and much more. I hope you enjoyed today's lesson, and I hope to see you inside a course!
Sep 23
6 min
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