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There are 167 Daily Doses of English covering many areas of everyday English.

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Cat

I've really let the cat out of the bag with this Daily Dose of English. I wonder if the fact that I forgot to include the expression "put the cat among the pigeons" will go against me? Or will I still be the cat's whiskers as far as online English teaching goes? Anyway, I'm no scaredy cat, so who cares. I haven't got a cat in hell's chance of getting everything right all of the time.

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This video has been watched more than 4,436 times

Glasses

Many people wear glasses and many more will as they get older. This has happened to me, and I wanted to share with you some of the language we use with the wearing of glasses.

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This video has been watched more than 4,180 times

Bubble

Bubbles are tiny spheres of gas. They are often seen rising up through liquids like lemonade, champagne and beer. These bubbles are rising up through a glass of Spanish cider - a drink made from the fermented juice of apples. We call this a sparkling cider. Lemonade is also a sparkling, or fizzy drink. The fizz refers to the bubbles. We also call non-alcoholic fizzy drinks pop. This Daily Dose will tell you all you need to know about bubbles.

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Pair

You can have pairs of anything. Pair means two. Two apples and two pears. A pair of twins. But some single things in English can also be pairs. Here is a list of all the things in English that I can think of that are pairs, despite being single items. A pair of binoculars. A pair of nail-clippers. A pair of glasses and a pair of sunglasses. Two pairs of glasses, in fact. A pair of goggles. A pair of jeans. A pair of knickers. A pair of pliers. A pair of scissors. A pair of shorts. A pair of tongs. A pair of trousers. A pair of trunks. A pair of tweezers. A pair of underpants. That’s my alphabetical list, and it’s all I could think of. Perhaps you can come up with some different ones? Anyway, you can also count pairs of things, as in two pairs of trousers and four pairs of scissors.

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Worry

Do you worry that your English is not good enough? Do you worry about things you know you cannot change? If your are a worrier, this Daily Dose of English will help you both with your English and with your worries.

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Each Other - One Another

Today’s request comes from Mohamed Farouk in Cairo, Egypt. He asks, I believe there's a difference between each other and one another. When I looked them up in an advanced learner's dictionary there was no difference. Could you please help us know the rule here? So I did a little bit of research with the Google Ngram Viewer and the British National Corpus. Both agreed with each other and told me what I had suspected: each other is much more commonly used than one another.

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This video has been watched more than 7,254 times

Paper Magic

This magical video tells you a lot of the words we use when talking about paper. Folding, crumpling, tearing, etc.

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This video has been watched more than 6,556 times

Skint

Today, Lenka Ďulíková, a Czech, has written to me and asked, "I'd like to know how to say I have no money." Well, Lenka, perfect timing. And you've come to an expert in this because English teachers really have no money. We're very poor.

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This video has been watched more than 3,330 times

Positive People

Today’s request for a Daily Dose comes from Ann Antipenkova in the Russian Federation. Ann asks...

"I am a positive girl and I like to smile and to laugh. And I like funny stories that make me chuckle and giggle. What other positive emotions can we express? How do they differ from each other? Thank you in advance!"

Well Ann, you certainly do look like a positive girl. As an optimist myself, I like positive, optimistic people. I thought I could best answer your question by taking a look at the characteristics of positive people.

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Fingers

This short lesson tells you the names of the fingers in English. It also gives you a common expression - "to know something like the back of your hand".

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This video has been watched more than 7,323 times