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Daily Doses of English...

Give you a daily English lesson in a short, easy to digest format. Once you get your first taste of a Daily Dose of English, I guarantee you will be addicted.

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

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Soap

Here is one of the cleanest Daily Doses of English I've made yet. It looks as soap and gives you a few useful expressions that use soap. It also tells you how the minimal pair, soap and soup, can cause a lot of confusion to students.

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This video has been watched more than 2,694 times

Excess Access

Access and excess are two words that cause problems even for native speakers. Access means the right of entry, a way of entering. It can be used as noun and as a verb. How do I gain entry to the system? How do I get access to this computer system? This password will let you enter the system. This password will give you access. Now, access has the stress on the first syllable - access. But, excess has the accent on the second syllable. The word stress falls on -cess - excess. Excess is either a noun or an adjective. It means too much of something.

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Hot off the Press

This Daily Dose of English is hot off the press.

Hot off the press is an idiom. That is, you cannot tell what the meaning is from the words alone. You have to know a little about the background of the idiom.

A press is a machine that is used to print things. Often, it is used to print newspapers. That’s why we call the people who report the news the Press.

Wait until the Press get hold of this story. It will be all over the newspapers.

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Higgledy-Piggledy

English has many compound words that are loved by children because they're easy to remember and they're enjoyed by adults because they have a funny sound about them because both the words in the compound sound very similar. For example, higgledly-piggledy. This is used in a popular children's nursery rhyme.

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Model Numbers

Model numbers are everywhere. On everything we buy. If we need to quote a model number, we need to do it properly. These are my ideas about how best we can do this.

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Bullfight

I went to a bullfight the other day, the first time since I arrived in Seville eight years ago. I was invited to go by a friend and saw it as an opportunity to witness firsthand one of the most famous traditions of Spain. I took many photographs during the bullfight and decided that I would share them with you in this Daily Dose of English. I should warn you that you may find some of the images disturbing. If you are likely to be upset by the sight of blood or the killing of a bull, please don't watch this Daily Dose.

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Everyday Sounds

Today, I'm looking at everyday sounds and what we call them. The beep of a car horn, or the toot of a car horn. The beeping of an alarm clock. The ticking of a clock. The chiming of a clock. A gunshot. The gurgling of a stream. The ringing of an alarm going off. The splash of a stone in water. The ringing of a phone. The throb of an engine. The toot of a horn. The whirr of machinery. The slamming of a door. The squeak of a wooden door.

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Wish

Belkada Adele, and I hope I’ve pronounced that correctly, from Algeria, has made a request for a Daily Dose of English. I would like you to teach me how to wish. Well, Belkada, your wish has come true. Wish basically means to want something a lot. We can use it to make wishes about the present and the future using wish and the past simple. We can also use it to talk about the future… In a similar way we can use wish + would + infinitive without to (the bare infinitive). When we regret something in the past, we can use the past perfect. When we use wish + infinitive we are using a formal construction to say that we want something. And finally we can use wish in some fixed expressions… And we have some idiomatic expressions that use wish.

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Alien

Today’s Dose is the request of Alex from Russia. She’s asked “Dear Richard, could you make a video about universe, space, aliens? Alex has also kindly supplied a list of suggested vocabulary. As I’ve said to Alex in the past, I figured that if aliens did visit the Earth, they would need to learn to communicate. The best way for them to communicate would be in English. The best way for them to master the language would be to take private lessons with me online. In no time at all they could have a level of English sufficient for them to say… “Take me to your leader!” So, if you’re watching out there on the edges of the solar system, I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon. You can easily book lessons through my online school at Linguaspectrum.com.

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Cockney

Today’s Daily Dose is in response to a video request from Christophe in France. "Hello Richard. My name is Christophe and I live in France. Thank you for this very innovative way of teaching English. Richard, could you tell us more about Cockney. A few years ago I went to London and British fans taught me some very funny Cockney expressions. Thank you." Before I start, I should point out that I am not a Cockney. Cockney is a term used to define a geographic area known as the East End of London. Linguistically, that is from a language point of view, it refers to the type of English spoken by the people who live in the East End.

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