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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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Caught a Cold

Richard caught a cold and made good use of it to give some of the common terms we use to talk about colds. Don't worry, it's only a 24 hour bug and it hasn't stopped me bringing you your daily dose of English.

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This video has been watched more than 5,294 times

Fungi

I wanted to share some images from a mushroom hunt I went on recently. This video is all about fungi and is an insight into life in the mountains in the south of Spain. If you don't know your mushrooms from your toadstools, you should take a look at this video.

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This video has been watched more than 3,684 times

Made Of or Made From

Many students have problems with the use of the terms "made of" and "made from". This video gives provides a simple way to decide which to use.

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Glottal Stop

Today's request comes from Belkada Adel in Algeria. He's sent me a voice request through the Daily Dose of English request form at Linguaspectrum. "Hello Richard. I am Belkada Adel from Algeria and I'd like to ask you about the glottal stop. Could you help me in using it by giving me rules? Thank you, my dear teacher. Goodbye." Now that's an interesting question. It's probably also left a lot of viewers scratching their heads asking themselves "What on earth is a glottal stop?" It's probably best if I tell you what a glottal stop is before I tell you how to use it.

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Pick Up

Pick up is a very versatile verb which can also be used as a noun. To find out the many ways in which we can use this most useful of verbs, take a look at this video. You'll pick it up in no time.

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High Tall

Lukasz, and I'm not even going to try to pronounce the surname, Myslicki, from Poland has asked: "Could you explain what the difference is between the words high and tall?" Well, that's a good question and that's why I decided to make today's Daily Dose of English about it. It's also a question that I have been asked many times by many students. Unfortunately, it's not nearly as easy to answer as it might at first seem. In fact, it's quite a tall order. Let's first have a look at some words and expressions that use the words high and tall.

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Catch

Catch is an irregular verb. An irregular verb is a verb that does not add -ed to the root verb to form the past simple and the past participle. You have to learn each irregular verb individually.

The infinitive form is to catch. The past simple form is caught. The past participle form is caught.

Catch, caught, caught.

Catch has several meanings.

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Invited Guests

Today’s request for a Daily Dose of English comes from Syria: "I would like you to make a lesson about hospitality, when someone visit us, especially when we offer the visitor something like cakes or drinks. I hope that you won't forget my request and the lesson will be helpful for me. Thank you. Bye, bye." Okay, so let’s look at some typical phrases that we might hear when afternoon guests arrive at our house. Let’s assume that you have already invited your guests and they have just arrived on your doorstep. The first thing you will want to do is greet them and make them feel welcome. Something along the lines of…

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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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Lately Recently

Today’s question comes from Mohamed Farouk from Egypt. Mohamed wrote… I'd be glad if you could shed light on the usage of lately/recently. These two words are pretty much confusing. I know they come at the end of a sentence, but I still can't get the hang of using them appropriately. Thanks in advance for your highly appreciated effort.

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