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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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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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This video has been watched more than 8,967 times

Good Morning Evening Night

When do you use the greetings, Good morning, Good afternoon, Good evening and Good night. This video will put you right.

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This video has been watched more than 17,665 times

Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender Be

Borrowing or lending and words we use to talk about money are in this video. I hope you find some value in it.

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This video has been watched more than 4,797 times

Thumb

I hope you give this Daily Dose of English a thumbs up. It's all the expressions I could think of that use the word thumb. If you can think of more, please put them in the comments.

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This video has been watched more than 3,165 times

A or B

You seem to like the quiz format, so I'm going to make another one today. Be warned, this is a very challenging Daily Dose of English. I'm going to say some pairs of sentences. I want you to listen carefully and decide which of the sentences, 1 or 2, goes with the written sentences, A or B.

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This video has been watched more than 3,627 times

So Very Much

There are many ways to tell someone to stop doing something in English. This Daily Dose of English tells you how. Don't quit until you've learnt them all.

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This video has been watched more than 4,102 times

Gossip

Gossip is a verb and a noun.

The noun form means someone who likes to gossip. In the noun form it is also the gossip itself.

But what is gossip? Gossip can have two main meanings.

Gossip can be a light conversation about nothing in particular. Gossip can also have a more negative meaning as the malicious discussion of others.

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This video has been watched more than 4,121 times

Bloody

This Daily Dose of English is for Gerardo in Argentina. We were talking about the word sod this morning. Sod is a mild expletive. Expletives are swear words. Gerardo suggested that I make a Daily Dose of English about those expletives that aren’t too offensive. I thought, for crying out loud, what a great idea! Because people swear all the time, don’t you? Swearing is a way of releasing tension in a non-aggressive, non-violent way. Interestingly, 3% of conversations at work and 13% of day-to-day conversations involve swearing to some degree. Then I thought, I’m going to bloody well make this video. Interestingly, bloody is the most frequently used expletive by women and the second most frequently used by men.

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This video has been watched more than 4,080 times

Book

There are many expressions in English that are associated with books. You can book a class with me online. You can book a table in a restaurant. You can book cinema tickets. However, there are some other expressions that you might not be familiar with, yet are used frequently. "Doing things by the book", is one of them. "Throw the book at someone" is another. "Take a leaf out of someone's book" is another. This video will help you to learn and use many of these expressions.

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This video has been watched more than 3,767 times

Change

I was speaking with one of my students, Rebeca, the other day and we were discussing the many meanings of the word charge. She thought I should make a Daily Dose of English about it.

There are many common words in English that have several very different meanings. Charge is one of them. Charge can be a noun or a verb. Often the verb form follows from the noun form.

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This video has been watched more than 2,854 times