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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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Meat of Flesh

One of my online Spanish students has sent me a voice request for a Daily Dose of English. Hello Richard. I'm Rebeca from Águilas in Spain. Hello Rebeca. Thanks for sending me your photograph and your request. How can I help you? Could you explain the difference between the words flesh and meat? Thank you. Well, Rebeca, originally, in English, meat meant food in general. It was spelt mete. Nowadays meat refers to the parts of animals that we normally eat and the types which butchers normally sell. Human beings are made of flesh, but we don't eat human beings. Therefore the flesh of people is not considered to be meat.

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Triple Homophones

Most students know such homophones as "bear" and "bare", but few are aware of the triple homophones that exist. Many English words have the same pronunciation, but a different spelling and meaning. We call these homophones. Here are some triple homophones for you.

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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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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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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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Boot

Today we’re going to take a look at the word boot. There are a surprising number of uses of the word boot in English. When I was in the military, many years ago, I remember always having to bull my boots. This involved polishing the toecaps so that they were as bright and shiny as black mirrors. What a waste of time! A load of bull, really. I think it put me off polishing my boots and shoes forever, and I can’t remember when I last opened a tin of shoe polish.

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Ups & Downs

Today's request for a Daily Dose of English comes from Irina Khasanova in St. Petersburg, Russia. Irina asks: "I would like you to make a video about increase and decrease in something. Are there some good synonyms? What are good ways to express an increase (for example 3-fold)?"

So let's look at some other expressions that indicate rise and fall, increase and decrease. What better place to look than to the currency markets which are constantly in a state of flux.

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A Jar of Caviar

Even the simplest of things can give us some useful vocabulary and verbs in English. This video gives you the vocabulary and some verbs that we use when talking about jars and how to open them.

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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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Small

Small is an overused and overworked adjective like big. But there are not so many synonyms for small as there are for big. Perhaps this is because small-scale things tend to escape our notice. To a whale, I’m small, but to a millipede, if it notices that I exist, I’m huge. In relation to me, the millipede is tiny indeed. It’s not quite microscopic, because I can see it. But it is rather diminutive, isn’t it? A woodlouse is tiny, too. It inhabits the same microcosm that the millipede does. It’s like a miniscule tank. But if you want to take a brief look into the mini-world of insects, the ants are well worth a visit.

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