COLD TURKEY – American Idiom Lesson

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What does the idiom, QUIT COLD TURKEY / GO COLD TURKEY mean? Today’s idiom is about quitting a bad habit. If you stop that habit at once, not gradually, we can say that you have quit cold turkey or you went cold turkey. John quit smoking cold turkey Ever since Jane stopped drinking cold turkey, she’s been feeling great. If …

THERE IS / THERE ARE – English Grammar Lesson

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Check out this short paragraph: New York is a great city. There is so much to do and see here. There are great restaurants, museums, and sightseeing spots like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty. If you haven’t come to New York yet, please come and check it out. If you take another look at the paragraph …

The Basics of Modal Verbs – One-Point Grammar Lesson

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What is a modal verb? That’s a great question. Essentially, modal verbs are used before the main verb of a sentence in order to show necessity or possibility. Let’s look at the basics here in this one-point lesson. Must shows the strongest form of necessity and usually that necessity comes from a law. When you travel overseas, you must have …

FOR THE BIRDS – American Idiom Lesson

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What does the idiom, FOR THE BIRDS mean? When something is FOR THE BIRDS, then it is uninteresting, dull, or stupid. We use the structure, [something] is for the birds. Keep in mind, we use this idiom to describe things, not people! That movie was for the birds, don’t bother seeing it. Yeah, I read that book. It was for …

A GOOD EGG – American Idiom Lesson

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What does the idiom, A GOOD EGG mean? When someone is A GOOD EGG, then that person is good-natured, friendly, or kind. We use the structure, [someone] is a good egg. Kevin is such a good egg that everyone wants to be friends with him. You made chicken soup for me? What a good egg! Kim volunteers at the local …

YouTube English Lesson – I DUNNO (I DON’T KNOW) American English Pronunciation

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Hi Everyone! I’m back with another American English pronunciation lesson. Today, I’m going to help you learn how we usually pronounce “I don’t know” in conversational American English. Leave a comment and let me know what you think! I hope you like this lesson…if you do, please take a minute and subscribe to my YouTube Channel! If you know anyone …