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Espresso English Podcast

Jan 19, 2022

You know that "right" and "wrong" are the same as "correct" and "incorrect" respectively. These words are also used in a lot of informal expressions and idioms in English - let's learn 10 of them!

One of the hardest things about learning English is not being sure if what you're saying and writing is right or...


Jan 12, 2022

Today we have a great question from a student who asked about the difference between the words lifetime, lifelong, and lifespan.

These words all seem to refer to the time period of someone’s life, but we use them in different ways in English.

You might have a lot of questions like this one, about the difference...


Jan 5, 2022

Hello and happy 2022! It's a great time to make plans for the goals you want to achieve in the new year :-)

Do you have a plan for improving your English this year?

If you DON'T have a plan...

  •  you won't know what to study
  • you won't feel like you're making progress
  • you'll lose motivation

But if you DO have a 


Dec 22, 2021

Have you ever missed your flight? (Remember that in English we say "I missed my flight" and not "I lost my flight")

Today we’ll learn some phrases you can use to talk about bad travel experiences and problems that can happen on a trip. I hope you don’t experience any of these things if you have a trip in the near...


Dec 8, 2021

Today’s lesson is on two phrasal verbs – take back and taken aback. These look quite similar, but they have very different meanings, and I’ll explain them with examples.

I think it’s helpful to learn phrasal verbs in context, inside sentences, in situations where we’d really use them.

That’s the strategy we...