Espresso English Podcast

Shayna Oliveira


On the Espresso English podcast, you'll learn English grammar, vocabulary, phrases, idioms, and more. Espresso English lessons are clear and practical, making it easy to learn the language quickly and effectively.

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Come along, come across, come off, come on, come out, come over, come up...

Come along, come across, come off, come on, come out, come over, come up... Phrasal verbs like these can be easy to confuse because they all seem so similar! Today we’re going to learn 10 PHRASAL VERBS WITH THE WORD “COME,” and I’ll give you an example sentence for each one to show you how it’s used in English. * I challenge you to try writing your own sentences with each of these phrasal verbs – because when you use them yourself, that’s when you really start to remember them better so that they will come out naturally when you speak English. *   * Inside my PHRASAL VERBS IN CONVERSATION COURSE, each lesson includes questions that help you use the phrasal verbs yourself, and you can send in your sentences for correction and feedback from the Espresso English teaching team. This course is a simple, easy, and natural way to learn more than 500 common phrasal verbs in English!

Jul 27
Learn these HOT words & expressions!

Right now it’s summer, and it’s HOT AS BLAZES! (= the weather is extremely hot). This inspired me to teach you 15 English words and expressions with “hot.” Some of these are idioms – short phrases or expressions that you can’t understand literally, you can’t translate them word for word to get their meaning – instead, you have to know the meaning of the whole phrase. Your own language has idioms, too... and lots of them are probably different from the ones we use in English! That’s why I created a course to help you learn idioms fast – it’s called 300+ ENGLISH IDIOMS IN 30 DAYS. Inside it, you’ll practice understanding common idioms from context, you’ll learn what they mean, and then you’ll try to use them yourself.

Jul 20
15 phrases for talking with a doctor in English

If you had to TALK WITH A DOCTOR IN ENGLISH, would you know what to say? In today’s lesson you’ll learn phrases and vocabulary for talking about medical problems. * Now you’re a bit better-equipped to talk to a doctor in English if you ever need to someday – but there’s a lot more to learn! In order to be fluent and CONFIDENT in English, you have to be comfortable speaking English in many different situations in day-to-day life. My EVERYDAY ENGLISH SPEAKING COURSE will teach you the phrases you need for these situations! You’ll learn what to say in restaurants, while shopping, on the phone, while traveling, socializing, and much more. * This is my most popular course because it’s so practical and useful  :-)  

Jul 13
Do you know these 10 advanced vocabulary words?

Today’s lesson will be a challenging one – we’re going to look at 10 MORE ADVANCED VOCABULARY WORDS. But I’m not going to just tell you what they mean… instead, you’ve got to try to figure out what they mean based on an example sentence. I’ll show you a sentence with the word and give you three choices for what it means. Try to choose the correct answer, and after a few seconds I'll show you the right one. If you like the higher-level words in this lesson and you want to learn over 1000 more of them, check out my ADVANCED VOCABULARY AND COLLOCATIONS COURSE. It will teach you sophisticated vocabulary words and how to put them together naturally, so that you can reach a higher level of English fluency. When you join, you'll get 45 lessons that are packed with amazing words! There's also an option to add writing exercises with feedback from our teaching team :-)

Jun 29
Let's say 96 words with SILENT letters!

* * * * The English language has a lot of silent letters that cause difficulties for both native speakers and English learners, because they make the spelling of words different from their pronunciation. You don’t want to make embarrassing mistakes by saying these words wrong, so today let’s practice pronouncing some common English words with silent letters from A to Z! *   * * Thanks for practicing with me! When you practice by repeating out loud, you’re training your mouth to pronounce these English words more clearly, so that other people can understand you even better. * My AMERICAN ENGLISH PRONUNCIATION COURSE has tons of listen and repeat exercises – both words and full sentences – so that you can get this essential practice and improve your pronunciation fast. I hope to see you in the course :-)

Jun 22
How to say & write the DATE correctly in English

What's today's date? Can you answer quickly in English? A lot of English learners have doubts about HOW TO SAY AND WRITE DATES CORRECTLY, and you don’t want to make mistakes with something so common and basic. So let’s make sure you’re doing it the right way, because there are a lot of little details to remember. If you want make less mistakes fewer mistakes in your English, it’s good to learn the most common ones so that you can avoid them! This means your English will be more accurate, and you can also speak and write more confidently since you know you’re saying things correctly. I created a course called 200 COMMON ERRORS IN ENGLISH for exactly this reason! The 40 lessons in this course can help you fix any mistakes you might be making in grammar, spelling, pronunciation, and more.

Jun 15
10 idioms for communication & miscommunication

Do you know what it means to: __ __ These are all examples of IDIOMS THAT WE’RE GOING TO LEARN TODAY! Idioms and informal expressions like these are used frequently in movies, TV shows, and casual conversations. But a lot of English textbooks don't teach you these expressions! So you might be confused when you hear them in real life. That's why I created the 300+ ENGLISH IDIOMS COURSE - to teach you the most common idiomatic expressions! After you learn the idioms, there are quizzes and writing exercises to help you review and practice the expressions.

Jun 08
⚡ Last chance to get $10 off a course!

Time is running out - our 10-year birthday sale ends soon! Use discount code TENOFF to get $10 off courses or e-books. You can use this coupon multiple times - but hurry, because the sale ends on May 31. __ __

May 30
10 types of nouns in English

You already know a LOT of nouns in English, but did you know that there are DIFFERENT TYPES OF NOUNS? That’s what we’ll be learning today! Make sure to watch to the end of the lesson, because I’m going to clarify a very common confusion between categories of nouns that many English learners have. There's a lot more grammar to learn - and you can learn it easily in my BASIC AND INTERMEDIATE GRAMMAR E-BOOKS! They have 70+ step-by-step lessons and quizzes teaching you grammar in about 10 minutes a day, so that you can be confident you’re saying and writing things correctly.

May 25
How to pronounce -ED perfectly every time

Today I want to help you fix a pronunciation problem that I hear in a LOT of students’ English, and that is saying things like this: __ __ The mistake is with the verbs in the past, ending in -ED. The correct way to say them is: __ __ It’s a small mistake, but unfortunately it makes it obvious that someone’s not a native English speaker. I’ll explain some simple rules to help you PRONOUNCE THE -ED ENDING CORRECTLY every time, and we’ll practice together! * If you want to improve your pronunciation fast in the next 30 days, then I’d like to invite you into my AMERICAN ENGLISH PRONUNCIATION COURSE. *   * We’ll go through every sound in the English language and help you speak more clearly, so that you can be confident that other people will understand you!

May 18
When do we use "shall" in English?

A lot of English learners are curious about the word “SHALL.” Is it the same thing as “will”? When exactly do we use it? I’ll answer those questions in today’s lesson. * I hope this lesson has helped you understand when people sometimes use “shall” and what it means, as well as the alternatives which are becoming more and more common nowadays, especially in American English. *   * If you’ve got a question about a word or a phrase, please let me know, because I love getting ideas from students about tips and lessons to create in the future. *   * And if you want to take your English to the next level, check out my courses and e-books because they can help you improve your speaking, understand better when listening, expand your vocabulary, and so much more!

May 11
🎈🍰 Happy Birthday - 10 years of Espresso English!

Espresso English is turning 10 years old!!! This month, you can use DISCOUNT CODE TENOFF to get $10 OFF any Espresso English Course or E-Book You can use it on as many courses & e-books as you want!

May 04
How to say & use WONDER and WANDER

Today I'm going to quickly clear up confusion between the words WANDER AND WONDER. These are two completely different words, but sometimes English learners mix them up because of their similar spelling and pronunciation. For more simple and clear lessons about the differences between confusing words in English, get my e-book, 600+ CONFUSING ENGLISH WORDS EXPLAINED! These are words that English learners often ask me about, or often make mistakes with – and when you read this e-book, you can avoid those mistakes and use these words correctly.

Apr 27
Congratulations ON, FOR, TO...?

Today we’ve got a really interesting question from a student: In English, do we say “congratulations ON or FOR your anniversary”? Listen to the lesson to find out  :-) * When you’re learning English, it can be hard to feel like you’ve really mastered the grammar of the language. There are so many rules, so many exceptions, and the grammar might be very different from how it works in your native language. *   * At Espresso English we’ve got something to help you at every level: __ __ * So if you’re confused by grammar, if you hate grammar, or if you just want to make sure your grammar is good and you’re not making mistakes all over the place, check out our basic, intermediate, and advanced grammar lessons!

Apr 20
20 vocabulary words for LIGHTS

Today let's expand your vocabulary by LEARNING 20 DIFFERENT WORDS FOR LIGHTS - from lamps to lighthouses to lightning (which you shouldn't get confused with lighting). As you learn each word, repeat it after me to practice your pronunciation. Do you ever have trouble remembering the English vocabulary words you learn? It's very common. In fact, lots of students write to me asking what to do about this problem. I have several tips, but one important thing to think about is HOW you originally learn the word. Is it from a word list, textbook, or dictionary? Well, that's a good start... but your memory will be even more powerful if there's an image - a picture - associated with the new word. That's how we learn vocabulary as children. We don't yet know how to read, but we learn to associate new words with the objects we see. That's why there are lots of pictures and illustrations in my VOCABULARY BUILDER COURSES! Each level of the course will teach you more than 1,000 useful words in a simple, efficient way.

Apr 13
10 expressions with the word BUSINESS

English has some interesting expressions with the word “business” – and many of them AREN'T related to work. Today you'll learn 10 EXPRESSIONS WITH "BUSINESS": __ __ If you are learning English for work, my BUSINESS ENGLISH COURSE will teach you the phrases and vocabulary you need. You'll learn what to say in interviews, meetings, negotiations, phone calls, presentations, networking events, and more. You'll also expand your vocabulary in the areas of management, finance, marketing, human resources, entrepreneurship, and many other topics. 👉 Learn more inside the Business English Course:

Mar 30
Practical phrases for talking about mistakes

Mistakes are part of language learning... and part of life! Remember that with the word mistake, we always say: “I made a mistake” and never “I did a mistake.” But what are some DIFFERENT phrases native English speakers use to ADMIT MISTAKES AND PROMISE TO RESOLVE THEM? That's what we'll learn in today's lesson. Inside my EVERYDAY ENGLISH SPEAKING COURSES, you can learn phrases for lots of different situations in everyday life. And if you’d like to focus on correcting mistakes you might be making in English, then a good choice is my 200 COMMON ERRORS IN ENGLISH COURSE! ⭐ Everyday English Speaking Course: ⭐ 200 Common Errors in English Course: 

Mar 23
20 compound words around the house

Compound words are made of two words together, forming a new word with a new meaning. For example: __ __ Let’s improve your English vocabulary and practice your pronunciation with these COMPOUND WORDS AROUND THE HOUSE. How many of these things do you have in your home? When you expand your vocabulary, you will be able to express yourself better in English because you won’t always have to pause trying to think of the right word. You can increase your vocabulary by 1,000+ words in the next 30 days when you join my VOCABULARY BUILDER COURSE – it’s a FAST way to learn and practice useful English words! There are two levels of the course – Level 1 is easier, and Level 2 is more advanced. (The words in the courses are different, so you'll learn 1,000+ words in Level 1, and 1,000+ MORE words in Level 2)

Mar 16
English words with DISAPPEARING syllables!

The pronunciation of many English words sounds different from the way they appear to be written. Some English words have "DISAPPEARING OR DROPPED SYLLABLES" - reductions or eliminations of sounds in the middle of the word. One example is the word favorite - we don't pronounce it FAV-o-rit with three syllables. Instead, we say it more like FAV-rit - the "o" syllable disappears. In today's lesson, you're going to practice pronouncing some of the most common English words that tend to have dropped syllables. If you're having difficulty with pronunciation, the key is to practice repeatedly and consistently! You can get that practice inside my PRONUNCIATION & SHADOWING COURSES. There are lots of exercises for you to listen and repeat, and at the end you get a pronunciation evaluation. When you buy both these courses together, you get a discount, so you can get a lot of pronunciation training for a great price :-) 👉 Learn more inside the American English Pronunciation Course: 

Mar 09
Day 5 - Phrasal Verbs CHALLENGE!

⭐ Watch the video: ✔️ Download the worksheet: Today is the FINAL DAY of our phrasal verbs challenge. We’ve covered a lot this week, but there are still many more phrasal verbs to learn! You can do that inside my PHRASAL VERBS IN CONVERSATION COURSE. The lessons in that course teach phrasal verbs through dialogues, so you can easily see how native English speakers use them when speaking.  Let’s get started with our challenge questions! Try to figure out the meaning of the phrasal verb from the sentence, and after a few seconds, I’ll show you the right answer. This brings us to the end of our phrasal verbs challenge! I hope you’ve enjoyed it and learned a lot. We covered 50 phrasal verbs in 5 days, so make sure you also go back and review the lessons to help you remember them better. Your learning doesn’t have to stop here – you can keep going and learn 500 more phrasal verbs by joining my PHRASAL VERBS IN CONVERSATION COURSE. Make sure to check that out if you want to master these phrasal verbs that we use so frequently. Thanks again for joining me for the phrasal verbs challenge – we’ll move on to other topics next week – so I’ll say goodbye for now and I’ll talk to you in the next video. Learn more in the Phrasal Verbs in Conversation Course: 

Feb 25
Day 4 - Phrasal Verbs CHALLENGE!

⭐ Watch the video: ✔️ Download the worksheet: Welcome to day 4 of our phrasal verbs challenge – we’ve been flying through these phrasal verbs, learning 10 a day, every day. I hope you’re enjoying the quizzes; they’re an interesting and challenging way to learn these phrasal verbs because they make you look more actively at the sentence and think for yourself about what the phrasal verb might mean. I’ve got 10 more for you today; let’s give them a try! How many of these phrasal verbs were new to you? Remember to download the worksheet to review and practice these a little more, so that you don’t forget them. And tomorrow will be the final day of this challenge, so make sure to watch the final video. I’ll talk to you then! Learn more in the Phrasal Verbs in Conversation Course: 

Feb 24
Day 3 - Phrasal Verbs CHALLENGE!

⭐ Watch the video: ✔️ Download the worksheet: It’s day 3 of our phrasal verbs challenge and today we’ll learn 10 more interesting phrasal verbs through a quiz where you’ll have to guess what each one means. Do your best – good luck! Phrasal verbs are important to learn, because we use them so often in everyday spoken English. You can learn a lot more phrasal verbs inside my course called PHRASAL VERBS IN CONVERSATION – those lessons are based on conversations, so it’s really easy to see how the phrasal verbs are used in context. Click on the link in the description for more information about that. And we still have two more days left in this phrasal verb challenge, so stay tuned for the next lesson. Bye for now! Learn more in the Phrasal Verbs in Conversation Course: 

Feb 23
Day 2 - Phrasal Verbs CHALLENGE!

⭐ Watch the video: ✔️ Download the worksheet: Welcome to day 2 of our phrasal verbs challenge, where we’re learning 50 phrasal verbs in 5 days by looking at them in context. As a reminder, these lessons are quiz-style, and I’d highly encourage you to try your best to figure out each phrasal verb from the sentence. Let’s jump right in. Now that you’ve learned these 10 phrasal verbs, download the worksheet to review and practice by clicking on the link in the video description. I’ll be back tomorrow with the next challenge video! Learn more in the Phrasal Verbs in Conversation Course: 

Feb 22
Day 1 - Phrasal Verbs CHALLENGE!

⭐ Watch the video: ✔️ Download the worksheet: Today is the first day of our phrasal verb challenge! Over the next 5 days, we’re going to learn 50 phrasal verbs through quiz-based lessons. Here’s how it works: I’ll show you a sentence with a phrasal verb, and give you three choices for what that phrasal verb means. Your goal is to understand it from the context of the sentence, and try to choose the right option. After a few seconds, I’ll show you the correct answer. After we go through today’s 10 phrasal verbs, then download the worksheet. The worksheet has a reference table of the phrasal verbs, definitions, and examples, as well as a practice exercise where you’ll try to put the phrasal verbs in the right sentences. Learn more in the Phrasal Verbs in Conversation Course:

Feb 21
Phrasal Verbs: Transitive & Intransitive, Separable & Inseparable

Intransitive phrasal verbs examples: Separable phrasal verbs examples: Inseparable phrasal verbs examples:  ✔️ Read the lesson text: Did you know that there are different types of phrasal verbs in English? Phrasal verbs can be... __ __ What does that mean? Listen to today's lesson to find out! 👉 Learn more inside the Phrasal Verbs in Conversation Course: 

Feb 17
Free Phrasal Verbs Challenge Next Week!

Next week we're doing a FREE "PHRASAL VERBS CHALLENGE" – and you're invited! Phrasal verbs are combinations of verbs + prepositions like TAKE OFF, SET APART, CRACK UP, and BREAK OUT - they are very common in English, and they have meanings that aren't always easy to know. In the 5-day "Phrasal Verbs Challenge" you'll learn 50 phrasal verbs fast through fun, quiz-based lessons. The challenge will run from FEB. 21-25 and the challenge videos will be published on this channel – make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss any of them!  If you also want to get the lessons by e-mail, click on the link to register (again, it's free!): I’m really looking forward to doing this challenge with you next week – get ready to learn a lot!

Feb 14
When to use proof, prove, belief, and believe

In today’s lesson we’re going to practice our pronunciation and learn when to use the words PROOF AND PROVE, BELIEF AND BELIEVE. These pairs of words are different by only one sound. Their meanings are closely related, but their grammar is different. If you want to take it to the next level, try to use each one of these words in your own sentence. And make sure to check out my AMERICAN ENGLISH PRONUNCIATION COURSE, where we practice all the different sounds in the language. You even get an evaluation of your pronunciation when you finish the course! 👉 Learn more inside the American English Pronunciation Course:

Feb 09
100 answers to common English questions

* When a person asks you a question in English, it's hard to give a quick answer. How can you reply to questions faster? One way is to learn some of the typical responses to common questions - and in today's lesson you'll learn 100 ANSWERS TO COMMON ENGLISH QUESTIONS! * * * *   * If you want to improve your English speaking ability for situations in daily life, join my EVERYDAY ENGLISH SPEAKING COURSE. The lessons in this course are based on conversations - with topics like traveling, shopping, restaurants, entertainment, discussions, and more. You'll learn hundreds of phrases so that you can speak English confidently in any situation. Everyday English Speaking is my most popular course, because it's so practical and useful. *   * * "I found the Everyday English Speaking Course to be ONE OF THE BEST. * It covers such a WIDE RANGE OF TOPICS – from simple things such as telephone conversations and ordering food at a restaurant to dealing with tricky situations such as how to complain politely and criticize diplomatically. In fact, it covered many topics that none of the other courses did. It definitely exceeded my expectation and has boosted my confidence." * - Mak, India

Feb 02
How to use WISH and HOPE correctly

⭐ 600+ Confusing Words Explained E-Book: ✔️ Read the lesson text: Today I’m going to explain the difference between wish and hope and how to use these words correctly in English – with lots of examples. I hope you put this into practice so that you remember the difference and you don’t mix up these two words like a lot of English learners do. For more lessons like this one, make sure to download my e-book, 600+ confusing English words explained, because it will make the differences between confusing words clear to you. ⭐ 600+ Confusing Words Explained E-Book:

Jan 26
"Right" and "wrong" expressions

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 wrong... And one of the great things about many Espresso English courses is that they include opportunities for feedback and correction from our teaching team! Feedback on short answers: __ __ Feedback on paragraph writing: __ __ Feedback on recorded speaking: __ __ This way you can put your English into practice and find out what you're doing well, and what needs improvement.

Jan 19