Reading Lesson – The Cost of Paying Attention

Hi Students! This past Saturday I taught a reading lesson to a group class on Verbling. Together we read through an opinion piece from the New York Times entitled “The Cost of Paying Attention” by author Matthew Crawford. I really liked the article as I think it discusses an important and timely issue. The author uses […] Read more »

Podcast Episode 55 – Talking About Your Day

In this episode, I give you some pointers on how to talk about your day. I teach you some useful phrasal verbs and use them a lot in the example I give, in which I talk about one of my typical days. Learning how to talk about your daily routine is a useful skill for […] Read more »

Little Free Libraries

Slow Speed (4:50) Normal Speed (3:19) A few months ago, I was taking a walk around my neighborhood and I noticed a cute little box with a chair next to it. The box was shaped like a little house and was sitting atop a pole. Inside, there were books! I opened the little door and rummaged […] Read more »

Podcast Episode 54 – Talent is Overrated

Hi Students! If you have gone through my “7 Strategies for English Fluency” course and/or you have listened to some of my podcasts, then you probably know by now that one of my areas of interest is personal achievement and success. I am especially interested in how people learn and achieve mastery. As an English coach (teacher/tutor), […] Read more »

Podcast Episode 53 – Working with an English Coach

In this episode, I talk about the importance of working with a coach (tutor or mentor) for achieving success in any field, including English. However, there are certain things that you, as the student/client, can do to make sure that you use your time with your coach wisely. Here are some of the things that […] Read more »

Understanding Lyrics

Hi Students! I was preparing some materials for a listening class this morning and I came across this great site for understanding song lyrics. It’s called Genius.com. It is a website where people annotate songs. This means they give you the lyrics of the song with explanations and examples, so you can understand the song better. One […] Read more »

Podcast Episode 52 – Traveling by Plane

Last month, my daughter and I traveled by plane from Washington to California to visit family and friends. I created this podcast episode to share that experience with you and to help you learn useful vocabulary and expressions related to flying in the U.S., and in general. By listening to this episode, you will also learn […] Read more »

Boston Blizzard of January 2015

Slow Speed (3:48)   Normal Speed (2:20)   (How to use this lesson: Listen to me read the blog post out loud. Repeat as needed to understand. Look up any words or expressions you don’t understand. Listen again. Advanced students can watch the videos and read the extra materials below.) As many of you know, […] Read more »

Seattle Seahawks Do it Again – Never Give Up!

  Wow! I wasn’t even watching the game and I was feeling the excitement! The Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers were playing a playoff game today, to see who would get to go to the Super Bowl. (If you don’t know what I am talking about, listen to podcast episode #18 about American Football). […] Read more »

Podcast Episode 51 – The Rosie Project

The other day I was looking at Bill Gates’s blog gatesnotes.com and I came across his article about the book “The Rosie Project“. He has given away 50 copies of this book to friends, so I thought it would be worth checking out. I listened to the audiobook and finished it in only 2 days. I found […] Read more »