Espresso English Podcast


Improve your English in just a few minutes a day! Learn English grammar, vocabulary, phrases, idioms, and more.


  • 267: Stay motivated tip #4 - Visualize your English goals

    267: Stay motivated tip #4 - Visualize your English goals

    12/05/2020 Duration: 02min

    Hi students! Are you ready to learn tip #4 for how to stay motivated to learn English? This one is something you can put into practice every time you sit down to study. Visualize The End Goal, And Know That Every Bit Of Time You Invest Is Bringing You Closer! Do you know WHY you want to learn English? Whatever your reason is, try this simple exercise: when you sit down to study English, spend a couple minutes visualizing (imagining) reaching your goal.  Then, tell yourself that EVERY study session (including this one) is bringing you closer to that situation. This makes your studying more enjoyable and more meaningful, because you know that what you are doing is useful and that you are making real progress.

  • 266: Stay motivated tip #3 - Dont take mistakes so seriously/personally

    266: Stay motivated tip #3 - Don't take mistakes so seriously/personally

    09/05/2020 Duration: 04min

    Hi there! I’m back with tip #3 on how to stay motivated when learning English, and this is a big one – it is: Don’t Take Mistakes So Seriously/Personally MISTAKES – they have the power to make you afraid to use your English… they can also make you feel humiliated when someone corrects you… they represent your failure to know the rules of English… right? WRONG! Mistakes only have all that power if you allow them to have such power. Remember that making mistakes does NOT mean you are stupid. Choose to view mistakes as an opportunity to learn, not a disaster!

  • 265: Stay motivated tip #2 - Never compare your English to others

    265: Stay motivated tip #2 - Never compare your English to others'

    06/05/2020 Duration: 03min

    Hi students! It’s Shayna from and I’m excited to share with you my second tip for how to stay motivated to learn English. Tip #1, which we learned last time, is to be encouraged because your English is probably better than you imagine. Now let’s consider tip #2, which is: Never Compare Your English Skills To Others’

  • 264: How to stay motivated when learning English - Tip #1

    264: How to stay motivated when learning English - Tip #1

    03/05/2020 Duration: 04min

    Do you ever feel sad and discouraged about your English-learning progress? Do you sometimes find it hard to stay motivated, because learning English takes such a long time? Are there days when you just don't feel like studying? If you've ever experienced these emotions, then you will really enjoy the lessons I have for you this month. I’m going to teach you 10 practical ways to stay motivated in your English learning. Click here for tip #1! This is a special series of lessons that isn’t specifically about grammar or vocabulary, but instead about how you can stay motivated and keep learning English, even when it feels hard. I’m making these videos for you because I want to see you succeed in your English learning, and these will be my top tips to help you keep going!

  • 263 - How to pronounce long, complicated words in English

    263 - How to pronounce long, complicated words in English

    29/04/2020 Duration: 06min

    Today I'm going to teach you an exercise for practicing the pronunciation of long, difficult multi-syllable words. Our example words for this exercise will be particularly and individualistic. But you can use this exercise with ANY English word! I hope you’ll remember the tips in this lesson next time you see a long, complicated English word! When it comes to pronunciation, practice makes perfect. The only way to get better at English pronunciation is by doing it, by saying the words, and by training your mouth to make the right sounds. I have two courses that can help you train and improve your pronunciation – the American English Pronunciation Course and Shadowing with Shayna. These courses have lots of exercises that will give you the practice you need to speak more clearly, confidently and correctly. 

  • 262 - Phrases for education - 7 expressions and 1 common error

    262 - Phrases for education - 7 expressions and 1 common error

    22/04/2020 Duration: 07min

    Today you'll learn some common English expressions for talking about education. This lesson will also help you put these phrases into practice by asking you questions that use the expressions - so you can pause the video and say your answer, or write it down! And at the end of the lesson, I explain a very common error in English when talking about what you studied in school or college... make sure to watch or read to the end so that you can avoid this mistake. If you're following my lessons, it means you want to improve your spoken English. Watching YouTube videos is one way to do that, but it's even better to join my Everyday English Speaking Courses. You'll learn hundreds of real English phrases that are useful for daily life - what to say in daily life, when traveling, when socializing, even when arguing or disagreeing. It will help you speak English more confidently in any situation. To finish up this lesson on education, I just want to say that I'm so glad you're learning English with me! There are

  • 261 - Learn 10 business English verbs

    261 - Learn 10 business English verbs

    15/04/2020 Duration: 07min

    In today’s lesson you’re going to improve your business English vocabulary by learning some interesting verbs that are used in the business world. If you work in an English-speaking environment – or if you want to do so – you’ll encounter a lot of words that you might not have learned in English class. This video is going to teach you 10 business English verbs and how to use them. They’re also used outside business, so you might also see these words in news articles, for example. If you’re learning English for your job or career, one of the best ways to improve your skills is to join my Business English Course. Today's lesson has only 10 words, but inside my course you’ll learn hundreds of common business English terms and phrases that you can use in a professional context. The Business English Course covers topics like finance, marketing, management, and more - as well as common professional situations like how to give a presentation or make phone calls in English. If you want to speak English more conf

  • 260 - 4 ways to use the -ING form of verbs in English

    260 - 4 ways to use the -ING form of verbs in English

    08/04/2020 Duration: 08min

    Did you know that there are at least four different ways to use the -ING form of verbs in English? You might already know one or two of these, but after this lesson you'll have a more complete understanding of when we use English verbs in the -ING form. English grammar can be difficult, but I try to make it easy for my students! To learn grammar from me, you can get my $1 grammar e-books - these cover basic and intermediate grammar. If you're a more advanced student, then check out my Advanced English Grammar Course for very detailed lessons that will help make complex grammar topics clear to you. The e-books and course will give you a structured and organized way to learn English grammar and improve your speaking and writing.

  • 259 - Say, tell, speak, or talk?

    259 - Say, tell, speak, or talk?

    01/04/2020 Duration: 05min

    If you frequently confuse the verbs SAY, TELL, SPEAK, and TALK, you’re not alone – these are some of the most commonly confused English words! They seem like they all mean the same thing - and they are similar - but we actually use them differently in English. In this lesson, I’ll teach you the difference between say, tell, speak, and talk, and help you avoid some common mistakes with these words. For more lessons like this, check out my e-book, 600+ Confusing English Words Explained. When you read this e-book, you'll have a much better understanding of how to use English words correctly. I want to help you speak English better, so that you can talk with people more confidently! That's why I'm telling you about my e-book, 600+ Confusing English Words Explained. Other students say that this e-book has really helped them understand English words and when to use them. There, I just used all four words - speak, talk, tell, and say!

  • 258 - How to pronounce English words ending in -ILE

    258 - How to pronounce English words ending in -ILE

    25/03/2020 Duration: 05min

    Today I want to answer a question from a student who asked how to pronounce words ending in -ILE, like the word "mobile." Words with this ending are a little tricky because there’s a pronunciation difference between British and American English.  I’m from the U.S., so I’m going to teach you the way we say these words in American English. We’ll practice 20 words with the -ILE ending - there are two different ways to pronounce it (plus a couple of exceptions). Come check out my American English Pronunciation Course if you want to improve your pronunciation so that you can speak more clearly and correctly! It has 30 lessons that are full of listen-and-repeat exercises, so that you can train yourself to pronounce words and sentences like a native English speaker. For additional pronunciation training, there's also my Shadowing with Shayna Course. You can get a discount when you buy these two courses together. Keep up the good work in practicing your pronunciation. Bye for now!

  • 257 - 16 common collocations with time

    257 - 16 common collocations with "time"

    18/03/2020 Duration: 07min

    "Time" is one of the most common words in English - but do you know all the different ways you can use the word time? In today's lesson, you'll learn 16 common collocations with the word TIME, such as: waste time, kill time, it's about time, stall for time There's also a quiz to help you practice the collocations in this lesson - you can click here to try it! One common problem among adults who are learning English is not having much time to study. Between work, school, family, and hobbies, it's hard to sit down and study English for hours and hours. That's why I create lessons that are short but effective - and one of the best examples of that is my e-book, 1000 Collocations in 10 Minutes a Day. Each lesson takes only about 5 minutes to read, and 5 minutes to do the exercise. This e-book is perfect for you if you have a busy schedule, but you still want to make progress in your English. It also includes audio, so you can listen to the lessons as well. For now, try to write some sentences using the "time

  • 256 - 20 phrasal verbs with GET

    256 - 20 phrasal verbs with GET

    11/03/2020 Duration: 12min

    This lesson is on one of the topics that’s most requested by my students – it’s all about phrasal verbs with the word “get.” We have get off, get by, get along, get over, get back, and lots more… and some of these have multiple meanings! These 20 phrasal verbs with "get" are very common in everyday English, so you need to learn them. I’ll make them clear with definitions and examples. Now you know 20 different phrasal verbs with “get” – but what’s the best way to remember them all? Phrasal verbs are easier to remember when you put them into practice – so try to write your own sentences using the phrasal verbs from this lesson. Inside my Phrasal Verbs in Conversation Course, you'll learn more than 500 phrasal verbs in English - and the course includes lots of opportunities for you to practice. After each lesson, there’s a quiz to help you review, and writing exercises to help you use the phrasal verbs you’ve learned.

  • 255 - 10 idioms for extreme emotion

    255 - 10 idioms for extreme emotion

    04/03/2020 Duration: 06min

    If you want to speak fluent English, it's important to learn phrases and expressions - NOT just individual words. This is especially important when studying idioms. Why? Because it's often NOT possible to understand the meaning of the idiom by looking at the individual words... instead, you must learn the meaning of the entire idiomatic expression. In today's lesson, I’ll explain 10 idioms for describing strong emotions. I guarantee you'll learn something new! We have so many interesting and colorful idioms in English, but traditional English books often don't focus on idioms. This means you can be very good at "textbook English," but then you’ll have difficulty understanding TV shows, movies, and informal conversations – because these are all full of idiomatic expressions. If you're looking for a simple and fun way to learn the most common idiomatic expressions, sign up for my 300 English Idioms Course. You'll get 30 lessons that will help you discover English idioms in context - AND practice using the

  • 254: Quiz - 10 Common English spelling mistakes

    254: Quiz - 10 Common English spelling mistakes

    26/02/2020 Duration: 06min

    Today's lesson is a quiz to help you practice some English words that are frequently spelled wrong. These spelling mistakes are made by both English learners and by native English speakers. Can you spell all 10 words right? It’s much easier to avoid mistakes in English when you know exactly what to watch out for! You can learn to correct the most common English mistakes inside my course, 200 Common Errors in English. These are the most common mistakes that are made by students who are learning English, just like you. I’ll teach you how to fix them, so that you can use English more confidently – without worrying about mistakes. Thanks for taking today's lesson, and I hope to see you in the course!

  • 253: English phrases for talking about the weather

    253: English phrases for talking about the weather

    19/02/2020 Duration: 07min

    Today you’ll learn 14 conversational English phrases about the weather. If you want to know how to talk about the weather in English, beyond the basic phrases of “It’s sunny” and “It’s raining,” then this lesson is for you.  As you can see, these are real English phrases that native English speakers use to talk about the weather – from hot weather to cold weather, good weather to bad weather – I hope you’ve learned some useful vocabulary and expressions today. To continue learning everyday English, come check out my Everyday English Speaking Course, where you can learn English phrases in the context of conversations about daily life, traveling, shopping, restaurants, and more. Thanks for joining me for this lesson - bye for now!

  • 252 - Pronunciation Practice: Difficult words with R

    252 - Pronunciation Practice: Difficult words with "R"

    12/02/2020 Duration: 06min

    Today we're going to practice pronouncing some difficult English words that feature the letter R, like choir, drawer, rural, library, temperature, and more. Do you have a difficult word that you want to know how to pronounce correctly in English? If so, tell me about it, and I'll add it to my list for future lessons! If you want to continue learning pronunciation and practicing with me, come check out my Pronunciation and Shadowing Courses. They will help you learn to pronounce English words and sentences more clearly and naturally. Keep on practicing and with time, you will be able to pronounce these difficult R words well. 

  • 251 - 10 vocabulary words starting with F

    251 - 10 vocabulary words starting with "F"

    05/02/2020 Duration: 04min

    We’ve just started the month of February, and I realized it’s been a long time since I did an English vocabulary lesson with pictures – so in today’s lesson, you’re going to learn 10 vocabulary words starting with the letter F. In addition to learning what these words mean, you can also practice pronouncing them by repeating the words after me. That’s just a small sampling of the many English words we have, starting with F. You can continue learning English vocabulary inside my Vocabulary Builder Courses. The lessons in those courses have lots of pictures, so it’s easy to learn the words – and there are exercises to help you practice. There are two levels of the Vocabulary Builder Course, and you can get a discount when you buy both levels together.

  • 250: English phrase - Hindsight is 20/20

    250: English phrase - Hindsight is 20/20

    29/01/2020 Duration: 04min

    Today I'm going to explain the expression "hindsight is 20/20." It's now the year 2020, so I thought this would be an interesting phrase to learn! I don't want you to have regrets about your English learning. I don't want you to get to the end of the year and then to look back and say, "Oh, I should have studied harder, or I wish I'd taken that course, but I didn't, and so my English didn't really improve this year." Instead, I want you to take action! Practice your English every day. Join one of my courses. Just keep working on your English consistently as the months go by. Then, when we get to the end of the year, you won't have regrets. You won't think, "Ah, I wish I'd dedicated more time to my English, but hindsight is 20/20." Instead, you'll be able to say, "I did my best this year, I learned a lot of new things, and my English has improved in the year 2020." That's my hope and my wish for you! And I'm so glad I can help you learn more English through these lessons.

  • 249 - How it feels to be fluent - My language-learning story

    249 - How it feels to be fluent - My language-learning story

    27/01/2020 Duration: 06min

    When you're learning a language, it's common to feel sad about your progress. You want to become fluent... but it seems like that goal is so far away! If you hear an expression that you don't know, or have difficulty understanding a fast conversation, it's easy to lose confidence in your abilities. You might think negative thoughts like "My English is so bad." You might wonder, "Will I ever become fluent in English, or is it impossible for me?" Let me tell you about my language-learning experience...

  • 248: How to speak English confidently!

    248: How to speak English confidently!

    22/01/2020 Duration: 09min

    Do you often feel nervous when speaking English? Today I'm going to tell you my top tips for improving your confidence when speaking English. First, I'll give you three reasons why it's important to improve your confidence about your English. Then, I'll teach you three mental exercises and three physical exercises that will help you speak English more confidently! If you do these things, then your confidence will improve! I believe that YOU CAN learn to speak confident English, because I've seen many of my students become more confident by taking my lessons and practicing these tips. If you want to learn more from me, come join my English courses. You'll get clear and practical lessons that will help you learn vocabulary, phrases, grammar, pronunciation, idioms, and much more.

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