#51 Raise the Bar

This year we’re going to try to raise the bar at VenturEnglish. But what does it mean to raise the bar, set the bar or lower the bar. We talk about this useful and common idiom this week.

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#50 New Year’s Resolutions

Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution? Have you ever wondered what a New Year’s resolution is? We’ll talk about resolutions and the resolve to make them happen. What will your resolution be this year?

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#49 Over It! or All Over It?

Which one is which? When do you use each one? Does it even matter? “Over it” and “all over it” are two very different idioms. In this episode we talk about how to use them well!

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#48 Sick and Tired, Fed Up and Done!

What are you sick and tired of? Are you fed up with work, life? Are you just done? I hope not, but this week’s podcast is about how to use these words and phrases.

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#47 The Word “Halloween”

This is the time of year we’re all thinking about trick or treating, ghosts and ghouls. But what about that word, Halloween? It’s a strange name for a holiday! Where did it come from and how did it get spread all over the world?

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#46 Using What and How (Recast from season 1)

What” and “how” are both question starters, part of the 5 W’s and 1 H. But their meanings can sometimes seem very close, and it may be difficult to decide which word to use in a question. A common mistake is asking “how do you think?” instead of “what do you think?” In this episode, we talk about when to use both of these words.

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#45 Using the Verb “Inform”

We use the verb “to inform” often in business English, but it is difficult to use it correctly. We’ll talk about how to use this verb effectively in this episode.

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#44 – Our Apologies

How can you apologize when you do something wrong? Is it different in business and personal life? What can you say that won’t make things worse? Here are some ideas from 3 Minute English!

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#43 How Many Ways Can You Say: I Don’t Know?

Nobody likes to admit they don’t know something. So we try to soften the information so we don’t feel so bad! In this episode, we talk about some ways to say “I don’t know” in English. Listen for them, and you’ll hear them all the time. Maybe too often!

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#42 Hindsight is 20/20

Do you have eyes in the back of your head? Well, most of us don’t so hindsight can be difficult. But it can also be important in business. How can you use the idiom “hindsight is 20/20”?

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#41 From the Get Go!

Have you ever wondered what a “get go” is? Or how about when exactly is “early on” in a project? In this episode, we look at the meanings and how to use phrases like “from the get go”, “from the outset” and “early on.” 

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#39 Use It or Lose It!

I thought being under budget was a good thing! Then I heard “use it or lose it!” Have you ever heard that? Well in business it has a special meaning related to money and budgets!

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#38 Go Ahead!

Has anyone ever told you to go ahead? Have you tried to get the go-ahead to start a new project? In this episode, we’ll talk about some of the uses for the phrasal verb “go ahead.”

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#35 Tagging Verbs with “Up”

Why do we say “open up,” “finish up” or “pay up?” Are these just more confusing phrasal verbs? Well not quite. On today’s podcast, we’ll talk about the intensifier “up.” Go to the transcript page for a partial list of verbs which we often use with up as an intensifier. Of course, there are many more!

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#33 Grow, Raise or Grow Up?

Have you ever been confused about which of these three words to use? Their meanings are very similar, but their usages are very different. In this episode, we give some tips about using these three verbs.

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#32. Consider, Discuss and Research – Do They Need “About”?

These three verbs are often followed by the preposition “about”. But is that correct? We’ll look at the usage of these three verbs in this episode.

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#31. As Far As, or As Long As?

These two idioms sound a lot alike, and they may seem to mean the same thing. But they are not interchangeable. In this podcast, we talk about the difference between “as far as” and “as long as.”

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#30. I Need It Yesterday!

Welcome to season two of  “3 Minute English!” I hope you enjoy the new season of English tips. You might have heard someone tell you “I need this report yesterday!” Were they crazy, confused or just using bad English? Well, maybe none of these. We’ll talk about this idiom today.

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#29. Don’t Care OR Don’t Worry?

The words “care” and “worry” seem like they should be interchangeable. But are they? In this episode, we talk about the differences between these two words.


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#28. How to Use the Verb “Seem”

“Seem” is a tricky verb to use in a sentence because the object seems like the subject and the subject seems to be missing. What? Listen to this week’s podcast and I hope everything becomes a bit clearer!

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#27 Can Pigs Really Fly?

I don’t think there’s a flying pig, but in English, we use the idea of flying to make quite a few idioms. In this episode, we talk about “When Pigs Fly” and other idioms that come from flying.

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#26. To Write Up or Write Down?

These two phrasal verbs look very similar. But are their meanings also similar, or opposite?  When should you use each one? In this episode, we look closely at these two phrasal verbs.

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#25. Better Ways to Say “Cheap!”

The word “cheap” has some real baggage attached to it. Besides meaning inexpensive price, “cheap” has the nuance of poor or below standard quality. It’s not a good word to use in many situations. So what are some alternatives? We’ll discuss that in this week’ episode.

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#24. Tips For English Negotiation

What are some good phrases for negotiation? I’m often asked this question. We’ll go over a few of them here, and we’ll start talking about strategies for effective English negotiations.

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#23. “Should Have” and “Supposed To” – What’s the Difference?

These two phrases are often used in the same situations by native speakers. But is there a difference in meaning? There sure is, and it will help to know the difference when you decide which one to use.

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#22. Detour or Shortcut?

Sometimes you may have to take an alternate route. But when you do is it a shortcut or a detour? These two words are useful in business and daily life, but are you using them correctly? We’ll talk about that in this episode.

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#21. Stand-up!

Have you been told to stand-up? Have you been stood-up? Are you a stand-up person? Have you stood-up for what you believe in? These are a few ways to use the phrasal verb stand-up. Do you know the meaning of all these phrases? This week we talk about standing up!

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#20. How Many Ways Can You Use “Drop”?

The little word “drop” has a lot of meaning! It can be used as a noun or verb, in formal speech or slang, and is often a part of idioms and set phrases. In this podcast, we talk about 8 different meanings or usages of the word “drop.” But there are many more usages. In fact, this podcast is just a drop in the ocean!

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