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Sunday - April 13, 2014

Podcasts This Week (April 14, 2014)

Is your limited English standing in your way? Do you want to improve your English now?

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 990 – Being Socially Popular

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “bash” and “to go against.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Social Cliques.”
“Many high school students ‘long’ (want very much) to ‘fit in’…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 446

Topics: Ask an American – La Brea Tar Pits; until versus till/‘til versus by; to restore versus to recover; CCU (coronary care unit)

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Flintstones.”
“The Flintstones is an ‘animated’ (made with drawings, not with actors) TV show that was originally ‘broadcast’…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 991 – Describing Distances

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “remote” and “hike.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Methods Used to Encourage People to Walk and Bike to Work.”
“Many cities across the United States are trying to ‘encourage’…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - April 6, 2014

Podcasts This Week (April 7, 2014)

Get the full benefits of ESL Podcast by getting the Learning Guide. We designed the Learning Guide to help you learn English better and faster. Get more vocabulary, language explanations, sample sentences, comprehension questions, cultural notes, and more.

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 988 – Playing Fair in Business

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “account” and “to play fair.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Ethics and Compliance Officers Association.”
“The Ethics and Compliance Officers Association (ECOA) is a ‘nonprofit organization’…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 445
Topics: Movies – Titanic; The Ford Motor Company and the Model T; holiday versus feast versus celebration; impunity versus retaliation versus notoriety; to think of versus to think about

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Sinking of the Steam Ship Andrea Doria.”
“The Steam Ship Andrea Doria was an ‘ocean liner’…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 989 –Dealing with a Mass Transit Strike

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “mass” and “to be restored.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Transit Strikes.”
“Transit strikes are very ‘disruptive’ (creating problems and interrupting people’s routines)…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - March 30, 2014

Podcasts this Week (March 31, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 986 – Buying and Selling Family Heirlooms

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to fetch” and “to proceed.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Places for Antiquing.”
“Some people go antiquing as a ‘hobby’ (something enjoyable that people do in their free time)…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 444

Topics: American Authors – J.D. Salinger; Comedy in Print – Mad Magazine and The Onion; scanty versus inadequate versus deficient; inquiry versus investigation versus research; so-called

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Famous Authors Publishing Only One Book.”
“Authors who experience a great amount of success with one book often ‘follow it up’ (do afterwards) by writing…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 987 – Taking Prescription Drugs

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “pill” and “interact.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Controlled Substance Act.”
“In 1970, the United States ‘Congress’ (law-making part of the government) and…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - March 23, 2014

Podcasts this Week (March 24, 2014)

Is your limited English standing in your way? Do you want to improve your English now?

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 984 – Competing in Business

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to go under” and “to slash prices.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “How Small Businesses Fight Undercutting Prices.”
“Many ‘mom and pop businesses’ (small, family-owned businesses) are being…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 443

Topics: American Musicals – Fiddler on the Roof; How to Sue Somebody (How Civil Lawsuits Work); reporter versus journalist versus correspondent; expense versus expenditure versus cost; bottom line; to run (something) by (someone)

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Streisand Effect.”
“The Streisand Effect is a ‘phenomenon’ (unusual or remarkable event) that occurs when a plan to hide…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 985 – School Fundraisers

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to hit up” and “brick.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “School-Business Partnership Fundraisers.”
“As ‘school funding’ (the amount of money available to pay for schools) is ‘cut’ (reduced)…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - March 16, 2014

Podcasts this Week (March 17, 2014)

Get the full benefits of ESL Podcast by getting the Learning Guide. We designed the Learning Guide to help you learn English better and faster. Get more vocabulary, language explanations, sample sentences, comprehension questions, cultural notes, and more.

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 982 – Home Shopping

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “off” and “steal.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Celebrity Product Lines.”
“Many ‘celebrities’ (people who are famous for acting, singing, sports or other things)…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 442

Topics: American Presidents – Woodrow Wilson; junction versus intersection versus interchange; proprietary versus patent; to bluff (one’s) way into a secure area

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Presidential Illnesses.”
“Being the leader of any ‘nation’ (country) would be a ‘stressful’ (causing a lot of worry and tension) job…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 983 – Breaking Bad Habits

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to break” and “to share.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Common Bad Habits in Conversation.”
“Many people have bad habits in ‘conversation’ (speaking with other people)…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - March 9, 2014

Podcasts this Week (March 10, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 980 – Retiring Abroad

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “fixed” and “to put down stakes.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Retiring Abroad.”
“In the past, many Americans ‘dreamed of’ (thought about and hoped for) traveling abroad in their retirement…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 441

Topics: Ask an American – Saving the oldest photograph; law versus rule versus policy; to stem from versus to be derived from; bring it on; infomercial; hawking; exercise fad

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “What To Do With Photos.”
“In the past, Americans used to keep boxes filled with photos or placed them in ‘photo albums’…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 981 – Diplomatic and Economic Sanctions

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to call off” and “trade.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Types of Economic Sanctions.”
“The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury is responsible for…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - March 2, 2014

Podcasts this Week (March 3, 2014)

Is your limited English standing in your way? Do you want to improve your English now?

Learn English even faster with the help of the Learning Guide. In it, you’ll get more vocabulary, language explanations, sample sentences, comprehension questions, cultural notes, and more.

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 978 – Getting Access to Restricted Areas

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to be screened” and “to be shown out.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Press Passes.”
“A ‘press pass’ is a card, often worn on a string around the neck, that gives special ‘privileges’…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 440

Topics: Famous Americans – Typhoid Mary; The National Hot Rod Association; complex versus complicated versus intricate; “needle hit the groove” and “lampooned as a loner’s pastime”; to clean versus to cleanse

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Hot Wheels.”
“One of the biggest toy makers in the United States is Mattel…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 979 – Types of Humor

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “juvenile” and “discriminating.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.”
“Mark Twain (see English Café 34) was a famous American ‘novelist’ (writer of stories that are book-length) and ‘humorist’…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - February 23, 2014

Podcasts This Week (February 24, 2014)

Get the full benefits of ESL Podcast by getting the Learning Guide. We designed the Learning Guide to help you learn English better and faster. Get more vocabulary, language explanations, sample sentences, comprehension questions, cultural notes, and more.

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 976 – Showing Immaturity

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to take (something) well” and “to look past.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Young Philanthropists.”
“Normally we think of ‘philanthropists’ (people who donate a lot of money to help others) as wealthy…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 439

Topics: Panama Canal; Famous Songs – “Fever”; to squander versus to lavish versus to waste; self-conscious versus self-confident versus self-aware; as tough as they come

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Dance Fever.”
Dance Fever was an American music and dance show that aired from January 1979 to September 1987…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 977 – Parts of the Body

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “palm” and “chin.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “George Washington’s Wooden Dentures.”
“There are many ‘pervasive’ (known by many people) ‘myths (things that are generally believed to be true by most people, but actually are not true)…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - February 16, 2014

Podcasts This Week (February 17, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 974 – Talking About Old Crimes

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “cold case” and “trail.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Interesting Methods Used to Solve Cold Cases.”
“In general, the older a crime is, the more difficult it becomes to solve…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 438

Topics: Movies – A Streetcar Named Desire; Bryce Canyon National Park; lockout versus walkout versus strike; Sweet Sixteen, Elite Six, and Final Four; to dote on

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Stella Awards.”
“From 2002 to 2007, an unusual type of award was given out as a joke…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 975 – Making Food From Scratch

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “from scratch” and “fresh.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Recent Food Movements.”
“The United States has ‘witnessed’ (seen) many food movements recently…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - February 9, 2014

Podcasts This Week (February 10, 2014)

Is your limited English standing in your way? Do you want to improve your English now?

Learn English even faster with the help of the Learning Guide. In it, you’ll get more vocabulary, language explanations, sample sentences, comprehension questions, cultural notes, and more.

Get the Learning Guide and support ESL Podcast today by becoming a Basic or Premium Member!

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 972 – Paying an Employee Under the Table

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to be accounted for” and “to come out ahead.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Nannygate.”
“Hiring a ‘nanny’ (a person, usually a young woman, who provides regular childcare inside a family’s home, usually while the parents are working)…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 437

Topics: American Authors – William Faulkner; Soap Box Derbys; to deceive versus to cheat versus to lie; to appreciate; to go green

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Underwood Typewriter Company.”
“Before the use of computers, people typed their documents using typewriters…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 973 – Attracting Someone’s Interest

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to give (someone) the eye” and “hot.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Gun-Related Idioms.”
“Many ‘idioms’ (phrases that have a special meaning) are related to ‘firearms…’” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide