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Sunday - August 24, 2014

Podcasts This Week (August 25, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1028 - Describing Order and Sequence

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 “digit” and “to embrace.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Dewey Decimal System.”
“The ‘Dewey Decimal System’ is a ‘classification system’ (a way of organizing materials or information)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 465

Topics: Famous Songs – “If I Had a Hammer”; How to Become a Social Worker; to dismantle versus to disassemble; guilt versus blame; to cross the great divide

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer.”
“One of the most famous characters in popular American writing is Mike Hammer…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1029 – Types of Vandalism

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 egg” and “to go after.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Killroy Was Here.”
“The phrase ‘Killroy was here’ is an ‘expression’ (something that is said commonly by many people)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - August 17, 2014

Podcasts This Week (August 18, 2014)

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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 1026 - Marrying Young

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 pose” and “to lean on.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Non-Traditional Students in College.”
“Traditionally, students attend college ‘straight out of’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 464

Topics: The Roaring Twenties; The Empire State Building; Indians (Asians) versus Indians (indigenous peoples); to blow up versus to explode; staging ground

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Boxer Jack Dempsey.”
“William Harrison ‘Jack’ Dempsey was a famous American professional ‘boxer’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1027 – Adding Condiments to Food

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 miss out.” and “a dab of.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Development of Ketchup.”
“Ketchup has a long ‘culinary’ (related to food and cooking) history…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

 

Sunday - August 10, 2014

Podcasts This Week (August 11, 2014)

icon_51812Get 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 1024 - Dealing with Crises

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 put out fires” and “to long for.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Smokey the Bear.”
“‘Smokey Bear,’ often called ‘Smokey the Bear,’ is a ‘mascot’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 463

Topics: American Presidents – George H. W. Bush; “architects let rip with a wave of ambitious and beautifully crafted buildings”; to keep (someone) out of (one’s) hair; pronouncing dead versus debt

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Famous Presidential Quotes – Theodore Roosevelt.”
“There have been many speeches that have ‘made their mark’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1025 – Maintaining Internet Privacy

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 “post” and “to take down.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Internet- and Technology-Related Crimes.”
“The ‘advent’ (creation, adoption, and use) of technology and the Internet has allowed people to communicate with each other…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - August 3, 2014

Podcasts This Week (August 4, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1022 - Being Cited for a DUI

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 handle” and “behind bars.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Breathalyzers.”
“The breathalyzer is a ‘device’ (small machine) that analyzes an individual’s ‘breath’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 462

Topics: Movies – Singin’ in the Rain; Famous Authors – Clare Booth Luce; to exchange versus to change versus to switch; to walk off; margin

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Native American Rain Dances.”
“Rain is important in most parts of the world for communities to live and to ‘thrive’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1023 – Learning to Act

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 “up for” and “to project.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “How Casting Calls Work.”
“‘Casting calls’ are used in the process of selecting the ‘cast’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - May 25, 2014

Podcasts This Week (May 26, 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 1002 – An Unwelcomed Business in the Neighborhood

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 shut down” and “to make a stink.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Minsky’s Burlesque.”
“American “burlesque” is a kind of ‘variety show’…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 452

Topics: Lau v. Nichols; vaudeville; finally versus ultimately; trickle versus drizzle; coincidence

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “American Cabaret.”
“‘Cabaret’ was a form of entertainment very popular in the early 1900s…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1003 – Describing Duration

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 drag” and “to zip by.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Intermission.”
“‘Intermission’ is a short ‘break’ or ‘recess’ during a long play, opera, or concert…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - May 18, 2014

Podcasts This Week (May 19, 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 1000 – Reaching a Milestone

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 “make it” and “toast.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Word ‘Milestone.’”
“In this episode of ESL Podcast, a ‘milestone’ is a significant event or achievement that marks an important step in one’s progress…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 451 

Topics: Ask an American – Beards and facial hair; sin versus transgression; totally versus definitely; “I ever go there”

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Facial Hair Competitions.”
“With the growing interest in facial hair, some men have begun to compete for the best beards and mustaches…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1001 – Practicing Yoga

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 “pose” and “mat.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Fitness Trends.”
“People who exercise often know that doing ‘the same old routine’…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - May 11, 2014

Podcasts This Week (May 12, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 998 – Meeting a New Neighbor

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 settle in” and “to fend off.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Welcoming New Neighbors.”
“When people move into a neighborhood in the United States, they might expect to be ‘welcomed’…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 450

Topics: Famous Americans – Charles Schultz and Peanuts; The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve; to be pleased to versus to be happy to versus it’s (one’s) pleasure to; to sit versus to seat; willy-nilly

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Camp Snoopy at Knott’s Berry Farm.”
“‘Situated in (located in)’ Southern California in a city called Buena Park is a 160-acre ‘theme park’…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 999 – Being Vague and Unfocused

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 pumped” and “to pin (someone) down.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Community Organizing and Grassroots Efforts.”
“In the United States, people who are dissatisfied with the ‘status quo’…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - May 4, 2014

Podcasts This Week (May 5, 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 996 – Importing Goods to the  U.S.

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 released” and “spirits.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Harmonized Tariff Schedule for the United States.”
“The Harmonized Tariff Schedule for the United States is a detailed ‘schedule’ (list) of nearly all products…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 449

Topics:  American Presidents – William Henry Harrison; fringe benefits versus benefits package versus compensation package; teacher versus professor

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The President’s Volunteer Service Award.”
“The President’s Volunteer Service Award is a program established by the United States government to give ‘recognition’…”  - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 997 – Writing One’s Memoirs

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 “juicy” and “affair.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “American Memoirs on the Big Screen.”
“Books are often ‘adapted’ (created for a different type of presentation) for ‘the big screen’…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - April 27, 2014

Podcasts This Week (April 28, 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 994 – Describing Accuracy and Inaccuracy

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 “forgiving” and “to take out.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Saxton Pope.”
“Saxton Pope, born in 1875, is known as the ‘father of’ (person who started or created) modern…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 448

Topics: Famous Songs – “Que Sera Sera”; Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown; demand versus request versus requirement; discrimination versus segregation; a great deal

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Hair Drops.”
“A hair drop is an ‘ornament’ (something worn on the body or placed on something to make it more attractive)…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 995 – Proper Behavior at a Formal Event

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 loosen up” and “to cheapen.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Chief of Protocol of the United States.”
“When dealing with other countries, the United States must make sure that it is following ‘protocol’…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - April 20, 2014

Podcasts This Week (April 21, 2014)

We are grateful to our members and donors, because we are only able to produce this podcast with the generous help of our listeners.

If you enjoy our podcasts, please consider supporting ESL Podcast by becoming a Basic or Premium Member today!

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 992 – Loan Forgiveness Programs

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 count down” and “to get out from under.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.”
“The College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 created the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 447

Topics: Famous Americans – John Philip Sousa; Confidential Magazine and the Criminal Libel Suit of 1957; developer versus programmer versus coder; describing a person with a good character

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about the “United Service Organizations (USO).”
“In any organization, morale is important. “Morale” refers to how happy, confident…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 993 – Doing Spring Cleaning

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 wipe down” and “to scrub.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Types of Cleaning Professionals.”
“Many people ‘earn a living’ (make money) by cleaning other people’s homes and businesses…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide