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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?

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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?

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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)

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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

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?

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 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)

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 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?

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 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