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Sunday - September 28, 2014

Podcasts This Week (September 29, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1038 - Types and Characteristics of Apartments

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 “lost” and “floor.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Impact of the Book How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York.
How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York is a ‘photojournalism’…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 470

Topics: Famous Americans – James Fenimore Cooper; The Farmer’s Almanac; in favor of versus in (one’s) favor; feat of strength, raw human strength, and to be forced against table’s edge; to multitask

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Farmers’ Alliance.”
“The Farmer’s Alliance was an ‘agrarian’ (relating to farming) movement among…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1039 – Taking a Car for a Test Drive

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 buckle up” and “car lot.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Driver’s Ed.”
“In most states, people can get their ‘learner’s permit’…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - September 21, 2014

Podcasts This Week (September 22, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1036 - Farming and Agribusiness

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 edge out” and “very.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Types of Subsidies.”
“Businesses can receive many types of subsidies, but they can be divided into…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 469

Topics: American Presidents – Grover Cleveland; to understand versus to grab versus to grasp versus to get (it); the suffix –hood; pronouncing words with the first letter “e”

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “U.S. Bills in Large Denominations.”
Currently, the United States prints its ‘bills’ (paper money) in seven ‘“denominations’…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1037 – Ending a Party

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 it a night” and “to mean (something).”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Terms Used to Talk About Beer.”
“Beer is a popular drink in the United States, and many special terms are used to …” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - September 14, 2014

Podcasts This Week (September 15, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1034 - Making Changes to a Hotel Reservation

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 “party” and “to stick to.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The National Trust for Historic Preservation and Historic Hotels of America.”
“The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a ‘nonprofit’…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 468

Topics: The Jonestown Massacre; Square Dancing; perspective versus prospective versus prospect; scheme versus schema; heart condition

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about the term “Hootenanny.”
“‘Hootenanny’ is a word with its ‘origins’ (beginnings) in Scotland, …”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1035 – Using a Self-Checkout Machine

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 “scale” and “to bag.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “History of the Use of Barcodes.”
“The earliest barcode was invented in 1948 and ‘patented’…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - September 7, 2014

Podcasts This Week (September 8, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1032 - Different Management Styles

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 “top-down” and “to back a different horse.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Layers of Management.”
“Most American businesses have three ‘layers’…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 467

Topics: Movies – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; Famous Americans – Babe Didrikson Zaharias; to deliver versus to distribute versus to ship; describing the loss of hair on a man’s head; to ward off

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Fables Comic Book Series.”
“There are many children stories about talking animals, and ‘mythical’ (belonging to old stories, especially stories about how the world was created) creatures…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1033 – Discussing a Victory or Loss

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 “crushing” and “blowout.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Touchdown Celebrations.”
“Football players love to celebrate when they ‘score a touchdown’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - August 31, 2014

Podcasts This Week (September 1, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1030 - Adopting a Pet

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 “breed” and “stray.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Organizations Protecting Animals.”
“In the United States, many organizations have formed to protect animals…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 466

Topics: Ask an American – Being a twin; to revoke versus to nullify versus to rescind; waste; bon voyage

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Olsen Twins.”
“The Olsen twins are ‘arguably’ (many, but not all people, believe it is true) the most-recognized twins…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1031 – Following a High-Profile Court Case

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 crack down” and “at the expense of.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The People’s Court.”
“The People’s Court is an American ‘reality TV show’…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - July 27, 2014

Podcasts this Week (July 28, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1020 – Making Verbal Mistakes

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 “delivery” and “to have (something) down cold.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Malapropisms, Spoonerisms, and Mondergreens.”
“Anyone who has done any ‘public speaking’…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 461

Topics: The Basics of Basketball; Flea Markets; grass versus herb; delectable versus palatable; be my guest

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Nerf Balls.”
“In 1968, inventor Reyn Guyer started a company called Windsor Concepts that developed new toys and games…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1021 – Mental Disorders

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 “warning sign” and “well-adjusted.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.”
“The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is sometimes called the…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - July 20, 2014

Podcasts this Week (July 21, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1018 – Raising Teenagers

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 “piercing” and “to ease up.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “After-School Programs.”
“Many ‘school districts’ (groups of schools in the same area that have the same management) offer…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 460

Topics: American Musicals and Movies - Grease; Workers’ Compensation Laws; whirl versus swirl versus eddy; to be curious versus to wonder; beloved

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Greasers.”
“There are many ‘subculture’ (smaller cultural or social) groups in every country …” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1019 – Losing a Passport While Traveling

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 flag down” and “left behind.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.”
“The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a program of the ‘U.S. Department of State’…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - July 13, 2014

Podcasts this Week (July 14, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1016 – Doing Pro Bono Work

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 “firm” and “to fall short.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Law Students in Action Project.”
“The Law Students in Action Project (LSAP) is an organized ‘effort’…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 459

Topics: The Scottsboro Boys Trial; The Grammy Awards; so versus too; to bash; to whip the crowd into a frenzy

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Latin Grammy Awards.”
“Each year, millions of Americans watch the Grammy awards on television….” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1017 – Driving an Off-Road Vehicle

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 picture” and “baby.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Mud Bogging.”
“‘Mud bogging,’ which is also known as ‘mud racing,’ ‘mud running,’ and simply ‘running,’ is a sport that…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - July 6, 2014

Podcasts This Week (July 7, 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 1014 – Becoming a Spy

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 live a double life” and “for (one’s) cover to be blown.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Extraordinary Rendition.”
“‘Extraordinary rendition’ is the practice of ‘apprehending’…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 458

Topics: Miranda v. Arizona; Famous Americans – Rube Goldberg; to heal versus to cure; to give up versus to give in; no way

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Garrity and Kalkines Warnings.”
“Although you may have heard of the Miranda warning in television shows and movies, you may not be aware of two other warnings…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1015 – Conducting a Search

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 report in” and “don’t look now.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The FBI Victims Identification Project and The Charley Project.”
“The FBI Victims Identification Project, sometimes referred to as ‘VICTIMS’ is a research project…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - June 29, 2014

Podcasts This Week (June 30, 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 1012 – Preventing Shoplifting

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 root out” and “to weigh.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Mystery Shopping.”
“Many businesses use the services of ‘mystery shoppers,’ also known as ‘secret shoppers,’…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 457

Topics: Famous Songs – “Mack the Knife”; Monument Valley and the Valley of the Gods; stem versus stalk versus shoot; using one’s middle name as one’s first name; indeed

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Nicknames of Famous Gangsters.”
“The American Mafia, also known as the mafia, refers to criminal organizations that were ‘historically’ (in the past) formed…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1013 – Living With a Hoarder

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 “perfectly” and “to store.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Collyer Brothers.”
“In 1947, the Collyer brothers ‘became a household name’…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide