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Sunday - July 26, 2015

Podcasts This Week (July 27, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1124 – Hiding Money Offshore

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 “paper trail” and “to come clean.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Offshore Amnesty Programs.”
“A ‘tax amnesty program’ is a period of time when ‘taxpayers’ (people who pay taxes)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 513

Topics: Famous Americans – The Fox Sisters; Famous Songs – “I’m a Little Teapot”; to lack versus to be short of versus to be shy of versus to be out of; to clean versus to wash; pronouncing “Wh”

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Chung Ling Soo.”
“William Ellsworth Campbell Robinson was a famous performer in the mid 1800s…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1125 – Serving Alcoholic Drinks

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 “neat” and “to top off.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “American Cocktails.”
“In the United States, ‘bartenders’ (people who work in a bar, serving drinks to customers)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Wednesday - July 22, 2015

10th Anniversary Video Episode – Happy Birthday, ESL Podcast!

It’s here – our 10th Anniversary Video!

Help us celebrate 10 years of English as a Second Language Podcast, one of the most popular podcasts on the Internet.

With more than 1,600 episodes, 500 hours of lessons, and millions of listeners in 189 countries, ESL Podcast thanks all of you, our listeners, and especially our members, for making the past 10 years possible.

We’d also like to thank the members of our hard-working team – Adriano, Jessica, Pao, Warren, LeeAnn, and Alison – for making ESLPod.com possible.

We hope you enjoy this little video celebration.

~Jeff & Lucy

P.S. All the really bad jokes in this video were written by Jeff, who is definitely not the most wonderful scriptwriter on the Internet.

P.P.S. No cats were harmed in the making of this video (well, not very many, anyway . . . ).

Sunday - July 19, 2015

Podcasts This Week (July 20, 2015)

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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 1122 – Making Peace

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 “in kind” and “to get old.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Symbols of Peace.”
“In the United States, there are many common ‘symbols’ (small images and other things that represent…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 512

Topics: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire; Radio City Music Hall and The Rockettes; Satan versus Devil versus demon versus evil; to know best; with regard to; to clean versus to wash

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Garment District.”
“The Garment District is a ‘neighborhood’ (an area forming a community within a town or city) located in Manhattan…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1123 – Describing Pleasant Scents

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 “fresh” and “to pass up.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Scratch-and-sniff Products.”
“‘Scratch-and-sniff products’ are items that ‘release’ (emit; allow to escape) a scent when the ‘surface’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - July 12, 2015

Podcasts This Week (July 13, 2015)

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 1120 – Breaching a Contract

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 dodge” and “all the more reason.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Uniform Commercial Code.”
“In the United States, each state has its own set of laws….” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 511

Topics: American Movies – Toy Story; The United States Naval Academy; buddy versus chum versus pal; fee versus pay; Clean clams crammed in clean cans

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Origins of Pixar.”
“Pixar Animation Studios is an animation film ‘studio’ (film company) located in Emeryville, California that produces animated films…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1121 – Outdoor Sun Protection

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 “fair” and “cape.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Sunless Tanning Options.”
“Most Americans believe that a ‘tan’ (a brown skin color from exposure to the sun) is attractive…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - July 5, 2015

Podcasts This Week (July 6, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1118 – Bidding on Online Auctions

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 “bid” ” and “to list.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Seized Property Auctions.”
“Sometimes ‘law enforcement officers’ (police officers and people with related jobs) have to ‘seize’ (take without permission)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 510

Topics: American Presidents – Benjamin Harrison; to call the shots versus to wear the pants; inquiry versus enquiry; There’s more than one way to skin a cat.

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Wovoka and The Ghost Dance Movement.”
“The Ghost Dance was a religious ‘movement’ (people working together to create or advance an idea)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1119 – Methods for Quitting Smoking

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 “for good” and “last resort.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Tobacco Growing in the United States.”
“The ‘tobacco’ (the leaves used in cigarettes and related products) plant ‘is native to’ (comes from; was originally found in) the Americas…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - June 28, 2015

Podcasts This Week (June 29, 2015)

icon_51812Why are you only getting half of the benefits of ESL Podcast? The Learning Guide will help you learn English even faster.

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

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1116 – Reading and Processing Emails

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 scan” and “to process.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “E-cards.”
“Americans often send ‘greeting cards’ (printed, folded cards with an image on the front and a kind…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 509

Topics: American Playwrights – Arthur Miller; Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood; to evoke versus to invoke; fluently versus fluency; pronouncing bought and boat, late and let, and beer and bear

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Electric Company.”
The Electric Company is an American educational series that first aired on October 25, 1971…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1117 – Assembling Furniture

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 “part” and “bent.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Buying Used Furniture.”
“People who don’t want to pay “full price” (the price being charged for a new item in a store)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Wednesday - June 24, 2015

ESLPod Now Has an App! Download Learn English Magazine

PromotionMagAdFB.001I have some very exciting news to announce today: ESLPod.com now has an app on the Apple and Android app stores. It’s called Learn English Magazine, and it’s free!

Learn English Magazine includes some of the best material from our website, plus several new ways to improve your English, including videos, cartoons, and articles that you can only find in the magazine.

Every regular issue is free.

Apple users can download the app and subscribe here.

Android users (4.1 or later operating system) can download and subscribe here.

There are already four cool issues for you to download and enjoy. We’ll be publishing the magazine every two weeks.

To my knowledge, Learn English Magazine is the only free magazine app for learning English on either the Apple or Android app stores, so be sure to share the news with your friends, family, and coworkers.

Also in the magazine is the opportunity to sign up for a new special report I’ve written with information on how to improve your English, called “5 Things You MUST Know to Improve Your English.” To get the special report and additional tips on improving your English speaking and listening, download the magazine app, subscribe, and look for the special report offer inside the magazine.

If you have ever wondered how you should go about improving your English quickly, then you should read this special report, which you can only get in the magazine.

Here are some of the item in our latest issue (Issue #4):

  • Videos: Fling, Cast, or Toss?
  • My Life in English: The Catcher in the Rye and the American Teenager
  • Vocabulary: Why Having Convictions is Not the Same as Being a Convict
  • Business English: Selling on the Internet
  • Warren Ediger’s America: California’s Beauty in the Work of John Muir
  • Life in the U.S.: Why Dumb People Call the Police
  • Last Laugh: No Strings Attached (Cartoon)

Oh, and if you have time after you download the app, I would really appreciate it if you could write a review in your country’s app store. The review does not need to be in English, and it would really help us get the word out (let other people know) about the new magazine.

~Jeff

Sunday - June 21, 2015

Podcasts This Week (June 22, 2015)

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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 1114 – Forms of Government

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 “imaginary” and “rule.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Anti-Federalism.”
“‘Anti-Federalism’ was a ‘movement’ (the efforts of many people to change society in some way)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 508

Topics: American Musicals – Cabaret; The Guggenheim Museum; relation versus relationship; rerun versus syndication; belly of the beast

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Drama Desk Award.”
“In 1949, an organization called the “Drama Desk” was ‘founded’ (created; started) by New York City theater…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1115 – Buying Meat from a Butcher

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 “cut” and “whole.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “New York City’s Meatpacking District.”
“The Meatpacking District in New York City ‘occupies’ (takes up space) a neighborhood in Manhattan…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - June 14, 2015

Podcasts This Week (June 15, 2015)

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.

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

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1112 – Doing Impersonations

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 “gesture” and “tone.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Elvis Impersonators.”
“American comics impersonate many different ‘celebrities’ (famous people, especially musicians, actors, singers, and athletes)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 507

Topics: The Leo Franks Trial; on hand versus in hand versus at hand; discrete versus discretion

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Song ‘Strange Fruit.'”
“In 1937, a ‘little-known’ (not famous) high school teacher named Abel Meeropol in New York City…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1113 – Getting a Family Portrait Taken

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 “prop.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Occasions for Portraits.”
“With the ‘widespread’ (by many people across a large area) use of digital cameras…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - June 7, 2015

Podcasts This Week (June 8, 2015)

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

………

ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1110 – Experiencing Drought

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 “reserves” and “relief.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The 1936 North American Heat Wave.”
“In 1936, North America experienced the most “severe” (strong; intense) ‘heat wave’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 506

Topics: Ask an American – International work visas; to demonstrate versus to indicate versus to denote; hoot and to not give a hoot; Nice to meet you

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Categories of Visas.”
“The U.S. Department of State ‘issues’ (creates and gives to others an official document)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1111 – Symptoms of Depression

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 “distant” and “tank.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.”
“The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national ‘hotline’ (a phone number that people can call…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide