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Sunday - June 28, 2015

Podcasts This Week (June 29, 2015)

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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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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)

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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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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

Sunday - May 31, 2015

Podcasts This Week (June 1, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1108 – Foreign Currency Exchange Rates

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 “falling” and “strong.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The FDIC.”
“The ‘Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’ (‘FDIC’) is a U.S. government ‘corporation’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 505

Topics: Famous Americans – Jonas Salk; The Wanamaker Department Stores; it’s all yours; good for you; fair enough; hyphen versus dash; All of the good, none of the bad

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Marble Palace in New York.”
“The Marble Palace is a ‘notable’ (interesting and worthy of attention) building in New York City…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1109  – Reading Poor Handwriting

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 “face it” and “in the making.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Handwriting Instruction in Schools.”
“In the past, American schools taught very young children how to ‘print’ (write separate letters)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - May 24, 2015

Podcasts This Week (May 25, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1106 – Getting a Flat Tire

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 “tread” and “bent.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Roadside Assistance.”
“Many Americans ‘rely on’ (depend on; use the services of) ‘roadside assistance’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 504

Topics: American Movies – The Fugitive; The United States Capitol Building; knowable versus scrutable versus tangible; to go through versus to get through; to man up

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Television Producer Quinn Martin.”
“Quinn Martin, born Irwin Martin Cohn, was one of the most ‘prolific’ …” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1107 – The Death of 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 “to be run over” and “heaven.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Laws Against Animal Cruelty.”
“Animal ‘cruelty’ means treating an animal very badly, ‘inflicting’ (causing) pain and suffering…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - May 17, 2015

Podcasts This Week (May 18, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1104 – Making a New Discovery

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 “leap” and “pioneer.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about the term “Eureka.”
“The word ‘eureka’ is an “interjection” (a word used to express surprise or emotion)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 503

Topics: American Presidents – Calvin Coolidge; further versus furthermore versus more; resilience versus resistance; You can say that again.

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Coolidge Dam.”
“A ‘dam’ is a structure that prevents water from flowing or moving as it normally would…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1105 – Dressing Appropriately for an 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 “dress” and “affair.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about buying “Used Clothing.”
“In the United States, many people like to buy ‘used clothing’ (clothing that has been worn by other people but can still be used by others) …” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - May 10, 2015

Podcasts This Week (May 11, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1102 – Discussing Capital Punishment

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 “justice” and “soft.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Three-strike Laws.”
“‘Three-strike laws’ are laws that ‘mandate’ (require) ‘strict’ (harsh; severe) punishments for ‘repeat offenders’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 502

Topics: The Massie Trial; concept versus content versus context; whereas versus while; [month]+[date] versus [date] of [month]

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Trial in Absentia.”
“If a person is accused of a crime and is being ‘tried’ (having to appear in court to determine one’s guilt or innocence) …” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1103 – Sports Tryouts

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 hold nothing back” and “to crush.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Team Sports in Schools.”
“Most American high schools offer opportunities for students to play team sports with their ‘peers’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - May 3, 2015

Podcasts This Week (May 4, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1100 – Making and Receiving a Job Offer

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 “tenure” and “to hear back.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Salary Negotiation Tips.”
“When accepting a new job, many people believe it is a bad idea to ‘accept’ (agree to) the first offer…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 501

Topics: Famous Movies – Raiders of the Lost Ark; Hotel Del Coronado; to forfeit versus to nullify versus to revoke; nonetheless versus nevertheless; to live versus live

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 ‘Hotel California.'”
“In 1977, the popular rock band the Eagles ‘released’ (made available for use and/or purchase) the ‘single’ …” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1101 – Problems Getting Along With Family

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 “dig” and “to storm out.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Burr-Hamilton Duel.”
“Former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton and former Vice-President Aaron Burr fought in a famous ‘duel’ in 1804…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide