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Sunday - August 30, 2015

Podcasts this Week (August 31, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1134 – Describing Position and Location Within a Group

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 “at the head” and “to bring up the rear.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Neighborhood Pranks.”
“For some young people, playing ‘pranks’ (annoying jokes) is a common form of entertainment and a way to ‘get attention’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 518

Topics: American Presidents – Franklin Delano Roosevelt; to be trapped versus to be lodged; to keep it together, to keep a stiff upper lip, and as luck would have it; pardon me

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Sunshine Special.”
“The Sunshine Special was the official car used by President Franklin D. Roosevelt…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1135 – Having Hearing Problems

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 “hearing” and “smell.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Public Services for the Hearing-impaired.”
“The ‘Americans with Disabilities Act’ requires that people with ‘disabilities’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - August 23, 2015

Podcasts this Week (August 24, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1132 – Defending Your Ideas at 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 “defense” and “attention span.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Workplace Bullying.”
“Many people experience ‘conflict’ (fights; arguments; differences of opinion) at work, but sometimes…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 517

Topics: Movies – Die Hard; American Authors – Emma Lazarus; in front of versus ahead of versus before; as if versus as though versus as for; to take stock

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Century City and Fox Plaza.”
“Located on the western side of Los Angeles, Century City is a 176–acre ‘commercial’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1133 – Getting Immunizations Required by Schools

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 “standard” and “to bar.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Where to Immunize Children.”
“Parents who want to ‘comply with’ (follow) the standard ‘immunization schedule’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - August 16, 2015

Podcasts this Week (August 17, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1130 – Eating Breakfast Foods

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 “round” and “dead.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Morning TV Shows.”
“Many Americans enjoy watching morning TV shows as part of their ‘morning routine’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 516

Topics: Ask an American – Community policing; perspective versus notion versus viewpoint; to burst out versus to break out versus to explode; “Don’t count every hour in the day. Make every hour in the day count!”

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Controversial Practice of Stop and Frisk.”
“In many ‘jurisdictions’ (places controlled by a government or police department and are required to follow…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1131 – Visiting an Archaeological Site

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 preserve” and “dig.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Archaeological Sites in the United States.”
“One of the most impressive archaeological sites in the United States is Mesa Verde National Park…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - August 9, 2015

Podcasts this Week (August 10, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1128 – Store Promotions and Giveaways

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 “instant” and “to find a way around.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Types of Store Promotions.”
“Stores offer many types of promotions to ‘attract’ (bring in) and ‘retain’ (encourage people to keep coming back)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 515

Topics: Historically Black Colleges and Universities; Famous Americans – Mary Pickford; to infer versus to deduce versus to derive; to clean out versus to free up; civil disturbance versus civil unrest

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “United States v. Virginia.”
United States v. Virginia was an important legal case that determined whether schools could ‘exclude’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1129 – Experiencing Virtual Reality

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 “funny” and “a host of.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Current Uses of Virtual Reality.”
“For many people, ‘virtual reality’ is simply a ‘gaming platform’ (a technology used to play video games)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - August 2, 2015

Podcasts this Week (August 3, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1126 – Visiting a Pawnshop

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 tie (one) over” and “value.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Typical Items in a Pawnshop.”
“The ‘items’ (objects) typically pawned are ‘generally’ (usually) representative of the neighborhood…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 514

Topics: The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre; American Playwrights – David Mamet; to atone versus to make amends versus to do penance; compassion versus empathy; to reckon

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Ford’s Theater.”
“Ford’s Theater was a ‘venue’ (a place for an organized event, such as concerts, conferences, or sports events)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1127 – Paying for College

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 “grant” and “(one’s) ticket.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The FAFSA.”
“The ‘Free Application for Federal Student Aid’ (‘FAFSA’) is a form that all ‘prospective’ …” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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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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)

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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