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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?

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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

Sunday - June 22, 2014

Podcasts This Week (June 23, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1010 – Using GPS When Driving

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 “receiver” and “fool.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Many Uses of GPS.”
“GPS is a ‘dual-use technology,’ which means that it can be used for ‘military’…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 456

Topics: Ask an American – Offensive mascots; capacity versus capability; to punch in versus to punch out; to put the cat among the pigeons

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Most Common School Mascots.”
“Mascots are used to identify a company, school, or team, so you might expect they would be ‘unique’…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1011 – Building with Wood and Metal

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 “grain” and “to try (one’s) hand at.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Protecting the Biggest Trees.”
“American Forests is a nonprofit organization that has a ‘National Big Tree Program’…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - June 15, 2014

Podcasts This Week (June 16, 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 1008 – Money Laundering

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 “lord.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “U.S. Laws to Prevent Money Laundering.”
“Money laundering ‘presents’ (represents; is) a major problem for the government…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 455

Topics: American Presidents – James Monroe; to oppress versus to suppress versus to repress; fruit and vegetables versus fruits and vegetables; file not sent/file not supported

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The College of William and Mary.”
“The College of William and Mary is one of the oldest universities in the United States…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1009 – Basic Military Commands

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 “drill” and “about face.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Boot Camp.”
“In the United States, the Army is ‘notorious’ (famous in a bad way; famous for something bad)…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - June 8, 2014

Podcasts This Week (June 9, 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 1006 – Taking a Campus Tour

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 “stop” and “matter.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “University Campus Events for Parents.”
“When young adults ‘go off to college’ (move out of their family’s home and live independently while studying at the university)…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 454

Topics: Movie – The Shawshank Redemption; The Pentagon; to go ahead versus straight ahead; cheesy and quirky; a few quarters short of a buck

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Oddly-Shaped Buildings in the U.S.”
“Every country has ‘unique’ (not like any other) buildings that are easily ‘identifiable’…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1007 – Getting Mugged

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 “purse” and “to get (one’s) hopes up.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Flash Mob Robberies.”
“‘Flash mobs’ are a form of entertainment and social expression…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - June 1, 2014

Podcasts This Week (June 2, 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.

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1004- Being Modest and Boastful

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 come off as” and “to make the call.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Résumé Padding and Résumé Inflation.”
“When applying for a job, many people are ‘tempted’ (made to want to do something one should not do) to…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 453

Topics: Famous Americans – Amelia Earhart; Prom; ethics versus morals; on the very first day versus on the very day; to warrant and to address

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Glass Slipper Project.”
“A ‘charitable organization’ is an organization that tries to help people…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1005 – Complimenting Your Host

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 “spread” and “sack.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Slumber Parties.”
“Many young children and teenagers enjoy having ‘slumber parties’ or ‘sleepovers,’…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Tuesday - December 31, 2013

Hello, 2014!

800px-Sparklers_moving_slow_shutter_speedOnce again, we are on the cusp of (on the edge of) a new year.

On behalf of the entire ESL Podcast team, we want to take this opportunity to wish everybody who listens to the podcast, reads the blog, receives our tweets, reads our Facebook page, and supports us as members and donors a very prosperous (with wealth and success), joyous (happy), and low-stress (with few worries) New Year. May (I hope that) all your New Year’s resolutions be easily achieved or your memory of them fade (disappear) quickly.

Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!

- Jeff & Lucy

Photo Credit: Sparkler moving from Wikipedia