Category Archives: Life in the United States

As the Crow Files

If you ask an Angeleno (a person living in Los Angeles) the distance between two places, you’re more likely to get an answer in minutes, not miles. That’s because there’s one thing all Angelenos have to contend with (deal with; … Continue reading

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Call Me JFF

A.E.I.O.U. You know these are the vowels in the English language, but you may not know that they are under assault (being attacked). OK, it’s not quite that dramatic (serious), but if you look at popular culture today, vowels are … Continue reading

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Who Says It Never Snows in L.A.?

When I moved to Los Angeles from Minnesota, I thought I was saying good-bye to snow for good (forever) because it never snows in L.A., right? Well, not quite. Although it’s true that it hasn’t snowed since I moved here … Continue reading

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Smokey & Me

We had a lot of deadly (killing someone) forest fires in California in the past few months, so it’s a good time to talk about Smokey the Bear. “Smokey Bear,” often called “Smokey the Bear,” is a mascot (a cartoon … Continue reading

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Bringing L.A. Traffic to a Standstill

Nothing brings Los Angeles to a standstill like rain. A standstill is a situation where all movement or action has stopped. You can bring a basketball game to a standstill by losing the ball. Or you can bring conversation to … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays from ESLPod.com!

Lucy, the ESLPod Team, and I want to wish all of you happy holidays! If you celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas! If you celebrated Hanukah, Happy Hanukah! If you celebrate nothing this time of year . . . um, well, Happy … Continue reading

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Letters to Santa Claus

Do you want a new ball? Write to Santa. A new doll? Drop Santa a line (write him a message). Before Christmas each year, there’s a tradition here in the U.S., where young children to write to Santa asking for … Continue reading

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What Not To Do When Watching Your Holiday Movies

Most Americans get a vacation over the holidays (Christmas and Hanukah), anywhere from a few days to two weeks. So with extra time on their hands (extra time with nothing to do), many of us go to the movie theaters … Continue reading

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Goat Yoga Is a Thing

There are a lot of crazy, hilariously bad (so terrible they are funny) ideas that have their origin (begin) in California. I’m not sure if goat yoga (see photo) actually began here (this article says it started in Michigan), but … Continue reading

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You, Too, Can Sound Like Shakespeare (Part 1)

If you speak English, you know Shakespeare. That’s because many of the most well-known sayings in English come from Shakespeare’s plays. Here are a few very common phrases Americans use: 1. Good riddance – From Troilus and Cressida, Act II, … Continue reading

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