Monthly Archives: July 2008

What Are “Cooties”?

QUESTION: Brian in the U.S. asked: What are “cooties”? I watch “Arthur,” the cartoon (show with animation (drawings)), every morning, and the characters often say, “You have cooties!” but I do not understand! Please help! ANSWER: Cooties are imaginary (not … Continue reading

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Poll: Which Superpower Would You Want?

It’s summertime and the movie theaters are full of blockbusters (very successful; earning a lot of money) movies. The number 1 movie in the U.S. this week is The Dark Knight, a movie about Batman. I haven’t seen it yet, … Continue reading

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Is iTunes U for You?

As some of you probably know already, iTunes has a special section for university lectures and classes.  Different universities, including some of the best in the United States, provide free lectures and demonstrations on a variety of topics from some … Continue reading

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“Summertime” by George Gershwin

We’re in the middle of summer and it has brought to mind (made me remember) the song “Summertime.” This is a song that was part of a well-known musical (show or movies with singing) called Porgy and Bess, and was … Continue reading

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Home Away from Home

The expression home away from home means that the place you are describing is as comfortable as your own house, somewhere you can feel “at home,” and it is usually where you spend a lot of your time. You could … Continue reading

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What a Font Says About You

A font is the size and style of printed letters and words, like these: The latest trend (fashion; something new that many people are doing) for important people or celebrities is to commission (hire someone to make or create something) … Continue reading

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Urban Dictionary

We often get questions about slang words listeners see in the newspaper or (more likely) hear in movies, TV programs, and songs. The problem with slang is that it keeps changing. Words that were slang five years ago may no … Continue reading

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ESL Podcast in Malaysian Newspaper The Sun

Thanks to Bill from the University of Malaya for mentioning ESL Podcast in a recent article that appeared in the daily national newspaper, The Sun, in Malaysia.  We always appreciate our listeners and supporters mentioning ESL Podcast to their friends, … Continue reading

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Shoe Store and Bakery?!

We’ve all seen places where two business are run out of the same storefront (outside view or entrance to a store). There are a lot of strange combinations and sometimes it is difficult to see how the two business complement … Continue reading

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How Do You Mend a Broken Heart?

Last week we published an episode called Mending a Broken Heart about someone who is sad because their boyfriend or girlfriend has left them.  Most of us have experienced this at some time in our lives (and some of us, … Continue reading

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