ESL Podcast

3 Expressions That Don?t Mean What You Think They Mean
As you know, just learning the meaning of individual words isn?t enough to understand everyday English. There are many expressions for which simply defining the meaning of each individual word would be misleading (give you the wrong idea). That’s what … Continue reading
Publ.Date : Tue, 22 Sep 2020 08:00:29 +0000

Raising versus Begging the Question
In our Daily English 210 – A Family Road Trip, we use the expression, “to question the wisdom of (something).” In this short video, I explain two more expressions with “question”: to raise the question and to beg the question. … Continue reading
Publ.Date : Tue, 15 Sep 2020 08:00:50 +0000

Labor Day
Yesterday was Labor Day in the United States. Labor Day is a federal (national) holiday that honors (shows respect to or celebrates) workers. “Labor” is another word for work, especially hard, physical work. How did Labor Day get started in … Continue reading
Publ.Date : Tue, 08 Sep 2020 15:56:54 +0000

What Do Bears and Bulls Have to Do with the Stock Market?
Many Americans are invested in (have money in) the stock market, especially for their retirement (when they stop working). A stock is part-ownership in a company. A stock market is a place where you can buy and sell stocks. Companies … Continue reading
Publ.Date : Tue, 01 Sep 2020 08:00:24 +0000

Happy 100th Birthday, Women?s Suffrage!
August 26 is the 100th anniversary of women?s suffrage in the United States. Don’t be confused by the term “suffrage.” It has nothing to do with “suffering.” Suffrage means the right to vote in a public election. On August 26, … Continue reading
Publ.Date : Tue, 25 Aug 2020 08:00:53 +0000

In the Line of Duty
Like many of you, I?ve mostly been staying home over the past few months, and I?ve been catching up on (doing what others have already done) some TV series. One I?ve enjoyed is a British series called Line of Duty. … Continue reading
Publ.Date : Tue, 18 Aug 2020 08:00:44 +0000

What Should You Read on Vacation?
August is a popular month for summer vacations, when many people enjoy reading relaxing books. Reading in English, together with (combined with) listening in English, will also help you improve your English a lot. Try to read things you can … Continue reading
Publ.Date : Tue, 11 Aug 2020 08:00:24 +0000

What Should We Do About Unemployment?
American lawmakers (elected representatives) are talking this week about passing (approving) a second stimulus package. A stimulus is some action that provokes or causes a change in something else. A package here means a group of actions or laws for … Continue reading
Publ.Date : Tue, 04 Aug 2020 08:00:37 +0000

Being Locked Down is Better Than Being Locked Up
Many countries have used lockdowns to respond to the coronavirus. A lockdown is when people in a place or area are prevented from leaving or traveling around freely: “There are lockdowns in many U.S. cities that have closed restaurants.” In … Continue reading
Publ.Date : Mon, 27 Jul 2020 08:00:53 +0000

How Some Americans Cheat to Get Into College
Getting into (being admitted as a student) to the best American universities can be difficult. Your application (information about you) is very important, and often includes one or more essays (short pieces of writing) in addition to test scores and … Continue reading
Publ.Date : Tue, 21 Jul 2020 08:00:51 +0000