ESL Podcast

Shakespeare?s Theater versus Shakespeare?s Theatre
Today is the birthday of the English language?s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare. So it is a good time to talk a bit more about British versus American English. Spelling can be a major problem for people learning English, and it … Continue reading
Publ.Date : Tue, 23 Apr 2019 08:00:25 +0000

To Paris, With Love
By now you have heard the news of the huge (large) fire in Notre-Dame, the Catholic cathedral (main church) of Paris, and one of the finest (best) pieces of architecture in the world. Like millions around the world, I watched … Continue reading
Publ.Date : Tue, 16 Apr 2019 08:00:10 +0000

Pushback
If you read American newspapers, you might see the word “pushback.” Here’s a recent headline (title of newspaper story) from the website Politico: Trump cranks up (increases) his pushback against Dems (Democrats) demanding his tax returns The noun pushback refers … Continue reading
Publ.Date : Tue, 09 Apr 2019 08:00:46 +0000

3 Business Buzzwords for 2019
A buzzword is a word or phrase that has become very popular in a certain field or area. There are buzzwords in science, politics, business, and just about every type of work. Some buzzwords replace more common (and often simpler) … Continue reading
Publ.Date : Tue, 02 Apr 2019 08:00:29 +0000

?It?s Not My First Rodeo?
One of the stranger idioms in modern American English is the expression, “It’s not my first rodeo.” What does it mean, and why do we say it? The expression means that you have experience doing something, that you know what … Continue reading
Publ.Date : Tue, 26 Mar 2019 08:00:48 +0000

Green is Not Just for the Irish
Last Sunday (March 17th) was Saint Patrick?s Day, which millions of Irish and those of Irish descent (came originally from Ireland) celebrated. The color most often associated with (linked to; connected to) Ireland is green. It is customary (common) for … Continue reading
Publ.Date : Tue, 19 Mar 2019 16:08:36 +0000

Los Angeles is #1, Baby!
So this happened:* Los Angeles has recently been found to have the MOST “aggressive” drivers in the United States. I always knew my city was #1 in something. We’re number one in idiot drivers! To be aggressive means to act … Continue reading
Publ.Date : Tue, 12 Mar 2019 08:00:12 +0000

The Elephant in the Room
What does it mean when we talk about the “elephant in the room”? Find out in this English With Your Coffee episode: ~Jeff P.S. A small error in the captioning at the end of the video: It should say “my … Continue reading
Publ.Date : Tue, 05 Mar 2019 08:00:30 +0000

This is the Army, Mr. (and Ms.?) Jones
My father served in (was a member of) the U.S. Army during World War II, fighting in North Africa, Italy, France, and Germany. Like millions of other young men his age (he was 18 in 1941, when the U.S. entered … Continue reading
Publ.Date : Tue, 26 Feb 2019 08:00:41 +0000

Saying ?I Do?
George Carlin (1937-2008) was an American comedian, a person whose job is to tell jokes or funny stories. He was a stand-up comic, someone who told jokes in front of an audience, and he was very successful. Carlin was often … Continue reading
Publ.Date : Tue, 19 Feb 2019 08:00:41 +0000