American English Podcast

American English Podcast

The American English Podcast teaches the language and culture of the United States. Through common expressions, pronunciation tips and interesting cultural snippets or stories, I hope to keep this fun, useful and interesting! All bonus material can be accessed at http://americanenglishpodcast.com/

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August 4, 2022 15 min

In today's 5-Minute English episode, you'll learn vocabulary, phrasal verbs and collocations needed to describe A Day At The Beach.

Beach Recommendations

  • U.S. Beaches where you can drink
  • Nude Beaches in the U.S.
  • My favorite beaches in California: 
  • Pacific Beach - San Diego
  • Pismo Beach - near San Luis Obispo
  • La Jolla - near San Diego (go kayaking + look at the lion sharks below!)
  • Zuma Beach - Malibu (this is our go-to beach)
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    Today we're going to be talking about doughnuts (or donuts; both spellings are acceptable in American English). You'll learn the history, the stories behind the most famous doughnut brands and all about the most popular doughnuts in the display case. After all, if you're going to be the one who brings doughnuts to the office, you got to do it right.

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    In this episode, there are two parts. In Part 1, you'll hear a joke, practice your pronunciation and learn the expression "To Sugarcoat Something". 

    In Part 2 of today's lesson (available on Saturday, July 23), we’re going to talk about donuts. You’ll learn the history, the stories behind the most famous brands and all about the most popular donuts in the display case. Afterall, if you’re going to be the one who brin...

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    The decision to move overseas is a big one and it requires preparation. The first step for non-native English speakers who want to live, study or work in the U.S. is taking an English exam as proof of English ability. The IELTS exam is one of the most popular.

    Today, I had the pleasure of speaking with Aubrey Carter, who shared three expressions that you can use on the IELTS exam and in daily life. These expressions can be squeezed...

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    Goldilocks and The Three Bears is one of the most popular children's books ever written in English and it is my daughter's favorite. Today, you'll hear a modernISH American English version of the classic tale and I've carefully selected a number of phrasal verbs, expressions and collocations and inserted them seamlessly into the story to amp up (improve, increase) the listening experience.

    If you're trying to im...

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    In honor of Juneteenth, we will be talking about "The Mother of the Freedom Movement" - Rosa Parks. Rosa made history when she politely refused to give her seat to a white passenger on a public bus in Alabama when institutionalized racial segregation existed in the South (Jim Crow Laws).

    Her story is one of courage; she'll make you want to stand up for what's right.

    Note: Juneteenth is on June 19th, and it's bee...

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    In this episode, you'll learn how to use the common expression Once in a Blue Moon. In Part 2,  which will be posted shortly, you'll learn all about Rosa Parks and The Freedom Movement.

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    We've lived in Los Angeles for about 5 months and spend a lot of time exploring. I'm happy to say that the city is growing on us - we LOVE the restaurant scene here and checking out the stunning mansions, beautiful beaches and fun neighborhoods.

    There are a few stereotypes about Los Angeles that you may have been exposed to if you watch films made in Hollywood. Up until this point, I've been pleasantly surprised to disag...

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    Today you're going to learn so many fun facts about the US, all of which have to do with geography. You'll hear about the topography, so the physical features of the land that make it visually unique. And you'll also learn about the population - so where residents are distributed throughout the country.

    By the end of this episode, you should have a solid geographical overview of the United States and be able to talk abou...

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    The Tale of Peter Rabbit was published in 1902 by the British author and illustrator Beatrix Potter. Today I'll read the story to you.

    What's the moral of this story? Let us know via Instagram!

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    April 7, 2022 11 min

    In this episode of the American English Podcast, you'll learn how to use the common English expression OUT OF THE BLUE. In Part 2 (Episode 118.2), you'll hear the story of the BLUE PEOPLE OF KENTUCKY.

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    April 7, 2022 19 min

    Martin ended up falling in love with a redheaded American woman named Elizabeth Smith, and eventually the couple decided to have a family. Never in their wildest dreams could they have imagined what would come next: Four out of their seven children were born with blue skin.

    In this episode of the American English Podcast, you'll learn about THE BLUE PEOPLE OF KENTUCKY. In the first part of the episode, you'll learn how to us...

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    We all love survival stories, do we not? Watching men and women  find food and water, seeing them build shelters out of sticks, stones and leaves. It’s a common theme on reality television. Occasionally though, in real life, we hear real survival stories. People who were confronted with death and managed to escape it. Today you’ll hear the incredible story of Aron Ralston. You may know his story already if you’ve seen the movie 127...

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    In today's episode you'll learn how to use the common English expression BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE.

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    In this 5-Minute English episode, you'll hear a lot of vocabulary and phrases related to Cold, Flus and Sickness.

    This episode type is extra challenging, but short. Listen to it multiple times and consider transcribing the audio as a listening exercise. You can also dive deeper into this lesson by purchasing Premium Content.

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    February 11, 2022 16 min

    In this 5-Minute English episode, you'll hear a lot of vocabulary and phrases related to winter and the cold. You'll also learn about the typical experience at a Colorado ski resort.

    This episode type is extra challenging, but short. Listen to it multiple times and consider transcribing the audio as a listening exercise. You can also dive deeper into this lesson by purchasing Premium Content.

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    After my last conversation with Pete about his "Dream House" in Australia (Ep. 109), I decided to ask my friends and family members about their dream home. My mom was the first to respond and this episode is her response.

    My mom's dream house would be in Napa Valley in California, which is wine country here. As you can tell, she loves this topic - she uses all of the right terminology for stuff, some of it might be chal...

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    We're moving to Los Angeles, L.A. - the City of Angels. This is a Chats with Shana episode, what I'm thinking comes out of my mouth.

    Hear about the big adventure we're about to embark on. I'm going to take you on this journey with us, WISH US LUCK!

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    In this episode, Charlie and I discuss all things embarrassing. This is your chance to hear some funny embarrassing stories, practice listening to British and American English and learn some amazing vocabulary (hear how we compare terms like " your fly is down," "to let one slide" and "to eat shit"!)

    Charlie also teaches us how to act appropriately if the Queen rips one (farts) at a fancy feast.

    Has there been...

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    The preposition in and on can be a nightmare, but in this short recording I hope to clarify some of the confusion when it comes to speaking about islands.

    Yes, there will be a few exceptions to the rules here, but honestly this topic can get so convoluted, simplifying it the way I have will enable you to speak correctly about islands 99% of the time.

    The one exception probably worth mentioning is Rhode Island - Rhode Island is a sta...

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