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Plain English is the podcast for learners everywhere who want to improve their English in a fun and modern way. Every Monday and Thursday, we explore the events and trends that shape the world in clear, understandable English. We also take a close look at one English expression or phrasal verb in each episode. Best of all, we go at a slower speed so you can understand every word. By listening to current events and trending topics, you will expand your vocabulary, improve your English listeni ...
 
Advanced English classes. Learning English by audio is for advanced English language learners and fluent English speakers. Beginners classes are here https://eattmag.com/learn-english/ This English by audio podcast can help you test your memory if you are a fluent English speaker. If English is your second language, you can test how much English you understand if you are a proficient English user or IELTS 7-8 TOEFL iBT 94-109 TOEIC 901+ CAMBRIDGE CPE these classes can help you listening skil ...
 
Learning English can be difficult but with the right teacher and mindset, nothing is impossible! This podcast is dedicated to those who have been learning the English language but hasn't mastered it yet, to those who want to refresh their knowledge in English or just want to listen while doing some household chores or anything under the sun. I'll be teaching you useful vocabulary, expressions, and techniques on how to speak in English like a Native Speaker without having to leave your country.
 
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" Labrador Retrievers are friendly; pit bulls are aggressive; poodles are playful. These generalizations are often true, but a new study shows that a dog's breed only explains a small part of its behavior. Plus, learn the English expression ""bring back."" -- At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world. -- Today’s full English le…
 
Today I want to help you fix a pronunciation problem that I hear in a LOT of students’ English, and that is saying things like this: I ask-ed him to help me. We pre-par-ed for our trip. The mistake is with the verbs in the past, ending in -ED. The correct way to say them is: askt (not ask-ed) pre-pard (not pre-par-ed) It’s a small mistake, but unfo…
 
" Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of Tesla, SpaceX, and other companies, surprised the business world by offering to buy Twitter, a publicly-traded company, for about $44 billion. Not everyone took him seriously at first, but he backed up his offer with the money he needs to do the deal. Plus, learn the English expression ""come up with."" -- At…
 
" Turkey, the country, officially changed its English name. If you Google “Turkey,” chances are there will be a mix of search results: everything from ugly birds, to a fungus, to the country itself. This bothers President Erdogan, so he decided to re-brand the country internationally from Turkey to Türkiye. Plus, learn what it means to “turn the ta…
 
A lot of English learners are curious about the word “shall.” Is it the same thing as “will”? When exactly do we use it? I’ll answer those questions in today’s lesson. I hope this lesson has helped you understand when people sometimes use “shall” and what it means, as well as the alternatives which are becoming more and more common nowadays, especi…
 
" As the situation in Ukraine gets increasingly dire, Ukrainians are leaving the country in droves. Five million people have already left the country. The majority of the refugees have gone to Poland, where to many people’s shock, they are getting a warm welcome and an unexpected level of support. Plus, learn “ride out.” -- At Plain English, we mak…
 
" Company mission statements are supposed to articulate what a company does and how it helps the world. Ideally, mission statements should send a positive public signal and also motivate employees – at least that’s the idea. But some company mission statements really miss the mark, and we have some examples of both the good and the bad today. Plus,…
 
Espresso English is turning 10 years old!!! This month, you can use discount code TENOFF to get $10 off any Espresso English Course or E-Book You can use it on as many courses & e-books as you want! “Espresso English lessons, courses and books are, by far, the most comprehensive tools I have ever found in my learning English process, and I strongly…
 
" Covid prompted many employees to take a step back from the endless emails and Zoom calls and reevaluate what they want out of their jobs. Many people left their jobs to find work that was more meaningful to them. But what does it even mean to have “meaningful” work? Plus, learn “day-to-day.” -- At Plain English, we make English lessons for the mo…
 
" ‘Succession’ is all about media mogul Logan Roy and his children, who are all trying to succeed him as CEO of the family company. Instead of envying the rich, the overwhelming emotion we feel toward these characters is pity. The children are portrayed as the victims, not the beneficiaries, of Logan’s life and fortunes. Plus, learn “curry favor wi…
 
Today I'm going to quickly clear up confusion between the words wander and wonder. These are two completely different words, but sometimes English learners mix them up because of their similar spelling and pronunciation. For more simple and clear lessons about the differences between confusing words in English, get my e-book, 600+ Confusing English…
 
" Volodymyr Zelensky has emerged as the surprising hero of Ukraine’s resistance efforts, but his resume might surprise you. Before he was Ukraine’s president, he played a president on a TV show. His background as an actor has been key to his success as a war leader. Plus, learn “stand out.” -- At Plain English, we make English lessons for the moder…
 
" An organization dedicated to creating simpler, strong authentication – i.e. killing the password – has published a broad outline of how this will work. The end of the password might actually be in sight. But the plan requires tech companies to implement it and users to adopt it. Plus, learn “pass along.” -- At Plain English, we make English lesso…
 
Today we’ve got a really interesting question from a student: In English, do we say “congratulations ON or FOR your anniversary”? Listen to the lesson to find out :-) When you’re learning English, it can be hard to feel like you’ve really mastered the grammar of the language. There are so many rules, so many exceptions, and the grammar might be ver…
 
" The pattern – for some of us – of setting, forgetting, and resetting passwords might soon be behind us. Passwords are slowly dying out and simpler, more secure forms of authentication that don’t involve remembering a pesky string of numbers and letters are taking over. But will people be able to adapt and change their habits? Plus, learn “fall fo…
 
Talking with astro-inspired artist Pamela Bain about her newly formed cosmic nebulas. Pamela Bain’s exploration of deep space phenomena is captured via photographic and digital processes that integrate with experimental methods of painting and paper sculpting. Her artforms currently investigate the potential to convey metaphor as well as deep space…
 
" Over one hundred years ago, an explorer’s ship sunk off the coast of Antarctica, and amazingly, the entire crew of 28 survived the wreck. Just last month, a team finally found the ship, and one of the scientists said it was the best-preserved wooden shipwreck he’s ever encountered. Plus, learn “eat away at.” -- At Plain English, we make English l…
 
Today let's expand your vocabulary by learning 20 different words for lights - from lamps to lighthouses to lightning (which you shouldn't get confused with lighting). As you learn each word, repeat it after me to practice your pronunciation. Do you ever have trouble remembering the English vocabulary words you learn? It's very common. In fact, lot…
 
Join us for the The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney podcast part five Catch up on each episode Part one of our tour of The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney https://eattmag.com/join-us-in-part-one-of-our-tour-of-the-royal-botanic-garden-sydney/?highlight=botanic%20gardens Part two of our tour of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney https://eattmag.com/part-tw…
 
" The University of Minnesota is close to kicking off human trials for a male birth control pill. Researchers have developed a pill for men that was found to be 99 percent effect in mice. But would men even take it? Plus, an update on another scientific breakthrough, and learn what it means to “shoulder the burden.” -- At Plain English, we make Eng…
 
" The US is investing in more animal overpasses to help wildlife navigate around highways. If you think about it, highways are fast and convenient for humans to get from place to place. At the same time, they restrict wildlife from getting where they need to go and harm animal species in the area. But these aren’t like ordinary bridges. Plus, learn…
 
" The Ukraine-Russia war is the first time the world is seeing social media and crowdsourced intelligence having a major impact on the battlefield. Both Russians and Ukrainians are leveraging social media to give real-time updates and share stories. It’s giving the world a less filtered view of war than we’ve seen before. Plus, learn “play out.” --…
 
" Inflation is a hot topic around the world as countries are recording their highest inflation rates in decades. In the U.S., inflation recently hit its highest rate in over 40 years: 7.9 percent. Because customers are especially price sensitive right now, companies are trying not to raise prices. But they are still passing along the price increase…
 
English has some interesting expressions with the word “business” – and many of them AREN'T related to work. Today you'll learn 10 expressions with "business": funny business [someone] means business [do something] like nobody's business make it your business [to do something] ... and more! If you are learning English for work, my Business English …
 
" “Birdnesting” is a co-parenting trend where the kids of divorced or separated parents stay in the same home they had always lived in, and the parents take turns staying in the home with them. The arrangement is meant to give kids a more stable home environment. But is birdnesting really the best setup for the kids, or the parents? Plus, learn “mo…
 
" COVID-19 seems to be on the trajectory to becoming an endemic disease, meaning that it follows a regular and predictable pattern. Diseases move from epidemic to endemic when its spread slows and people have the tools to reduce its severity. But does this mean we are going to be dealing COVID for forever? This lesson dives into endemic COVID. Plus…
 
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