American English Podcast

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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/ read less
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168.2 - English Story: Irregular Verbs with The Statue of Liberty
6d ago
168.2 - English Story: Irregular Verbs with The Statue of Liberty
Imagine you are on a ferry slowly approaching Liberty Island in New York Harbor. The sky is a brilliant blue with just a few clouds drifting overhead. There's a cool breeze; it's hitting your face, and the smell of salt from the ocean water is around you. To your right is the New York City skyline. Lower Manhattan is magical with all of its high rises, but nothing compares to the Statue of Liberty ahead of you. She's massive! In fact, if she were a building, she'd be about 20 stories high. Being in front of her, Lady Liberty is surreal because she's so well-known and such a powerful symbol of hope, freedom, and democracy. She's also a symbol of the United States, but what's her story? In today's lesson, you're going to hear a short story about the Statue of Liberty. In it, you'll hear ten irregular past tense verbs. Here they are: 1. to be 2. to take 3. to break 4. to bring 5. to build 6. to stand 7. to make 8. to flee 9. to see 10. to lead Make sure to subscribe for more English lessons!: https://podcast.americanenglishpodcast.com // Audio Lessons ABOUT ______ ○ English Idioms: 🎧 • https://bit.ly/3L5J9IS ○ 5-Minute English: 🎧 • https://bit.ly/3KYoAOf ○ Conversations: 🎧 • https://bit.ly/3LiHkcK ○ 10 Words a Day:🎧 • https://bit.ly/3H4h7fs ○ Culture and History: 🎧 • https://bit.ly/3UUCNAv // TOP-RATED ENGLISH RESOURCES ○ Season 4 ➡️ https://bit.ly/3rF36k4 ○ Premium Content (Seasons 1, 2 and 3) ➡️ https://bit.ly/44822TQ ○ 5-Minute English Course (Master Vocabulary!) ➡️ https://bit.ly/41SLP2Y ○ Phrasal Verbs Course ➡️ https://bit.ly/46nVZve ○ Intermediate Course ➡️ https://bit.ly/40uyInJ ○ Grammar Books ➡️ https://amzn.to/3N8nySu //LEARN ENGLISH WITH US ○ Website & Blog: https://americanenglishpodcast.com ○ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/americanenglishpodcast/ ○ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/americanenglishpodcast/ ○ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUZxgiuYQItSCoONrJHJ-tw ○ Podcast: https://americanenglishpodcast.com/category/all-episodes/ //101 AMERICAN ENGLISH SLANG WORDS: FREE E-BOOK ○ Download Free E-Book: https://courses.americanenglishpodcast.com/p/101-american-english-slang-words **FTC Disclosure: This video is not sponsored. All opinions are honest and our own. Above are affiliate links which means we receive a percentage of the revenue made from purchasing products via those links. These links provide us with a small percentage/kickback should you use them to purchase any of the items we use. Be sure to subscribe for more english lessons, english material reviews, slang lessons, american culture and history lessons, teaching tips and tricks and adventures! For business inquiries, please email shana@americanenglishpodcast.com #irregularverbs #englishlearningpodcast #americanculture #statueofliberty #aprenderinglés Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
165 - Chats with Shana: Culture Shock in the U.S. (Everyday Life)
May 18 2024
165 - Chats with Shana: Culture Shock in the U.S. (Everyday Life)
In this Chats with Shana episode, I'm going to reflect on various aspects of US culture. Although I talk about culture all the time on here, it's not often we talk about some basic things, like everyday life things that can cause culture shock. The truth is, I don't often think about the topics I'm going to discuss today; they're pretty random! We'll cover eggs, air conditioning, driving, beauty, flags, portion sizes and the one thing nobody can stand: U.S. bathroom stalls. We all form our own opinions based off of our own experiences in life. This episode is full of opinions and thoughts, but I'd love if it weren't a one-sided conversation. Did you experience culture shock in the U.S.? Please share your thoughts on what you find strange or different in the United States! I'd love to hear from you. :) Disclaimer: My third point in the audio WILL make some of you angry, I can feel it already. Please don't hate me, though! I like you soo much. Just think of the points I made here as conversation starters for your next English class; sometimes more controversial ideas lead to more in-depth language practice! :) Premium Content for this episode is available with both of these: Season 4 (Episodes 150 - 200) = Each episode includes a quiz, the PDF transcript (the text of the audio) with definitions of challenging words and the mp3 file. All Premium Content for Seasons 1, 2 and 3 (Episodes 001 - 150) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
163 - 5-Minute English: The Post Office and Mail
Apr 13 2024
163 - 5-Minute English: The Post Office and Mail
My grandma permanently moved to the United States from Spain in the 1950s and the only way she could afford to keep in contact with friends and family was through writing letters; flying and international calls back then were not in her family’s budget. Email didn’t exist yet. She sent postcards and letters,  pictures of her kids and eventually her grandkids. In her lifetime, the United States Postal Service (USPS) was her lifeline to the people she’d left overseas. Today, I'll tell you a bittersweet and very informative story about my grandma and her relationship with the post office and mail. Through it, you'll learn over 20+ words in context! Can you relate to this story? Let me know what you think. You can write to me on Instagram @americanenglishpodcast, or on Spotify in the comments. If you would like to help me decorate my office, please send me a real postcard!  Shana Thompson P.O. Box 9074 Asheville, NC 28815 I create this podcast because of YOU. You have no idea how excited I would be to see you're not just a figment of my imagination (haha). Plus, your card will end up on my wall! :) Premium Content for this episode is available with both of these: Season 4 (Episodes 150 - 200) = Each episode includes a quiz, the PDF transcript (the text of the audio) with definitions of challenging words and the mp3 file. All Premium Content for Seasons 1, 2 and 3 (Episodes 001 - 150) Support the show Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
162 - Discover Illinois with Jackie (from "Ask Jackie")
Mar 30 2024
162 - Discover Illinois with Jackie (from "Ask Jackie")
Illinois is situated in the heart of the American Midwest, and it's known as the "Prairie State" because over 60% of it is covered in farmland. Despite the number of natural wonders found in Illinois, what attracts most visitors is the vibrant city of Chicago ("The Windy City").Situated on the scenic shore of Lake Michigan, Chicago is a hot spot for music lovers and art enthusiasts. It's not only home to world-class museums and iconic architecture, it's where today's guest, Jackie Katsis, is from! Jackie is an ESL teacher and a well-known YouTuber from the channel "Ask Jackie."We'll begin today's episode by getting to know this wonderful Chicagoan, and then we'll discover her state with her. You'll hear about Jackie's experience with tornadoes, learn the nuances of the Chicago accent and we'll take a deep dive into the culture she grew up in (we cover mouth-watering food, music, lifestyle and more). Let's get a local's perspective on how to make the most out of our next trip to the beautiful state of Illinois! :) Jackie's Chicago Recommendations Portillo's - Italian Beefs + Chicago-Style Hot Dogs Kingston Mines - Listen to Jazz / Blues Do an architecture tour on the Chicago River Take a walk in Millenium Park and see "The Bean" (Cloud Gate) Go shopping on  Michigan Avenue Walk a lot and enjoy the art and architecture! Learn with JackieJackie Katsis is a well-known ESL teacher from Chicago. You can find her content here!  Website - https://www.askjackie.com.br/ YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/AskJackie  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/askjackiebr/ Premium Content:  Season 4 (Episodes 150 - 200) = Each episode includes a quiz, the PDF transcript (the text of the audio) with definitions of challenging words and the mp3 file. All Premium Content for Seasons 1, 2 and 3 (Episodes 001 - 150) Support the show Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
160.2 - How Cereal Became The Number One Breakfast Food in the U.S.
Mar 3 2024
160.2 - How Cereal Became The Number One Breakfast Food in the U.S.
You've seen it, right? The long cereal aisles in a U.S. supermarket? Crammed from top to bottom with colorful boxes? I bet you have. Cereal arouses a sense of nostalgia in a lot of the Americans that I know; it brings about memories of childhood, simpler times, family breakfasts. It's a wonderful topic of conversation that you can have with native speakers. Ask them: What was your favorite cereal when you were a child? You'll see their eyes light up. Then maybe you can share something that you learned in today's lesson!Premium Content:  Season 4 (Episodes 150 - 200) = Each episode includes a quiz, the PDF transcript (the text of the audio) with definitions of challenging words and the mp3 file. All Premium Content for Seasons 1, 2 and 3 (Episodes 001 - 150) Raisin Bran Muffins: 1/2 cup vegetable oil (or canola) 2 cups buttermilk (I use low-fat) 2 eggs 2 cups flour 4 cups Raisin Bran cereal 1 cup sugar 1.5 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup raisins  2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon all spice Optional Topping: 1/2 cup chopped pecans (small) Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix all of the muffin ingredients in order.  Let mixture sit for 10 minutes, so that the cereal softens. Bake in a muffin tin at 400 degrees for 14-18 minutes (depending on the color and size of your muffin tin.) I like the pecans to develop a very toasty flavor, so I generally cook them closer to 18 minutes. Let cool at least 10 minutes. Top with butter and/or honey. Each batch makes about 18 muffins. My family doubles it and it makes 36 at a time! We freeze them. Then, in the morning, we microwave each muffin for 40 seconds, slice in half and spread a bit of butter on each side. :) Enjoy! Support the show Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices