Episodes
Published 10/17/21
Published 10/16/21
In today's episode, you'll learn how to use the common expression: The Coast Is Clear. You'll get to practice pronunciation and hear a joke as well. The fun fact in this episode is all about Alcatraz, an island or prison, I should say - former prison - off the coast of San Francisco, which housed some of the United States's most infamous criminals from 1934 until 1963. One former resident you may know of is Al Capone, the American gangster / mobster, you can say, also known by the nicknames...
Published 09/27/21
Charlie, our good friend from The British English Podcast, came up with an incredibly entertaining podcast format: "Off the Beaten Track." In short, it's all about asking someone detailed questions about their ideal itinerary for a DREAM vacation. I emphasize DREAM because this episode is packed with HYPOTHETICALS! You've hit the hypothetical jackpot... and it's real!  In today's episode, we heard all about his crazy trip up to space and then to the Maldives; he would go skydiving and...
Published 09/18/21
This episode is part of Season 3.  In this episode of the podcast, you'll hear about our recent month-long stay in Brazil. Other than spending time with family and friends, the highlights of the trip were with animals and nature. Tune in and hear learn a lot of animal vocabulary!  In this story, you'll also be exposed to the 10 most common collective nouns for animals. A collective noun is a word used to describe a group. For example, a group of fish is called a school of fish. A group of...
Published 09/03/21
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 Jessica Beck all about IELTS.  She shared many reasons why you should consider taking this exam over the TOEFL or TOEIC, she gave some tricks on how to get a higher score, how to deal with...
Published 08/18/21
This episode is part of Season 3.  In this episode of the podcast, you'll learn how to use the common expression TO PUSH SOMEONE'S BUTTONS. For the fun fact about American History and Culture, you'll learn about THE MILGRAM EXPERIMENT. Premium Content This episode is the first episode in Season 3.  By purchasing Season 3 transcripts, you'll be able to access the full episodes, the full PDF transcripts for episodes 101 - 150, an Mp3 download  and the premium podcast player to work on your...
Published 07/24/21
The term "toddler" is typically used to describe a child that is between the ages of one and three, although some people consider a three-year-old up until four, also a toddler. It's the stage in a human's life when they're no longer a newborn, they're no longer an infant, so a baby, but they're also not really a kid. The term toddler comes from the verb toddle, which means to walk with short and unsteady steps, according to Oxford Languages. For most of us, when we learn to walk well, we no...
Published 07/07/21
Welcome to Season 3!! In this episode, I share some news going on here in California and then we talk about what you can expect from Season 3.  Premium Content This episode is the first episode in Season 3.  By purchasing Season 3 transcripts, you'll be able to access the full episodes, the full PDF transcripts for episodes 101 - 150, an Mp3 download  and the premium podcast player to work on your pronunciation. Get a 25% Discount on Season 3 Transcripts today! Follow along with the Season...
Published 06/26/21
After 5 years of teaching intermediate to advanced level English online, I found trends in the words that my students mispronounced. In today's episode, I consolidated the common mispronounced words in my language classes into one episode with example sentences so that you can work on your pronunciation. Premium Content (formerly called the Classroom) This episode is part of Season 2.  By purchasing Season 2, you'll be able to access the full transcript, a comprehension quiz and the premium...
Published 06/11/21
In this episode of the American English Podcast, you'll gain maximum exposure to 10 common verbs. You'll hear a story, get the definitions and new example sentences to better your pronunciation and amp up your vocabulary! The 10 words are: - To pick one's nose - To growl - To zip up - To slam on the brakes - To splash - To wet oneself - To flip someone off - To swear - To take a sip - To wave
Published 05/29/21
In this episode of the American English Podcast, you'll gain maximum exposure to 10 common verbs that produce sound. You'll hear a story, get the definitions and new example sentences to better your pronunciation and amp up your vocabulary! The 10 words are: - to spit - to snore - to gargle - to yawn - to sniffle - to cough - to sneeze - to snap your fingers - to slurp - to burp
Published 05/13/21
In this episode of the American English Podcast, you'll learn how to use the expression BOTTOMS UP! and all about CINCO DE MAYO.
Published 04/30/21
In this episode of the American English Podcast, you'll learn how to use the expression BENT OUT OF SHAPE and all about TORNADOES IN THE U.S..
Published 04/12/21
In this Chats with Shana episode, you'll hear about some of the language mistakes I've made in foreign languages. You'll learn how to get yourself out of awkward situations in English by using common expressions!
Published 03/25/21
In this episode of the American English Podcast, you'll learn how to use the expression TO RING A BELL and all about the LIBERTY BELL, a symbol of freedom in the United States.
Published 03/13/21
In Episode #93, you'll hear my adventure starting a business in NYC and traveling overseas as a digital nomad. You'll also hear the lessons learned from this experience using the third conditional.
Published 02/23/21
In this episode of the American English Podcast, you'll learn how to use the expression TO PULL SOME STRINGS and all about the GREAT IDITAROD RACE, the largest annual sporting event in Alaska. Spoiler alert: It's all about dogsledding!
Published 02/06/21
How many vocabulary words, phrases and collocations can you think of within the topic of Babies? I bet a lot. Now, do you know the translations for them in English? This episode introduces everything you'll need to know about the topic in order to navigate a conversation with a native speaker, other than the two obvious terms I've left out "crying" and "baby bottle," but you know these already ;)This episode is long overdue and I hope you enjoy it.
Published 01/16/21
This is the first of many (hopefully) yearly reviews. There's nothing better than reflecting on the highlights in one's year, especially with the help of images. I've done this partially for myself and also to help you listeners. I've talked about some of the events I've spoken about the podcast to "jog your memory" (episode #1) and used a number of other expressions from the expression episodes to talk about my 2020. This is very personal.
Published 01/02/21
Hi Everyone! Christmas is just a few days away and what better way to prepare than by learning how to describe desserts in English. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, the holiday season tends to be a time of indulgence; if you're not diving into calorie-filled desserts with your family members (even just on Zoom this year), what are you doing?!? In English the four tastes are sweet, salty, sour and bitter (some also mention umami). Today, we'll talk about other adjectives to describe...
Published 12/24/20
Hi Everyone! Welcome back to Episode #088. Today we will be talking about a poem, a very famous poem. In fact it may be one of the most read and referenced poems in English. Don't quote me on that, but it's a poem that you'll hear on the radio in the U.S. as December 25th approaches, you'll see lines from it on Christmas cards, in advertisements and in many many movies. It's called A Visit from Santa Claus, but you may know it as The Night Before Christmas. If you don't celebrate Christmas,...
Published 12/09/20
For today we're back with another 5-Minute English episode and it's all about Strengths and Weaknesses, one of the most challenging questions you'll run into at a job interview. In the 5-Minute discussion we'll dive into an individual's head on the day of a job interview and see how they decide on their strength. As usual, 5-minute episodes are intensive listening exercises so it should be a challenge! If you're struggling to understand and feel overwhelmed by the complexity of advanced...
Published 12/03/20
In today's episode you'll learn how to use the expression IN THE RED and we'll talk about how BLACK FRIDAY got started, how it grew in popularity and what it's like in case you want to take advantage of sales on your next trip to the US.
Published 11/19/20
In this episode, we have a special guest. His name is Charlie Baxter and he's the host of the British English Podcast. We talk about the British Bake Off and he helps me understand the terminology used in it.
Published 11/12/20