Episodes
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
Listen to Jessica (my college roomie) and I talk about our college experiences at UC Santa Barbara!
Published 11/06/20
In this episode, you'll hear about what my family has been doing in the month of October. You'll hear the Present Perfect Continuous tense used over and over again.
Published 10/30/20
In this episode, you'll hear a lower intermediate story for Halloween called the Red Spot. It's disgusting. Don't say I didn't warn you, so either skip it or listen all the way to the end because you'll be less disturbed if you make it to the last few minutes! To access the full episode, be sure to sign up to premium content in the Classroom at americanenglishpodcast.com.
Published 10/22/20
In this episode, you'll hear a 5-Minute English episode about FALL (AKA AUTUMN) in the United States. By the end, you'll learn vocabulary, phrasal verbs and collocations needed to talk about this topic with a native speaker. Like most 5-Minute Episodes, the listening is short and more challenging. You might need to listen to an episode at least three times in order to fully comprehend it. There are 40+ vocabulary words and phrases in this lesson. To gain access to the definitions and...
Published 10/15/20
Hi Everyone! In today's episode, you'll learn how to use the expression HIT THE SPOT like a native speaker. You'll also learn about Ben and Jerry's, one of the most socially and environmentally conscious companies in the U.S..
Published 10/08/20
Hi everyone! In today's episode we'll be talking about THE FACES ON OUR MONEY. By money, I'm referring to the United States Dollar, which is commonly written as USD. The faces I'm referring to are the portraits of influential Americans you'll see if you look at the front of our bills and coins. According to the U.S. treasury, these portraits are "of deceased persons whose places in history the American people know well." Deceased is a fancy way of saying dead. So an individual needs to...
Published 10/01/20