American English Podcast

By Shana Thompson

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 Sep 1, 2021
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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/

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126 - 5-Minute English: A Day At The Beach
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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)
    • Santa Cruz (go to the Boardwalk boardwalk, SO fun!)
    • East Beach (downtown Santa Barbara - I love this because of the beach / city combo:))
    • Most people from California would probably also recommend Santa Monica ( go on rides at the pier and shopping on 3rd Street) / Venice Beach for its canals and Abbott Kinney Blvd for shopping, then of course Laguna Beach (go to Urth cafe!). All of the beaches south of Malibu are pretty awesome (Manhattan, Redondo, etc.)


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Aug 04, 2022
125.2 - Doughnuts (or Donuts!)
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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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Jul 23, 2022
125 - Expression: To Sugarcoat Something
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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 brings donuts, you gotta do it right! 

To amp up the learning experience, I’ve packed a ton of fun vocab and phrases into this episode. By the end, you will be able to describe a perfect donut and a bad one in English! You can reuse the descriptive adjectives for other baked goods - anything made with dough or batter. 

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Jul 22, 2022
124 - 3 Must-Know Expressions for IELTS Speaking and Daily Life with Aubrey Carter
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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 into almost any conversation!

If you'd like to learn all about the IELTS exam and hear some tricks for getting a higher score and dealing with the  anxiety of speaking in English in an interview setting be sure to check out episode 104 with Jessica Beck! Jessica is a former IELTS examiner of 14 years and creator of the 3 KEYS IELTS course.

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Jul 12, 2022
123 - Goldilocks and The Three Bears (Phrasal Verb Fairy Tale)
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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 improve your use of more challenging tenses in English, listening to stories is a natural way to start mastering them! Goldilocks and The Three Bears is packed with the past perfect and  present perfect continuous. This lesson is not focused on these tenses - grammar lessons are coming, I promise - however, you will be exposed in a very natural way to these challenging tenses.

This story has been altered many times over the years - especially now that it's in the public domain! One of the original versions of this story is weird and morbid and I had to share it with you, so be sure to stay tuned until the very end to learn how that tale ended.

Hope you're having a nice day! :)

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Jun 29, 2022
122.1 Rosa Parks and The Freedom Movement (from Slavery to Civil Rights)
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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 been a federal holiday in the United States since 2021. However, it's been a day of celebration for African Americans since 1865, when Texas, the last state with institutionalized slavery, abolished it.  It's a day to celebrate freedom and liberty, as well as to remember those who fought for it, like Rosa Parks.

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Jun 14, 2022
122 - Expression: Once in a Blue Moon
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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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Jun 11, 2022
121 - Chats with Shana: 5 Surprising Things About Los Angeles
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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 disagree with most of them. What do you think about these stereotypes? Had you heard them before?

Do you have thoughts about the content in this episode? Ever been here? Practice your English by posting a comment via Instagram!

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May 28, 2022
120 - 5-Minute English: U.S. Geography
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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 about geography in English.

Note: The goal of 5-Minute English episodes is to smash all of the must-know terms about a topic into 5 minutes. Geography required a bit more, but in my opinion that extra bit was really enjoyable! I hope you feel the same. :)

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May 12, 2022
119 - The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
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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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Apr 25, 2022
118 - Expression: Out of the Blue
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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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Apr 07, 2022
118.2 - The Blue People of Kentucky
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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 use the common English expression OUT OF THE BLUE.

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Apr 07, 2022
117.2 - The Survival Story of Aron Ralston
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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 hours. If you haven’t, you’re in for a ride. 

Take a deep breath though. Aron is going to live. If you are eating, you might want to pause this episode and wait until you’ve digested your food. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! Let’s get to it.



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Mar 24, 2022
117 - Expression: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
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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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Mar 22, 2022
116 - 5-Minute English: Colds, Flus and Sickness
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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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Mar 06, 2022
115 - 5-Minute English: Winter
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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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Feb 11, 2022
114 - Dream House with Mara (Napa Valley Wine Country!)
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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 challenging to understand and that's ok. She's got a degree in Interior Design and spends her time decorating and redecorating, painting and changing every corner of her house, so her knowledge in the topic is on another level. She also regularly watches  design / housing / real estate shows on HGTV (Home and Garden Television).

Would you like to live in a castle in France, a spacious apartment in New York or a cottage in the English countryside? All three? Me too! Speaking about dreams and wishes in English it forces you to use conditionals.

Check out how my mom uses the second conditional in her description. Listen carefully to the audio and try to envision her dream house, then visit instagram to see the photos that inspired her audio.

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Jan 21, 2022
113 - Chats with Shana: We're Moving to Los Angeles!
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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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Jan 10, 2022
112 - Embarrassing Stories with Charlie (British and American English)
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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 a more amusing episode? I'm not sure. If you don't laugh out loud at least once, I'll be floored (shocked). It sounds like a big promise, right? Listen in, I hope that we don't let you down. 

Be sure to share your story via Instagram on this week's post! :)

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My Love Letter Time Machine - Victorian History
Serialising 200 charming + often funny love letters left by Fred & Janie courting in 1878

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Dec 27, 2021
111.2 Is it IN Hawaii or ON Hawaii? (Prepositions with Locations)
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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 state and when I visit, I'm IN Rhode Island.

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Dec 10, 2021
111 - Chats with Shana: A Vacation in Hawaii
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Want to go on a vacation to Hawaii? In this episode, I speak about our recent trip to Oahu - the most visited and populous island in the archipelago. Hawaii was the 50th state to join the union and in this episode I give you a general overview of the islands and what you can do as a tourist there.

Why do people from other states go there so often? Find out why.

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My Love Letter Time Machine - Victorian History
Serialising 200 charming + often funny love letters left by Fred & Janie courting in 1878

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Dec 07, 2021
110 - 5-Minute English: Skincare and Makeup
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In this 5-Minute English episode, you'll hear a lot of vocabulary and phrases related to skincare and makeup. 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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Nov 15, 2021
109 - Dream Houses with Pete
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I've always loved talking about Dream Houses. It's sort of a magical topic that everyone can relate to and yet for every person the response is going to be different. How we answer / describe our space largely depends on our life experience to date and perception of places we've been and have not been to. In this conversation I talk to Pete  (my Australian friend and host of the Aussie English Podcast)  about his dream home and we compare our previous living environments to where we'd like to be.

Would you like to live in a castle in France, a spacious apartment in New York or a cottage in the English countryside? All three? Me too!

Speaking about dreams and wishes in English it forces you to use conditionals. Check out how Pete and I switch from the first and second conditional in this conversation.

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My Love Letter Time Machine - Victorian History
Serialising 200 charming + often funny love letters left by Fred & Janie courting in 1878

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This show was born of a desire to explore and share individual and collective...

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Oct 31, 2021
108.2 - Sharks and Shark Attacks in U.S. Waters
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In today's episode, you'll learn about Sharks and Shark Attacks in U.S. waters and how to avoid a shark if you're visiting the U.S. coast!

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Oct 17, 2021
108 - Expression: To Rock the Boat
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In today's episode, you'll learn how to use the common expression: To Rock the Boat. You'll get to practice pronunciation and hear a joke as well. 

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Oct 16, 2021
107 - Expression: The Coast is Clear
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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 Public Enemy #1 and, of course, Scarface.

Alcatraz is a fascinating place for its complex history and twisted stories. And today you're going to hear one of them; the story of how three men managed to escape what was considered the most secure prison at the time. This story baffles historians even today, and the U.S. government still has no idea what happened to the three men. In fact, it is the longest manhunt in U.S. history.

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My Love Letter Time Machine - Victorian History
Serialising 200 charming + often funny love letters left by Fred & Janie courting in 1878

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Sep 27, 2021
106 - Off the Beaten Track with Charlie ("A Dream Trip to the Maldives")
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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 scuba-diving with sharks among some other legit (very cool) activities. Tune in to learn a great deal about Charlie - you'll hear plenty of conditionals in natural English conversation.

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Sep 18, 2021
105 - Chats with Shana: Animals and Nature in Brazil (+10 Common Collective Nouns!)
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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 birds that hang out / fly together is called a flock. 

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Sep 03, 2021
104 - Study or Work Abroad: The IELTS Exam with Jessica Beck
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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 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 anxiety of speaking in English in an interview setting and much much more.

Jessica is an expert in IELTS. She worked for 14 years as an IELTS examiner, so she knows what students go through and what examiners are looking for! To share her knowledge she created a test prep course called the 3 KEYS IELTS  (IELTS KEYS for short).

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Aug 18, 2021
103 - Expression: To Push Someone's Buttons
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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.

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Jul 24, 2021
102 - 5-Minute English: Toddlers
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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 longer toddle. We actually don't use the term toddle very often in English, although it does exist. 

There is much to be said about toddlers, and that's why today's 5-minute English lesson will be about this stage of development in a human's life.


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Jul 07, 2021
101 - Welcome to Season 3!
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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. 

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Jun 26, 2021
100 - 100 Commonly Mispronounced Words in American English
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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.

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Jun 11, 2021
099 - 10 Words a Day: Alex's Dating Disasters (Verbs 11-20)
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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

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May 29, 2021
098 - 10 Words a Day: Alex's Dating Disasters (Verbs with Sound 1-10)
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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

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May 13, 2021
097 - Expression: Bottoms Up!
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In this episode of the American English Podcast, you'll learn how to use the expression BOTTOMS UP! and all about CINCO DE MAYO.

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Apr 30, 2021
096 - Expression: Bent Out Of Shape
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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..

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Apr 12, 2021
095 - Chats with Shana: 10 Must-Know Expressions to Survive English Conversations
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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!

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Mar 25, 2021
094 - Expression: To Ring a Bell
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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.

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Mar 13, 2021
093 - Chats with Shana: The Story of My Previous Language Company
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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.

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Feb 23, 2021
092 - Expression: To Pull Some Strings
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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!

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Feb 06, 2021
091 - 5-Minute English: Babies
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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.

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Jan 16, 2021
090 - Chats with Shana: Yearly Review
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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.

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Jan 02, 2021
089 - Dessert Adjectives with Charlie
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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 your favorite desserts so that you can get more creative when talking about them.

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Dec 24, 2020
088 - The Night Before Christmas (A Visit From Santa Claus)
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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, or you don't believe in Santa Clause, but you are interested in American Culture, listen to this episode.

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Dec 09, 2020
087 - 5-Minute English: Strengths and Weaknesses
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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 vocab words, I highly recommend signing up to Season 2 or the 5 Minute-English Course.

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Dec 03, 2020
086 - Expression: In the Red
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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.

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Nov 19, 2020
085 - British Tea Time and Baking Vocabulary with Charlie
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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.

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Nov 12, 2020
084 - College Life with Jessica Buenaventura
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Listen to Jessica (my college roomie) and I talk about our college experiences at UC Santa Barbara!

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Nov 06, 2020
083 - Chats with Shana: October Days
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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.

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Oct 30, 2020
082 - Halloween Story: The Red Spot (Lower Intermediate)
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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!

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Oct 22, 2020
081 - 5-Minute English: Fall
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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.

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Oct 15, 2020
080 - Expression: Hit the Spot
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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..

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Oct 08, 2020
079 - The Faces On Our Money
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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 have died in order to appear on our currency.

It goes without saying, it is an utmost honor to be chosen as one of these prominent figures and today is like to share with you what these makes each one deserving of such an honor.

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Oct 01, 2020
078 - 5-Minute English: Elections and Voting
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In this episode, you'll hear a 5-Minute English episode about ELECTIONS AND VOTING 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.

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Sep 24, 2020
077 - 5-Minute English: Labor and Delivery
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In this episode, you'll hear a 5-Minute English episode about LABOR AND DELIVERY, as well as facts and statistics about GIVING BIRTH 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.

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Sep 17, 2020
076 - Portmanteaus with Liz Johnson!
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Hi Everyone! In today's episode, Liz is back on the show! We have a very fun / funny episode for you which is about Portmanteaus. Don't be afraid of the word, I don't think most Americans know what a portmanteau is.

What's important is we USE them ALL THE TIME! For example, instead of saying "I'm going out to grab some frozen yogurt," we might say "I'm going out to get some froyo." Froyo is a portmanteau; it's a blend of two words to make one word that has one meaning. Get ready to laugh and immerse yourself in American Culture! Enjoy :)

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Sep 08, 2020
075 - 5-Minute English: Wildfires in the U.S.
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Hi Everyone! In today's episode, I talk about WILDFIRES, which is a devastating issue many Americans face every summer (including myself!). Since this is a 5-Minute Episode it's topic-specific and MORE CHALLENGING than regular episodes. In it, you'll learn vocabulary, phrasal verbs, and collocations needed to talk about this topic in depth in English.

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Aug 26, 2020
074 - Fairy Tale: Hansel and Gretel
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Hi Everyone! In this week's episode, I retell the very famous Brothers' Grimm fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel. I've made a few changes to the original text.

First of all, I've intentionally added phrasal verbs and prepositional phrases throughout the text so that you can learn them in a context.

Secondly, I've modernized some of the language a bit, since the original texts were written in German in the 1800s. I want you to be able to use the language that you hear in conversation.

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Aug 19, 2020
073 - Expression: On the Edge of One's Seat
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Hi Everyone! In today's episode, you'll learn how to use the expression ON THE EDGE OF ONE'S SEAT like a native speaker. You'll also learn about the life of STAN LEE, the brain behind some of the world's most beloved and despised superheroes and villains. You'll also get some insight into comic book history! :)

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Aug 13, 2020
072 - 5-Minute English: Cleaning
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Hi Everyone! In today's episode, I talk about CLEANING, which is an activity that most of us dread. The thing is, the topic often pops up in conversation so the vocabulary, phrasal verbs, collocations and expressions in this episode are very useful!

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Aug 06, 2020
071 - Expression: Through Thick and Thin
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Hi Everyone! In today's episode, you'll learn how to use the expression THROUGH THICK AND THIN like a native speaker. You'll also learn about MATERNITY LEAVE / PARENTAL LEAVE IN THE US.

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Jul 30, 2020
070 - Expression: Music to One's Ears
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Hi Everyone! In today's episode, you'll learn how to use the expression MUSIC TO ONE'S EARS like a native speaker. You'll also learn about the fascinating life of ELVIS PRESLEY.

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Jul 23, 2020
069 - 5-Minute English: Summer in the U.S.
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Hi Everyone! In today's episode, I talk about Summer in the US. For many Americans, summertime brings back a sense of nostalgia. Today, we'll talk about the common activities kids do outdoors during the summer months, how families spend summer break (road trips!) and about temperature.

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Jul 15, 2020
068 - Initialisms in Conversation: Party Culture in the U.S.
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In this episode of the American English Podcast, we will talk about initialisms which are a type of abbreviation. The initialisms discussed are used in PRE-PARTY and PARTY situations. In the first part of the discussion I explain the difference between initialism and acronym. I also explain a list of party initialisms (such as RSVP, BYOB, etc.). In the second part, you will hear a conversation with my mom using them all in a discussion about PARTY CULTURE IN THE U.S..

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Jul 09, 2020
067 - Expression: A Lot On One's Plate
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In this American English Podcast Episode you'll learn how to use the expression A LOT ON ONE'S PLATE and hear about COMPETITIVE EATING in the U.S.. The topic arouses mixed feelings probably in you and in many Americans because of world hunger, domestic hunger issues and obesity. We'll touch on such criticisms during the discussion.

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Jul 01, 2020
066 - 5-Minute English: American Barbecue
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Hi Everyone! In today's episode, I start by talking about our recent trip to an RV park, a chat with some boys I had about hunting and eating bear and then dive into a 5-minute discussion about AMERICAN BARBECUE. (For you people who hate "American" as an adjective, I'm sorry, but that's the adjective that exists for the United States). If you're interested in hearing casual chat and a lot of useful and different vocabulary words, listen in!

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Jun 24, 2020
065 - Chats with Shana: Nesting
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Hi Everyone! In today's episode, we talk casually about NESTING which is a phenomenon that occurs with pregnant women (some men!) and animals before childbirth. It's characterized by preparing the environment, cleaning, organizing and more. If you're interested in hearing casual chat and a lot of useful and different vocabulary words, listen in!

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Jun 17, 2020
064 - Pronunciation: 50 U.S. States
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Hi Everyone! In today's episode, I teach how to pronounce the 50 U.S. States. In this lesson, you'll also learn about unstressed syllables and the importance of listening.

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Jun 10, 2020
063 - Expression: Take a Hike
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Hi Everyone! In today's episode, I teach how to use the expression TAKE A HIKE like a native speaker. For the fun fact, we go over YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK and places to visit in the surrounding area.

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Jun 02, 2020
062 - Baseball Culture and Expressions with Liz Johnson (PART 2)
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Episode #62 is part 2 of a long conversation with my good friend Liz Johnson about BASEBALL and BASEBALL EXPRESSIONS we use in everyday life. The examples shared in the audio are real and personal and we hope that you will learn how you can insert them into your everyday life.

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May 26, 2020
061 - Baseball Culture and Expressions with Liz Johnson (PART 1)
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In Episode #61, my good friend Liz Johnson and I talk about BASEBALL CULTURE IN THE U.S. and we teach COMMON BASEBALL EXPRESSIONS we use in everyday life. This is PART 1 of a longer recording. PART 2 will be posted soon. The examples shared in the audio are real and personal and we hope that you will learn how you can insert them into your everyday life.

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May 20, 2020
060 - Expression: Out Of This World
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Hi Everyone! In today's episode, I teach how to use the expression OUT OF THIS WORLD like a native speaker. For the fun fact, we go over THE LIFE STORY OF WALT DISNEY.At the beginning of the episode, you will learn many alternative adjectives for the word " amazing." During the fun fact section, you'll hear a number of expressions in context.

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May 13, 2020
059 - 5-Minute English: Springtime in the U.S.
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Hi Everyone! Today you'll hear another 5-Minute English episode and it's all about Springtime.5-Minute English episodes are designed to teach "fluency one topic at a time."In them, you'll learn phrasal verbs, collocations and vocabulary in specific topics. Learning all of the terms well will help prepare you for conversations with native speakers.

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May 06, 2020
058 - Expression: A Method to Madness
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Hi Everyone! In today's episode, I teach how to use the expression A METHOD TO MADNESS like a native speaker. For the fun fact, we go over EXOTIC ANIMALS AS PETS in the U.S. In discussing exotic animals as pets, you'll learn about laws that exist in the United States as a whole and how different states differ in terms of what exotic animals you can have. Can you keep a lion or tiger in your backyard? Listen to find out!

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Apr 30, 2020
057 - Gender Prediction and Old Wives' Tales
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Hi Everyone!I'm very excited about this week's episode which is about a topic that is not often discussed: Gender Prediction.In the episode, I'll share 10 very common Old Wives' Tales for predicting gender (or sex, as some prefer to say). You'll learn vocabulary related to the characteristics of pregnancy such as mood swings, break outs, cravings and I'll also share our results to these tests within the episode.

Is it a Boy or Girl?

Since our 20-week anatomy test was this morning (after I recorded), you'll be able to see the result on Instagram. I don't want to spoil it here for those of you who wish to listen to the episode first. We're very excited! :)

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Apr 22, 2020
056 - Expression: On a Roll
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Hi Everyone! In this week's episode I'll teach you the expression ON A ROLL and all about the famous PHILLY CHEESESTEAK. You'll also learn many adjectives to describe good vs. bad sandwiches (bread, meat, cheese and onions).

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Apr 15, 2020
055 - 5-Minute English: 3 Trending Diets To Lose Winter Weight
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Hi Everyone! Today you'll hear another 5-Minute English episode and it's all about 3 Trending Diets to Lose Winter Weight.5-Minute English episodes are designed to teach "fluency one topic at a time."In them, you'll learn phrasal verbs, collocations and vocabulary in specific topics. Learning all of the terms well will help prepare you for conversations with native speakers.

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Apr 09, 2020
054 - Expression: To Pull Someone's Leg
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Hi Everyone! This week's episode is about the expression TO PULL SOMEONE'S LEG and popular APRIL FOOL'S JOKES that went down in history.

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Mar 31, 2020
053 - Chats with Shana: Brazil Trip and Coronavirus
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This week’s episode is all about my family’s TRIP TO BRAZIL and how “the shit has hit the fan” during the past two weeks because of the CORONAVIRUS. This episode uses a lot of perfect tenses. If you need to practice the present perfect, past perfect or even the passive forms for either of these I highly recommend listening!

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Mar 25, 2020
052 - Expression: A Bun In The Oven
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Hi Everyone! This week’s episode is all about pregnancy! The expression is A BUN IN THE OVEN and the fun fact is about THE WOMAN WHO GAVE BIRTH TO OCTUPLETS, FORMERLY KNOWN AS OCTOMOM.

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Mar 07, 2020
051 - Expression: That's The Way The Cookie Crumbles
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Hi Everyone! This week’s episode is all about cookies! The joke is about cookies, the expression is THAT’S THE WAY THE COOKIE CRUMBLES and the fun fact is about GIRL SCOUT COOKIES.

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Feb 27, 2020
050 - Chats with Shana: Snow Trip and Snow Vocabulary!
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This week’s episode is all about my family’s trip to the snow last week. In it, I share tips on skiing and snowboarding in the US as well as plenty of essential vocabulary words you’ll need to talk about the snow, skiing and snowboarding!

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Feb 20, 2020
049 - Expression: When Hell Freezes Over
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Hi Everyone! In this week's episode, I teach the common English expression: When Hell Freezes Over. We also talk all about the very famous ICE CASTLES, which were created by the entrepreneur, Brent Christensen, in 2011.

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Feb 10, 2020
048 - Interview with Lauren: Sororities and Fraternities
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Hi Everyone! This week's episode is all about SORORITIES AND FRATERNITIES. I introduce the history of Greek Life and talk about the famous people were part of sororities and fraternities.

As a special guest, we talk to my cousin Lauren about what it was like to be in a sorority. Hopefully you'll learn a little bit more than the stereotypes! There are many takeaways from this very unique college experience.

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Feb 06, 2020
047 - Expression: Hit Or Miss
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Hi Everyone! This week's episode is all about THE NATIONAL ANTHEM of the United States which is called THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER. We will go through the expression "HIT OR MISS" as well.

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Jan 30, 2020
046 - Chats with Shana: A Cultural Trip Through Florida
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In this week's episode, I talk to you from Miami, Florida where we have spent the past 2.5 weeks enjoying the warm weather, tropical fruit and latin culture. Within the episode, I talk to you about our time in Orlando and Miami and share many facts and figures about the state and its people.

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Jan 23, 2020
045 - Expression: To Put Someone On A Pedestal
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In Episode #45, I teach you how to use the expression TO PUT SOMEONE ON A PEDESTAL like a native speaker from the States. I also talk about GROUNDHOG'S DAY, which is a goofy holiday on February 2nd every year in the U.S. and Canada.

Hi Everyone! This week's episode is all about Driving in the U.S. and it's a little bit longer this week because there's simply so much information to share.I highly recommend listening to this episode twice. The vocabulary words will be incredibly useful if you ever talk to somebody in English about driving or cars.

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Jan 16, 2020
044 - Driving in the U.S.: Vocabulary and Rules (with special guests Joe and Mara)
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Hi Everyone! This week's episode is all about Driving in the U.S. and it's a little bit longer this week because there's simply so much information to share.I highly recommend listening to this episode twice. The vocabulary words will be incredibly useful if you ever talk to somebody in English about driving or cars.

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Jan 08, 2020
043 - Interview with My Dad: Living and Working in Alaska
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In Episode 43, we talk to my dad about what it's like to live and work in Alaska. During the conversation we talk about wildlife, outdoor sports and his long days finding oil. You will learn a lot about Alaska by listening to this one! Enjoy :)

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Jan 02, 2020
042 - Expression: To Drop the Ball
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In this episode of the podcast, I'll teach you how to use the expression TO DROP THE BALL like a native speaker from the United States. The fun fact of the day answers the question WHY DO WE DROP A BALL AT TIMES SQUARE ON NEW YEARS.


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Dec 26, 2019
041 - American English Slang with Liz Johnson
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In Episode #41, my good friend Liz Johnson and I planned on talking about 10 AMERICAN ENGLISH SLANG WORDS that we use on a daily basis. After all is said and done, we ended up sharing about 20 very common words and phrases! That's a lot of slang. 

Notice how I didn't write slang with an "s". Slang with an "s" doesn't exist. It is uncountable. Learn slang. Learn slang words.

The examples shared in the audio are real and personal and we hope that you will learn how you can insert them into your everyday life. My mom (58 years old) gave her seal of approval on these words as well; they can be used by all age groups.


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Dec 18, 2019
040 - Chats with Shana: December Days
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In this episode of the podcast, I speak casually to you about our first week in December. Within the multiple mini stories, you'll hear irregular past tense verbs, learn Christmas vocabulary and get a feel for some of the pre-Christmas activities that are celebrated in California.

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Dec 11, 2019
039 - Expression: A Blessing in Disguise
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In this episode of the podcast, I'll teach you how to use the expression A BLESSING IN DISGUISE like a native speaker from the United States. The fun fact of the day is about SANTACON, which takes place during the first few weekends of December in over 100 cities in the US.

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Dec 05, 2019
038 - The Green Card: Our Experience, Tips and More
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In this Episode of the American English Podcast, Lucas and I talk about our experience getting his GREEN CARD. Yes, it was approved, finally! We go through some of the following points:

  •  What is a Green Card?
  • What's the difference between Permanent Residency and Citizenship?
  • What are the benefits of Citizenship?
  • Tips for the Official Interview
  • Questions they ask at the Interview 
  • How to Prepare Our Mistakes and friends' mistakesLawyer (cost & their role)+ so much more.

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Nov 27, 2019
037 - Expression: To Quit Cold Turkey
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In this episode, you will learn about THANKSGIVING IN THE US and how to use the English Expression TO QUIT COLD TURKEY like a native speaker. Friends Episodes (available on Netflix in the U.S.) - Season 3, Episode 9 (The Football Game)- Season 5, Episode 8 (Flashbacks to Previous Thanksgivings)- Season 6, Episode 9 (Rachel's Trifle).

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Nov 20, 2019
036 - Our Story: Dating, Engagement and Marriage
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On Wednesday, November 13th, Lucas (my husband) and I will have his green card interview. A green card, is a physical card you receive from the U.S. government that permits you to reside in the U.S. and work.Since we will need to tell our story to the judge / immigration official, including specifics about dating, engagement and marriage, I figured why not tell our story to you. I've added tons of vocabulary, collocations, slang and more to this to make it a well-rounded learning experience.

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Nov 12, 2019
035 - Expression: The Last Straw
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In this episode, you will learn about THE HISTORY OF COCA-COLA and how to use the English Expression THE LAST STRAW like a native speaker.

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Nov 08, 2019
034 - Expression: To Have A Few Screws Loose
1058

In this episode, you will learn about THE WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE and how to use the English Expression TO HAVE A FEW SCREWS LOOSE like a native speaker. You can access premium content for this episode by joining The Classroom.

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Oct 31, 2019
033 - A Classic Scary Story For Halloween
963

In Episode 33, I tell two more interesting facts I've learned about Halloween since Episode 31 (which was the Halloween Special) AND I tell you a scary story that's jam-packed with the Past Perfect tense!

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Oct 25, 2019
032 - Expression: To Wing It
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In this episode you will learn about BALD EAGLES and how to use the English Expression TO WING IT like a native speaker.

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Oct 16, 2019
031 - Halloween Special: Interview with Liz Johnson
1866

In this episode you will learn a brief history of Halloween and about HALLOWEEN CULTURE IN THE UNITED STATES leading up to the 31st of October and on Halloween day.In this episode, we talk about pumpkin patches, carving pumpkins, horror movies, haunted houses and our experiences as kids, teenagers and adults.

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Oct 09, 2019
030 - Expression: In the Loop
1394

Learn American English in this episode of the American English Podcast where I talk about THE HYPERLOOP (new type of transportation) and teach you to use the expression IN THE LOOP and OUT OF THE LOOP like a native speaker.

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Oct 03, 2019
029 - Expression: To Carve in Stone
1396

Learn American English in this episode of the American English Podcast where I talk about MOUNT RUSHMORE and THE CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL and teach you to use the expression TO CARVE IN STONE like a native speaker. If you haven't already, follow me on instagram @americanenglishpodcast and let me know where you're from! :)

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Sep 26, 2019
028 - Expression: To Give Your Two Cents
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Learn American English in this episode of the American English Podcast where I talk about TIPPING CULTURE IN THE U.S. and WHERE IT CAME FROM and teach you to use the expression TO GIVE YOUR TWO CENTS like a native speaker.

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Sep 19, 2019
027 - Expression: To Bite Off More Than You Can Chew
1570

Learn American English in this episode of the American English Podcast where I talk about THE DONNER PARTY and teach you to use the expression TO BITE OFF MORE THAN YOU CAN CHEW like a native speaker. To see photos of where the Donner Party was trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains check out my Instagram @americanenglishpodcast.

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Sep 11, 2019
026 - Interview with Dana: 25 Facts About Canada
1509

Learn American English in this episode of the American English Podcast where I talk with Dana from the Can Learn English Podcast about CANADA. We discuss 25 FACTS ABOUT CANADA and hear her take (opinion) on them!

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Sep 04, 2019
025 - Chats with Shana: The County Fair
1369

Learn American English in this episode of the American English Podcast where I talk about COUNTY FAIRS and teach you about THE DEMOLITION DERBY at my county fair.Check out the images on Instagram @americanenglishpodcast

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Aug 28, 2019
024 - Expression: Spill the Beans
1670

Learn American English in this episode of the American English Podcast where I talk about OIL SPILLS OFF THE COAST OF THE U.S. and teach you to use the expression SPILL THE BEANS like a native speaker. 

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Aug 22, 2019
023 - Interview with a Hairstylist: Sonia Murray
1798

In this episode, you'll learn all about hair, haircuts and hairstyles with my aunt, Sonia Murray. She is a hairstylist. See the YouTube video that corresponds with this episode here: https://youtu.be/pXJOFWZRk6U

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Aug 14, 2019
022 - Expression: By the Book
886

Learn American English in this episode of the American English Podcast where I talk about PROJECT GUTENBERG and teach you to use the expression BY THE BOOK like a native speaker.

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Aug 07, 2019
021: Chats with Shana: Trip to the Avenue of the Giants
622

This episode is about my trip to the AVENUE OF THE GIANTS, the area of the massive COASTAL REDWOOD TREES in California.

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Jul 31, 2019
020 - Expression: To Play With Fire
1088

Learn American English in this episode of the American English Podcast where I teach you to use the expression TO PLAY WITH FIRE like a native speaker.

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Jul 24, 2019
019 - Expression: To Have Foot-In-Mouth Disease
1179

Learn American English in this episode of the American English Podcast where I teach you to use the expression TO HAVE FOOT-IN-MOUTH DISEASE like a native speaker. For the fun fact, you'll learn about BIGFOOT.

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Jul 17, 2019
018 - Expression: Take a Rain Check
1033

Learn American English in this episode of the American English Podcast where I teach you to use the expression TAKE A RAIN CHECK like a native speaker. You'll also learn the story WHY THE U.S. USES FAHRENHEIT.

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Jul 10, 2019
017 - Chats with Shana: About Me, the Podcast and Gardening
527

This is the first of some bonus episodes I've decided to add about me, my thoughts and plans for the podcast.

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Jul 07, 2019
016 - Expression: Give an Inch, Take a Mile
1083

Learn American English in this episode of the American English Podcast where I teach you to use the expression GIVE AN INCH, TAKE A MILE like a native speaker. For the fun fact, we'll talk about the METRIC SYSTEM IN THE U.S..

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Jul 03, 2019
015 - Expression: Piece of Cake
784

Learn American English in this episode of the American English Podcast where I teach you to use the expression PIECE OF CAKE like a native speaker. For the fun fact, we'll talk about THE HAPPY BIRTHDAY SONG.

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Jun 27, 2019
013 - Expression: To Get The Hang of It
893

Learn American English in this episode of the American English Podcast where I teach you to use the expression TO GET THE HANG OF IT like a native speaker. You'll also learn all about THE SALEM WITCH TRIALS.

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Jun 19, 2019
012 - Expression: It's Not Rocket Science
1051

Learn American English in this episode of the American English Podcast where I teach you to use the expression IT'S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE like a native speaker. You'll also learn all about NASA.

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Jun 13, 2019
011 - Expression: To Show Your True Colors
887

Learn American English in this episode of the American English Podcast where I teach you to use the expression SHOW YOUR TRUE COLORS like a native speaker. The fun fact for this episode is THE HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN FLAG.

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Jun 06, 2019
010 - Expression: Bear With Me
958

Learn American English in this episode of the American English Podcast where I teach you to use the expression BEAR WITH ME like a native speaker. You'll also learn all about BEARS IN THE U.S.

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May 30, 2019
009 - Expression: From Rags to Riches
1068

Learn American English in this episode of the American English Podcast where I teach you to use the expression FROM RAGS TO RICHES like a native speaker. You'll also learn all about THE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH.

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May 23, 2019
008 - Expression: Hit The Hay
1008

Learn American English in this episode of the American English Podcast where I teach you to use the expression HIT THE HAY like a native speaker. The fun fact for this episode is all about THE AMISH COMMUNITIES.

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May 16, 2019
007 - Expression: Walk All Over You
1163

Learn American English in this episode of the American English Podcast where I teach you to use the expression WALK ALL OVER YOU like a native speaker. You'll also learn all about GETTING INTERNSHIPS IN THE U.S.. The fun fact for this episode is about INTERNSHIPS IN THE UNITED STATES.

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May 09, 2019
006 - Expression: A Taste of Your Own Medicine
1041

Learn American English in this episode of the American English Podcast where I teach you to use the expression A TASTE OF YOUR OWN MEDICINE like a native speaker. You'll also learn all about HENRIETTA LACKS, a woman who drastically impacted modern science.

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May 02, 2019
005 - Expression: Cut Corners
987

Learn American English in this episode of the American English Podcast where I teach you to use the expression CUT CORNERS like a native speaker. The fun fact for this episode is about UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS and THE UNIVERSITY ADMISSIONS SCANDAL.

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Apr 24, 2019
004 - Expression: Get Over It
1069

Learn American English in this episode of the American English Podcast where I teach you to use the expression GET OVER IT like a native speaker. The fun fact for this episode is about YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK.

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Mar 20, 2019
003 - Expression: Cut the Cheese
1180

Learn American English in this episode of the American English Podcast where I teach you to use the expression CUT THE CHEESE like a native speaker. The fun fact for this episode is ITALIAN IMMIGRATION and PIZZA IN THE U.S.!

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Mar 20, 2019
002 - Expression: Blow Your Mind
1117

Learn American English in this episode of the American English Podcast where I teach you to use the expression BLOW YOUR MIND like a native speaker. You'll also learn all about THE AMAZON GO STORES.

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Mar 20, 2019
001 - Expression: Jog Your Memory
1379

Learn American English in this episode of the American English Podcast where I teach you to use the expression JOG YOUR MEMORY like a native speaker. The fun fact for this episode is about the BARKLEY MARATHONS.

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Mar 20, 2019