Everybody ESL

Everybody ESL

The podcast for everybody who wants to improve their English, practice their English, or just learn more English.

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    Episode 100

    Vocabulary about big things, a discussion about asking someone to watch your stuff, Part 2 of our series about count and noncount nouns, the Joke of the Week, a listening quiz, and more.

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    Episode 99 (mini)

    This mini episode teaches you an interesting expression: “second wind.”

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    Episode 98 (mini)

    This mini episode teaches you an interesting use of the common word “fly.”

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    Episode 97

    Vocabulary about different ways of talking (with exciting examples), a lesson about someone asking you for help, Part 1 of our series about count and noncount nouns, the Joke of the Week, a listening quiz, and more.

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    Episode 96 (mini)

    This mini episode teaches you the expression “in a nutshell.” What does it mean (and why), and how do you use it?

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    Episode 95 (mini)

    This mini episode teaches you the expression “Cross your t’s and dot your i’s.” What does it mean (and why), and how do you use it?

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    Episode 94

    Teeth and dentist vocabulary, a lesson about asking for help, a discussion about the “let” construction, the Joke of the Week, a listening quiz, and more.

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    Episode 93 (mini)

    This mini episode teaches you the expression “Play it by ear.” What does it mean, and how do you use it?

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    Episode 92 (mini)

    This mini episode teaches you the expression “You’re telling ME.” What does it mean, and how do you use it?

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    Episode 91

    School vocabulary, a lesson about “that” and when we can omit it, a discussion about using a drive-through, the Joke of the Week, a homework assignment, and more.

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    Episode 90 (mini)

    This mini episode teaches you the expression “What gives?” What does it mean, and how do you use it?

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    Episode 89 (mini)

    This mini episode teaches you the expression “a dime a dozen.” What does it mean, and how do you use it?

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    Episode 88

    Referring to people when you don’t know their names, a discussion about the “had better” construction, an explanation of a very common small talk topic, the Joke of the Week, a listening quiz, and more.

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    Episode 87 (mini)

    This mini episode teaches you the expression “May-December romance.” What does it mean (and why)?

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    Episode 86 (mini)

    This mini episode teaches you the expression “squared away.” What does it mean, and how do you use it?

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    Episode 85

    Vocabulary about going to the doctor, a discussion about using singular nouns with numbers, advice about handling a common social situation, the Joke of the Week, a listening quiz, and more.

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    Episode 84 (mini)

    This mini episode teaches you “for my money”: a good way to introduce your opinion.

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    Episode 83 (mini)

    This mini episode talks about a very common way that some sounds in English words change when a certain other sound is around them.

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    Episode 82

    Music vocabulary, the difference between “even if" and “even though,” some small talk advice, the Joke of the Week, a listening quiz, and more.

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    Episode 81 (mini)

    This mini episode presents another... Secret of Native Speakers, a construction that you probably never learned in any class or English textbook.

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    Episode 80 (mini)

    This mini episode teaches you a fun English expression: “sour grapes.”

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    Episode 79

    Vocabulary about fireworks, a tip about one-word answers, a quick grammar lesson, the Joke of the Week, a listening quiz, and more.

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    Episode 78 (mini)

    This mini episode teaches you a useful English expression: “the last straw.”

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    Episode 77 (mini)

    This mini episode teaches you a mysterious English expression: on the outs.

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    Episode 76

    A simple rule about contractions, vocabulary that’s just in time for summer, how to receive a compliment, the Joke of the Week, a listening quiz, and more.

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    Episode 75 (mini)

    This mini episode teaches you another interesting English expression: to flesh out.

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    Episode 74 (mini)

    This mini episode presents another interesting English expression: pep talk.

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    Episode 73

    A lesson about the two “used to” constructions, some very practical vocabulary, responding to “Have a nice day,” the Joke of the Week, a listening quiz, and more.

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    Episode 72 (mini)

    This mini episode presents another interesting English expression. What does it mean to “jump through hoops”? Find out here!

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    Episode 71 (mini)

    This mini episode presents another strange American English expression. What does it mean to “Say uncle”? Find out here!

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    Episode 70

    A quick lesson about “few” and “a few”( which are very similar but also different in an important way), some cooking vocabulary, asking someone to save your seat for you, the Joke of the Week, a listening quiz, and more.

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    Episode 69 (mini)

    This mini episode presents another... Secret of Native Speakers, something you probably never knew about native English speakers and “can” and “can’t.”

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    Episode 68 (mini)

    A mini episode about an interesting English expression. Do you know what it means to call someone a “doormat”? Find out in this episode!

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    Episode 67

    A quick lesson about the tricky modal “should,” some vocabulary about stories, what to do when someone asks if you need help (but you don't), the Joke of the Week, a listening quiz, and more.

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    Episode 66 (mini)

    A mini episode about a... Secret of Native Speakers, something you probably never knew about native English speakers and how they use English.

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    Episode 65 (mini)

    A mini episode about the useful English expression “Out on a limb.”

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    Episode 64

    Vocabulary about different kinds of movies, an interesting discussion about a common use of “me,” the Joke of the Week, a listening quiz, and more.

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    Episode 63 (mini)

    A mini episode about two words that can be difficult to use correctly: until and by.

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    Episode 62 (mini)

    A mini episode about something mysterious: the way English speakers say “I don’t know” without using any words.

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    Episode 61

    Vocabulary about different periods of time, a quick discussion about some unusual contractions, the Joke of the Week, a listening quiz, and more.

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    Episode 60 (mini)

    A mini episode about the expression “like a deer in the headlights.”

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    Episode 59

    Vocabulary about words, a social situation you might have found yourself in, Part 2 of our discussion about “must” and “have to,” the Joke of the Week, a listening quiz, and more.

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    Episode 58 (mini)

    A mini episode about the English expressions “on the hook” and “off the hook.”

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    Episode 57

    Vocabulary that comes from baseball, some advice about small talk, a discussion about “must” and “have to,” the Joke of the Week, a listening quiz, and more.

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    Episode 56 (mini)

    A mini episode about the English expression “my two cents.”

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    Episode 55 (mini)

    A mini episode about the English expression “Mother Nature.”

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    Episode 54

    Vocabulary about springtime, the polite way to interrupt someone, a discussion about “Have you ever?” questions, the Joke of the Week, a listening quiz, and more.

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    Episode 53 (mini)

    A mini episode about a colorful English expression: “nip it in the bud.”

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    Episode 52

    Vocabulary about cities, accepting an invitation to have dinner at someone’s house, a discussion about sentence adverbs, the Joke of the Week, a listening quiz, and more.

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    Episode 51 (mini)

    A mini episode about a colorful English expression: “out of the blue.”

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    Episode 50

    Vocabulary about numbers, how to order food on the phone, a discussion about the “Let’s!” construction, the Joke of the Week, a listening quiz, and more.

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    Episode 49 (mini)

    A mini episode about an interesting English expression: “to stick out like a sore thumb.”

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    Episode 48

    Vocabulary about cell phones, how to ask someone what time it is, a discussion about sentences with no subject, the Joke of the Week, a quiz, and more.

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    Episode 47 (mini)

    A mini episode about an interesting English expression: “square peg.”

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    Episode 46

    Vocabulary about eating in restaurants, how to ask someone if you can pet their dog, a discussion about the difference between “hope” and “wish,” the Joke of the Week, a quiz, and more.

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    Episode 45 (mini)

    A mini episode about a fun English expression: “Shotgun!”

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    Episode 44

    Vocabulary about different kinds of friends, what to do if you think you lost something valuable, a discussion about “will” and “going to,” the Joke of the Week, a quiz, and more.

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    Episode 43 (mini)

    A mini episode about the English expression “the sixth sense.”

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    Episode 42

    Comparatives and superlatives, asking where the bathroom is, interesting vocabulary, the Joke of the Week, a quiz, and more.

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    Episode 41 (mini)

    A mini episode about a fun English expression: “Crickets.”

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    Episode 40

    Sleep vocabulary, compound nouns, asking to speak to someone on the phone, the Joke of the Week, a quiz, and more.

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    Episode 39 (mini)

    A mini episode about a useful English expression: “like riding a bicycle.”

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    Episode 38

    Staying-inside-and-keeping-warm vocabulary, Part 4 of our series about “would,” how to handle it when you think you recognize a stranger, the Joke of the Week, a vocab quiz, and more.

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    Episode 37 (mini)

    A mini episode about an interesting English expression: “a drop in the bucket.”

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    Episode 36

    Cold weather vocabulary, Part 3 of our series about “would,” good ways to ask people to repeat themselves, the Joke of the Week, and more.

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    Episode 35 (mini)

    A mini episode about an interesting English expression: with flying colors.

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    Episode 34

    Some good vocabulary for the new year, Part 2 of our series about “would,” the easy way to say no, the Joke of the Week, and more.

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    Episode 33 (mini)

    A mini episode about a single common English word: breakfast!

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    Episode 32

    Some good party vocabulary, the first part of our series about “would,” how to buy tickets at a movie theater, the Joke of the Week, and more.

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    Episode 31 (mini)

    A mini episode about the colorful expression “Hold your horses.”

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    Episode 30 (mini)

    A mini episode about the interesting expression “the Midas touch.”

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    Episode 29

    Snow vocabulary, a discussion about a few common phrases you’ll encounter in an office, the Joke of the Week, a listening quiz, and more.

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    Episode 28 (mini)

    A mini episode about the interesting idiom “wild goose chase.”

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    Episode 27

    Gym and exercise vocabulary, a grammar lesson about questions, the Joke of the Week, a listening quiz, a small-talk topic, and more.

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    Episode 26 (mini)

    A mini episode about misunderstood lyrics and one of the most famous songs of the 1960s.

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    Episode 25

    Good money vocabulary, a very silly Joke of the Week, a discussion about two similar words, a lesson about expressing sympathy, a listening quiz, and more.

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    Episode 24 (mini)

    A mini episode where we learn a useful English idiom: “in the nick of time.”

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    Episode 23

    How to handle a few common restaurant situations, some dog vocabulary, a quick lesson about special adverbs, a listening quiz, the Joke of the Week, and more.

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    Episode 22 (mini)

    A mini episode where we learn an interesting English idiom: “to steal someone’s thunder.”

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    Episode 21

    Rain vocabulary, a grammar lesson about contractions, super-important advice about public bathrooms, the Joke of the Week, and more.

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    Episode 20 (mini)

    A mini episode where we talk about “see,” “look at,” and “watch.” These are very similar, and English learners often find them tricky.

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    Episode 19

    A discussion about one group of irregular verbs, some great sentences to use when you’re riding the bus, wedding vocabulary, the Joke of the Week, and more.

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    Episode 18 (mini)

    A mini episode about the English expression “to pull a fast one.” What does it mean, and when can you use it?

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    Episode 17

    A quick lesson about articles (one of the trickiest features of English), Halloween vocabulary, the Joke of the Week, a listening quiz, and more.

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    Episode 16 (mini)

    A mini episode about the English expression “for the birds.” What does it mean if something is “for the birds,” and where does this colorful idiom come from?

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    Episode 15 (mini)

    A mini episode that looks at the difference between “issue” and “problem,” two similar words that you can easily learn to use correctly.

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    Episode 14

    Two lessons about phrasal verbs: a grammar topic and a vocabulary list. Even the Joke of the Week includes phrasal verbs! There’s also a small talk topic, a listening quiz, and more.

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    Episode 13 (mini)

    A mini episode about the English idiom “on the back burner.” What’s a back burner? And what does it mean if we put something there?

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    Episode 12

    Vocabulary about getting sick, how to tell somebody that they dropped something, a short lesson about the simple past and the present perfect, a listening quiz, the Joke of the Week, and more.

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    Episode 11 (mini)

    A mini episode that looks at the difference between “fun” and “funny,” two words that English learners often have trouble with.

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    Episode 10

    Strange old expressions you might encounter, what to do if you forget someone’s name, a useful lesson about prepositions, a listening quiz, the Joke of the Week, and more.

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    Episode 9 (mini)

    A mini episode about an English expression that is often misunderstood: “fast friends.” After this episode, you might know something most native English speakers don’t know!

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    Episode 8

    Some good car and driving vocabulary, a listening quiz, some thoughts on why English textbooks are wrong, the Joke of the Week, and more.

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    Episode 7 (mini)

    A mini episode about a useful English expression: “going through the motions.” Can you guess what it means? Listen to this quick episode, and it will all make sense.

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    Episode 6

    Kindergarten confusion, a listening quiz about a bad date, airplane vocabulary, the Joke of the Week, and more.

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    Episode 5 (mini)

    A mini episode about a fun English expression: birthday suit. Can you guess what it means? Listen to this quick episode, and you won’t have to guess.

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    Episode 4

    Cat vocabulary, asking for things at the grocery store, tongue twisters, a joke about crocodiles, and more.

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    Episode 3 (mini)

    A mini episode about a mysterious English expression: "in one fell swoop." What does it mean? Where does it come from? How do you use it?

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    Episode 2

    What to do when people say “Thank you,” getting clean, the power of "did", a corn joke, and more.

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    Episode 1

    Eclipse vocabulary, how to be bored, small talk, a joke about snakes, and more.

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