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Stop by our friendly HELP! Desk, where English grammar is made easy to understand. Listen to an audio of a story written by an ESL student. Ask that question that you've needed an answer to. We have the answers for you, whether you are a native speaker or somebody learning English as a Second Language, whether you are a student or writing a business letter. A new podcast every week.

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Stop by our friendly HELP! Desk, where English grammar is made easy to understand. Listen to an audio of a story written by an ESL student. Ask that question that you've needed an answer to. We have the answers for you, whether you are a native speaker or somebody learning English as a Second Language, whether you are a student or writing a business letter. A new podcast every week.

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Hi this is Faiz Mohammad Khairi Pleas help me to Learn English as a Grammatically . Tanks

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iTunes Ratings

42 Ratings
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26
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5
1
4

Hello

By Khairi1981 - Dec 28 2014
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Hi this is Faiz Mohammad Khairi Pleas help me to Learn English as a Grammatically . Tanks

Ali

By ابو احمد البكري - Apr 09 2012
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English Grammar HELP and Podcasts for the Inquisitive ESL Student: We're Interactive!

Latest release on Nov 10, 2010

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Present Perfect Continuous: How've You Been Feeling Lately?

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Ever wonder when to use present perfect continuous? Ever wonder how it's different from present perfect? Here we will answer your questions and give you lots of examples from authentic language.

Sep 09 2009

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Rank #2: This Writing Just Confuses Me

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When you write, do you like to have music playing in the background? Or does background noise confuse you? Try writing in a different environment, and write about your experience as it is happening. In this audio story, you will listen to Alexandre write about his experience writing in a new situation. When you write, do you like to have music playing in the background? Or does background noise confuse you? Try writing in a different environment, and write about your experience as it is happening. In this audio story, join Alexandre in his experience trying to write amidst background noise.

Mar 08 2007

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Rank #3: Imperatives and Commands: Have a Nice Summer!

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Want to learn how to express a command? Here we teach you positive ("do") and negative ("don't") commands. And we wish you a good summer at the same time!

Jun 16 2009

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Rank #4: Definitely Fattening!

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We continue our lessons with demonstrative pronouns: this, that, these, and those. We embellish our exploration of these, adding subject-verb agreement (is, are, was, were). And we learn more about food from countries such as Italy, Spain, Columbia, Israel and the Middle East, South Korea, and even the United States. Join us for a tasty lesson.

Jan 15 2009

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Rank #5: It's a Date!

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So much dialogue today is idiomatic: Expressions like "That works for me" or "I'm going to pencil that in" are essential to interpersonal communication nowadays. What do they mean? How do we use them correctly and still sound natural in conversations or even in written communication such as email? Today's dialogue and vocabulary will provide you with the language you need to make a date to get together socially with others.

May 31 2007

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Rank #6: Questions: People Who Ask Questions

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People never stop asking ourselves questions. Short and sweet, challenging and thought-provoking, questions without a right or wrong answer....Stop by and listen to some very interesting questions; try your hand at answering them!

Sep 25 2007

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Rank #7: Cross-country Skiing

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Millions of people worldwide love to ski and cross-country skiing is one of the more popular types of skiing. Listen to our podcast today as we present a dialogue between two skiers enjoying a beautiful afternoon on skis.

Apr 16 2007

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Rank #8: I'm Going

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Another grim grammar lesson! You've heard the present progressive tense used to refer to the present, to now. You've heard the present progressive tense used to refer to the future. Could this possibly be confusing? In our lesson we'll try to untangle - or we'll be untangling - the confusion so you'll be using this tense with confidence.

Mar 25 2008

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Rank #9: Gerunds and Infinitive: More Grammar!

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Are you thirsty for grammar? Don't know when to say "I love to ski" and when to say "I love skiing"? Don't know the difference between "Did you remember to go?" and "Did you remember going?" Stop by today for an introductory lesson in gerunds and infinitive phrases.

Nov 15 2007

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Rank #10: The Blues and Greens of Ecuador

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Imagine a country with sun, sand, blue water, banana and papaya trees, roses, and more. Imagine Ecuador! Join us today when we listen to an audio story written by an ESL student about his native country. Our photos of the Galapagos Islands will delight you!

May 20 2007

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Rank #11: Barak Obama: A New Day for the USA

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Today is the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States of America. Millions are taking to the National Mall in Washington DC to witness Barak Obama take the Oath of Office. Mr. Obama is making history: He is the first person of African-American heritage to become the leader of our nation. Come join us as we watch history being made.

Jan 20 2009

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Rank #12: I'll Have Some of That, Please!

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You're in a bakery, a restaurant, or a store, and you see something you want - but you don't know how to ask for it! You don't have the right vocabulary. Do you point to what you want? We're going to talk about this and that, and these and those. And we're going to see some delicious international foods while we're learning!

Jan 08 2009

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Rank #13: Solving Family Problems

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How does your family solve its problems? Do you have regular and open communication with each other? Come and listen to our podcast, in which we listen to an essay written by Adimir Ramos, in which he describes his family's way of dealing with each other's needs.

Jun 28 2007

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Rank #14: The Nine Answers Podcast for Learners of English

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Nine thoughtful and entertaining answers to nine thoughtful and clever questions! Listen to the answers, and see if you can figure out the questions! Then do the additional listening activities provided by this week's podcast, guaranteed to improve your listening comprehension.

Oct 24 2007

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Rank #15: Dear Help Desk, Part One,

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Perhaps you have to write a formal business letter in English, and you do not know how to even begin! Should you write "Dear Jane" or "My Dear Jane"? Should you comment on the weather or ask the reader how his family is? This lesson will tell you important information about the language and culture of writing letters in English.

Jun 18 2007

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Rank #16: Code Name ESL

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Confused by acronyms ESL, EFL, TESOL, L1 and L2? Do you feel like an outsider with all these codes? We have good news for you: You and other learners of English are not alone, and have come to the right place. Today we talk a little about these codes and others and try to sort matters out.

Dec 12 2008

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Rank #17: He's Always Talking about Grammar

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Is your English teacher always talking about grammar? Does he or she expect you to know how to identify the subject and verb of a sentence? Do you think that knowing this helps you to communicate better in English? Here is a podcast for those of you who love grammar, and for those of you who hate it!

Oct 17 2007

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Rank #18: American Thanksgiving, Our National Holiday

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Thanksgiving is America's most popular and highly celebrated Thursday and national holiday. Join us for a summary of how we celebrate this prized day.

Nov 21 2007

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Rank #19: What Should I Bring? Wine, Beer or Chips?

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Have you ever been invited to a social gathering and not known what to bring your host or hostess? Should you bring wine? Chips? Or nothing at all? In today's podcast, you will learn all about our social customs and you will learn how to communicate successfully and appropriately in this situation.

Nov 07 2007

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Rank #20: Dear Help Desk, Part 2

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Perhaps you have to write a formal business letter in English, and you do not know how to end your letter. Using the wrong closure could be disastrous if you're trying to get a job or be admitted into a special program. Should you end with "Thanks", with "Yours", or with "Respectfully"? This lesson is second in a series that will tell you important information about the language and culture of writing formal letters in English.

Jul 10 2007

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