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Plain English Podcast | Learn English | Practice English with Current Events at the Right Speed for Learners

Learn English the fun way—by listening to a podcast in English! Plain English is a program that you can understand! Join Jeff twice a week for an American English podcast about current events, such as American culture, travel, business, technology, politics and sports. The episodes also help you learn English vocabulary, idioms, phrasal verbs, English grammar and other expressions. Best of all, the show goes at the right speed for you—just a little bit slower than native speech. By listening to English that’s a little slower, you can understand more and learn to speak English with more confidence. Interactive transcripts of each episode are available for free online at PlainEnglish.com. Learning English online doesn’t have to be boring or feel like an English class; it should feel like listening to friends in English. What are you waiting for? Listen now and join the thousands of people who are already a part of the Plain English community. | ¿Buscas una manera fácil y divertida para aprender inglés gratis en línea? Únete a nuestro curso de inglés, Plain English. Cada lunes y jueves, Jeff, el narrador americano, habla sobre eventos actuales, incluida la cultura americana, viajes, negocios, tecnología, política, y deportes. Lo mejor de todo es que se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡No te detengas! Aprende a hablar ingles en línea hoy mismo con Plain English. | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender.

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Bezos is retiring from Amazon, sort of | Learn the English expression ‘step back from’

" Jeff Bezos founded Amazon from his Seattle home in 1994. Since then, Bezos has built Amazon into the world’s largest online retailer. Twenty-seven years and billions of dollars later, Bezos is planning to step down as Amazon’s CEO and transition to executive chairman later in 2021. Plus, learn “step back from.” -- At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world. -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/343 -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too. -- Learn even more English at PlainEnglish.com, where we have fast and slow audio, translations, videos, online English courses, and a supportive community of English learners like you. Sign up free at PlainEnglish.com/Join -- Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso de inglés. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender. Contact: E-mail jeff@plainenglish.com | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod "

19mins

4 Mar 2021

Rank #1

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The ins and outs of left-handedness | Learn the English expression ‘cater to’

" Since just 10 percent of the human population is left-handed, the world is designed for the 90 percent right-handed majority. Everything from using a scissors to computer design to swiping credit cards are daily inconveniences for left-handers – things most right-handers take for granted. Also, the origins of right-handed dominance and why left-handedness hasn’t evolved out of the human population. Plus, learn “cater to.” -- At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world. -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/335 -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too. -- Learn even more English at PlainEnglish.com, where we have fast and slow audio, translations, videos, online English courses, and a supportive community of English learners like you. Sign up free at PlainEnglish.com/Join -- Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso de inglés. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender. Contact: E-mail jeff@plainenglish.com | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod "

21mins

4 Feb 2021

Rank #2

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How streaming is changing pop music | Learn English phrase 'stick around'

" Long, mellow song intros are a thing of the past in the age of streaming, as artists scramble to catch your attention in the first 30 seconds of every track. That's because streaming services pay artists royalties only after a customer has listened to 30 seconds. Pop artists are responding, dispensing with the longer instrumental intros of the past and bringing the hook and the refrain earlier into each song. Not everyone likes the effect this is having on songwriting. Plus, learn what it means to ""stick around."" Read the full transcript of this episode at https://www.plainenglish.com/207      Transcripts are always free and available now! ¿Hablas español? Você fala português? Parles-tu français? 你会说中文吗?日本語を話せますか? The episode transcripts include instant translations from English to Spanish, Portuguese, French, Chinese, Italian and Japanese. Hover over or tap a highlighted word for the translation. Connect with Jeff on Twitter (@PlainEnglishPod) and Facebook (PlainEnglishPod). Or e-mail jeff@plainenglish.com NEW Connect with us on WhatsApp! Send a message to +1 312 967-8757 and add us to your contacts to receive messages from Jeff and JR! If you like the program, please leave a review or rating wherever you listen. It will help others discover the program. Never miss an episode! Sign up to receive updates from Plain English at http://www.plainenglish.com/mail  Subscribers get exclusive links for further reading and additional practice with common English words and phrases. Learn English the fun way: with a podcast in English! Listen to an American English podcast that you enjoy and understand -- all at a slower speed than normal. | Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender. "

20mins

14 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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Airline employee steals plane, flies, and crash-lands | Learn phrasal verb ‘take off’

A ground employee at the Seattle airport stole an empty airplane, took off, flew it for an hour, and finally crash-landed on an island 40 miles away. He did not survive. During the flight, he communicated with air-traffic control, saying he was not expecting to land safely. His plane was pursued by military jets. Learn the many way to use the English phrasal verb “take off.” Read the full transcript of this episode at http://www.plainenglish.com/77      Transcripts are always free and available now! ¿Hablas español? Você fala português? Parles-tu français? 你会说中文吗?日本語を話せますか? The episode transcripts include instant translations from English to Spanish, Portuguese, French, Chinese, Italian, and Japanese. Hover over or tap a highlighted word for the translation. Connect with Jeff on Twitter (@PlainEnglishPod) and Facebook (PlainEnglishPod). Or e-mail jeff@plainenglish.com If you like the program, please leave a review or rating wherever you listen. It will help others discover the program. Never miss an episode! Sign up to receive updates from Plain English at http://www.plainenglish.com/mail  Subscribers get exclusive links for further reading and additional practice with common English words and phrases. Learn English the fun way! Listen to an American English podcast that you enjoy and understand -- all at a slower speed than normal. | Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender.

16mins

16 Aug 2018

Rank #4

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How 5G will transform the mobile internet | Learn English phrasal verb 'roll out'

" The newest generation of mobile technology--called 5G--will transform the mobile internet as much as 4G did. The fast speed, high capacity, and low latency will make a lot of new things possible, including augmented reality and self-driving vehicles. Plus, learn what it means to ""roll something out"" Read the full transcript of this episode at http://www.plainenglish.com/167      Transcripts are always free and available now! ¿Hablas español? Você fala português? Parles-tu français? 你会说中文吗?日本語を話せますか? The episode transcripts include instant translations from English to Spanish, Portuguese, French, Chinese, Italian and Japanese. Hover over or tap a highlighted word for the translation. Connect with Jeff on Twitter (@PlainEnglishPod) and Facebook (PlainEnglishPod). Or e-mail jeff@plainenglish.com NEW Connect with us on WhatsApp! Send a message to +1 312 967-8757 and add us to your contacts to receive messages from Jeff and JR! If you like the program, please leave a review or rating wherever you listen. It will help others discover the program. Never miss an episode! Sign up to receive updates from Plain English at http://www.plainenglish.com/mail  Subscribers get exclusive links for further reading and additional practice with common English words and phrases. Learn English the fun way: with a podcast in English! Listen to an American English podcast that you enjoy and understand -- all at a slower speed than normal. | Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender. "

21mins

27 Jun 2019

Rank #5

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Introducing our new partner MosaLingua

Today, we introduce you to our new partner, MosaLingua. MosaLingua has a wide variety of English language-learning resources. Visit PlainEnglish.com/learn to get access to a special offer for Plain English listeners. Below is a transcript of this special announcement: -- Hi everyone, it’s Jeff here with a special message for you. It has been so much fun getting to know you all over the past year and I’m so proud of everything you are doing to get better at English. You’re doing this for so many reasons—to advance in your career, to travel, to connect with friends, or to enjoy the best Hollywood movies. Whatever the reason, you’re doing a great job and I’m so happy to have you with us every Monday and Thursday on Plain English. I’ve been getting a lot of questions from listeners lately about what else you can do to improve English. And one frequent request is how to improve pronunciation. That’s why today I’m really happy to introduce you to a new partner we have here at Plain English—that new partner is called MosaLingua. And you can learn more about MosaLingua by visiting PlainEnglish.com/learn. I’ve been using MosaLingua to improve my Spanish over the past few weeks. I’m probably at about the same level in Spanish as many of you are in English, so I know you would benefit from their learning tools. There is so much to discover on MosaLingua, but let me tell you a little bit about what you’ll find at PlainEnglish.com/learn. They have a Black Friday special that’s good for this week only! That’s just until Monday, November 26. And on this Black Friday special, you can get four English learning tools for life. Usually they offer subscriptions, but for $99 or 99 euros, you’ll get access to four of these for life. Here’s what they have: their primary learning resource is their web program, which is full of ways to learn new words and explore new concepts in English. They have a special pronunciation course, in which you will build your confidence by speaking better and faster. There’s also a special program on how to learn a language, so you can apply all the latest scientific evidence to your own learning. And finally, they have a short course called The Man With No Name, where you’ll improve your listening, vocabulary, and grammar while following a short story. This is all available for you—all four of these programs, for life—at a huge discount just this week. And you can only get this discount by going to PlainEnglish.com/learn. I’m so excited to finally be able to recommend something to listeners who ask, Jeff, what else can I be doing? How do I improve my English pronunciation? Well, now I’m excited to be able to recommend MosaLingua—especially the pronunciation course. They have already served 500,000 of your fellow English learners, and you can be next. So check out PlainEnglish.com/learn and learn about everything MosaLingua has to offer. Listen, I’ll be sharing more about MosaLingua and how I’ve used it in the weeks ahead, but I wanted to get this special message out since the offer is only good for about another week, until Monday, November 26. PlainEnglish.com/learn. And don’t worry, JR and I will be back tomorrow, and every Monday and Thursday, with regular episodes of Plain English.

5mins

19 Nov 2018

Rank #6

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Global economy starts to feel coronavirus effects | Learn the English phrase 'silver lining'

The coronavirus has already taken a significant human toll, with tens of thousands infected and over 2500 deaths worldwide. But in addition to the human toll, the world economy is starting to feel the negative effects of the virus. Luxury goods and tourism are some of the first industries seeing slowdowns. Plus, learn the English phrase “silver lining.” Take your English to the next level with Plain English Plus+! Speak with more confidence, learn English vocabulary, and train your ear to listen at full speed. Members get access to a library of over 50 captioned video lessons, episode transcripts with translations, flashcards on Quizlet, a fast version of every new episode, and more! Learn more at PlainEnglish.com/Plus. See a full, free transcript and all episode resources for this episode at: https://www.plainenglish.com/238 Join our e-mail community for free English learning tips, extra vocabulary words, and links to English articles about your favorite Plain English topics. It’s free! Join at PlainEnglish.com/Mail Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender. Contact: E-mail jeff@plainenglish.com | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod

21mins

2 Mar 2020

Rank #7

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Facebook looks to shake up finance with new currency | Learn English phrasal verb 'hold up'

" Facebook announced a new cryptocurrency, the Libra, which will be governed by a nonprofit in Switzerland. The currency, which will be available in 2020, has the backing of major e-commerce brands, but carries risks. Plus, learn the English phrasal verb ""hold up."" Read the full transcript of this episode at http://www.plainenglish.com/168      Transcripts are always free and available now! ¿Hablas español? Você fala português? Parles-tu français? 你会说中文吗?日本語を話せますか? The episode transcripts include instant translations from English to Spanish, Portuguese, French, Chinese, Italian and Japanese. Hover over or tap a highlighted word for the translation. Connect with Jeff on Twitter (@PlainEnglishPod) and Facebook (PlainEnglishPod). Or e-mail jeff@plainenglish.com NEW Connect with us on WhatsApp! Send a message to +1 312 967-8757 and add us to your contacts to receive messages from Jeff and JR! If you like the program, please leave a review or rating wherever you listen. It will help others discover the program. Never miss an episode! Sign up to receive updates from Plain English at http://www.plainenglish.com/mail  Subscribers get exclusive links for further reading and additional practice with common English words and phrases. Learn English the fun way: with a podcast in English! Listen to an American English podcast that you enjoy and understand -- all at a slower speed than normal. | Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender. "

22mins

1 Jul 2019

Rank #8

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5 expert tips for better sleep | Learn the English phrase ‘swing it’

" In episode 292, we discussed why sleep boosts brain function. Today, we’re discussing five expert tips for improving your sleep habits based off sleep scientist Matthew Walker’s book “Why We Sleep.” It’s not as simple as going to bed at 10 and waking up at 6 each day. Plus, learn the English phrase ‘swing it.’ -- At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world. -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/293 -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too. -- Learn even more English at PlainEnglish.com, where we have fast and slow audio, translations, videos, online English courses, and a supportive community of English learners like you. Sign up free at PlainEnglish.com/Join -- Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso de inglés. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender. Contact: E-mail jeff@plainenglish.com | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod "

18mins

10 Sep 2020

Rank #9

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Family survives pirate attack | Selena gets Hollywood star | Plus English expressions on behalf and hitch a ride

An American family escaped a pirate attack in a remote area of the Brazilian Amazon and survived in the jungle for three days. Selena, the Mexican-American artist known as the Queen of Tejano music received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this month. In the second half of the program, we review the English expressions ‘hitch a ride’ and ‘on behalf’. PLAIN ENGLISH is a weekly podcast for intermediate English students. The pace of the show is a little slower than native English speech and listeners can read the transcript as they listen so they never miss a word. FULL TRANSCRIPTS of the show are available for free online at plainenglish.com. Practice your English by reading transcripts as you listen. Stay in touch with us! Sign up to receive email updates and exclusive content at plainenglish.com/mail ¿Hablas español? No hay problema. Lee transcripciones interactivas con traducciones de palabras y frases en español. Visita a plainenglish.com/es y busca este episodio. ENGAGE with the show by writing to Jeff on Twitter (@plainenglishpod) or Facebook (plainenglishpod) USE your new English! Each episode has English vocabulary, phrasal verbs, and English expressions. Use your new English vocabulary in a sentence in the comments at the bottom of the show’s web page or send me a message on Twitter or Facebook and I might read your example on an upcoming show. Questions? Email me! jeff@plainenglish.com

21mins

16 Nov 2017

Rank #10

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The Trump presidency report card | Learn the phrasal verb ‘figure in’

" In 2016, Trump campaigned on radical slogans and ideas, like building a wall along the Mexican border and “draining the swamp.” But – tweets and drama aside – when you consider the Trump presidency’s accomplishments, was what they did really all that different from any other Republican president? This lesson dives into what the Trump presidency actually did versus what he promised to do. Plus, learn “figure in.” -- At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world. -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/316 -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too. -- Learn even more English at PlainEnglish.com, where we have fast and slow audio, translations, videos, online English courses, and a supportive community of English learners like you. Sign up free at PlainEnglish.com/Join -- Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso de inglés. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender. Contact: E-mail jeff@plainenglish.com | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod "

22mins

30 Nov 2020

Rank #11

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Serrana, Brazil is hoping to unravel a coronavirus mystery | Learn the expression ‘get in on the action’

" The sleepy town of Serrana, Brazil was selected as the site for an important vaccine experiment. We know that coronavirus vaccines are effective at preventing symptoms, deaths, and serious cases. But we still don’t know whether vaccinated people can transmit the disease to others. Brazilian and Chinese researches and the residents of Serrana are on a mission to find out. Plus, learn “get in on the action.” -- At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world. -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/344 -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too. -- Learn even more English at PlainEnglish.com, where we have fast and slow audio, translations, videos, online English courses, and a supportive community of English learners like you. Sign up free at PlainEnglish.com/Join -- Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso de inglés. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender. Contact: E-mail jeff@plainenglish.com | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod "

17mins

8 Mar 2021

Rank #12

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A COVID vaccine breakthrough | Learn the English expression ‘in sight’

" Finally, some encouraging news in 2020. Pfizer, the global pharmaceutical company, announced that their COVID vaccine candidate was more than 90% effective in advanced trials. Several countries have already put in orders for hundreds of millions of doses. But are they getting ahead of themselves? Plus, learn the English expression “in sight.” -- At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world. -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/315 -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too. -- Learn even more English at PlainEnglish.com, where we have fast and slow audio, translations, videos, online English courses, and a supportive community of English learners like you. Sign up free at PlainEnglish.com/Join -- Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso de inglés. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender. Contact: E-mail jeff@plainenglish.com | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod "

22mins

26 Nov 2020

Rank #13

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Pumpkin spice and everything nice: part 2 | Learn the English expression ‘look forward to’

" In part two on fall’s favorite fruit, we’re sharing how pumpkin is eaten, sipped, and one surprise use. From snacks to desserts to drinks, pumpkin is a versatile ingredient in fall recipes. It has even created a near cult-following for a seasonal Starbucks drink. Warning: this episode could make you hungry. Plus, learn “look forward to.” -- At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world. -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/309 -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too. -- Learn even more English at PlainEnglish.com, where we have fast and slow audio, translations, videos, online English courses, and a supportive community of English learners like you. Sign up free at PlainEnglish.com/Join -- Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso de inglés. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender. Contact: E-mail jeff@plainenglish.com | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod "

18mins

5 Nov 2020

Rank #14

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Illegal fireworks displays lighting up the US | Learn the English expression ‘in a bind’

" Fireworks have long been a summer tradition for Americans. But with many official fireworks displays cancelled this summer, Americans have turned to setting off their own fireworks – and often illegally. Cities are starting to crack down on illegal fireworks imports, sales, and displays amidst skyrocketing complaints. Plus, learn what it means to be “in a bind.” -- At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world. -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/274 -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too. -- Learn even more English at PlainEnglish.com, where we have fast and slow audio, translations, videos, online English courses, and a supportive community of English learners like you. Sign up free at PlainEnglish.com/Join -- Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso de inglés. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender. Contact: E-mail jeff@plainenglish.com | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod "

20mins

6 Jul 2020

Rank #15

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Las Vegas gets its first major sports team | Tom Petty, American musician, dies | English phrases "make a splash" and "take refuge"

The Vegas Golden Knights, a hockey team, became the first major league sports team to call Las Vegas home. Tom Petty, one of the most well-known rock and roll musicians, died at the age of 66. In the second half of the program, we review the English expressions “make a splash” and “take refuge.” PLAIN ENGLISH is a weekly podcast for intermediate English students. The pace of the show is a little slower than native English speech and listeners can read the transcript as they listen so they never miss a word. FULL TRANSCRIPTS of the show are available for free online at plainenglish.com. Practice your English by reading transcripts as you listen. Stay in touch with us! Sign up to receive email updates and exclusive content at plainenglish.com/mail ¿Hablas español? No hay problema. Lee transcripciones interactivas con traducciones de palabras y frases en español. Visita a plainenglish.com/es y busca este episodio. ENGAGE with the show by writing to Jeff on Twitter (@plainenglishpod) or Facebook (plainenglishpod) USE your new English! Each episode has English vocabulary, phrasal verbs, and English expressions. Use your new English vocabulary in a sentence in the comments at the bottom of the show’s web page or send us a message on Twitter or Facebook and I might read your example on an upcoming show. Questions? Email me! jeff@plainenglish.com

20mins

2 Nov 2017

Rank #16

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The Segway scooter is no more | Learn what it means to be a ‘flop’

" The Segway scooter was supposed to revolutionize personal transportation. But after its highly hyped launch in 2001, the scooter has struggled to find a market. People don’t find it as practical as it was promised to be. Now, 19 years later, Segway is ending production of its iconic scooters for good. Plus, learn what it means to be a “flop.” -- At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world. -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/275 -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too. -- Learn even more English at PlainEnglish.com, where we have fast and slow audio, translations, videos, online English courses, and a supportive community of English learners like you. Sign up free at PlainEnglish.com/Join -- Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso de inglés. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender. Contact: E-mail jeff@plainenglish.com | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod "

23mins

9 Jul 2020

Rank #17

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Covid month seven: updates from around the world | Learn the English term ‘downplay’

" As we enter month seven of the coronavirus’ existence, the world is in an awkward position. Europe is opening its borders, but only to an exclusive list of countries. The US is cracking down again, and some countries, like Brazil, are still bracing for the worst. Plus, learn what it means to “downplay” something. -- At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world. -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/276 -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too. -- Learn even more English at PlainEnglish.com, where we have fast and slow audio, translations, videos, online English courses, and a supportive community of English learners like you. Sign up free at PlainEnglish.com/Join -- Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso de inglés. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender. Contact: E-mail jeff@plainenglish.com | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod "

20mins

13 Jul 2020

Rank #18

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Biden topples Trump to become 46th American president | Learn the English expression ‘tread carefully’

" Election week in the United States was a bit messier than usual, but after several days of vote counting, Joe Biden was finally elected as the next American president. After a tumultuous four years under President Trump, many are hopeful that some normalcy will be restored. As the mayor of Paris tweeted, “Welcome back, America.” Plus, learn the English expression “tread carefully.” -- At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world. -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/312 -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too. -- Learn even more English at PlainEnglish.com, where we have fast and slow audio, translations, videos, online English courses, and a supportive community of English learners like you. Sign up free at PlainEnglish.com/Join -- Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso de inglés. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender. Contact: E-mail jeff@plainenglish.com | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod "

24mins

16 Nov 2020

Rank #19

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Serial killer Charles Manson dies | Designing a sustainable city on Mars | English phrases “hold a grudge” and “come about”

Charles Manson, a cult leader whose followers brutally killed nine people and terrorized Los Angeles in 1969, died in jail of natural causes at age 83. A team of students submitted a design for constructing a sustainable city on Mars. The team envisions a series of domes covering a network of underground tunnels that could house up to 10,000 people. We also practice English phrases “hold a grudge” and “come about.” PLAIN ENGLISH is a weekly podcast for intermediate English students. The pace of the show is a little slower than native English speech and listeners can read the transcript as they listen so they never miss a word. FULL TRANSCRIPTS of the show are available for free online at plainenglish.com. Practice your English by reading transcripts as you listen. Stay in touch with us! Sign up to receive email updates and exclusive content at plainenglish.com/mail ¿Hablas español? No hay problema. Lee transcripciones interactivas con traducciones de palabras y frases en español. Visita a plainenglish.com/es y busca este episodio. ENGAGE with the show by writing to Jeff on Twitter (@plainenglishpod) or Facebook (plainenglishpod) USE your new English! Each episode has English vocabulary, phrasal verbs, and English expressions. Use your new English vocabulary in a sentence in the comments at the bottom of the show’s web page or send us a message on Twitter or Facebook and I might read your example on an upcoming show. Questions? Email me! jeff@plainenglish.com

23mins

30 Nov 2017

Rank #20