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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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In this Chats with Shana episode, I'm going to reflect on various aspects of US culture. Although I talk about culture all the time on here, it's not often we talk about some basic things, like everyday life things that can cause culture shock. The truth is, I don't often think about the topics I'm going to discuss today; they're pretty random! We'll cover eggs, air conditioning, driving, beauty, flags, portion sizes and the one thing nobody can stand: U.S. bathroom stalls. We all form our own opinions based off of our own experiences in life. This episode is full of opinions and thoughts, but I'd love if it weren't a one-sided conversation. Did you experience culture shock in the U.S.? Please share your thoughts on what you find strange or different in the United States! I'd love to hear from you. :) Disclaimer: My third point in the audio WILL make some of you angry, I can feel it already. Please don't hate me, though! I like you soo much. Just think of the points I made here as conversation starters for your next English class; sometimes more controversial ideas lead to more in-depth language practice! :) Premium Content for this episode is available with both of these: Season 4 (Episodes 150 - 200) = Each episode includes a quiz, the PDF transcript (the text of the audio) with definitions of challenging words and the mp3 file. All Premium Content for Seasons 1, 2 and 3 (Episodes 001 - 150) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
One of the most popular films of 1997 was by far “ Titanic.” It won 11 Academy Awards! If you saw the film, or even just previews of it, you know the plot. There’s a love story between Rose (Kate Winslet) and Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) that develops while aboard a huge ship called Titanic. The Titanic was a real ship that set off on its first transatlantic trip from England to the United States in 1912. I know you know what happens; the ship hits an iceberg and sinks. I thought about retelling this story and I know English speakers would tell me: Oh no, Shana, really? That ship has sailed, literally. That ship has sailed is an expression that means that the opportunity has passed; this topic is no longer new or very exciting. It’s been talked about way too many times! That ship has sailed. So instead of doing my long, cultural lesson, I’ve decided to change it up! I’ll tell you a brief summary of the Titanic and in the story, you’ll hear 10 irregular verbs in the simple past tense. This lesson also includes an explanation of the terms and a quiz. ***** Transcript and Video Sign up to Season 4 for the downloadable PDF of this lesson, as well as the PDF transcript, mp3 and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Life can't possibly get worse! You've lost your job, you have no money, and then to top it off, your dog dies. You've hit rock bottom; you've reached the lowest possible point in your life. To hit rock bottom is a common expression in American English, and in today's lesson you'll learn exactly how to use it. In addition to learning how to use this idiom, you'll hear a joke, we'll hear comments from the audience, and we'll go through a pronunciation exercise! Premium Content:  Season 4 (Episodes 150 - 200) = Each episode includes a quiz, the PDF transcript (the text of the audio) with definitions of challenging words and the mp3 file. All Premium Content for Seasons 1, 2 and 3 (Episodes 001 - 150) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
My grandma permanently moved to the United States from Spain in the 1950s and the only way she could afford to keep in contact with friends and family was through writing letters; flying and international calls back then were not in her family’s budget. Email didn’t exist yet. She sent postcards and letters,  pictures of her kids and eventually her grandkids. In her lifetime, the United States Postal Service (USPS) was her lifeline to the people she’d left overseas. Today, I'll tell you a bittersweet and very informative story about my grandma and her relationship with the post office and mail. Through it, you'll learn over 20+ words in context! Can you relate to this story? Let me know what you think. You can write to me on Instagram @americanenglishpodcast, or on Spotify in the comments. If you would like to help me decorate my office, please send me a real postcard!  Shana Thompson P.O. Box 9074 Asheville, NC 28815 I create this podcast because of YOU. You have no idea how excited I would be to see you're not just a figment of my imagination (haha). Plus, your card will end up on my wall! :) Premium Content for this episode is available with both of these: Season 4 (Episodes 150 - 200) = Each episode includes a quiz, the PDF transcript (the text of the audio) with definitions of challenging words and the mp3 file. All Premium Content for Seasons 1, 2 and 3 (Episodes 001 - 150) Support the show Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Illinois is situated in the heart of the American Midwest, and it's known as the "Prairie State" because over 60% of it is covered in farmland. Despite the number of natural wonders found in Illinois, what attracts most visitors is the vibrant city of Chicago ("The Windy City").Situated on the scenic shore of Lake Michigan, Chicago is a hot spot for music lovers and art enthusiasts. It's not only home to world-class museums and iconic architecture, it's where today's guest, Jackie Katsis, is from! Jackie is an ESL teacher and a well-known YouTuber from the channel "Ask Jackie."We'll begin today's episode by getting to know this wonderful Chicagoan, and then we'll discover her state with her. You'll hear about Jackie's experience with tornadoes, learn the nuances of the Chicago accent and we'll take a deep dive into the culture she grew up in (we cover mouth-watering food, music, lifestyle and more). Let's get a local's perspective on how to make the most out of our next trip to the beautiful state of Illinois! :) Jackie's Chicago Recommendations Portillo's - Italian Beefs + Chicago-Style Hot Dogs Kingston Mines - Listen to Jazz / Blues Do an architecture tour on the Chicago River Take a walk in Millenium Park and see "The Bean" (Cloud Gate) Go shopping on  Michigan Avenue Walk a lot and enjoy the art and architecture! Learn with JackieJackie Katsis is a well-known ESL teacher from Chicago. You can find her content here!  Website - https://www.askjackie.com.br/ YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/AskJackie  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/askjackiebr/ Premium Content:  Season 4 (Episodes 150 - 200) = Each episode includes a quiz, the PDF transcript (the text of the audio) with definitions of challenging words and the mp3 file. All Premium Content for Seasons 1, 2 and 3 (Episodes 001 - 150) Support the show Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
I know, I know, 99% of you are saying what in the world is that? What in the world is a reduplication? Well I just told you one: Handy-dandy. Handy by itself means useful or practical, in American English you can add dandy for emphasis, intensification and to give it a playful and poetic effect. Handy-dandy is a reduplication. In English, you’ll hear reduplications in songs and casual conversation! Many times it just involves repeating the first word and changing one consonant or one vowel, like handy dandy, flip flop or chit chat. Sometimes you’ll actually hear the exact same word repeated, like boo-boo or yo-yo. Sometimes reduplications rhyme, but not always. Yet, there is always a certain rhythmic nature to them.And let’s be honest, who doesn’t like rhythm!? If you want to add some spice and flavor to the way you talk in English, keep listening! Today, we’ll go through 10 Common Reduplications and how to use them in everyday contexts. Premium Content:  Season 4 (Episodes 150 - 200) = Each episode includes a quiz, the PDF transcript (the text of the audio) with definitions of challenging words and the mp3 file. All Premium Content for Seasons 1, 2 and 3 (Episodes 001 - 150) My Favorite English Resources Support the show Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
You've seen it, right? The long cereal aisles in a U.S. supermarket? Crammed from top to bottom with colorful boxes? I bet you have. Cereal arouses a sense of nostalgia in a lot of the Americans that I know; it brings about memories of childhood, simpler times, family breakfasts. It's a wonderful topic of conversation that you can have with native speakers. Ask them: What was your favorite cereal when you were a child? You'll see their eyes light up. Then maybe you can share something that you learned in today's lesson!Premium Content:  Season 4 (Episodes 150 - 200) = Each episode includes a quiz, the PDF transcript (the text of the audio) with definitions of challenging words and the mp3 file. All Premium Content for Seasons 1, 2 and 3 (Episodes 001 - 150) Raisin Bran Muffins: 1/2 cup vegetable oil (or canola) 2 cups buttermilk (I use low-fat) 2 eggs 2 cups flour 4 cups Raisin Bran cereal 1 cup sugar 1.5 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup raisins  2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon all spice Optional Topping: 1/2 cup chopped pecans (small) Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix all of the muffin ingredients in order.  Let mixture sit for 10 minutes, so that the cereal softens. Bake in a muffin tin at 400 degrees for 14-18 minutes (depending on the color and size of your muffin tin.) I like the pecans to develop a very toasty flavor, so I generally cook them closer to 18 minutes. Let cool at least 10 minutes. Top with butter and/or honey. Each batch makes about 18 muffins. My family doubles it and it makes 36 at a time! We freeze them. Then, in the morning, we microwave each muffin for 40 seconds, slice in half and spread a bit of butter on each side. :) Enjoy! Support the show Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
You're sitting on the couch and your significant other is too far from you. Want them to cuddle up next to you? Say: "Gimme some sugar!" "Gimme some sugar" is a common American English expression used to express desire for physical affection, whether that be some cuddles, a hug, a kiss or even a fist pump! It's a playful idiom, and today, you'll learn its origin and hear a number of examples so that you can hear how native speakers would use it in various contexts. The second part of this lesson will answer the questions: "How cereal became a popular breakfast food in the U.S." Stay tuned, the story is short, sweet and relevant!Premium Content:  Season 4 (Episodes 150 - 200) = Each episode includes a quiz, the PDF transcript (the text of the audio) with definitions of challenging words and the mp3 file. All Premium Content for Seasons 1, 2 and 3 (Episodes 001 - 150) Support the show Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Last month, my family and I moved into a new home. In English, it's what we'd call a fixer upper; it's a home that needs updates, it needs renovation, it needs to be remodeled in various ways. We are in the process of fixing our house up, and today you'll hear a true story about the process. In this 5-minute English episode, you'll learn how to talk about home renovations and repairs in English. This is a topic-specific lesson, so it's jam-packed with vocabulary you will need if this topic arises in conversation.If you sign up to premium content, or just the 5-minute English courses, you will receive an image sheet with pictures of all of the key vocabulary discussed, you'll see a video with those images and shadowing exercises to work on your pronunciation, as well as many exercises and quizzes to help you retain the words you hear. You also have an annotated transcript! Believe me, as a language learner myself, this is incredibly helpful for understanding a text.Premium Content + Courses Season 4 (Premium Content for Episodes 151-200) 5-Minute English Bundle (5-Minute English Course 1 + 2)   Mentioned in Episode  Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines (this book is fantastic if you want to give someone a gift!) Support the show Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Moving across the United States is a significant event that brings with it a mix of excitement and challenges. Just last month, Lucas made the cross-country road trip from California to North Carolina, and today he's here to talk about the experience. This is a casual and fun conversation with lots to take away, even if you're not relocating!  We talk about the change of scenery from the West to East Coast, the vast and diverse landscape of the U.S., and how the culture differs as you travel. Learn how to make the most of a cross-country roadtrip from the careful planning to the unique cuisine. Hopefully at some point you also get the chance to take a roadtrip! :)Premium Content:  Season 4 (Episodes 150 - 200) = Includes quiz, transcript with definitions and mp3. All Premium Content for Seasons 1, 2 and 3 (Episodes 001 - 150) Support the show Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Every January, as the clock strikes midnight and the New Year unfolds, millions of people around the globe start a familiar ritual: they start their New Year’s Resolution. A resolution is a firm decision or commitment to oneself to achieve some sort of goal. Usually one is made with hope for self-improvement.  In today’s lesson, we’ll talk about a few different studies and surveys about the top New Year’s resolutions in the United States! My hope is to uncover cultural insights - not only about our aspirations and priorities for 2024, but how we can be more successful at achieving our goals. Because this is an English lesson, we’ll cover more than just culture. I’ll explain new vocabulary and phrases as we progress through this lesson, specifically words related to statistics in English. Premium Content:  Season 4 (Episodes 150 - 200) = Includes quiz, transcript with definitions and mp3. All Premium Content for Seasons 1, 2 and 3 (Episodes 001 - 150) Mentioned in the Audio  "Stutz" (the documentary) CDC Study + Analysis by Lancet English Resources How to Track Your Progress: Downloadable Log to Monitor Your Language Progress Support the show Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This lesson has two parts. In part one, you'll learn the common English expression "to get the ball rolling" you'll hear a joke and you'll do some pronunciation exercises. In part two (which will be posted shortly), you'll learn about New Year's Resolution Statistics for the United States! What are our priorities in 2024? How convinced are we that we'll succeed at keeping our resolutions? Premium Content:  Season 4 (Episodes 150 - 200) = Includes quiz, transcript with definitions and mp3. All Premium Content for Seasons 1, 2 and 3 (Episodes 001 - 150) Support the show Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Today you’ll learn 10-Must Know Oxymorons to avoid confusion in conversation and the canvas for introducing these words will be a story about my Christmas Memories. An oxymoron is a literary device that has two contradicting terms, such as "pretty ugly," or "awfully good." This lesson will have two parts: First you will hear the story which contains all of the oxymorons in context. As a challenge, I want you to listen closely and find 10 of the 15 oxymorons mentioned.At the end, I'll tell you all of the oxymorons and provide further explanation on how to use them!Premium Content:  Season 4 (Episodes 150 - 200) = Includes quiz, transcript with definitions and mp3. All Premium Content for Seasons 1, 2 and 3 (Episodes 001 - 150) Support the show Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Earlier this year, I asked some friends and family members if they could write a short story about their favorite decade. A decade is a ten-year time frame. For example, 1970-1979 is a decade. 1980 -1989 is another decade. I asked some friends and family members if they could write a short story about their favorite decade.My thought was that it would be interesting to step out of the 2020s and relive a decade in the life of someone else.What would their world look like? Culturally? Politically? What were they doing? What is it that made that decade so memorable? Today, my uncle Alex will paint his 1980s world for you in his own words. Get ready for college, fun on the beach, Silicon Valley in its infancy and a big earthquake. Oh! And of course a lot of decade-specific vocab! Do you know what a Walkman is? By the end of this episode you will.Premium Content:  Season 4 (Episodes 150 - 200) = Includes quiz, transcript with definitions and mp3. All Premium Content for Seasons 1, 2 and 3 (Episodes 001 - 150) Support the show Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Boston is situated in present-day Massachusetts, right on the northern Atlantic coastline.  It’s picturesque, it’s lively and it’s steeped in stories of how the United States gained its independence from Britain. Today you’ll hear those tales of organization, patriotism and madness: This is the  Boston Tea Party.  I've also put together a page to Prepare for the U.S. Citizenship test.  Premium Content:  Season 4 (Episodes 150 - 200) = Includes quiz, transcript with definitions and mp3. All Premium Content for Seasons 1, 2 and 3 (Episodes 001 - 150) Support the show Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This lesson has two parts. In part one, you'll learn the common English expression "my cup of tea" you'll hear a joke and you'll do some pronunciation exercises. In part two (which will be posted shortly), you'll learn about one of the most iconic events in U.S. history, the Boston Tea Party. It's one of the major events that fueled our fight for independence from Britain, and the story is just nuts. It's not your average tea party! If you're interested in learning about the beginning of the U.S., or you're taking the U.S. Citizenship test soon, listen to this episode! I've also put together a page to Prepare for the U.S. Citizenship test.  Premium Content:  Season 4 (Episodes 150 - 200) = Includes quiz, transcript with definitions and mp3. All Premium Content for Seasons 1, 2 and 3 (Episodes 001 - 150) Support the show Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Every year, more and more people buy clothes online, but today, you are heading to the mall with your stylish friend, Katrina. Your mission is to buy a new wardrobe (a whole new set of clothes). Listen and learn the vocabulary, phrases and collocations we use when talking about clothing in English! You'll learn adjectives to describe the good, the bad and the ugly, expressions to comment on style and so much more. If you ever intend to buy clothes in the United States, you can't miss this episode.  Premium Content Season 4 (Episodes 151-200) 5-Minute English Bundle (5-Minute English Course 1 + 2) ALL PREMIUM CONTENT FOR SEASONS 1 - 3 (with 5 in-depth courses to improve your English,  includes all transcripts + mp3s) Support the show Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sleepy Hollow is a quaint village nestled in the Hudson Valley, in New York. There, many many years ago a peculiar schoolteacher named Ichabod Crane gets wrapped up in the spooky legend of the Headless Horseman. Today you’ll hear “the Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and  learn about the heart-pounding events that took place on one fateful Halloween night. It’s a story of love, rivalry, and the supernatural and I’ve simplified it for intermediate and advanced English learners. Get ready for some excitement and some suspense, you're about to hear a story that has been passed down from generation to generation for over 200 years. Cheat Sheeteerie = unsettling; hauntingvengeful = eager to take revengepeculiar = strangestout = plump; robustjovial = happylanky = skinnysmitten = infatuatedbrawny = muscularspine-chilling = frighteningFor the full list, quiz and other bonus content, be sure to sign up to Season 4 .  Popular Content ALL PREMIUM CONTENT FOR SEASONS 1 - 3 (with 5 in-depth courses to improve your English,  includes all transcripts + mp3s) Support the show Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Moose are majestic creatures and an iconic symbol of wilderness in North America. They inhabit many northern states in the U.S.; the state with the biggest population is Alaska. In this episode, you'll learn many English words related to nature and animals, but it's much more than a National Geographic style lesson. You're about to step into the funny, wild and sometimes tragic tales that emerge as humans and moose try to live harmoniously.In this lesson, we'll answer questions like:  What is it like to live near moose? Will I be attacked by a moose in the Northeast? Do Americans hunt moose? Do they eat moose? Take time to appreciate moose! :) (yes, moose is the plural form)Premium Content Season 4 - Episodes 151-200 ALL PREMIUM CONTENT FOR SEASONS 1 - 3 (with 5 in-depth courses to improve your English,  includes all transcripts + mp3s) Support the show Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This lesson has two parts. In part one, you'll learn the common English expression "to steer clear," you'll hear a joke and you'll do some pronunciation exercises. In part two (which will be posted shortly), we'll be talking about moose in the US. You know what a moose is, right? It's a large mammal in the deer family. It has big antlers — these sort of long, pokey branch-like things that stick out of their heads — and they live in many northern states in the United States. Often these massive creatures and humans interact with each other, which can be funny, scary and very real. So I want to share some of those stories with you, as well as a lot of information about these incredible creatures! Be sure to stay tuned for part two in order to hear that. This lesson has a FREE PDF with the transcript and a listening comprehension quiz. INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Scroll to Premium Content 2. Click on Episode 151: "Preview" If you're interested in purchasing Season 4, it's currently $34 OFF + an additional $5 OFF if you use the code "FIVEOFF" at checkout. Support the show Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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𝐅.𝐆𝐇卐

hi. I can't download your episodes. What could be the problem?

Apr 28th
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Ladan Sh

That’s great.thank you .🙏🏻💐

Apr 21st
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Ladan Sh

That’s great.thank you .🙏🏻💐

Apr 21st
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azita m

you blow my mind with each episode 🌺

Apr 9th
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Badr Ansari

I like this podcast

Apr 2nd
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azita m

no doubt it's the best English podcast I've ever heard. 🌺💖

Mar 27th
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Peter aka pjotrphoto

hey there!l Shana! first of all thx for this episode as well...I really like this podcast... Anyway,this expression reminded me for 2 expressions in my language (Hungarian) and I don't know if those are exist in English or not... 1) rare as a white crow 2)"when red snow falls" - I'll give an example for the second one: I'll go to meet them when red snow will fall from the sky - means I really don't wanna meet those person,so the only occasion to meet will be when the red snow will fall...

Mar 16th
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shaqayeq roqanian

😍😍😍 love to see ur fliped house!

Mar 9th
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Mozhgan

I love your podcast. Amazing topics and fascinating way of expression

Mar 3rd
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llShima

liked it 😍

Feb 29th
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Fatemeh sh

per quarter: A quarter is a three-month period on a company's financial calendar that acts as a basis for periodic financial reports and the paying of dividends. quota: a fixed share of something that a person or group is entitled to receive or is bound to ccontribute.

Feb 21st
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Ali Mojahedtalab

great 👍

Feb 15th
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Ali Mojahedtalab

Great 👍

Feb 12th
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mehdi shahmirzaei

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Omid Ghaderi

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mehdi shahmirzaei

your voice is great

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Lika

jog someone's memory: cause someone to remember something suddenly

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