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3 Minute English! by Venturenglish.com is a unique podcast for intermediate and advanced English learners. Why unique? Because instead of presenting idioms or dialogs, 3 Minute English! gives tips on usage, style, and nuance in English. The host, Paul Durant, takes about 3 or 4 minutes… more or less… to describe a usage or style point to help improve your English. The podcast is useful for all learners but emphasizes business English.
 
A series for total or "almost" beginners with active "oral" training with simple, clearly spoken exercises (American accent) to take learners from A1 to A2; a complement to classroom, private or online instruction. For free scripts and lesson plans for each recording (advice for teachers) visit our website http://www.qualitytime-esl.com. For intermediate to advanced oral training go to "Your English", "QualityTime-ESL podcasts" and "5 Minute TOPs". (ESL, EFL, ELT, audio lesson podcasts, voca ...
 
Do you want to have fun learning and improving your English grammar, vocabulary and listening and reading comprehension? Check these weekly 10 - 15 minute English language podcasts, aimed at ESL/EFL beginners, intermediate and advanced learners. Each podcast talks about the meaning and usage of a part of English grammar and then re-uses it in a short, topical, natural English comprehension text. Download the Giles Parker English Academy podcast and the transcript each week and learn English ...
 
“QualityTime-ESL” podcasts are clearly spoken, "interactive" oral exercises to learn everyday, global and even business English. The emphasis is on grammar, correct usage and pronunciation. They provide excellent oral and written preparation for international exams. Transcripts and worksheets are available on the website. The accent is American. Questions and comments to: marianne@qualitytime-esl.com.
 
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Corporate-speak is loved and hated in business. We’re almost finished with a 4 part series on corporate speak. In this final week we’ll talk about pivoting, adding value and burning and building bridges!! If you are a member see the transcript here! Sign up to become a member for free here! The post #71 Pivot, Value Add, Burning Bridges appeared fi…
 
Corporate-speak is loved and hated in business. We’re in the middle of a 4 part series on corporate speak. This week we’ll talk about greenlighting something, boiling the ocean and bandwidth, all key phrases in a modern office! If you are a member see the transcript here! Sign up to become a member for free here! The post #70 Greenlight, Boil the O…
 
Corporate-speak is loved and hated in business. We’re in the middle of a 4 part series on corporate speak. This week we’ll talk about moving the needle, scaling and key learnings. If you are a member see the transcript here! Sign up to become a member for free here! The post #69 – Move the Needle, Scale, and Key Learnings appeared first on VenturEn…
 
Corporate-speak is loved and hated in business. In the Next few episodes we’ll talk about some common corporate speak phrases. This week we’ll talk about tabling, circling back and touching base. Read the transcript here The post #68 Table It, Circle Back and Touch Base appeared first on VenturEnglish.…
 
Has someone told you they get your gist? Could you get the gist of that? Or do you know what gist means? We’ll talk about gist in this episode. Read the transcript here The post #67 I Get Your Gist appeared first on VenturEnglish.โดย VenturEnglish
 
One of the hardest things to decide in English is whether to use which or that for your relative clause. We’ll talk about some ways to help make that decision in this episode. Read the transcript here The post #66 Which or That appeared first on VenturEnglish.โดย VenturEnglish
 
What is swag and what is merch? These are two business words that are similar but a little different. We’ll talk about that in this episode. Read the transcript here The post #65 Swag and Merch appeared first on VenturEnglish.โดย VenturEnglish
 
Last week we talked about the idiom “so far.” But there is another related idiom you’ll hear a lot from native speakers. What does “so far, so good” mean and when can you use it? Read the transcript here The post #62 So Far, So Good! appeared first on VenturEnglish.โดย VenturEnglish
 
Have you had any miscommunications when using “until now.” That might be because the phrase may not mean what you think it means. Let’s talk about how to use “so far” and “until now” in this episode. Read the transcript here The post #61 So Far or Until Now? appeared first on VenturEnglish.โดย VenturEnglish
 
Maybe you’ve had someone throw shade at you before. When you wanted them to recognize your effort, they just threw shade. We talk about this new but common idiom on today’s 3 Minute English. Read the transcript here The post #60 Throwing Shade appeared first on VenturEnglish.โดย VenturEnglish
 
Has anyone ever asked you to do them a favor? I’m sure you’ve heard this one before, but maybe you didn’t know how to take it. Is is polite or direct and what are some other ways to soften requests? We talk about requests in this episode of 3 Minute English. Read the transcript here The post #59 Do Me A Favor appeared first on VenturEnglish.…
 
Has anyone ever said “let’s call it off?” How about “I’m going to call it.” These are usages of the phrasal verb “call off.” We talk about using that verb in this episode of 3 Minute English. Read the transcript here The post #58 Calling It Off! appeared first on VenturEnglish.โดย VenturEnglish
 
You may have noticed that a lot of native speakers use the phrasal verb “turn out” often. But it isn’t easy to use this phrase! We’ll talk about how to use “turn out” and what it means in this week’s episode. Read the transcript here The post #57 How Will This Turn Out? appeared first on VenturEnglish.…
 
You have probably heard this phrase a lot. We use it everyday. But did you know that it has two very different meanings. We’ll talk about these meaning in this week’s episode. Read the transcript here The post #56 The Two Meanings of “Go For It!” appeared first on VenturEnglish.โดย VenturEnglish
 
This has been a very common and very unpopular word these past few months. Where does it come from? This episode I give you a little about the history and origin of the word quarantine. We also kick off a new podcast with this Episode! Find the link to “Where Did That Come From” here. Read the transcript here The post #55 The Origin of Quarantine a…
 
Unfortunately some new words are coming into regular use related to the corona virus. You’ve probably been hearing about Social distancing, Shutter-in-place, lockdown and quarantine. What do they mean and what are the important differences? Read the transcript here The post #54 Social Distancing or Quarantine? appeared first on VenturEnglish.…
 
These three words have very similar meanings. Which one should you use when and what are some of the differences? We talk about these three words in this week’s episode. Read the transcript here The post #53 Recall, Remember or Recollect? appeared first on VenturEnglish.โดย VenturEnglish
 
Which would you use? Well, it depends on the situation. People often confuse the usage of these two words, but using the right one will really help get your message across. We talk about that in this week’s episode. See the transcript here The post #52 Admit or Accept appeared first on VenturEnglish.…
 
This week we discuss more medical terms, including MRIs, EKGs, CAT scans and others; and then we proceed to some talk about food sensitivities. https://wmjasco.com/podcasts/122-medicalterms2.mp3 Subscribe on iTunes Download mp3 On Stitcher Cartoon accompaniment: Links: Buy the book! This week’s calendar entry is “feint/faint.”…
 
This week we discuss medical terms, including accessible care vs. guaranteed care; fractures, sprains, and strains; Alzheimer’s vs. dementia, and more. https://wmjasco.com/podcasts/121-medicalterms1.mp3 Subscribe on iTunes Download mp3 On Stitcher Cartoon accompaniment: Links: Buy the book! This week’s calendar entry is “taunt/taut/tout.”…
 
This week we continue our discussion of terms related to governance and politics. We explore crusades, demagogues, stump speeches, gerrymandering, and barn burners. https://wmjasco.com/podcasts/120-politics12.mp3 Subscribe on iTunes Download mp3 On Stitcher Cartoon accompaniment: Links: Buy the book! This week’s calendar entry is “vapid/vacuous.”…
 
This week we continue our discussion of terms related to governance and politics. We explore citizenship, civil disobedience, and civil war. https://wmjasco.com/podcasts/119-politics11.mp3 Subscribe on iTunes Download mp3 On Stitcher Cartoon accompaniment: Links: Buy the book! This week’s calendar entry is “unrest.”…
 
This week we rebroadcast our Christmas episode from 2015. In the spirit of the Christmas season, Paul Brians calls on his background as a scholar of the Bible and discusses some of the important language in the story of Christmas. Do you know the religious tradition of the Magi? The difference between miracle and magic? Listen to find out. https://…
 
When a would-be suicide bomber attempted a terrorist attack in New York City earlier this month, he said he chose his target because there were Christmas-themed posters nearby. This week on the podcast we talk about the more theoretical war on Christmas, and we discuss holiday greetings. https://wmjasco.com/podcasts/117-merryChristmas.mp3 Subscribe…
 
This week we continue our discussion of terms related to governance and politics. We explore caucuses, lobbyists and PACs, and more. https://wmjasco.com/podcasts/116-politics10.mp3 Subscribe on iTunes Download mp3 On Stitcher Cartoon accompaniment: Links: Buy the book! On sale through the end of the year for just $15. This week’s calendar entry is …
 
This week we take up our discussion of terms related to governance and politics. We explore the origin of the word “veto,” talk about filibustering and reconciliation, and more. https://wmjasco.com/podcasts/115-politics9.mp3 Subscribe on iTunes Download mp3 On Stitcher Cartoon accompaniment: Links: Buy the book! On sale through the end of the year …
 
This week we pick up from last week and serve some Thanksgiving leftovers, including “dolly/handcart,” “duck tape/duct tape,” “between you and me,” and many more entries and cartoons from the book. We also promote the best way to buy the book on sale through the end of the year. https://wmjasco.com/podcasts/114-thanksgiving2.mp3 Subscribe on iTunes…
 
This week we take a break from our extended discussion of political terms while Tom thanks Paul for creating the Common Errors in English Usage site and book, and Paul thanks Tom for contributing cartoons to the book. We also promote the best way to buy the book on sale through the end of the year. Entries we talk about include “auger/augur,” “all …
 
This week we discuss, define, and explore political leanings: red/blue, liberal, libertarian, conservative, and reactionary. https://wmjasco.com/podcasts/112-politics8.mp3 Subscribe on iTunes Download mp3 On Stitcher Cartoon accompaniment: Links: Buy the book! On sale through the end of the year for just $15. This week’s calendar entry is “reaction…
 
This week we discuss, define, and explore deeply more political terms. This time we cover left vs. right, socialism, and communism. https://wmjasco.com/podcasts/111-politics7.mp3 Subscribe on iTunes Download mp3 On Stitcher Cartoon accompaniment: Links: Pre-USSR communist societies. Buy the book! On sale through the end of the year for just $15. Th…
 
This week we spend the time talking about several more terms related to politics and government, including bureaucracy, red tape, ballots, voting, constitution, and parliament. https://wmjasco.com/podcasts/110-politics6.mp3 Subscribe on iTunes Download mp3 On Stitcher Cartoon accompaniment: Links: Buy the book! On sale through the end of the year f…
 
This week we spend the time talking about the word “empire” and its implications. https://wmjasco.com/podcasts/109-politics5.mp3 Subscribe on iTunes Download mp3 On Stitcher Cartoon accompaniment: Links: Buy the book! On sale through the end of the year for just $15. This week’s calendar entry is “Romainian/Romanian.” Paul Brians’ essay on “postcol…
 
This week we focus on the dark side of governmental power: dictatorships, state capitalism, monarchy, oligarchy, plutocracy, kleptocracy, and empire. https://wmjasco.com/podcasts/108-politics4.mp3 Subscribe on iTunes Download mp3 On Stitcher Cartoon accompaniment: Links: This week’s calendar entry is “oppress/repress.” Buy the book! On sale through…
 
This week we focus on voting and discuss “suffrage,”“franchise,”“republic,” and more about “democracy.” https://wmjasco.com/podcasts/107-politics3.mp3 Subscribe on iTunes Download mp3 On Stitcher Cartoon accompaniment: Links: This week’s calendar entry is “Democrat Party/Democratic Party.” Buy the book!…
 
This week we continue our discussion of words related to government and politics, including “feudalism,”“fiefdom,”“monarchy,” and “democracy.” https://wmjasco.com/podcasts/106-politics2.mp3 Subscribe on iTunes Download mp3 On Stitcher Cartoon accompaniment: Links: This week’s calendar entry is “grow.” Buy the book!…
 
This week we begin a discussion of words related to government and politics, starting with “government” and “politics” themselves. First we go over problems with Washington, but not in the way you might think! https://wmjasco.com/podcasts/105-politics1.mp3 Subscribe on iTunes Download mp3 On Stitcher Cartoon accompaniment: Links: What is the “Sloug…
 
This week we finish up our discussion of useful vocabulary related to health care, including talk about networks, pre-existing conditions, HIPA, Obamacare vs. the ACA, and primary care physicians. https://wmjasco.com/podcasts/104-healthcare6.mp3 Subscribe on iTunes Download mp3 On Stitcher Cartoon accompaniment: Links: About “Yankee Doodle” in The …
 
This week we talk more about health care, including long-term care insurance, health savings accounts, death panels, and Charlie Gard. https://wmjasco.com/podcasts/103-healthcare5.mp3 Subscribe on iTunes Download mp3 On Stitcher Cartoon accompaniment: Links: The New York Times’ Ron Lieber on the ethics of adjusting your assets to qualify for Medica…
 
This week we continue our discussion of health care. Unfortunately, we all need to know a whole lot of complicated and confusing terms to get through our current health care debate. https://wmjasco.com/podcasts/102-healthcare4.mp3 Subscribe on iTunes Download mp3 On Stitcher Cartoon accompaniment: Links: This week’s calendar entry is “realize/reali…
 
This week we continue our discussion of health care. Unfortunately, we all need to know a whole lot of complicated and confusing terms to get through our current health care debate. https://wmjasco.com/podcasts/101-healthcare3.mp3 Subscribe on iTunes Download mp3 On Stitcher Cartoon accompaniment: Links: This week’s calendar entry is “tradegy/trage…
 
This week, and in the coming weeks, we will discuss the vocabulary of health care. Unfortunately, we all need to know a whole lot of complicated and confusing terms to get through our current health care debate. https://wmjasco.com/podcasts/100-healthcare2.mp3 Subscribe on iTunes Download mp3 On Stitcher Cartoon accompaniment: Links: This week’s ca…
 
The ongoing debate on health care here in the US takes for granted that we understand deductible, co-pay, co-insurance, premium, out-of-pocket limits, and many other often-confusing terms. Since that isn’t always the case, we’ll be discussing the language of health care in the coming weeks. https://wmjasco.com/podcasts/99-healthCareVocabulary1.mp3 …
 
Finally, after three weeks dwelling on words and expressions about idiocy, we turn our attention to some words that say smart. https://wmjasco.com/podcasts/98-smart.mp3 Subscribe on iTunes Download mp3 On Stitcher Cartoon accompaniment: Links: This week’s calendar entry is “genius.” Riddley Walker Buy the book!…
 
We’ve been talking about insults to the intelligence, and this week we conclude our discussion of adjectives. https://wmjasco.com/podcasts/97-idiotic2.mp3 Subscribe on iTunes Download mp3 On Stitcher Cartoon accompaniment: Links: This week’s calendar entry is “gull/gall.” Silly Symphonies on YouTube Alessandro di Cagliostro on Wikipedia From John S…
 
We’ve been talking about insults to the intelligence, and this week we switch the focus to adjectives. https://wmjasco.com/podcasts/96-idiotic1.mp3 Subscribe on iTunes Download mp3 On Stitcher Cartoon accompaniment: Links: This week’s calendar entry is “French dip with au jus/French dip.” Entry for “hairbrained/harebrained.” Entry for “ignorant/stu…
 
This week continue our high-minded discussion of terms that insult the intelligence. https://wmjasco.com/podcasts/95-idiot3.mp3 Subscribe on iTunes Download mp3 On Stitcher Cartoon accompaniment: Links: This week’s calendar entry is “ignorant/stupid.” Buy the book!โดย Paul Brians
 
This week we discuss more words meant as insults to intelligence. https://wmjasco.com/podcasts/94-idiot2.mp3 Subscribe on iTunes Download mp3 On Stitcher Cartoon accompaniment: Links: This week’s calendar entry is “disrespect.” Buy the book!โดย Paul Brians
 
This week we take on some words meant as insults to intelligence and where they come from. https://wmjasco.com/podcasts/93-idiot.mp3 Subscribe on iTunes Download mp3 On Stitcher Cartoon accompaniment: Links: “Trump and the True Meaning of ‘Idiot’” in The New York Times Politically correct language was discussed in episodes 34 and 35. Buy the book!…
 
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