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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 ...
 
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Last summer’s blockbuster movie “Crazy Rich Asians” has the outlines of a fairly typical Hollywood romantic comedy—but don’t despair, because it’s stunning scenery, extravagant parties, and excellent soundtrack are more than enough to keep you entertained. The all-Asian cast is just a bonus. Plus, learn the English phrase “measure up.” Read the ...…
 
We got a lot of feedback from Plain English listeners about modern mating. Enjoy this bonus episode that features viewpoints from your fellow listeners! Normal episodes will resume on Monday. Connect with Jeff on Twitter (@PlainEnglishPod) and Facebook (PlainEnglishPod). Or e-mail jeff@plainenglish.com If you like the program, please leave a re ...…
 
In just twenty years, the internet has revolutionized the search for a romantic partner. One third of marriages in the US begin online in some fashion and studies say such couples stay together longer, and are happier, than those that begin offline. Seniors, people in rural areas, religious minorities, and same-sex couples all benefit from the ...…
 
A blast of Arctic air clobbered the Midwest of the United States at the end of January, bringing life in the major cities and the farms and fields to a halt. Businesses told workers to stay home, airlines canceled flights, and the infrastructure of life strained under the frigid temperatures, which reached minus-25 degrees Fahrenheit. Your host ...…
 
A dam in Brazil collapsed, burying the town of Brumadinho under a deadly river of mud. The dam was meant to contain the byproducts of mining operations. The mine operator, Vale, was involved in a previous dam collapse just a few years ago. Over 115 people were confirmed dead and over 200 missing. Questions emerged about whether the dam was insp ...…
 
After several years in which big-name entertainers have been found to have mistreated others, viewers are left with a thorny question: can you still enjoy the work of a person who has done wrong? One viewpoint is that art and artist should be totally separate; you can enjoy the artwork and punish the artist separately. Another view is that the ...…
 
Juan Guaidó, recently elected leader of Venezuela’s National Assembly, declared himself the legitimate president of his country, in one of the strongest challenges to date to Nicolas Maduro’s government. The United States, Canada, Brazil, and other countries in the Americas also recognized Guaidó, while European countries are pressuring Maduro ...…
 
In the first of an occasional series on destinations in the English-speaking world, we explore Toronto, Canada’s largest city and its financial center. Thanks to Canada’s welcoming immigration policy, Toronto is rich in diversity (which inevitably leads to delicious food). Visitors can explore museums, take a hike, enjoy the theater, or go out ...…
 
Drone delivery is already a reality in some parts of the world, but challenges remain before it can expand. For one thing, drones need to be able to avoid crashing into each other. Governments also need to set the rules for flights of drones. Even so, they hold the promise of reducing delivery costs and increasing availability in remote areas. ...…
 
We’ve all done it: instead of asking a real doctor about our symptoms when feeling sick, we pull out our smartphones and ask “Dr. Google.” While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, you should be careful before trusting what online search results tell you about your health. Plus, learn what it means to “go down a rabbit hole.” Read the full tran ...…
 
Each year, thousands of mothers travel to Canada just to have a baby. They leave a month later, with a passport for their newborn. Some companies in China offer full-service birth tourism services, just like a travel agency. It’s perfectly legal, but should it be? Some Canadians think so-called birth tourism is an abuse of the system. Plus, lea ...…
 
The new Netflix film “Roma,” directed by Alfonso Cuarón, is an intimate black-and-white portrait of an upper-middle-class family in Mexico City in the 1970s—and the way the film’s hero, Cleo, is both part of the family and apart from it. The film is a triumph for Cuarón and also for Yalitza Aparicio, the actress who plays Cleo. It was her first ...…
 
The far side of the moon, which has until now only been observed via photographs, is now being explored by a rover from China, scientists announced. The first-ever trip to the so-called “dark side of the moon” will help shed light on the moon’s geology and will take more detailed photographs than are possible from the moon’s more familiar side. ...…
 
A mystery disease that causes hearing loss, vision loss, loss of balance, and brain damage has been affecting American and Canadian government workers in Havana. The symptoms are not consistent with any known condition, leading many to think it’s the work of the Cuban or Russian governments, but no proof has been found. The US has cut its diplo ...…
 
A New Year’s resolution is a promise you make to yourself to improve for the coming year. Many people say they will lose weight, sleep more, get a new job, or improve their relationships. The trouble is, more than 90% of people don’t keep their resolutions. Today we talk about why so many resolutions fail, and how to change habits so they stick ...…
 
Basketball in Mexico; American baseball in Japan; football in London: the American professional sports leagues are making a push to play a few showcase games in other markets each year. The leagues are trying to build international support for their brands, in part because their home markets are saturated. The NBA is openly speculating about pu ...…
 
Japanese entrepreneurs have started crying clubs, where men and women get together to watch sad movies and listen to sad songs. The purpose is to induce tears, and to get all the emotional benefits of crying in the emotionally reserved country. One businessman even offers “handsome men” to dab the tears of crying ladies in his group. Plus, lear ...…
 
Huawei is one the world’s largest manufacturers of cell phones and the equipment that powers cell phone service around the world. However, some people suspect the company of using its equipment to spy on customers for the Chinese government. Now, it’s in even more trouble after its chief financial officer was arrested. The charge? Prosecutors s ...…
 
The deal British Prime Minister Theresa May negotiated for her country’s exit from the European Union did not find the support it needed to pass the British Parliament. Without passing a deal, Britain could risk a chaotic departure from the EU. Is this what the people wanted when they voted, by a slim majority, to leave the EU? The only way to ...…
 
George Herbert Walker Bush, who served as a Navy pilot in World War II and later as a Congressman, CIA director, vice president, and president, died at the age of 94. Though he served just one term, his four years in the White House proved to be important, as he oversaw the collapse of the Soviet Union and a successful U.S. war in the Middle Ea ...…
 
A spontaneous protest movement has broken out in France, disrupting daily traffic and shaking the government’s plans for additional fuel taxes. A group of citizens wearing reflective safety vests protested a planned rise in the fuel tax, but the movement has gathered steam and now represents anyone dissatisfied with the president, Emmanuel Macr ...…
 
Chinese scientist Hu Jinakui says that he edited the genes of an embryo during in vitro fertilization and that the embryo grew to be a girl who was born in November. If his claims are true, the girl is the world’s first genetically-modified human. Dr. Hu modified her genes to make her less likely to inherit the HIV virus from her father, who is ...…
 
Cuba has ordered all 8,000 of its doctors working in Brazil to come home after a spat between Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro and the Cuban government. The doctors were working in rural areas of Brazil, but the Cuban government kept over 70% of their wages, a system Bolsonaro called “slave labor.” Brazil claims to have back-filled almo ...…
 
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is leaning a little less. Scientists recently confirmed that the famous tower has straightened out by about four centimeters over the last 17 years. The news is the result of a ten-year effort to straighten the tower by softening the ground underneath the north side. The scientists believe the tower should be safe for ...…
 
Thousands of migrants from Central America have passed through Mexico and have arrived at Tijuana, the last city before the US border. But they must go one-by-one through the American asylum process and are likely to have to wait in Mexico as their cases are heard in US courts. Meanwhile, the city of Tijuana is facing a “humanitarian crisis” as ...…
 
For over a hundred years, the official definition of a kilogram was a metal cylinder held under three locks in France. But scientists have voted to change the kilo’s official definition to a mathematical equation based on unchanging laws of physics. For this reason, the prototype kilogram, called “Le Grand K” will no longer be the official defi ...…
 
Negotiators for Britain and the EU have reached a draft deal on the UK’s exit. The deal has left few people happy in the UK, as both those who wanted to leave and those who wanted to stay in the EU found something not to like in the deal. Several members of the cabinet resigned, leading Prime Minister Theresa May fighting for the deal and her p ...…
 
Lady Gaga, the pop star better known for provocative lyrics and outlandish outfits, turned in a transformative performance as Ally, a waitress-turned-pop star in the fourth version of the classic Hollywood story “A Star Is Born.” Bradley Cooper plays Jackson Maine, an established rock star toward the end of his career, who discovers Ally in a d ...…
 
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 ...…
 
In the first national elections since the controversial developer-turned-TV star took office, US voters gave President Donald Trump only a partial rebuke, as the opposition Democrats took control of the US House of Representatives, but Trump’s Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate. Democrats won on ballot initiatives and in state go ...…
 
Some of Europe’s top football clubs, including Manchester United and Bayern Munich, are in talks to create a “Super League” that would feature more head-to-head matchups of the continent’s best teams, but which may put the existing structure of European football in jeopardy. Based on early reports, it was not clear if the clubs would consider l ...…
 
After holding an unofficial vote before he took office, president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced he would cancel the $15 billion Mexico City airport that is already under construction and one-third complete. The president-elect cited corruption and environmental damage in explaining his opposition. International investors looked on ...…
 
Jeff and JR share some thoughts on how Plain English started, how we produce the program, and where our listeners are from. 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 ...…
 
Brazil overwhelmingly elected former army captain and congressman Jair Bolsonaro president, giving him 55% of its vote and signaling its discontent with the established Workers Party and the corruption that has plagued the country in recent years. Bolsonaro pledged to fight corruption and reduce crime, but his past statements were controversial ...…
 
As global tourism has increased in recent years, some popular tourist destinations like Amsterdam, Venice and Peru’s Machuu Pichuu have struggled with a unique problem: too many visitors. The increased visitors are raising prices of housing in central cities, putting strain on infrastructure, and damaging the environment. What can be done to ac ...…
 
Canadians can now buy recreational marijuana and grow four plants at home. As the first large country to legalize marijuana, Canada is beginning a national experiment that could become an example to other countries looking to follow suit. Will the experiment be a success? A lot depends on how the individual Canadian provinces regulate the new i ...…
 
Journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered by a team of assasins in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, according to allegations made by the Turkish government. Saudi Arabia disputes the story, saying he died in a fight. But details paint a dark picture of what happened to the journalist in exile, and the story has roiled international relations in t ...…
 
Shinz? Abe, Japan’s prime minister, is considering major revisions to the country’s constitution—specifically Article 9, which prevents the world’s fifth-largest democracy from having any armed forces at all. With constitutional reform, Japan would be able to play a greater role on the world stage. But is that the highest priority for an aging ...…
 
Singapore Airlines has re-introduced the world’s longest flight, a 10,300-mile journey from Singapore to Newark, New Jersey, near New York City. The flight has room for about 150 passengers and requires four pilots and thirteen flight attendants. Singapore Airlines is hoping this route can be profitable by using the newest long-haul planes made ...…
 
Bolivia’s dream of regaining sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean suffered a setback after a UN court sided with Chile, saying that Chile was not required to give Bolivia access to the sea. Landlocked Bolivia has been trying to regain a Pacific port ever since it lost a long coastline to Chile in a war in the late 1800s. Chile says that a peac ...…
 
Redoine Faid, a notorious French criminal who escaped from jail twice, most recently in a dramatic helicopter escape, has been recaptured and is in jail again. Faid has lived a life of crime, moving from stealing candy and sweets to robbing banks and armored vehicles. He was serving a sentence for an armored vehicle robbery that killed a police ...…
 
Classic-red phone booths are giving way to a new type of touch-screen kiosk on the streets of London. But the new kiosks are covered in digital ads and lack the stately charm London’s phone booths had been known for. Some critics think they are visual pollution and a “blot on the landscape.” Learn the English expression, “to put it mildly.” Rea ...…
 
Malaria infects millions of people each year, killing between 400,000 and 700,000 people—most of them children in sub-Saharan Africa. Now, scientists have developed a method for genetically modifying mosquitoes that could potentially eliminate or dramatically reduce cases of malaria. The change would prevent a certain species of mosquito from b ...…
 
Social media companies like Facebook, Twitter, Apple and even Spotify are now in the uncomfortable position of policing content and determining which users to disconnect from their services. They must navigate through hateful speech, people inciting violence, and even foreign governments trying to affect elections. Plus, learn the English phras ...…
 
The Volkswagen Beetle is one of the most recognizable cars on the road, but the Germany carmaker plans to retire the model for good, citing declining sales. But fans of classic cars can be happy about one other piece of news: VW is bringing back the Bus. The new version of the multi-passenger van will be all-electric and include all the newest ...…
 
The Spanish parliament voted to remove the remains of the military dictator Francisco Franco from the Valley of the Fallen monument. Though there was little formal resistance in parliament, opinions in Spain on the legacy of the former dictator are mixed. Plus, learn the English phrase “take for granted.” Read the full transcript of this episod ...…
 
Hurricane Florence was the first big storm of the 2018 hurricane season, and US government officials are using a light-hearted way of determining how bad the storm’s damage will be. Businesses like 24/7 restaurants, Walmart, and home improvement stores help communities recover after a disaster. It’s said that if the Waffle House, a chain of bre ...…
 
The fire that destroyed Brazil’s National Museum was a preventable tragedy. Museums around the world are developing safety and security plans to guard against similar tragedies from natural disasters and conflict in the future, but their efforts around the world are uneven. Another way to guard against a total loss is to digitize collections, b ...…
 
Brazil’s National Museum and most of its 20 million artefacts were destroyed by a devastating fire this month. The collection held priceless artifacts from across human history, including fossils, artwork, and sound recordings. Among the priceless losses were a 12,000-year-old skeleton, the oldest human remains ever found in the Americas. Learn ...…
 
The tradition of changing clocks forward in the spring and backward in the fall to preserve daylight hours in summer dates back to the early 20th Century, but many Europeans are in favor of abolishing the practice. Right now, all of Europe must observe Daylight Saving Time – or “Summer Time” as they say in Europe – by changing their clocks on t ...…
 
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