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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 ...
 
My name's Mark Oliver. I'm an English teacher from Gloucester in the UK. I have been teaching English since 2002 and have taught in over ten countries, including, Japan, Brazil, Thailand, Lebanon, Singapore, Portugal and Sri Lanka. I've created these mini podcasts to help students improve their grammar, learn some new words and practise their listening. On the early podcasts, I chat a bit about different things and discuss areas of grammar and vocabulary. I write a summary of each podcast wi ...
 
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" On April 12, twelve of Europe’s most elite soccer clubs announced they would withdraw from the UEFA Champions League and form their own “Super League.” They promised excitement and drama for fans and more money for club owners. They certainly delivered on their promise for excitement and drama, but not in the way they expected. Plus, learn “shell…
 
Start Creating Your Own Visual Mnemonics is the first episode in a miniseries on medical mnemonics. In this episode, Chase DiMarco covers the value of visual markers in mnemonics and memory tactics in general. [01:06] What are visual markers? [02:25] Why you should use visual markers [05:50] How to use visual markers [07:09] What not to do [08:38] …
 
" With more than a year of work from home experience under our belts, we have some specific ideas to upgrade work from home tools and technology. We’re ready for video calls to be less awkward and exhausting. Attention product designers and developers, this one is for you! Plus, learn “filter out.” -- At Plain English, we make English lessons for t…
 
With more than a year of work from home experience under our belts, we have some specific ideas to upgrade work from home tools and technology. We’re ready for video calls to be less awkward and exhausting. Attention product designers and developers, th
 
" In an exciting final day of competition, Hideki Matsuyama held off last-minute comeback attempts from two challengers to win the 85th Masters golf tournament. His win made him the first Japanese player to win a major golf tournament. Plus, the backstory on why Matsuyama is a Japanese hometown hero, and learn what it means to “let loose.” -- At Pl…
 
Chase DiMarco talks about one of the most ignored yet crucial topics in medicine: mental health. He explains why physicians and medical students struggle with mental health, the rise in suicide rates in medicine, and the benefits of having a social network. [00:50] Mental Health in the Medical World [02:50] The Neuroscience Aspect of Mental Health …
 
" 40 percent of Americans were able to work remotely during the worst parts of the pandemic. Some of those people are still fully working from home, some are part-time at home and part-time in the office, and others have fully returned to their office work environments. This lesson dives into the great remote work debate of 2021. Plus, learn “hand-…
 
" Many American and Canadian border towns operate as one big town. The border is simply an invisible boundary that residents cross several times each day. But during the pandemic, the border was closed to non-essential traffic. This divided towns, families, lovers, and even left some towns completely isolated. Plus, learn “closely-knit.” -- At Plai…
 
Chase DiMarco talks about The Power of Atomic Habits, a concept borrowed from two best-selling books, The Power of Habit and Atomic Habits. He dissects how mentality affects habits, the importance of rewarding successful habit adoption, and developing habit-creating skills. [01:50] The Power of Atomic Habits [06:37] Willpower and Keystone Habits [1…
 
" Which vaccine should I get? How many doses do I need? Will there be side effects? Allergic reactions? What about protection from all of the new variants? As the world launches its vaccination efforts, we are answering five frequently asked COVID vaccine questions. Plus, learn “a feature, not a bug.” -- At Plain English, we make English lessons fo…
 
" How would you like to work from the beaches of Barbados? Or perhaps you’d rather experience the shopping and architecture of Dubai? A growing list of countries are now offering extended-stay visas to attract remote workers. The trend started several years ago, but has accelerated since the pandemic sent most white-collar workers home from the off…
 
Chase DiMarco shares tips for practicing an evidence-based study technique called interleaving, which can be difficult to apply. 01:28] Interleaving Topics [03:36] Interleaving Materials [04:33] Choosing Study Resources [06:52] Filtering Question Banks [08:19] Stress + Rest = Growth [10:57] Recency Bias [12:14] Repeating the Same Question Bank Comm…
 
" In the early 2000s, Blockbuster Video was a thriving business. It had 9000 locations in 14 countries around the world. But their dominance in the video rental market did not last forever. Today, just one store remains, and it’s in a mountain town in central Oregon. Plus, learn “at its peak.” -- At Plain English, we make English lessons for the mo…
 
" In March, a massive cargo ship called the Ever Given got stuck in the Suez Canal for six days. The canal is one of the most important routes in global trade, and just six days without it revealed just how fragile the global supply chain is. The effects will likely be felt worldwide for months. Plus, learn “back up.” -- At Plain English, we make E…
 
Chase DiMarco talks about the science of successful learning and debunks the most common myths we have around it. He shares better learning strategies and insights from “Make It Stick”. [01:48] The Illusion of Knowing [03:09] Interleaving Practice [04:53] Easier isn’t Better [08:13] The Dunning-Kruger Effect [11:58] Apply Different Learning Styles …
 
" Volvo’s recent announcement to be fully electric by 2030 and move sales online is a huge stray from the car dealership model, which has been around almost as long as cars have. The age-old model is ripe for disruption, and this may be the start of something transformational. Plus, learn what it means to “stay on top of” something. -- At Plain Eng…
 
" Non-fungible tokens, or NFT’s, are the latest craze in the online world. NFT’s offer a way for digital artists to sell their artwork, and recently, a digital piece sold for a record $69.3 million. How it all works is a little confusing, but this lesson breaks it down. Plus, learn what “bragging rights” are. -- At Plain English, we make English le…
 
Chase DiMarco talks about how you can use deliberate practice to become an expert. This time around, he delves deeper into studies and examples from “Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise” by Dr. K. Anders Ericsson (RIP). [02:02] Improvement Comes from Practice [04:07] Steps of Deliberate Practice [07:33] Inefficiencies in Medical Educati…
 
" Vaccine passport: the idea that once you get a vaccine, you can use a smartphone app to prove you’re vaccinated and have access to some pre-COVID activities. This sounds great – in theory. But several countries have adopted vaccine passports, and there have already been issues. Plus, learn “weight on your shoulders.” -- At Plain English, we make …
 
" Before the pandemic, there were many companies that were resistant to offering employees flexibility to work from home. A lot has changed over the past year, and companies are increasingly open to remote work options. This could mean more opportunity for neurodiverse employees, who struggle in traditional office environments. Plus, learn “catch-a…
 
Chase DiMarco talks about flow, the mental state of immersive focus. He draws insights and tips from Mikaly Csikszentmihalyi’s book called “Finding Flow”. Unsurprisingly, attention and curiosity are necessary to get into that zone of concentration. [00:58] Defining Flow [01:38] How to Reach Flow State [08:06] Learning Requires Undivided Attention […
 
" Duty-free shopping is a strange loophole in the retail industry. You can buy expensive, luxury items without paying the usual hefty taxes, but only international travelers can take advantage. For this reason, duty-free shops are usually located in airports. Without international travel, the duty-free industry did not fare well – except in one pla…
 
" For years, sports betting was illegal in most of the United States. But in 2018, a Supreme Court ruling opened the door for individual states to legalize sports gambling. Things are ramping up as sports leagues are trying to rebound from a lost year due to COVID. The sports landscape is changing, for better or worse. Plus, learn “stay out of it.”…
 
" The ‘Nomadland’ cast only had two professional actors, and the rest were people that actually live the nomad life in America. The unconventional cast helped portray the real-life community behind the movie with depth and feeling. In this lesson, you’ll meet some of them and hear about their lives off-screen. Plus, learn what it means to “make end…
 
Chase DiMarco talks about task management and prioritization. He shares insights and tips from Brian Tracy’s book called “Eat That Frog”. Learn how to organize your to-do list effectively using these 5 principles. [01:26] Planning Saves Time [03:30] The Law of Three [05:24] The 80/20 Rule [07:53] The ABCDE Method [11:37] How to Tackle Big Tasks [14…
 
" Chloé Zhao’s ‘Nomadland’ explores the reality of nomad life in America through the lens of a widow forced into life on the road. It takes you through an exciting and mysterious plot and might even convince you that all who wander are not lost. This one is worth watching. Plus, learn “run into.” -- At Plain English, we make English lessons for the…
 
Chase DiMarco talks about how medical students can increase their motivation level. He cites several studies that delve into intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and the factors that can influence both. [03:29] Theories of Motivation [05:58] Intrinsic Motivation vs Extrinsic Motivation [09:48] How to Affect Motivation [11:37] The Role of Self-Concept…
 
" This winter has brought snow to some unlikely places. Alongside the once-in-a-century pandemic, Madrid, Jerusalem, and parts of the American south all had record-breaking once-in-a-century winter storms this year. This caused a rush of excitement for some, and very dangerous and life-threatening conditions for others. Plus, learn “resort to.” -- …
 
" 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 …
 
" 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 Englis…
 
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