In this episode, I talk about Donald Trump and the fact that he is now the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party. He has been winning primary after primary, but he remains a controversial figure. Many Americans are shocked that he has garnered so much support. How has he done it? Why are so many Americans voting for him? What are his plans? I address these and other questions in the podcast. This podcast will help you better understand just what is has been happening over the past few months regarding the primary/caucus electoral process. You will learn tons of useful vocabulary and expressions that will help you better understand the news. To get the Lesson Guide with the complete transcript and more, go to www.englishfluencynow.com 

Direct download: EFN_Podcast_Episode_64.mp3
Category:politics -- posted at: 3:30pm PDT

This year we will elect a new president. Who will it be? On February 1, 2016, the primary elections and party caucuses will begin throughout the 50 States and Territories. In this episode, I explain how this works with regards to the top two parties: Democrats and Republicans. You will learn key vocabulary related to this topic and be able to better understand news commentators when they are discussing the candidates, the leaders, who might be dropping out, etc. You learn what a party delegate is and how one gets to the National Convention. Listening to this podcast helps you improve your listening comprehension and prepares you for the topics that you'll find on the TOEFL or IELTS exams. If you like the podcast, please leave me a 5-star review! I appreciate your support and it helps other English learners find it as well. Thanks and feel free to contact me if you have any questions. 

Direct download: EFN_Podcast_Episode_63.mp3
Category:politics -- posted at: 1:33pm PDT

In episode 62, I talk about my trip to a dude ranch in Mexico. You will learn about what a dude ranch is, what you can do there and a bit about the history of the dude ranch. This episode is full of great descriptive words that you can use in your own conversations when describing places and destination spots. Listen to the podcast to learn more about this beautiful area of Mexico and this fun way to spend your time riding horses and getting to know a rural area. You can also purchase the Lesson Guide for this episode online at my website www.englishfluencynow.com/products. Thanks for listening! If you liked the episode, please leave a 5-star review on iTunes. The more people who leave positive reviews, the easier it is for others to find it and use it to improve their English! Yeah! 

Direct download: EFN_Podcast_Episode_62.mp3
Category:culture -- posted at: 10:29pm PDT

In episode 61, I talk about my recent trip to New York City and the four Broadway shows that I saw. I talk about how to get to Broadway, how to purchase tickets, and how to access information about the shows on the show's websites. Going to Broadway is an amazing experience and something every visitor to New York should do at least once, but there are some things you should know to get the best deals. Learn about my tips by listening to this episode. I'd love to hear about your experiences in NYC and/or about your favorite Broadway show, so please leave a comment on the blog page. You can also purchase the Lesson Guide for this episode online at my website www.englishfluencynow.com/products. Thanks for listening! If you liked the episode, please leave a 5-star review on iTunes. The more people who leave positive reviews, the easier it is for others to find it and use it to become fluent in English! Yeah! 

 
Direct download: EFN_Podcast_Episode_61.mp3
Category:travel -- posted at: 7:13pm PDT

Water Parks are a great place to have fun with your family and friends during the summer. This summer I visited a park called Wild Waves here in Washington and it was really fun. In this episode, you will learn what water parks are like here in the U.S. and you will learn a lot of important words that will help you speak fluently about this topic. I'd love to hear about your experiences with water parks, so please leave a comment on the blog page. You can also purchase the Lesson Guide for all episodes online at www.englishfluencynow.com/products. Thanks for listening! If you liked the episode, please leave a 5-star review on iTunes. The more people who leave positive reviews, the easier it is for others to find it and use it to become fluent in English! Yeah! 

Direct download: EFN_Podcast_Episode_60.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:32pm PDT

Small Town Festivals are taking place all across the U.S. right now. Just this past month we celebrated the Rhody Festival in my town. In this episode, you will learn all about the Rhody Festival and what it's like to participate in a small town celebration. You will learn about the types of parades we have, the carnival rides and the cake picnic! If you ever come to the U.S. in the spring or summer, be sure to find a small town festival to attend. They are really fun and you can learn a lot about the local culture that way. To get the Lesson Guide for this episode, go to my website www.englishfluencynow.com and click on the Products page. 

Direct download: EFN_Podcast_Episode_59.mp3
Category:culture -- posted at: 8:26pm PDT

In this episode I talk about the typical expenses that are included in a household budget: a mortgage, property taxes, utilities and insurance. Beyond these fixed expenses, you will have to spend money on groceries, health insurance, car insurance, entertainment, education, exercise and more. Listen to this episode to learn how to talk about this topic in English and learn what some of the average expenses are here in the United States. If you want to get the Lesson Guide, go to the website www.englishfluencynow.com and go to the products page. Also on the website, you will find other types of free lessons on the blog and my speaking course "Success with Stories". If you like the podcast, please give me a 5-star review on iTunes, so that other people can find out about this podcast. Thanks a bunch! Take care, Lisa

Direct download: EFN_Podcast_Episode_58.mp3
Category:personal finance -- posted at: 5:32pm PDT

Reading easy chapter books is a great way to improve your understanding of everyday English and help you learn more about the American culture. In this episode, I introduce you to the international bestselling series from American author Barbara Park - Junie B. Jones. Junie B. is a feisty 5-year-old who will crack you up with her unique perception of and commentary on everyday life events: going to school, having a new baby brother, dealing with classmates and the many wonderful experiences that children live. Listen to the episode to learn how reading easy chapter series such as Junie B. Jones will help you improve your English in a fun and entertaining way. To purchase the Lesson Guide, with the complete transcript, comprehension questions and much more, go to my website www.englishfluencynow.com 

Direct download: EFN_Podcast_Episode_57.mp3
Category:book reviews -- posted at: 2:11pm PDT

In this episode, I talk about three books that I've read recently related to the idea of neuroplasticity. You will learn lots of new vocabulary words related to the brain, improving intelligence and overcoming learning disabilities. You will also learn about brain games: what they are and why you might want to play them. To get the Lesson Guide for this episode, with the complete transcript and additional learning materials, go to my website www.englishfluencynow.com - If you like this podcast, please leave a 5-star review on iTunes and share it with your friends. This helps more people find it and use it to help them improve their English. Thank you!

The books that I talk about in this episode are: Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power by Dan Hurley; The Brain that Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norma Doidge, MD; and The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: How I Left My Learning Disabiilty Behind and Other Stories of Cognitive Transformation by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young.

Direct download: EFN_Podcast_Episode_56.mp3
Category:science -- posted at: 4:25pm PDT

Talking about your day is a very common thing you need to be able to do in English. Why? Because people ask you all the time things like: What did you do today? What did you do this weekend? What did you have for dinner last night? When do you go to work? Being able to speak with ease and confidence about your daily routine is a great skill. In this episode, I help you learn how to use some of the most common phrasal verbs that are used to describe the actions you do all day long. As you listen to me describe one of my typical days, you will learn how to talk about the things you do throughout the day, in the morning, at work, in the afternoon, and in the evening. If you want to learn more about this topic and be able to read along with the entire transcript, get the Lesson Guide on my website at www.englishfluencynow.com. If you like my podcasts, it'd be great if you could leave me a 5-star review on iTunes and elsewhere, as that helps other English learners find this podcast and use it to improve their English. I really appreciate the love and support that I get from my listeners and students. Thank you!! 

Direct download: EFN_Podcast_Episode_55.mp3
Category:lifestyle -- posted at: 5:02pm PDT

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