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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/

American English Podcast Shana Thompson

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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/

    138 - 5-Minute English: How to Order a Cocktail in English

    138 - 5-Minute English: How to Order a Cocktail in English

    You walk into a restaurant and head towards the bar. Behind it, a lighted mosaic of colorful liquors spread from the ceiling to the floor. It's fancy on another level. Some people may describe it as resplendent; it feels like you're looking into a Queen's jewelry box.
    A long counter separates you from the skilled bartender behind it, who shakes, stirs and strains with ease. As you approach, you consider how you'll place your order in English and suddenly you feel out of your element. In other words, you don't feel comfortable. You feel out of your element.
    How do you order a drink at a cocktail bar like a native? Well, in today's lesson, you'll learn just that.

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    137 - 10 Words a Day: French Words in English

    137 - 10 Words a Day: French Words in English

    It's story time! Welcome to a French coffee shop and fancy restaurant where you'll be introduced to a number of common French loanwords in English. A loanword is a words borrowed from a foreign language.

    American English is packed with French words; how do we pronounce them?  Well, I know a lot of you are saying we butcher them, that's okay (I don't disagree with you!) In general, the pronunciation of a words depends on how popular / common a word is. If a French word is common in American English, naturally, there's an expected way to pronounce it, even if it's not how it is pronounced normally in French. 

    The goal of this episode is to teach you how we pronounce the common ones and what to do when you come across uncommon loanwords. Here is a sample of some of the words in today's episode. 
    PatisserieCroissantsBaguettesEclairsCreme bruléeSouffléCrepesFacade (less commonly spelled façade in English)ChicFaux pasMaitre d’ (or also spelled maître d')SommelierConnoisseurHors d'oeuvres (we say this word often and I guarantee most people can't spell it!)Champagne VinaigretteOmelet (or also spelled omelette)FauxCliché (less commonly spelled cliche in English)RisquéChauffeurEntrepreneurRendezvous À la mode (also spelled a la mode)À la carte (also spelled a la carte)C'est la vieDéjà vu (also spelled deja vu)*****
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    136 - Discover Michigan with Camille Hanson

    136 - Discover Michigan with Camille Hanson

    In today's episode, we're talking to Camille Hanson, an ESL teacher and social media influencer who grew up in the U.P. - the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Buckle up! You're about to be immersed in an adventure; one that includes snow, lake life, deer flies, girls hunting with bows and arrows and so much more. Learn from a local how you can take advantage of "The Mitten State."

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    Michigan is the 10th largest state in the US by population, and there’s quite a bit you should know about it. 

    Michigan is located up in the Midwest, near Canada, and it has two main parts: The Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula. Most people recognize the shape of the Lower Peninsula; it looks like a mitten. That’s why Michigan is sometimes referred to as "The Mitten State." 

    College life in Michigan is a big thing. And like most states in the Midwest and South, they’re crazy about American football. 

    The state is also home to the automobile industry with General Motors, Ford Motor Company and Chrysler headquartered there. 

    Some famous names from Michigan include: Madonna (the singer), Francis Ford Coppola (the director and screenwriter of "The Godfather"), and William Boeing, a pioneer in aviation and creator of the Boeing Company. Yep, they’re all Michiganders.

    If you like fishing, hiking and greenery, Michigan is where it’s at. 50% of the state is covered in forest, so it’s lush and green. It’s also home to over 10,000 lakes and 40,000 miles of rivers. Did I mention it touches all five of the Great Lakes? That’s a lot of water, a lot of shore and a lot of trees. 
    As a tourist, you might want to try the world-famous cherries from there, try a pasty – not a pastie – and a beer from one of the many local breweries. Your senses will be overwhelmed!

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    135.2 - The Story of "Jingle Bells"

    135.2 - The Story of "Jingle Bells"

    In today’s lesson you’re going to hear the story of the creator of Jingle Bells, his questionable character and we’ll  go through the lyrics of the song so if you want to sing it in English, you can.

    This is Part 2. In Part 1, we spoke about  the common English expression Bells and Whistles.
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    In December of 1965, a spacecraft called Gemini 6 was flying in outer space, looking back down at earth. The crew members on board were on call with Mission Control when they announced the following alarming message: “We have an object, looks like a satellite going from north to south, up in a polar orbit. He’s in a very low trajectory traveling from north to south and has a very high climbing ratio. It looks like it might even be a … Very low….” 
    After a few more details, sleigh bells started to jingle and the familiar tune Jingle Bells  passed from Gemini 6 to Mission Control. With a harmonica and sleigh bells, Wally Shirra (Walter M. Shirra Jr.) and Tom Stafford, played the first live song from space: Jingle Bells. 
    You heard me. The popular Christmas song, Jingle Bells was the first song ever played live from space.
    And yes, the astronauts were playing a joke on Mission Control;  they were in fact pretending to see Santa. 
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    135 - Expression: Bells and Whistles

    135 - Expression: Bells and Whistles

    The holiday season is here and I bet some of you are skimming the internet for new gadgets. Do you like gadgets with a bunch of bells and whistles (fancy features) or do you prefer simplicity? In this episode, you'll learn how to use the common expression bells and whistles, you'll hear a joke and you'll practice your pronunciation!

    This is Part 1. Stay tuned for Part 2, where we'll talk about the popular Christmas song Jingle Bells.

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    134.2 - The Story of Starbucks Coffee

    134.2 - The Story of Starbucks Coffee

    You know Starbucks, right? The coffee company? Born in Seattle, Washington and brewed around the world? I bet you do; they have over 33 thousand stores in over 80 countries. 

    In today's episode, we're going to talk about those guys, the beans and more! Why is it called Starbucks? Who's that woman on their cups?

    There are a lot of Starbucks haters and a lot of lovers out there, but all of you will find this episode fascinating because 1. it’s an absurdly successful business, how did they do it?! 2. it’s about coffee (who doesn’t love coffee!?) and 3. you’ll learn a bucketload of new vocabulary as we go. 
    Thanks again to my amazing supporters who have contributed to this podcast either by purchasing Premium Contentor buying me coffee! Thank you to Paulo and the few other anonymous contributors from this month :) SO exciting!

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