502 episodes

Plain English is the podcast for learners everywhere who want to improve their English in a fun and modern way.

Every Monday and Thursday, we explore the events and trends that shape the world in clear, understandable English. We also take a close look at one English expression or phrasal verb in each episode.

Best of all, we go at a slower speed so you can understand every word.

By listening to current events and trending topics, you will expand your vocabulary, improve your English listening, and learn about the world.

No wonder learners from 160+ countries have made Plain English part of their routine.

Read full transcripts and unlock free extras at PlainEnglish.com

Plain English | Improve your English with current events Jeff B. | Chicago, IL, USA | Helping you upgrade your English every week

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    • 4.6 • 72 Ratings

Plain English is the podcast for learners everywhere who want to improve their English in a fun and modern way.

Every Monday and Thursday, we explore the events and trends that shape the world in clear, understandable English. We also take a close look at one English expression or phrasal verb in each episode.

Best of all, we go at a slower speed so you can understand every word.

By listening to current events and trending topics, you will expand your vocabulary, improve your English listening, and learn about the world.

No wonder learners from 160+ countries have made Plain English part of their routine.

Read full transcripts and unlock free extras at PlainEnglish.com

    Asian carp or copi? An ugly fish gets a tasty rebrand | Learn the English expression ‘overrun with’

    Asian carp or copi? An ugly fish gets a tasty rebrand | Learn the English expression ‘overrun with’

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    Asian carp were first introduced in the United States in the 1970s as a solution to a growing algae problem. Now, the species has created more problems than they’ve solved. As the invasive fish continues to march northward, Americans are trying to eat their way out of the problem. Plus, learn “overrun with.”
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    At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world.
    -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/492
    -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too.
    -- Learn even more English at PlainEnglish.com, where we have fast and slow audio, translations, videos, online English courses, and a supportive community of English learners like you. Sign up free at PlainEnglish.com/Join
    -- Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso de inglés. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender.
    Contact: E-mail jeff@plainenglish.com | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod
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    • 23 min
    James Webb telescope is like a time machine | Learn the phrasal verb ‘turn over’

    James Webb telescope is like a time machine | Learn the phrasal verb ‘turn over’

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    The James Webb Space Telescope launched in December 2021, and just seven months later, it has sent its first images from deep in space back to Earth. This has been a project twenty years in the making, and the telescope will help build a better understanding of the universe, its creation, and what it contains now. Plus, learn “turn over.”
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    At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world.
    -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/491
    -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too.
    -- Learn even more English at PlainEnglish.com, where we have fast and slow audio, translations, videos, online English courses, and a supportive community of English learners like you. Sign up free at PlainEnglish.com/Join
    -- Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso de inglés. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender.
    Contact: E-mail jeff@plainenglish.com | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod
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    • 22 min
    The Elon Musk v. Twitter saga | Learn the phrasal verb ‘side with’

    The Elon Musk v. Twitter saga | Learn the phrasal verb ‘side with’

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    Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, has gone back-and-forth about buying Twitter over the past few months. They finally came to an agreement for Musk to buy the company, but then the stock market tanked and now Musk wants out. A state court will decide whether he has to go through with the deal. Plus, learn “side with.”
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    At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world.
    -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/490
    -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too.
    -- Learn even more English at PlainEnglish.com, where we have fast and slow audio, translations, videos, online English courses, and a supportive community of English learners like you. Sign up free at PlainEnglish.com/Join
    -- Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso de inglés. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender.
    Contact: E-mail jeff@plainenglish.com | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod
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    • 21 min
    Boris Johnson era is coming to an end | Learn the phrasal verb ‘go after’

    Boris Johnson era is coming to an end | Learn the phrasal verb ‘go after’

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    On today's lesson: Boris Johnson stepped down as leader of Britain’s Conservative Party after three years leading the U.K. government. His tenure has had many challenges, including negotiating Brexit, leading the country through COVID-19, and supporting the war in Ukraine. But he’s also had his fair share of scandals. Plus, learn “go after.”
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    At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world.
    -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/489
    -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too.
    -- Learn even more English at PlainEnglish.com, where we have fast and slow audio, translations, videos, online English courses, and a supportive community of English learners like you. Sign up free at PlainEnglish.com/Join
    -- Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso de inglés. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender.
    Contact: E-mail jeff@plainenglish.com | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod
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    • 24 min
    21 teenagers died at a South African nightclub, and nobody knows why | Learn the English expression ‘pass out’

    21 teenagers died at a South African nightclub, and nobody knows why | Learn the English expression ‘pass out’

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    Twenty-one teenagers were tragically found dead in a South African nightclub after they were out celebrating the end of the school term. One survivor said she smelled a bad odor in the nightclub, but weeks later, authorities still do not know for sure what happened. Plus, learn “pass out.”
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    At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world.
    -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/488
    -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too.
    -- Learn even more English at PlainEnglish.com, where we have fast and slow audio, translations, videos, online English courses, and a supportive community of English learners like you. Sign up free at PlainEnglish.com/Join
    -- Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso de inglés. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender.
    Contact: E-mail jeff@plainenglish.com | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod
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    • 22 min
    California kids will be snoozing their alarm clocks this year | Learn the phrasal verb ‘stay up'

    California kids will be snoozing their alarm clocks this year | Learn the phrasal verb ‘stay up'

    [Free Workshop]: Make faster progress in English by being an active learner. See a preview of our free workshop at PlainEnglish.com/active
    On today's lesson: A new California law mandates that high schools start the school day no earlier than 8:30 AM and middle schools no earlier than 8:00 AM. This is in an effort to work with teenagers’ biological clocks that naturally tell them to sleep around 11 and wake up around 8. But how will this work logistically? Plus, learn “stay up.”
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    At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world.
    -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/487
    -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too.
    -- Learn even more English at PlainEnglish.com, where we have fast and slow audio, translations, videos, online English courses, and a supportive community of English learners like you. Sign up free at PlainEnglish.com/Join
    -- Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso de inglés. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender.
    Contact: E-mail jeff@plainenglish.com | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod
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    • 20 min

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