Painlessly improve your vocabulary for the SAT, ACT, and life itself with the Vocabbett podcast!
Utilizing research-backed, story-based strategies, host Erica Abbett will walk you through the best tips and tricks for painlessly improving your vocabulary for a stress-free test day.
Covering everything from etymology (a fancy word for "Greek and Latin roots") to the best day to take the test (it's probably not what you think!), the Vocabbett podcast promises to be uniquely entertaining and educational.
If you're ready to painlessly improve your vocabulary and English skills, let's dive in!
Season 2 Finale (And a Peek Behind the Scenes!)
After around 20 episodes, season 2 of the Vocabbett podcast is coming to a close!
I’d gladly continue it forever, but I was recently accepted to UCSD’s college counseling program. Since they operate on a quarterly system, I’m able to start my first class in March!
I honestly don’t know exactly how the college counseling certificate will play into the future of Vocabbett, but as I discuss in the podcast, I do want to turn Vocabbett into a profitable, sustainable business, and while I’m having a blast with what I’m currently doing, it’s not exactly self-sustaining.
In episode 76, I dive into various ways I could grow Vocabbett moving forward. You can listen below or on your favorite podcast player.
And if you have any ideas or thoughts about all this, please, let me know! Seriously, just shoot me an email at email@example.com.
Margo Durrell - Quite the Character
If you’ve seen The Durrells in Corfu, you’ll undoubtedly remember the slightly dotty daughter in the series, Margo.
When I finished the show (a slightly heartbreaking moment – I hope they release a new season in the future!), I was exceptionally curious about what happened next for the family. Though the show offers a fictionalized account of the Durrells’ lives, the characters were based on real people. To think of them in the clutches of World War II…
For episode 75 of the Vocabbett podcast, I share more about the remarkable life of Margo Durrell.
You can listen below or on your favorite podcast player!
Episode Correction: Thanks to a listener for pointing out that I was in error on the publication date of "Whatever Happened to Margo." It was originally published in 1995, and she didn't pass away until 2007 -- therefore, it was very much NOT a posthumous publication!
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Cleopatra's Little Sister
We've all heard of Cleopatra, but how many people know she had a little sister -- and a pretty remarkable one at that?
Arsinoe IV was about ten years younger than Cleopatra, but my guess is that, had their ages been reversed, we'd all know Arsinoe and it would be, "Cleopatra who?"
At around 12 years old, she was commanding an army and outwitting Julius Caesar!
Listen to episode 74 of the Vocabbett podcast to learn all about her. And as promised, here is the link to the episode of "Drunk History" about her for those who want to watch!
I said it in the podcast, but I'll say it again here: there is a lot of profanity in this video!
It's hilarious if you don't mind that sort of thing, but there are about 1,000 swear words in 10 minutes and some PG-13-level vulgarity. Consider yourself warned!
Endlessly Exiled...But She Still Didn't Quit
When most of us think of suffragettes (a.k.a. women who fought for the right to vote), we think of Susan B. Anthony or Emmeline Pankhurst.
We should, however, also be thinking about the extraordinary Nazek al-Abid!
In the latest installment in our “forgotten women” mini-series, we explore the story of this remarkable woman. Exiled countless times for voicing (and acting upon) her beliefs, she never stopped fighting.
Get the whole story in episode 72 of the Vocabbett podcast!
(By the way, because her name is transliterated from Arabic, it’s sometimes spelled “Naziq” or “Nazik.” None are incorrect; I just went with what was on the Syrian stamp!)
‘Forgotten Princesses’ article I reference throughout the episode: https://www.rejectedprincesses.com/princesses/naziq-al-abid
18th Century Heiress-Turned-Pirate? (Vocabulary-Boosting History)
“18th century heiress turned pirate” may sound like the tagline of a cheesy romance novel, but remarkably, it’s a fairly accurate description of the indomitable Anne Bonny.
A few episodes into our “Forgotten Women” mini-series -- where I sneakily boost your vocabulary by telling you about some people you probably didn’t learn about in school -- we’re shedding light on one of the most famous female pirates from the so-called “Golden Age” of piracy.
It’s a story you won’t want to miss! You can listen for free on your favorite podcast player, or tune in over at Vocabbett.
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The *Other* British Warrior Queen
If you’re an Anglophile (lover of the English) like me, you’ve probably heard of Boudica, the warrior queen who took on the Romans.
But did you know that there’s *another* British warrior queen with an equally fascinating tale?
Around the 8th century, Viking raiders were taking over regions of England left and right. Alfred the Great dreamed of not only fighting them off, but uniting England under one king. Sadly, he died before seeing his dream come true.
Alfred’s daughter, Aethelflaed, leaped onto my radar in The Last Kingdom (available on Netflix, though very violent, so don’t watch unless you have a parent’s permission).
I loved her storyline (from season 2) so much, I couldn’t help but Google what happened to her later! Obviously not everything from the show is true, but later in life, she went on to do extraordinary things.
Aethelflaed took on the Vikings, negotiating with them when possible and fighting them when it wasn’t. She was a shrewd tactician, and knew exactly which roads and river passages to attack to make the battle as swift as possible. It got to the point where her enemies (the freaking Vikings) would surrender without a fight!
Learn more about this amazing woman in episode 71 of the Vocabbett podcast!
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My mother was an English teacher and never gave up over her 97 years ensuring proper English grammar. Erica Abbett makes each topic interesting :
Erica Abbett- the story of the heiress who was a
Pirate was so fascinating. You are a fantastic storyteller. What a fun way to increase ones vocabulary: I was aware of the interesting insertions but totally into the story. Kudos!
Erica, this is your Ph.D grandfather whom you know to appreciate all forms of expression, and especially the proper use of words , so I really like your Podcasts. The stories are Interesting and creative! Plus, I like your style.
I’m learning so much!
I recently signed up for your vocabulary program and I’m hooked!
I listen to the short stories on the podcast while walking and then learn a bit of Latin at night. I love how you tell the history of the root words. I haven’t tried the game yet but will soon. I feel smarter already! Thank you!
I love this podcast and the host’s way of talking about vocabulary. This a great resource for students and parents!