001 - Expression: To Jog Your Memory


In this expression episode, you'll learn how to use the common English expression "to jog your memory" and all about The Barkley Marathons!

The American English Podcast

The American English Podcast

By Shana Thompson

"If you are going to face a real challenge it has to be a real challenge. You can’t accomplish anything without the possibility of failure. Pretty much everybody you see go out there . . . you really want them to succeed. You know that most of them won’t."

"I want to go home knowing exactly why it is (that) this race is so hard."

". . . And not just having to be fast and not just being able to climb hills really well, but you got to find your way around. You have to be able to survive at night."


Hello hello, and welcome to this first podcast episode! So, in that introduction you got to hear a few participants and the creator of The Barkley Marathons. The Barkley Marathons are actually two ultramarathons, a 60-mile one and a 100-mile one, that are world famous and take place in rural Tennessee every year. Tennessee is one of the states in the United States, that’s sort of central and south central United States. 

Later on in this episode, we’ll learn a little bit more about the rules, the trails and sort of the black humor about this race and why it’s so famous among runners around the world. But before we get there let me just thank the Barkley movie YouTube channel for the audio… 

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