092 - Expression: To Pull Some Strings

In this expression episode, you'll learn how to use the common English expression "to pull some strings" and about The Great Iditarod race, the largest annual sporting event in Alaska.

American English Podcast

American English Podcast

By Shana Thompson

Hello, hello, welcome back!

How about that intro from Vice Sports? You’re probably wondering if you heard it correctly. Did that guy say he wrote a check for 57 thousand dollars and spent it on dog food? Yep. You heard correctly.

Today, you’ll learn about a dog sled race called the Great Iditarod, which takes place in Alaska at the beginning of March every year. It’s commonly referred to as the last great race and for good reason. The course is almost 1,000 miles long, and it can take between eight to 15 days to complete. Also, Alaska is the northernmost state in the United States, so the days out there can be dark, ice cold and lonely.

It’s common to say that knowledge is power. Knowing about dogsledding and the Great Iditarod might not make you feel so powerful, but wow, you will feel cooler knowing about it.

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