Expression: To Hit Rock Bottom

164 – Expression: To Hit Rock Bottom

To hit rock bottom is a common expression in American English, and today’s lesson you’ll learn exactly how to use it. In addition to learning how to use this idiom, you’ll hear a joke, we’ll hear comments from the audience, and we’ll go through a pronunciation exercise!

Discover Illinois with Jackie from Ask Jackie!

162- Discover Illinois with Jackie (from Ask Jackie)

Situated on the scenic shore of Lake Michigan, Chicago is also a hot spot for art enthusiasts. It’s not only home to world-class museums and iconic architecture, it’s also the home city of today’s guest, Jackie Katsis, who is an ESL teacher and a well-known YouTuber from the channel “Ask Jackie.”

We’ll begin today’s episode by getting to know this wonderful Chicagoan, and then we’ll discover Chicago and Illinois with her. You’ll hear about Jackie’s experience with tornadoes, learn the nuances of the Chicago accent, you’ll hear about the food, and you’ll get a local’s perspective on how to make the most out of your next trip to Chicago. This is a fun one. Let’s do it!

10 Handy-Dandy Reduplications in English

161 – 10 Words a Day: Handy-Dandy Reduplications in English

In English, you’ll hear reduplications in songs and casual conversation! Many times it just involves repeating the first word and changing one consonant or one vowel, like handy dandy, flip flop or chit chat. Sometimes you’ll actually hear the exact same word repeated, like boo-boo or yo-yo. Sometimes reduplications rhyme, but not always. Yet, there is always a certain rhythmic nature to them. Learn 10 Handy-Dandy Reduplications.

Expression: Gimme Some Sugar

160 – Expression: Gimme Some Sugar!

“Gimme some sugar” is a common American English expression used to express desire for physical affection, whether that be some cuddles, a hug, a kiss or even a fist pump! It’s a playful idiom, and today, you’ll learn its origin and hear a number of examples so that you can hear how native speakers would use it in various contexts.

home renovation

159 – 5-Minute English: Home Renovation

Last month, my family and I moved into a new home, and in English, it’s what we’d call a fixer upper. We are in the process of fixing our house up, and today you’ll hear a true story about the process. In this 5-minute English episode, you’ll learn how to talk about home renovations and repairs in English. This is a topic-specific lesson, so it’s jam-packed with vocabulary you will need if this topic arises in conversation.

moving across the U.S.

158 – Moving Across the U.S. with Lucas

Moving across the United States is a significant event that brings with it a mix of excitement and challenges. Just last month, Lucas made the cross-country road trip from California to North Carolina, and today he’s here to talk about the experience.

This is a casual and fun conversation with lots to take away, even if you’re not relocating! We talk about the change of scenery from the West to East Coast, the vast and diverse landscape of the U.S., and how the culture differs as you travel. Learn how to make the most of a cross-country roadtrip from the careful planning to the unique cuisine. Hopefully at some point you also get the chance to take a roadtrip! 🙂