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American Culture

B2-Intermediate

With American culture being so present throughout the world, through media or fashion for example, understanding the language alone isn't enough - awareness of culture is key also! 

Coins and Money

It's time to talk about money. Lot's of money! Well, maybe not that much. In this lesson, two American friends pool together a bunch of coins and get ready to bring them to the bank....

Topics: money, coins

Christmas Traditions

EnglishPod has a Christmas tradition of wrestling in bear costumes. Most people don't have crazy traditions like this, but we all probably have traditions such as a family gathering, presents being shared and Santa! Let's all gather around the Christmas tree and listen to today's lesson!...

Topics: christmas, Santa_Claus

New Year, New Promises!

With the year 2012 coming to a close, many people are looking for a fresh start in 2013 and the New Year is a popular time to officially implement some changes into one's life. Join Catherine and Marco today as they discuss this popular tradition of making a new years resolution. Have you decided on...

Topics: New_Years, resolution, society_values

Recycling

How "green" are you? What is in your garbage? Find out how to answer these questions and talk about recycling in today's lesson!...

Topics: culture, environment, recycling, being_green

Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is over! Did you watch it? In today’s lesson we’ll learn about the Super Bowl. Learn to talk about what it is and other reasons people watch it besides the game....

Topics: football, super_bowl, commercials, games, championship

Netflix

What's all the fuss about Netflix? Have you heard of it? Well if you haven't make sure to stay tune to today's lesson. You'll learn what you can watch on Netflix, what it costs and how to use it!...

Topics: movies, Netflix, TV_shows, streaming, watching

Google Drive and Dropbox

If you’re looking from a service that allows you to store and share files, then listen to today’s lesson! We’ll teach you words and phrases you can use when talking about Google Drive or Dropbox....

Topics: Account, Google_drive, dropbox, cloud, access, share

Spotify

Want to listen to music for free on your phone or computer? Then check out Spotify and Pandora! In today’s lesson you’ll learn some differences and similarities between Spotify and Pandora....

Topics: Spotify, pandora, music, interest_radio, subscription

House of Cards and The US Congress

Are you a fan of the TV show House of Cards? Do you know much about US Politics? Well, listen to today’s lesson and we’ll tell you all about it!...

Topics: Netflix, House_of_Cards, The_US, congress, majority_whip, politics, The_US_Senate, politicians

Easter

Listen as two friends discuss their Easter holiday plans....

Topics: holiday, celebrate, Easter, Good_Friday

Memorial Day

Do you have any plans for Memorial Day weekend? Do you know what Memorial Day is? If not, then listen to today’s lesson! You’ll words and phrases to talk about your Memorial day weekend plans....

Topics: family, friends, plans, Memorial_day, Vegas, Indianapolis_500

Happy Father's Day

Excited about Father's Day this year? In this lesson you will learn words and phrases about Father's Day....

Topics: Father‘s_day, gifts

Independence Day

Want to learn what Independence Day is all about? In this lesson you will learn words and phrases about Independence Day and how it is celebrated....

Topics: Independence_Day, 4th_of_July

Obamacare

ObamaCare is the cornerstone of Barack Obama’s presidency that seeks to extend health care to the American public. But Americans are fiercely divided over the policy. Today’s lesson will help you understand the nuance and complexity of the issue....

Topics: insurance, policy, politics, Health_care, policies, Obama

Using Uber

Need to be somewhere, but no luck with taxis? Try Uber! It’s one of the hottest new services out there. In today’s lesson, we’ll be talking about what it is and how to use it!...

Topics: car, taxi, travel, transportation, driver, app

Richest Families in America

Do you know which are the top 3 richest families in America? You might not be familiar with them, but chances are you are familiar with the companies they founded and the products they make. Learn more about these families and the rising issue of social inequality in America in today's lesson....

Topics: money, business, wealth, income_gap, social_mobility

Trick or Treat

Trick or treating is a key part of Halloween. But do you know the correct way to do it? ...

Topics: customs, holidays, children, Halloween, American_culture, costumes, traditions

Attending a Wedding

It may not be your special day, but going to a wedding can be pretty darn fun. But who is who in the ceremony? What did you bring as a gift? And when does that reception start?...

Topics: love, marriage, events, gifts, Weddings, dresses

Favorite TV Shows

Everyone loves a little TV. With lots of new shows set to start this Fall, which are you excited to see?...

Topics: entertainment, media, television, American_culture, TV, American_TV

Baby Shower

Before the baby is finally born, there's one last thing to do – have a baby shower of course! And no, that's not a special shower that a baby takes. Learn more about this special type of party in this lesson....

Topics: Babies, parties, pregnant

Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is one of the biggest days of the year in the United States. What is this holiday all about? What do people eat? What are normal customs for Americans on this day?...

Topics: food, family, celebration, holidays, American_culture

Black Friday

Black Friday is coming up! But why do some Americans get so crazy about shopping on this one day a year?...

Topics: shopping, Thanksgiving, holidays, festival, sale, discount

Santa is Coming to Town

Santa Clause is coming to town! And for kids that ones but one thing: presents. What do your kids want this year? And how do you make sure they don’t get too carried away?...

Topics: family, christmas, children, holiday, gifts, santa clause, presents

Buying Christmas Presents

Getting Christmas gifts can be a huge pain in the butt. Who do you get gifts for? And more importantly, what gifts do you get them?...

Topics: money, family, shopping, christmas, holidays, gifts

Wedding Anniversary

Good job for not forgetting your wedding anniversary! Now, you have to actually figure out what to do. What sort of gift do you get? Do you go on a trip? And what do you do if you don’t have too much money for either of these things?...

Topics: celebration, love, relationship, marriage, holiday, gifts, Weddings, anniversaries

American Sarcasm

We REALLY enjoy writing lesson summaries: it’s SUCH a good use of our time.See what we did there? A little bit of old fashioned Sarcasm.In today’s lesson, we talk about this essential part of American culture....

Topics: opinion, American_culture, humor, irony, joking

Break a Leg

Got a test tomorrow? About to give a performance? Have an important interview? Make sure to...break a leg? Learn about this idiom and others with this lesson....

Topics: interview, friends, support, encourage, good_luck, exam, Idioms, motivation

Valentine's Day Dinner

Valentine's Day is coming up! There's lots of traditions for the day, but none is more classic than taking out that special someone to a meal at a restaurant. P.S. our lesson today is a classic dinner with a twist. Listen in to find out why. ...

Topics: celebration, love, relationship, holidays, dating, restaurant, same_sex_relationships