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ESLQs is a new podcast about learning English as a second language. Whether you’re just starting to learn English or you’re a very high-level speaker, or even a teacher, we’ve got something for you! Stay tuned for more English language learning!

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September 20, 2021

New Word Monday: Wear and Tear

Today Teresa talks about the expression wear and tear. This idiom is of the type rhymes with words that have meaning. Wear has the meaning of being used and tear has the meaning of damage, so when you put them together, wear and tear, means the damage that happens to an object in ordinary use during a period of time.

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This episode was recorded on May 18, 2021.

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In this episode Teresa discusses a joke with Elin.

 

“Wait! Albert Einstein was real? I thought he was a theoretical physicist.”

 

This episode was recorded March 3, 2021.

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September 13, 2021

New Word Monday: Pooh-pooh

Today Teresa talks about the expression pooh-pooh. This idiom is of the straight-up repeated type. It is used to dismiss an idea or suggestion as being foolish or impractical. A long, long time ago it was really common for people to say, "Oh, pooh!" as a way to express disappointment. Now you can when it is repeated it is a way of saying you don't think something is good. A course pooh is also another way to say poop so you might think that's what they're say but it doesn't feel that strong to me.

If you like the show, please share it with a friend and subscribe to the show. And remember, we'd love to hear from you! You can contact us via email at MyESLQs@gmail.com or on our Facebook page! Until next time, happy learning! 

This episode was recorded on May 18, 2021.

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In this episode Teresa discusses a joke with Elin.

 

“Yesterday I saw a guy spill all his Scrabble letters on the road. I asked him what’s the word on the street.”

 

This episode was recorded March 3, 2021.

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Today Teresa talks about the expression handy dandy. This idiom is of the type rhymes with words that have no meaning. I love today's expression. It's one I use a lot. It means convenient and useful. In this case handy by itself means convenient and useful so the repeating of the sound in the word dandy just makes it stronger.

If you like the show, please share it with a friend and subscribe to the show. And remember, we'd love to hear from you! You can contact us via email at MyESLQs@gmail.com or on our Facebook page! Until next time, happy learning! 

This episode was recorded on May 18, 2021.

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In this episode Teresa discusses a joke with Elin.

 

“Why are frogs always happy? Because they eat what bugs them.”

 

This episode was recorded March 1, 2021.

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Today Teresa talks about the expression meet-and-greet. This idiom is of the type rhymes with words that have meaning. A meet-and-greet is an organized event during which a celebrity, politician, or other well-known figure meets and talks to the public. Although sometimes we use meet-and-greet to talk about an organized event where you meet someone important but not a famous person. Meet is a word I am sure you're familiar with but you might not be as familiar with the word greet. Maybe you've heard the word greeting. A greeting is something you say to someone when you first see them. A good example of this is hello. So if I see you and I say hello, I greeted you.

If you like the show, please share it with a friend and subscribe to the show. And remember, we'd love to hear from you! You can contact us via email at MyESLQs@gmail.com or on our Facebook page! Until next time, happy learning! 

This episode was recorded on May 18, 2021.

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In this episode Teresa discusses a couple of jokes with Elin.

 

The first joke is:

“I asked the librarian if books about paranoia were available. She looked up and whispered, ‘They’re right behind you.’”

 

The second joke is:

“First picture taken by the Perseverance Rover.”

You can click this link to see the picture.

This episode was recorded February 17, 2021.

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August 16, 2021

New Word Monday: Hush-hush

Today Teresa talks about the expression hush-hush. This idiom is of the straight-up repeated type. I love this expression. It means confidential, very secret. It's useful to know that the word hush by itself means be quiet, so when you say be quiet twice it has this meaning of secret or confidential. So let's look at a couple of examples. The first one is "My wife works for the government and her work is very hush-hush. Even I don't know what she actually does." In this case the work is secret and can't be revealed even to a spouse. This could be because the work is dangerous or would give one country or business an advantage over others.

If you like the show, please share it with a friend and subscribe to the show. And remember, we'd love to hear from you! You can contact us via email at MyESLQs@gmail.com or on our Facebook page! Until next time, happy learning! 

This episode was recorded on May 18, 2021.

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In this episode Teresa discusses a couple of jokes with Elin.

 

The first one is a Far Side comic strip. Listen for Elin’s description. You can also see a picture here!

“Early vegetarians returning from the kill.”

 

The second one is:

 

“People say icy is the easiest word to spell. I see why.”

 

This episode was recorded February 8, 2021.

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