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    An English-language podcast at the right speed for learners

    Plain English is a weekly audio program spoken at a slower speed that learners can follow. Each episode includes a full word-for-word transcript with translations of key works into Spanish.

Episode 8

California wildfires threaten Los Angeles; Russia banned from 2018 Olympics

Plus English phrases 'crack down on' and 'caught up in'

A series of deadly wildfires has broken out in Southern California; they have been spread by strong, dry winds. The fires have caused over 200,000 people to evacuate their homes and have come dangerously close to the city’s famous Getty Museum. The International Olympic Committee has banned Russia from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics, although some Russian athletes will be able to compete under a generic Olympic flag. We also review English phrases “crack down on” and “caught up in.”

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Episode 7

Disney’s ‘Coco’ is a hit in Mexico and the US; Britain’s Prince Harry is engaged

Disney’s 3-D animated film “Coco”, which is rich with Mexican cultural references, is officially the highest-grossing film ever in Mexico and is popular in the United States. Its all-Latino cast, accurate portrayal of Mexican folklore, and rich animation have contributed to its popularity. Britain’s Prince Harry is engaged to American actress Meghan Markle; the two will marry in the spring in Windsor Castle, just outside of London. Practice “to go over well” and “to die down.”

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Episode 6

Cult leader and serial killer Charles Manson dies; designing a livable city on Mars

Charles Manson, a cult leader whose followers brutally killed nine people and terrorized Los Angeles in 1969, died in jail of natural causes at age 83. A team of students submitted a design for constructing a sustainable city on Mars. The team envisions a series of domes covering a network of underground tunnels that could house up to 10,000 people. We also practice English phrases “hold a grudge” and “come about.”

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