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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 23

China welcomes Year of the Dog

Plus, how to use ‘sweep away’
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The Lunar New Year began this week with celebrations across Asia. In China, families follow traditions associated with good luck, dressing in new clothes, eating long noodles to symbolize a long life, and giving gifts wrapped in red. Large cities around the world mark the new year with fireworks and parades. In the second half of the program, we talk about the phrasal verb “sweep away.”

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Episode 22

Fan-made Harry Potter movie released on YouTube

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A fan-produced movie called “Voldemort: Origins of the Heir” was released on YouTube last month, free of charge. The movie is an unofficial “prequel” that tells the story of how Tom Riddle became Voldemort. Warner Brothers, the Hollywood studio that owns the rights to Harry Potter films, allowed the movie to be produced as long as it was released without charge. Plus, learn how to use the phrasal verb “come out” when talking about books and movies.

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Episode 21

Olympics open in South Korea

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PyeongChang, South Korea, is host to the Winter Olympics. In the chilly opening ceremony, North and South Korea marched under one flag—and one athlete marched without a shirt on. A 17-year-old American won a gold medal in snowboarding. The third time was the charm for PyongChang because it lost two previous bids; we talk about how to use “the third time’s the charm” in English.

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