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Episode 3

Catalonia’s independence movement; Astros win World Series

On Plain English this week, we talk about Catalonia’s bid for independence, including the arrest of regional president Carles Puigdemont. We also talk baseball, as the Houston Astros won the World Series for the first time in their franchise history. In the second half of the program, we review the English expressions “stop short” and “a stretch.”

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Episode 2

Las Vegas gets its first major sports team; Tom Petty, American musician, dies

This week on Plain English, we talk about the debut of the Vegas Golden Knights, a hockey team that became the first major league sports team to call Las Vegas home. Also this week, Tom Petty, one of the most well-known rock and roll musicians, died at the age of 66. In the second half of the program, we review the English expressions “maske a splash” and “take refuge.”

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Episode 1

Mexico hit with 3 big earthquakes; Apple’s new iPhone X

This week on Plain English, we talk the series of three large earthquakes that have hit Mexico in the last month, including the strongest earthquake to hit the country in over a century. We also talk about the new features of the iPhone X, including what is possibly the newest word in the English language, “animoji.” In the second half of the program, we review examples of the English phrases “bundled up” and “comb through.”

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