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    As Queen Elizabeth II grew into adulthood, it was increasingly clear that she would, someday, be queen. But no one thought it would happen as soon as it did. This lesson covers her unlikely path to the monarch, the story of how she found out she was queen in the Kenyan countryside, her legacy, and more. Plus, learn “open the door.”

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    At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world.

    -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/507

    -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too.

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    Contact: E-mail [email protected] | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod

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    Britain and the world are mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II. She died peacefully at the Balmoral Castle in northern Scotland earlier this month at age 96. She served as Britain’s monarch for 70 years, and upon her death, her son, Charles, became King. Plus, learn what it means to “pay respects.”

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    At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world.

    -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/506

    -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too.

    -- Learn even more English at PlainEnglish.com, where we have fast and slow audio, translations, videos, online English courses, and a supportive community of English learners like you. Sign up free at PlainEnglish.com/Join

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    The mullet hairstyle is known for looking like business in the front, party in the back, and have typically been worn by men from rural, lower income areas of Australia. However, in recent years, the hairstyle has outgrown its unsophisticated reputation. The hairstyle is now popular among city-dwellers and with celebrities, and there is even a festival celebrating mullet-wearers. Plus, learn “catch on.”

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    At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world.

    -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/505

    -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too.

    -- Learn even more English at PlainEnglish.com, where we have fast and slow audio, translations, videos, online English courses, and a supportive community of English learners like you. Sign up free at PlainEnglish.com/Join

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    Contact: E-mail [email protected] | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod

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    Chilean voters recently voted not to adopt a proposed constitution. It all started in 2019, when in response to protests, Chileans first voted on whether they wanted a new constitution. The results showed that they did – sort of. Then, over the course of the past three years, a group of mostly left-leaning representatives drafted a new constitution, and this lesson dives into why it failed to pass. Plus, learn “boil over.”

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    At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world.

    -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/504

    -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too.

    -- Learn even more English at PlainEnglish.com, where we have fast and slow audio, translations, videos, online English courses, and a supportive community of English learners like you. Sign up free at PlainEnglish.com/Join

    -- Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso de inglés. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender.

    Contact: E-mail [email protected] | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod

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    Reeling from burnout and an always-on culture, many in Gen Z are subscribing to #QuietQuitting, the idea that they shouldn't give too much at work. But there are multiple interpretations to the term and career coaches warn of the consequences. Plus, learn the English phrase ""above and beyond.""

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    At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world.

    -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/503

    -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too.

    -- Learn even more English at PlainEnglish.com, where we have fast and slow audio, translations, videos, online English courses, and a supportive community of English learners like you. Sign up free at PlainEnglish.com/Join

    -- Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso de inglés. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender.

    Contact: E-mail [email protected] | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod

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    Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's decided not to sell its product in the Palestinian territories, claiming that it didn't want to be part of an illegal occupation. But that stance got the company in trouble with its parent company. And the conflict turned ugly. Plus, learn the English expression ""take exception to.""

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    At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world.

    -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/502

    -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too.

    -- Learn even more English at PlainEnglish.com, where we have fast and slow audio, translations, videos, online English courses, and a supportive community of English learners like you. Sign up free at PlainEnglish.com/Join

    -- Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso de inglés. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender.

    Contact: E-mail [email protected] | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod

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    Ben & Jerry’s has always taken a unique approach to running its business. When they were acquired by Unilever, they made some unique demands, and Unilever accepted. The company is also known for taking progressive stands on social issues. But recently, their approach has gotten them into a bit of a sticky situation. Plus, learn “come in.”

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    At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world.

    -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/501

    -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too.

    -- Learn even more English at PlainEnglish.com, where we have fast and slow audio, translations, videos, online English courses, and a supportive community of English learners like you. Sign up free at PlainEnglish.com/Join

    -- Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso de inglés. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender.

    Contact: E-mail [email protected] | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod

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  • On this 500th episode, Jeff and JR talk about their favorite places in Chicago, including:

    Restaurants The lakefront Shedd aquarium Neighborhoods Field Museum History The beach Riverwalk Lincoln Park Zoo Breweries Art Institute Wrigley Field

    This lesson was live streamed on video. Watch the replay to get the full experience at PlainEnglish.com/500

    (Our regular lesson format will return on Thursday.)

  • [Countdown to 500] Get ready for the 500th lesson live stream by joining us on social media:

    Follow @plainenglishpod on Instagram Join the Plain English Listeners Facebook Group

    Date: September 3

    Time: 8:00 am Chicago / Mexico / Colombia

    New York / Miami: 9:00 a.m. Brazil: 10:00 a.m. London: 2:00 p.m. Paris / Rome / Berlin: 3:00 p.m. Istanbul: 4:00 p.m. New Delhi: 6:30 p.m. Jakarta: 8:00 p.m. Taipei – Hong Kong: 9:00 p.m. Tokyo: 10:00 p.m.

    On today's lesson: Chicago is the third-largest city in the United States, and home to beautiful urban architecture, culture, and sports. If you like food, you’ll love Chicago. The city has its own signature pizza, hot dogs, and award-winning restaurants. It’s also where Plain English was born. Plus, learn “wiped out.”

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    At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world.

    -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/499

    -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too.

    -- Learn even more English at PlainEnglish.com, where we have fast and slow audio, translations, videos, online English courses, and a supportive community of English learners like you. Sign up free at PlainEnglish.com/Join

    -- Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso de inglés. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender.

    Contact: E-mail [email protected] | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod

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  • You hear his name on every lesson, but today you get to hear from JR himself (he locked Jeff in a closet and took control of the microphone!).

    Remember to join us on September 3 for the live stream!

    You can view the stream on Instagram and Facebook:

    Follow us on Instagram Join the Facebook group

    *NEW* We will be setting up a YouTube link if you prefer watching there. I'll post to our social media accounts and send an e-mail when the link is ready.

    Then, log in on Saturday, September 3 at 8 am Chicago time. Here are the other time zones around the world:

    Chicago / Mexico City: 8:00 a.m. New York / Miami: 9:00 a.m. Brazil: 10:00 a.m. London: 2:00 p.m. Paris / Rome / Berlin: 3:00 p.m. Istanbul: 4:00 p.m. New Delhi: 6:30 p.m. Jakarta: 8:00 p.m. Taipei – Hong Kong: 9:00 p.m. Tokyo: 10:00 p.m.

    See you there!

  • 500 lessons is a lot of work! While you only hear my voice, there is a huge team behind Plain English. Here are the amazing people who make it happen.

    Follow @profe.coty on Instagram if you speak Spanish!

    Remember to join us on September 3 for the live stream!

    You can view the stream on Instagram and Facebook:

    Follow us on Instagram Join the Facebook group

    *NEW* We will be setting up a YouTube link if you prefer watching there. I'll post to our social media accounts and send an e-mail when the link is ready.

    Then, log in on Saturday, September 3 at 8 am Chicago time. Here are the other time zones around the world:

    Chicago / Mexico City: 8:00 a.m. New York / Miami: 9:00 a.m. Brazil: 10:00 a.m. London: 2:00 p.m. Paris / Rome / Berlin: 3:00 p.m. Istanbul: 4:00 p.m. New Delhi: 6:30 p.m. Jakarta: 8:00 p.m. Taipei – Hong Kong: 9:00 p.m. Tokyo: 10:00 p.m.

    See you there!

  • [Countdown to 500] Get ready for the 500th lesson live stream by joining us on social media:

    Follow @plainenglishpod on Instagram Join the Plain English Listeners Facebook Group

    Date: September 3

    Time: 8:00 am Chicago / Mexico / Colombia

    New York / Miami: 9:00 a.m. Brazil: 10:00 a.m. London: 2:00 p.m. Paris / Rome / Berlin: 3:00 p.m. Istanbul: 4:00 p.m. New Delhi: 6:30 p.m. Jakarta: 8:00 p.m. Taipei – Hong Kong: 9:00 p.m. Tokyo: 10:00 p.m.

    On today's lesson: Electric vehicles promised to improve safety and reduce harmful CO2 emissions, but they’re also eerily quiet, which is causing safety problems for pedestrians and cyclists. Several countries now have regulations mandating that electric vehicles make noise with external speakers, but it’s up to the car companies to decide on the sound. Plus, learn “walk by.”

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    At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world.

    -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/498

    -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too.

    -- Learn even more English at PlainEnglish.com, where we have fast and slow audio, translations, videos, online English courses, and a supportive community of English learners like you. Sign up free at PlainEnglish.com/Join

    -- Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso de inglés. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender.

    Contact: E-mail [email protected] | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod

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  • As we get ready to celebrate 500 lessons together this Saturday, I'm sharing some thoughts on why I like this audience so much.

    Remember to join us on September 3 for the live stream!

    You can view the stream on Instagram and Facebook:

    Follow us on Instagram Join the Facebook group

    Then, log in on Saturday, September 3 at 8 am Chicago time. Here are the other time zones around the world:

    Chicago / Mexico City: 8:00 a.m. New York / Miami: 9:00 a.m. Brazil: 10:00 a.m. London: 2:00 p.m. Paris / Rome / Berlin: 3:00 p.m. Istanbul: 4:00 p.m. New Delhi: 6:30 p.m. Jakarta: 8:00 p.m. Taipei – Hong Kong: 9:00 p.m. Tokyo: 10:00 p.m.

    See you there!

  • [Countdown to #500]

    To celebrate our 500th lesson, we'll be live-streaming on Facebook and Instagram. It will be on September 3 at 9 am New York time.

    Make sure to connect with us there, so you can join the fun:

    Join the Facebook group Follow us on Instagram @plainenglishpod

    All the details of the big event are available at PlainEnglish.com/500

    We can't wait to see you on the live stream on September 3!

    On today's lesson: Oliver Burkeman is a British journalist that writes about productivity and time management and is author of “Four Thousand Weeks.” In the book, the author tells a story about a professor that challengers her students to go to a museum and look at a painting or a sculpture for three hours, so we did a modified version of that. Plus, learn “run out.”

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    At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world.

    -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/497

    -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too.

    -- Learn even more English at PlainEnglish.com, where we have fast and slow audio, translations, videos, online English courses, and a supportive community of English learners like you. Sign up free at PlainEnglish.com/Join

    -- Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso de inglés. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender.

    Contact: E-mail [email protected] | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod

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  • In this "behind-the-scenes" episode, Jeff shares some of the history of Plain English as a business, including how he snagged the domain, plainenglish.com.

    Today's episode is a special bonus as we prepare for our milestone 500th lesson on September 3. Here are three ways you can help celebrate:

    #1 - Record a video, telling us what you like about Plain English

    #2 - Enter the giveaway for a chance to win great prizes.

    #3 - Mark your calendars for the live stream on September 3

    All the details are available at PlainEnglish.com/500

    We can't wait to see you on the live stream on September 3!

  • [Countdown to #500]

    We're getting ready to celebrate Lesson #500! We'll be live-streaming the lesson on September 3. Here are three ways you can help celebrate:

    #1 - Record a video, telling us what you like about Plain English

    #2 - Enter the giveaway for a chance to win great prizes.

    #3 - Mark your calendars for the live stream on September 3

    All the details are available at PlainEnglish.com/500

    We can't wait to see you on the live stream on September 3!

    On today's lesson: Vin Scully was what baseball sounded like for over six decades. He landed a job as a Dodgers baseball announcer shortly after graduating college and stayed on with the team for 67 years until he retired in 2016. Vin Scully recently died, so this lesson is all about remembering his life’s work as a broadcaster. Plus, learn “treat someone to.”

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    At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world.

    -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/496

    -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too.

    -- Learn even more English at PlainEnglish.com, where we have fast and slow audio, translations, videos, online English courses, and a supportive community of English learners like you. Sign up free at PlainEnglish.com/Join

    -- Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso de inglés. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender.

    Contact: E-mail [email protected] | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod

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  • In this "behind-the-scenes" episode, Jeff shares what the term "Plain English" means and why he chose that as the name for this business.

    Today's episode is a special bonus as we prepare for our milestone 500th lesson on September 3. Here are three ways you can help celebrate:

    #1 - Record a video, telling us what you like about Plain English

    #2 - Enter the giveaway for a chance to win great prizes.

    #3 - Mark your calendars for the live stream on September 3

    All the details are available at PlainEnglish.com/500

    We can't wait to see you on the live stream on September 3!

  • COUNTDOWN TO 500: Are you ready to help celebrate our 500th lesson? Here are 4 ways to get involved:

    Record a video - Help us celebrate by telling us about your Plain English experience Enter the giveaway - You'll get multiple chances to win great prizes, including free Plus memberships Follow us on Instagram or join our Facebook group so you can be ready to watch the live stream on September 3 Mark your calendar for the live stream on Sept 3.

    On today's lesson: Monkeypox is a disease that first emerged in humans in Africa in 1970, but the current outbreak is spreading rapidly across Europe and the Americas. It can be spread through physical contact and respiratory droplets. Sound a little too familiar? There is a vaccine being used to fight it, but there is far more demand than supply right now. Plus, learn “clamor for.”

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    At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world.

    -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/495

    -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too.

    -- Learn even more English at PlainEnglish.com, where we have fast and slow audio, translations, videos, online English courses, and a supportive community of English learners like you. Sign up free at PlainEnglish.com/Join

    -- Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso de inglés. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender.

    Contact: E-mail [email protected] | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod

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    Amazon is acquiring One Medical, a popular network of doctors’ office in the United States. One Medical takes a modern, hybrid approach to primary care by offering a blend of the in-office experience with technology for added patient convenience and accessibility. Some critics are worried that Amazon is only interested in the medical data. Plus, learn “time will tell.”

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    At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world.

    -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/494

    -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too.

    -- Learn even more English at PlainEnglish.com, where we have fast and slow audio, translations, videos, online English courses, and a supportive community of English learners like you. Sign up free at PlainEnglish.com/Join

    -- Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso de inglés. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender.

    Contact: E-mail [email protected] | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod

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    The James Webb telescope is already sending back breathtaking images from space, but it apparently wasn’t easy getting the telescope up and running. The project hit several bumps along the way, which resulted in it being years late and billions of dollars over budget. Plus, learn what it means to take “a crack at” something.

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    At Plain English, we make English lessons for the modern world.

    -- Today’s full English lesson, including a free transcript, can be found at: https://plainenglish.com/493

    -- Learning English should be fun! That’s why our lessons are about current events and trending topics you care about: business, travel, technology, health, science, politics, the environment, and so much more. Our free English lessons always include English expressions and phrasal verbs, too.

    -- Learn even more English at PlainEnglish.com, where we have fast and slow audio, translations, videos, online English courses, and a supportive community of English learners like you. Sign up free at PlainEnglish.com/Join

    -- Aprende inglés gratis en línea con nuestro curso de inglés. Se habla a una velocidad lenta para que todos entiendan. ¡Aprende ingles con nosotros ahora! | Aprenda Inglês online grátis com o Plain English, a uma velocidade menor, para que todos possam entender.

    Contact: E-mail [email protected] | WhatsApp +1 312 967 8757 | Facebook PlainEnglishPod | Instagram PlainEnglishPod | Twitter @PlainEnglishPod

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