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Stop by our friendly HELP! Desk, where English grammar is made easy to understand. Listen to an audio of a story written by an ESL student. Ask that question that you've needed an answer to. We have the answers for you, whether you are a native speaker or somebody learning English as a Second Language, whether you are a student or writing a business letter. A new podcast every week.

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My Wedding: An Audio Story


Published: Tue, 9 Jan 2007 11:14:06 -0500
Summary: Listen to a short essay written by an ESL college student, in which she describes her wedding in Puerto Rico. If you have the Easy Writer CD-ROM, you can read along while the audio is playing...


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Thank You Very Much!


Published: Tue, 2 Jan 2007 10:06:20 -0500
Summary: How do you express gratitude? In this episode, we visit several ways to say "thank you". We look at commonly made mistakes in saying "thank you". Then we show you how to express gratitude correctly. Finally, our friendly Help Desk explains the grammar..


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Getting to Know Me: Podcasts for Learners of English


Published: Wed, 6 Dec 2006 12:42:21 -0500
Summary: We introduce you to our website and podcasts. Are you curious to know a little about the person behind the Help Desk? In this podcast, you will be able to read and/or listen along while we tell you. And while you're here at the HELP Desk, send us your..


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My Pet, My Dog: Americans' Love Affair with Pets


Published: Wed, 10 Nov 2010 12:14:14 -0500
Summary: Americans are in love with pets: dogs, cats, fish, hamsters, birds, and more! Some Americans even have pet rocks! Today we interview one American dog owner; join us for a fun interview!..


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Noun-Pronoun Agreement: Mr. President and the First Lady


Published: Tue, 2 Nov 2010 16:19:57 -0400
Summary: Nouns ("Mr. President") and pronouns ("he") must get along in English! They must agree about things like person (I, you, he/she/it, they) and number (singular or plural). In today's podcast, we practice with agreement of nouns and pronouns and listen to s..


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What Is a Verb? We Podcast about English Grammar


Published: Sun, 17 Oct 2010 18:22:15 -0400
Summary: What is a verb? For the learner of English, the answer isn't always so obvious. In today's podcast, we learn the difference between time reference and verb tense. Join us as we explore the past, the present and the future!..


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English Grammar: Gerunds and Infinitive Phrases_Pattern_4


Published: Fri, 15 Oct 2010 15:30:13 -0400
Summary: Next in our series in English grammar: gerunds and infinitive phrases! In this podcast lesson, we discuss the pattern Verb + Noun or Pronoun + Infinitive Phrase...


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English Grammar: Gerunds and Infinitive Phrases10_2


Published: Wed, 13 Oct 2010 18:12:26 -0400
Summary: If you want to be confused with English grammar, just look at the problem of gerunds and infinitive phrases! At the ESL Help! Desk, with our podcasts, we make it easy for you. In this lesson, we discuss verbs when the object is an infinitive phrase...


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Present Perfect Continuous: How've You Been Feeling Lately?


Published: Wed, 9 Sep 2009 12:38:46 -0400
Summary: Ever wonder when to use present perfect continuous? Ever wonder how it's different from present perfect? Here we will answer your questions and give you lots of examples from authentic language...


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Imperatives and Commands: Have a Nice Summer!


Published: Tue, 16 Jun 2009 16:53:32 -0400
Summary: Want to learn how to express a command? Here we teach you positive ("do") and negative ("don't") commands. And we wish you a good summer at the same time!..


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Paper or Plastic?


Published: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 23:21:02 -0500
Summary: Here's a lesson in which you can learn how to save money, save energy, save the Earth, and improve your English grammar all at the same time!..


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Barak Obama: A New Day for the USA


Published: Tue, 20 Jan 2009 10:08:01 -0500
Summary: Today is the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States of America. Millions are taking to the National Mall in Washington DC to witness Barak Obama take the Oath of Office. Mr. Obama is making history: He is the first person of African-Ameri..


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I'll Have Some of That, Please!


Published: Wed, 7 Jan 2009 19:50:53 -0500
Summary: You're in a bakery, a restaurant, or a store, and you see something you want - but you don't know how to ask for it! You don't have the right vocabulary. Do you point to what you want? We're going to talk about this and that, and these and those. And we'..


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I Hate Finals!


Published: Wed, 17 Dec 2008 16:03:54 -0500
Summary: Do you hate finals? If you are or have every been a college student or a college teacher, or the parent of a college student, you know how stressful final exams can be. We're going to discuss finals, listen to some of the complaints people have about th..


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Code Name ESL


Published: Thu, 11 Dec 2008 21:38:21 -0500
Summary: Confused by acronyms ESL, EFL, TESOL, L1 and L2? Do you feel like an outsider with all these codes? We have good news for you: You and other learners of English are not alone, and have come to the right place. Today we talk a little about these codes a..


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The Inner Circle


Published: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 14:41:07 -0400
Summary: This week we are kicking off a new feature for our users - the Inner Circle. The Inner Circle is for learners of all levels - beginner, intermediate, and advanced. In each of the Inner Circle's weekly lessons, you are presented with three mini-lessons, w..


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I'm Going


Published: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 14:32:18 -0400
Summary: Another grim grammar lesson! You've heard the present progressive tense used to refer to the present, to now. You've heard the present progressive tense used to refer to the future. Could this possibly be confusing? In our lesson we'll try to untangle -..


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The Green Monster: Hold, Please.


Published: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 14:12:33 -0400
Summary: Tired of being put on hold while you're on the telephone? We'll take you to a baseball game and give you a little practical knowledge about dealing - in English - with this frustrating but common experience...


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American Thanksgiving, Our National Holiday


Published: Wed, 21 Nov 2007 12:45:51 -0500
Summary: Thanksgiving is America's most popular and highly celebrated Thursday and national holiday. Join us for a summary of how we celebrate this prized day...


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Gerunds and Infinitive: More Grammar!


Published: Thu, 15 Nov 2007 10:37:14 -0500
Summary: Are you thirsty for grammar? Don't know when to say "I love to ski" and when to say "I love skiing"? Don't know the difference between "Did you remember to go?" and "Did you remember going?" Stop by today for an introductory lesson in gerunds and infin..


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What Should I Bring? Wine, beer or chips?


Published: Wed, 7 Nov 2007 08:56:24 -0500
Summary: Have you ever been invited to a social gather and not known what to bring your host or hostess? Should you bring wine? Chips? Or nothing at all? In today's podcast, you will learn all about our social customs and you will learn how to communicate succes..


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The Nine Answers Podcast for Learners of English


Published: Tue, 23 Oct 2007 21:29:11 -0400
Summary: Nine thoughtful and entertaining answers to nine thoughtful and clever questions! Listen to the answers, and see if you can figure out the questions! Then do the additional listening activities provided by this week's podcast, guaranteed to improve your..


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He's Always Talking about Grammar


Published: Wed, 17 Oct 2007 13:10:31 -0400
Summary: Is your English teacher always talking about grammar? Does he or she expect you to know how to identify the subject and verb of a sentence? Do you think that knowing this helps you to communicate better in English? Here is a podcast for those of you who..


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Questions: People Who Ask Questions


Published: Mon, 24 Sep 2007 23:22:04 -0400
Summary: People never stop asking ourselves questions. Short and sweet, challenging and thought-provoking, questions without a right or wrong answer....Stop by and listen to some very interesting questions; try your hand at answering them!..


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Dear Help Desk, Part 2


Published: Tue, 10 Jul 2007 10:39:44 -0400
Summary: Perhaps you have to write a formal business letter in English, and you do not know how to end your letter. Using the wrong closure could be disastrous if you're trying to get a job or be admitted into a special program. Should you end with "Thanks", wit..


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Solving Family Problems


Published: Thu, 28 Jun 2007 12:59:02 -0400
Summary: How does your family solve its problems? Do you have regular and open communication with each other? Come and listen to our podcast, in which we listen to an essay written by Adimir Ramos, in which he describes his family's way of dealing with each oth..


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Dear Help Desk, Part One,


Published: Mon, 18 Jun 2007 00:18:59 -0400
Summary: Perhaps you have to write a formal business letter in English, and you do not know how to even begin! Should you write "Dear Jane" or "My Dear Jane"? Should you comment on the weather or ask the reader how his family is? This lesson will tell you impor..


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It's a Date!


Published: Thu, 31 May 2007 18:53:34 -0400
Summary: So much dialogue today is idiomatic: Expressions like "That works for me" or "I'm going to pencil that in" are essential to interpersonal communication nowadays. What do they mean? How do we use them correctly and still sound natural in conversations or ..


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Get Me to the Train Station (On Time)


Published: Mon, 7 May 2007 22:33:57 -0400
Summary: Are you planning or considering taking a trip by train? Do you want to avoid having to deal with parking and traffic? In today's podcast, we're going to get you to the train station - on time. All aboard for today's lesson, where we teach important vo..


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Yum...Can I Get That Recipe?


Published: Tue, 24 Apr 2007 23:44:07 -0400
Summary: Surely you have tasted something so delicious that you wanted to get the recipe for yourself, so you could cook it in your own home. In today's lesson, we'll guide you along with how to get that recipe. And while you're at it, you'll get a wonderful Jap..


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Cross-country Skiing


Published: Mon, 16 Apr 2007 15:47:24 -0400
Summary: Millions of people worldwide love to ski and cross-country skiing is one of the more popular types of skiing. Listen to our podcast today as we present a dialogue between two skiers enjoying a beautiful afternoon on skis...


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How Have You Been? The Present Perfect Tense


Published: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 22:56:38 -0400
Summary: This verb tense, the present perfect, seems so difficult. After all, it refers to the past, despite its name, and it's hard to know what is so perfect about it. We're going to explore this verb tense so that it becomes easy to use...


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This Writing Just Confuses Me


Published: Wed, 7 Mar 2007 21:53:54 -0500
Summary: When you write, do you like to have music playing in the background? Or does background noise confuse you? Try writing in a different environment, and write about your experience as it is happening. In this audio story, you will listen to Alexandre wri..


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Quantifying Nouns: A Lot of Nothing


Published: Wed, 28 Feb 2007 23:17:59 -0500
Summary: Much or many, less or fewer, these noun quantifiers can be too much! Join us for this lesson, when we continue our lesson on countable and noncountable nouns, focusing on quantifying such nouns...


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One, Two, Three Little Countable Nouns


Published: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 23:06:39 -0500
Summary: Today we have a grammar lesson for you, in which we explore countable nouns, both regular and irregular forms. We have some fun listening activities, as well as a visual activity too. Come snack on a few tidbits of English grammar today!..


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Juan de Pareja


Published: Wed, 14 Feb 2007 00:03:32 -0500
Summary: What do you know about the great Spanish artist Diego Velazguez, or his slave Juan de Pareja? Join us for this fascinating podcast in which we learn about both, and about the famous painting by Velazgues, Juan de Pareja. You will be listening to an audi..


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Are You Okay?


Published: Tue, 6 Feb 2007 19:48:38 -0500
Summary: Did you ever wonder how to express concern, to be grammatically correct and socially appropriate at the same time? Join us for this lesson when we discuss a variety of expressions and when to use - and not use - each one. At the end of this lesson, you ..


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How I Saved Somebody's Life: A True Story


Published: Tue, 30 Jan 2007 19:31:18 -0500
Summary: Listen to a short essay written by an ESL college student, in which he describes saving two people's lives. If you have the Easy Writer CD-ROM, you can read along while the audio is playing...


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Hello, this is Luis.


Published: Wed, 24 Jan 2007 13:30:42 -0500
Summary: A fun lesson in which we visit ways to begin a telephone call. We pay special attention to using the pronoun "this". At the end of the lesson, you will be able to call the White House and speak to the President...


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Would You Please!


Published: Tue, 16 Jan 2007 19:07:54 -0500
Summary: Today we learn when to use "would" and when to use "will". Learn the proper way to make a polite request. You'll also learn how to propose marriage while you're improving your English grammar...


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My Wedding: An Audio Story


Published: Tue, 9 Jan 2007 11:14:06 -0500
Summary: Listen to a short essay written by an ESL college student, in which she describes her wedding in Puerto Rico. If you have the Easy Writer CD-ROM, you can read along while the audio is playing...


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Thank You Very Much!


Published: Tue, 2 Jan 2007 10:06:20 -0500
Summary: How do you express gratitude? In this episode, we visit several ways to say "thank you". We look at commonly made mistakes in saying "thank you". Then we show you how to express gratitude correctly. Finally, our friendly Help Desk explains the grammar..


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Getting to Know Me


Published: Wed, 6 Dec 2006 12:42:21 -0500
Summary: We introduce you to our website and podcasts. Are you curious to know a little about the person behind the Help Desk? In this podcast, you will be able to read and/or listen along while we tell you. And while you're here at the HELP Desk, send us your..


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