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Teaching American culture through videos. Although Memorial Day is one of the “Big Four” of American holidays, most non-Americans know little about this holiday. I hope to teach something about the culture and traditions in addition to introducing new vocabulary.

Ask any American about Memorial Day and you’ll be stirring up feelings of pride and gratitude in addition to great memories surrounding this holiday. The Holiday is marked by parades and famous car races, but it also serves as the entry holiday into the summer season. Barbecues and days at the beach also form part of our collective memories of Memorial Day.

Well, watch and listen to the podcast and if you are not American, you will certainly learn a lot about this big American holiday.

 

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This short podcast is meant as a short introduction to introductions in American English. While it is not enough to qualify you as an expert, it’s enough to allow you to start meeting people while using the English language.

 

Introductions in American English are not difficult, but they do differ depending on the situation, the age, whether you are meeting a man or a woman and other factors. In this brief podcast I hope to address each of these situations and help you with your future introductions.

I address “Hello” vs. “Hi”, when to use “Mister, Missus, Miss and Mizz” and also when to use the last name (family name) vs. the first name (given name).

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Teaching English through stories. In this video we explore the truth about Valentines Day. How secretly all men hate this holiday. This video is guaranteed to piss off the ladies, but sometimes the truth hurts. Any man will see himself in this video.

This is definitely not a traditional approach to teaching about American holidays, but it’s a story which begs telling. Although I will probably lose any female readers I have, I do need to show the true holiday as opposed to the common perception of this holiday as taught in language schools. Truth be told, the holiday was hijacked at some time before my birth and is now in fact Womens Day in America, which men wouldn’t have a problem with it there was a Mens Day, which there isn’t. Please don’t argue that there is Fathers Day, because there is also a Mothers Day, both rather sacred holidays in my mind, but presented equally. No, Valentines Day is a holiday shoved down men’s throats by Hallmark Cards and the American Florist Association.

 

I have no apologies for presenting this story in it’s real light.

 

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In this Podcast I try to use an American joke to teach new expressions and vocabulary to Russian learners of English.

 

The joke is not a bad one at all, yet doesn’t really lend itself well to being told in this type of format, but what the heck, we’ll try it anyhow. There is some nice new vocabulary for the English learner and I do suppose that it’s a more interesting way to learn as opposed to vocabulary lists.

 

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Using jokes as a method to teach new vocabulary and expressions. In this video we see a man, a dog and an unusual public display.

 

The joke is not a bad one at all, yet doesn’t really lend itself well to being told in this type of format, but what the heck, we’ll try it anyhow. There is some nice new vocabulary for the English learner and I do suppose that it’s a more interesting way to learn as opposed to vocabulary lists.

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