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Obama's Victory Speech

After eight long years of suffering through what is considered historically the worst presidency of the United States, Americans can now breathe a sigh of relief. A new President had been elected, Mr. Barack Hussein Obama, and with this election comes the hope of a brighter future for everyone. In today's podcast Ashley and Josh enlighten you with their interpretation of the speech Obama made on November 4th, the night he officially became the U.S. President Elect.

At the end of this lesson you'll be able to:

  • Understand the use of "might have" and "may have"
  • Define various forms of government
  • Better interpret U.S. President Elect Barack Obama's Victory Speech

Stingy Jack

Ever had a pumpkin smile at you?  No?!  Then you’ve obviously never celebrated Halloween in the U.S.!  Children and adults alike celebrate October 31st by trick or treating, throwing costume parties, and of course...carving pumpkins!   People have been carving jack o’lanterns at Halloween for centuries, but few people know how this tradition began.  Well, it all started with the Irish myth of Stingy Jack.

At the end of this lesson you'll be able to:

  • Have a better understanding of the modal verbs could, would, and should
  • Understand different uses of the word "bark"

Brazil's Supreme Federal Tribunal 1

There is a saying that too many cooks spoil the broth, but can too many constitutional rights and privileges spoil a supreme court? It just might. In today’s lesson you’ll hear an article taken from Economist.com about how overburdened the Brazilian Supreme Federal Tribunal is; however so as to not overburden you, we’ve divided the article into a three part series...aren’t we nice?

At the end of this lesson you'll be able to:

  • Understand the use of the quantifiers "something of a", "a little", "a bit of a", and "somewhat"
  • Understand different uses of "to bind"

A President’s Plan

"After a quick meet-and-greet with King Abdullah, Obama was off to Israel, where he made a quick stop at the manger in Bethlehem where he was born". This quote from American talk show host John Stewart pretty much sums up what the world's expectations are for the Barack Obama Presidency. But how much of a Messiah can a president really be? That's exactly what Ashley and Josh discuss in today's lesson.

At the end of this lesson you'll be able to:

  • Understand the use of the future continuous
  • Understand different uses of the word "affair"
  • Understand vocabulary related to politics