Sunday, October 1, 2017

United We Podcast

If you are preparing for your US Citizenship interview, you may need to brush up some of your English language skills. There are many podcasts in English (and other languages) that can help you improve your English. Here are my favorite English language podcasts:

All Ears English Podcast
All Ears English is an English as a Second Language (ESL) podcast for intermediate to advanced English learners around the world. Teachers Lindsay McMahon and Michelle Kaplan will show you how to use everyday English vocabulary and natural idioms, expressions, and phrasal verbs and how to make small talk in American English.

Culips ESL Podcast
From Canada with love! Learn conversational English for everyday use.
If you want to improve your english, check out Originally it was a free podcast via iTunes, but they changed to a monthly subscription (which includes audio, detailed pdf, and so much more). To prepare for the US Citizenship Interview, checkout their Government and Law collection. Also, contact to see if their old, 4-part series "Introduction to the United States" (2009) is still available.

Voice of America Learning English Broadcast
News, Grammar, Pronunciation, American Culture, and more! Checl=k out their series: Let's Learn English 1 and 2 (new).

Listen to more Podcasts!

Also, consider subscribing to a podcast about your favorite hobby, sports team, music group, or job in English. Because you already know a lot about your passion, you can pick up the English vocabulary a bit more easily. Look for these podcasts in Apple iTunes or Stitcher (a podcast app for Android phones). Listening to English language podcasts work,or exercise will help you during your Citizenship Interview, especially with "small talk" or spoken grammar patterns such as "tag questions."

One final note, listening and understanding English is key to passing the USCIS interview.

If you don't understand what the USCIS officer says, ask them to repeat the question or explain the vocabulary term before you say "Yes" or "No."
  • If you the USCIS officer ask you a question,
  • and you answer (but don't understand the question),
  • and then the officer asks you to explain what a word or question means,
  • and you can't explain the word or question,
  • the officer must stop the interview!

Please, please, please practice your listening and speaking BEFORE you go to your USCIS interview. Podcasts can help!

LISTEN to US Citizenship Podcast

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