English Grammar HELP and Podcasts for the Inquisitive ESL Student: We're Interactive!

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Stop by our friendly HELP! Desk and learn a few do's and don't's of English grammar. At the HELP! Desk, English grammar is made easy to understand. Ask that question that you've needed an answer to in our interactive forum. Listen to an audio of a story written by an ESL student. All our examples are authentic student-generated language. Whether you are a native speaker or somebody learning English as a Second Language, whether you are a student or writing a business letter, we have the answers for you! Writing, grammar, communication, podcasts, audio stories, and more! We're open 24/7, and we're interactive. A new podcast every week.

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http://www.eslhelpdesk.com/index.html
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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.
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2017-04-03 18:07
last episode published
2010-11-10 17:14
publication frequency
32.61 days
Contributors
ESL HELP! Desk author  
Jane Hanser owner  
Explicit
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Number of Episodes
45
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Episodes

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10.11.2010

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

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!
The ESL Help! Desk author
2.11.2010

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

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 t...
The ESL Help! Desk author
17.10.2010

What Is a Verb? We Podcast about English Grammar

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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15.10.2010

English Grammar: Gerunds and Infinitive Phrases_Pattern_4

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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13.10.2010

English Grammar: Gerunds and Infinitive Phrases_10_2

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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9.09.2009

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

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.
The ESL Help! Desk author
16.06.2009

Imperatives and Commands: Have a Nice Summer!

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!
ESL HELP! Desk author
13.02.2009

Paper or Plastic?

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!
The ESL Help! Desk author
20.01.2009

Barak Obama: A New Day for the USA

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-Am...
The ESL Help! Desk author
15.01.2009

Definitely Fattening!

We continue our lessons with demonstrative pronouns: this, that, these, and those. We embellish our exploration of these, adding subject-verb agreement (is, are, was, were). And we learn more about food from countries such as Italy, Spain, Columbia, Is...
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8.01.2009

I'll Have Some of That, Please!

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 ...
The ESL Help! Desk author
17.12.2008

I Hate Finals!

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...
The ESL Help! Desk author
12.12.2008

Code Name ESL

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 code...
ESL HELP! Desk author
25.03.2008

The Inner Circle

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...
ESL HELP! Desk author
25.03.2008

I'm Going

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 untangl...
ESL HELP! Desk author
25.03.2008

The Green Monster: Hold, Please.

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.
ESL HELP! Desk author
6.12.2007

Traffic

Beep, Honk, Honk...Do you find yourself stuck in traffic more often than you would like to? Like it or not, traffic is a topic of conversation in our lives. In today's podcast and communication lesson, we will talk about traffic and learn useful voca...
ESL HELP! Desk author
21.11.2007

American Thanksgiving, Our National Holiday

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.
ESL HELP! Desk author
15.11.2007

Gerunds and Infinitive: More Grammar!

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 infini...
ESL HELP! Desk author
7.11.2007

What Should I Bring? Wine, Beer or Chips?

Have you ever been invited to a social gathering 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 ...
ESL HELP! Desk author
24.10.2007

The Nine Answers Podcast for Learners of English

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 y...
ESL HELP! Desk author
17.10.2007

He's Always Talking about Grammar

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 ...
ESL HELP! Desk author
25.09.2007

Questions: People Who Ask Questions

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!
The ESL Help! Desk author
10.07.2007

Dear Help Desk, Part 2

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", w...
The ESL Help! Desk author
28.06.2007

Solving Family Problems

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 ...
The ESL Help! Desk author
18.06.2007

Dear Help Desk, Part One,

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 impo...
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31.05.2007

It's a Date!

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...
The ESL Help! Desk author
20.05.2007

The Blues and Greens of Ecuador

Imagine a country with sun, sand, blue water, banana and papaya trees, roses, and more. Imagine Ecuador! Join us today when we listen to an audio story written by an ESL student about his native country. Our photos of the Galapagos Islands will delig...
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8.05.2007

Get Me to the Train Station (On Time)

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...
The ESL Help! Desk author
25.04.2007

Yum...Can I Get That Recipe?

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 ...
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16.04.2007

Cross-country Skiing

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.
The ESL Help! Desk author
15.03.2007

How Have You Been? The Present Perfect Tense

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.
ESL HELP! Desk author
8.03.2007

This Writing Just Confuses Me

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 ...
Software for Students author
1.03.2007

Quantifying Nouns: A Lot of Nothing

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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21.02.2007

One, Two, Three Little Countable Nouns

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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14.02.2007

Juan de Pareja

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 a...
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7.02.2007

Are You Okay?

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, y...
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31.01.2007

How I Saved Somebody's Life: A True Story

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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24.01.2007

Hello, this is Luis.

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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17.01.2007

Would You Please!

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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9.01.2007

My Wedding: An Audio Story

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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2.01.2007

Thank You Very Much!

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 gramma...
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2.01.2007

Thank You Very Much!

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 gram...
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6.12.2006

Getting to Know Me

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 y...
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6.12.2006

Getting to Know Me: Podcasts for Learners of English

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 y...
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