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Learning Through Headlines (20160215): Elon Musk doubles down on universal basic income

15 Feb , 2017  

Everybody knows that some of the best phrases in English come from gambling. “Double down” is no exception. Find out what it means in today’s Learning Through Headlines! https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/elon-musk-doubles-down-universal-175300665.html

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Learning Through Headlines (20170213): Eating Well May Count More Than Exercise for Weight Loss

13 Feb , 2017  

No, we’re not trying to teach you how to count on today’s LTH. Instead, we want to show you the meaning of the phrase “count for”, which means “to have importance” or “to matter”. It’s a great show: you can count on it! https://www.yahoo.com/news/eating-well-may-count-more-141002342.html

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Learning Through Headlines (20170209): ‘Can you hear me?’: New phone scam tricks you into answering ‘yes’

9 Feb , 2017  

To our valued listeners: Be careful when you’re talking on the phone! Today we’ll talk about the difference between two related words, “trick” and “scam.” http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/can-you-hear-me-phone-scam-warning-bbb-1.3970312

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Learning Through Headlines (20170207): ‘I’m crossing my fingers’: Sears job fair draws 163 on first day

7 Feb , 2017  

Crossing your fingers has two different meanings in English. We’ll talk about the most common one today in Learning Through Headlines. And a big welcome to Bill! https://ca.yahoo.com/news/im-crossing-fingers-sears-job-220429932.html

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Learning Through Headlines (20170205): Trader Tries To Short Apple Earnings, Pukes Up Life Savings

5 Feb , 2017  

WARNING: Today’s Learning Through Headlines is not for the squeamish or faint of heart. It might even make you feel like puking! https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/trader-tries-short-apple-earnings-215918039.html

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Learning Through Headlines (20170202): Winter Is Staying Put: Punxsutawney Phil Sees His Shadow on Groundhog Day

3 Feb , 2017  

A bit of bad news for those of you wishing for an early spring: according to Punxsutawney Phil, winter is staying put. Find out all about Groundhog Day, as well as the meaning of the phrase “stay put” in today’s Learning Through Headlines. http://time.com/4657714/groundhog-day-2017-punxsutawney-phil-sees-shadow/

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Learning Through Headlines (20170130): 12 Comics For People Who Can’t Adult To Save Their Lives

30 Jan , 2017  

Another two-for-one today! First, we’ll look at the word “adult” – it’s not just a noun anymore! Second, we talk about the phrase “can’t do something to save your life.” Double the phrases! Double the fun! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/comics-for-people-who-cant-adult_us_5886697ce4b096b4a233e4a3

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Learning Through Headlines (20170127): Elon Musk may be gearing up for his strangest announcement yet on artificial intelligence

27 Jan , 2017  

Elon Musk is a favorite here at Real Deal English: not just because he’s a genius or an innovative businessman, but because his headlines always contain such amazing phrases! Today, we’re “gearing up” to talk about the phrase “gear up.” http://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-teases-neural-lace-announcement-2017-1

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Learning Through Headlines (20170125): The Army’s New State-of-the-art $580 Million Handgun

25 Jan , 2017  

While we usually don’t talk about guns on Learning Through Headlines (unless we’re talking about your biceps!), we couldn’t pass up this opportunity to talk about the phrase “state-of-the-art”, as well as why this kind of word is connected with so many dashes. Don’t miss it! http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/2017/01/23/Army-s-New-State-Art-580-Million-Handgun

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Learning Through Headlines (20170123): ‘The Big Bang Theory’: Johnny Galecki weighs in on sitcom’s future

23 Jan , 2017  

‘The Big Bang Theory’ has been on television forever, and has fans all over the world. But what will the future hold for this outrageously popular show? Let’s see what one of the cast members has to say, while at the same time learning a really useful English expression! https://www.yahoo.com/news/big-bang-theory-johnny-galecki-231823143.html

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Learning Through Headlines (20170120): ESPN Commentator in Hot Water After Comparing Venus Williams’ Australian Open Match Performance to a ‘Gorilla’

20 Jan , 2017  

“In hot water” is an expression that means that basically means “in big trouble.” Find out a few different ways to use this phrase in today’s Learning Through Headlines! https://www.yahoo.com/celebrity/m/c5f02392-4f8a-32ee-841a-ade26e2fe0cd/espn-commentator-in-hot-water.html

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Learning Through Headlines (20170119): A “two-fer” from Matt Damon

19 Jan , 2017  

What’s a “twofer” you might ask? It’s short for “two-for-one,” and it’s what we’re offering today! Two great phrases “have your work cut out for you” and “root for someone” are just a click away! https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/b06876a7-be75-3175-9d44-5f862483b9d2/matt-damon%3A-trump-has-%26%2339%3Ba.html

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Learning Through Headlines (20170118): Sun Sets on Clinton Global Initiative

18 Jan , 2017  

The Sun always sets at the end of the day. But “the sun is setting on” can also use be used as a metaphor, meaning something is coming to an end. https://pjmedia.com/trending/2017/01/15/sun-sets-on-clinton-global-initiative/

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Learning Through Headlines (20170116): 3 New Movies Bomb at the Box Office

16 Jan , 2017  

Not every movie can be a Titanic or a Star Wars. In today’s show, we’re talking about what to call a movie that just doesn’t make any money. The movies in question: “Live by Night”, “Monster Trucks”, and “Silence”. https://www.yahoo.com/movies/hidden-figures-prevails-as-monster-trucks-ben-afflecks-live-by-night-bomb-at-box-office-170830787.html

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Learning Through Headlines (20170113): How Apple’s culture of secrecy wears down its top developers

13 Jan , 2017  

It’s no secret that Apple likes to keep its secrets. But what does such a culture of secrecy do to Apple’s top employees? Find out in today’s Learning Through Headlines! https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/apples-culture-secrecy-wears-down-185644035.html

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Learning Through Headlines (20170111): Obama will buck tradition with his farewell

11 Jan , 2017  

Well, it’s time to say goodbye to President Barack Obama. Just like some aspects of his time in office, his farewell speech is going to be anything but traditional. We’ll talk about the phrase “buck tradition” in today’s Learning Through Headlines. http://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article125665174.html

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Learning Through Headlines (20170109): La La Land sweeps Golden Globe Awards

9 Jan , 2017  

What does sweeping have to do with movies or movie awards? Find out in today’s Learning Through Headlines! http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-38517067

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Learning Through Headlines (20170106): Johnny Depp Just Delivered an Extremely Low Blow to Amber Heard

6 Jan , 2017  

A “low blow” is an expression that comes from boxing, similar to “hit someone below the belt.” It’s a kind of attack or insult that’s just totally inappropriate or unfair. https://www.yahoo.com/style/johnny-depp-just-delivered-extremely-153753536.html

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Learning Through Headlines (20170104): Jennifer Lopez Threw Shade at Mariah Carey Over That NYE Performance

4 Jan , 2017  

“Throwing shade” is a pretty new phrase that’s being thrown around a lot lately. Find out what it means in today’s Learning Through Headlines! https://www.yahoo.com/style/jennifer-lopez-threw-shade-mariah-160544764.html

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Learning Through Headlines (20170102): Mariah Carey botches NYE performance, leaves stage

2 Jan , 2017  

Okay, we just want to be the first to say that we love Mariah Carey and her hit Christmas song “All I want for Christmas is you”. But we would be crazy if we didn’t use her terrible performance on NYE to talk about the word “botch”. http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2017/01/01/mariah-carey-botches-nye-performance-leaves-stage/96056408/

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Learning Through Headlines (20161230): Dumped By Text Message, Here’s What This Woman Did

30 Dec , 2016  

Today we’re talking about dumping and being dumped, so all you scorned lovers out there, this episode of Learning Through Headlines is for you! https://www.yahoo.com/style/dumped-text-message-heres-woman-170317845.html

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Learning Through Headlines (20161228): Obama vs Trump: Dispute Erupts Over Who Would Have Won

28 Dec , 2016  

Obama is sure that he could have beaten Trump. Trump is convinced he could have beaten Obama. Us at Real Deal English? We just know one thing: the word “erupt” is a great one! http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/obama-trump-dispute-erupts-won-44405221?yptr=yahoo

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Learning Through Headlines (20161226): The rally on Wall St. is real and may have legs

26 Dec , 2016  

A wise man once said: “She’s got legs/She knows how to use them”. In the spirit of such sage advice, in today’s episode of LTH we’re taking a look at the phrase “has legs”. https://www.yahoo.com/finance/video/confirmation-rally-wall-st-real-161920413.html

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Learning Through Headlines (20161223): Gulfstream G600 Jet Passes First Flight with Flying Colors

24 Dec , 2016  

If you do really poorly on a test, you can say that you “failed it miserably”. What about if you do really well? Find out in today’s Learning Through Headlines! https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/gulfstream-g600-jet-passes-first-230000785.html

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Learning Through Headlines (20161222): Why People Are Pissed About the New Apple MacBook Pros

22 Dec , 2016  

Okay, maybe it’s not the most polite phrase out there, but it sure it natural. Learn all about being “pissed” in today’s LTH! Why People Are Pissed About the New Apple MacBook Pros

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Learning Through Headlines (20161220): This app wants you to ditch the gym membership

20 Dec , 2016  

This isn’t the first time we’ve talked about the word “ditch”. Might not even be the last time either! If you haven’t already added this great little word to your vocabulary, what are you waiting for? https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/app-wants-ditch-gym-membership-061642358.html

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Learning Through Headlines (20161214): Resurgent Japan military ‘can stand toe to toe with anybody’

14 Dec , 2016  

“To stand toe to toe” with someone has two different yet connected meanings. Find out what they are in today’s Learning Through Headlines! http://edition.cnn.com/2016/12/06/asia/japan-military-pearl-harbor-anniversary/index.html

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Learning Through Headlines (20161207): Amazon Go pioneers grocery shopping without checkout lines, cashier jobs

7 Dec , 2016  

In today’s LTH, we’ll talk about Amazon’s latest plans, as well as the meaning of the verb “to pioneer”. Don’t miss it! https://www.yahoo.com/news/amazon-go-pioneers-grocery-shopping-without-checkout-lines-cashier-jobs-200629864.html

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Learning Through Headlines (20161205): Market bears smell blood as China scrambles to plug capital outflows

5 Dec , 2016  

Today we’ve got a bloody good lesson on how to use the phrase “smell blood”. Just make sure to stay away from the sharks. http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/market-bears-smell-blood-as-china-scrambles-to-plug-capital/article_1f7c67c8-1aa4-5750-9a61-3f08904331b9.html

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Learning Through Headlines (20161202): Here’s why Cramer is blown away by Trump’s Cabinet picks for Treasury and Commerce

2 Dec , 2016  

Today we’re handing the stage over to NBC’s money man Jim Cramer, who’ll teach us a new phrase: “blown away”. http://www.cnbc.com/2016/11/30/heres-why-cramer-is-blown-away-by-trumps-cabinet-picks-for-treasury-and-commerce.html

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Learning Through Headlines (20161130): This Video of a Giraffe Turning the Tables on a Lion Is Spectacular

30 Nov , 2016  

Sometimes the hunter becomes the hunted. Find out the meaning of the expression “turning the tables on someone” in today’s LTH! http://insider.foxnews.com/2016/11/29/video-giraffe-runs-over-lion-bbc-planet-earth-2

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Learning Through Headlines (20161128): Mariah Carey is getting called out for her epic Instagram Photoshop fail

28 Nov , 2016  

“To call someone out” means to tell them that they’ve done something wrong, often in a kind of mean way. Find out what Mariah was called out for recently in today’s Learning Through Headlines! http://www.harpersbazaar.com/celebrity/latest/news/a19051/mariah-carey-thanksgiving-instagram-photoshop-fail/

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Learning Through Headlines (20161125): Amazon deletes over 500,000 sketchy reviews in massive cleanup effort

25 Nov , 2016  

Sketchy: Great word. One of the best. What does it mean? Find out in today’s LTH! https://www.yahoo.com/tech/amazon-deletes-over-500-000-sketchy-reviews-massive-211241936.html

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Learning Through Headlines (20161123): Kanye hospitalized after scrapping US tour

23 Nov , 2016  

Kanye, you’ve been acting a little strange lately. We here at Real Deal English just want to make sure you’re okay! https://www.yahoo.com/news/kanye-scraps-la-concert-rant-trump-beyonce-000124023.html

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Learning Through Headlines (20161122): Khloé Kardashian Flips Out After Kim Ditches Their Meeting

22 Nov , 2016  

If you keep up with the Kardashians, you’ll know that in just about every show, someone “flips out”. But what’s the meaning of “flip out”? Find out in today’s episode! Khloé Kardashian Flips Out After Kim Ditches Their Meeting for Kylie: ‘It’s Not Okay’