#196: American Culture: Geography, Food, Music, Travel, and More

Improve your English listening skills with this podcast, in which Ethan and Justin talk about lots of great things about the USA you might not know about!


  • American Culture
  • Regions of the USA

Words You’ll Learn:

  • Blow someone away: to impress someone greatly.
  • Tricky: something that is difficult to deal with an that needs careful attention. 
  • Chill out: to relax completely.
  • Born and bred: used to refer to where one’s birth and childhood took place.
  • Intrinsic: a basic characteristic of a person or thing.
  • Acknowledge: to accept or recognize something.
  • Demerit: lack of merit.
  • Content: a state of happiness.
  • Dispel: to get rid of myths about a certain thing.
  • To get shit from people: used when people give you a hard time.
  • To get your hands dirty: to do manual or hard work.
  • Busboy: the person who cleans tables in a restaurant or cafe.
  • Grit: courage; strength of character.
  • To live in a bubble: to live separated from the rest of the world.
  • Outspoken: expressing strong opinions in a very direct way.
  • Joint: a bar or restaurant that serves food and drink at low prices. This word also refers to a marihuana cigarette. 
  • Tex-Mex: referring to the Mexican-American culture, especially its food.
  • Study abroad: to study in a foreign country.
  • Mascot: a person, animal or object that represents an organization.
  • Ass cold: very cold.
  • In a nutshell: very briefly, giving only the main points. 


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  • Nguyễn Thị Ánh Hồng says:

    can you provide us the transcripts of those podcasts in order to learn more effectively?

    • Justin says:

      Thanks for the comment and interest, Nguyen! Please check out our Native Immersion course at https://reallifeglobal.com/immersion/

      We have Power Lesson PDFs (with transcripts and descriptions/ pictures of all key vocab, pronunciation, and grammar)

  • Maribel says:

    Thanks for this episode! It was very interesting! Your tips about different places definetily blew me away. Aww yeah!

  • Juan says:

    Hello guys great lesson today I am always curious about US culture , by the way where is Chat?? Long time I Don”t see him.

  • V says:

    Hi, Around 24 mins 50 secs in the podcast. Justin said “It’s a Mediterranean. For those of you who are …… in the..” What exactly the statement he was talking. I heard several times but couldn’t figure out. I really appreciate if Justin can explain. I took the immersion course and it helped a lot my listening. I continued to listen to this podcast so as to keep the momentum to improve. Thanks

    • Justin says:

      Hey Vincent, Good to hear that you’re keeping up with the podcasts after the Native Immersion Course, and good to see you here in the comments. I was saying “it’s ‘the Med'” for those of you who are not “in” (who aren’t “in the know”) on the cultural fact. Sorry we didn’t explain it better, but “The Med” is a Spanish restaurant in Boulder, Colorado, where Ethan and I both went to school. Check it out here– https://www.themedboulder.com/

      • Vincent says:

        Thank so much. I didn’t know that expression. You make my day!

  • Sandra says:

    Love your stuff, and it really helps my students improve their listening skills. Thanks

    • Agnieszka Tkacz says:

      That’s wonderful to know it is helpful!

  • Jack Milgram says:

    Very useful, thanks.

    • Farida says:

      I’m Farida Hamid frome Afghanitan.

  • Abdullahi Mohamud says:

    I was blown away by your teaching ability, that helped a lot understanding native English

    • Justin says:

      Aww yeah, Abdullahi, great to hear you enjoyed it!