Episode 17 – God bless America…!

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Episode 17 – God bless America…!

LISTEN to the podcast. READ the RnR Grammar. DO the quiz and…. ROCK ON!

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BARACK OBAMA (kind of) talks to RnR English! Listen to the man talk on today’s show, PLUS…. why we LOVE America and why we HATE America and stories that involve my holiday and the US border police! And of course, the the usual RnR vocabulary like:

  • I’d bet he was America
  • “Do you know his name?” “No” “That sums you up
  • Americans are a bit over the top
  • “We are still the wealthiest country in the world
  • They speak in a really posh way
  • I’m sure my American friends cringed when they heard that (see picture below for a description of this word)
  • Was he a rent boy?
  • They should be a bit more humble
  • Off the top of my head
  • Hang on

This is a great gif of Britney Spears CRINGING!

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RnR Grammar

In the podcast, I said “I have an example of an English person being stupid” and Dan the Man responded by saying:

“this had better not be me”

We use ‘had better’ to talk about things that we think people SHOULD do. Another example would be “I had better go home, it’s late”. Obviously in the example from the podcast, Dan the Man is using it in the negative.

It is VERY common to say BUT I notice that not many of my students use it, so try to incorporate it into your discourse to sound more Rock n’ Roll!

ALSO, in the podcast Dan actually says:

“this’d better not be me”

It is NOT CORRECT to write like this, but in spoken form it is nearly ALWAYS contracted, so it can be difficult to hear…. so keep your ears OPEN!

When you have listened to the podcast and read the above, then you’re ready for the quiz below!

Good luck!

I'm Martin. I'm an English Teacher. That's about as interesting as it gets.


  1. Sunnie says:

    I laughed a lot! Thanks!!
    It IS a fun episode and I’m looking forward to Part 2 of this episode oneday.
    And I’m hoping some of your English language skills will rub off on me 🙂
    P.S. You don’t look like a terrorist 😛

    • Martman99 says:

      Thanks Sunnie! 🙂 Great use of the RnR vocabulary! 🙂 P.S. Thanks for letting me know that I don’t look like a terrorist, you need to tell that to the people at the NYC airport! 😉

  2. Armin says:

    I bet this was a great episode of RNR. The good possibility of learning new words and grammar and also entertainment sums this podcast up. The episodes of this podcast are never over the top, they are just right.

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