In the works

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May 16, 2019

Something that's in process and not yet finished is "in the works"


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In the works

Today’s expression is “in the works.” At the very end of the main content, I said that recent statements by top US diplomats and by the Lima Group suggest that a deal with Cuba may be in the works. A deal with Cuba may be in process; they may be in the middle of making a deal. Cuba’s intelligence services are giving support to Maduro; without support from Cuba and Russia, Maduro would not have the power he has. That’s why, since the Guaidó uprisings have failed, the US, Europe, and Latin American countries that support a change are trying a new strategy. Instead of supporting a change from within, they are trying to negotiate a deal from the outside—from Cuba and Russia. So a deal with those two countries for a change in Venezuela may be in the works. They may be planning something.

Do you remember our episode about shared electric scooters? They are fun, but controversial. They are not allowed here in my home city, Chicago. But a plan to introduce new electric scooter rentals is in the works. Under the plan, scooters would be allowed, but only outside the downtown area and away from the lakefront. Thank God for small favors, as they say. Anyway, the plan to bring the scooters to Chicago has not yet been implemented, but it is in the works. It’s under development and we should see the scooters here soon.

Anyone a Formula One racing fan? If so, you might know the driver Michael Schumacher, who suffered a horrific skiing accident five years ago and has been in a coma since. A new documentary about his life is in the works. That was announced at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this week. The film is in post-production now, so they are still making it. That’s why we say it’s still in the works.

Didn’t we talk about another film that’s still in the works just a week or two ago? I think I mentioned there will be another Spider-Man movie coming out soon; that one is still in the works. Still in process.

JR and I have some things in the works for this program. I can’t tell you exactly what all of them are, but—well, I can tell you this one thing. We are going to be paying more attention to social media. I haven’t dedicated much time to our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts. It’s just one of those things I haven’t gotten to, but I know I should. So JR and I have a new plan in the works to publish more to social media. Don’t check Twitter now! I mean, you can. But the new plan is in the works, so it’s not final yet. But once we have a plan, then we’ll be posting a lot more on social media.

JR’s song of the week / Quote of the week

Today’s song is a great one! Nominated by Steffen in Germany, it’s “Englishman in New York” by Sting. And it’s all about the cultural differences between the English and those in New York. At the beginning, he starts off by saying he takes tea instead of coffee; later it talks more about how Englishmen are better-mannered than the Americans he encounters on Fifth Avenue in New York. I don’t doubt it either; he says “manners maketh a man” and the song concludes with the line, “Be yourself no matter what they say.” It’s about being yourself in a place where you might seem a little alien, where you might seem a little strange. As Steffen mentioned in his note to JR, this is probably a feeling a lot of people in this very international audience can relate to. Thanks Steffen; thanks JR. If you would like to nominate a song for next week, please send your ideas to jr@plainenglish.com


Great to be with you once again. I was really under the weather for a few days last week—I hope I didn’t sound too bad in Monday’s episode. But I always love coming back here to my makeshift studio and recording new episodes—preferably when I’m not suffering from a cold. I’m going on vacation tomorrow! A full week-plus in Florida. Fun in the sun. So the next few episodes won’t be quite as timely as normal—they’ll be more general topics, since I have to write them in advance. But don’t worry—we will be with you every Monday and Thursday, as we have been this whole time.

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¿Hablas español?

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你说中国话?

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Translation engines are powerful tools for communicating in the modern world . However, they often miss the context and can either mislead you or leave you confused . Our human translators are here to make sure that you’re getting not only the correct definition, but also the full context .

How can I use the translations in my studies?

Most members use the translations as they are listening to the lesson and reading along . When you come across a word you don’t understand, you don’t have to press pause to discover the meaning . You can simply hover your mouse over the highlighted word . This lets you learn the definition of the word without having to press pause on the audio.

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Parlez-vous français?

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Translation engines are powerful tools for communicating in the modern world . However, they often miss the context and can either mislead you or leave you confused . Our human translators are here to make sure that you’re getting not only the correct definition, but also the full context .

How can I use the translations in my studies?

Most members use the translations as they are listening to the lesson and reading along . When you come across a word you don’t understand, you don’t have to press pause to discover the meaning . You can simply hover your mouse over the highlighted word . This lets you learn the definition of the word without having to press pause on the audio.

Do the translations work on mobile?

Yes! Instead of hovering over a highlighted word, just tap on it .

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Você fala português?

The transcript of this lesson is available with interactive translations into your language. In each lesson transcript, we select about one hundred difficult words, phrases , and expressions for translation.

How is this different than simply using a translation engine?

Translation engines are powerful tools for communicating in the modern world . However, they often miss the context and can either mislead you or leave you confused . Our human translators are here to make sure that you’re getting not only the correct definition, but also the full context .

How can I use the translations in my studies?

Most members use the translations as they are listening to the lesson and reading along . When you come across a word you don’t understand, you don’t have to press pause to discover the meaning . You can simply hover your mouse over the highlighted word . This lets you learn the definition of the word without having to press pause on the audio.

Do the translations work on mobile?

Yes! Instead of hovering over a highlighted word, just tap on it .

Can I see a sample?

Yes, please visit PlainEnglish.com/sample to see a sample episode with the Spanish translations.

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日本語は話せますか?

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Translation engines are powerful tools for communicating in the modern world . However, they often miss the context and can either mislead you or leave you confused . Our human translators are here to make sure that you’re getting not only the correct definition, but also the full context .

How can I use the translations in my studies?

Most members use the translations as they are listening to the lesson and reading along . When you come across a word you don’t understand, you don’t have to press pause to discover the meaning . You can simply hover your mouse over the highlighted word . This lets you learn the definition of the word without having to press pause on the audio.

Do the translations work on mobile?

Yes! Instead of hovering over a highlighted word, just tap on it .

Can I see a sample?

Yes, please visit PlainEnglish.com/sample to see a sample episode with the Spanish translations.

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Parli italiano?

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Translation engines are powerful tools for communicating in the modern world . However, they often miss the context and can either mislead you or leave you confused . Our human translators are here to make sure that you’re getting not only the correct definition, but also the full context .

How can I use the translations in my studies?

Most members use the translations as they are listening to the lesson and reading along . When you come across a word you don’t understand, you don’t have to press pause to discover the meaning . You can simply hover your mouse over the highlighted word . This lets you learn the definition of the word without having to press pause on the audio.

Do the translations work on mobile?

Yes! Instead of hovering over a highlighted word, just tap on it .

Can I see a sample?

Yes, please visit PlainEnglish.com/sample to see a sample episode with the Spanish translations.

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Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

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Translation engines are powerful tools for communicating in the modern world . However, they often miss the context and can either mislead you or leave you confused . Our human translators are here to make sure that you’re getting not only the correct definition, but also the full context .

How can I use the translations in my studies?

Most members use the translations as they are listening to the lesson and reading along . When you come across a word you don’t understand, you don’t have to press pause to discover the meaning . You can simply hover your mouse over the highlighted word . This lets you learn the definition of the word without having to press pause on the audio.

Do the translations work on mobile?

Yes! Instead of hovering over a highlighted word, just tap on it .

Can I see a sample?

Yes, please visit PlainEnglish.com/sample to see a sample episode with the Spanish translations.

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Sen Türkçe konuşmayı biliyor musun?

The transcripts of Plain English lessons are available with interactive translations into your language. In each lesson transcript, we select about one hundred difficult words, phrases , and expressions for translation. Turkish translations are available starting at Lesson 278.

How is this different than simply using a translation engine?

Translation engines are powerful tools for communicating in the modern world . However, they often miss the context and can either mislead you or leave you confused . Our human translators are here to make sure that you’re getting not only the correct definition, but also the full context .

How can I use the translations in my studies?

Most members use the translations as they are listening to the lesson and reading along . When you come across a word you don’t understand, you don’t have to press pause to discover the meaning . You can simply hover your mouse over the highlighted word . This lets you learn the definition of the word without having to press pause on the audio.

Do the translations work on mobile?

Yes! Instead of hovering over a highlighted word, just tap on it .

Can I see a sample?

Yes, please visit PlainEnglish.com/sample to see a sample episode with the Spanish translations.

How can I access the translations?

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Mówisz po polsku?

The transcript of Plain English lessons are available with interactive translations into your language. In each lesson transcript, we select about one hundred difficult words, phrases , and expressions for translation. Polish translations are available starting at Lesson 278.

How is this different than simply using a translation engine?

Translation engines are powerful tools for communicating in the modern world . However, they often miss the context and can either mislead you or leave you confused . Our human translators are here to make sure that you’re getting not only the correct definition, but also the full context .

How can I use the translations in my studies?

Most members use the translations as they are listening to the lesson and reading along . When you come across a word you don’t understand, you don’t have to press pause to discover the meaning . You can simply hover your mouse over the highlighted word . This lets you learn the definition of the word without having to press pause on the audio.

Do the translations work on mobile?

Yes! Instead of hovering over a highlighted word, just tap on it .

Can I see a sample?

Yes, please visit PlainEnglish.com/sample to see a sample episode with the Spanish translations.

How can I access the translations?

Translations are included in two memberships: Plain English Plus+ and Starter. Choose a plan and get started today!

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