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Podcasts This Week (August 2, 2010)

ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 604 – Harming a Professional Reputation

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to go under” and “retraction.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Defenses Against Defamation Lawsuits.”
“In the United States, people can “sue” (take to court and ask to be paid money) for defamation, “claiming” (saying that something is true) that the “defendant” (the person who is brought to court and accused of a crime) “knowingly” (with full awareness and knowledge) lied…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 253

Topics:  Chinatown; famous songs: Home on the Range; that way versus in that way versus in such a way; neither here nor there; suffer versus suffer from

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Los Angeles Cultural Neighborhoods.”
“One of the benefits of visiting a large city like Los Angeles is its cultural “diversity” (having many kinds; having a lot of variety).  This diversity comes mainly from the immigrants who have come to “settle in” (come to live in) the Los Angeles area…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 605 – Talking About Astronomy

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “space” and “star.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Most Notable Planetariums in the U.S.”
“A “planetarium” is a special theater with a “domed” (rounded) roof. Most planetariums are in museums and are used to present shows about astronomy, or just to teach people the names of objects in the “night sky” (the sky as it is seen at nighttime)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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2 Responses to “Podcasts This Week (August 2, 2010)”

  1. Kuong Do Says:

    I wish to touch a star. I love sky. I love studying astronomy. There are many astronomer I admire: Nicholas Copernic, Galileo Galilei, Johannes Kepler, …

  2. Kuong Do Says:

    Dear Dr. Jeff McQuillan and Dr. Lucy Tse:
    Perhaps this is the first time I catch the ESL Podcast episode of sciences. I hope that you will make more episodes about sciences in the future. I love sciences, both natural and social sciences. I am much more familiar with topics on sciences than any others. Thank you for your attention.