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Podcasts This Week (March 14, 2011)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 668 – Having Cash Flow Problems

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 hedge” and “to hold off.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Federal Government Grants.”
“Many Americans “mistakenly” (incorrectly) believe that the U.S. government “awards” (gives to the winner of a competition) “grants” (money that is given to a person or organization for a particular purpose)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 285

Topics: American Presidents: Thomas Jefferson; celebrity roasts; to splash versus to spray versus to sprinkle; hearing; to be of

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about Thomas Jefferson’s slave “Sarah (Sally) Hemings.”
“Sarah Hemings was a mixed race slave owned by President Thomas Jefferson. While Jefferson was “in office” (serving as President) and for the years following, “journalists” (reporters) claimed that President Jefferson “fathered” (was the father of) seven children with Sally Hemings…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 669 – Making Controversial Comments

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 “offensive” and “to blow over.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Sunday Morning News Programs.”
“Most Americans watch TV news programs on weekday mornings or evenings, but some prefer to watch Sunday morning news shows. Here are three of the most popular Sunday morning news shows…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

3 Responses to “Podcasts This Week (March 14, 2011)”

  1. Peter Says:

    Betty,
    Thanks for the response,
    U got me all wrong.
    My listening is not an skill ,it is a thing.
    I mean ,
    I understand English speaking people like you understand people of your mother tongue.
    I mean
    For me, not understanding them is harder than understanding them
    Not understanding native speakers for me is like ,say ,you don’t understand what people of your origin say.
    I m not in it, for words,expressions ,or listening skills
    I m in it for sentence structures and punctuation style.
    I know 80 ,85 percents of terms our dear profs provide us already.
    I m interested in Jeff’s sentence structures while he is talking
    You know why I am listening to Jeff
    Because he gives me the ability to think in English ,and dream in English
    I don’t dream in my mother tongue anymore.I stopped it ,3 years after constant listening to Jeff.
    He gave me Memory muscle
    That is what I wanted to achieve out of this program
    To think in English ,not to speak in English.
    Honest ,I had gotten fluent way before joining Eslpod,but I would not think in English , and I would not dream in English back then
    Eslpod helped me with that
    It was my dream to dream in English
    I m there now. I think in English ,and I dream in English
    Speaking English has become easier for me than my mother tongue. I tend to speak in English because I have forgotten words in my mother tongue.
    Now ,I am trying to get rid of my accent.it is the last thing left to take care of
    So ,Now I m listening to Jeff merely for mimicking his intonation and lips and month movement.
    When he talks ,I can tell exactly where he put his tongue,and how he moves his lips
    Now ,it is my only focus

  2. Betty Says:

    Hi Peter, I am sorry I misunderstood you, yes, no doubt your listening English is very, very good.

    I envy you, and I hope I will be good in listening English like you one day.

    Do you dream of Jeff and Lucy talking English to you in your dream?

    I used to have very bad nightmares dreaming of taking exams, it must be because I felt I had not done some of the exams that I should have taken.

    The situation is better now that I use this website to continue educating myself and I apply to take English exams every year. Well, I should take it for as long as I can, perhaps before I need to be pushed outside in a wheelchair.

    Do I have to listen to Jeff and Lucy for three years before I dream in English?

    I won’t mind even if I have to listen to Jeff and Lucy for thirty years.

    Thank you for the tips, Peter, have a good day.

  3. emiliano Says:

    Dear Jeff, I wish you and all your family a happy Saint Patrick’s Day.

    Spend a nice day, enjoy the parade and have a big pint of cold beer with your friends
    and close family.

    emiliano