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Podcasts This Week (June 6, 2011)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 692 – Recommending Someone for a Job

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 stop by” and “sharp.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Acting as an Employment Reference.”
“Many job applications ask the “applicant” (the person asking for a job) to submit a list of three “professional” (related to work, not personal life) “references,” or people whom they can speak with to learn additional information about the applicant…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 297

Topics: The Lewis and Clark Expedition; Famous Authors: Anne Rice; to generate versus to create versus to make; a tad off target; run-on sentence

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about the famous Dracula actor “Béla Lugosi.”
“With so much interest in vampires in television and movies these days, it is easy to forget one of the first “on-screen” (on TV or in movies) vampires: Dracula.  Many movies have been made about the character of Dracula, based on the 1897 novel, also called Dracula, written by Irish author Bram Stoker…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 693 – Following a Dress Code

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 pack” and “catch.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Dressing for Business.”
“In general, American workplaces are much less formal than they used to be, but there are still “expectations” (what people believe should happen) for how people should dress…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

19 Responses to “Podcasts This Week (June 6, 2011)”

  1. emiliano Says:

    Thank you Jeff and Lucy, as much as I listen to your podcast the best opinion I have
    about your work.

    Now reading some of the post that some of our friends write so profusely I have to confess that I have
    a lot of difficulties to understand the majority of them.
    Sure it is my fault, but there are such a lot of new words and expressions I don´t see in the easy books
    or papers I use to read that is too much difficult for me to follow what we are talking about.
    Usually I am lost, what a pity.

    The worst of all is that I don´t like to use the dictionary so frequently to understand the text, so please don´t be worry
    if I try to write a little fewer and less frequently.
    Yes, seeing what I see now I am sure that my level is decreasing little by little.

    All the best friends.
    emiliano

  2. Peter Says:

    Emiliano ,
    It is totally unlike Youri talk like that
    The way I know you
    You are this positive ,life affirming pal
    Keep the atttiude up
    And stop beating yourself for what you don’t know
    But,be happy for your improvement
    Keep up the good work man

  3. Tania Says:

    Hi! Dear Emiliano, I think ESLPOD team refers and to you when they say “we are lucky to have you as a listener”.
    All your posts are very interesting, open-harted and humorous.
    We are waiting for you every day.

    Tania

  4. Sergio Says:

    What’s up, Emiliano?
    I think there isn’t an English game neither in this website among us nor all around the world… The only goal would absolutely be: to feel good ourselves and quiet…
    The world is too fast, we must slow down… It’s a very good thing people like you and me – just a little bit less young than the others, a really tiny difference…
    - are studying English without pressure…
    About dictionary, if you want, I could tell you how I use it at the computer: for exemple, now writing to you, I’ve opened another window like WordReference.com
    or other online vocabulary, where I go quickly to seek for words every time I need… It’s a easy way, believe me (there’s English-Spanish too). And if I make mistakes… then nevermind!
    I’m sure you all are really kind. By the way, my email is sirjoe.smith@libero.it
    “Ciao” my spanish friend.
    Sergio

  5. emiliano Says:

    I do think we write too much frequently and it is needed to give more chances to
    other friends.
    Also living in a not English speaking country to me is very hard to understand your
    way of writing, so natural or so difficult, I can´t measure what is the real problem
    of the subject.
    It should be nicer to me, and it is the second or three time I have told you, if you
    use a clear easy English as people like me than are not using English speaking so
    frequently like you, have problems to follow some of the new phases and
    expressions you are accustomed to use,
    Lately I use to pass over the majority of your posts and that is not the right way
    of have a good time in the Blog.
    That is the matter to consider my first position that I have said above.
    I like to enjoy my free time also learning some English but I hate to be
    all the time looking at the dictionary.

    So long Peter,
    emiliano

  6. Betty Says:

    Dear Emiliano,

    I am sorry to hear that our main writer Emiliano wants to reduce his contribution here.

    I did write here some months ago saying I wanted to write less. I was tired and I needed to spend more time other things then. But when I saw Emiliano’s writing and when I saw his encouraging words for me, I wrote more and more everyday.

    Writing/composing can be tiring, we all should take a break from time to time. Prolonged staring at the screen of our computer or whatever we use to post a message can be damaging for our eyes as well.

    I am with you, Emiliano, please don’t free obliged to write here, only write when you feel like it.

    We are here to enjoy Jeff and Lucy’s podcast, life is for enjoyment, for ourselves and for our family.

    I will continue to read everything you write here, Emiliano, when you write; but I will be thinking of you when I don’t see your writing here.

    I know you are reading this blog so I’d better behave and write properly.

    All the best to you and Cuca.

    Betty
    P.S. I had to check the dictionary for the word ‘profusely’ in your message, I would not have learned this word if I did not have your message to read.

  7. Peter Says:

    Emiliano,
    No response yet
    I m a bot worried about you
    Man,get ur hope high
    U r doing well my friend
    What is with all these self-inflecting talk
    Bro,
    Pull your self together ,and Keep on writing,listening ,and checking the dictionary
    There is nothing wrong with looking up words
    It is what we all do
    We are entitled to make mistakes

  8. Peter Says:

    Emiliano,
    No offense,You are talking nonsene
    As far as I know Jeff has not set any limitation on the number of comments we can post here
    Is not like there is a limit to it
    Emiliano
    What is the ulterate reason for all this
    Has been Any complaints there?
    Something does not add up here
    You have been with this blog more than all of us
    U are a pioneer to this blog man
    How come all of sudden you broke down
    Does not seem right to me
    As Jeff said
    There is something wrong with this pic

  9. Peter Says:

    I m so sorry pall,
    I did mean to be a source of any inconvenience or negative feelingS
    It has nothing to do with living in an English speaking Country
    Man,
    You write way better than all my friends combined
    They have Been living here for long bro
    Take it from me
    You are doing very well
    I make mistakes like all the time
    It is the way we learn man through mistakes

  10. emiliano Says:

    Thank you dear friends, Betty, Tania, Sergio and Peter.

    Difficult to explain our feelings or how are we perceiving things in general.
    There is a moment that a bit ray of light came to us and see that something is
    not going the way we like.
    That is my situation now and I would try to explain the subject.

    I would like to see more people here, more short comments of friends
    that use to read the post and they don´t dare to write just because
    we use to write too much and too frequently, so for them is like climbing
    a high mountain as we put the level extremely high for them.
    (I know this because I have some friends here in Madrid that they have
    said it to me).

    Also there is something that to me is clear or are my feelings. I think that every
    one of us could do our best to have a good time but also improve our
    English doing a nice good job, somehow just to transmit a right way of using the language
    writing nice an clearly, but also with less strength and less frequently giving
    the option to other of trying also to put their short comments and seeing
    their names in the Blog list…only five are shown usually.

    I sent two or three messages to Peter telling him about my personal
    point of view, but I think dear Peter that you see this subject by a
    quite different side of mine, what is right as my own opinion is as valid as yours
    despite a could not agree with it.
    Lately what I have seen is just the contrary of what I would like for this Blog,
    in fact five or six of us are monopolizing the Blog and I don´t like to do this at least
    for a period of time.
    My option is clear, I am not going to monopolize the site for a period of time
    being the first in giving an example.

    Talking about dictionaries of course, I could use a dictionary, but this is not the question
    important to me, despite I don´t like it.
    If I need a dictionary to see or understand what is written what it could be for other
    friends that are less accustomed than me to read, what really they obtain from
    the Blog?, that is the point.

    Just a rest I think is necessary to see what happens.
    Sorry, sorry and sorry again Peter (specially you) and all other friends, I know it is
    complicated of explaining but that are my reasons.
    Of course, I am going to be here reading and writing shorter and less
    profusely (Betty you are so nice person) giving a chance to other friends and I shall see what is
    going to happen.
    Yes, I think it could be a good worthy experience for our dear Blog.
    So long friends, emiliano

  11. reena Says:

    I think emiliano is show us an example. There is no limit but you can limit yourself not to annoy other people with so many comments everyday. But emiliano plese don’t stop. I like your comments very miuch and I rad them always. I don’t write here many times but I read. Don’t stop plese.

  12. emiliano Says:

    Thank you so much Reena, you have got my reasons perfectly well.
    Clearly and shortly you have said what I mean.

    The Blog is a part of my life, I am not going to give up.
    A message like yours is what make me strong to continue and trying to provide
    new ideas to improve its good qualities.

    Thank you from my heart.

    emiliano

  13. Peter Says:

    Emiliano,
    Suit yourself
    But,nobody is hoging the blog
    Every body can participate
    There is no limit to it

  14. Peter Says:

    Reena,
    I can’t undrestand
    If a comment is that annoying to you
    Just skip it
    U don’t need to read it through
    You don’t need to go through the comments at all
    It is not comments per say that is important ,it is the practice you get
    The more you write ,the better you get

  15. Peter Says:

    Betty,
    What Is with all the negative talk
    It is totally unlike you
    There is nothing tiring about writing
    In fact, It is very cheerful
    Let me put it another way Betty,
    Writing is like driving
    Initialy when you start driving ,it is hard and tiring. You must give it a 100 percent. By that I mean you need eye and hand coordination
    You must be alert of everything
    The cars driving pass by ,the gear changing ,the mirrors check everything
    But after a while constant driving ,you don’t even think while driving.Because You have developed a muscle memory for it. Driving has become your second nature. The same principals apply to writing
    Keep on writing until it becomes your second nature
    No braging, but I can write gibberish Here ,like 10 pages without even thinking about what I m writing
    You know why,because I practiced doing so
    So ,stopped with the negativity ,and go back to your positive side
    Yours
    Peter

  16. Peter Says:

    The discussion we are having here is absurd

  17. Betty Says:

    Hi Peter, Yes, I understand you, but many people in the whole world started learning driving and gave up after a few lessons. Many people passed their driving test in Hong Kong and stopped driving from the day they passed the test.

    I agree with you in comparing driving to learning English. I have many friends whose English is very bad but they will never want to improve it because they simply do not enjoy it.

    When I see that they need my help, I always help them with English, but I will not irritate them by asking them to learn more or improve their English.

    Does it do anyone any good to force them to learn English? No!

    It would not be good to force someone to drive a vehicle neither.

    I am sure Emiliano will not give up English. As he said writing on this blog is part of his life, he simply needs a little rest and then he will write even more when he is ready.

    I sincerely hope that I do not sound silly by saying the above.

    Best Regards
    Betty

  18. Peter Says:

    Emiliano
    You never overstep your bounds
    The more ,the merrier :)

  19. emiliano Says:

    Never may you sound silly Betty, I think you are absolutely right.

    All my best to you.
    emiliano