Podcasts This Week (June 27, 2011)

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ESL Podcast 698 – Making Racially-Offensive Remarks

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 get carried away” and “to catch up.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Unacceptable Racial Slurs.”
“Languages change over time, and some terms that were “once” (in the past) “acceptable” (okay to use) are no longer acceptable. This is especially true for terms used to refer to “minority groups”…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 300

Topics: American Presidents: Theodore Roosevelt; The Folk Tales of Uncle Remus; drug versus pill versus tablet; pronouncing ½; engagement versus commitment

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In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Origins of Teddy Bears.”
“Few children today grow up without playing with or owning a “teddy bear,” a soft toy in the shape of a “bear,” a large white, brown, or black animal.  “Teddy bears” are actually named after President Theodore Roosevelt…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ESL Podcast 699 – Dealing With the Paparazzi

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 stake out” and “to call off.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Anti-Paparazzi Laws.”
“Paparazzi can make a lot of money by selling photos of “top” (extremely popular) “celebrities” (very famous people, especially musicians or actors), but sometimes these “financial incentives” (money one receives for doing something) make them “go over the top”…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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3 Responses to Podcasts This Week (June 27, 2011)

  1. emiliano says:

    My daughter Fátima once told me that even the English Cafes or the lessons do not should be in English and she could
    not learn so much English with them, even so…. she does listen to them because made her life easy in the Madrid
    mornings when she was going to work in the tube…(underground), frequently she was laughing with Jeff and Lucy.

    Yes, I know what she means as I recommended to her ESL Pod cast and specially the E.Cafes so interesting and nice
    with Jeff voice telling us such a lot of culture subjects, his family life (some times) and his trips and so much explanations
    about the significant cities I have known through books a movies, peoples, life in general…..

    Now 300 Cafes that is absolutely a memorable record.

    Thank you so much dear Jeff/Lucy and all the ESL staff.
    Your work is nice, splendid, humored and perfect.
    Lot of my best hours have been listening to you every place, at home, at the park, walking, making the shopping…..
    and so forth.
    You are a part of my life, please continue doing this your perfect work and giving us the best of you.
    With love.


  2. Sergio says:

    Although I’m member only since three months, I completely agree with my friend Emiliano.
    He expresses very well – and more better than I could – my opinions and my emotions too.
    Before meeting the ESL podcast I preferred the British accent rather than the American,
    but now when I try to speak my own “second language” indeed I think the American accent
    is hugely more cool, spontaneous and pleasant – Fatima, change your mind, listen to your dad!
    Next thursday I’m going to London – I hope to look like an American tourist!
    We all lift a virtual Californian white wine glass to our wonderful teachers Lucy and Jeff.
    Cheers to all.
    Sergiño (this special signature is a homage to Emiliano and his family…)

  3. Nele says:

    Yes, the ESL Podcast crew makes a great job. Thank you very, very much!

    You have produced 300 English Cafes and the 700th ESL Podcast, what an achievement. So many interesting topics, many insights in the living in the USA and so much vocabulary, that you have presented with a friendly style and always with a sense of humor. Thank you very much!

    Many congratulations to the jubilee!


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