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Podcasts This Week (October 10, 2011)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 728 – Describing One’s Skill Level

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “basic” and “master.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Internship Experience.”
” Students and “recent graduates” (people who recently earned a diploma or finished a course of study) can participate in internships to “obtain” (get) valuable job experience and “network” (meet; make connections) with people in their “chosen industry”…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 315

Topics: American Presidents: John F. Kennedy; Great Britain versus Britain versus England versus United Kingdom; hot shot

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In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about the “Lincoln-Kennedy Coincidences.”
“John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. A year later, an article appeared in an American newspaper “purportedly” (supposedly) showing many “coincidences” (things happening at the same time and/or in the same way, without explanation) between…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 729 – Being Blunt and Stubborn

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “direct” and “to speak up.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Animals Associated with Personality Traits.”
“In this episode, we talked about “pigheadedness” and being as stubborn as a “mule” (an animal born to a female horse and a male donkey). Many other animals are “associated” (connected) with “certain” (specific) personality traits in English…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

11 Responses to “Podcasts This Week (October 10, 2011)”

  1. Peter Says:

    Guys,
    The town is like a ghost town today.
    Seems like ,Torontonians have the best of both world today. As you know this weekend is a long weekened in Canada. The occasion is “Thanks giving.”
    It is a weekened of feast and thankfulness , and at the same time an unprecedented summer-like temperature has hit this sub-arctic country.
    People have rised to the occasion :) and hit the road today.
    They are going out of town in different lodges and resources to soak up every bit of the sun since they know it ,they know it well that it is a matter of time before the harsh winter colors the town Gray.
    They are out to think green today.

  2. Myo ko ko Says:

    They say:”Nobody is perfect.”
    You never know! It is always the case with me! :)
    Because there are “tonnes” of things that I don’t know
    and “very few” of things that I do know.
    Of things that I know, what I certainly know are……
    …..There are a handful of people in a team called ESL Podcast Team, who are busting their butts, living up to their motto–“English for Everyone.”
    …..There are two people, namely Jeff and Lucy, who are said to be “linchpins” of the Team, to be “unsung heroes,”
    …..who don’t like “limelight” and of course “brown-nosing!” :)
    …..who want to keep low profiles!

    Let me send my “thankfulness” to those people,
    But you know, my “Thanks” is neither a run-of-the-mill nor faint one,
    It is a “hashtag-ed (#)” and ” asterrisk-ed (*)” one, here I go…
    #Thanks* Jeff and Lucy for the new podcasts! :)
    Just for fun!! …..um? :)

  3. Peter Says:

    Well,keep writing Here like everday is my mantra.
    I mean, it is my way of medication.
    If only I could find a way to reshape my voice chords to Lucy’s :)
    That way transition would become complete:)
    Jeff,never go around things half-ass:)
    You did it all ,do sth for accent-correction as well:)
    I m joking,
    I always appreciate what you have done for us.

    A hug fan!

  4. Peter Says:

    Dear Jeff,
    I remember 4 ,5 years ago , you making a promise to us that you would help us learn American expressions and terms by which the actual English people run their daily conversations.
    Back then ,I held you to that
    I have to say ,back then,I accepted your promise ,with a grain of salt. You know,at the time, to me,it was Like setting some immeasurable,unrealiatic goal.
    But,to my surprise and awe you did it bro.
    We are there already
    I have lifted the hold.
    What ever you are doing is just beyond measurable goals.
    You and your team worked a miracle
    You pulled a stunt!!!
    All bragibg aside, everywhere I go among English people , they ask me how I got that far. How do I know all the expressions they use down to the minute details.
    Well,I tease them a bit first ,then I say” I have the amazing Jeff on my side.”

  5. emiliano Says:

    Never I could forget the day and moment Kennedy was assassinated.
    Despite being in Spain it was like an incredible news.
    Afterward the killing of the supposed killer of the President was even
    more absolutely out of the reality.
    Nobody could believed the official version of the events.
    Not me of course, it is another hidden subject as there are so many
    along centuries or even the last years.

    Some years after I read two books about the facts or even
    something about the Warren Commission but it seems there
    were such a lot of suspicious circumstances or too many
    dead people who were present at that moment.

    Sure it will be an interesting Cafe Jeff, thank you very much
    Lucy for the scrip.
    It seems to me it has to be really difficult to write such
    incredible amount of words with the higher quality of
    interest and grammar.
    Lucy you are really great and wise.
    Thanks a million.

  6. Myo ko ko Says:

    Hi, Emiliano,
    If you like, like me of course, thriller movies, there is an upcoming one ” The Skin I Live In!”
    It is due to open on October, 14. I read its review on Newsweek. Sort of interesting!
    How about?

  7. Myo ko ko Says:

    And I also read news about a book “Time to(for?) Outrage” by a 93-year-old author.
    It has just 32 pages but bestseller(about 3.5 million sold)
    It is currently popular around Europe.
    I think you may also have heard of it.

  8. Peter Says:

    Dear Doctor Jeff McOuillian,
    You are one accomplished man,yet you are modest to a fault.
    So,I guess ,it is on us to come out and appreciate you for what you have done ,and acknowledge your intellect, once in a while.
    I see this as my duty to extend my grattitide towards you ,from tome to time. It is the least I can do for what you have done for us.
    It is an honor for me to come shake your hand in the beautiful Los Angeles ,California:)

    You are the best, doc

  9. Betty Says:

    You see, Emiliano, Myo Ko Ko is trying to encourage you to write the book that you wanted to write.

    When I read your message last time saying it might be too late to start writing a book, I disagreed with you but I did not know what to write to express my thoughts.

    Reading Myo Ko Ko’s message reminded me to say the above.

    I hope I have not misunderstood the message.

  10. emiliano Says:

    Ja, ja, thank you Myo ko ko, yes I know about the movie as it has been done
    by the Spaniard director Pedro Almodovar with Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya
    as the protagonists.

    Years before I use to watch all the movies of this director, some of them really good
    and funny despite just a little or too much provocatives.
    To me “Talk with her” has been her best movie, it won the Oscar prize to the foreign
    best movie on the year 2002, also I liked “Return” but now I do not like to see any
    Spanish movie any more and I´m not going to change my mind.
    All of them are about the same themes, sex, drugs, uprooting, politic, prostitution
    and Spanish civil war with all its consequences.
    No, please, I am fed up about so boring Spanish movies and themes.
    Always the same themes financed and promoted by the government taking off
    the money from the contributors.

    Thank you Myo ko ko, but from now I could say to you “I am not going to
    see the Almodovar´s movies” which ever one he could made.
    It is indeed a radical position, I know it, but it is “My Way”…as Frank
    Sinatra´s song.

    Best regards dear friend.

  11. emiliano Says:

    Yes, sorry Myo Ko Ko, sure Betty take the gist of your message.
    Never is late to do what a person wants to do.

    In fact I have written five or six books, …well more, too
    long books, but only about my family and my own life.
    They have nothing of interest but they were a good therapy for
    me while I was doing that.

    When I take one of them and read something about
    my family, problems or life fourteen or twelve years
    before I always think “how badly they are written”
    and what a lot of silly things that seems so important
    at the moment they were happening.
    But indeed that is a good, quite good therapy for
    the mind and the soul.

    This man, Stephane Hessel of 93 years old, and his book is the
    guru of the “Indignant Movement” here in Madrid and now in
    New York City or Boston.

    Just a lot to talk about it or several opinions about the
    matter……….something is changing for good or for bad
    that is for sure.

    Very nice Betty, you are hopeful about my possibilities
    (I am not so much) thanks a million.