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Podcasts This Week (November 28, 2011)

“What did you say?” “Could you repeat that?”

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 742 – Admiring Someone from Afar

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 have nothing on (someone)” and “to eat it up.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Toll-Free Phone Numbers in the U.S.”
“Many business want new customers to be able to call them to place orders or to ask questions without having to pay for the “long distance” (not local) call. For that reason, these businesses have “toll-free”…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 322

Topics:  No-Tuition Colleges; the Sacco-Vanzetti Trial; crazy versus mad versus psycho versus mentally ill; using –ed words as adjectives; lo and behold

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Paying College and University Expenses.”
“While some college and university students are “supported by” (have their expenses paid for by) their parents, many other students “struggle” (try to overcome difficulties) to pay for tuition and other expenses…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 743 – Writing a Story

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 “character” and “period.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Use of the Second-Person Point of View in Writing.”
“Whether you read novels or newspapers, most of the written materials we read “on a daily basis” (every day) is written in the first person or third person. In American school, students are usually taught to write “expository”…”  – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

14 Responses to “Podcasts This Week (November 28, 2011)”

  1. Peter Says:

    Howdy,
    Chritmass is around the corner one more time.
    My,time flys by.
    I know,before I know it ,there will be the end of this coming year.
    We are wrapping up another year with Eslpod.
    Since 2004 till now ,more than half a decade we have been having the presence of Eslpod ; and Jeff ,and Lucy as the body of Eslpod in our daily lives.
    Do u get the magnitude of it.
    It is huge!!
    For half a decade we have been teaching a new culture , a new language and more inprtantly ,for half a decade we got to share.
    We got to share our thoughts ,ideas ,joys ,and sorrows in our cyber community founded by Jeff and Lucy.
    Eslpod ,along with Jeff and Lucy have been with us deep and involved.
    I stand corrected .it is not huge . It is humongous.
    It is Unbelievable.
    6 years injection of insight and wisdom into our lives for free.

    Man, if it is not sth ,then what is it?
    Guys, keep in mind.
    Eslpod is not a right ,it is a privilege.
    Let’s make one unified pledge-that is , keep our ESLPOD up and running.

    By now,

  2. Peter Says:

    Dear Emiliano,
    On the latest post done by our dear prof Lucy,
    You grave me more credit that I am really deserve for.
    Thank you pal.
    For all the words of recognition.
    It is a huge incentive for me
    But,in all fairness,Please let’s not overlook the fact that if we are going somewhere in English language is 110 percents due to the efforts that Our dear profs have extended towards us.
    Man, if you take a close look at what I have put down over there,u will notice the trace of Eslpod over my all writings. It is like I was cheating:))
    So , let’s praise who are truly worthy of praising : Dr. Lucy Tse , and Dr. Jeff Mcquillan.

    Thanks Bro
    It means a lot to me

  3. Betty Says:

    Thank you very much indeed, Peter and Emiliano

    You both have been very kind and have given me a lot of encouragement since I started writing here about a year ago.

    I did not think I would want to write on a website because I knew that anyone in the whole world could read my writing and it would be too much for me, psychologically.

    However, I needed to improve my English and surprisingly I found myself writing more and more confidently every day since I started writing here, thanks to both of you plus many more of our friends here who gave me a pat on my back from time to time.

    The advantages of writing here outweigh the disadvantages, and I have managed to write at least once a week most of the time. I think I have found a way to stop my English degenerating fast, providing Jeff and his ESLPOD.com team and everyone who subscribe and donate to this website continue their efforts.

    Peter, I would like to thank you in particular in pointing out the use of the word “queue”. Previously, I did not know it was used chiefly in Britain and not in Canada.

    I assumed the whole world use the word “queue” like we used it in England.

    Anyway, there is some history of “queue” from the ‘freedictionary.com’ if you are interested:

    Word History: When the British stand in queues (as they have been doing at least since 1837, when this meaning of the word is first recorded in English), they may not realize they form a tail. The French word queue from which the English word is borrowed is a descendant of Latin c da, meaning “tail.” French queue appeared in 1748 in English, referring to a plait of hair hanging down the back of the neck. By 1802 wearing a queue was a regulation in the British army, but by the mid-19th century queues had disappeared along with cocked hats. Latin c da is also the source of Italian coda, which was adopted into English as a musical term (like so many other English musical terms that come from Italian). A coda is thus literally the “tail end” of a movement or composition.

    That’s enough writing for me for today. ;)

    Best regards

    Betty :)

  4. Betty Says:

    Sorry, error again:

    “…….. providing Jeff and his ESLPOD.com team and everyone who subscribe and donate to this website continue their efforts”.

    I meant to say: “…….. providing Jeff and his ESLPOD.com team and everyone who subscribe and donate to this website continue their supports”.

    Many thanks.

  5. Myo ko ko Says:

    Hmm….
    Lucy,
    Now I’m visiting your “Testimonials from our Listeners” page.
    Your listeners’ feelings on your great podcasts are somehow interesting!
    One listener says:
    …….How can I tell you my gratitude?……Your method is perfect……

    Another listener says:
    …….I think that you use the right way of teaching people English. This method is simple and understandable……

    Another one says:
    …….I tried many other sites and podcasts with English study but now I am sure yours is the best. I think this opinion is not only mine…….

    Next one says:
    …….I got familiar with your website a month ago. Suddenly I found the course that I was looking for since a long time ago
    and then new windows of hope were opened for me. I found it !!! I found it!!! I really do not know how to thank you,…….

    Next one says:
    ………I just want to tell you how much I appreciate the existence of your website. It’s an awesome help for learners of English and …….

    Next listener says:
    ……….Your ESL Podcast has change my life. I do recognize I’m improving my English with you and it makes me feel like a conqueror! It’s wnderful!…….

    Next says:
    ………Usually learning vocabulary is the most boring task (besides grammar) in learning a new language,
    but your podcast makes this task just easier and makes it definitely more fun than browsing through a vocabulary book!……….

    The other one says:
    ……..I want to say to you only thanks. This site is really great! …….

    OK, OK, I’d better stop, otherwise this page is going to be full of their words and there will be no more space left for me to write on! :D
    My opinion?
    Hmm….
    Lucy, I’m so afraid because I have only very very few words to express my opinion!
    If you keep asking my opinion,
    I would say: “Well, Lucy, all of what your listeners say above is right!” ;)

    By the way,
    One of this week’s podcasts – “Writing a Story” would be sort of interesting stuff!
    Thank a million for your this week’s podcasts.

  6. Peter Says:

    Well,Another typical week started today.
    But ,don’t worry guys
    Jeff has as always a lot up his sleeve to surprise us, all interesting expressions and words.

    Never undervalue Eslpod

    It always comes with surprises
    A new course perhaps:)

  7. emiliano Says:

    Myo ko ko, here is another one opinion….

    Yes, ESL has changed my life by a lot of subjects:

    I have friends, close friends in fact.
    My English is much better than it was ever.
    I am, at least, reading English books.
    I understand the lyrics of songs I have being listening for
    years without knowing the meaning.
    I could listened to audiobooks understanding them.
    I could have a site where I can write and say my
    feelings and thoughts.
    The site, the blog, is one of the best ever I have
    visited.
    Well, in fact I do not visit any one more site than
    my favorite….ESL Blog.
    All my daughters have learnt English better than
    me.
    My mind is full of ideas outside the serious daily
    problems.
    Yes, I have lot of problems but ESL take me
    out from them day after day…

    . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . and the best of all

    Lucy and Jeff are so nice best persons like they
    seems by their lessons.
    From the last five years I have been so close
    to them that I could be sure about their great
    heart and high knowledge.

    My best to all of you friends of this blog
    and ESL students.

    emiliano

  8. emiliano Says:

    By the way,
    today is a very special day for emiliano as he was born
    some day like this too many years ago in Madrid, Spain.

    Lot of friends are calling him by phone or coming
    home to say him happy birthday to you.

    I like to say him, me, happy birthday emiliano i hope
    to say him the same phrase along a lot of years
    in future with good help and the best humor.

    This is the better place to say him my own pleasure
    of being alive.

    Thank you Lucy and Jeff, you have a nice warm place
    to remember myself my own God´s gift of being born
    a cold day of November.

    I like to remember also my mother and my father, that
    put something of themselves to give me the life.
    The best gift a person could receive from other persons.
    Their parents, thank you Paquita and Emiliano you
    gave me the flame of life and your knowledge and I´ll
    be grateful to you all my life.

  9. Myo ko ko Says:

    Once again,
    Speaking of stories, there was a story I once read.
    Let me tell you about it.
    (But you know I’m not good at writing in English,
    so I’ll try it in “very very simple” English to make sure you don’t miss the point of story.
    Lucy and Jeff, don’t blame me on writing that much…. you promise? ;) )

    This story is about “love” between a boy and a girl.
    Once upon a time, there lived a boy and a girl in a village.
    The boy was romantically so interested in the girl. How much was the boy so interested in her?
    Well, he said that there wasn’t even a word that can express how he loved her.
    He claimed that the word “love” wasn’t able to mention his love to her because his love was too profound or intense.

    [This is where the story itself couldn't continue narrating about how much the boy loved the girl due to the lack (absence) of word or words that can
    express the boy's love to the girl. For this reason, the story itself has nothing more to narrate about the boy's love !
    In other words, the story CANNOT tell the reader about boy's part. (remember, this story is about "love" between a boy and a girl.)]

    [So, the story tries to talk about the next character, the girl.]
    The girl was neither interested in the boy nor has “any chemistry” (hints of love) in her mind about the boy.
    [In daily life, if someone is romantically interested in someone else, there are a lot of things to talk about -- such as, how much he or she loves,
    how beautiful/cute he or she is, how charming he or she is, and so forth.]

    But in this story, the girl was neither romantically interested in the boy nor hated him!
    In other words, the girl herself DIDN’T has something good or bad about the boy in her mind to mention.
    To say, there was “nothing” about the boy in the girl’s mind.

    [Again here, the story itself fails to narrate even a line about the love in the girl's mind due to the fact that there is nothing about the boy in the girl's mind.
    The story itself, therefore, cannot continue narrating about the girl's part! (remember again that this story is about "love" between a boy and a girl! :) )]

    *************************************************************
    That was the story I read in a novel written by a “post-modern” writer.
    I am sure you are a little confused about the story. Right? And the story itself is a little out of the blue (strange)!
    But, you know, this is a “post-modern writing style.”

    Oh ya, I almost forget to tell you the story’s title!
    yeah, the title of the story is “A story that cannot be retold”.
    You can retell this story to your friends! How about? :D

    Bye for now since my fingers get stiff. ;)

  10. Myo ko ko Says:

    Thanks emiliano for your plus plus ;)
    You, Peter and Betty are spirit of the Blog.
    Who dare complain this?
    yeah, I really want to write here much much more.
    But you know I don’t have my own Internet access,
    so I have to cut corner. :)
    see you soon.

  11. Betty Says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you, Emiliano.

    I have never listened to such a good birthday speech before.

    We would like to thank your parents for giving the world such a charming and intelligent person.

    (Singing together):
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EMILIANO, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU.

  12. emiliano Says:

    Thank you very much Betty, I am sure parent´s emiliano would be
    very pleased if they could read your kind words.
    Be sure Cuca and me are happy too.
    Yesterday was a very nice day as lot of calls were received at home
    also Fátima was here with a nice present and Laura called from
    Copenhagen, it was an incredible surprise as it has to be very
    expensive for her.
    Laura is coming home next next 17Th of December to be here
    a week.
    She is happy but I think very very busy.

    A million of thanks Betty.
    emiliano

  13. Betty Says:

    Hi Myo Ko Ko,

    I am very impressed with your English writing skill. You can write English stories like it is something you are best at.

    The love story you told us in the post above is very catchy (pleasing and easily remembered). I will certainly remember this love story for a very long time.

    In fact, I think it is very common that a boy could not find a word to express his profound feelings for a girl. And it is equally common for a girl to feel no trace of chemistry for a boy who does not know how to talk to her.

    We call this single love – or single secret admirer? (sorry I do not know what you call it in English, I hope Lucy can tell us the proper English word for this when she get round to it).

    I hope you don’t mind me asking, why is it that you do not have internet access at home and you have to go to internet café (or whatever you call then in your country) to use internet?

    Hong Kong’s public library has free internet access but it is very hard to find a free computer because there are always so many people using them.
    If I do not have internet access at home I may not bother to use internet at all.

    Thank you again for the lovely love story. Very cute. :)
    Betty

  14. waconda Says:

    Hi and these interest me …real language is interesting…but in the classroom or at
    homeschool places, do you speak like this?

    like the smileys….on a cold winter day, a smile a way, keeps the chills at bay..