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Podcasts This Week (December 5, 2011)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 744 – Dealing With a Mistake

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 “on (someone’s) end” and “to screw up.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “How Companies Place Business Orders.”
“Large companies can ‘place’ (make) orders and pay for their purchases in many ways. One of the most common is a ‘purchase order’…”  – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 323

Topics: American Presidents – John Adams; the Boy/Girl Scouts; What time is it? versus What is the time?; to rock; for all intents and purposes

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Presidents Related to Other Presidents.”
“In American politics, it is not uncommon to find ‘legacies,’ or people who hold the same position as their father or mother, or some other older relative. As in any other ‘profession’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 745 – Welcoming a Houseguest

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 talk to (oneself)” and “to hog.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Houseguest Etiquette.”
“Americans often invite other people to stay in their homes, especially friends or relatives who are visiting from far away. Although there aren’t any written rules, it is important for those visitors to be aware of houseguest ‘etiquette’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

6 Responses to “Podcasts This Week (December 5, 2011)”

  1. adfdxxfgggf Says:

    I want to know the english well.

  2. Peter Says:

    Warren my man ,
    I have to say that your latest note here on this blog grew on me.
    I m telling you,the more I read it ,the more I get attached to the the concept of Ur fantastically done post.
    Man,
    You are nothing shorter than Jeff and Lucy
    In fact,sometimes you top them.
    I mean,your latest piece on this very blog is one of the best.
    It grew on me totally.
    Infant , I copy-pasted it on my iphon’s notbook so I can read it through over and over at my breakfast table
    I must say I have never heard some of those sophisticated terms you used.
    I m gonna use them like a lot. It gives me an upper hand even among English people ,that is for sure.
    Kudos on the post.
    I love to see you more around the blog.
    This time around ,you even toped Jeff. You know,it is close to impossible to top Jeff.it is not an easy task to do.
    He is one smooth writer,and smooth talker.
    He is big,English wise.
    U know how I always picture you.
    I depict you as one of those cool profs with tattoos on their arms and a warm smile on their face .those profs who always wear get-ups and are lenient with their students,an easy marker.
    Your idiosynteric,unusual texts are mind tingling

    Thanks my dear prof
    You drop by on the blog from time to time and leave us with something to contemplate. Sth that keeps our minds busy till U choose the blog as Ur pit stop again:)
    Warren
    Your brainy posts are always welcome here
    Drop in more ,would u.

    Yours
    Peter

  3. Peter Says:

    Edfdxxfggf,
    Hang in there.
    You landed on haven for English-language enthusiast.

  4. Peter Says:

    The Temperature slips down to below freazing temperature(0 temperature) for the fist time this year. It is unprecedented.
    Every year , I had scraped ice off my butt by the end of November.
    But ,this year around, no snow accumulation ,just rain.
    Let’s cross our fingers.
    The weather is ideal. It is fresh and crisp.
    Seems like ,the old spinster ,winter if you will,skipped Toronto out of the goodness of her heart:)
    Spring is in the air,so is happines and joy
    Besides the good weather,This year the Christmas decoration is sth of visit.
    For years, we had fallen into a rut; A routing ,dead boring city decoration and illumination.
    But, for all I know , this year the city has shaken up a bit and colored the city quite differently.
    The thing is , every year , the students of the college of Art and Design in different universities across Canada put in bids to get the contract for decorating their cities’ downtown for the holiday seasons.
    Then ,At the end of the holiday seasons,they are rated based on creativeness and theme.
    The best decoration gets a hefty reward.
    Seriously, for real
    For the past couple of years Toronto has come last in rank.
    We had a dry streak.
    But, this year around, it is different. The team who won the bid for Toronto has done a fantastic job.
    The decoration makes you feel that Christmass is in the air
    Their decoration across the city totally matches with the spirit of New year and Christmass.
    They have done a great job.
    People go downtown to took pictures from all the beautiful illumination and christmass decoration.
    We r planing on going two Weeks from now.
    I hapened to drive through the core of downtown yesterday. It was mesmerizing; I Absolutly loved it.
    We are planing to go when the night falls for all the lights.
    The mild weather and the beautiful decoration has made a perfect christmass time this year.
    I bet ,Toronto’s team will win this Time.

    By now

  5. Myo ko ko Says:

    Hi, ESL friends here,
    Have you ever heard of this word “WYSIWYG” before?
    You haven’t as of yet?!
    ….Hold…Hold….please wait!! Don’t go to “your dictionary” right now!…. huh?

    Instead, please you take a look at the homepage of this website–www.eslpod.com.
    What do you see? All right, all right …..I know you see these:

    ++ A slew of ESL podcasts, including newly-released ones,
    ++ Their “Learning Guides”,
    ++ Some “Premium courses”, and
    ++ Special “blog posts” written by talented and your very own teachers who take care of your English study.

    And do you know that they are giving, giving you!
    Well, you should know by now that “what you see is what you get!”

    So much thanks Jeff and Lucy for being here with us, and for helping with our English.

    ————————————————————–
    @ emiliano,
    I’m glad you enjoyed your birthday last week. And so sorry for being slow in dropping a line here.
    The truth is, in our culture, we usually don’t hold such a “birthday party.”
    For this reason,
    To say “Happy birthday to you” to someone seems a little strange to me.
    Therefore, I thought I wouldn’t say this “Happy birthday to you” to you.
    Instead, I’m reading a poem that I loved best here in honor of you and your birthday. I hope you enjoy it!

    ———————————————–

    Ode on Solitude by Alexander Pope
    ———–The Quiet Life———-

    Happy the man, whose wish and care
    A few paternal acres bound,
    Content to breathe his native air,
    In his own ground.

    Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread,
    Whose flocks supply him with attire,
    Whose trees in summer yield him shade,
    In winter fire.

    Blest! who can unconcern’dly find
    Hours, days, and years slide soft away,
    In health of body, peace of mind,
    Quiet by day,

    Sound sleep by night; study and ease
    Together mix’d; sweet recreation,
    And innocence, which most does please,
    With meditation.

    Thus let me live, unseen, unknown;
    Thus unlamented let me dye;
    Steal from the world, and not a stone
    Tell where I lye.”
    ——————————————–

    In fact, I had to read (study) this poem in my high school. And I don’t know English poems very much of course!
    One thing interesting is that some of my classmates and I learned this poem in an unusual way.
    We put the poem’s lyrics into a very sweet melody of a song and sang it as if it were a song. (like singing Karaoke songs)
    If you can believe it, I’m still humming that our make-up “poem-song.” I wish I could sing it in front of you!!! ;)
    Finally,
    “May you have everything you do want much much more in future.”
    (please note, I wrote the time phrase,”in future,” not “in the future.” )

    ———————————————–
    @ Betty,
    You’ve asked me a really, really big question! :D
    I’ll try to cover (include) about it in my later comments.
    Hope you too don’t mind me for this short answer!…. huh?
    Thanks indeed for your nice words.
    And the day you don’t see my comments on this ESL blog is the day I don’t go to Internet Cafe’! ;)

  6. emiliano Says:

    Thank you so much Myo Ko Ko, I need to read the poem once and again
    to get it and remember as good as possible.
    A very nice gift that please me very much, indeed.

    It is absolutely unusual that a person wished a happy birthday to oneself
    but I like to remember my parents and give them my gratitude to be here
    as a result of their efforts.
    Also, why not, to show everyone that I am really happy of being alive.
    You know?
    I have still a lot of things to do and feel myself necessary to the person
    I love more.

    Thank you again.
    emiliano