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Podcasts This Week (April 30, 2012)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 786 – Going to a Bar

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “shot” and “impression.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Types of Bars and Pubs.”
“Americans enjoy going to many types of “drinking establishments” or “bars.” A “dive bar” is the least “sophisticated” (elegant; refined) type of bar…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 344

Topics: American Playwrights – Tennessee Williams; how to become a real estate agent; thief versus burglar versus robber versus mugger; to sell someone a bill of goods; to hold up one’s end of a bargain; momentum

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In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Multiple Listing Service.”
“If you want to buy or sell a home in the United States, your real estate agent or broker will very likely use the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).  The MLS is a…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 787 – Speaking to a Baby or Young Child

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 look after” and “no-no.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Terms for Relatives.”
“Very few children call their parents “mother” and “father,” which sounds too “formal” (very respectful and polite, but not relaxed or comfortable). Instead…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

6 Responses to “Podcasts This Week (April 30, 2012)”

  1. Dr. Jeff McQuillan Says:

    Regular readers of our blog know by now that one of our most loyal contributors is Emiliano from Spain. I have the pleasure to tell you that today is Emiliano and his wife’s (Cuca) 42nd wedding anniversary. All of us here at ESL Podcast congratulate them on their wonderful years together!

    Emiliano sent me a note from his cat, Gatufo (that’s what he told me!) about this important day, so I’m posting that below.

    Congratulations, Emailiano and Cuca!
    -Jeff
    ————————————–
    LIVINGS AND THOUGHTS OF A CAT
    As a cat I do not understand lot of things that humans do or think. Living with two humans sometimes it is even more difficult as I can´t think like them. Of course I am refering to cuca and emiliano, my own herd now.
    I say that because I do not belong to any body, even I do not feel any love for another female cat, I only like cuca and emiliano because they belong to my own herd, as I have said above already, beside emiliano gives me my food and water, but love another cat?. That is absolutely different, I do not love any of my own group.
    I tell this to you, people, because it seems that cuca and emiliano has been together for the last fourty two years. They are talking each other about this matter, a quite difficult subject for a cat like me.
    Forty two years?. I can not conceive such a thing, such a long time
    living together? Incredible for alll means. It is evem too much more time than the age of an old cat. It is nearly three times the life of a healthy cat like me. It is too much for the body or the mind of gatufo, yes it is such an odd thing that I could not thing about it.
    Even more incredible it is the feeling of being happy after so much time together, and it must be so as they are telling silly things to each other the full morning.
    Some silly things like “Yes I do” that I can not understand despite I could speak and write some English phrases and words.
    For your good information it happened that fourty two years ago, here in Madrid, cuca and emiliano got married. Hummm what is that?. You may know what is it, but I don´t.
    They are saying that it was a day like this one, clouded and windy and their family were together with them. Their family? Again, what is that?. Their herd? me? I could not remember as I was not alive, so it is quite inconceivable to me just what they are remembering all this morning. Yes, I am a little tired about this subject…married? fourty two years together?, what a stupid supposition for today.
    May be cuca and emiliano are a little mad?, I do think they are just a little after all.
    Nevertheless as gatufo is a nice cat I could forgive you both and I wan to shout aloud a big miauuu meaning congratulations cuca and emiliano, it is absolutely weird, incomprehensible to me being a single sincere cat, but despite all of this I want to wish you a nices life together, with me, and give also to you all my own good desires for the herd in the future, a long life and plenty of food and water for you and for me, also lot of games with poor gatufo that could not understand anything about this day.
    Be alert friends, I have lot of subjects to think about and I would tell you once these odd days could pass as soon as possible.
    It seems to me that time it is too hard for humans but even for cats, dogs, horses and other animal as there is not enough money to mantain them.
    What are we going to do?. I do not know.
    My best and my solidarity to everyone of you friends that are outside home going
    through bad difficult time everywhere round the world.
    el gatufo

  2. Betty Says:

    Many Congratulations to Cuca and Emiliano! Happy 42nd Wedding Anniversary!

    Thank you Gatufo, and thank you Jeff, for telling us this important day for our famous writer, Emiliano and his wife, Cuca.

    I know that I have been good and God send me all the good things in life – I found this serious English learning website and then I found all the nicest people in this world. Now even animals are nice animals. Good work! Gatufo, keep it up.

    Best Wishes

    Betty XX

  3. Sergio Says:

    I hope, dear Gatufo, you can live many many years yet with two kind people as Cuca and Emiliano are.
    Even though they’re married since forty-two years – what a beatiful number -,
    don’t be afraid, they won’t ever forget to buy some food to you…
    Please, give them my warmest congratulations!
    Sergiño

  4. Tania Says:

    Hi! Dear Gatufo, thanks to Emiliano you are one of our dear blog friends.
    You are enjoying together with us listening to our ESL English lessons, our music, our jokes…can you dance?
    I’d like to write us more frequently. I do love you including Cuca and Emiliano.
    Thank you for this nice letter.

    All the best to Cuca and Emiliano and a long and happy life together.

    All my respect and love,

    Tania

  5. Peter Says:

    Jeff, I have to say ,nice gesture on your part.
    It is the sweetest thing you did.
    Dear Emiliano,
    I m happy for you bro
    I wanna share here the joy Jeff initially spreaded around the blog.
    My friend Emiliano,
    I have one complain to make ,though.
    If I may,
    You should have shared the milestone with all of us.
    I guess we have been the citizen of Eslpod long enough to be happy for one another success , and the jubilee.
    You past one jubilee together anyway.and ,let me tell you” 42 years” is equally important
    I m geniounly happy for you and admire the journey you have benn embarking on for 42 years
    It shows us : marriage works people
    My Single counterparts , I guess it is time for us to hitch our wagons to Emiliano :)
    For me ,it is about time :))
    Congratulate you and your beloved wife on the 42 years of closeness and togetherness.

    Yours

    Peter,

  6. emiliano Says:

    Thanks a lot to all of you friends, yes I think this naughty but clever Gatufo has wanted to share this
    happy anniversary with all my dear friends in the Blog.
    My dear admirable Jeff has done this special incredible kind gift to Cuca and me, thanks very much Jeff
    also our thanks to Lucy and all the ESL team.

    Jeff knows about Gatufo and he has wanted to reward me in the best form he always do, thanks
    again dear friend.

    Yesterday was a very good anniversary for us, this incredible nice note in the site that I love more, all
    the congratulations of my dear friends now and quite good news that I was awaiting for.

    Cuca and me are very fortunate people as we have the best a person may share and have. All of
    you know what I am talking about because my great mouth is always open sharing my feelings to
    her here in the Blog.

    Just an emotional emiliano gives to all of you his hearted Thanks.