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Podcasts This Week (January 27, 2014)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 968 – Recording an Outgoing Voice Mail Message

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 “forced” and “away from.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Business Phone Etiquette.”
“When answering a business “line” (phone attached to a particular phone number)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 435

Topics: American President – James Madison; function versus reception versus banquet; worthy versus worth it; all of a sudden versus out of the blue

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Madison Avenue.”
“Madison Avenue is a street located on the island of Manhattan…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 969 – Using Electronics on Airplanes

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 “tablet” and “to power down.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “FAA Regulations on Electronics.”
“For many years, the FAA has ‘banned’ (not allowed) the use of portable electronic devices during takeoff…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

11 Responses to “Podcasts This Week (January 27, 2014)”

  1. Peter from Slovakia Says:

    Hi Lucy and Jeff:

    The podcast #968 is very useful and practical.
    But talking to an answering machine in the USA could be a problem now and then, especially for foreigners.
    I have personal experience from my USA trip in 2012.
    My bag got lost by an airline. I had to call and talk to answering robots.
    It was not a human, but it tried to comprehend your speech.
    Understanding my last name or even the spelling was complicated for the robot, because my pronunciation, I suppose. Not mentioning other complicated questions, requiring human intelligence.
    It took a long time when the robot decided to switch my call to a human. I was stressed a lot of course.
    Maybe, you could prepare a podcast devoted to this topic.
    Thanks million for your excellent work!
    Regards

    Peter from Slovakia

  2. Dan Says:

    Hey guys,

    Today my cat taught me a lesson.

    Since today was a beautiful sunny and windy day, I taught of take a part my bed and putting everything outside on the balcony.

    One of my cat, pissed on the duvet cover (podcast 497).

    At that point my only option, after cursing after the culprit, was to take the cover and get it washed.

    Well, thank to him (cat) I finally washed the duvet cover and the pillowcases.

    And I have learned that sometimes we get angry for nothing because even from something bad that happens there is also the positive side.

    Tonight I am going to sleep like an angel on my new, fresh, sunny smelly bed.

    Thanks

  3. Dan Says:

    Problem is that he is developing the nasty habit of signaling the territory indoors.

    Does that mean I am going to have to learn lesson every day?

    It seems so. Maybe Jeff has some advice on how to deal with the beast.

    I have been told he’s an expert on cats. :-)

  4. elcomandant Says:

    Be careful! Dan.

    Maybe your cat have learned something too. The cat can have learned that urinating on your duvet cover make you feel happy.

    If so, you are going to go to the laundry continuously.

    Greetings.
    :D

  5. Dan Says:

    Hi Elcomandant

    In that case, I will introduce to the cat my secret weapon. My slipper.

    Similar to the Iraqi journalist that threw his shoes to W.Bush. Do you remember that?

    That was kind of funny.

    Thank you

  6. emiliano Says:

    Just something more

    cont…….

    Again in the academy we have two young persons, a girl called Maria Jose and a boy called Emiliano.
    None of them knew nothing about the other, but the shy girl started to talk with Emiliano and she doesn´t
    know, even now, why?.

    He, you are a new comer she said.
    Yes I am, my name is emiliano.
    Mine is Maria Jose, is it your first day here?
    No, I came yesterday but you were not.
    Yes, I was at home just a little sick.
    Are you well now?
    Yes, of course, it was something very common.
    Then, the professor gives a paper to the girl and say her that the
    exercise of rubbish strake in N.Y., was o.k., but he thinks she could do a better redaction next.

    Emiliano look at her with a smile on his face and says; so the exercise was yours, I liked it very much when
    Mr. Pelegrín read it yesterday aloud, I thought it was funny and was looking for the person who writes it, so now
    I have found the person, you of course, congratulations it is a nice very good exercise.

    – Oh, thank you emiliano, you are really kind.

    No, I am not, that´s the truth M.José.

    Thank you again.

    Talking that way they remain for ten minutes, suddenly the boy who was out (the boyfriend of her, thought emiliano) returned and the conversation was over.

    What a pity, thought emiliano, what a nice beautiful girl is this one Maria Jose, I would like to talk more with her…. emiliano thoughts were very
    fast always, and without knowing nothing about the girl he thought she was really very nice and cheerful.

    What are she doing with this boy?, what different they are, thought by himself this boy in his second day at Jorge
    Juan academy, and he was right without knowing anything about the girl and her boyfriend.

    They were absolutely different and soon these differences will be so evidently that their life will turn and will separate one
    from the other for ever.

    No one of the three youngs know anything about this premise, future is always ahead of our life and we know nothing about tomorrow.

    With this feelings and thoughts the end of the class was soon and he find himself walking beside Cuca, talking with her vividly, how has
    been so?, no matter, he was cheerful and happy to be at her side going up Jorge Juan street.

    Till where?, it doesn´t matter to him, it was just a pleasure to be close this nice beautiful girl who was absolutely new for him.

    Yes, this situation was repeated some times along February, March and even April, till a day in this last month when Maria Jose
    came to the class without her boyfriend Jose Luis.

    This day was crucial in the life of them both, it was a day to remember always for them in future as being alone for nearly
    one hour inside the class they could talk for long feeling themselves and their feeling very close.

    They were so confortable talking one with the other that without knowing what was happening it was clear for emiliano
    that he likes M.Jose.
    Beside she started to think what she was doing dating a boy, Jose Luis, who she could not talk as well as she
    was doing with this one?, for her, emiliano was a nice boy to talk with, being confident and she feel very confortable being
    at his side.
    That´s was absolutely clear for her just from this day of April.

    Spring was exploding without any noise and feelings were skin deep in Madrid

    to be continued….

  7. Tania Says:

    Hi! At last it is snowing in my country.
    We hope that the crops will not be compromised.
    We’ll have water and green, green grass.

  8. Tania Says:

    Hi! Talking about Nebraska mentioned by Warren in his post…and Scammed!
    I remember of Nebraska movie, a 2013 American comedy-drama film, where it is about a mail scam.
    Thanks to Warren I could understand the meaning of the “mail scam”.
    “Nebraska” has received five Golden Globe Award nominations.
    I have not seen the movie yet. I have just read about it.

  9. Tania Says:

    Hi! According to the Wikipedia, Nebraska is a state located in the Midwestern United States.
    Its state capital is Lincoln.
    A very long and sad travel for Warren from California to Nebraska.

  10. emiliano Says:

    cont….

    Love in a Changing Wold….

    Walks to Cuca´s house were finishing some time elapses and without any walks chats between the two youngs were also difficult.

    Only their chats could continued if Jesus and Jose Luis were out to smoke or to take the air, then Cuca and Emiliano talk about
    different subjects that the two young could be interested.

    They were really interesting about what was happening out their Spanish world.

    Young movements were increasing through the world but the most important subject to be against was Vietnam´s War.
    Of couse Emiliano was against the war too, and he read everything that was written about it.

    What were doing american soldiers in this country?, he thought, nothing was clear or undestable about the war
    and to him who rejected all kind of them, this one was specially worst.

    By the time many American soldiers were deserting, and even youngs of that country forced to military service and
    therefore be mobilized was crossing the borders of Sweden, Canada or Australia for not going to that war.

    Vietnam War was one of the most most rejected, portrayed, and hated of the wars till that moment.
    All wars are awful but this one was even more.

    There were world movements against the War, even some popular reactions like Hippies in the USA and some more in Europe.
    The popular music was full of peacefully songs written and singed by Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, John Lenon and some other more
    that made incredible good songs.

    One of the best songs written by Lenon on 1971 was “Imagine”

    Imagine there’s no heaven
    It’s easy if you try
    No hell below us
    Above us only sky
    Imagine all the people living for today

    Imagine there’s no countries
    It isn’t hard to do
    Nothing to kill or die for
    And no religion too
    Imagine all the people living life in peace

    You, you may say
    I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
    I hope some day you’ll join us
    And the world will be as one

    Imagine no possessions
    I wonder if you can
    No need for greed or hunger
    A brotherhood of man
    Imagine all the people sharing all the world

    You, you may say
    I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
    I hope some day you’ll join us
    And the world will live as one

    +++++

    But even groups as Simon and Garfunkel made Parsely, sage, rosemary and thyme

    Tell her to reap it in a sickle of leather
    (War bellows, blazing in scarlet battalions)
    Parsely, sage, rosemary and thyme
    (Generals order their soldiers to kill)
    And to gather it all in a bunch of heather
    (And to fight for a cause they’ve long ago forgotten)
    Then she’ll be a true love of mine

    or The Doors with Jim Morrison in their Album “Wainting for the Sun”

    Wait until the war is over
    And we’re both a little older
    The unknown soldier
    Breakfast where the news is read
    Television children fed
    Unborn living, living, dead
    Bullet strikes the helmet’s head
    And it’s all over
    For the unknown soldier

    ++++++

    Like these songs there were other than for Emiliano were like masterpieces written in hard days of Vietnam´s War.

    Even songs written following the Hippie movement were famous and emiliano liked so much as to talk about them to
    his secret loving girl Cuca that was enchated listening to him.

    One he likes so much was “San Francisco” Scott Mackencie was the singer, and it was about Hippies movement.

    1. If you’re going to San Francisco
    Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
    If you’re going to San Francisco
    You’re gonna meet some gentle people there
    2. For those who come to San Francisco
    Summertime will be a love-in there
    In the streets of San Francisco
    Gentle people with flowers in their hair
    Intro.: All across the nation, such a strange vibration
    People in motion
    There’s a whole generation with a new explanation
    People in motion, people in motion
    3. For those who come to San Francisco
    Be sure to wear some flowers in their hair
    If you come to San Francisco
    Summertime will be a love-in there
    Extro.: If you come to San Francisco
    Summertime will be a loving day

    Songwriters
    Kahn, Gus / Kaper, Bronislaw / Jurmann, Walter

    +++++

    Emiliano likes also “Monday, Monday” that was singed by

    Mamas and the Papas for those years.

    Monday, Monday, so good to me
    Monday morning, it was all I hoped it would be
    Oh, Monday morning, Monday morning couldn’t guarantee
    That Monday evening, you would still be here with me

    Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day
    Monday, Monday, sometimes it just turns out that way
    Oh, Monday morning, you gave me no warning of what was to be
    Oh, Monday, Monday, how could you leave and not take me?

    Every other day, every other day
    Every other day of the week is fine, yeah
    But whenever Monday comes
    But whenever Monday comes
    You can find me crying all of the time

    Monday, Monday, so good to me
    Monday morning, it was all I hoped it would be
    But Monday morning, Monday morning couldn’t guarantee
    That Monday evening, you would still be here with me

    Every other day, every other day
    Every other day of the week is fine, yeah
    But whenever Monday comes
    But whenever Monday comes
    You can find me crying all of the time

    Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day
    Monday, Monday, it just turns out that way
    Oh, Monday, Monday, won’t go away
    Monday, Monday, it’s here to stay

    Oh Monday, Monday
    Oh Monday, Monday

    Songwriters

    Phillips, John Edmund Andrew

    So, Emiliano´s mind was always full of these subjects, Vietnam´s war news, movements, songs, the
    hippies in California, and what is was the rule in Spain then, all the students movements against Franco´s
    dictorshipment that were growing up inside all the universities of the Nation.

    Even in France, German and other European countries student movements were growing up furiously
    against the social strictly rules that not were accepted by a new young generation.

    May of 1968 in Paris was ahead, and everything would be changing since that global movement and
    incredible protest in the streets of Paris and other European cities.

    This couple, Cuca and Emiliano, have such a lot of subjects to talk about that was impossible for
    them to stop their chatings.

    to be continued….Thanks dear friend.

    P.D. A nice movie about those time it has been “FORREST GUMP”, good music and a good
    actor with Oscar Tom Hank…..nice to see once and gain.

  11. emiliano Says:

    Sorry, another best one it was THE GRADUATE….with
    Dustin Hoffman, and Anne Bancroft, and the MUSIC
    of SIMON AND GARTFUNKELL….

    It was from 1969, Cuca and emi watched the movie
    together in a theatre of Gran Via Street – Madrid.