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Sunday - January 31, 2016

Podcasts this Week (February 1, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1178  Using Profanity

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 swear’ and “rules.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Regulation of Obscenity, Decency, and Profanity.”
“The Federal Communications Commission (FCC, an agency or department of the federal (national) government) regulates ‘obscenity, decency, and profanity’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 540

Topics: American Movies – Planet of the Apes; American Presidents – Zachary Taylor; to improve versus to boost versus to enhance; to grow on (someone) and (one’s) bark is worse than (one’s) bite; Script by Dr. Lucy Tse versus Scripted by Dr. Lucy Tse

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Boone and Crockett Club.”
“Former U.S. President and ‘outdoor enthusiast’ (someone who enjoys spending time in nature) Theodore ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt ‘founded’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1179 – Reading Food Labels

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 “sugar” and “fiber.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The American Heart Association.”
“The American Heart Association is a well-known ‘nonprofit’ (not intended to make money) organization that was founded by six ‘cardiologists’ …” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - January 24, 2016

Podcasts this Week (January 25, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1176 – Limits to  Advancement at Work

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 jump ship” and “raise.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Unfair Gender-based Work Practices.”
“Unfair gender-based work practices are not officially ‘condoned’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 539

Topics: Famous Americans – Sally Ride; American Presidents – Millard Fillmore; rational versus rationale; killing it in the cost per wear category; to requite

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Presidential Portraits.”
“For every U.S. president, there is an ‘official’ (recognized by the government) ‘portrait’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1177 – Pedestrian Safety

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 “blind corner” and “flashing.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Pedestrian Rights.”
“Being a pedestrian can be a ‘dangerous proposition’ (something that is difficult, challenging, or dangerous)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - January 17, 2016

Podcasts this Week (January 18, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1174 – Describing Video Quality

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 “cut” and “uniform.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Wedding Videography.”
“Wedding ‘videography’ (the process of filming and producing or creating a finished video of an event) is popular…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 538

Topics: Famous Americans – Daniel Boone; Famous Songs – “Somewhere over the Rainbow”

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about the org “Rainbow/PUSH.”
“Rainbow/PUSH is a ‘not-for-profit’ (not intended to earn money) organization that was created in 1971 as a…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1175 – Getting a Fresh Start

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 move on” and “to swear off.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Types of Divorce.”
“There are many types of “divorce” (the official end to a marriage)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - January 10, 2016

Podcasts this Week (January 11, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1172 – Booking Space for Business Events

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 hold” and “built-in.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Common Corporate Events.”
“Many businesses plan events throughout the year. Some of these events are professional and work-related…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 537

Topics: American Authors – Walt Whitman; The Supremes; abbreviated versus concise versus succinct; to withdraw versus to retreat; to stretch

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Dreamgirls.”
Dreamgirls is a Broadway “musical” (a theater production that involves acting, singing, and dancing)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1173 – Flying on a Budget Airline

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 “open seating” and “kicker.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Airline Aggregators.”
“In the past, people worked with “travel agents” (people whose job is to help others plan their trips)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - January 3, 2016

Podcasts this Week (January 4, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1170 – Naming Children

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 steer clear of” and “odd.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Placeholder Names.”
“Some names are used as ‘placeholder’ (with a temporary position, holding place for something else)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 536

Topics: Ask an American – Corporate Data Security; consulting versus consultancy; to conduct versus to operate; jinxAsk an American – Corporate Data Security; consulting versus consultancy; to conduct versus to operate; jinx

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Hacker Terminology.”
“Most people think of ‘hackers’ as people who ‘seek’ (look for) and ‘exploit’…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1171 – Cancelling a Service

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 “account” and “to bear with (one).”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Cooling-off Periods.”
“Sometimes ‘purchasers’ (people who buy something) experience ‘buyer’s remorse,’…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - December 27, 2015

Podcasts this Week (December 28, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1168 – Reading Contracts Carefully

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 the hook” and “to sneak in.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Do-it-yourself Legal Services.”
“When average Americans need ‘basic’ (simple; uncomplicated) ‘legal services’ (the advice and guidance of an attorney)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Café 535

Topics: American Movies – American Graffiti; American Presidents – Franklin Pierce; magazine versus journal; straw man  argument and cognitive dissonance; several and actually

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Hobos and Hobo Signs.”
“A ‘hobo’ is an informal, old-fashioned, and often ‘derogatory’ (showing disrespect) term for someone who is…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1169 – Being Talkative and Reserved

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 “company” and “guarded.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Chatty Cathy.”
“Between 1959 and 1965, a well-known toy company called Mattel produced the Chatty Cathy dolls…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - December 20, 2015

Podcasts this Week (December 21, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1166 – Discussing Philosophy

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 “reality” and “reason.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Noam Chomsky.”
“Noam Chomsky is an American ‘linguist’ (a person who studies languages), philosopher, and ‘activist’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Café 534

Topics: Famous Americans – James Whistler; American Songs – “Moon River”; bunglingly versus blunderingly; comparable versus compatible; uppercase, lowercase, and capital letter

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Moonshine.”
““Moonshine” is a ‘colloquial’ (language used by ordinary people, not formal) term for alcohol that has been produced illegally…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1167 – Birth Order and Sibling Rivalries

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 show up” and “bond.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Famous Sibling Rivalries in Sports.”
“Most sibling rivalries are limited to the home or ‘schoolyard’ (the place where children play during the school day)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - December 13, 2015

Podcasts this Week (December 14, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1164 – Making Office Renovations

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 guess at” and “flooring.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Office Configurations.”
“American businesses are experimenting with many different ‘office configurations’ (arrangements of workplaces)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Café 533

Topics: American Presidents – John Tyler; The Hindenburg Disaster; result versus consequence versus outcome; ready versus willing; to keep (someone) in the loop

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Richter Scale”
“The Richter Scale, also called the Richter Magnitude Scale, is a ‘scale’ (a way of measuring something)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1165 – Eating Spicy Foods

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 “curry” and “heat.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Spicy American Foods.”
“In general, American foods aren’t known for being very spicy….” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - December 6, 2015

Podcasts this Week (December 7, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1162 – Staying in an Inexpensive Hotel

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 “run-down” and “state.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about the “Chateau Marmont Hotel.”
“The Chateau Marmont Hotel in Los Angeles, California is ‘infamous’ (famous for being bad) for the bad behavior of its guests…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 532

Topics: Famous Americans – Mary Baker Eddy; The Kennedy Space Center; what for? versus for what?; possibility versus opportunity; iron and iron law

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.”
“Located on the ‘National Mall’ (the national park between the Lincoln Memorial and the U.S. Capitol building…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1163 – Types of Religious Leaders

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 “crash course” and “layperson.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The 700 Club.”
“The 700 Club is an American television show produced by the Christian Broadcasting Network….” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - November 29, 2015

Podcasts this Week (November 30, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1160 – Being Reprimanded at Work

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 edge” and “quite frankly.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Workplace Misconduct.”
“People like to say, ‘The punishment should fit the crime,’ meaning that minor offenses should be…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 531

Topics: American Movies – Laurel and Hardy Films; The New York Public Library; to proofread versus to copyedit; no longer versus anymore; wild card

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Bookmobiles.”
“‘Bookmobiles’ are vehicles designed for use as a library. Because they are able to travel from place to place…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1131 – Traveling by Light Rail

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 “operator” and “platform.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Streetcars.”
“Beginning in the 1800s, ‘horse-drawn’ (pulled by horses) ‘trolleys’ (vehicles for many passengers, riding on tracks)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide