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Tuesday - December 31, 2013

Hello, 2014!

800px-Sparklers_moving_slow_shutter_speedOnce again, we are on the cusp of (on the edge of) a new year.

On behalf of the entire ESL Podcast team, we want to take this opportunity to wish everybody who listens to the podcast, reads the blog, receives our tweets, reads our Facebook page, and supports us as members and donors a very prosperous (with wealth and success), joyous (happy), and low-stress (with few worries) New Year. May (I hope that) all your New Year’s resolutions be easily achieved or your memory of them fade (disappear) quickly.

Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!

- Jeff & Lucy

Photo Credit: Sparkler moving from Wikipedia

Tuesday - September 24, 2013

Happy Birthday, Jeff!

Today is Jeff’s birthday, and everyone here at ESL Podcast would like to wish him a very happy 29th birthday, again.

Since none of us here can sing very well, especially Lucy, we’ll let this special guest do the singing for us.

Please join us –as some of you have already — in wishing Jeff a very happy birthday, with many more to come!

Monday - July 22, 2013

Eighth Anniversary Video

450px-San_Diego_FireworksIt’s hard to believe that ESL Podcast started this day eight years ago.

You would think that after eight years, we would be older, if not wiser (smarter). But amazingly, we have enjoyed these eight years so much that it has actually made us look younger and more better looking.

You don’t believe us? Take a look at our Eighth Anniversary Video.

On this anniversary, we want to thank all of you for listening to our podcasts, reading and participating in our blog, and spreading the word (telling others) about ESL Podcast. We want to especially thank our basic and premium members and our donors for making the continuation of ESL Podcast possible.

We are truly grateful for our listeners.  Thank you for your support and please join us in celebrating our eighth anniversary!

~ Jeff and Lucy

Photo Credit:  San Diego Fireworks jpg from Wikipedia
Sunday - July 21, 2013

Podcasts This Week (July 22, 2013)

We are grateful to our members and donors, because we are only able to produce this podcast with the generous help of our listeners.

If you enjoy our podcasts, please consider supporting ESL Podcast by becoming a Basic or Premium Member today!

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 914 – Wanting Peace and Quiet

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 “knock” and “to rob (someone) of (something).”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Unusual Hotels.”
“Some travelers like to stay in luxury (refined, sophisticated, elegant, and expensive) hotels, but others are looking for a…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 408

Topics: American Presidents – Gerald Ford; you bet; between versus in between

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Saturday Night Live Presidential Impressions.”
Saturday Night Live is a live television “sketch comedy” (humorous show with many short acts showing funny situations) and…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 915 – Learning to Read Music

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 “piece” and “on pitch.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Music Education in Schools.”
“In the United States, “music programs” (programs designed to teach children about music) in public schools are being reduced due to…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Monday - July 15, 2013

Podcasts This Week (July 15, 2013)

Don’t let the summer go by without improving your English. Get the full benefits of ESL Podcast by getting the Learning Guide. We designed the Learning Guide to help you learn English better and faster. Get more vocabulary, language explanations, sample sentences, comprehension questions, cultural notes, and more.

Get the Learning Guide and support ESL Podcast today by becoming a Basic or Premium Member!

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 912 – Working as a Lobbyist

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 sway” and “let’s say.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Government Officials Working as Lobbyists.”
“A “revolving door” is a round door divided into four “compartments” (sections) that slowly move in a circle, so that…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 407

Topics:  Famous Americans – Jane Addams; the “Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe” counting rhyme; to double down and trickle-down; especially versus specially; dewy

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about the children’s game “Duck, Duck, Goose.”
“One of the most popular and well-known games played by young children in the United States is Duck, Duck, Goose…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 913 – Experiencing Motion Sickness

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 “dizzy” and “rocking.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Shaky Camera Techniques.”
“Over time, the film industry has developed many “techniques” (ways of doing something) to produce a “stable” (not moving) image…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Monday - July 8, 2013

Podcasts This Week (July 8, 2013)

Don’t let your summer go by without getting the full benefits of ESL Podcast. Get the Learning Guide and learn English better and faster. Get more vocabulary, language explanations, sample sentences, comprehension questions, cultural notes, and more.

Get the Learning Guide and support ESL Podcast today by becoming a Basic or Premium Member!

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 910 – Plagiarizing a Paper

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 “paper” and “to lift.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Detecting Plagiarism.”
“The “rise” (increased use and popularity) of the Internet has made it “easier than ever” (easier than ever before) for students to…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 406

Topics:  Ask an American – Corruption; cool versus cold; estate versus real estate; off to the races

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about the “Corruption Perception Index.”
“Transparency International is an organization based in Germany that “monitors” (observes; watches) international…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 911 – Correcting and Explaining in Conversation

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 “downtime” and “left out.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Autocorrection and Autocompletion.”
““Word processors” (computer programs that make it simpler to create written documents, such as…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Monday - July 1, 2013

Podcasts This Week (July 1, 2013)

Get the full benefits of ESL Podcast by getting the Learning Guide. We designed the Learning Guide to help you learn English better and faster. Get more vocabulary, language explanations, sample sentences, comprehension questions, cultural notes, and more.

Get the Learning Guide and support ESL Podcast today by becoming a Basic or Premium Member!

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 908 – Being Territorial 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 “turf” and “to cover (one’s) tracks.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Incorporated and Unincorporated Territories.”
“A U.S. “territory” is an area that is “overseen” (ruled, controlled, and monitored by) the “federal” (national) government of the United States…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 405

Topics:  Movies – A Clockwork Orange; The Mickey Mouse Club; used car salesman; to snag versus to hitch; Reader’s Digest

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Inventor of Mickey Mouse: Ub Iwerks.”
“Mickey Mouse is so well known to people around the world that it’s hard to remember a time when he was not part of…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 909 – Buying Electronic Books

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 store” and “faded.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Web Fiction.”
““Web fiction” describes a type of literature that is available only online—not “in print” (as a physical book or magazine and not…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Monday - June 24, 2013

Podcasts This Week (June 24, 2013)

It’s summertime and the learning is easy!

Get the full benefits of ESL Podcast by getting the Learning Guide. We designed the Learning Guide to help you learn English better and faster. Get more vocabulary, language explanations, sample sentences, comprehension questions, cultural notes, and more.

Get the Learning Guide and support ESL Podcast today by becoming a Basic or Premium Member!

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 906 – Using Illegal Drugs

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 get the point across” and “pot.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Anti-Drug Campaigns.”
“Government agencies and “nonprofit organizations” (groups that provide a public service without trying to make money) have…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 404

Topics:  Benjamin Spock and The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care; The Florida Everglades; destroying versus destructive; to catch up; to drop off

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Monday’s Child.”
“Every “expectant” (with a baby about to be born) parent wants to know what kind of “character” (personality) or future the new child will have…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 907 – Buying Tools at a Hardware Store

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 “wrench” and “repair.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “This Old House.”
““This Old House” is a popular American “home improvement” (related to fixing homes and making them more comfortable and valuable) TV show that began…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Monday - June 17, 2013

Podcasts This Week (June 17, 2013)

Get the full benefits of ESL Podcast by getting the Learning Guide. We designed the Learning Guide to help you learn English better and faster. Get more vocabulary, language explanations, sample sentences, comprehension questions, cultural notes, and more.

Get the Learning Guide and support ESL Podcast today by becoming a Basic or Premium Member!

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 904 – Working Overseas

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 “adjustment” and “pace of life.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Relocation Services.”
“International companies and large agencies that have many employees working overseas often offer…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 403

Topics:  Famous songs – “Three Blind Mice”; Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park; incoming versus oncoming versus upcoming; featured; to fill in versus to fill out

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Hawaii Five-O.”
“Police shows are very popular on American television and one of the “longest-running” (with the most new episodes broadcasted) shows was…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 905 – Getting a Marriage License

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 “out loud” and “to make time.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Wedding Officiants.”
“A “marriage officiant” is the individual who “officiates” (leads and officially approves of) a…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Monday - June 10, 2013

Podcasts This Week (June 10, 2013)

We are grateful to our members and donors, because we are only able to produce this podcast with the generous help of our listeners.

If you enjoy our podcasts, please consider supporting ESL Podcast by becoming a Basic or Premium Member today! 

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 902 – Being Chivalrous and Protective

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 take (something) a little too far” and “lady.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Traditionally Chivalrous Acts.”
“Men have to “walk a fine line” (be very careful in achieving a balance) when performing “chivalrous acts” (things one does to be chivalrous), because…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 402

Topics:  Famous Americans – Nikola Tesla; the Three Stooges; king versus royalty; in an attempt to versus in an effort to; accuracy versus precision

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Stoogeum.”
“The Three Stooges were “wildly” (extremely) popular “in the time” (during the time they were performing) and remain…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 903 – Listening to a Traffic Report

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 “slowdown” and “stalled.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Sources of Traffic Information.”
“Traffic reporters need to have “up-to-the-minute” (updated; current; timely) information about the traffic…” - READ MORE in the Learning Guide