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Sunday - April 19, 2015

Podcasts This Week (April 20, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1096 – Improving Online Reviews

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 “vocal” and “to put (something) that way.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Online Reviews Controversies.”
“As ‘consumers’ (people who buy things) become ‘increasingly’ (more and more) dependent on online reviews…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 499

Topics: Americans Abroad – The Confederados in Brazil; Chaco Canyon National Historical Park; speaking in tongues, folks, porridge, and just right; to ingratiate (oneself) with

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Confederate Flag.”
“During the American Civil War, the states that wanted to ‘retain’ (keep) slavery legal in the southern part of the U.S. …” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1097 – Landscaping a Home

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 “gravel” and “to rake leaves.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Turf Removal Programs.”
“As water ‘scarcity’ (a shortage; not enough of something) continues to ‘plague’ (bother; create problems for) many communities…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

 

Sunday - April 12, 2015

Podcasts This Week (April 13, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1094 – Tracing One’s Genealogy

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 trace” and “to zero in on.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Genealogical Studies.”
“The New England Historic Genealogical Society is the oldest and one of the best-known ‘genealogical societies’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 498

Topics: American Movies/Musicals – Mary Poppins; Craigslist; oblivion and to overwhelm; to select versus to elect; wee hours

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Food Banks.”
A food bank is a ‘non-profit’ (not intended to earn money) ‘charitable’ (helping others) organization…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1095 – Childhood Fitness

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 “shape” and “to smartmouth.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Physical Education in Schools.”
“Physical Education, or ‘PE’ classes, are common in U.S. schools, although they are ‘increasingly’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - April 5, 2015

Podcasts This Week (April 06, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1092 – Keeping a Meeting on Track

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 “up in the air” and “to forge ahead.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Town Meetings.”
“A “town meeting” is a “public” (with anyone allowed to attend and participate) meeting…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 497

Topics: American Presidents – James A. Garfield; to resign/draw/abandon match; gorgeous versus magnificent; nail in (someone’s) coffin

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Classic Comic Strip: Garfield.”
“One of the most ‘recognizable’ (known by many people) comic strip characters is Garfield created by Jim Davis…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1093 – Having a Picnic

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 make do” and “dish.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Typical Picnic Foods.”
“During the warm summer months, many Americans enjoy having picnics in ‘the great outdoors’ …”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - March 29, 2015

Podcasts This Week (March 30, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1090 – Speaking About the Future

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 “forward-thinking” and “to go back in time.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Back-to-the-Land Movement.”
“The back-to-the-land ‘movement’ (interest by a growing number of people in doing something or changing society in some way)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 496

Topics: Ask an American – Digital music technology; It’s called being nice versus It’s called been nice; to stutter versus to stumble; mean

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Recording Artists Discovered on YouTube.”
“In the past, ‘aspiring singers or bands’ (people who want to become professional musicians) had to send ‘tapes’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1091 – Punishment 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 beat up” and “to ground.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Corporal Punishment in Schools.”
“In the past, schoolteachers commonly used corporal punishment to punish students for bad behavior…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - March 22, 2015

Podcasts This Week (March 23, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1088 – Selling a Business

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 sell up” and “to try (one’s) hand at.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Business Valuation.”
“Business valuation ‘comes into play’ (becomes relevant; is needed or necessary) whenever someone needs to know the ‘market value’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 495

Topics: Famous Americans – Jim Henson and The Muppets; The Doors; peculiar versus weird; ambiance versus environment; to wet (one’s) whistle

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Gumby.”
“‘Animation’ is a technique involving filming drawings or physical objects to show movement and action…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1089 – Unconventional Marriages

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 “convention” and “to live apart.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Types of Weddings.”
“There are many types of ‘weddings’ (ceremonies that mark when two people get married to each other)….” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - March 15, 2015

Podcasts This Week (March 16, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1086 – Giving Bribes to Children for Good Behavior

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 “reward” and “dare.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Sharenting.”
“Parents are ‘proud’ (with feelings of pleasure and satisfaction related to something one has worked hard to do or create) …” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 494

Topics: American Authors – Jack London; Our Gang and The Little Rascals; gruesome versus horrible versus disgusting; son of a gun; to lash out

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Jack London Square and Heinhold’s First and Last Chance Saloon.”
“Jack London Square is an entertainment and business area located along the water in Oakland, California…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1087 – Selecting Window Treatments

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 filter in” and “to call it a day.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Door-to-Door Sales.”
“In the past, especially before radio and television ads, “door-to-door sales” (the practice of having a sales person…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - March 8, 2015

Podcasts This Week (March 9, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1084 – Learning a New Operating System

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 install” and “search me.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Types of Tech Support.”
“Many companies offer ‘tech support’ (technical support; assistance in using products or services correctly)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 493

Topics: Americans Abroad – The Founding of Liberia; The Gateway Arch; to struggle versus to fight versus to carry on; to churn and burn; hipster doofus

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Fair Saint Louis.”
“Fair Saint Louis is an ‘annual’ (occurring each year) celebration held during the July 4th Independence Day celebration…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1085 – Having Good and Bad Luck

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 “streak” and “ladder.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Good Luck Rituals.”
“Many people ‘engage in’ (participate in; do) certain actions to ‘ensure’ (make sure that they have or get) good luck…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - March 1, 2015

Podcasts This Week (March 2, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1082 – Traveling to a Remote Island

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 “remote” and “to make.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Remote U.S. Possessions.”
“A U.S. ‘possession’ or ‘territory’ is an area that is ‘governed’ (ruled) by the United States…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 492

Topics: Movies – Twelve Angry Men; Washington National Cathedral; cool versus awesome; closure and mental loafer; no biggie

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Jury Nullification.”
“In the United States, legal cases that need a ‘verdict’ (court decision) of ‘guilty’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1083 – Types of Pants

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 “slacks” and “broken in.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Women in Pants.”
“In the past, women almost always wore dresses or skirts, not pants…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - February 22, 2015

Podcasts This Week (February 23, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1080 – Automating Production

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 “tricky” and “on (one’s) hands.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Robotic Competitions for  Students.”
“American ‘policymakers’ (legislators; people who create laws) and educators want to increase students’ interest…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 491

Topics: American Presidents – Rutherford B. Hayes; emission versus propagation; he/she don’t; to do (someone’s) bidding

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Easter Egg Roll at the White House.”
“Easter is a Christian holiday held each year on a Sunday usually in March or April…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1081 – Personal Grooming

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 shave” and “to pluck.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “New Beauty Treatments.”
“‘Beauty salons’ (businesses that provide beauty services and treatments, especially for women) are always ‘innovating’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Sunday - February 15, 2015

Podcasts This Week (February 16, 2015)

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ON MONDAY
ESL Podcast 1078 – Watching Action Movies

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 “in hot pursuit” and “to straddle the line.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Swashbuckler Films.”
“‘Swashbuckler films’ are a ‘genre’ (type of story or art) of action films with strong heroes who ‘engage in’ (participate in) many fights…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
English Cafe 490

Topics: Famous Americans – Muhammad Ali; The Golden Gate Bridge; valuable versus invaluable; north/south versus northern/southern; common ground and universal experience

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Bridge to Nowhere.”
“The term ‘bridge to nowhere’ is used to refer to building projects that are incomplete or has not been finished…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
ESL Podcast 1079 –Receiving Letters and Packages in the Mail

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 “letter” and “to be forwarded.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Suspicious Packages.”
“A ‘suspicious package’ is an envelope or package sent through the mail that ‘raises suspicion’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide