NEW Daily English and Cultural Lessons – January 2017

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Here are a few of the new lessons available for January 2017.

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Daily English 1278 – Applying to a Selective School

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 “private” and “interview.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Charter Schools.”
“‘Charter schools’ are schools that receive ‘public funding’ (money from the government) but operate outside…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Cultural English 590
Topics: The Amana Colonies; resolution versus promise; fate versus destiny; saying “oh” or “zero” when reading numbers aloud

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The German Belt.”
“The ‘German Belt’ ‘refers to’ (talks about; means) a ‘band’ (horizontal area) across the United States that ‘stretches’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Daily English 1279 – Baking for People with Dietary Restrictions

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 “baked goods” and “peanut.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Advent and Popularity of Cake Mixes.”
“A ‘cake mix’ is a boxed item sold at stores that contains mixtures of ingredients that ‘simplify’ (make easier) the process…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Canadian Pharmacists Association

The Canadian Pharmacists Association, previously known as the Canadian Pharmaceutical Association, was founded in 1907 in Toronto, Ontario. CPhA is the national voice of Pharmacists in Canada, representing pharmacists practising in various fields of pharmacy in community, hospital, academia, government and corporate settings, plus pharmacy students. Its mission is advancing the health and well-being of Canadians through excellence in pharmacist care. In 2014 CPhA adopted a new governance and membership model, most provincial pharmacy advocacy associations (PPAs) and select national pharmacist associations (NPAs) have become Organizational Members of CPhA. Their individual pharmacist and pharmacy student members are now CPhA Associates. The CPhA Board of Directors is made up of representatives appointed by each Organizational Member. The Board of Directors is responsible for setting the broad direction of the association.

Americans importing viagra from Canadian pharmacy online, at the very least to cut down on their prescriptions, and sometimes cases even to afford life-saving drugs. But I’ve seen these bills before and FDA is always behind their failure – but what about this time?

Canadian Pharmacists Association

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Mail by Mule

JuancitoAmericans love to complain about the United States Postal Service (USPS), which we more commonly call the “post office.” They are blamed for lost or late mail, even for the amount of junk mail (unwanted mail, including advertisements) we receive. But if we step back and look at the extraordinary lengths (efforts) the USPS goes to to deliver mail, we might appreciate the post office a little more.

The Grand Canyon (see English Cafe 245) is the 277 mile (440 km) long and 6,000 foot (1,800 meter) deep gorge (low area between two mountains) in Arizona. It’s a place of wonder (causing awe and admiration) and natural beauty.

At the bottom of the Canyon, but outside of the national park the Canyon is located in, lives a Native American tribe called the Havasupai. They live on the Havasupai Reservation, land officially set aside by the U.S. government for their use.

Most of the Havasupai live in the village of Supai. Both the reservation and the village are in a remote (difficult to get to) place, but it is very beautiful, with four blue-green waterfalls. There are no roads. To get there, you will need to walk, ride a horse or other animal, row a boat, or travel by helicopter.

Even so, the people on the reservation get their mail six days a week. How does it get there? It arrives by mule (see photo).

The U.S. Postal Service uses contractors (people who are hired for a service by agreement) for this service. A contractor picks up the mail from the nearby town of Peach Springs, Arizona, and travels by car for about an hour to the top of the canyon. From there, the owner of the mule team (group of animals working together) who has done this job for over 25 years, loads up the mail onto the mules, each mule carrying up to 200 pounds. The mule team then travel the eight miles down into the canyon, usually taking three hours down and five hours back up.

Most of the “mail” that makes this trip isn’t mail at all — it’s supplies (necessary things for one to live or work). So without mail service, the village could not survive. The mail service delivers basic items, such as soap and medicine, but also modern amenities (useful and desirable things), such as packaged food (food in bags, boxes, or containers), small appliances (machines used in the home), and even orders from Amazon.com!

If spending time in this remote place sounds good to you, then you can visit the village of Supai. In addition to hiking, horseback riding, or picnicking (eating a meal outdoors) in this beautiful place, you can visit the village store and cafe, and there is even a museum for tourists. If you’d like to stay at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, you can rent a room at Phantom Ranch. Interestingly, if someone sends you mail while you’re staying there, your letter or package will have a stamp (official mark in ink) on it that reads, “Mailed by Mule.” In fact, Supai is the last official mail-by-mule route in the United States.

~ Lucy

Photo Credit: From Wikipedia

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NEW Daily English and Cultural Lessons – January 2017

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Here are a few of the new lessons available for January 2017.

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Daily English 1276 – Using an On-site Daycare

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 pop over” and “to keep it short.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Things to Consider When Considering a Daycare Facility.”
“Many new parents are ‘nervous’ (anxious and worried) about leaving their children in a daycare facility…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Cultural English 589
Topics: Famous Americans – Kenny Rogers; Elements of Style; over time; pronouncing “rushing” versus “Russian”

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Gamblers Anonymous.”
“People who have a ‘gambling’ addiction are ‘driven to’ (feel that they must act in a particular way) risk large amounts…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Daily English 1277 – Inconsiderate Subway-Train Passengers

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 hog” and “pole.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Common Subway Rules and Prohibitions.”
“Many large ‘metropolitan’ (city) areas have subways, but ‘commuters’ (people who travel to and from work) have to agree to follow rules…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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When Good People Do Good Things

When I see them, I often save articles that describe good people doing good things. Here are two of my favorites from 2016.

At rest with honor. Andrew Moore died last year the way he had lived most of his life . . . alone.

When Moore was young, he was placed in an orphanage, a home for children without parents. When he was a teenager, he ran away.

He had no family. He never married. And when he died, he was living alone in a small apartment in an apartment building in Washington, D.C., for people with little money.

Moore might have been alone, but he was not lonely. He made friends easily and knew most of the people who lived and worked in the apartment building. They say he made their lives brighter.

Because Moore had no money, no family, and no will (instructions for after you die), he would have been buried by the city of Washington and forgotten. But two of his friends from the apartment building had a different idea: they wanted him buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Arlington National Cemetery is a place to honor men and women who have served (worked for) the U.S., especially those who had served in the military. Many veterans (people who have fought in a war) are buried there. So are important leaders, like John F. Kennedy, scientists, astronauts, and important American musicians.

Moore’s friends knew he had served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was qualified (met the requirements) to be buried at Arlington. They completed all the paperwork that was required and collected money from others who lived in the apartment building to help with the expenses. It was difficult and took a lot of time.

Finally, on a cold, windy Friday morning last spring, Moore was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in a full military ceremony, along with more than 14,000 others who, like him, had served their country.

Her father’s heart. Ten years ago, Jeni Stepien’s father was shot and killed during a robbery. While he lay in the hospital, dying, his family decided to donate (give) his organs (heart and other body parts) to an organization that finds people who need them and makes it possible for the families to stay in touch with each other after the transplant (moving an organ from one person to another).

Stepien’s father’s heart went to another father, Arthur Thomas, who had congestive heart failure (when the heart stops working properly). He would have died in just a few days without the new heart. After the transplant, Stepien’s and Thomas’s families became friends through phone calls, letters, and emails.

When Stepien planned her wedding last year, she wanted to remember her father in a special way. After talking to her family, she invited Thomas to walk her from the back of the church to the front, like her father would have done. Thomas agreed to do it.

At the wedding, Stepien and Thomas walked to the front of the church, then stopped and looked at each other. Thomas took her hand and briefly held it over his – her father’s – heart so she could feel the heartbeat. Her father was there.

Happy New Year!

~ Warren Ediger – ESL tutor/coach and creator of the Successful English website.

This post was adapted from articles in the New York Times and Washington Post.
Photo of Arlington National Cemetery courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

 

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NEW Daily English and Cultural Lessons – January 2017

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Here are a few of the new lessons available for January 2017.

To listen to these and other Daily English and Cultural English lessons, become a Select English Member today!

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Daily English 1274 – Childish Fighting and Misbehavior

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 slam” and “to bite.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Congressional Ethics.”
“Since 2008, the Office of Congressional Ethics has reviewed ‘allegations’ (claims or statements that someone has done something wrong)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Cultural English 588
Topics: The Women Airforce Service Pilots; technically versus typically versus basically; apology versus apologies; to approve versus to approve of

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Pilot Bessie Coleman.”
“Bessie Coleman was a ‘notable’ (worth noticing; impressive and interesting) American ‘aviator’ (pilot)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Daily English 1275 – Working as a Musician

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 “dream” and “big break.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Songwriting Contests.”
“‘Songwriting contests’ give ‘aspiring’ (wanting to have, do, or be something) songwriters an opportunity to compete against each other to see…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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Headline English: December 31, 2016

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Welcome, 2017!

It’s hard to believe it’s already the end of 2016 and time to ring in the new year (celebrate the arrival of the new year)!

Here are a few words we associate (connect) with the anticipation (waiting to happen) and celebration of the new year. You may know some of these already.

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But just in case you don’t…

Confetti are small pieces of colored paper that people throw at celebrations, especially at weddings and New Year celebrations. It comes from Italian and in English, it is always spelled the same whether it is singular or plural.

A resolution is a promise you make to yourself to do something or not do something, usually related to bad habits, such a smoking or singing Celine Dion songs.

Glitter is a term we use for the very small pieces of shiny (reflecting light) material that is used to decorate things, such as greeting cards.

And do you know these as well?

Bubbly: Bubbly can mean something with bubbles (round shapes filled with air or gas), but is commonly used as another word for champagne (white wine with bubbles).
– “The wedding guests drank bubbly and ate cake.”

Party favors: Small gifts or toys related to the theme of a party or celebration, such as party hats, noisemakers, and headbands (piece of thin plastic worn around the head as decoration, usually by women), usually worn or used at the event.
– “Each child at the birthday party will get a set of party favors, which include a hat, a plastic toy, and a pair of funny glasses.”

To overindulge: This means to eat or drink too much of something, especially alcohol.
– “Monica wants to have a good time but is careful not to overindulge at dinner.”

Merrymaking: The process of enjoying yourself, often with laughter, dancing, and drinking.
– “There will be plenty of merrymaking at the festival!”

Boisterous: Something or someone who is noisy and cheerful, with a lot of energy.
– “The bar usually has a boisterous crowd on Friday and Saturday nights.”

We wish you a New Year’s Eve celebration full of boisterous merrymaking with bubbly and fun party favors, and only a little overindulging.

Happy New Year!

Jeff, Lucy, + ESLPod.com Team

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NEW Lessons this Week (December 26, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
Daily English 1272 – Returning and Exchanging Merchandise

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 exchange”and “as-is.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Common Return-policy Terms.”
“When ‘making a purchase’ (buying something), buyers should know a store’s ‘return policy,’ or the conditions…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
Cultural English 587

Topics: The Mayflower and the Mayflower Compact; to encompass versus to comprise; edge versus margin; do me right

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Mayflower Doctrine.”
“In 1941, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created the ‘Mayflower Doctrine,’ which ‘prohibited’ (did not allow)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
Daily English 1273 – Improving School Security

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 light of” and “time.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Types of School Drills and Safety Procedures.”
“Most schools have ‘drills’ (actions that are practiced and repeated many times) and safety procedures ‘designed’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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Happy Holidays to You All!

We wish you and your family a
very happy holiday season! 

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From all of us here at ESLPod.com

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The Greatest For The Least

law_67_streets_11A Christmas tradition was born in Dublin, Ireland, almost 275 years ago.

On April 13, 1742, 700 people packed (sat very close to each other) into Fishamble Hall for a concert to raise (collect) money to help sick and poor people. The concert was a success – it raised 400 pounds sterling, a large amount of money. Mercer’s Hospital and the Charitable Infirmary (a place to care for sick people) each received 127 pounds, and 142 people who were in prison because they couldn’t pay their bills were released (allowed to leave).

The music that day was a new work (piece of music) by G. F. Handel, The Messiah, which tells the story of Jesus from the Bible. It was performed by a small orchestra and choir (group of singers) of singers from St. Patrick’s and Christ Church cathedrals. The audience loved it. One person who was there wrote that it was impossible to find words to describe the delight (joy) of the audience.

Since its first performance, The Messiah’s popularity has grown. It has become one of the world’s most-loved pieces of music, especially at Christmas. In the U.S., it’s difficult to be in a store or some other place where Christmas music is played without hearing music from The Messiah, especially one chorus (song for choir) called Hallelujah.

A recent performance of The Messiah reminded a Los Angeles Times writer so much of the first one that he called it “the most relevant (appropriate)” and “the most historically authentic (like the first)” that he had heard.

Many large cities have areas we call skid rows, run-down (in bad condition) parts of town where you’ll find homeless people and others with difficult personal problems. Many sleep on the sidewalks. Some keep everything they own in a shopping cart.

Midnight Mission is a Los Angeles skid-row organization that tries to help the people who live there. They often sponsor (organize and present) music concerts for the people on skid row. This year their Christmas concert included parts of The Messiah. The orchestra was made up of professionals and music students; the choir included people who live on skid row.

Don Garza sang the opening (first) solo – Comfort ye, comfort ye, my people – a song of hope and peace. Garza is not a professional singer. He is a combat veteran (someone who fought in a war) who has lived on skid row for many years. His life has been hard. And yet he sang this song with confidence and joy. When he finished, the audience applauded (clapped their hands), shouted, and many wiped tears from their eyes.

The greatest for the least (people not usually considered important). Then and now.

This year, once again, The Messiah will be performed around the world in concert halls (my favorite recording) by professionals, in churches by people who simply love to sing, and even in shopping centers by flash mobs (groups that suddenly appear). If you’ve never heard The Messiah before, take a few minutes to discover the joy that so many others experience this time of the year.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you!

~ Warren Ediger – ESL coach/tutor and creator of the Successful English website; he’s sung The Messiah more times than he can remember and also conducted it.

Parts of this post were adapted from the Los Angeles Times.
Photo credit: LA Weekly

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