An ESLPod Experiment

Shared CopyI just discovered this very cool web service called Shared Copy. It allows you to make notes on web pages and share them with others. I tried using it and I think it may be useful for what we do here at ESL Podcast.

I took a news article from today’s Voice of America website and highlighted (made a different color) in yellow certain difficult words. Then on the side I put the definitions of these words so you can get some help if there is a word you don’t understand. It is even possible for you to go on to the page and put your own comments or questions (although in this first experiment, I turned the comments option off).

The article is about the subject of yesterday’s post, the sex scandal involving Governor Eliot Spitzer of New York. Take a look at it here and tell me what you think.


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36 Responses to An ESLPod Experiment

  1. Manuel ESL_Podcast_Fan says:

    Great idea!!!

    Thanks Jeff

    Greetings from Galicia, Spain

  2. Tiago Conejo says:

    Awesome, I really liked it.
    This is a great way to learn vocabulary, I’m an ESL student and I have been learning new words with this method.
    Would be greater if we could get a notice each time a new note is made.
    Jeff, Lucy and all ESL Podcast Team, thank you for the great work.

  3. emiliano says:

    That’s great Jeff, I like it a lot.

  4. Dear jeff, in Europe we are permissive with the private life of the people.Hi’s doing a good work? That’s the matter.The problem it’s with his wife, and seems that she is right with him!
    I love your web because I’m improving my English a lot.
    Sincerely Jose Luis

  5. Artur Frydel says:

    Well, this is wonderful innovation!
    I used to read from time when I heard about this site (on ESL podcast of cours:), and I admit; their vocabulary is al little to diffrent for me… Except of “special english learning” (great thanks to them for doing this work!). And at least, now, I can read articles from main site without looking on my dictionary 😀
    Jeff, Lucy – thanks for your job on!

  6. Oliver says:

    Very good idea. I want more 😉

    Oliver from Germany

  7. franck fabié says:

    It is a very good idea especially with raunchies american news. I hope that is the first issue of a long serie.
    Thank you very much Jeff

  8. reranxin says:

    It’s awesome. Good job, Jeff.

  9. Marek says:

    Thank you Jeff.
    You really deserve a very big van.

  10. Luiz says:

    Good Job, Jeff

  11. nancy says:

    Thank you Jeff
    I can’t thank you enough. You really do a lot to help us. I appreciate that.
    Syria- USA

  12. Maggie says:

    Good news for all of us, Jeff!

    Thanks a lot!

    Maggie from China

  13. susan says:

    I am beginer.
    I found it is very good!

  14. Loe says:


    this is awesome!
    Is it possible to talk here about the topic???
    Is in the USA illegal to go to a prostitute, because it isn’t at all in the Netherlands, here in Amsterdam is the famous ‘red light district’ where many tourists come for.
    Or does this ‘ring’ just mean one illegal prostitutes group but they aren’t all illegal?
    Anyway, we had the same scandal two years ago, but the funny thing was, it was the father of a guy who was in my class…
    He did the same as Elliot Spitzer, but he had also 3 children. I can not really get out of this article if Elliot has got children.

    Greetings Loe, Amsterdam

  15. &rey says:

    Go ahead, Jeff. It is a great idea!

  16. Anton says:

    Quite helpful. Thank you and go ahead.

  17. Ahmed Basel says:

    Oh you always have a great ideas thanks its usefull.

    Ahmed Basel

  18. Daniel says:

    I´m starting to use ESL today and this new experience with SharedCopy it´s incredible!

  19. David says:

    I think it is very useful method learning English.
    Whenever we read the English news article , it is hard to read.
    If you are translating this news articel, it should be help to learn English…^^

  20. Brian says:

    I deeply love it.

  21. robert says:

    Great find, that really comes in handy

  22. Andriy says:

    It’s really pretty comfortable to read articles in that way! Thank you for good idea! Also, is it possible to involve some British vocabulary by using UK sites? Perhaps
    Because British English is quiet different from American English. It’d be great for foreign people live in UK or travel there, just like me.
    Anyway, thank you for Podcasts, it’s the best way to learn English ever! I love them!

  23. Helder says:

    It´s very nice to read articles in that way…. I liked too much…thank you!!!

  24. Pierre says:

    Dear Jeff,
    It’s a wonderful idea. It’s amazing how much you are greatly imaginative to help us for improving our english.
    A lot of words you highlighted are not in my dictionary and I would have no way to understand their meaning (without your explanations).
    Many thanks to Lucy and you (and all your team, of course) for all your efforts. Take care.

  25. Sebastian says:

    good stuff Jeff!!
    Kind regards
    Sebastian, Germany

  26. Gill Chen says:

    How amazing voice.It is my first time to into the websie,good well done.

    Gill from Taiwan.

  27. linus says:

    Very interesting and useful idea, with you is really a pleasure to practice english. And thanks for talking of America to the rest of the world, we all should know each other better and the world would be surely a better place, guys thanks again for your job.

  28. Gaetano says:

    I tried to get the original page by clicking on the corresponding link in the green box but I found a quite different article on the same topic. Why?

  29. Kadir says:

    It’s really a great work Jeff… Thank you.

  30. Dr. Jeff McQuillan says:

    Thank you for all of your wonderful feedback! I will do more of these soon.

    Please note that Voice of America sometimes moves the stories to a different part of their website after a day or two, so sometimes the original article will not be there (or a different article will be on that page). However, you can still read the SharedCopy version. If you want to read the articles without looking at the vocabulary, just click on the first box in the top, right corner to minimize (shrink, make smaller) the yellow box.

  31. Jorge R Garcia says:

    Greate!! This way to communicate with us could help us to learn to munch vocaboulary and re-write and article. Thanks Jeff for this contribution!!

  32. David says:

    AWESOME!!! this is a very very good idea~
    now i could understand the standard american newspaper more
    ^_^ thanks jeff~

  33. Isabel says:

    Hello, Jeff and ESL Team

    Congratulations for your new idea. I’ve been a few days disconected from your website and today I find your link to “Voice of America”. As Tiago Conejo said, it would be useful if we knew when a new note is add.

    Thank you again.

  34. Eugene says:

    It’s nice to discover that governors are also humans 🙂

  35. Dragan says:

    Dear Jeff, this is an excellent idea to use this internet service to improve ESL Podcast! It is good because it enables bad-English readers to understand meaning (new words, phrasal, grammar rules etc) on real language on internet (not only of simplifier text). If service like this have an importance than it is very important for this kind of learning sites like ESL is.
    (And I think, your taste to find good story or object in podcast or blog is very nice).

    HALT! Who goes there-friend or foe?
    This message is generated by me in moments of heavy boredom.

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