Podcasts This Week (November 15, 2010)

ESL Podcast 634 – Resembling One’s Parents

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 “candid” and “profile.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Family Portraits and Portrait Studios.”
“Many Americans like to go to professional photography “studios” (rooms or buildings where art is created) to have family portraits or children’s portraits taken. Often this is done at the end of the year so the photos can be “enclosed in”…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 268

Topics – Famous Authors:  Stephen King; Traffic School; cost versus charge versus fee; in a New York minute; couple

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In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The American Film Institute’s Top 10 Most Thrilling Movies.”
“A “thrill” is a feeling of sudden excitement, and many people look for thrills in their free time…But do you like to go to the movies for a thrill?  If you do, you might be interested in the American Film Institute’s 2001 list of the Top 10 Most Thrilling Movies…”  – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ESL Podcast 635 – Arranging Airport Transfer

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 be out” and “shuttle.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Luxury Vacation Packages.”
“A “standard” (regular; normal) vacation package usually includes just “the basics” (the most common, necessary things), such as “airfare” (the cost of airplane tickets) and “lodging” (the cost of staying in a hotel). Most tours, “admission fees”…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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6 Responses to Podcasts This Week (November 15, 2010)

  1. Peter says:

    Morning Eslpod,
    Another day,another Trauma!
    Here,Torotonian are experiencing a spring-like temperature.
    At this time of the year, normally ,brutal winter starts showing off.
    However, I am taking advantage of this unseasonable weather and enjoy a fresh ,crispy morning while sotting out front of a coffe house ,and reading the lates in Learning Guide series.
    Eslpod thanks,

  2. Peter says:

    Hi Eslood,
    I have never underestimated the power of Eslpod.
    I wrote an introduction to a research assignment in 1 hour and a half. Before , it took me three quarte of a day to come up with some lame introduction for an 5 or 6 page assay-like assignment.this time around it does not look lame at all!
    Thanks eslpod,

  3. Whatever it is about, Jeff and Lucy’s lessons are amazing, don’t you agree with me? They talk to us with the subjects that are all interesting. Every time I read their lessons I get out with a lot of more learning. They can choose whatever topic and they go to the right point to make us more satisfied. God bless both of them forever.
    Aecio from beautiful Brazil.

  4. Peter says:

    Morning Eslpod,
    I gotta hand it to you
    The latest episod ,I like The funny touch you did on that.
    You jazz it up a bit ; I like it
    Specialy the ending when you ask if lucy’s character’s cousin looks anything like her.
    You are funny Jeff.
    Funny as hell!!
    It is good for morale ,I m telling you
    Eslpod you are something!!

  5. emiliano says:

    Well, thank you very much Lucy and of course thank you very much Jeff, you have made an English Cafe about Stephen King
    what It´s very pleasant for me.
    I can´t be objective talking about his books because I have read the majority of them, may be forty? or even
    more? I don´t really know how many, but what I can say is that some of them are really incredible good by my point of view what
    is very subjective, that´s true.
    It´s usual to classify nearly everything, we use to do that, and to the literature, art, movies, and so on, to all the Critics is so easy to follow
    this line to clasify every art subject, and sometimes I am very upset with this way of doing things.
    Best Sellers, Horror, Westerns, Love, Modern, Classic, Rock, Pop, and so on.
    Stephen King has been classify already as nearly everything, and he is an “horror writer” for ever so he can´t be a good
    writer and he can´t write a good literature book for all these Critics.
    To me this is untruth, even more when several of these critics or people who knows a lot about nearly everything
    said that, they use to have opinions about nearly everything without knowing what they are talking about.
    It´s very easy to say….this book read by three millions of persons can´t be good, it´s only a Best Seller….and so on.
    Now how many millions of persons have read W.Shakespeare books?
    How many works made Him along his life?
    How many music works made Mozart along his life?
    How many art oil paintings sold Van Gogh?….one?…..He was so bad painter for the Critics of his time.

    Lot of persons I know said just the same about S.King, S.Meyer, Agatha Christie, or which ever writer who sells too much books
    as much readers they have less good the books are.
    That´s the rule.
    It´s just the same nearly about everything.

    “IT”, could be one of the best books I have ever read. Despite every book of S.K. has been classify like “horror” books,
    this one treats nearly every kind of feelings. situations, friendship, relations between people, relations
    among families, customs of people living in a small city, poetry, jealous, fear of all kinds, and son on.
    I have read it twice, but Fatima my daughter has read it more than five or six times.
    But it is not the only book of S.K. I have read twice, in fact he has some that are masterpieces of the literature
    despite his books are classify as “horror” books, how simple.

    For us is more simple to make everything easy, clear, and classifying it as a stereotype to say just I don´t like
    this kind of movies, books, foods, art, and so on.
    So we don´t need to taste it, to read it, to see it, but we have opinion about everything without living the
    experience of knowing it, seeing the city, reading the book, traveling along a country, listening the the music, and afterward
    having our own opinion without prejuices.

    Yes, this is a subject I have argued several times, and speaking of Mr.S.King it´s just boring to talk
    about him or his books with some friends. I have listened the same opinion too many times already and I don´t like to argue any
    more with persons that have not read a single thing of this man.

    Sorry Jeff, but they use to say just the same you said: “I don´t like horror books” and that´s all.
    What a pity don´t to try it and having a better good personal point of view.

    As everything some of King´s books are very good, and there are good movies made with his stories like
    “Stand by me” “The Shawshank Redemption” The Green Mile” “Dolores Clairbone” as an example. Others
    are not so good movies as “The Shining” made by Stanley Kubrick, good director but a very bad adaptation
    of a great good book.
    Science fiction is another kind of literature where it´s impossible to make a good literature book, for the Critics, or
    Fantasy………till J.R.R. Tolkien apeared after a lot of years, and now thousand and thousands of books follows
    this line.
    Now is even possible to make a good thriller novel after Stieg Larsson appears, but before him there were
    lots of writers from Sweden or Norway like Henning Mankell, Inger Wolf of several more.
    Henning Mankell is one of the best writers of the moment, to me of course, but I know what I am talking about
    because I have read more then fifteen books of him.
    Yes, Stieg Larsson made a great favour when he past away to all the Nordic writers…….., all of them write in
    so a strange language that nobody has any idea about this kind of books.

    Another thing in favor of Mr. Stephen King, at least for me, has been that he has been the only writer who has sent me a book
    signed by him when I asked Mr. King for it.
    It was about the seventies, I wrote him to Bangor, Main, and told him I was a reader of his books
    that would like to have one dedicated, if possible, ……after two moths I received a packed from USA that
    I did not know what it was, scarcely I remembered my letter, but it was a book dedicated to me and signed by Mr. Stephen
    King, and he or his agent, sent the book by free……..incredible? but true.

    I am not objective about this matter, I know it, but please read, taste, feel, see, before speaking
    about a subject. If you don´t touch, don´t read, don´t have the experience, you can´t know what are
    you talking about.

    Thank you Jeff, all of this is not for you (you know it quite well) but I am a little fed up with The Critics
    and the rule of clasifying everything.
    It´s a pleasure listening to you talking about one of my favorite writters, yes it is ja, ja, despite you don´t like the genre.
    Thank you Lucy, you are the scripter and you know I like him.
    Have you read any book of Mr. King?, if not, read “Dead Zone” or “Dolores Clairbone” and tell us afterward.

    All the best for you, emiliano

  6. emiliano says:

    Too much writing, but I have talked so many times about S.King here in the blog
    that you know perfectly well, Jeff and Lucy, that I was going to write a lot about the subject.

    Ja, Ja, yes, it has been a good exercise to me all the evening writing and with the
    cat “Gatufo” on my lap what is even more difficult.
    By the way, Mr. Stephen King has a story about a cat, a nice cat who cares about a
    child at night, and the cat protects the child against bad criatures of the night.
    It´s a good nice cat but the parents of the child doesn´t like the poor cat…..who fights
    agains devils of night while the child is sleeping.

    In the movie made with the story the child was Drew Barrymore, the child girl of E.T.
    and Poltergeist.

    Fatima, my daughter is now listening to the audiobooks of Mr.King, some of them
    read by the author.
    Carrie audiobook is read by Sissy Spacek, who was nominated to the Oscar for “Carrie”
    afterward she won the Oscar for “In the Bedroom”
    Kathy Bate won another Oscar for “Misery”
    “The Shawshank Redemption” have seven nominations to the Oscar, best movie, best scrip, best actor “Morgan Freeman”
    and so on with other movies.

    Listening to “Dead Zone” Fatima told me last friday that tears fall from her eyes, after reading the book five or seven times when she was
    younger and at the tube people were looking at her thinking who knows what when they saw her tears, she laughed when she told
    us the subject.

    Isn´t it incredible? after knowing the story and reading the book so many times?
    Well, that´s the mistery of Mr King, so bad considered by the Critics and loved for millions of fans.


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