Podcasts This Week (January 24, 2011)

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ESL Podcast 654 – Talking About Sound and Volume

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 turn (something) up/down” and “moderate.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Title of The World’s Loudest Band.”
“Most musicians are interested in producing the best, most “memorable” (easy to remember) music, but others want to be known as the loudest band in the world. There has been a lot of competition among bands for this “sought-after”…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 278

Topics: The English-Only Movement; Famous Songs:  “The Yellow Rose of Texas”; who versus which versus that; kinda; to drink the Kool-Aid

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Hawaiian Pidgin English.”
“As one of the 50 states of the United States, English is spoken in Hawaii by its residents.  However, if you visit any of the Hawaiian islands, you will find that many of the people of Hawaii also speak Hawaiian Pidgin English…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ESL Podcast 655 – Staying in a Vacation Rental

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 sleep” and “scarce.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “What is Included in a Typical Vacation Rental.”
“A vacation rental is a “fully furnished” (with all basic furniture and equipment) home or apartment. It normally includes sofas, beds, tables, and chairs, as well as “appliances”…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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8 Responses to Podcasts This Week (January 24, 2011)

  1. Peter says:

    Dear Emiliano,
    To some degree, I agree with you.
    But, writing is a serious skill
    I believe, Eslpod is not meant that way.
    Writing training needs a totally different approach
    Eslpod weighs more in communication portion of English Language.
    For writing we need way more sophisticated words , we need creativity , and flow
    As you said , writing is sth innate ,a potential that needs to be directed right!!
    Eslpod has the capability ,but designed to usher us some where else
    Do u feel me
    I don’t write here , it is the way I talk.
    The way I write , awful man,
    There are two different things requiring two distinctly different training methods.

  2. Peter says:

    Don’t take this the wrong way.
    The whole theme of this program is to get us off the ground,English wise!
    But,one step at a time


  3. Peter says:

    I had classes today
    Didn’t go to school
    It is crazy cold outside
    To brave the cold I need more motive.
    Nothing can get me out in the cold today ,not even a ravishing lady with the warmest hug:)))
    It is insane!!!
    -17 with no whindchil
    Last night ,I was driving along the Yonge street . The wind shield was foggy ,misty so I couldn’t make out the figures in distance.I figured if I spray a bit the washing fluid it might help. I went for it.
    I depressed the water fluid button
    The water squired out and got frozen half way to the windshield, so I just had some small shred of ice hitting against the windshield!
    I am not exaggerating!
    It is how it exactly happened
    You get frostbit in 15 minutes ,particulary in your ears.
    Last night was -23 with no windchill
    Go figure!
    People were not walking down the street!
    they were speed-waking while hunching over. Lastnbight every single pedestrian in Toronto could have won a gold medal in speed-walking or marathon race:))
    We had some people who broke the record:)

  4. Peter says:

    Now,that I m idle!
    I figured let’s make a productive time out of it,so I am listening to Jeff and Lucy while dripping a line here!
    Absolutly amazing!!!
    I presure every single word you guys uttered!
    You guys..,,
    Sorry I got a bit emotional here
    No frigging way that I could go that deep without your generous help!
    Who are you people!!
    It is true I m one crazy guy
    But enough sound that recognize what you are doing here for an English freak like me is beyond my wildest dream
    Lucy, thanks to you for the canon of yours
    A collection of even the furthest reach common impressions
    Man, I have been in over my head for long to figure out what is going on in the beautiful mind of yours
    Lucy ,
    When it comes to you
    I am an orthodox groupie of yours!!!
    One student among many

  5. emiliano says:

    That´s right Peter, I think your style is really natural the same way you speak, ant that´s not easy.

    I do like to read your posts just for this reason, they are spontaneous and free, but if you coud polish them only a little
    you could be in future a good writer, to tell young people a good story.

    Not all of us have that easy and free style of you, just as if you were talking.

    I try to do it when I am writing in Spanish, but sometimes it depends of the person I am going to mail the message.
    To a young person or one of my daughters I use this way but sometimes I have to use another different form.

    My daugher Fátima has an incredible good natural and spontaneous style that I try to imitate but I think she writes better.
    I would like to have this gift of writing with a good natural style but it´s a gift, like painting not everybody may do it
    so well.

    Thank you Peter, try to polish your style it would be very good for you in future.
    Take care of that bro, you have good conditions.


  6. emiliano says:

    There are some villages and cities in Spain that this winter the temperature may drop till – 13 C degrees, in fact this morning in Madrid
    we were at – 6 C deg., at 8 a.m. but nothing to do with Toronto.
    It´s amazing that a little village “Molina de Aragon” has the record in the difference of temperatures at night/noon it use to be about
    23 or even 26 C. what it works havoc to the people´s body.

    In Madrid and nearly all the Cities of the Meseta we use to have 18 / 20 C. of difference sometimes, and It´s hard because at mornings
    you need to go with an heavy overcoat but going out from work in afternoon all overdressing is unnecessary or you will be sweating.

    Yes, it is a very nice weather to be sick or having headaches as I use to have.



  7. Peter says:

    Thanks for the advice man
    I will

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