Podcasts This Week (February 14, 2011)

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ESL Podcast 660 – Work-Related Injuries

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “back” and “elbow.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Most Work-Related Injuries.”
“Americans spend many of their “waking hours” (time when a person is awake, not asleep) “on the job” (at work), so it is not surprising that they suffer from many work-related injuries…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 281

Topics: Ask an American – Sleep-deprived teenagers; to buy versus to purchase versus to acquire; to burn the candle at both ends; Let’s versus Shall we? versus Why don’t we?

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In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Sleeping Beauty.”
“Sleeping Beauty is a “classic” (well known; traditional) “fairy tale” (a children’s story with many magical events). The original version was written by French author Charles Perrault, but most Americans…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ESL Podcast 661 – Demanding an Apology

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 “chill out” and “to take (something) back.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “American Apologists.”
“An “apologist” is someone who “defends” (protects from attack) an idea or system, especially when it is unpopular with most people. Often apologists defend religious views, but the term “American Apologists”…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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12 Responses to Podcasts This Week (February 14, 2011)

  1. Peter says:

    Thanks Eslpod for taking me under you wing and showed me the way.
    In technical sense , you are my mentor and I am your protege :)))

  2. Peter says:

    Once,a wise man said,” love is a spice with so many tastes.”
    Happy valentine blog mate

  3. Andreas says:

    Hi everyone,

    I will try to write my first post in this blog, also my first post in English language.
    By the search for possibility’s to improve my English skills, i found eslpod.com. I listen it for four or five weeks.
    It is very interesting for me to read the blog. Particular the recipe by Emiliano for Spanish Omelette was nice to read.
    I know that my English is not very well. But i’m here to improve it. If i made any mistakes don’t hesitate to correct me.

    greetings an all of you from Germany


  4. emiliano says:

    Welcome Andreas, and thank you.
    You can´t imagine how much it cost me to write such recipe but I think it was interesting as this is one of the most
    popular dishes in Spain.
    May be it is a cheap way of having a meal and along many many years nearly all the family members had a good and
    nice supper at night without spending a lot of money.

    I like “tortilla de patatas” very much, but it has to be very good cooked……..the best was my mother´s one, of course
    but also Cuca´s was really good.
    Mine is a disaster so I haven´t cook it for a long time, but now I´m thinking seriously in cooking it again just to
    test me accordingly.

    You are really welcome, I look forward seeing you frequently as it is a very good way of learning and thinking
    this so difficult English language….all the time we are writting our mind is like an English mind for some time.

    See you soon.

  5. Peter says:

    You are most welcome Andreas,
    You are in good hands.
    Hang in there my friend, you will pick up the skill in no time.

  6. Peter says:

    Truth to be told,
    I am an stocky, slow-witted guy but I picked up the language rathe fast through this center:)

  7. Peter says:

    I just feel to unburden ,
    Literry ,for quite bit , my only effort have been channeled to loose the accent, but it seems like all I did over past years was just crying for the moon.
    Still ,the accent is there as strong as ever.
    I officially give up!

  8. Peter says:

    I encouraged my classmates both English-speaking and non-English speaking English to come join us at this Englishhub. As I said several times before , i strongly believe,this center is as effective for English-speakers.
    I explained to them the impact Eslpod can have in their lives in a cities like Toronto that English is the official language.
    Some of them jioned us and they were very appreciative of me that I introduced them to this center.
    I told them that I didn’t know squat about English Language. And I am one of the productions of that center.
    Seems it was a good stimulus:) how ever the words trigged them to go check the center.
    Last night, I was burning the mid night oil in the college liberary when one of them came up to me and thanked me that I showed them the way:))))
    Her kind words was very inspiring.
    I got all welled up.
    Every where I go I am totally vocal about Eslpod.
    Eslpod is totally compliment worthy ,so give it what it really deserves. Word of month is everything in this business.
    Let us be Eslpod’s voice and let’s spread the news and have more linguistic-shocked new-commers be under Eslpod wing that the more ,the merryer
    God bless my blog men:)
    We have been on this blog long enough that this blog is like home to us. So I am not totally off if I call you my blog men a variation of country men which means people whith the same country of origin:)

  9. Betty says:

    Nice to meet you, Andreas, thanks for reminding us about the yummy Spanish omelette from Emiliano.

    We all like Emiliano’s vivid description of how to make a Spanish omelette. I think I will try to make it one day, my whole family will be very surprised when they see the plate of Spanish omelette on the table. I will tell them I learn the recipe from Emiliano from ESLPOD.com. I bet they will say that I am pulling their legs (an informal way to say ‘to tell someone something that is not true as a way of joking with them).

    I totally agree with Peter’s saying that: ‘this center is as effective for English-speakers’.

    Don’t look down upon this website by its name ESLPOD – English as a Second Language Podcast, I rather believe its logo at the top right hand corner of this page, ‘English for Everyone’.

    When I first listened to Jeff and Lucy, I thought my British born daughters would not like it because they were native English speakers and they would not like to listen to slow English speaking.

    And then one day my elder daughter told me that this English as a Second Language website taught us a lot more than English as a First Language class.

    She does not know, only because Jeff and Lucy have never ending energy and enthusiasm to produce all these episodes that they were able to teach us so much, nothing to do with first or second language.

    In fact it is very clever of Jeff and Lucy to come up with this idea of teaching us in the cyber world.

    By the way, I should also thank Charles Kuen Kao, who pioneered the development and use of fiber optics in telecommunications. One source quoted him the “Godfather of Broadband”.

    Please excuse me for bringing up the topic of one of the diseases which I hope I will not have – Alzheimer.

    According to the website: ‘charleskaofoundation.org’,

    “Alzheimer’s is a very insidious disease – it creeps up on a person unsuspectingly. You think you are just getting old and forgetting where you put things occasionally and that this is a normal part of aging. Professor Kao is now many more years into the stages of Alzheimer’s. Professor Kao has forgotten how to do many of the tasks he used to do with his eyes shut”.

    He has helped to change the whole world, but the whole world’s medical experts on Alzheimer cannot help to reverse his condition. Please love your family, people do get old.

  10. Andreas says:

    When ever I read here the different posts, than I am amazed how easy it seems here to writeb y all of you. My own efforts teach me better.

    For this few words I need almost a half hour. The English language is difficult for me. In the past I had more than one times begun to learn it.

    I tried again and again. But the hope dies at last. The hope is still yet to learn.


  11. Betty says:

    Please don’t give up, Andreas, I ‘learned’ (if you know what I mean by adding this quotation marks, I mean it was not really learning, it was just a waste of time) English everyday since 4 years of age and did not know any English words until I was 12 years of age.

    I found that it was possible for me to be as good as my classmates when I borrowed good compositions from my younger classmates, ‘if they can be this good, I should try to be this good’, that was when I was 14 years of age.

    So I started reading every English word with great care, and suddenly, I could read and I could write.

    I am still very weak in listening and speaking English, but I am confident that with the help of this website and all the Learning Guides from here, I will be able to improve on them very soon.

    Where there is a will, there is a way.

    Nice to learn together with everyone here.

  12. Andreas says:

    Betty I thank you so much for your encouraging words.

    see you soon


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