Podcasts This Week (February 21, 2011)

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ESL Podcast 662 – Doctor-Patient Confidentiality

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to breach” and “to drop it.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about other types of “Confidential Relationships.”
“Doctors have access to a lot of “privileged information” (information shared with only certain people in a private, professional context, and protected by law) when they speak with their patients about their health history, medical conditions…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 282

Topics: The Graduate; Patty Hearst; embarrassed versus ashamed versus awkward; people versus persons; talk to the hand

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In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about the sequel to The Graduate.
“Most Americans know about the film The Graduate, but how many know that it is based on a novel by Charles Webb written in 1963? Charles Webb wrote The Graduate “shortly” (a short time) after he graduated from college…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ESL Podcast 663 – Having Problems Concentrating

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “manual” and “to focus.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Requirements for Getting a Driver’s License.”
“In the United States, “driver’s licenses” (documents that give one legal permission to drive) are “issued” (given out) by individual states, so the requirements “vary” (are different). However, “applicants” (people who want to get a driver’s license) always have to meet certain requirements…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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11 Responses to Podcasts This Week (February 21, 2011)

  1. Peter says:

    My friend Warren,
    I feel bad,
    Thanks for the post
    It Was very educational
    I didn’t mean to have a go at you(British slang)
    Well,I m analytical,as a result,I don’t go by numbers,but by personal observations.
    Actually,segrregation is one the biggest problems is cosmopolitan cities like NY and Toronto.and, it is the main reason why people espacially singles feel like left out.
    Even ,LA suffers from that.I was in LA , it is like the a Mage city is devided into small ethnic village by boundaries and everything.
    You know what , I tried hard to penetrate into different ethnicities here, no success ,y
    Hobest, your post pushed the button:))
    Sorry ,bro
    I am pregmatic like Jeff,
    I don’t get caught in sth that sounds fictional
    Let’s talk reality my man
    I don’t know why I can’t get over it

    Thanks for all the effort my man
    I learned a lot from you
    No hard feelings man
    Peace out

  2. Peter says:

    U lived in England
    Back me on that please
    What is opinion
    Give me something here Betty,
    Off all the people hete,You know what I am talking about.
    Come forward please

  3. Peter says:

    All I m saying is
    Segregation does exist.
    To me , there should be sth in play to Put an end to it.
    We are all equal no matter what ethnicity we are part of
    Passing our exterior parts,we are all constructed the same.

  4. Betty says:

    Here you are, Peter, I have been reading on the other blog, everyone is commenting and agreeing with your post on the other blog. Warren needs to hire you to stopping people throwing tomatoes and eggs at him.

    Yes, I agree with your points as well, it is the same in England, as I said in my post on February 20th, 2011 at 8:19 am:

    “Frankly speaking, I think Peter was right, the number of intermarriage is negligible. It is natural that people tend to marry someone from their own group, ‘Birds of a feather flock together’”.

    “Whatever will be, will be. Don’t worry too much”.

    Sorry, Warren, my first paragraph was just an English expression, nothing serious, thank you for helping us learn English with passion.

  5. Peter says:

    Thanks for the support ,
    And Warren,
    Thanks for the post
    Very sensitive,controversial issue
    You know my brother,some people specially elderly people don’t want to get out of their comfort zone
    So,they don’t jump culturally:)
    And,language barrier ,and religions are another side of the coin
    Now matter ,how close you are socially with the people of other descents ,at the end of the day you play for your team my man,
    Thanks bro,

  6. Peter says:

    Guys, a few bolgs back,
    I said ,I dated British girls.
    They go out with me but it is the furthest they go,
    And besides , I lie About my nationality and I say I m agnostic
    I say ,I am from Denmark and came here at early age when I was 7
    Some think, I was born here,and I don’t say otherwise
    If I tell them the truth ,there is no way they go out with me.

  7. Betty says:

    Peter, please allow me to say, your English writing is very forceful, and always offer the truth.

    You see, when the teachers post something here to start us off, they give us something very neutral, and let us express freely here.

    I am very scared to give any opinion that will attract the authority to come and have a quiet word with me, yes, I am scared.

    But you are not scared, might be because you live in a country where there is more democracy and you are able to talk without the worry at the back of you mind.

    I always read the news from UK’s news articles, the style of writing I read was quite confined to the UK journalists’ style, so reading something of a different style is good exercise for me.

    I can always see a young venturous fun loving man in your writing, walking so close to bears, having a pint in the pub with friends watching the premiers on the TV, studying in the library.

    Your stories reminded me a lot of myself some decades ago. Once I had such a large glass of beer in front of me in the pub where all the university students hung out, just once and the next day someone told me that he spotted me with such a large glass of beer in front of my small body, he was so surprised. I wonder why some people are so scared when they see me doing the same thing they do. Because they were tall white man born and raised in England, they did not expect to see a small Chinese girl travelled thousands of miles from home having a pint like all of them. They expected to see a small glass of orange juice which was more compatible with a small sweet face young looking girl. Sometimes venturous things like that can remain a sweet memory in people’s mind for the rest of their life. If you ask me what I learned from the courses, I forgot them all, but I remembered all the fun I had during the few years’ of studies.

    Come back to English, my writing offers no style, I just write something in English, to make sure that I don’t forget this language, and to improve on it.

    I have to force myself to think of something to say in English, but I think for you it is very natural for you to say anything you want in English, it is very obvious in your post here.

    I have done my English test yesterday and I felt I had been to a horse racing event when I stepped out of the exam hall, a very exciting game finished, I must do it again next year, too bad they only hold the test once a year, it is so entertaining that I want to do it more often.

    Because of this English test, I seek everywhere in the world for help to improve my English and I accidentally found this website and all these serious English writers in this blog, it truly opens my eyes and opens my mind.

    I owe this test and everyone here – all the teachers and fellow learners here – for the improvement of my English.

    I really must start working hard again from today in order to do better in next year’s test.

  8. Peter says:

    Your little story touched my very core,
    I hear you,
    I don’t have any writing style, I just put down what I think
    I never write down sth to intrigue authorities
    No sensetive,simulating stuff,
    No irritating I meant,
    Truth to be told ,I never force my self to write anything here.
    I mean English is nothing of a challenge to me
    I learn this language tge hard way.so,I know what are saying.I feel you.
    Hinest,English language has become easier to me that my mother tongue.
    Well,I haven’t read and witten anything in my mother tongue for 10 or 11 years.
    I stopped using my mother tongue back home
    Now,I dream in English
    And ,when I m under pressure ,English cone rushing to my mind not my mother tongue.
    It is different,I live this language everyday.
    Last time I spoke my mother tongue was just one hour on the phone one month a go
    Even when I happen to speak with people of my origine I just speak in English
    I just speak my mother tongue with my folks.
    And ,I started dating a British girl she is a lawyer and she is very articulate
    We almost live together
    So,Betty is different

  9. Peter says:

    Don’t beat yourself up Betty,
    You are doing great

  10. Peter says:

    I am not born here
    I Guess ,it is the closest I can get
    All bragging aside,
    I have extensive vocabulary
    I know almost all the common expressions
    I use them on a regular basis
    I understand news and movies even while I m asleep
    So,perhaps there is the end of it for me.
    But,Ebglish was my only luxury in my life
    But,still it happens sometimes that i pick up on something here at Eslpod center that I didn’t know already.
    For ,it is like a gold plated gift wrapped in a fancy paper:)
    And,I am telling you ,it is not just the case for me.
    I am gonna let you in on a secret. Between you and me,It is not that native speakers know all the terms Jeff and Lucy have come up here on their program.
    I need to be hooked up constantly to a rich Source of English simply because I am an English freak
    Eslpod for me is like a treasure I found in a uncharted land.to err on the side of caution, I keep four copies of all stuff in Eslpod on 4 different gadgets.that how English buff I am
    As Emiliano one said ,Blog and Eslpod is my life as well. It gets me going.
    To me ,Eslpod is like a narcotic drug that gives me the euphoria I need to get on with my everyday life
    On average,I pick up something new in regards to sentence structures,punctuation, ,pronounciations,intonation ,and terms every three Episod.

  11. Peter says:

    I had a tick accent
    Eslpod helped me to move myself from a strong accent to a mild accent.
    Because everytime I am listening to Jeff and lucy ,I try hard to figure out their month and lip movements then I try to mimick them.
    Truth to be told i am totally obsessed with Lucy’s American accent
    I happen that I listen to just one senetence lucy says more than 50 time to pick up the intonation
    I am totally a psych case 🙂

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