Like many people across the world, we at ESL Podcast were saddened to hear of the terrible earthquake (violent shaking of the ground) and tsunami (very high sea waves) in Japan last week. Our thoughts today are with the victims (those who are hurt by something) of this tragedy (terrible event). There are many, many listeners of ESL Podcast in Japan, and we stand by them (support them) in their time of need.
As a rule (generally), we don’t comment or discuss events outside of the United States on our podcasts or on this blog. However, we are making a one-time exception in this case due to the scale (size) of this disaster.
The situation is very dire (very serious and urgent) in parts of Japan. If you would like to contribute (give) something to the Red Cross to help those in need there, please consider this or this website.
~ Jeff, Lucy, and the ESL Podcast Team