Podcasts This Week (May 23, 2011)

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ESL Podcast 688 – Ending a Business Relationship

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 up” and “to let (someone) down.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Common Legal Clauses.”
“Legal contracts contain many common “clauses” (sections of a legal contract dealing with one particular part of the law) that are seen “over and over again” (many times). Often these clauses are just copied and pasted…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 295

Topics: Movie: 2001: A Space Odyssey; Joshua Tree National Park; kind of versus so-so versus more or less; firm versus company; to get + participle

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Watson and the TV Show Jeopardy!”
“For many years, the computer company IBM has been working on a computer that could think like humans.  In 2011, they “unveiled” (made public) a computer they call “Watson”…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ESL Podcast 689 – Listening to a Political Speech

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 cut” and “to sit back.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Political Debates.”
“In the United States, many political “candidates” (people who are running for office) participate in “debates,” which are official opportunities for people to present their differing opinions on one or more issues…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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11 Responses to Podcasts This Week (May 23, 2011)

  1. Peter says:

    Your a butterfly,fluttering through life, hard to pin down.
    Be Happy guys,
    The apocalypse never happened.
    There was this prophecy panned out that the doom day is yesterday at 6pm.
    Considering the time zone difference ,I wouldn’t know what time I was supposed to have my last seep of my vintage 20 year old wine.
    So ,was it 6 pm based on where the visionary who predicted the judgment day lives or local time in every zone.
    So,I was baffled
    I ended up calculating 6 pm in every time zone globally and drank a glass of my vintage wine. Guess what the world never ended, and I ended up drunk ,totally hammered:)
    Early this morning news said there was this mild earthquake in San Francisco last night, topped with a Volcano eruption somewhere in the world that forced the authority to shot down the air port today for the plum of tick ashes spiraling up out of the peak of volcano.
    So ,folks there we are alive and kicking:)))

  2. Peter says:

    How did u experience the 6 pm fiasco yesterday?
    I know Jeff, He is too pragmatic to get shaky by that. He laughs it out of his mind
    Lucy may go there for a sec or two but she will snap out of it.
    May think it is grippy
    Emiliano takes it as a bed time story for kids
    For some people though it built up supense
    And for some a good oportunity to take a bet,make it more interesting
    See ,I myself is a visionary , a good judge of character:))

  3. Peter says:

    What was your last famouse word last night:))

  4. Peter says:

    It was a good warning though
    In case if tragedy strikes ,I will miss you guys as a pitchfork is expecting my arrival up there:)

  5. Mamari says:

    Hi guys,

    I’m really eager to listen these podcasts and read its learning guide. I fallowed the Obama’s speech in Cairo, Egypt last week. It was incredible. I have been impressed, speech after speech, by Obama’s skills. Actually, the most great politician around the world are eloquent, but in Obama’s speech I saw a kind of sincerity. Even though, the world sincerety is barely known in political word.

    @ Peter,

    I agree with you that the apocalypse will never happen, however there’s an apocalypse for everyone, which is one’s last day. Don’t you think??

  6. Peter says:

    Oh,thanks jeff for posting all my gibberish talk up there.
    I know sometimes I don’t make any sense and ramble on and on without having any point.accordingly,I don’t get to go up there
    But ,no harsh feelings pal
    You have gone the whole nine yard for us.
    No mind at all if I sometimes do get posted up there.
    I wish I could go the whole-hog for u chief
    But,not easy to measure up to u chap

    Sometime, I get too cockney cully:)
    But,it is me
    You nimrod student

  7. Betty says:

    Hi Peter, thank you very much for such interesting stories for us about the doom day on Saturday 21 May 2011. At least you must had had enjoyed your vintage 20 year old wine, not bad!

    I hate to admit this to you, but I did not know what it meant when you said: ‘Betty, May think it is grippy’.

    I looked up the dictionary and it said grippy grippy adj. grippe, grip [gr?p] n (Medicine / Pathology) a former name for influenza

    grippe – an acute febrile highly contagious viral disease

    I am very sorry, but I still don’t understand it.

    Actually my younger daughter kept on and on and on last week saying: ‘the judgement day is coming’.

    I told her that everyday is a judgement day, and we must work hard every single day.

    She must found me very boring.

    After reading Mamari’s saying: ‘there’s an apocalypse for everyone, which is one’s last day’, I decided to find out more about the word apocalypse.

    I probably have misunderstood the meaning of all these ‘Doomsday’, ‘Judgement Day’ and ‘Apocalypse’.

    Anyway, we are safe now, keep on living.

  8. Peter says:

    There is a word on the street that Obama’s speeches all edited before hand.

  9. emiliano says:

    Betty, some of the meanings of the word as for a dictionary I have been looking through
    but I don´t think Peter use it this way, of course.
    I think it could be something like additive to think about “The end of the world” that it
    was predicted to the 22nd of May 2010.
    Another Aztecs date to “The End of The World” is:
    22nd of December 2012
    Some people said it is written on the Aztec´s Calendar so it is necessary to wait till this new date…..



    2 ? ?[grip-ee] Show IPA
    –adjective, -pi·er, -pi·est. Chiefly Scot.
    stingy; avaricious.
    1800–10; grip + -y1
    Dictionary.com Unabridged
    Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2011.
    Cite This Source

    Link To grippy
    World English Dictionary
    grippy (?gr?p?) [Click for IPA pronunciation guide]

    — adj
    (of a material) having adhesive qualities


    Betty, these are the meanings that the “Dictionary.com” gives to the word “grippy”
    but it seems to me a little hard or unpleasant to say a person so may be it is a way to say
    we are addicted to know the date of the “end of the world” because it has adhesive ideas…..
    but not to me as Peter said It would be a tale to tell the children when they want to go to the bed
    and I like they could dream well.
    You know, I am fond to tell stories……ja, ja,
    Good Peter, I think I could tell good stories every moment…. to children and to adults.

    I think that it´s necessary to know another meanings of the word to enrich our knowledge.
    This “Dictionary.com” is really a very useful tool to consult in the web at the same time
    you are writing and may have a doubt about how to write a word or what it means by the way.
    Try it Betty…

    All the best friends.


  10. Peter says:

    Thank you for taking interest in my nonsense.
    It is very nice of you.
    There are some words That are fabricated words. They form themselves within the mainstream of a society and then work their way through
    The whole system
    Are you following me?
    To my best of knowledge,It is grippy means: it has a strong and adverse affect on you.
    For example if we don’t help Eslpod financially. They eventually stop the production,and it is grippy
    All the students here were gripped by that.
    Let’s ask Jeff to break it down further.
    There R a significant of these improvised words , makeshift words if you will
    Another example of it is the word “chince ” or “chincy.” they mean cheap ,in a way
    Or chump:stupid and chum:friend
    I don’t wanna make Jeff any angrier
    So ,He does not put me up there
    Thanks, Betty

  11. Peter says:

    Emiliano ,
    I really appreciate you weighing in.
    Thanks for the input
    And thanks for the tip

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