Podcasts This Week (July 11, 2011)

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ESL Podcast 702 – Finding Other Singles

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 cruise for” and “all right.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Other Uses of the Word ‘Single.'”
“When people refer to “singles,” they’re usually talking about unmarried people, or people who are not involved in a romantic relationship. But in different “contexts” (situations), the same word can have very different meanings…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 302

Topics: Famous Americans:  Thomas Edison; Liberia; symposium versus workshop versus seminar; to account for; “Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.”

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Thomas Edison’s Unusual Inventions.”
“Thomas Edison was a “prolific” (producing a lot) inventor who had nearly 1,000 patents in the U.S., and another approximately 500 in other countries.  Many of his inventions are well known today, and affect the daily lives of people all over the world.  However, some of his other inventions have not received as much “notice” (attention)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ESL Podcast 703 – Attending an Auction

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 “lot” and “paddle.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Common Types of Auctions.”
“The most common types of auctions in the United States are “English auctions,” where bidders can see who the other bidders are, and they start with a low price, “working up” (increasing the amount of the bids) until only one person is…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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9 Responses to Podcasts This Week (July 11, 2011)

  1. ben says:

    I am looking forward to exciting podcasts /as usual/ this week.

  2. Peter says:

    Dear Betty ,
    There is a good old saying that goes like:
    “hope springs eternal ” that means menkind naturally seek out reasons to bring about a fresh optimism.
    It so true that some times insurance companies play Trick on us to weasel their way out of paying what lawfully is our right.
    It is just not a case for you sis
    They do everything to get out of shelling out the compensation.
    But,happy that your perseverance paid off and you got sth for your hope chests that you were rubbed.
    Thank Sis for scanning my long-winded blabbers
    Very sensitive stuff Warren has brought up this time around
    Well ,it is Warren
    He always pushes it:))))
    Nothing against you Warren ,I like your style.
    Keep it up
    Hopes get dashed ; just be cool about it ,and keep hoping whimsy hope
    And ,it is my advise to you Sis
    “Keep hoping against hope.”

  3. Peter says:

    Sorry ,if I got emotional here
    The truth is , Warren ‘s post brough out all the latent bitter memories of a misfortune event that I lived once

    my motto fellas is:
    “Keep hoping against hope”
    Let’s ask Warren to tell us what it means

  4. Peter says:

    Cool stuff Jeff,
    I just scam this week’s audio lessons
    Love the part about Edison
    You are the best of the best chief
    You Always come up with cool stuff ; it has become your thing boss
    Dear lucy
    Do you creat both English cafe and the lessons ,or you just do the lessons and English cafes are the work of dear astute “Jeff”
    If you do both
    So ,you are given way way less credit you deserve
    Jeff has never been clear on it
    Who dies all the English cafe
    Whoever he/she is , she /hehas a beautiful mind
    Dear Jeff,
    You’ve never addressed it
    What gives ?
    Given that you are modest to a fault , they must be the work of you.
    Bring us up to speed my man
    Does Anybody out there know who is behind all the cafe lessons?
    Just wanna take the edge off my curiosity.

  5. Peter says:

    There is sth about Eslpod that bring out the good side of me
    Even when I m in a bad mood
    The best mood booster is rifling through my dear classmate’s comments and stealing all the good expressions:)
    Well,I am natural-born thief
    Keep under wraps please 🙂

  6. Myo ko ko says:

    At the time being,
    your English Cafe 302 and podcast 702 aren’t available to download yet.
    but this is not a problem and it happens to me nearly all the time.
    Of course, I’m here to get your pods a little ahead of time when they are available. 🙂
    Anyway, I would be here for next times to get your new podcasts. 🙂
    Lucky for me, I use a very smart downloader software to download yours “in a flash.”

  7. Peter says:

    Every single morning Jeff reads his paper right at the breakfast table
    And every single morning as I roll out of bed I check this very blog hoping a new article pops out at me; Alas ,I m not given the luxuery.
    Well ,
    We don’t get a new paper everyday
    It is half way through week ,no sign of a new article.
    Please don’t play it slow:)
    The next post,if any:) would be flagged as belated
    we r getting close to the hump day 🙂
    No new article yet!
    What gives Boss?

    A big fan

  8. Peter says:

    Guys ,a piece of advice
    The key to success is To get ur sentences correct with reading the learning guid and paying close attention to all the sentence structures. Then,when you learned how to make right sentences use all the expressions to embroider the way you talk to style it

  9. Betty says:

    Hi Peter, thank you very much indeed for your support.

    Yes, it is most important to be able to overcome all the obstacles in life and carry on living a normal life after any tragedy.

    Thank you also for the idiom ‘hope against hope’.

    I am very please to have learned this idiom.

    From thefreedictionary.com:

    ‘Hope against hope’ means:

    To hope with little reason or justification.
    To have hope even when the situation appears to be hopeless.
    To hope very strongly that something will happen, although you know it is not very likely (usually in continuous tenses; usually + that )

    Example sentences:
    We hope against all hope that she’ll see the right thing to do and do it.
    There is little point in hoping against hope, except that it makes you feel better.
    We were just hoping against hope that she would be rescued.

    A very good idiom indeed!


    I am so happy to hear Lucy’s soft voice again in English Café 302.

    After listening to Lucy, I decided to look up the internet to find out whether Liberia has any connection with Libya which is in the news everyday recently.

    It is the first time I realise that there are two countries in Africa with very similar names (they looked similar to me anyway): Libya and Liberia. Both are in Africa, one in the North and one in the West.

    Time always goes very fast when listening to Jeff and Lucy. Before one realise the time past, Lucy says: ‘That’s all we have time for today in talking about Liberia. I hope you found it interesting’.

    Yes, thank you very much, Lucy, I have found it very interesting. This is the most enjoyable way to learn more about the world.

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