Podcasts This Week (July 25, 2011)

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ESL Podcast 706 – Feeling Ill from Food While Traveling

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 guard against” and “some.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Items Not Allowed to be Brought into the United States.”
“U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the part of the U.S. government that “secures” (keeps safe) the nation’s “borders” (geographic lines between countries)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 304

Topics: American Presidents:  Bill Clinton; Louisiana Voodoo; articulation versus enunciation versus pronunciation; to start versus commence; I believe you versus I believe in you

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In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.”
“While Bill Clinton was serving as the President of the United States, the “press” (news organizations) often mentioned his love of unhealthy foods, such as fried chicken.  The president “reportedly” (was said to) liked “doughnuts”… – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ESL Podcast 707 – Looking Back on One’s Life

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 plan out” and “content.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.”
“Benjamin Franklin was one of the “Founding Fathers” (one of the men who made important contribution to the country’s creation) of the United States. He made many important contributions to history, politics, science, and more…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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9 Responses to Podcasts This Week (July 25, 2011)

  1. ilona says:


  2. lotfollah says:

    Thank you Jeff for the excellent job you and your colleagues are doing and congratulations on the sixth anniversary.I wish you all the best
    Lotfollah from Iran

  3. Myo ko ko says:

    We say this word ( good-cial) when we find out something special that we like.
    Of course, I like ESL pods.
    While listening to them, I feel I am not just learning the language I’m ,too,learning the way a native speaker speaks ,
    the way he (Jeff, of course!) sees things etc.
    Truth to be told. I think, the podcasts are entertaining me in some ways.
    I think, if something someone is learning entertains the person, it is a good news. hoo…….ooooray!
    The pods are smart, intuitive and even of course second to none to boot! 🙂

  4. Myo ko ko says:

    Hi, my dear, Emiliano ( believe it or not! I had to look back three times to be able to spell my dear name correctly! 🙂 )

    Today I read this below headline news. I have known from your comments that you are living in Madrid, Spain.
    If so, are you OK with this incident?

    Protesters from across Spain have converged in Madrid to show frustration over the country’s economic woes.
    Months after the height of demonstrations, activists have established a permanent presence in the capital.

  5. Peter says:

    Hi pals,
    Well,the anniversary episode ,the video clip of Jeff with that funny hat was a flash news in the land of Eslpod?:))))
    The vido clip suggested that we are off to another good start in the land of Eslpod,and also the funny clip heralded another year of Eslpod series in the process of turning us into English speakers. What is ur resolution this year round as valuable members of this program. Mine is being loyal,and devoted with a grain of hart-felt financial commitment that is long over due.
    Folks ,
    Talk is cheap ,let’s take action this year
    Last weekend ,I won 200 dollars lottary money, so I had 200 dollars burning a hole in my pocket. I did a madcap escapade :)))))
    I went to a local movie theaters and watched 12 movies back to back while stuffing my face with popcorns while gulping diet cock
    It was a fun Sunday ,it was a fun activity
    The factoid is ,I woke up today with a upset stomach and a hatred attitude towards food of any kinds.
    Never ever again:)
    Dear Jeff,
    It is nice that you start this new year with a barrel of laguhters and joy
    Kudos on the piece :))))
    That was the best prelude for what you have in your sleeve for us in the year to come.
    Jeff ,
    My heart goes to you and all the associates

    Your humble student

    It is lame ,I know
    But,please accept my lousy comment as a thank you letter for all the effort you,lucy and all the back room boys exteneded toward us last year and the years before.

    I will never ear again,never ever:))))

  6. emiliano says:

    Dear Myo ko ko,

    yes that´s true, something is moving inside Spanish society till the point that thousand of people
    are in the streets of the big cities.
    From the 15th of May lot of young and not so young people have established in the Puerta del Sol Circus just in
    the middle of Madrid and they have remained camped for more than two months.

    After that, thousands of people started a long walk from lot of Spain´s cities and all of them joined
    yesterday in the Madrid again.

    Where? In Puerta del Sol Circus as it is expected.

    Why? Easy:
    They feel themselves indignant with their situation, the politicians, the hopes in future, their expectatives of
    finding a job, with the promises they have received being children and the not fullfiness of them.
    They have not a job, not hopes, lot of debits, and they want to change their world.

    Well, I think this was expected and it has came now, but I hope this movement could be a peaceful protest
    with good results if something has to change for better.
    I would like to have a little faith about this event but in fact
    I am very skeptical about the movement and the management some of our public politicians could
    made about the subject.
    I have seen this kind of good feeling several times and the bad use some politician could done with the
    real good feelings of thousand or millions of people.
    People who are not content or with great necessities are quite easy of managing with spurious aims.
    We know that perfectly well and history told us a lot about the subject.

    Europe has been living up from their economic posibilites for quite a long time and millions of Europeans
    have been thinking that their living was easy and full of opportunities of spending the euros they really
    do not have.
    Now we have paying the cost of that kind of living and millions of not employed people have not future
    expectatives. No work, no house, no hopes of finding a job, lot of unhappiness everywhere but specially
    in Spain, Greek, Portugal, Ireland and Italy.
    There are other that are worst, north of Africa or Somalia where millions of people are going to die
    because they do not any food.
    All my concern with the Norway people that are suffering hard bad moments, I know and feel that
    because here in Madrid we had very bad moments also on the year 2004 and several times
    before with another terrorists attacks along several years.
    Again, very sorry with so terrible mad slaughter.

    All the best friend, we need to pray for a better world.

  7. Myo ko ko says:

    I feel unhappy to hear these things.
    Sometimes, we face difficulties and obstacles while we are trying to solve the problems.
    Sometimes, what someone thinks good and reasonable is not the case for others else!
    Sorry emiliano for making you trigger to write these unpleasants.
    ever look at good sides, my dear. Always Be Careful Don’t Ever Forget —we are all one living in the same place!
    Hey Peter,
    you are very fluent in English, as far as I notice!
    I think, u r a little language-centered, right? ( may be you are living in an english-speaking country, of course!)
    emiliano, Betty and you are ever-comment-giver in this very blog- a paradise of us! 🙂
    emiliano’s writing styles are clam as he is an aged man. ( Well, I think, it is not unpolite to use the word ” aged” because
    emiliano recently wrote in his comment that ( like this) “Jeff you are too young to understand my feeling.” )

    see all of you next time. bye for now.

  8. Ethan says:

    Speaking of European countries, I read the news from VOA saying suicide rate has been increasing in European countries since the economic recession. I think their anger, worry, despair are exposed through various kinds of ways now.. I’m worried about that. Since we’re actually all connected, it’s not just a matter of a continent. Europe’s economic, political, social situations are affecting the entire world.

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