Podcasts This Week (December 26, 2011)

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ESL Podcast 750 – After Christmas Sales

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to get up” and “what else.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Biggest Shopping Days of the Year.”
“Most Americans think that “Black Friday” (the day after Thanksgiving, in late November) is the “biggest shopping day” (the day with the greatest sales) of the year, but that is a “myth” (something that most people believe, but actually is not true)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 326
Topics: Movie: Bonnie and Clyde; Community Supported Agriculture (CSA); to cut (someone) loose versus to set (someone) free versus unrestrained; adjectives versus “who” phrases; words used to describe computer touch screens

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In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Vertical Farming.”
“People don’t generally think of farming when they think of cities, or “urban” areas. They think of a lot of buildings and a lot of people. But what if you could farm within buildings?…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ESL Podcast 751 – Describing One’s Taste in Music

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to grown on (someone)” and “all ears.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Major and Indie Record Labels.”
“A “record label” is the name of the company that produced a song or album, and its name and “logo” (an image representing an organization or business) appears on the CD. The largest record labels are “referred to as” (called)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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7 Responses to Podcasts This Week (December 26, 2011)

  1. Peter says:


  2. Myo ko ko says:

    Well, Jeff and Lucy,
    It’s my great pleasure to have shown up here again!
    You know, here in Myanmar, accessing to Internet is still costing me an arm and an leg! (maybe two arms and two legs for me. 😀 )
    Still setting me back at lots of bucks literally. Yup, literally, ’cause our currency is in “Ks.” “Ks” is short for “Kyats.”
    Here we have 1K(s), 5Ks, 10Ks, 20Ks, 50Ks, 100Ks, 500Ks, 1000Ks and even 5000Ks notes or bills if you will.
    The fee to access Internet in an Internet Cafe’ is around 300Ks, 500Ks per hour.
    Is that cheap? Well, here an “average” or “normal” person can live off 1500ks for a day. So, doing the maths, you can guess the answer! huh?
    Well, let it be, let it be.That’s something else. Isn’t it? 😉

    So, if I may, (thanks indeed Warren, I learned this phrase from your post!) I’d like to make clear why I’m writing here.
    In fact, I’ve two objectives in writing here on this blog.
    The very first one is to take part or to participate in your blog and the next is to enhance my writing skill by writing here.
    I’m sure that I’ll be here as long as the conditions on my side favor me to be here.
    I wasn’t born into old money nor with a silver spoon in my mouth. Jeff and Lucy you know me well. Ha ha ha…
    Well, that’s also another story! 😉

    Oh ya, I’ve written “heavy” stuff above!! Let’s take a break from those!
    You know Warren’s introduced us a song: “Don’t worry, Be happy.” That’s the stuff!
    What’s this life if we full of cares? Have you read an ESL friend, Jesús, wrote (about his favorite author’s words)?
    ……..Forgetting yesterday neither will I think of tomorrow. Why should I throw now after maybe?……….

    After all, nothing is nothing! 😉 Let’s “Don’t worry, Be happy.”
    You know why Jeff and Lucy have included those funny stuff in their teachings? So much thanks all profs; for everything you give us.
    We need to be happy. Don’t we? This is why I’m sharing the following stuff with you. Read, laugh, think and feel happy, will you?
    OK? here they go:

    We offer three kinds of services: Good-Cheap-Fast.
    You can pick any two!
    GOOD service CHEAP won’t be FAST.
    GOOD service FAST won’t be CHEAP.
    FAST service CHEAP won’t be GOOD.
    The more you learn, the more you know.
    The more you know, the more you forget.
    The more you forget, the less you know.
    So, why learn?
    (By the way, this is always the case for me! 😉 )
    A bus station is where a bus stops.
    A train station is where a train stops.
    Well, on my desk, I have a work station…..
    What more can I say?!
    Practice makes perfect.
    But nobody is perfect.
    So why practice?….
    Home is where you can scratch….
    Where it really itches!
    Husband and wife are like a pair of scissors.
    Joint together, often moving in opposite directions.
    Yet punishing whoever comes between them!
    If your father is a poor man, it is your fate.
    But if your father-in-law is a poor man, it’s your stupidity.

    Well, that’s enough for today.
    Is Christmas time over in your locations?
    Merry Christmas to all of you.

  3. Peter says:

    Today is “boxing day.”

  4. Peter says:

    Finally this year played itself out.
    Another game begins

  5. Betty says:

    Hi Myo Ko Ko,

    Thank you so much for cheering us up with the delighted post of yours.

    Yes, we need to stop worrying and be happy.

    I have read, laughed, thought and felt happy. I truly have.

    It is so hard and so costly for you to contribute on the blog but you have managed to write so much to make us happy. I am very impressed.

    Thank you again, Myo Ko Ko,

    Wishing you a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year of 2012.

    Betty 🙂

  6. Peter says:

    U see
    The truth is we are hear to learn the language.
    So,we should be serious about it.
    I mean all the fun around it is meant to make it more appealing and colourful.
    It helps with the process of learning.
    It is clever. I mean one smart move by Jeff.
    He pumps up some reasonable fun to the whole process of language learning to make it easier to us.
    That is the idea my friend.
    Still,we should take it seriously and push ourself.
    U know,the favour of Jeff and Lucy is teaching us.Our responsibility is to learn.
    That is the reason ,I always go to the extream ,and push my self pass my resilient point .
    I m here to have fun, but I mhwar to learn.
    So,sis,push yourself. Live in the edge of the language.
    I went through Jeff’s stuff like 10 times
    And just started to listen to all the English cofes again
    I listened to English Cafe number 1 yesterday.
    No matter,how many times I go through episodes or Lucy’s written record ,still I find sth that had gone unnoticed the last time I was on it.
    It never fails,
    Jeff and Lucy throw genuinely practical stuff our ways. It is on us to Picking them
    Knowing the commonality is the key in every language.
    Eslpod is dedicated to it

  7. Betty says:


    You are absolutely right.

    “Jeff and Lucy throw genuinely practical stuff our ways. It is on us to pick them up”.

    You are always throwing good stuff at us as well. I have learned many vocabularies via your messages here. I have also learned how to learn the English language with a serious attitude which enables us to acquire the language successfully.

    Recently, I read some article about language acquisition. It says that successful first language acquisition is inevitable. On the other hand, if someone started learning a second language after around twelve years old, successful proficiency in that language acquisition is almost impossible.

    Sad to learn that, but I don’t care. I cannot change what happened in the past; I can only work towards the future.

    I must go, today is the second last day of 2011 (it is 30 December 2011 already in Hong Kong), I shall try to do more before 2011 becomes history.

    Thanks again, Peter, wishing you a very good year in 2012.

    Betty 🙂

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