Podcasts This Week (January 30, 2012)

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ESL Podcast 760 – Paycheck Deductions

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 “stub” and “wages.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Voluntary Payroll Deductions.”
“All employees are “subject to” (affected by) “mandatory” (not optional) payroll deductions for taxes and certain benefits, but some employees…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 331

Topics: Ask an American: Online money management; don’t worry versus don’t bother; not only; to move/get past a feeling; pronouncing wool versus wall

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Piggy Banks.”
“For many Americans, a “piggy bank” is a “symbol” (an object or image that represents something) of saving and “frugality” (not wasting money). A piggy bank is a small object…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ESL Podcast 761 – Animals in a Zoo

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 “the next best thing” and “to rise up.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Types of Zoos.”
“There are many different types of zoos in the United States. A “traditional” (common; as things were done in the past) zoo has animals in many different cages…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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3 Responses to Podcasts This Week (January 30, 2012)

  1. Myo ko ko says:

    Hi, there, my teachers!
    I’m just getting back to you!

    As you know, I couldn’t be able to put an appearance on this blog this last past week.
    The result? Well, I missed all of you! Hey, be careful! This word, “miss” has several meanings!
    I just mean I’ve failed in those days to read your great posts and all my friends’ interesting comments right here on this blog. 😉
    And don’t worry for me for I’m keeping tracks of yours now!

    Well, please, um…., kinda…. don’t ask me where I have been last week, huh? ‘Cause it’s a long story! 😉
    But you know I’m kind of sort of one who never misses a trick, especially when it comes to acquiring this
    language, English, by reading my teachers’ second-to-none posts.
    And to tell you the truth, never shall I go away from this lovely website. Never! Never shall I!
    Believe you me! Because it is this spot that becomes now part of my life! 😉
    It is this place that teaches me MORE than English.
    ‘Tis this place where these adorable teachers; Jeff, Warren, and Lucy, who are
    said to have such so-called “heart of gold”, show up and whip out many a good English lessons
    or heart-to-heart talks (or posts), if we will, for us to learn. It’s this place…… and so on and on! 😛

    Well, Lucy and Jeff, (Jeff, you know the rule: “Lady first.” Huh? So Lucy comes first here! 😉
    Don’t you think that my comments, especially those in these “announcements”, are sometimes
    awkward or odd or a little bit eccentric? I know, I know you do, huh?
    Of course, it is this my poor English to blame! 😉
    In my comments I’m, to put it in Peter’s words, just stating the facts! 😉
    There is no exaggeration in them, to say, no even gushing, no adulation, no brown-nosing.
    I dislike to repeat, but I will repeat here that I’m stating a fact,
    in other words, I’m giving you my honest, real and true, sincere, come-from-the-heart-out, and universally-admired “appreciation”;
    NOT giving you dishonest, counterfeit, insincere, come-from-the-teeth-out, and universally-condemned “flattery.”
    Everything I write here are just for “caroling your praises”,
    because I’m deeply grateful to you all,
    because I’m always THANKING you,
    because I’m ever extending my thankfulness to all of you, …… and so on and on. 😉
    No ulterior motive behind! See?

    But I’ve to confess that I write down my lines in such a way
    so that I’m in my comments to be “hearty in my approbation and lavish in my praises.”
    Alas, this phrase in “…” is not mine. It’s Dale Carnegie’s words, at least he insists us to be.

    In fact, I am not able to write as that very well and
    that so much as the friends, Emiliano, Betty, and Peter, do on this blog.
    But it is those words that come straight from my heart that inspires me to drop a line or two here.
    And I should also mention that there is a catch for me in writing here.
    I have difficulty spelling English words correctly.
    I make “spelling errors” a lot!
    To put it in my ESL friend Betty’s words, “my hands don’t listen to my brain.” 😉
    My brain commands to write something, and my hands type somethings else!
    Thanks to the Internet browser’s “spelling checker” function,
    I can eliminate these “typos” to certain extent.
    Otherwise my comments would be of error-studded or error-decorated! 😉
    But I just know that this is not ultimate solution to it!
    How about I type “spent” (past participle) in stead of typing “spend” (present participle)?
    In that case, that checker has no clue to this grammar error, just because it checks “spelling” only!
    Let it be, let it be. This is something else! Isn’t it?

    Well, as always, this time is no exception to send my sincere “Thank You”
    to all of you for your new podcasts.
    And I really sorry for encroaching on your precious time spent on reading mine.
    And hope you don’t mind to read my a little eccentric comments more! 😛

  2. Betty says:

    Hi Myo Ko Ko,

    I guess you had been busy because you needed to be with your girlfriend.

    You mentioned about your girlfriend last time, remember?

    You have a very good memory which is essential for successfulness in almost anything. Your English is very good indeed, which, again, is very useful for many reasons.

    Thank you very much for your very interesting post, Myo Ko Ko. I have enjoyed reading your messages whenever you have time to “drop a line” in this blog.

    See you again soon.

    Betty 😉

  3. emiliano says:

    I do think the same as Betty, it is always so nice to have you here Myo Ko Ko
    it is like a fresh air to read your posts and this last one is great and funny.
    Please be always so nice and optimist as you are just now.

    Thank you friend.


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