Podcasts This Week (January 21, 2013)

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ESL Podcast 862 – Getting a Massage

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 “knot” and “to speak up.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Massage Techniques.”
“Massage therapists offer many types of massages, each of which is designed to meet a specific need. Some of the most common types…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 382

Topics:  Famous Songs – “Chicken Fat”; Hells Angels; through; it’s a given versus it figures

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Easy Rider.”
“In the 1960’s, the United States was changing quickly socially.  The new “generation” (group of people about the same age) had very different…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ESL Podcast 863 – Limiting Free 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 exercise” and “to abuse.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Heckler’s Veto.”
“A “heckler’s veto” describes a situation where the government asks a person or organization to not do something in order to…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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6 Responses to Podcasts This Week (January 21, 2013)


    I will be enjoy to progress in english with your podcast.


    I realy want to listen your podcast

  3. emiliano says:

    Dear Teachers, Jeff, Lucy and Warren,

    Being here for so long, may be five years or more, and writing so much (too much in fact) in this my best Blog
    to learn English and having improve my style and vocabulary day after day, thanks to you, I would like to
    share here what have been the last year for me that I was out for so long time.
    This is my writing in the other own site “desembuches gatufo” and as it has been written in English I think it
    could be better sharing it with my Blog´s friends, also with you, if you let me do such a thing.
    If this bad experience could help one person only it will be for good and I will be happy.
    Thanks Jeff, you know what I mean, I´m sure about that dear teacher,

    (desembuches gatufo)


    Last year was not a good year for thousands of people of this country and for other countries of South Europe or North Africa to say some places of the world not going too far from here, Spain.

    It is so obvious that I am not going to write too much about the reasons for this assert: war, hunger, misery, lost of millions of employments, desperation, no hopes and some humans kill themselves because they do not see other way to stop so much suffering.

    Talking about myself it has not been a good year too., why?. Not any of the reasons above were my problems, no it has been another reasons more personal that affects my life and the life of people around me.
    First, along months I was awaiting a clinical treatment that gave me some hopes to be off from a long dolente I have for too many years.
    Finaly all comes and by May I started with the treatment, it was too hard for me and after less than two month I have to finish it.
    The doctor was not very pleased with my decision, the same like me, but at those moments I thought I was going to be over for ever.
    Good decision or not?, I don´t know but I felt myself at the
    other side of life.

    It was the end?
    No, it was awaiting for me nearly the worst.
    What can be worse than dead?
    A deep depression my friends.
    Nobody that ever has a depression could understand what is it. How a depressive person feels, how bad he/she could feel about nearly everything.
    There is not a reason to live, one day after other, and it is not any light ahead, it seems the depression is going to long forever. That is impossible to leave it or to have illusions for life again.

    People who love him/her suffer a lot too. A wife, a husband,
    friends, nearly everybody is asking what happens with this person who is not the same as before.
    So difficult to explain, such a lot of sad feelings, why?
    We are a laboratory and our mind depends of some substances that suddenly make your life impossible.

    This was the second one I had. First was more than thirty years ago, and after two years of fighting against it just because I have a wife that loves me absolutely and three little girls that need her papi in future.
    I love them as the best in my life, but I only could fight light …without seeing a light for a long long time.

    This year when I could see I was going down to a new depression it was horrible. What could I do against it?.
    I knew what could be that long long way, but I have my wife that needs me so much…, despite I was doing her life a hell in that moments.
    I didn´t write, I didn´t talk, I didn´t want to see any friends, not talk by the phone, nothing…
    what it was even worst, by these moment one of my best friends, or the best, was diagnostic a tumor in her esophagus and she has to fight for her life just from that moment. She was helping me along the treatment and now this for her?. It was like a nightmare.

    First of last November I began to be better, little by little felt myself better and it was as a miracle.
    My family doctor gave me the ant depressive treatment and I think she was absolutely right.
    I follow her instructions absolutely, with faith as she said to me I was going to be out of the illness after all. Be patience she told me, I am sure, you are a strong man….
    Miracle? Good medication? I really don´t know, but I was astonished when I could see than l was feeling better after so few time. Three or four months only? Just incredible.
    Thanks God, and I am not a believer precisely.

    Now here I am, telling you that is possible to go out from a deep depression, to all of you that feel it……Yes it is possible.
    Also for people that have to support the person who suffers it, please be patience, it is difficult of understand but it is a chronic disease that need treatment as any other disease.

    Desembuches started to be written again, gatufo is now with hopes of being O.K. soon, and I love life even more than before.
    I hope this new year 2013 should be good for all of us.
    Thank you readers for your patience waiting some months
    for this blog to appear again.

    My best,


    It´s necessary to know that despite depression it is such a bad situation for every person
    who could go through it, going out of the deep hollow it is possible.
    I have been twice and here I am again after all, with even more strong character and
    best humor.
    There is something that change after being so bad and a new light appears once we are
    out of it.
    I am sure that some of you may be through this situation having in mind the hard time
    we are living now, so please don´t be defeated by the illness and stand with your head
    up as much as possible.

    Thank you and my best for all of you.


  4. emiliano says:

    Thanks so much JEFF

  5. Betty says:

    Thank you, Emiliano, you are a tough guy.

    I read your post above and I think a lot about everything and everyone that I know.

    I am very happy you are alive. Life is never easy, living meaningfully is even harder.

    I will continue learning in this website and continue reading your post forever and ever.

    Best Regards


  6. British Consul says:

    thanks for your podcast, I use from time to time for my students

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