Podcasts This Week (June 10, 2013)

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ESL Podcast 902 – Being Chivalrous and Protective

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 take (something) a little too far” and “lady.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Traditionally Chivalrous Acts.”
“Men have to “walk a fine line” (be very careful in achieving a balance) when performing “chivalrous acts” (things one does to be chivalrous), because…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 402

Topics:  Famous Americans – Nikola Tesla; the Three Stooges; king versus royalty; in an attempt to versus in an effort to; accuracy versus precision

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Stoogeum.”
“The Three Stooges were “wildly” (extremely) popular “in the time” (during the time they were performing) and remain…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ESL Podcast 903 – Listening to a Traffic Report

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 “slowdown” and “stalled.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Sources of Traffic Information.”
“Traffic reporters need to have “up-to-the-minute” (updated; current; timely) information about the traffic…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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9 Responses to Podcasts This Week (June 10, 2013)

  1. Aécio Flávio Perim says:

    I’m looking forward to the lessons of this week. They promise to be great. Being chivalrous and protective is a nice thing men should do whenever they are with their girlfriend or wives. Listening to a traffic report come to be nice as well.
    Good job, Lucy. You are the best ever.
    Aecio from beautiful Brazil.

  2. emiliano says:

    He ESL blogers, how are you all.´
    This morning I was written about films that some how were significants when I was a child or even before, and thinking what to say or what movie I could write
    about I have remembered an Italian movie that was like a shock here.

    This is the story:

    Speaking of significant films that defined an era and gave fuel to endless comments among the people of the 40 who lived in this poor
    post-war country, plagued by hardships, isolated internationally for having tacitly supported the losers of the World War II, which did not even
    make any kind of help from the famous “Marshall Plan” that rebuilt the ravaged Europe, controlled, hungry, daydreaming filling the neighborhood
    theaters, well another scandal but so good film of my childhood was this movie produced in Italy.
    Dino de Laurentis was her producer, and film things rolling, rolling, Dino met the woman who later became his wife Silvana Mangana, icon of eroticism
    at that time when sexuality was not, out of doors, of course, as children were being born despite the need and hunger prevailed.
    If we talk about Silvana Mangano almost all adults who spend sixty already know that movie is spoken. “Bitter Rice” is titled in
    Castilian, “Riso Amaro” in Italian, with a good cast and directed by Giuseppe de Santis in 1949. View Silvana Mangano wearing her incredible legs, her
    defiant eroticism was too prudish for that era.

    The new Italian star who was accompanied by other film icon another Italian, Vittorio Gassman, the gallant and incredible smart actor par excellence.
    Ranked by censorship with 4 “over 18 with reservations, and seriously dangerous.”
    The film was a blockbuster in every way, considered the masterpiece of neorealism “Bitter Rice” was a great success in Europe and America, with
    mixed political message black film melodrama, anthropological documentary, and all imbued with the eroticism emanating from a very young and
    exuberant Silvana Mangano of everyone around me spoke.

    Censorship in Spain’s shattered, but failed in all his purposes, would have banned having to censor it at all.
    Could not therefore never both teaching hinted so little, and they were going to cut, could have made ??long
    pants for the protagonist but his gestures, his incredible sensuality could not change it.

    Masterpiece of neorealism that followed the Great War, was selected for the Festival Cannes, and 1950 Oscar nominee for Best argument.
    It is not easy to recover an acceptable copy of this film that came to be considered material moviegoers and subsequently
    projected in Cinema Clubs of the fifties and sixties.

    I associate this film, you can not see at the time to be a kid, with a very special time lived in Madrid in the post-war period, it was
    censorship, religion, hypocrisy, and much play in the street for the children who not we learned from reality that existed then.
    In my house there was only one radio, bought used, no phone, no tv., Or washer, or one appliance.
    Our clothes were washed by hand, cooked in light of coal and wood chips for years had gone to the grocery store with ration cards.

    Spain was isolated by his pro-German in the Second World War in Europe and not reached us NOTHING, and not even had good food to eat.
    The news of the day was:

    Eva Peron The triumphant trip to Spain to Avoid Years of Fear Spain surrenders to the beauty of Argentina, one hundred
    thousand locals.!! “Stomachs grateful” the acclaim in the Plaza de Oriente …….
    with what Argentina was the only nation who skipped International Lock who was under Spain, Eva Peron landed at Madrid
    Barajas Airport in 1947 and with it came a ship with wheat and some other essential products.

    Argentina had leaned toward the Axis Berlin-Rome-Madrid and when Germany surrendered countless
    heads of the SS and other German military factions sought refuge in that country.
    Despite the environment around us babies and children of that time were very happy, as children often
    are without exercising violence against them, but we ate bread and missing almost everything.

    The post-war Italy was also destroyed, having been allied with Franco Mussolini and Hitler’s Germany, had been i
    nvaded by the Allies, golf bloody battles, and finally aided by the Marshall Plan, however campaba poverty everywhere, and
    the film “Bitter Rice” is a clear example of that environment.
    In my opinion this is a highly recommended film for lovers of the seventh art that I absolutely recommend.

    If you have the oportunity of watching this film I could recomend it to all of you.
    History after all, Italia´s history but Spanish and other Europeans countries history too.

    THANKS JEFF / LUCY….this is also my foro.

    Thanks, to all of you that have read the long long note.


  3. sutisha says:

    Hi Everybody,

    Thank you Lucy and Jeff for all educational and practical lessons and Learning Guides.
    And thanks a lot for all who write. Although I do not always send messages, I come here
    and read all every day.

    “Amazing Emiliano’, I find you have written since 2005. What a Blog Lover you are!

    Best regards

  4. Dan says:

    Hey Emiliano.

    Good job! congrs. on that.

    This weekend I saw a documentary on You Tube about this Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin.
    My jaw is still hurting since I watched the entire video with my mouth WIDE OPEN.


  5. emiliano says:

    Thank you Sutisha and Dan, Yes, I think that films are good subject to talk about.
    In fact has been my dear daughter Eva who has told me it.
    She has came this week end to see as, from Canarias Islands, and told me:
    Why don´t you write about movies, books, or music, even about other subjects
    more funny, so you may say something interesting to younger people, something
    you like so much like these subjects.
    I thought she was right and it was said and done (dicho y hecho) without awaiting
    another day.
    She is absolutely write, I enjoy a lot taking about films I have seen that I like
    very much, but also about books or music.
    Eva knows me well, she know which kind of converstions we had at home.
    Yes, Sutisha I have been here in the ESL Blog from the first note, writting so bad
    at the begining but after a year, and another, at the end I do think I have learnt
    how to do it, thanks to this incredible site. Thanks to Jeff/Lucy and Warren, dear
    friends to me after so many time.
    Last year there was of period of time I couldn`t write because I was really bad
    going through a strong treatment for nothing. Now I don´t want to know anything
    about that…., and again I am here even with more will.

    My best dear, emiliano

  6. emiliano says:

    Too many mistakes, incredible, as I didn´t read agaiin what is written the pc. makes
    my taping wrong letters, also changed without any explanation some words, or even my mind
    goes by diffferent ways than my fingers or the computer´s will.

    Like Hal 9000 the computer of the spacecraft in “2001 a Space Odyssey” the computer has its own life…..
    may be it goes crazy like Hal 9000.
    By the way, the book is better in my opinion, like always, it was written by Arthur C. Clarke and
    despite the movie is good, by Stanley Kubrick, at the end of the film I didn´t understan anything.
    The movie was a shock also, at least here in Madrid. Every body was talking about the end of it
    and the meaning of the last half an hour of the film.
    Yes, a good movie to see also, with music from Strauss……a lot of very good valz´s music watching
    the Space and the Planets….nice.
    Kubrick always choose so good music for his movies, I do think he was and music expert.


    Yes, I am piss off with Windows 8, where are you Bill Gates? I want to make a claim.

  7. Betty says:

    Hi Emiliano

    It is amazing you can remember the film you watched so long ago, so well.

    I had to look up the dictionary while reading your message because there was many vocabularies for me.

    Hard work, but it is worth it.

    Eva your daughter is very good to suggest you to write more interesting topics for us to read. I hope she will be able to persuade you to join a good Toastmasters Club in Madrid. That way you will be able to help a lot of young people in your club to learn English quicker and better.

    I always laugh when I read you complaining about the window 8.

    I read somewhere that:
    “Windows 8 has had its fair share of troubles, with everyone and his dog blaming it for the downturn in global PC sales, ……..”

    I think Gatufo doesn’t like Window 8 and is meowing, “Where are you Bill Gate?”

    I read your Gatufo blog that you did admire Bill Gates.

    Please may I quote from your blog website:

    “- Stephen King, one of my best writers, nearly I have read all his novels

    – Bill Gates he has done a great labor the same as Steve Jobs

    – Jeff McQuillian my best teacher of English and far away friend”

    I wonder how can we bring attention to Bill Gates and ask him to improve your Window 8. I hope he will sort it out for you as quickly as possible, before you change your remark about him in your website.

    Thanks again for always encouraging us to keep writing. I admire your endless energy in writing.

    Best Regards

    Betty 🙂

  8. Betty says:

    Hi Dan

    Thanks for your comments and kind words and always great tips to good programs etc.

    I have watched and enjoyed one of the interviews with the Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin and watched him played some classical pieces. Thanks for good tips.

    No, I am not on youtube or anything like that. Thank God!

    I don’t think I will want to torture people with my speeches. I watched some other people’s project speeches and so many of them are of such bad quality that I wonder why they upload them for others to watch.

    Since you watch so many good programs, I am sure you watch TED as well.

    I started watching TED since our dear Teacher Warren told us about “Sunny Brown” in his article “Are You a Doodler?” on Thursday 9th August , 2012.

    I think ordinary people like me can only admire everyone of those who speaks in TED. I will not even dream of being one millionth as good as any of them.

    Look forward to reading more tips from you soon.

    Best Regards

    Betty 🙂

  9. Dan says:

    Hi Betty, thanks.

    Yes, I know and look at TED talks.
    Just recently I saw one that let me puzzled.
    Look at it “Nicole Daedone”.
    If you wanna laugh look at movie reviews by the Nostalgia Critic”

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