Podcasts This Week (July 1, 2013)

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ESL Podcast 908 – Being Territorial at Work

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “turf” and “to cover (one’s) tracks.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Incorporated and Unincorporated Territories.”
“A U.S. “territory” is an area that is “overseen” (ruled, controlled, and monitored by) the “federal” (national) government of the United States…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 405

Topics:  Movies – A Clockwork Orange; The Mickey Mouse Club; used car salesman; to snag versus to hitch; Reader’s Digest

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In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Inventor of Mickey Mouse: Ub Iwerks.”
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ESL Podcast 909 – Buying Electronic Books

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to store” and “faded.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Web Fiction.”
““Web fiction” describes a type of literature that is available only online—not “in print” (as a physical book or magazine and not…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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9 Responses to Podcasts This Week (July 1, 2013)

  1. emiliano says:

    lunes, 1 de julio de 2013

    Hello friends, back to ESL after a week’s visit to London that has needed over thirty or forty years.
    London City icon for my icon of my youth, fashion and music icon, icon of freedom that word used
    and certainly very discredited in recent years in which all political evil born using it.

    FREEDOM, nice expression that can have many meanings and interpretations.
    Some constant mentions for every one that fills their mouth with the expression, but not all people want to give them freedom,understand by little you think, being “free” we must constantly decide which to do?, where to go? that movie look? where
    I go on vacation? with whom? study this or that race that I do not like but the one I would like it can´t consider as I have not the degree level to study
    the one i like to? and so a constant will or decisition that many people are overwhelmed.

    Best to get everything done, determined, chewing, programmed, organized tour, organized visits, to decide one or more other for me, too much responsibility.

    Well for this gatufo the idea of ??a city like London was always associated with a feeling of freedom. And after such a visit almost obligatory Ihave breathed the air
    of freedom and traveling alone I had to make constant decisions to do, where to go, what to do, in short I felt “free” and London is a city where permeates many
    years, respect, order, law, multicultural variety, and especially “freedom” Individual respecting the individuality and freedom of others.
    Amazing for me, I love LONDON as one of the best places I have been.

    I loved it and yes, I will write about this desired trip.

    Too much to talk about, too much English talked with every different persons on the strests, the buildings, the taxi drivers and so forth.
    Thanks Jeff, Thanks Lucy, your lessons has been proved to be O.K., just to talk, in London as much as wanted without any problem at
    Even more, they told me my accent was really good despite being Spaniard.

    On account of what freedom means, lack of fear to live knowing of our impending death, hopeless, sure, but feeling free without fear
    of anything but fear, I read this article today in the newspaper ABC that I found beautiful, appropriate and highly recommended.

    There you have friends what a man who is going to die says:

    1 – Do not waste your life in a job you hate. It is too short to live only during the evenings and weekends.

    2 – If something bad happens to you over which you have control, learn all you can about it and try to overcome it.
    Give you head against a wall is not productive.

    3 – If you think you can change something, try.

    4 – No good decisions or bad decisions. If you ever make a decision then consider wrong, learn from it and try to do better next time. You never know what will end up being good or bad, so I regret is a waste of time.

    5 – Do not get bogged down by the past thinking you could have changed it. Live in the present.

    6 – Apologize when you can if you think you’ve hurt someone. Do not try to pretend you’re perfect. Accept your responsibility.

    7 – Keep all your options open as long as possible. Do not the early closures.

    8 – Keep your sense of humor, but not always seem possible.

    9 – Carpe Diem.

    10 – Do not be afraid of death. If not fear, not fear anything life throws at you.


    These are advises of :

    Denis Wrigh

    Denis Wright suffered since 2010, a globastioma, an aggressive type of brain cancer, but is not ready to throw in the towel. Wright, 66, and a native of Armidale, in Australia, reports in his blog ” My Unwelcome Stranger “(” My uninvited guest “) of his daily battle with the disease (” incurable “by neurosurgeons who treat him), something that you can prove that “still there.”

    So BRAVO Dennis Wrigh, I am with you, I agree with you absolutely.

    Thank you friends, emiliano is here again to write as much as possible, till the point of being boring some times.

    My best dears,

  2. Dan says:

    REALLY! (I love it how Judge Jeanine Pirro says REALLY! in her opening statements. best REALLY I ever heard)

    The U.S. keeps complaining about the Chinese spying on them, and now comes out they are spying on us European… your ally!

    I am deeply offended…I am not writing in here anymore till I get an official apology from the President….

    Farewell my dear classmates..

  3. Peter says:

    The Constitution act ,1867

    Canucks celebrates the first of July as a way of commemorating what went down over 200 years ago when eventually Three colonies , Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province (now Ontario and Quebec) united under the constitution act to form a
    confederation that ,later on , called “Canada.”
    The union ,at the time , brought along a substantial amount of freedom from Great Britain. But, the full measure independence was granted to Canada not until 1982. Well ,in 19th and 20th century there was Canadian nationalism of some sort but most Canadians deemed themselves as British citizens. Perhaps , they were feeling iffy about the whole thing.:)
    Anyway, the firs official celebration of the independence took
    Place in 1917 when Canada hit its silver age :)) ( 50th birthday )

    The celebration set precedence. And ,the legacy continued till today.
    Every year in the first of July Canadians across the nation ,and perhaps expats ( canadians who live out if country ) stop their regular routine. they put everything down to mark the recognition that has made us united under the flag of “O Canada . ” ( O Canada is Canada’s national anthem)


  4. Tania says:

    Hi! Dear Dan, I hope you do not speak in a seriously way.
    Think you about your blog friends!
    We are waiting for every your interesting comment.

  5. Tania says:

    Hi! Thank you for this interesting history lesson on Canada , the first of July, 1867, the Independence Day.

  6. Tania says:

    Hi! Dear Emiliano, as I could not contact our blog for two weeks, I do not know the latest news.
    Have you been in London?
    Have you visited London?
    You have to tell us more about this wonderful event from your life.

  7. emiliano says:

    Yes dear Tania, see the other note, in it I started to say something about
    It has been wonderful, I have enjoyed absolutely and I´ll have lot of
    stories to tell here for every one who wants to read them.

    My best dear Tania.


  8. emiliano says:



    (sorry ESL friends, I can´t stick any potos)

    A trip to London England (second chapter)

    Some topics make things real after too many years of saying them. Here in Spain there is the topic that says English people are cold persons, may be because they don´t move their hands when they are speaking, their voice tune use to be calm, and they have a different way to argue.

    Another thing that shock us, people from the South of Europe it could be that they like to keep their distance from the person who are talking with.
    But all these characteristics could be applied to people from the North of Europe, that means they are cold too?.
    What to be cold means?.
    Japanese people are cold too as they use not show their feelings or sorrows?, To me that means they are more polite and they don´t want to disturb the person who is with them with their own problems or sorrows.
    A not expresive face, a lack of gestures when they are speaking, politeness with other, means to be not warm with other?. I think it would be necessary to think about it.
    Every one who is different from us, that keep their feelings inside, that keep the distance, that don´t use to touch so much at their partner, as we do, it means their cold feeling persons?.
    Sorry but I don´t think so.
    It is just a different culture, another language too much polite than Spanish or Italian, it is a way of showing respect to other. May be also that people use to know better than us which is the position that they occupies in life, and even what is more important “another different kind of education received at colleges” or public schols where pupils shows too much respect to their professors, not like here now in my own country.
    Cordiality and kindness don´t need to be exhibit with gestures or speaking aloud. These virtudes are inside the people and they are something that every one could have or not. It have nothing to do with nationalities, culture or climate. It depends of the person and people inside are similar which ever country or climate they live or they are born.

    By my side knowing English language since a long time I have the opportunity of talking, studying and being in touch with English persons and people round all over the world.
    Doing that I have seeing that inside persons are similar, same feelings, same kindness or not, and they love or not the same way we Latinos do.
    Religión or Race have nothing to do with persons, but even climate of the language they could speak.

    It is well known the English language are more polite in its way of speaking that Spanish. Usually they start saying …..let me please…..could you please help me……what can I do for you…..may I have this or that……would be you so kind as to……please, may you give this or that……and always they finish with thanks, and the reply use to be you are welcome………….

    Spanish language it is different, more directly. We use to say: Please give me this or that……I want this or I want that…….let me / would you be / may I / what can I do for you/ and so forth….does not exist in our way of speaking.
    Using a language more polite means that people are less warm?. Well I don´t think so.


    For years and years I wanted to go to London, the bigest city of England, and after two or three times trying to travel and not been possible I have nearly have desisted.
    The last years, more than fourteen, my dear wife Cuca was ill and I have to care her with all my love and full dedication.
    She was suffering multiple sclerosis, and I can left her alone or with other person. I can´t but also I didn´t want to be out from her.
    One for each other for life, being sick or healthy, rich or poor, that was what I promissed when I married her, and I wanted to do so.

    Yes I promissed it and also I love her so much to left her alone without being at her home.
    So my trip to London or England was something like imposible. Not any travel from outside my dear Cuca for years.
    But since last year the situation was going to chain, first apparently for bad, for too bad indeed, but after going throug a very difficult hard period of time (I will tell you next episode ) things were going to change for better.
    The trip to England, to London was goint to be posible.

    So I will have the chance ofputting my feet on an English land, just incredible after so long time thinking about this trip.

    to be continued……

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