Eighth Anniversary Video

450px-San_Diego_FireworksIt’s hard to believe that ESL Podcast started this day eight years ago.

You would think that after eight years, we would be older, if not wiser (smarter). But amazingly, we have enjoyed these eight years so much that it has actually made us look younger and more better looking.

You don’t believe us? Take a look at our Eighth Anniversary Video.

On this anniversary, we want to thank all of you for listening to our podcasts, reading and participating in our blog, and spreading the word (telling others) about ESL Podcast. We want to especially thank our basic and premium members and our donors for making the continuation of ESL Podcast possible.

We are truly grateful for our listeners.  Thank you for your support and please join us in celebrating our eighth anniversary!

~ Jeff and Lucy

Photo Credit:  San Diego Fireworks jpg from Wikipedia
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39 Responses to Eighth Anniversary Video

  1. Lassana says:

    Hi Lucy, Jeff and all ESL Podcast Team,

    Happy birthday ! 🙂

    Eighth year, it’s huge !

    I would like to say it’s not you who should thanks us, but us who have to thank you for your great job.

    All listeners and all memberships have to thank you.

    Your podcasts, learning guides and topics are very interesting for the general culture.

    I’m ESL Podcast member, what I can say since 5 months of subscription as basic Membership is that I had improved my english faster than ever !

    It’s truly the best way to improve our understanding, our reading and our listening in English.

    At daily, at work and home, I take a break to connected me on your website and I relax by listening Podcast or for read and give my opinion on one or several daily topics which are very interesting.

    Do not change your humour which is very nice Jeff.
    Moreover, do not change the most famous script writer, I mean Lucy.

    I wish the best for you and I hope hear you again for a very, long time 🙂

    See you soon!


  2. hanml says:

    I really do BIG HUG . Everyday I visit this eslpod and it’s incredible to me. This is only site(blog? /I don’t know what I say) what I want to visit daily.

  3. rice bird says:

    Congratulation!! Eighth Year!!

    Thank you Jeff, Lucy and all of your staffs for making ESL is so useful and practical.

    Before I go to work, listenning ESL in the morning is my routine,

    Please keep going this good Webside.

  4. hanml says:

    IF I COULD DO ONE LAST THING the thing that would made my life complete what would I do,
    that’s Sharing this eslpod experience with my neighbors ^^

  5. emiliano says:


    Eight years of pleasure following you nearly from the begining, yes it could be 2005?
    Writing here and listening Jeff and Lucy as real friends.

    BRAVO, BRAVO, BRAVO in the name of all the persons that I have known here in this Blog
    that gave me a new look for nearly everything. My thoughts have been in this so loving
    site for years, and IT have gave me too much more than my contribution along all this years.
    It has been like discoveing a new Emiliano who shared everything, about friends, life, work,
    ideas, just everything.



    Cuca, Gatufo, Emiliano………..and Isabel (the new member of the family)

    THANKS, THANKS, THANKS, that´s the only Word I Could Say.


  6. minju says:

    Congraturation!!! Happy anniversary for 8 years.
    I am Korean and big fan of ESLpod.
    Every morning i listen to this!!
    I want you to know there are so many people who love this in the world.
    This is the best thing i’ve ever heard before.
    Thank you and XOXO?

  7. Rodrigo Gil says:

    What should I say to you guys??? Lol First of all, I’d like to wish you a happy anniversary and then I have to thank you for helping me and others improving our English skills. Since I’ve met your ESL Podcast, it’s been part of my life, my English has improved a lot and I feel confortable talking. I hope Esl Podcast can last many many years, I hope I can introduce Esl Podcast to my generations.

    Thank all the staff for all!!!

  8. Zhang Qiankun says:

    Congratulations! I am so lucky that I could find a website like this and it has helped me a lot . It’s awesome! And I will recommend it to more of my friends and classmates because it is really really useful and wonderful!
    Thank you guys, Jeff and Lucy, and all the ones helping make the podcast. Best wish to all of you!

  9. Ben says:

    Happy Eighth Anniversary!
    It has been not a long time to know eslpod since I met this website by chance,though.
    I am immediately fascinated by the fun lessons and they can improve my speaking as well as listening,pronounciation.
    So now I am atctully the eslpod buff.
    I am from China and I love this WebSite.
    Thanks for Jeff and Lucy.

  10. parviz says:

    Happy 8th anniversary,
    Thank you Dear Jeff and Lucy and others behind the scene of ESLPODcast that make this program going.
    Thank you for sacrificing your Life and Time for making the world a better place.
    Your guys are awesome, very cool.
    Good bless you.
    Sincerely yourse,

  11. Øyvor Steinsheim says:

    WOW!! 8 years?? Congratulations=)
    I`ve been a member since 2009, and I can`t find enough words to thank you for all the joy you have given me..amazing..here I am, 2013, still as exiting as ever to listen new podcasts!
    My English is much better, but..I still have a long wa to go, so I`ll continue listening=)
    Thanks for the video!
    Best regards

  12. Dan says:


    What a nice surprise! I did not expect the video this morning.

    Thank you guys.

    Lucy is so cute with the cat, and Jeff, when he does the Falsetto voice..Lol “I am a woman’s man, no time to talk” hahahahhah

    Lol.. the cat is working while Lucy is reading a book….I did not get what is having Jeff on the beach, beer or his cappuccino from Sturbucks.

    Yes, I see the Sturbucks logo there.

    And that thing with the cats..Lol.

    Thank you guys, Jeff, Lucy, Jessica, Adriano, Pao, Warren and everyone.

  13. Reza says:

    Congratulations! I dont know how to thank you and Lucy. You are really two of the most kind and helpful persons in the world.

    God bless you.

  14. Lv says:

    So exciting!!!
    Eighth Anniversary!!!
    Thank you,Jeff and Lucy!!!You’ve done a great job!
    The only words all the listeners should say right now are “Thank you”!

  15. sara says:

    Happy eighth anniversary,thanks for being here for us .I am also truly grateful for all you did.

  16. Ziba says:

    Congratulations, I wish You Team Best.

  17. Aécio Flávio Perim says:

    Dear and beloved teachers, Jeff and Lucy. Eight years is a little time when compaired to the age of Earth. We all are very young. If you have to thank us, we have to thank you even more. Happiness to you.
    Aecio from beautiful green and yellow Brazil.

  18. Peter says:

    My dearest professor Lucy and Jeff
    You have done , no! ,I stand corrected . U have been doing a great work.over the past 6 years of my stay with Eslpod, Eslpod team has always marveled me with the well-done job
    I vividly remember that in the Eslpod audio inauguration speech ,Jeff promised of one thing that he would walk us through English language. he would provide us with skills and abilities necessary to voice our thoughts through the universal language.
    Well ,8 years has passed and eslpod never put down the torch; the relentless efforts to keep their promise , to have the torch lit never loose its momentum. And , my fellow Pursuers , I feel certain to say that Eslpod will continue to enlighten our way in the path towards the summit of English language

    Eslpod rules

    At the end I wanna highlight the great efforts that our dear professor warren extended to us since his initiation with eslpod. To me , it was the best move that Jeff has made which is asking Warren to join the team of excellence at eslpod

    Warren your post and your personally managed we side has always been inspirational

    Thanks a great deal Eslpod team

    You guys are my personal heroes

  19. Peter says:

    Dear Jeff and Lucy,
    I gotta tell you , you guys are funny as hell!!
    I just saw the video clip u put together to commemorate Eslpod’s eightieth anniversary

    Great job guys. Very cheer ful
    I like the part best in which Jeff is letting sweat and steam off his T-shirt as he trying to twist his words regarding Lucy’s new looks.

    You were sweating bullets Jeff :))

    Well , quick save boss 😉

    Your are the best if best

    A huge fan

  20. angel says:

    Hi dear Lucy and Jeff.
    happy eighth anniversary.
    Thank you dear Lucy, Jeff and all ESL Podcast Team.
    Thanks for the nice video.
    I was surprised when I saw Eighth Anniversary Video.

  21. emiliano says:

    So you are a Young boy that sings and dance with Bee Gees Music.
    If my memory doesn´t fail Jeff, you hate Bee Gees Music so your mind has change so much
    that now I am happy, just because I like them absolutely.

    It´s the music of my youth and it gives me good memories.

    Lucy is so nice and beautiful in the video as sure she is in reality.

    This morning we all were looking the video once and again and
    even Gatufo was happy listening your voices, as ever the cat is.

    Congratulations again, looking forward another eight years
    of the best site to have fun learning English.


  22. Peter says:

    All bragging aside, Eslpod turn me , an average joe , into a court interpreter. A moonlight job who makes me my rent every month

    Thanks eslpod you have done good.

    The news totally fits the occasion so i figured to go public with it :))


  23. The Messiah says:

    Congratz you guys!!! I hope to be part of this family for another 8 years at least!!!! I can´t live without my weekly esl podcasts!!
    God bless ESLPOD team.. Keep up with the amazing work!

  24. Betty says:

    Dear Jeff, Lucy, Warren, and everyone in the ESLPOD.com team

    Many congratulations for sharing your 8th Anniversary milestone with us.

    It is a milestone for everyone of your students as well.

    We go along with you all in this course of Learning English as a Second Language, not thinking of stopping.

    Language is a living thing. For as long as we continue to live, we must continue to learn it everyday. For as long as I can continue to learn, I will continue to live.

    All the best to everyone in this wonderful ESLPODLAND.

    Let’s learn forever! Let’s live forever!

    Betty 🙂

  25. Farzad says:

    Congratulation, and please accept my warm Hello Lucy, Jeff and all ESL Podcast Team, from Iran, Bandar Abbas, Near the beautiful Persian Gulf.

    Happy Eighth Anniversary …

  26. Jens says:

    Hello ESLPOD-team !

    Congratulation to your birthday – I´am just a few month a premium member, but I like your topic´s
    and the community.

    I hope you will do this kind of work many, many years further on !!!

    Just tell me that my impression (specially for the english-cafe) is, that you deny a clear position.
    For example the theme about president Gerald Ford. I really don´t know, if he was a good president
    or a bad one ???

    I know that categories like “good” or “bad” a little bit to simple – and specially a educational podcast
    has got the problem to balance the pros and cons.

    But I also think, that you are in a certain way responsible as a guiding culture, and that means
    you should have a position !!!
    otherwise there is the risk to water something down!

    I think the most of your listeners are not “schoolboys without a own opinon.”

    okay, that´s enough – you still a source of inspiration for me! thx a lot.

    bye from “old europe”


  27. Erin says:

    I’m Thai and have been a member since 2009.
    Thank you very much for creating awesome podcasts. You guys never disappoint me.
    All the lessons really help improve my English.
    Keep up the good work! I’ll always support ESL pod forever!

  28. rodrigo arellano says:

    Congratulations to Jeft, Lucy and the whole team

  29. Willy says:

    I’m not a member, I listen to ESL podcast for free 🙂 and I have found it very useful. So thanks, thanks very much.
    I hope you’ll continue for a long time.

    (however I think to become a member very soon)


  30. Henrique says:

    Congratulations ESlpod team!

    Thank you so much for the good work you have done. It’s helped me a lot in my process of learning English.

    I’m new here (since march 2013) and I hope you continue doing this forever!

    You deserve all the best.

    Again, thank you.

    Henrique / Brazil

  31. Val says:

    Congratulations, guys! And thank you for your awesome work!!

  32. Tania says:

    Dear ESL Podcast team


    I absolutely agree with you. You both look like some teen-agers.
    I’m sure you look in a such shape and in your real life.
    But which is the magic word which transformed you?
    Please, I want to know it… I want to use it…
    Excellent video!
    I think I recognize Gatufo, the Emiliano’ cat, one of the heroes of the movie and not only.
    I like him keeping his long tail up.

    Dear Jeff, dear Lucy, dear all ESL Podcast team we wish you much health to continue together these
    wonderful English lessons , some of theme real life lessons.
    Thank you.



  33. Tania says:

    Good question: if I could do one last thing, the thing that would make my life complete, what would I do?
    Do I know ? I doubt.

  34. Tania says:

    I like very, very much the music from the end of the video.
    Extraordinary choice! I like to listen to it for many times.
    Thank you.

  35. emiliano says:

    Hi Tania,
    I thought the same like you Tania that Gatufo was with Lucy as another protagonist in the video, close near
    her, but he has been at home with me always.
    May be Lucy has onother similar one in her mind but I think is Gatufo, you know a cat could be some places
    surreptitiously and sure he did so.

    Today it is a sad, very sad day, I am so sorry about what had happened in Galicia, Spain, last night that
    I have no words to express my solidarity with all the victims and their families and friends.
    It is a big tragedy that is really difficult of asume by all Spaniards with good heart.

    Let me send from here all my love and sorrows to these people who suffers now with this train disaster.
    It is really horrible, great pain for all Spaniards now.


  36. owen says:

    As you said, ESLPOD is a amazing place. We could found many kinds of fun here.
    And not cat was harmed , haha…..
    Thank you


  37. Betty says:

    Dear Emiliano

    I am very sorry to learn of the very sad news of the train crash in your country.

    I went to BBC news to watch the news after reading your post.

    The only English expression I could think of to express my feelings was: “My heart sank”. Whether I have used it appropriately, I don’t know. I just felt so uncomfortable to read the news that my heart could feel the pain.

    I have met three very nice Spanish English classmates during the past month. I am very fond of them because they all are very clever and hard working young students.

    My heart goes out to the friends and families of those who died and injured in the accident.

    There is an expression “to kill time”.

    This time it is “time” that killed people. Apparently someone might be speeding to catch up with the 5 minutes late. It has made me really sick.

    I am very sad the world has people who do not respect the power of “time”.

    Betty 🙁

  38. emiliano says:

    Thanks Bety, we all are a sad country. Yesterday, today, tomorrow and so on will be days of sorrow and pain to all Spaniards
    here in my country.

    A great silence has been at home the same as in thousands of Spaniard´s homes, may be because all the circunstances of this
    tragedy are special.
    Yesterday july 25th was the feast of Santiago, who was one of Jesus Christ disciples, this Saint it is is the Patron Saint of Spain
    whopilgrimage to the city to the festivities of the patron saint s tomb it is supposed to be here, in Santiago de Compostea, Galicia,
    Spain, and this train was goint full o people who were pilgrimage to the city of Santiago de Compostela to the festivities of the patron
    The accident has been in the city, five kilometres from the city station just a few hours before the day of the Holy Feast, so all are
    tragic not understable circunstaces, as all in life or death, but we can´t understand what have happened.
    The Spanish president Mariano Rajos was born also in this city Santiago de Compostela, on march 27th 1955 so you may imagine
    what he is feeling now, just the same of all people from Galicia and Santiago.

    From middle Ages there have been pilmigrace from all Europe and rest of the world to this city of Santiago because the Jesús Christ
    disciple was buried in the city. It was like a primise to go to the tomb of the Saint for hundred of years, even now thousand of people
    walk de rout of Santiago like pilgrims walking kilometers along weeks from different cities of Europe or Spain.
    It is really a tragedy for all pilgrims round the world but also to all Spaniards joined together by this big tragedy. Everything it iis
    aside now and our thought go to the victims and their families.

    Tradition said that The Way of St. James was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times, together with Rome
    and Jerusalem, and a pilgrimage route on which a plenary indulgence could be earned;[1] other major pilgrimage routes include
    the Via Francigena to Rome and the pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
    Betty the legend said that: St. James’s remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain where he was buried on the
    site of what is now the city of Santiago de Compostela.

    So in Spanish (Spanish: El Camino de Santiago, Galician: O Camiño de Santiago, French: Chemins de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle,
    German: der Jakobsweg, Basque: Done Jakue bidea) is the pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in
    northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the apostle Saint James are buried. You imagine what the meaining
    of this tragedy it is for all Christians people all over the world, not only to Spaniards.

    My best dear Betty and all friends of the Blog.
    I am really very sorry about these coincidences in time, place and significances.
    Faith suffers and stroke from time to time.


  39. Peter from Slovakia says:

    Great job!

    Thank you Lucy and Jeff! I have learned a lot and my English got improved very much.

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