Podcasts This Week (September 23, 2013)

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ESL Podcast 932 – Rebuilding Consumer Trust

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 win (someone) back” and “in advance.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Freedom of Information Act.”
“The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was ‘signed into law’ (became a law) in 1966…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 417

Topics: Betty Friedan and The Feminine Mystique; Taos Pueblos; amidst versus among versus between; stuck in reverse; to keep minutes to lose hours

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Ms. Magazine.”
“Ms. magazine was founded by Gloria Steinem…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ESL Podcast 933 – Letting Go of the Past

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 move on” and “highlight.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Famous Sports Trophies.”
“‘Athletes’ (people who play sports) dream of becoming ‘champions’ (winners)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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20 Responses to Podcasts This Week (September 23, 2013)

  1. Tania says:

    To our dear teacher Jeff:

    “Good friends are like stars. You don’t always see them, but you know they’re always there!”
    You are leading us the way with your knowledge like a bright star, we know you are with us, and we follow you on the knowledge way.



  2. Tania says:


    “a great funny teacher, Dr. Jeff McQuillan, who has great humor sense and with his warm voice, says funny and amusing jokes on the podcasts.
    I think those podcasts are best suit for our health to wind down ourself and relax.”

    (Myo ko ko Quote)

    To Sir with love,


  3. Tania says:

    I have visited the Hawaii Island , but taking into account the Hawaiian love story, I could not pick up a Red Pua Lehua (the official island flower)
    to send it to you.
    Just a thought to you looking at this red flower.

    Thank you for the lesson on Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, the English Cafe 403.

  4. Aécio Flávio Perim says:

    Hello friends, PODCASTmates. Good one this, no? I am the first again today cause no one got here before me. The next week promise to be very interesting for readers of this page. Let’s wait and see what happens. I am excited about the surprises.
    The guy from beautiful country, may be the most beautiful.
    Parrot is a green bird capable of saying single words, some of them capable of singing short songs. The problem with parrots is that they have a powerful beak and can bite you to blood, so keep your habnd away from them.

  5. emiliano says:

    For many it’s hard to reach out when a problem has arisen, an argument, a misunderstanding, a view misguided, in order to live everyday and discussion inevitable when there is a character that is.
    Love, friendship, love, affection, or just relationship between persons of the same place, office or home.

    It has never been difficult for me to build, and reach out again when an incident of this nature has arisen through my long life as a person.
    As a child I did not like the anger and tried to finish them soon.
    With close friends throughout my youth, adolescence, only remember one or two at most, and of course to finish them soon extended his hand.

    When a couple, when dating, I remember one or two very brief anger, almost nonexistent.
    When husband and still am, could take months or years without any anger, and if there was one lasted less than a day or overnight.
    Simple, I always took the first step towards mutual understanding and always was quite well received by those who follow be my wife, my wonderful and beloved wife Cuca.

    At work over more than thirty years and many gaffes, neither ended up enmity with anyone, and maybe it was by apologizing, acknowledging my mistake and reach out to the victim. No matter that I felt he was right, or had my reasons, is, if you have friends around you do not look for perfection in them or you’ll be very lonely.

    I never felt so alone?, When I want to be, which is often, I am without problems.
    Loneliness is a good invaluable if you choose and when you choose, not out of obligation or because they have no one on our side.

    Today I talked to my good friend Camila, and my heart leap with joy at hearing his voice when he picked up the phone.
    This weathering the tumor operation, struggling to survive, does not have the strength or desire for anything, but his voice is the same as ever, has not changed throughout his long illness, and we call it encourages me to think that is retrieved, I like so very much to hear and think that we will miss.
    Twenty years of friendship many years and looks like it was made ??very bit the first time we are working both in the same place.

    Always there, or there must be a first time for everything, and this week put out my hand and was not accepted.

    For a whole day could not get over my amazement, that a friend of more than forty years ago does not attend or do not understand that hand tend after a stupid incident is really a big surprise. or at least for me it has been. I’m not used to it at all.

    Will I remain a boy rather than an adult.
    Will I failed to understand people after dozens of years of dealing with them.
    Shall we change too?
    Will what was no longer?

    Or is it rather that I am very pretentious and used to extend a hand when I made mistakes I’ve always been well received?.

    Well I do not, frankly, but this week I felt very frustrated in this regard for the first time in my life.

    Now what I really going to cost, and much, will reach out again in a similar situation.
    The water scalded cat flees, and I think I’ve been more than scalding.


    the gatufo

  6. emiliano says:



    Till 24th of september you be in the forty ten but the day after tomorrow where you´ll be inside?

    The thirty ten?

    Sure Jeff, every year that passes you’re younger.


    With all my love. emiliano

  7. Aécio Flávio Perim says:

    I didn’t know that 24th September is Jeff’s birthday. Congratulations Jeff. I hope you have long years of life. You are a great personality well known by all over the world. I pray God to bless you and Lucy, may God allow you two all the happiness you deserve, my friend.
    Aécio from the wonderful land named Brazil.
    Take this: Behind every great man there’s a great woman.

  8. Wang says:

    Congratulations Jeff!

    Best wishes will always be aside you. You probably planned a great nice with your wife or your wife does at least, I guess 😀

    God bless you two!

  9. Myo ko ko says:

    Oh my!
    I’m totally air head!
    I always forget Jeff’s birthday!
    It is always Tania who alerts us about that.
    It happened last year too and Tania was first to remind us of it. Thanks Tania.

    But I think there are two reasons why I always forget Jeff’s birthday.
    First is, if you guys can believe it, I have never celebrated my own birthday, not only for once and
    it happens to me that I always remembered my birthday when it had passed many days already.
    There are times when I remember it is of course when I hear others talking about their birthdays.
    Now talking about Jeff’s birthday, my date-of-birth comes into my mind.
    Oh Gosh, it’s past many months again!

    Second reason I’m not aware of Jeff’s is that Jeff used to celebrate his birthday on the Blog in the past.
    But now Jeff doesn’t any more. I don’t know why,
    maybe because Jeff doesn’t want anyone to know that he gets older another one year! 😉

    My teacher Jeff
    I deeply just wish you many years with HAPPINESS in your whole lifetime, from now on.
    You know, “Happiness can’t be bought”

    Dear Jeff,
    I can’t afford to give you a physical gift as a birthday present.
    But let me see if I can whip out a joke for you as a birthday gift.

    Reading friends’ comments above, I spotted a creature, a parrot, in my friend Aecio’s note.
    Althrough I don’t know why he talked about this creature in his note,
    a joke about that creature comes into my mind and it is for you, Jeff.

    One day a customer came into a pet shop in search of a parrot.
    There was a total of four parrots in each own cage in the shop.
    The buyer asked the shop owner to explain him about each parrot in order that he could choose one from.
    The owner did:

    “This parrot is 100$, it can sing very well.”
    “This one is 200$, it can sing plus can speak Spanish.”
    “This parrot is sold for 300$ because it can sing and speak two languages; Spanish and English.”
    “This last one is the most expensive, 500$, but it can do nothing, can’t sing and can’t speak any language.
    Which one do you want to buy?”

    The customer, getting confused, asked the shopkeeper,
    “Why is this last one the most expensive while it can’t sing and can’t even speak any languages like other parrots do?”

    The shop owner answered in short:
    “I don’t know, but the other three parrots call him “Sir” , “teacher”.”

    Happy Birthday to you, Jeff

    Myo ko ko

  10. Dan says:

    Hey, Hi.

    Have a good birthday Jeff.

    Hey guys remember mine too. Is November the 4th. Yes, those are the days of the dead. Perhaps that is why I have a good relationship with Death.
    Poor death everyone hates it, but we have to love it as well. Remember, without death there is no new life.

    iphone owner, have you downloaded the new ios? Betty? how is it? Better or Worse?

    Thank you

  11. emiliano says:

    Ja, ja, Aecio, I do think that a good man is very often behind an
    inteligent woman, so it is possible that our dear Jeff is behind a great
    nice woman.

    Who knows?

    I am behind my dear Cuca, why not Jeff?


  12. emiliano says:

    Sure it is going to be tomorrow 24th of September Jeff´s birthday.
    Why I know it?
    It is easy, Jeff told me and what is even more important, he is going
    to leave what?.

    The third ten or the fourth ten?

    Don´t worry Jeff, this is now the best period of life, just your age.


    Emiliano………I was singing aloud and the Cat, poor Gatufo looks
    at me very with great alarm in his eyes.


  13. Betty says:

    Happy Birthday Jeff! Go on, spoil yourself! Take time to appreciate this important day of your life. Don’t forget to buy your mother something she’d love to receive. She still remembers today half a century ago she gave birth to a big baby. She still remembers the beautiful baby’s face. Many Happy Returns!

    Betty 🙂

  14. Betty says:

    Hi Dan

    Thanks for asking about the iphone software update. I have updated it and I must say it is very nice. Definitely better for me.

    I have been using the iphone a lot not because I am addicted to it but because it is small and easier to use than my computer.

    My computer is very slow and I am sure it uses more electricity than a smart phone.

    Thanks for telling us your birthday. So you are born in the same month as Emiliano.

    I will try to remember your birthday. Tania will certainly remind us if we forget. Don’t worry if we forget to say Happy Birthday. We can always say Happy Unbirthday!

    Best Regards

    Betty 🙂

  15. emiliano says:

    Yes, Betty, it is easy.
    Dan 4th of November, Emiliano 29th the same month.

    But Dan is Scorpio zodiac sign and Emiliano is Sagittarius zodiac sign.

    You know that:

    The old culture of imperial china in the study of the zodicaco was very important, nothing was done without consulting the stars
    and the signs of Zodiac.
    What about in Hong Kong Culture, is it the same, Betty?

    I like to study it, but not I am not very faithful about the signs, I do think it is interesting
    just knowing the persons and the date of their birth day.

    Again, happy birthday Jeff, here in Madrid we are close to be the 24th of September…….

    happy birthday to you……. la ra la la la la…happy birthday to YOU.
    Now it is just 0,00


  16. Tania says:

    Hi! A very good joke, Myo Ko Ko, but I think our “Sir” knows more than 2 languages.
    You have the same humor sense.

  17. Aécio Flávio Perim says:

    You were really great by sending Jeff happy birthday. Keep on writing your words and make friends. It is easy! Everything is all right but it is taking long until the next podcast, I see so! And you?
    Aecio from blue. green and yellow Brazil, the land of macaw, a bird that can speak single short words and make fun.

  18. Jeff says:

    Thanks to everyone for your birthday wishes! I feel younger already. -Jeff

  19. nasir sir says:

    As i have done M.A in English language and i have gotten three years experience in teaching English language presently I’m teaching in the Kashmir university as i teach English books, English language, exams like ELT, IELT, TOEFL, i wish to get chance with you people i found ESL as best way to prove your self as i live in India my state is Kashmir

  20. Fariborz says:

    Happy birthday Jeff. I’d like to wish you healthy life.You are the best.

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