Podcasts This Week (November 11, 2013)

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ESL Podcast 946 – Designing a Building

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to bring (something) to life” and “permit.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Environmental Impact Statements.”
“In the United States, the ‘federal’ (national) government requires that individuals and companies create ‘environmental impact statements’ (EIS)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 424

Topics: Famous Americans – Geronimo; The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race; amiable versus amicable; all-in-one tax advisor/adviser; biases

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In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The American Dog Derby.”
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ESL Podcast 947 – Seeing a Circus Performance

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “clown” and “act.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Evil Clown.”
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10 Responses to Podcasts This Week (November 11, 2013)

  1. emiliano says:

    Justice itself loses its meaning when imposed upon the feelings and hopes of
    victims who feel abandoned by it.

    Just this is what is happening now in a country that its name is Spain.


  2. emiliano says:

    THE HISTORY OF ANY OF THE convicts which have been released from prision
    this week here in Spain:

    Troitiño Antonio Arranz (n. Tariego de Cerrato , Palencia , June 26 of 1957 ) is a member of the terrorist organization Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA), author of 22 murders , for which he was sentenced to 2,700 years in prison. 1 2
    Active member K.Madrid ETA, his first murder was committed in 1983 to kill a butcher in Irun . On June 12 of 1985 participated in the murder of an army colonel, a soldier and a police explosives expert. On July 19 the same year also participated in the murder of Vice Admiral Escriga Fausto . A year later, on April 27 and June 17 of 1986 participated in two attacks on the Civil Guard and the army, killing five guards, one soldier, Lt. Col. Carlos Vesteiro and Commander Ricardo Saenz de Ynestrillas , and caused eleven wounded. In both attacks the National Court sentenced him to 378 and 348 years in prison, respectively. That same year tried to undermine the then Attorney General , Luis Antonio Burón Barba . The most serious attack in which participated along with the command Madrid was committed July 14 of 1986 in the capital of Spain, in the square of the Dominican Republic that killed twelve members of the Guardia Civil and seven wounded were also being the actuation of the explosive charge. The National Court convicted him of the attack to 2232 years in prison. 1 Troitiño was arrested, along with Madrid Command miebros Arrizabalaga Cristina , Maria Teresa Rojo , Esteban Esteban Nieto , Immaculate Noble and Jose Ignacio de Juana Chaos , on January 16 of 1987


    Is it justice when these people have on their shoulder more than 1000 of persons killed by them?.

    Nine ETA members who were in prison for the Parot doctrine will jail today. Agreed upon by the Plenary of the Criminal Division of the High Court on a close vote has been decided by nine votes to eight. The last to vote has been the president of the Chamber, Fernando Great, who broke the tie in favor of the releases.

    This has been the news here, in my country, I am very very sad.


  3. Myo ko ko says:

    Another new week!
    Well, I’ve picked up my tablet to write something here.
    But my mind has just gone blank!
    I think I’m losing my memory day by day!
    Am I getting older and older?
    So, according to my friends Parviz and Wang, I become wiser and wiser day after day!
    Good for me! Nothing to lose! 😉
    ‘Cos wisdom comes with age, that is what they say, of course!!

    Just kidding you, guys.
    During this last week, I got the chance of picking up some English slangs.
    I don’t know if you guys know some of these.

    Guys, have you ever heard of a ‘buzz’ sound, a ‘tingling’ sound, and the sound of a ‘bell’?
    I’ll give you a buzz tonight.
    What? You didn’t get it! Ok, I’ll give you a tingle tomorrow morning.
    If you still don’t get them, I’ll give you a bell next weekends! Satisfied?

    Humm, here I’m talking about is all about giving a [phone] call.
    But I’ve used slangs — what I’m saying here is simply ‘I’ll give you a call.’

    So what are slang words for ‘phone’?
    Humm, there is this word ‘blower.’
    So, if I say my teacher Jeff is on the blower, I mean he is on the phone. ( I think he is talking to his ex-girlfriend! 😉 )

    While Jeff is on the blower, I’m on the dog!
    You know, dogs like bones.
    They rhymes dog and ‘bone’ and ‘phone.’
    So we’ve got to learn one more new slang, ‘on the dog’ which means ‘on the phone.’

    OK, guys
    Now I’m not on the dog.
    I’m just writing here sharing some slangs I learned, you all see! 😉

    Thanks for keeping your eyes on my gibberish!
    Have a happy week, guys.

    Myo ko ko

  4. Dan says:

    Hey guys,

    To anyone interested for audio with transcript of it, look for “intelligent square debate US” I am used to listening those on NPR.


  5. Aécio Flávio Perim says:

    Yes, people, it is like Myo ko ko says, slangs for everything for common language among friends, but not in high society. OK? Emiliano told a story anou the ETA a group of people who wants to have their own country, with their own culture. This fight is from a long time ago and it is going too long to be solved. That who studied Saudi Arab’s history knows that in that country there is a people who wants their greedom. They are called Kurdos, they want to have their own land since the time of Sadan Russain. I don’t understand why there is one land for one people and there is not land for another people in this world. It is said that the first man who took one piece of land to himself lived a long ago. He made a fence around one piece of land and said that that lot belonged to him. But the worst was that those people who was seeing that believed. Can you believe? And so the private property was born, for our sorry.
    Aecio, that who doesn’t have a piece of land for himself. When I die everything I have will be left behind. For you who is watching and reading now.

  6. Aécio Flávio Perim says:

    Sorry, but I ought to make a correction on my saying above: instead of “Emiliano told a story anou”, read “Emiliano told a story about” (first line). Thank you all.
    Aecio, the craziest in the world.

  7. emiliano says:

    Was the Ottoman Empire (Turkish), one of bigest empire of world for a long period of time, who belongs all the lands that now are several nations
    in Europe and Asia for hundred of years, in fact since 129 till 1922 when Turkish were defeated in the process of first European War.
    It is a long, very long history period and very complicated to read, to know and to understand but to be short Ottmans belong such a lot of
    countries that now are considered like nations that could be difficult to number.
    Egypt, Greek, the old Yugoslavy, lot of Arab countries like Irak, Palestina, Kuwait, Jodnya, Chiprus, and so forth, may be more than ten or fifteen
    countries of today.

    Amond these lands that now are countries there was a wide extension on territories that was habited by Kurdos, Kusdistan, they were not a country
    as this wide land are now in Turkia, Syria, Irak, and Armenia. Nothing to do with Arabia Saudi.
    Kurdistan is a roughly defined geo-cultural region wherein the Kurdish people form a prominent majority population, and Kurdish culture, language, and national identity have historically been based. Contemporary use of Kurdistan refers to large parts of eastern Turkey (Turkish Kurdistan), northern Iraq (Iraqi Kurdistan), northwestern Iran (Iranian Kurdistan) and northeastern Syria (Western Kurdistan) inhabited mainly by Kurds.[15] Kurdistan roughly encompasses the northwestern Zagros and the eastern Taurus mountain ranges, and covers small portions of Armenia.

    So the Kurdistan problem have nothing to do with the other terrorist actions made by killers that are doing in the Spanish Nation for the last fifty years. This terrorists
    have appeared on the years of 1960 and are killing innocent an-army people with bombs, shootings in the head and so forth.
    Please be informed before saying anything about this nasty people, killers and terrorist killing peaceful persons that were not in war with them, and what I think there is
    lot of not informed persons that made a very bad favour to us, Spaniards, misunderstanding everything doing very unreal comparations.

    Sorry Aecio, but this is a very delicate theme to talk about without knowing it.

    My best, emiliano

  8. emiliano says:


    Ottoman Empire it was from 1294 till 1922, nearly seven hundred years.
    They were nearly at the door of Wien twice but they were defeated.
    The croisan form that was invented in Wien it was because the form of Turkish flag was a quarter
    of the moon.

    Yes there is a lot of confussion about this subject and it touch me directly on the heart.
    I have seen too much people murdered here in Madrid and other cities to be cold.

    Sorry Aecio, I don´t like to talk about it but I can´t pass so much desinformation in
    general, you are not the unique to think so, but please read about the theme and be
    informed accordingly.

    There is not war, there is not other land, there is not other country, there are killers, terrorist
    who kill people instead of talking. They have been killing persons that don´t think like them.
    That´s the single point and nothing more my friends.

    My best. emiliano

  9. Tania says:

    Hi! The historians say that the Romania was the real shield against the Ottoman Empire invasion to the Europe.

  10. emiliano says:

    Yes, that´s true Tania, along the old years the people of Romania
    fight once and again against the Ottoman Empire.

    One of the them was Vlad, that was named afterward as Dracul, Drácula
    in fact, a fighter all his life against the Turcks.

    Good Tania, all my best.

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