Podcasts This Week (November 18, 2013)

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ESL Podcast 948 – Listening to Motivational Speakers

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “mission” and “high hopes.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Types of Motivational Speakers.”
“There are many types of motivational speakers who ‘hail from’ (come from) many different backgrounds…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 425

Topics: American Musicals – Hello, Dolly!; The National Rifle Association; to take a stab at (something) versus to take a chance; if you will; to walk a dog

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In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Bowling for Columbine.”
“‘Bowling for Columbine’ is a ‘documentary’ (film about true events, usually about a single subject) released in 2002…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ESL Podcast 949 – Dealing With a Contagious Disease

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 “carrier” and “to strip down.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Centers for Disease and Control Prevention.”
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, commonly known as the ‘CDC,’ is the national health institute of the United States…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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11 Responses to Podcasts This Week (November 18, 2013)

  1. Aécio Flávio Perim says:

    I am looking forward to seeing this podcast week. I thank Jeff and Lucy for the opportunity. You two are awesome! Do you know that I have met good friends here from all parts of the world and that this makes me feel happy?
    Aecio from that part of the world where nobody lives.

  2. Tania says:

    Hi! Very interesting lesson on Geronimo. I know this word, but its pronunciation is so different of ours … I can’t recognise it.
    I thought it’s the name of a book. I think I saw the movie about Geronimo (1829 – 1909), an Apache freedom fighter.
    Thank you for all information about Geronimo, including the name code Geronimo.

  3. Tania says:

    Hi! I have found out and a Geronimo quote:

    “Once I moved about like the wind. Now I surrender to you and that is all.”

  4. Tania says:

    Hi! I think I have seen one or two movies about the Sled Dog Race.
    To me, the sled dog is one of the most beautiful and intelligent animals.

  5. Tania says:

    Hi! I know the difference between “amiable” and “amicable”.
    To me, “amiable” is a new word in my language. We use it especially in business contracts i.e. solving all disagreements in an amiable way.
    Regarding the word “amicable”, we often use it as for the word “friend” we can say “amic”. He is my “amic”, a good friend.

  6. Tania says:

    Hi! Thank you for the explanation of the phrase “I’m biased.”
    I know just the word “bias”, but with the textile meaning.

  7. Tania says:

    Hi! In the book “The Silence of the Lambs” , I have found mentioned the poem “Thanatopsis” by William Cullen Bryant (1794 – 1878),
    an American romantic poet, journalist.

    “To him who in the love of Nature holds
    Communion with her visible forms, she speaks
    A various language; for his gayer hours
    She has a voice of gladness, and a smile
    And eloquence of beauty…”

    Yes, the nature has the ability to make us feel better, and can make pain less painful.

    Thank you for this new poet for me.

  8. Tania says:

    Hi! But where is Abbe with her anecdotes?

  9. Dan says:


    To anyone interested, here’s an interesting radio program on Misconceptions.

    Here’s the program’s description:

    There are some truths that we believe in wholeheartedly — but what if we’re completely wrong? Once we separate fact from fiction, how do our perceptions change? In this hour, TED speakers move beyond conventional wisdom to reveal complex realities about what we think we know to be true.

    Just look for NPR+TED


  10. Dan says:

    Interesting! the NRA.

    Only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun.

    That stuck in my mind.


  11. MaryP. says:

    Hi everyone!!
    I’m Mariapia and I’m writing from Italy!!!
    Thank you for our wonderful lesson for me are very very important and are an help for me to empruve my knoledge of english.
    It’s a greas canal on line.
    Thank you so much

    Maria 😉

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