Podcasts This Week (December 30, 2013)

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ESL Podcast 960 – Giving Someone Your Recommendation

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “solid” and “quick study.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Types of Recommendation Letters.”
“Letters of recommendations ‘serve many purposes’ (are used for many different reasons)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 431

Topics: Ask an American – Firefighter inmates; catastrophe versus calamity versus disaster; can’t hardly wait versus can hardly wait; so that

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In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Work Release Programs.”
“‘Prisoners’ (people who are held in jail or prison) who have ‘proven’ (demonstrated; shown) themselves to be ‘trustworthy’ (reliable and able to be counted on)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ESL Podcast 961 – Learning to Dance

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to sway” and “down the line.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Television Dance Shows.”
“In recent years, dance shows have become increasingly popular on American TV…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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15 Responses to Podcasts This Week (December 30, 2013)

  1. Tania says:

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  2. Tania says:


    HAPPY NEW YEAR to all our dear teachers!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR to all ESLPodcast team!


  3. Tania says:


    HAPPY NEW YEAR to all our dear blog friends!


  4. emiliano says:


  5. emiliano says:

    Ideas about the end of the Year…..2013 and about the next, may be a Little pesimist?, you´ll see…..
    This it is written just this afternoon, and it is the other gatufo´s blog that is some how a silly site where I use to spend a lot of time, every day, what for?
    that is my question, dear friends, why for?


    Another end of the year in two days, and passed quickly, why is at this time almost no one likes to think it is less bad plumb the celebrations, eat, drink a lot, dance if we stop and spend a night in sailing without cause or reason.
    No, I never liked to begin a new year that way, I prefer to think a little, remembering how has elapsed, right?, wrong?, regulate it, that I’ve done for good?, I have postponed for other times?, that I think the year just about everything and that is what needs to change in my life to improve the coming year.
    Do I have to regret not wrong again?, who we need ya? and even when we follow the relentless path of the passing years in an unreal, repetitive dream day in the experiences, has been that many hours to be and we hardly remember nothing?.
    You can this all night reflecting on the year gone by and speculating about the beginning, but this is much more difficult because not even know if I live and it is natural that as one passes, and another, and another within my / our life is shortened every time faster.

    Too many questions, too much speculation, too many penalties, too many ideas, too many broken promises, too many goodbyes, excessive absences, too many experiences piled haphazardly. Better not think, better sink into widespread whirlwind of parties, music, feasting, kissing, dancing, debauchery sometimes because everything is ephemeral, pointless, no trace, no trace so many hours giving panic thinking we have done useful for our lives and to the other.

    Nothing really, everything is the same or worse than when it started the year and goes and touches us repeat the same story of our relentless mediocrity?, Yes, most of the time is just plain widespread mediocrity incessantly repeated every morning, every day, every week, every year, and back again.

    But I’m not complaining, I like “my mediocrity” since I have no other desire not to know, changes are almost never for the better everyday and I prefer simplicity, mediocrity for many unforeseen changes.

    Year to you and that you will not repeat this more in your life, was blessed because I lived it and I’m still here to tell the little that remember me.
    And why is because hardly remember anything, I write this silly blog that takes me many hours ?. Surely.

    thought yesterday that is a complete and utter loss write absurd nonsense and try to transmit them via Facebook, google +, or any other social media time, and what is even more unusual to translate these ideas without knowing what goes on translations.

    Late last night in bed, thinking about reducing the time I spend on these matters, translate, post, write, for I can not explain who would be interested in Korea or Russia what I write here and translate.
    can not explain the interest to read these lines in this fascinating country has to be South Korea, who will read, that this translation will I write now?, but do not know if that one will read Korean or Korean and rise rate blog audience in this country that I am very grateful to him, and Russia, and the United States that has the record of visits and Serbia, Germany, France, and since they are too many unemployed.

    Serve for something this?, Will serve for something useful my time, my hours spent on this?.
    It would be better to devote my time to read, listen to music, play games, or simply stroll and almost everyone can do.

    ‘ll see, I’ll see what holds me the coming year.

    Greetings and thank each and every one of you friends / friends of distant countries that in your own language and poorly translated some of what you read here story.

    Thank you, the gatufo


    HAPPY NEW YEAR AND DONT TAKE CARE OF THE SILLY IDEAS I HAVE WRITTEN ABOVE, it is just a lost of time?, may be, but it makes me some how happy.
    Thanks Lucy, Jeff, Warren, writing here has gave me what I needed to write such a lot of nosenses by my own in the other gatufo´s site.
    NOT HERE OF COURSE, this is different to me.

    So Thanks dear Professors, without you it would be impossible. emiliano

  6. Dan says:

    Hey Emiliano,

    I would like to help you with that issue you have been wrestling recently, the one with Windows 8

    Here is what I do:

    I am using Chrome, but I am sure it can be done in Explorer too.

    Go to settings, languages, and pick US English and enable spell checking that way when you are writing it shows you a word badly spelled with a red line under it.

    This is helpful because you have to rewrite the wrong words or look up at the dictionary if you do not remember how it is spelled correctly.
    As time goes by you will see that you get better since you can only get it wrong few times till it gets in to your head.

    Besides, once you are in the dictionary you can pick a synonym of it.

    Hope that is helpful.


  7. Aécio Flávio Perim says:

    Nice thanks for you all fellows on ESLPOD. Happy New Year for you all. May it be a good year for us.

  8. Myo ko ko says:

    Hi emiliano
    Thank for insisting me to reveal my age to Dan.
    It’s of course usual that a friend wants to know about his/her friend(s).
    In fact, I understand it and I know I’m a little rude here, at least in this case.
    But I think the way I write here, in other words, my writing style here has a good reflection of me.
    I remember Dan guessed I’m 25 and you put me at 30.
    You two both made these guesses by looking my comments, the way I write, the thoughts I mentioned in my notes.
    Yes, that’s what I want!
    Because my comments are my words. They represent me very much. They’re telling about me. They depict Myo ko ko’s image here on this Jeff and Lucy’s blog.

    I hope I can express myself better in my notes to come! 😉

    And, emiliano,
    Recently, you’ve been talking about saying “Thank You” in different languages.
    So, here I think I should mention ours too.
    Well, we say ” Kyay zuu par/pae (naw)” when we happen to thank someone.
    Here I spell it as it sounds and the words “par,” “pae,” and “naw” here are fillers.

    Of course, there is even a romantic song titled “Kyay zuu” by my favorite love-song-singer Wine Wine.
    Following are its lyrics translated into simple English.
    Please don’t try to understand the words, but try to “feel” them (as I always do! 😉 ).
    Hope you and all my blog friends here enjoy it.
    Kyay Zuu (Thank You)
    By: Wine Wine (a well-known Myanmar singer)

    For your kisses that ‘made’ my heart beat in unusual ways . . . Kyay Zuu (Thank You), baby.
    [Those kisses] ‘made’ my days and nights so beautiful . . .

    For you made me cry out of longing, for loneliness I got . . . Kyay Zuu, my dear.
    In fact, I can’t blame you for those sad things I felt . . .

    Kyay Zuu for each and everything, my sweetheart . . . for each and everything you ‘gave’ me . . .
    I forgive you from my heart . . . and I truly believe you gave me your best . . .

    Kyay Zuu for all of the things, baby . . . for your LOVE [that] you gave me . . .
    Althrough we two couldn’t make it . . . it [your love] still, in my heart, remains as something to remember and to long forever . . .

    [CHO ends]

    For the longings that make me cry . . . Kyay Zuu, baby
    In fact, on account of you, my life is so meaningful . . .


    Well, this is one of my favorite romantic songs.
    If I have a mood, I’ll try to share an another romantic song of this singer: “The Moon & The Sea.”

    Kyay Zuu for everything! 😉
    Myo ko ko

  9. Dan says:

    Hey Myo

    I was thinking of playing that song while squeezing you, what do you think? 😉

    We will have a romantic squeezing perhaps even a kiss 😉

    yes! I ‘ll kiss you till I pull out a confession. eheheheeh 🙂

  10. Dan says:

    Hi everyone,

    I was looking this movie (The Astounding She-Monster 1957).

    Why did they smoke so much back then? and in that peculiar way! and they always drink too.
    I guess it was considered “cool” at the time.

    There is scene where the “bad guys” get to a cabin in the mountains with the woman they have kidnapped.

    The bad guys are three. Two males and a woman.

    The woman is seen it a previous scene drinking straight from the bottle.

    What I wanted to share with you guys is that at a certain point she wants a drink and the head of the bad guys says:

    “sit down you lousy drunk!” at that she answers ” I prefer to be referred as an alcoholic” 🙂

    Those movies are sooo ugly! I love them!

  11. emiliano says:

    Listening to Wine Wine in YouTube and the song Kyay Zuu I could imagine you, your nice girls, and your country Myo Ko Ko, so Kyay Zuu for this present
    that gives Cuca and me something special.

    Iti is very nice Young singer, he also sings in English and the translation to your language …….Birmano?. Lot of people watching his concert.

    Over there and here more or less the same, Young are similar in Maymar and in Spain, and have just the same choices, that´s curious.

    I do think Dan has a good clue now Myo ko ko, ja,ja, kyay zuu my friend.

    Cuca said me it is very very funny to learn how to say thank you in lot of languages…….


  12. emiliano says:

    Dan look at the song and at the Singer…..not necessary to squeeze Myo ko ko, you have lot of
    clues now, my friend.


  13. Betty says:

    Hello Everyone in ESLPOD Englishland,

    2013 is coming to an end!

    Thank you all for helping me learning and improving my English in 2013.

    For those who haven’t written a lot of English in 2013, it is too late to write a lot in 2013 now.

    Start thinking of writing a lot of English in the New Year 2014. And do it!

    Wishing you all a very Happy, Healthy and Harmonious New Year 2014!

    See you in the New Year!

    Betty 🙂

  14. Myo ko ko says:

    Yeah, emiliano,
    You’re right. This song is on the You Tube.
    “Kyay Zuu” Wine Wine.
    Here “Y Wine” is alternative spelling of “Wine Wine.”
    I love the lyrics, melodies and music of it.
    You are lucky. You can see our language, Burmese (Myanmar) that is displayed as lyrics on the screen.

    Myo ko ko

  15. Hivi says:

    ESL POD!!!!!:):):)

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