Podcasts this Week (March 10, 2014)

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ESL Podcast 980 – Retiring Abroad

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 “fixed” and “to put down stakes.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Retiring Abroad.”
“In the past, many Americans ‘dreamed of’ (thought about and hoped for) traveling abroad in their retirement…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 441

Topics: Ask an American – Saving the oldest photograph; law versus rule versus policy; to stem from versus to be derived from; bring it on; infomercial; hawking; exercise fad

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “What To Do With Photos.”
“In the past, Americans used to keep boxes filled with photos or placed them in ‘photo albums’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ESL Podcast 981 – Diplomatic and Economic Sanctions

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 call off” and “trade.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Types of Economic Sanctions.”
“The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury is responsible for…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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3 Responses to Podcasts this Week (March 10, 2014)

  1. emiliano says:

    At night

    As it is life tomorrow, blank page of paper, I write now? Which subject about? I restless?, now is the
    magic moment, at this point in the night where you are the 01.00 and I must go to bed, right now
    I think saying something.
    The day is over, life is over for today, only dreams goes through the night.
    Tomorrow it is a bank sheet of paper.

    Just writing to this hour is a habit of doing so for years entrenched that follows, I cannot help, it is my favorite time.

    About twelve o’clock night is the best time to write, the day finished forever, so this day is not ever repeated.

    It is lived, what was going to happen has already happened and there is no going back.
    Yes, that´s the real truth, it is not possible to go back again. There is not a second opportunity.

    The time to go to sleep is the best, in my case, to rest the mind let the imagination wander and fingers
    connected to the mind loose and write.
    About what happened, what I worry, feelings, sensations, anything is good to turn the page and go to rest.

    Before I like writing with a pen, I liked the feel of the pen in the fingers, blank paper that gradually filled with
    words and exhaustion of writing, no correction could not erase the writing, or delete it, absolutely
    disgusting, and remained there for years.

    Now everything is different, I see the letters as they arise in the computer screen and if I’m wrong step back and correct it.
    How easy, do not cross, the writing stays there waiting for the touch, intro, throwing the thoughts and typed note will
    in an instant into cyberspace where it can be read anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.
    Internet, word that defines an era.

    Sometimes it almost dizzy to think, is here in my mind and in minutes you are out there, waiting to be read by people
    who do not know or rather begin to know thanks to your kindness to score writing. It amazes me and I love it.

    Thanks to each and every one of you who have ever read these thoughts, or these protests, no longer cry in wilderness.
    It is significant and encourages me to continue typing at night, in the morning or at any time as right now.

    It is no longer night, it is a cloudy day in the morning, early, half asleep just writing what I think is a pile of nonsense.
    He sent it, I give the intro, or simply delete it.

    Before, there was ripped unless the blade, and never have.
    The typical image of writing, crumpling the time and throw it in the trash is not my style.

    As I experienced, what happened during the day, you can not remove, you cannot touch the “delete” key, just writing
    what should not be crumpled and thrown in the trash.
    Yield a point in my life where the thought have become lyrics.

    Finally the heat is gone, autumn it is in Madrid, at last.

    Thanks to all.


  2. Erez says:

    Hi Guys,

    Can someone please clarify where is McQuillanland? I couldn’t find it.


  3. Chih says:

    hi Jeff,

    I just listened and read the latest podcast this week, Diplomatic and Economic Sanctions. The comprehension questions are so good that make me understand the English even better.
    Honestly, I was very confused when I first read the questions, because each answer looks a little bit, partial correct, especially when I think in my mother language, Chinese. So I got wrong answer at the first question. This doesn’t matter because this isn’t a test in school…but I really understand what the vocabulary means now. Thank you and your team to provide this wonderful podcast and script.


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