Podcasts This Week (April 7, 2014)

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ESL Podcast 988 – Playing Fair in Business

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “account” and “to play fair.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Ethics and Compliance Officers Association.”
“The Ethics and Compliance Officers Association (ECOA) is a ‘nonprofit organization’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 445
Topics: Movies – Titanic; The Ford Motor Company and the Model T; holiday versus feast versus celebration; impunity versus retaliation versus notoriety; to think of versus to think about

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In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Sinking of the Steam Ship Andrea Doria.”
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ESL Podcast 989 –Dealing with a Mass Transit Strike

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “mass” and “to be restored.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Transit Strikes.”
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17 Responses to Podcasts This Week (April 7, 2014)

  1. Tania says:

    Hi! Dear Emiliano, please tell us about your trip to London.
    What about your flu? Are you O.K.?
    Thank you for revealing us “feelings on this last summer”.

  2. Tania says:

    Hi! I like the poem “Waiting”. But it is too sad.
    Reading it, I remember of “Sunrise, Sunset” but with “happiness and tears”
    from the musical “Fiddler on the Roof”.

    I have written “Waiting” in my special notebook.
    Thank you for sharing with us your nice poems.

    Best wishes,


  3. Tania says:

    Hi! I have written and Parviz’s saying in my special notebook.
    It’s really nice.
    Of course, the angel is our mother, our wonderful mother.

    Thank you.


  4. emiliano says:

    Thank you Tania, your are always kind. I agree with you “waiting” is too sad.

    Cuca and me were sad when I wrote it, it was a time that we had news about
    the disease “m.e.” that affected her and we were shoked and confused, waiting
    for something, but what for?

    Far away from our real world
    quite we see the past of days
    gathering enough time see
    passing off the years. (this was because we were out from Madrid living in a new house in
    Torrevieja (Alicante), alone in winter waiting a new flat in Madrid and may be a drug that kill the pain
    of my dear Cuca)

    Sunset shorten our time
    uncertain future we await
    despite prisioners here we are
    without anxiety we are. (From our terrace we could see the sunset, I was seeing the sunset and took a pencil a paper and I wrote)

    Happy following the path
    sooner or later the end would be
    of our life being in peace
    waiting the end of life together. (we were in peace, happily together, but in fact Cuca wanted to die without complaining as she was at
    the begining of her long long way of suffering. It was nearly fourteen years ago and everything seems
    to be hard and blue, it wasn´t so after all)

    Knowing this it is possible that you and the other friends understand better
    the emiliano´s writing, in Spanish first of course, but afterward I have translated
    several of the poems I wrote along these years.

    Thank you again dear Tania. emiliano

  5. Parviz says:

    Hi Tania
    The other week I left you a poem named “The Angel Mother”. Later I noticed I had mistakenly omitted the ending part of the poem.
    Hereby I express my apology and present you with the complete version:
    Once upon a time there was a child ready to be born. So one day he asked God: “How am I going to live on earth being so small and helpless?”

    God replied, “Among the many angels, I chose one for you. She will be waiting for you and will take care of you.”

    Baby said: “But tell me, here in Heaven, I don’t do anything else but sing and smile, that’s enough for me to be happy.”

    God said:“ Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you every day. And you will feel your angel’s love and be happy.”
    Baby said “And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me, if I don’t know the language that men talk?”
    God said “Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak.”
    Baby said “And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?”
    God said “Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray
    Baby said “I’ve heard that on earth there are bad men. Who will protect me?”
    God said “Your angel will defend you even if it means risking its life.

    “But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore.”

    “Your angel will always talk to you about me and will teach you the way for you to come back to me, even though I will always be next to you.”
    At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from earth could already be heard, and the child in a hurry asked softly:
    “Oh God, if I am about to leave now, please tell me my angel’s name.”
    “Your angel’s name is of no importance, you will call your angel: Mommy.”


  6. Parviz says:

    And Tania,
    I have noticed that we have a lot in common!
    I have resolved this year to break up with Lucy (finally).
    Maybe Dan’s envy ends.
    She is to big for me.
    Especially, I looked to her to get me an American citizenship, but Mr. Obama blew out my hope.
    Lately, I have decided that I can not afford it any more, so we will probably be happy with the break up.
    So, will you be my second Angel?
    Who is the first?
    You know?

  7. Parviz says:

    I am very glad to say that our politicians are meeting with the heads of the five world’s powers.
    Hopefully, it will get to a useful end.
    Here, things are very expensive. The repression is at the height it’s disaster.
    We hope the prices go down. and people get relieved.

    I am happy,
    Cross your finger for us,

  8. Tania says:

    Hi! Courage, dear Emiliano! You have to face the life.

    Best wishes,


  9. Tania says:

    Hi, Parviz! Were you curious to see if I can guess who the angel is?
    I think “Your angel’s name is of no importance, you will call your angel:Mommy.” can be a very good advice
    for all adopted children. The name is of no importance. Just to have a good and kind mother
    is the most important thing. Nobody can replace your mother.

  10. Tania says:

    Hi! I can’t be an angel. Angels don’t live on the earth.
    I am not a “Phenomenal Woman” (the poem by Maya Angelou).

    It’s incredible to me: I have started to quote from the American literature.
    In fact, this is one of my secret dreams that guides me to continue watching our ESLPodcast :
    learning the American literature and their way of thinking.

  11. Tania says:

    Hi! I have just listened to the English Cafe 445 on “Titanic”.
    Wonderful presentation, dear Jeff. Anyway, I can’t believe you that you have not seen the movie.
    How can you talk to us about it so nice and detailed if you have not seen it ?
    A joke, isn’t it?

  12. Tania says:

    Hi! Can you imagine?
    Ford Romania is an automobile manufacturing company operated by Ford of Europe, located in Romania.
    Ford company came to Romania in 1935, according to the Wikipedia.

  13. Tania says:

    Hi! I have written more than usually on our blog.
    I have a secret. I go to the sea side on Easter Holiday at my relatives for about two weeks.
    I don’t know if I can post on this period of time.
    Maybe just to say “I miss you”.

    All the best to you all,


  14. Aécio Flávio Perim says:

    I’m enjoying your posts, folks. I’m learning a lot.
    Aecio, back from beautiful Brazil for you.

  15. Aécio Flávio Perim says:

    Hello Tania, hello Emiliano, hello Parvys, hello everybody.
    Aecio is back.

  16. Betty says:

    Hello Aecio

    Welcome back! It’s nice to hear from you again.

    Yes I remember you and your green, yellow and blue beautiful Brazil.

    You must have a lot of stories to tell us, after a long period away from here.

    Please do write more when you have time.

    Best Regards

    Betty 🙂

  17. emiliano says:

    Hello Aecio

    Welcome back!
    nice to hear from you once again, this is your site.


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