Podcasts This Week (May 12, 2014)

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ESL Podcast 998 – Meeting a New Neighbor

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 settle in” and “to fend off.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Welcoming New Neighbors.”
“When people move into a neighborhood in the United States, they might expect to be ‘welcomed’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 450

Topics: Famous Americans – Charles Schultz and Peanuts; The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve; to be pleased to versus to be happy to versus it’s (one’s) pleasure to; to sit versus to seat; willy-nilly

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Camp Snoopy at Knott’s Berry Farm.”
“‘Situated in (located in)’ Southern California in a city called Buena Park is a 160-acre ‘theme park’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ESL Podcast 999 – Being Vague and Unfocused

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 be pumped” and “to pin (someone) down.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Community Organizing and Grassroots Efforts.”
“In the United States, people who are dissatisfied with the ‘status quo’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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5 Responses to Podcasts This Week (May 12, 2014)

  1. Dan says:

    Listening to ESL Pod Meeting a New Neighbor, I have just learned I could be labeled “recluse” sice the description Jeff gives od the term suits me perfectly.

    Have you guys noticed that in movies when a new guy gets into a new home there is often the hot single woman coming to say hello with an apple pie?

    Now, this is reality: when I moved here four years ago, no one of my neighbors came to say hello, and still today I rarely talk to anybody.

    I am not complaining, I am just telling how things are.

    I am having a flock of crows coming daily for their biscuits I toss them out of the window.
    They are so smart and beautiful. Just a little bit noisy with all their shouting.

    I am not a busybody, but I like to observe people, and look at what they do, think and how they behave. What drives them doing things.

    I also love observing animals. Every kind of it. They are beautiful.

    Thanks and have a good Sunday

  2. Aécio Flávio Perim says:

    Hello Dan. I see we have points in common. I’m like you when to have a talk to people I haven’t met yet. Better to be careful! We never know who we are dealing with. So it is preferable to be cautious. Well, my friend, let tell you about my new neighbor who moved in about fifteen days ago. They are doctors coming from Cuba to work in Brazil for three years for a program launched by President Dilma because Brazil is lacking doctors. They will have additional benefits like house rent, food, water and electricity power. Of course I introduced myself for help. They seem to be great people. There are a man and two women. The problem with doctors who come to Brazil is the language. We have some sound that they find difficult to say, like nh in “carinho”, lh in “galho”, rr in “macarrão” and others. But they will get used to them in a short time, I hope so.
    OK Dan, see you one of these days again.

  3. emiliano says:

    Yes, Dan, every american movie or tv. serial happens what you said
    but never in my life I have lived this experience.

    Are we differents?

    Take care Dan and be carefeful what kind of things do you write
    it seems freedom is not real for fome guys, but not for the boss
    that let us to say which ever idea we could have.

    Good Sunday for your and your people, the cats, and other fellows.


  4. Tania says:

    Hi! On my recent vacantion I had time to see the musical “Cats” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, in English.
    As I had read about it on Wikipedia I could understand the beauty of the music, the charming of the costumes.

    Thank you, dear Jeff, for your suggestion saying “Cats”.

  5. Tania says:

    the same time I could see and the musical “”Fiddler on the Roof”, in English, too.
    About a whole night! I think four hours watching a musical…Still it deserves well.
    It remains Broadway’s sixteenth longest-running show in history.
    I understood the meaning of the title, the message.
    We must keep an equilibrium in any action in our life.
    If not, as you said, we can fall down from the roof. “The fiddler on the roof” is watching us.

    “Sunrise, sunset
    Swiftly fly the years
    One season following another
    Laden with happiness and tears.”

    Wonderful musical. I like it.
    Thank you.

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