Podcasts This Week (September 29, 2014)

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ESL Podcast 1038 – Types and Characteristics of Apartments

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 “lost” and “floor.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The Impact of the Book How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York.
How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York is a ‘photojournalism’…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 470

Topics: Famous Americans – James Fenimore Cooper; The Farmer’s Almanac; in favor of versus in (one’s) favor; feat of strength, raw human strength, and to be forced against table’s edge; to multitask

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Farmers’ Alliance.”
“The Farmer’s Alliance was an ‘agrarian’ (relating to farming) movement among…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ESL Podcast 1039 – Taking a Car for a Test Drive

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 buckle up” and “car lot.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Driver’s Ed.”
“In most states, people can get their ‘learner’s permit’…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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5 Responses to Podcasts This Week (September 29, 2014)

  1. Dan says:

    Hi everyone

    I do not know why, but I have developed in my mind that on Sundays there are no rules and we can write whatever we want.
    Moreover, there is so much white room over here to be filled with this cute little black fonts.
    So, here it goes:

    This morning -Sunday- as I opened the kitchen’s window there was a Crow perched on a power cable just in front of my view.

    As it saw me it said “CAW CAW” meaning: throw me something!

    The only thing I had where chocolate biscuits with white stars on them. I tossed a bunch of those. They take everything, you know.

    That’s it. Just this little event of my daily life over here.


  2. Peter says:

    I wouldn’t feed them Dan. They would flock to your porch for more the next day. U would never see the end of it.
    Not easy to get ride of bird

    Thanks for sharing
    U are right!! There is blank space enough for everybody to write sth here on the weekend. It is not that Jeff banned it or anything.
    Write to ur heart content

    There are a lot of seagulls flying around in most part of Toronto. They have an affinity to water and there are a lot of lakes and pounds in Toronto. Almost there is a pond in every park here. You see seagulls in bunchs here and there. They don’t afraid of humen. They are like homing birds. I prefer to call them ” city birds ”
    U know , they bore and grow in urban area among humen. And , people likes feeding them.
    They usually fly on small packs , numbers if you will.
    They look threatening ,though
    They attack if they feel threatened.
    I hate their guts.

  3. Marcos says:

    Hi everyone
    So ( podcast 1038 ) here we used call duplex when you live in a kind of apartment with two floors just for you or triplex with three floors just for you, normally in a tall building. We call apartment places for living with over two floors where normally you have two or four apartment each floor, one floor just for you if you are a rich man. A building with one or two floors just for you we call house or family house. Condominium is a place where there are a lot of houses or apartment together. I live in a condominium of house where we call “condominium horizontal”, each family have your own house separate, is like a neighborhood but there is a wall around and you have a kind of check in and check out on entrance. I like live on here.

    Have a nice day

  4. emiliano says:

    Dear Betty,

    may you tell us what is happening in your city HONG KONG, every day we are
    watching the news, thousands of people, students and other, are on the streets
    asking for democracy or something similar.

    Is it possible?

    I hope you and your family are O.K.

    Thank you dear Betty, emilliano

  5. Betty says:

    Dear Emiliano

    Thank you for caring about what’s happening in Hong Kong. Thank you also for wishing me and my family are OK. Yes, we are fine, thank you.

    I don’t think it’s right for people to do anything illegal. I mean the government has not approved the protest but it went ahead anyway and so the police needed to use tear gas to disperse the demonstrators.

    Some of my friends are in the crowd of demonstrators, some of my old friends’ relatives are in the position of ordering the tear gas. What can I say?

    I had to cut myself off from the poignant scenes of people filling the narrow streets of Hong Kong for protesting. I deliberately tuned in to something nicer like listening to ESLPOD.com’s calm conversation, but the whole world’s news wow the conditions in the corridors of Hong Kong.

    I wish Peace and Prosperity for this Pearl of the Orient. But look what’s happening! Peace and Prosperity will soon part with this Pearl of the Orient if the people want to make the street their homes for the long term.

    Thank you again Emiliano.

    One of my old Friends told everyone in our social network group how she felt – worried. But none wanted to talk about it in the group, might be scared of the consequences if our conversation would be spied on and might be some of us would be in trouble.

    You and me as world citizen in the ESLPOD.com will be granted the chance to talk about it here, that is, if Jeff allows.

    Sorry Emiliano I’ve been extremely busy learning English at the moment and hardly have time to write here. I continue reading all yours writing but I don’t write much myself. I used to call this situation ‘Eye High, Hand Low’ (can read well, but can’t write well). Now I know Reading and Listening are Receptive skills; whereas Writing and Speaking are Productive skills. If we are able to read and listen well, our receptive skills are high, that’s why we like to read and listen from here. Unfortunately, very few learners are like you and me who are motivated to improve our productive skills by writing and speaking, they are hard work. That’s why Emiliano you find only a few post above.

    Dan, Marcos, Parviz, Peter, Tania, and anyone who want to continue to improve their productive skills, please continue to write more here, you’ll thank yourself for the hard work you put in when you look back some years later. You’ll say, ‘Good Job I worked hard’.

    Time for me to improve my receptive skills now – Read Warren’s latest article – “Coming to California? Take a Hike!”; and Listen to Lucy and Jeff’s latest podcast – ESL Podcast 1039 – “Taking a Test Drive”.

    By the way, I have a friend who used to do car racing and she still drives like a racecar driver. I was very scared when I sat in her car last time, I was feeling a little nauseous.

    Best Regards

    Betty 🙂

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