Podcasts This Week (March 16, 2015)

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ESL Podcast 1086 – Giving Bribes to Children for Good Behavior

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 “reward” and “dare.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Sharenting.”
“Parents are ‘proud’ (with feelings of pleasure and satisfaction related to something one has worked hard to do or create) …” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 494

Topics: American Authors – Jack London; Our Gang and The Little Rascals; gruesome versus horrible versus disgusting; son of a gun; to lash out

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Jack London Square and Heinhold’s First and Last Chance Saloon.”
“Jack London Square is an entertainment and business area located along the water in Oakland, California…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ESL Podcast 1087 – Selecting Window Treatments

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 filter in” and “to call it a day.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Door-to-Door Sales.”
“In the past, especially before radio and television ads, “door-to-door sales” (the practice of having a sales person…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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10 Responses to Podcasts This Week (March 16, 2015)

  1. Dan says:

    Good Sunday everyone.

    Just listened to Pod 1086. The one about children.

    Since I was not very successful in evolutionary terms, meaning I did not pass my genes, I am glad I had not to go through all that headache described in the pod.


  2. DONGNG says:

    A chinese.

  3. Tania says:

    Hi! I have found the answer. What happened in 1876? The question from the English Cafe 491.
    First I think about 1776, the Independence year of the U.S. But it is about 1876.
    According to the Wikipedia, the year 1876 was a very important one.
    – March 7, 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell (1847 – 1922), known for invention of the telephone, is granted a patent for an invention
    he calls the telephone;
    – March 10, 1876 – Graham Bell makes the first successful call by saying “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to say you…” ;
    (I think I saw the movie with this important event.)
    – August 8, 1876 – Thomas Edison (1847 – 1931), known for invention of the electric light bulb, receives a patent for his mimeograph.
    But most important event, in July 4, 1876, the United States celebrates its centennial.

  4. Tania says:

    Centennial mirror, events happening between 1776 – 1876 timeline, is a poster
    commemorating 100 years of Independence of the U.S., showing on the left, scenes from 1776, and mirrored
    on the right, equivalent scenes from 1876.
    In July 4, 1876, the United states celebrates its centennial. This is the answer.

  5. Tania says:

    Thank you for this question, as in our TV quiz shows, we often meet questions about
    the great inventors of the world, like Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, and many, many others.

  6. Tania says:

    Nice topic, to be superstitious.
    Ancient customs, especially in the rural area. Our grandparents are our experts.
    For sure you have bad luck if:
    – you crossed paths with a black cat;
    (the antidote : put a hand on a white buttonn.)
    – you met a priest on the street;
    – you met a man with an empty bucket in his hand;
    – you had a bad dream last night.
    You have good luck if;
    – you found a four-leaf clover;
    – you see a heart in your coffee (It’s a sign of love. Great joy, someone loves you.)
    If you broke a mirror…Oh! You will be married as soon as possible.

  7. Tania says:

    But the charms are the worst. The bad luck charms. Even if you can’t believe in charms…
    you have a strange feeling if you know that someone makes you bad luck charms.
    You have to go to a priest to untie the charms.

    In our schools it is “forbidden” to talk about superstition, to be superstitious.
    We are taught not to be superstitious.
    But… everyone with his/ her superstitions.
    We use a horseshoe on greeting cards like a symbol of good luck wishes.

    We use the same words “superstitie” and “superstitios”.

    Thank you for this nice lesson. Excellent acting!

  8. Dan says:

    HI everyone.

    I have just found out that the more I look around on the web, this website included, I have realized my Ignorance is vast, and I have many things to learn.

    I just wanted to acknowledge that.

    Thanks bye

  9. Dan says:

    Hi Everyone.

    Things that made me laugh listening to EC.494: Jeff’s Mom calling him “N. 11” or just “Hey You!”

    Later, while describing the genes, I was not expecting Jeff to say “not the jeans you are wearing” that also made me laugh.
    The clarification makes sense though, since the two words sounding the same -especially to a non well tuned hear, if I say so- gets someone easily confused.

    After that, I was thinking that London had a adventurous life. Little bit short maybe, but that was perhaps kind of ordinary at the time.

    And then, one last thing, if you like me spend tons of time on You Tube, the word that Jeff describes at the end, the on starting with B…, on YT is very common. At least on the channels I follow.

    Anyway, I do not know why, but find it hilarious hearing such words coming from Jeff’s mouth.
    It’s like just yesterday, I was watching this video called “Love letters to Richard Dawkins”. It’s funny to hear a usually polite and well mannered person reading all those insults.
    And the British accent adds more fun to that.


  10. emiliano says:

    Just some thoughts of my cat Gatufo:

    ¿What is happening at home?

    I do not know how to say what is happening at home, I lack words that have any meaning for a cat, but I´ll keep using the absurd expressions of these human so smart.
    I am very worried and it is difficult for a cat to worry about anything but his food or rest, but as this what I have assured me worried Cuca.
    Yesterday she did not rise from the bed, perceive evil, sick, and I choose to climb over her, curl up on her belly and give her warm and loving
    with my body.
    When Emilian got out of bed I did not go with him, I went over her and well I was over until it came Isabel that I got down.

    Another thing I can think there is something odd, and they think too, it was that in the bed Cuca stayed all day.
    Bewildered were all at home, like me, and Cuca spend all day inside the bedroom por of her.

    It is not good, do not perceive it well, not that is in addition to what we already have, but the fact is that if she was before slow, very slow, is now almost immobile, it costs raise her arms, take food to the mouth which in my opinion is a delay.
    I wonder why this human wave their hands and bring the food to their mouth with some utensils calling fork and spoon, also handle something sharp to what is referred to as knife.

    It would be better to eat directly sticking their noses at the food site.

    What I save, I need nothing, I put my nose into the site for the pittance and go.

    When I am thirsty very quickly pull out my tongue, moisten and enough is enough.
    Well, Cuca can not lift his arms and carried food to the mouth, so Isabel or Emiliano move theirs and introduce it in her mouth.
    Bad, very bad sounds to me, and Emiliano has called someone call a doctor, who will visit.
    I hope she could improve it and then get out of bed, Cuca can return to her pc., Type, and manage covered to bring the food to her mouth.
    I have no other news of interest to me, just want to see Emiliano and Cuca good, playful, dealing with me and them I will be as happy as a cat use to be.
    With that enough for me.

    myself (gatufo) the nicest cat of the World.


    Well that´s what my cat is watching at home.
    Cuca is not going well and everything is keeping sad for all of us, even for the cat
    that climbs up on her instead of being emilian´s side like every time.


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