Podcasts This Week (June 15, 2015)

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ESL Podcast 1112 – Doing Impersonations

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “gesture” and “tone.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Elvis Impersonators.”
“American comics impersonate many different ‘celebrities’ (famous people, especially musicians, actors, singers, and athletes)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 507

Topics: The Leo Franks Trial; on hand versus in hand versus at hand; discrete versus discretion

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In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Song ‘Strange Fruit.'”
“In 1937, a ‘little-known’ (not famous) high school teacher named Abel Meeropol in New York City…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ESL Podcast 1113 – Getting a Family Portrait Taken

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to pose” and “prop.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Occasions for Portraits.”
“With the ‘widespread’ (by many people across a large area) use of digital cameras…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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17 Responses to Podcasts This Week (June 15, 2015)

  1. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    It seems to be a great week with these topics as always. Hello, Dan. Where are you? I think we have a lot to talk. Am I right or not. Don’t take it the wrong way, it’s just a reason to talk with a friend.

  2. Dan says:

    Hey guys,

    This Sunday I am with the cats indoor because outside is raining heavily.

    My prophecy about podcast 1111 went wrong, I know, I suck as a prophet.

    Hey, right now I am listening to this relatively new kind of music called heavy filthy dubstep.

    I do not know why, but i like it. It pumps me up.

    I like it so much that I am looking at videos tutorial on how to make it with programs like FL Studio.

    Unbelievable what one can do with that kind of music programs.

    I had in mind something like taking Jeff’s singing his intro beautiful L.A. and creating something behind that.

    Have you guys ever seen one video of that guy named Marquese Scott dancing? first time I saw that I thought it was a editing trick because it looks unreal.

    Check him out. I suggest the video called pumped up kicks dubstep. It has 117,000,000 views.


  3. peter says:

    Good stuff,
    Specially the last episode on group picture
    Man ,I bet there is a big vocabulary right there.
    The anticipation starting to build up already.
    And the imitation thingy on the first episod is a kicker
    I always do my brother. He has this burly guy with a hoarsely gruff voice. He is husky but he is a softy.


  4. emiliano says:

    Fascinating Dan, but tell me friend what does he pick up from the floor? and why after a while he puts it again on the floor?
    It is just my question Dan, do you know?

    Watching the dance I think I am going to dance it every morning together with Gatufo, it could be the way to be healthy
    and happy.

    Thank you Dan, interesting. I will investigate all this kind of music and dance, we must be up and informed about the new
    social movements.
    Every different music or dance makes social diferences, that´s for sure my friend.


  5. emiliano says:

    Do you know Dan?
    Gatufo dislikes this kind of music, he was on my lap as usual and once I have put it he has jumped out from my
    side and has gone out of the room.
    Even he has protest with a long………miaauuuu

    Never he has done this before, and just in the moment I have cut the video he has jumped on me once again.

    I do think he is a smart cat


  6. peter says:

    Hi mate ,
    Thanks for the support! It means a lot.
    No worries , I will ride it out !!
    Truth to be told ,it is not my first time facing layoff.
    Well ,when you work for privet sector ,it is par for the curse.
    The money is better but there is no security. With the first shake in economy , you are out!
    U know back in 2003-2004 when the economy was in toilet I got laid off 5 times in one fiscal year. I m not stretching the truth.
    In fact , I m holding a record.:)
    Government jobs are better by comparison. The pay is not as good ,but they offer security. I mean , even with a jolt in economy, You are still good! I mean u don’t lose your job that easy. Well ,of course, there is some lines u r not supposed to cross while working in public sector. But , I can tell you one thing , they’re not tight with economy. I mean ,they are not economy-related.
    The problem with government jobs here is they are very competitive. I guess, I m speaking for everybody here that every job-seekers out there is in the game to snag a government job.
    Nevertheless , due to the high demand and limited annual job openings, it is almost a mission impossible.
    You know , the good thing about government jobs here is u just need to get your foot in the door. Once you are in , u are good to go. you gonna be taken care of with security and a generously nifty compensate package.
    I m telling you, it is every man ‘s dream around here.

    As bad luck would have it , I never scored any position ,low or high , in the public sector.
    However , I know some people who did.
    In fact , one close friend of mine landed a job in the marketing department of a government buildings situated in a prime location in downtown core ,in the business district. He started at entry level 12 years ago when he was fresh out of college. now , he is head of his department and is being paid a handsomely hefty salary.

    Man , some men have all the luck.

    Well , from the looks of I have tighten my belt as tomorrow morning I have a rendezvous with fair !!!
    If u catch my drift.


  7. peter says:

    Well ,things are different now than three years ago.
    all bragging aside , I have marketable skills that I am now ,able to couple it with two years of experience in the field.
    Baring all unfortunate incidents ,I have a good shot at landing a prospective job.

    So , I m not worried too much
    That is the spirit !!!

  8. Dan says:

    Hey guys,

    Good job Pete! that’s the spirit! I wanna hear people that have a positive attitude. I like that.

    Hi Emi.

    The guy in the video is picking up nothing. That’s just part of the dance.
    I think he does that for a starting point because later in the video he goes backwards and that probably helps having a starting point.
    I like the fact that at times looks like gravity has no effect on him.

    Poor Gatufo! next time wear hearphones and turn up the volume.


  9. peter says:

    My Dear Lili,
    Refer to ur comment on the latest post.
    I don’t know about that !
    I m just trying !
    I don’t mind at all
    In fact , it means the world to me that you found my line worthy enough !

  10. Dan says:

    Hey everyone,

    Have you guys noticed something odd?

    First, I find it hard to understand why so few write over here.

    Secondly, when Jeff posted his video lately, there where so many comments that my thought was like: Wow! where are all these people coming from? why do not they usually write something?

    Third, frankly, I would expect many more people writing over on a good and well done website like this one. And free from ads.!

    I do not know, I do not get it.


  11. Tania says:

    Hi! I have some news.
    Andre Rieu and his orchestra have performed throughout Europe and in Romania, too. He has performed more
    concerts in Romania with the tenors Bela Mavrek, Eric Raddet, Garry Bennett and the sopranoes
    Mirusia and Carmen Monarcha.
    “The Second Waltz” by the Russian composer Shostakovich was the greatest.

    Andre Rieu is associated with a revival of the waltz music category.
    He plays a 1667 Stradivarius violin. In 1987, he created the Johann Strauss Orchestra.
    Rieu became known as the modern “Waltz King”.

  12. Tania says:

    Hi! But and in my little town I can listen to classic music.
    I was at a concert and the orchestra performed the nicest chorus like
    Hunters’ Chorus by Carl Maria von Webber, Coro De Gitanos by Giuseppe Verdi,
    Servant’s Chorus by Donizetti, Soldiers’ Chorus from Faust by Charles Gounod.
    It was a mirific moment.

  13. Tania says:

    Hi! I read about William Zinsser. And I’m sorry. I rememeber that I tried to read his editorial
    “Zinsser on Friday” in 2011. I was happy that I could understand almost every word written by him.
    I regret that I did not continue to read his work.
    Always the same reason: the lack of time . It’s not true, but…

  14. Tania says:

    Hi! I hope that “The Fugitive” , the American movie, is that with Harrison Ford, the main character.
    It’s one of my favorite movies.
    For the moment, with my computer, unfortunately I can’t listen to our English lessons.
    I am very sorry that I can’t enjoy listening to you.

  15. Dan says:


    Reading that Jurassic World has made 500 million first weekend.

    I do not get that! Judging from the trailer is exactly like the ones before just with better CGI.

    Anyone seen the movie? I am not going to.


  16. emiliano says:

    Hi Dan, the problem could be we have nothing to say, being so it is really difficult to write, but by my point of view
    the blog is always “very polite”, it has not any argues that burn the fire of several opinions.
    Usualle people like to give their opinion about this or that and scarcelly there is a polemic from time to time.

    Of course that is my opinion about the subject you said above and be sure there are thousands that read the
    blog but there is not any way to said I agree, I don´t agree, my opinion is this or that, so please it is necessary
    from time to time to put some pepper in our writing.

    It is my fault too, my personallity has gone grey, too much problems at home.

    My best dear Dan. emiliano.

  17. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    I love your comments. I always have something else to learn. Thanks everyone.

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