Podcasts This Week (June 29, 2015)

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ESL Podcast 1116 – Reading and Processing Emails

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 scan” and “to process.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “E-cards.”
“Americans often send ‘greeting cards’ (printed, folded cards with an image on the front and a kind…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 509

Topics: American Playwrights – Arthur Miller; Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood; to evoke versus to invoke; fluently versus fluency; pronouncing bought and boat, late and let, and beer and bear

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Electric Company.”
The Electric Company is an American educational series that first aired on October 25, 1971…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ESL Podcast 1117 – Assembling Furniture

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 “part” and “bent.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Buying Used Furniture.”
“People who don’t want to pay “full price” (the price being charged for a new item in a store)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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7 Responses to Podcasts This Week (June 29, 2015)

  1. peter says:

    Did I ever mentioned that I love English cafe best.
    The way you unfold the whole story on English cafee episodes is amazing. It feels like you are chatting with us rather than lettering.
    They way you go about your lines on English caffe episod has an air of coolness about it.
    And I m still wondering All your English Cafe talks are improv talk or u just reading off pre-prepared notes. U know,I can’t tell!
    The way you carry yourself around English cafe is amazingly charming.
    I love English Cafe episodes best!!


  2. peter says:

    Dear peers ,
    I just purchased the two extra courses offering in “learn to English Magazine.”
    They are offered at a reasonable price compared to what we get on the courses.
    I listened to the first unit on each course. For what it is worth , I think, They are very current. I mean , the content of each unite is totally corresponding with the way people speak today.
    The applied terms and expressions embedded in each unit are up to date , and the story lines are very appealing. What is more, u get to listen to native speakers other than Jeff and Lucy which I , for one, think is very helpful in terms of improving our listening skills.
    I just subscribed to Warren’s webside too.there are some articles made by Warren in Learn English Magazine which I found very informative and educational. On the button of each article you will find a hyperlink that take you to the homepage of warren’s website where we can subscribe to news way of improving our English better and faster. I personally found the website hands-on ,in particular ,the email subscription.

    I indeed ,got a bang for my buck.



  3. Dan says:

    Hey Guys.

    Really! Celin Dion? nah nah please Jeff just do Elvis Presley’s impression, that was pretty good, but Celin nah nah.

    Please Lucy DO something STOP him before is too late. I do not know, fling a cat to his back while he’s practicing.

  4. peter says:

    Dear peers,
    My days of eking out is over.
    I landed the job. I m supposed to start Next Monday:)
    This Wednesday is first of July which is ” The Canada day ” -that is- the most important national holiday in Canada. It is the day Canada gained indeoendency over one century ago.
    So ,this week is too festive to start finding your feet in a new job.
    people are totally distracted by the fact. I see people taking two last days of this week off in order to make getaway plans.
    You know ,by-laws ,Wednesday is off . they are training , lining up if you will ,Thursday and Friday to Wednesday ,then throwing the weekend to the mix. The result would be a good 5/6 day-off. So, they make a full week holiday out of Canada day. The festivity is in the air as we speak here. I can smell it on every body walking pass by me.
    In Canada , Canadian day is treated like the holiday season. U see the places of business are lit up and a series of fire works is in order
    For canada day when it is dark outside at 10 PM.
    You know , the Government here has rearranged the statuary holidays and spread them out over the year in a way that there is a long weekend in each month. It gives people a chance to wind down a bit every month.besides, it is good for morale at workplaces. I guess I m speaking for everybody here to say that the monthly long weekend works as an incentive. It gives the momentum for working more energetic and enthusiastic as u always have an eye out for the up coming long weekend 🙂
    Trust me ,it is working like a charm.

    The only exception in this rule is Canada day they never fiddled with it.
    No matter what day of week Canada day fall in that day is a holiday. See , everything is and feels different with Canada day.

    Man ,I personally see Canada as a great country
    I feel blessed !!!


  5. Dan says:

    Hey Pete,

    I am so happy to read that. Congrats!

  6. peter says:

    Hey mates,
    I just received the email that Jeff kindly put together for us as to effective listening.
    I think I understand what Jeff means when he says :
    Quote “In other words, you should start listening to the way or manner in which people express ideas, not just to understand them, but to speak like them.” Unquote.

    I totally believe in what Jeff trying to convey here.
    In fact it happened to me a lot.
    One of the recent examples of it is what happened to me yesterday while I was trying to fax a legal document overseas.
    The content of the two-page long document was time sensitive and it had to be faxed over early in the morning. The only stationary store I know that puts in long hours weekdays and on weekends is a chained store called “FedEx.” I knew there is this spacious Fedex store located in central city the place where I used live back in my college days, in 2003-2004. I used to frequent the place for my copy work and stuff.
    I remembered the place is equipped with a bunch of copy and fax machines Lying at every corner and friendly staff who assist you with the machine.
    First thing in the morning , I headed directly there. As I mentioned before ,I was pressed for time so I didn’t have time to look up a store proximal to my place of residence.
    when I got there there were only three personal assisting three clients.
    I figured how hard could it be ,so I headed to the fax machine sitting right at the centre of the store.the fax machine looked different with a small device connected to it which later on I found out that it was a reader for charging credit cards. It was like they had revamped the whole fax machine on me. Needless to say , I could not figure my way around the machine ,so I had to wait for the staff to show me how it is done. It was a few minutes before one of the store people came to me and asked smiling :
    ” how can I help you ?”
    ” I have difficulties using the fax machine.” I replied sheepishly.
    She started giving me a rundown on how I can work the machine and somewhere along the line she pointed to the reader and said
    ” Insert your credit card into the slot and the machine will collect the fee.”
    That is it , it was the moment of my glory:)
    I didn’t know up until that moment that I can use the word collect when a reader is charging my credit cards.
    The moral of the story is exactly what Jeff is trying to tell us.
    I need to start listening selectively
    Thanks Jeff I got the message loud and clear

  7. heinzeric says:

    Hi Jeff,

    in accord with Dad I would recommend to stick to Elvis Presley interpretation. Your Friday ESL podcast inspired me on my weekly two hours commute back home to write a song for you to do so. Just sing it over the melody from one of the greatest songs of Elvis – you might know which – and sing:

    Oh, I’m a great assembler,
    assemble thinks from IKEA.
    I just need a hammer, screwdriver and drill,
    and, at last, duct tape, if you will.

    Your explaining in the podcast caused a smile in my face when it comes to your expirience with IKEA. It seems to be the same, all over the world.
    That connects all of us along to your great job here. Thanks to all of you,


    P.S. I keep listinig to your podcast.

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