Podcasts this Week (September 21, 2015)

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ESL Podcast 1140 – Dealing With a Language Barrier

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to get to the bottom of” and “paper trail.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Bilingual Immersion School Programs.”
“In the United States, many children learn only English in school, possibly with two to…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 521

Topics: Famous Americans – Jackson Pollock; American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; to restrain versus to refrain versus to subside; velocity versus quickness; to have been down that road before

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In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Ham the Astrochimp.”
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ESL Podcast 1141 – Proofreading a Document

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “major” and “to be riddled with.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Style Guides.”
“A ‘style guide’ is a set of rules about how documents should be written, designed, and produced…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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16 Responses to Podcasts this Week (September 21, 2015)

  1. Dan says:

    Hello guys.

    How are you all doing? I am good.

    As I am writing this, it’s Sunday morning. Outside is a beautiful sunny day, little bit windy. and the sky is soo blue. Very nice.

    Listening to Pod 1140 I was surprised to hear Jeff using C.A..
    But as himself explained it only is for teaching purposes. Just to let us understand that better.

    We use that same term in Italy as well.
    Among my coworkers there is one that has taken CYA at levels never witnessed by human beings. He’s an expert.
    Believe me when I say that every single step he makes there is CYA involved/in the mix.
    We make fun of him for that of course.

    Anyways, while I respect Jeff’s policy on bad words, I cannot help but thinking terms such as CYA are simple to remember, funny, short and comunicate the message really effectively.

    What do you guys think about that?

    thanks and have a nice week everyone.

  2. Dan says:

    One more thing, sorry.

    I have this feeling Lucy is more open using that kind of language than Jeff. I do not know.
    Like in 1140 Jeff has to read what Lucy wrote I guess and I had the feeling he’s not happy with that.

    I am not an expert on this kind of topics so I do not really have an opinion. I just respect and accept what the podcaster wanna do with his/er creation.


  3. peter says:


    Interesting !

    My typo riddled comments always need proofreading.
    The thing is I m too lazy to go over it and right what is wrong.
    I do all my corresponding here via my iPhone since ,as I mention on several occasion , I m not a proud owner of an
    iPad or computer of any kinds.

    As you are all familiar with smart phones , the finger touch keyboard on the iPhone is too cramp.by that I mean too tiny for my brawny fingers. You know ,I m a big guy.
    As a result ,Everytime I depress the keyboard my fingers brush the adjacent words on the key board too. I tend to type fast without any pause to look back to what I wrote. It is like I m talking to u guys. So , the autocorrect sometimes mess up my words.
    It is like the damn phone has a mind of its own and sometimes enjoys messing up with me.:)))
    As I m a lazy pants ,I barely track back and conserve the typo errors.
    I leave then open to interpretation :)))

    I know ,you guys have a hard time reading my ragtag ,cockamamie comments. Well , no worries!
    Even me ,myself ,can’t make heads and tails out of them

    I better punch out

  4. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Finally they came, the podcasts for the week. Every week end I expect this occasion to enjoy. The thing I like about it is that I always learn something new to improve my English.

  5. peter says:

    You know ,every language has a dark side to it.
    Trust me, the dark side makes u look cool. Makes u look pip.
    Like any other languages out there ,Profanity is an inherent part of English language.
    I must say ,I don’t mind if we get our feet wet there.
    I m not saying we need to go all the way; all I m saying is that a touch of rough language could come handy at the time of crises.

    We can’t keep it always clean. Things get nasty sometimes.


  6. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Dan and Pete are back, but how about the others? Where are they? I miss you people, please don’t go.

  7. Tania says:

    Don’t forget! On September 24 we celebrate Jeff’s birthday.



  8. Tania says:

    I like very much the “Rose Garden” song.(English Cafe 518)

    I beg your pardon,
    I never promised you a rose garden.
    Along with the sunshine,
    There’s gotta be a little rain sometimes.
    Well, if sweet-talkin’ you could make it come true,
    I would give you the world right now on a silver platter.
    Come along and share the good times while we can.

  9. Tania says:

    In my opinion, a very good advice for all of us, our blog friends.

    Come along and share the good times while we can.

  10. peter says:

    Dear peers ,
    I just listen to the latest of jeff in the eslpod series.
    Allow me to back up my standpoint with a briskey example :
    Just imaging a scenario in which you are playing a competitive game that taunting the oppenent is half of the joy, the thril if u will. In fact ,the gane thrives bcause if taunting.
    I mean ,the game is gonna be dead boring ,otherwise.
    I m not a sore looser or a gracious winner but I do play just to taunt.

    Just imagine You are playing tennis table or a computer game in an arcade with ur friends. Your friend starts taunting you ,playfully ofcourse. He comes at you with all the vulgure words he knows. Well ,to retaliate you need to pull up big guns. But ,guess what! U don’t have any big guns to begin with as you never learn the dark side of the language.
    So you just stand there and take it with no retorts. U basically take the fun out of the competition.
    U see where I m coming from.
    I ll tell u what, in real world things turn ugly sometimes.

    Peace out

  11. Tania says:

    Talking about the Statue of Liberty, I have found “The New Colossus” , the Emma Lazarus’s poem (English Cafe 517),
    on Wikipedia and not at my public library.
    In 1903, the poem was engraved on a bronze plaque and mounted inside the lower level of the pedestal
    of the Statue of Liberty.

    May I share this historical poem with you while we can?

    The New Colossus

    Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
    With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
    Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
    A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
    Is the imprisoned lightning , and her name Mother of Exiles.
    From her beacon-hand
    Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
    The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
    “Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
    With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest – tost to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

  12. Tania says:

    As Jeff’s birthday is this week, I think this is the reason for that he has released Learn English Magazine No.8.
    I have just read only two or three articles.
    I like Learn English Magazine very much and its video, too.
    Thank you.

  13. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Happy birhday Jeff. Unfortunately, you’re one year older. As the year goes by we are older and older. That’s the rule.

  14. peter says:

    Happy birthday chief Jeff,

    Dear peers
    It is Tania who every year reminds us of jeff’s birthday. She is something ,isn’t she ?

    It is A nice gesture on your part.
    Birthday greetings are the least we can do in return for Jeff’s generous, thoughtful gift of his intimate knowledge and experience in the field.
    The same as Lucy and Warren.

    I assume you know Lucy’s birthday too

    Thanks Tania

  15. Tania says:

    Hi Peter,
    Be sure that I know as I love and appreciate very much our dear teachers, and all ESLPodcast team,
    and now and Learn English Magazine team.
    Thank you.

  16. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Hi everyone, just waiting for tomorrow with a new ESL podcast. New topic, new learning. Are you longing for it?

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