Podcasts this Week (October 5, 2015)

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ESL Podcast 1144 – Being Assertive and Meek

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to be done with it” and “bold.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Employee Assistance Programs.”
“Many large employers offer ’employee assistance programs’ (EAP) as part of their ‘benefits package’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 523

Topics: American Movies – Frankenstein; Famous Americans – James Brown; to boost versus to foster versus to encourage; funky; right as rain

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In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Munsters.”
“The popular 1960s television ‘comedy’ (entertainment to make people laugh) The Munsters ‘centered around’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ESL Podcast 1145 – Using Herbs and Spices in Cooking

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “seed” and “dash.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Kitchen Staff.”
“‘Professional kitchens’ (usually kitchens in a very nice restaurant or hotel, where people have studied…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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19 Responses to Podcasts this Week (October 5, 2015)

  1. peter says:

    Well , When I m grumpy I m curt and brusque. It doesn’t fall in being-assertive-category but close enough.
    I m reserved but not meek. I am blunt but not rude.
    Well, honest I was a pushover and meek growing up.
    I mumbled In this inner monologue. I mean I always spoke under my breath and yielded to the will of others.i never stand my ground.
    Yup ,you guessed right ! I was a people pleaser.
    My older brother was a willful child ,though. He always has your way.he was manipulative. He is still is. Let’s just say ,we are not in good terms.
    Well , i was deemed polite as a child. He was viewed as a brat. He was brute and bully. He picked up a fight everyday at school. He is a massive guy: Big and tall.
    In retrospective , his way of doing things was the way to go. Man, I was an stupid ,coward child.
    Well , things has changed now.
    I gradually dropped the sheepishly meek attitude and assumed ,rather take up a fierce one.

    Well ,honest , I have mellowed over time
    Still, I never take anything lying down and I don’t let anybody to push me around not even men upstairs at work.
    I tell it like it is and don’t care what people think of me.

    Well , this is me standing my ground in this cut-through world

    See ya
    I tell it like it is.

  2. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    As always, I’m the first to post my words here and I’m proude of myself. Come on, guys, don’t go away. Come to ESL podcast and be happy.

  3. peter says:

    My preference this week goes to “spice and herb.”
    I bet it is gonna be a tasty episod that will work up our appetites.
    I have a watery mouth already.

    Thanks Lucy already for composing another fruitful week in the land of Eslpod.
    I can’t wait for Jeff to tell us all about it.


  4. Tania says:

    Hi Dan,
    Very interesting your comment on CIA website. Thank you.

    Hi Peter,
    Thank you for your sincerity. Your writing tone is serious and funny at the same time.
    I like it. Thank you.

    Hi lili, hi Aecio.

    Best wishes to you all.

  5. Tania says:

    Dear Emiliano, I have forgotten to salute.
    Hi, Emiliano.
    We are waiting for some lines from you.
    We miss you, Cuca and Gatuffo, and of course some wonderful poetry.
    You know that I like poetry.

  6. Tania says:

    Thank you for the explanation of the word “ultimate”.
    There was a confusion to me, ultimate with ultimatum, as we use the same word ultimatum.
    Ultimatum means a final demand or statement of terms, a declaration of war.

    Very, very interesting the word “revenue” that means money, tax.

  7. Tania says:

    Thank you for the explanation of the phrase Ph.D.
    As you said, according to the dictionary Ph.D. means only Doctor of Philosophy.

    In The Bonfire of the Vanities I have found FDR highway, that means Franklin Delano Roosevelt highway.

  8. Tania says:

    Learn English Magazine No.8…
    Reading Up Early for the Dreaded Debate I was thinking about the old English proverb,
    “Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”.
    Maybe this is the secret to become a Ph.D. like Jeff or Lucy.
    I always wondered how ordinary people, especially Americans, can speak in a so natural tone with no shyness
    at TV, at an interview. At school they learn about how to talk in public.
    And I think the answer is in these speech and debate as regular classes at school.
    We have all kind of competitions at school, but not a speech and debate competition.
    Almost every year the curriculum is changed, that’s why I do not know exactly all classes.
    We have something on communication, but I do not know if it is a speech and debate class.

  9. Tania says:

    I’d like to know more about this kind of extracurricular activities.
    Maybe a small simulation between Jeff and Lucy at our ESLPodcast lessons.
    Or more details in Learn English Magazine.
    Or Up Early for the Dreaded Debate No.2.
    Thank you.

  10. Tania says:

    We adopted the same terms at school such as curriculum and after school activities.

    I am not a sport fan but I have read with pleasure “Professional Sports Team Names in the
    National Basketball Association or NBA”.
    I have learned a new word “laker”, and many others.

  11. Tania says:

    I like this game of words, so why is “so” so popular? And the video , too.
    Thank you.

  12. Tania says:

    I have not known that to observe means and to obey.
    Thank you for the phrase savvy observer, savvy consumer.

    Yes, we have started to read online reviews and in my country.

  13. Tania says:

    Last evening I wanted to read Learn English Magazine.
    Learn English Magazine No. 9 was loading.
    It was Sunday. So Learn English Magazine team works and Sunday.
    Hard work to edit a magazine.

  14. Dan says:

    Hey everyone! How are you doing? I am doing well.

    I am getting deeper and deeper into that black hole that is You Tube. So much to bee seen.

    Today as I was watching a news conference by NASA about their new findings about flowing water on the surface of Mars. Posted September 28th 2015.

    As I was listening to these scientists, I thought, “I love these people”. You know why?

    Because they say phrases such as “we do not know yet” “we do not know, we need more evidence”

    I like that. Not like certain people that pretend to have all the answers.

    Anyways, thanks to NSASA and ESA for spreading knowledge and for doing the investigation on how the world around us really works.

    This week I have been given a week off. I have nothing on my schedule so I guess I will be sucked in into into the black hole.

    Have a good week everyone

  15. Tania says:

    Have a good time, Dan!

  16. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    I knew English Café this Tuesday would be awesome, as I saw it this morning. The most interesting thing was Frankenstein, a horrible creature, with stitches on the forehead, tall and ugly, looking scaring. When I was a little boy I used to go to the movie theater and watch his movies, usually on sundays. I enjoyed it so much but my fellows used to xcream with fear. It was so amazing.
    Thanks Jeff for the opportunity.

  17. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Yes, Peter, people are coming back to ESL podcast. That was what you said and you were right. I feel the group is increasing fast. Good for us.

  18. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    The today’s ESL podcast is outstanding. Don’ miss it.

  19. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    I mean ESL Podcast 1145 – Using Herbs and Spices in Cooking.

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