Podcasts this Week (January 4, 2016)

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ESL Podcast 1170 – Naming Children

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to steer clear of” and “odd.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Placeholder Names.”
“Some names are used as ‘placeholder’ (with a temporary position, holding place for something else)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 536

Topics: Ask an American – Corporate Data Security; consulting versus consultancy; to conduct versus to operate; jinxAsk an American – Corporate Data Security; consulting versus consultancy; to conduct versus to operate; jinx

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In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Hacker Terminology.”
“Most people think of ‘hackers’ as people who ‘seek’ (look for) and ‘exploit’…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ESL Podcast 1171 – Cancelling a Service

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “account” and “to bear with (one).”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Cooling-off Periods.”
“Sometimes ‘purchasers’ (people who buy something) experience ‘buyer’s remorse,’…”- READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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9 Responses to Podcasts this Week (January 4, 2016)

  1. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    ESL Podcast 1170 – Naming Children is awesome. Different from the previous ones. Thanks Jeff for the opportunity.

  2. peter says:

    The first week lesson entries of year 2016

    I like to see people participate en-masse in Eslpod blog interactions this year.

    Well ,I have no kids ,although , learning a thing of two about naming kids has its perks.

    I am leaning toward this English Cafe episode and the Friday dialog on cancelling service.


  3. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Hello, Pete. Glad to hear about you. Happy New Year for you and your family. I am here in Brazil as always.

  4. peter says:

    You too Aecio

    All the best mate

    May the force be with you.


  5. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Pete, may God bless you this year.

  6. Mari Carmen says:

    Good morning there,

    Yeah, it is a conversation very interesting

    What is it the weather like over there? Is it sunny or is it cloudy?

    Have a nice day, or whatever 😉

  7. Mari Carmen says:

    Hey, hi

    Back in my country, the holiday season hasn’t finished yet.

    Tomorrow is the day of the Wise Men who bring lots of presents to the children. Children believe that these Three Wise Men are real until they realise it is impossible for those three adored aged men who ride a camel each in uncomfortable clothes could deliver such an amount of pieces for joy to everybody during the sleep time. It is not just a matter of logic itself, it is a question of brain growth.

    Today afternoon, parents hustle to make their last purchases buying toys, video games, smartphones, tablets, even books, eager to fulfil their children’s wishes. They also buy or cook a delicious ring-shaped dessert which, surprisingly enough, is eaten as breakfast on 6th January.

    As I mentioned, this Three King’s cake seems like a big-big zero. I don’t know in Los Angeles, California, but here that number is the worst grade a student may obtain after doing an exam. But that is another story.

    I admit that I have not listened to the first episode of the year so I didn’t have the chance to asses it. Not for a special reason, I usually hear several podcasts in a row while I do the ironing. My iron time is at the end of the week. A tradition. I love it. I mean, I love being able to do two things at the same time. (By the way, doing the ironing makes me happy too). I know that one of those arguments of feminists to prove their superiority over men is that they actually can do several things at the same time, so some men, wishing to try to cool them down say: “remember that I am a man and I only can manage one stuff at the same time…” It is funny that defensive way of expressing oneself, isn’t it?

    I know that a woman assuming that she enjoys that kind of “activities” may be suspicious of male sexist. Instead of that, to work for women’s liberation what women must do is to teach men how to iron. Well, I can’t help love smoothing out of clothes, bed sheet and table linen, sorry. However, in my defence, I wonder if, to avoid traumatic impressions to our little daughters and for the sake of the youth in general, we should all claim for an alternative Three Wise Women’s Day to guarantee a proper equality between men and women.

    I wish you that tomorrow be a magic and happy day, best wishes.

  8. Dan says:

    Hey Mari.

    This is Dan writing from Italy.
    Could you please tell us the country you are from?

    That cake you are talking about is basically a giant doughnut.

    To tell you the truth I have heard a lots of BS from the feminists but never that argument of being able to do more tasks at once.

    Lastly, I have a better idea. Instead of adding the three wise women, why don’t we get rid of the three wise men? That’s better, isn’t it?.

    Thanks bye.

  9. Mari Carmen says:

    Hello, Dan

    Well, the visual effect as well as the taste of the Three King’s Cake are quite different from doughnuts. The main ingredient of its dough is orange flower water, which gives it a peculiar flavour.

    Every cake hides a little plastic or ceramics gift, but nobody knows exactly where it is. People in the family get together to eat it and everyone eats their portion. The one who gets the little present inside is supposed to pay for the cake or give the money to whom bought it. You see, tomorrow’s breakfast could be compared to a board game!

    Although the Three Wise Men festivity comes from a religious tradition, and mainly due to that, it is the symbol of the human being (the Three Kings) adoring and caring for a new-born baby (Jesus). In my humble opinion, it represents the magic connection between not only parents but also grandparents and children. For those and for other reasons, I would not change the gender of these three respectful characters that come from Orient to Spain.

    Thanks, bye

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