Podcasts this Week (January 18, 2016)

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ESL Podcast 1174 – Describing Video Quality

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “cut” and “uniform.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Wedding Videography.”
“Wedding ‘videography’ (the process of filming and producing or creating a finished video of an event) is popular…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 538

Topics: Famous Americans – Daniel Boone; Famous Songs – “Somewhere over the Rainbow”

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In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about the org “Rainbow/PUSH.”
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ESL Podcast 1175 – Getting a Fresh Start

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to move on” and “to swear off.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Types of Divorce.”
“There are many types of “divorce” (the official end to a marriage)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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19 Responses to Podcasts this Week (January 18, 2016)

  1. Dan says:

    Hello everyone.

    I was thinking that it would be nice to have an unscripted/fee style podcast
    about Jeff’s experience from back when he moved to LA.
    It would be interesting to know his thoughts about the city before moving in
    if it met his expectations and what now.
    Also, how the city and its demographic has changed since then.
    What’s it like going back to Minnesota.


  2. Dan says:

    Hello everyone.

    I am going to make a confession.
    As with many other Europeans I am angry/fed up at what is going on here.
    My wake up call was Paris and after that Cologne.
    My hope is that our European leaders are going to fix this real quick.
    There are too many backward people that are incompatible with our western values that need to go out immediately.


  3. Dan says:


    Anyone here watching cringe compliations?
    The ones that really get me enraged are the ones about slam poetry.
    With those I have to keep myself from punching the wall.

    Do you guys enjoy hate-watching?

  4. Lisa says:

    Hi everyone, 

    first thanks for your positive reactions on my first post here 😉 Now I try a second one.

    @Dan, what do you mean in your post about Jeff, what do you want? I don’t exactly understand that.
    What I know from listening to the podcasts so far, he (Jeff) was born in Minnesota and now is living in LA. He has moved in the past, maybe for studying, maybe in the late 70’ ?!
    „…about Jeff’s experience from back when he moved to LA.“ What do you mean here „from back“ ?
    „What’s it like going back to Minnesota.“ Here you want to know whether he wants to go back to Minnesota?

    Back to Minnesota?? To the farms, the animals, the cows while brandishing a pitchfork? 😉

  5. Dan says:

    Ok sorry me again.

    I need to share this before throwing my phone against the wall.
    Have you seen that video of Yale student yelling at a teacher for Halloween
    costumes and when someone of the students say something the others
    snap their fingers instead of applauding?
    Why? Why did I watch it? Why?

  6. peter says:

    Ur comment on the existing demographic trend is inviting a broad debate that I m afraid goes beyond the scoop of the blog.
    It needs to be attended in a medium with a higher tolerance for swapping socially taboo ideas.

    But ,in a nutshell , I like ur take on the matter


  7. peter says:

    U know ,
    I buy into learning guid because it is really helpful.
    I have a lot of regrets but never been wistful about the day I signed up for learning guid.
    For a measly monthly fee of 10 dollars i m getting access to a lot of cool stuff.
    I literally double double my take ,on Eslpod by just $10 a month.
    U know ,10-11 pages of the most current words ,terms and expressions is sth that I don’t want to miss out on.
    Besides ,I get to follow along Jeff word by word as he addresses us on episods.let me tell ,I find it very helpful particularly on English Cafe episodes.

    Learning guid is something , I m telling you.

    It is not a bang , but a big blast for my buck

    It is not a sale pitch or sth folks , I m just stating a fact here.


  8. Dan says:

    Hi Lisa

    With that “back” I mean when he moved from one state to the other.
    Since I do not know the exact year I am using the indefinite “back”.

    Nope. I do not want to know when and if he’s going back.
    Only what it feels like visiting the places where he grew up and seeing no latinos. I am not sure how many Latinos are in Minnesota.

    Thanks bye everyone.

  9. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Hello, my friends. I’m still alive and reading your writings here. I ask God to bless you all with your family.

  10. Mari Carmen says:


    Hello Dan, if you are somehow upset, please don’t be too much.

    I’ve been thinking of what you said about Europe’s problems. I’ll try to express myself as better as possible. The idea would be: fixing problems by analysing facts under a historical point of view. That would imply to see how things were in the twentieth, nineteenth century and before: the colonies, the empires, the industrialization, the kingdoms (and queendoms, as well), the help of the USA (several times), and so on… I don’t know if Europe has what deserves… Perhaps Europe’s countries are able to solve the problem of terrorism, or not. Whenever they did, or even have done, I don’t know if they know how they did, or it just was a matter of serendipity. That way, there would not be time and place to stop and think, and we would be damned to make the same or similar mistakes, exactly like an intense drive to repeat constantly without any option for changing.

    I hope it makes any sense, thanks.

  11. Mari Carmen says:

    Hi, it’s me again

    I think i should have said from a historic point of view, instead of under a historical point of view.

    Bye, thanks

  12. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Hello, friends. Keep the torch lit.

  13. peter says:

    A great turnout


    I m having a staycation this coming week.still I will keep my ties with this page.
    Y know, Eslpod blog participation is a part of getaway trips.
    This time around my getaway is domestic not abroad.
    I was planing on going in a foriegn getaway but I crunched the numbers and realized it was gonna cost me an arm and leg.

    So , I hanged destination to somewhere close via a discount airline.


  14. peter says:

    I must say I love the punch line in the end.

    It is very clever Lucy



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  16. Lisa says:

    @Dan, thank you for explanation your words.

    @all, Wednesday ESL Podcast topic the song „Somewhere over the Rainbow“. I’m looking forward to hear something about this song, which I like, although it is a bit sad in my opinion. Most I like the version from these corpulent hawaiian singer, but maybe (I hope! 😉 ) Jeff sings, that could be the first time I listen to that song make me laugh.


    (it would be nice to get a short feedback if something in my text above is completely written wrong or unusual, thanks)

  17. Dan says:

    Hey Lisa.

    I am not sure your “I am looking forward to” is correct.
    Should not “I am looking forward to” be followed by a -ing form of the word?
    I am not 100% sure though. Use the search toolbox on the main page I am sure they have explained that on some blog or podcast.

    After that shouldn’t “singer” be plural? That’s because earlier you are using “these” that means more than one.

    Anyways, do not worry too much. We do not usually correct one another.

  18. Lisa says:

    Dan, thank you, you are right.

    – it is 1 singer: „these“ is wrong, correct is „this“
    – „I am looking forward to hearing …“ yours is correct, that is the tricky thing with the gerund…

    No, I don’t worry, I made my thoughts about the reason you don’t correct one another here and yes, now I think permanent correcting each other would make the blog pretty chaotic. 😉


  19. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    ESL Podcast 1175 – Getting a Fresh Start is awesome. New teaching and new understanding. It is useless to say that Jeff and Lucy are behind the lesson as usual. I am so thankful.

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