Podcasts this Week (February 15, 2016)

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ESL Podcast 1182 – Finding a Parking Space

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “curb” and “treat.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Disability License Plates and Placards.”
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English Cafe 542

Topics: Famous Americans – Benjamin Franklin; Lowriders; mentor versus role model versus hero; take it ‘til you make it; dice roll

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In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Royal Chicano Air Force.”
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ESL Podcast 1183 – Air and Water Pollution

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In the “Culture Note,” learn about the “Energy Star” program.
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18 Responses to Podcasts this Week (February 15, 2016)

  1. Pete says:

    Hello world

    Happy Valentine’s Day

    There is a mistique attached to Valentine’s Day.
    Nobody exactly knows how the Saint Valentine’s Day started.
    There are a bunch of stories credited to being the origin of it.
    However , there no telling from which the whole tradition sprung.

    Tomorow is a holiday around here and I m off. The holiday is dubbed “family day.”
    So , as u kind of guess , it is definitely is not my day, being single an all. Still , I get to enjoy a day off from work.:))

    Well , as I mentioned before like milion times, I have no life partner of any kind which happens to be profitable thing today.:)
    I don’t need to go out of my way and spend an arm and foot on gifts and resturant bills to keep the event romantic enough for my girlfriend.:)

    I don’t know , In my opinion , romance is over rated. Saving money instead is underrated.

    Anyway , valentine ‘s day is the day that I celebrate saving money but overspending money on being watching , being eating, and being shopping. 🙂

    A distinction without a difference right?:)

    My friend thinks my long standing tradition of overspending on Valentin’s day is psychological: an endogenous reaction to being alone in the celebration of togetherness , compassion , and love.

    I know how I always reply when my friends got on their high horse about it?
    I succintly response :

    “You think ?”:)

    Pete 🙂

  2. Dan says:

    Hello everyone.

    I don’t know you guys but I have been following the Rep/Dem debates with the help of a new hero of mine Ben Shapiro. He’s breaking it down for me.
    I love his podcast.
    Again, I do not agree with everything the guy stands for but he’s brilliant.

    Right now I like three people and they are:
    Howard Stern
    Gad Saad
    Ben Shapiro

    Do you guys know what these people have in common?
    That are all Jews.

    Gad Saad is an atheist though.
    I am not sure about Stern but he’s probably an atheist as well.

    Ben Shapiro is an Orthodox Jew.

    I just thought about sharing with you guys. That’s all.


  3. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    That’s what I was talking about. New podcst with new subject. Goo one, Jeff. Thanks.
    Aecio from beautiful Brazil, where there is no sin.

  4. Dan says:

    Hey Pete.

    Let me ask you this:
    We know you are single, the question is: Do you wanna stay single, are you actively looking for a girlfriend?

    Like you I have been single for the last 5 years and a half and I am not active on looking for a woman. If I get to meet one by chance good! the opposite of that is good too. It’s not a huge problem for me.
    I am going to admit though that solitude sometimes it’s hard.


  5. Pete says:

    I m missing out on a lot.

    I just coming back from my weekly grocery shopping. Therr is this chain grocery stores I typically pick up my grocery item from called ” metro.”
    Today ,
    As I steeped in to grab a shopping cart, I noticed a kaleidoscope of love candies , cakes with “happy Valentine’s Day” icing on them , teddy Bears , and many more stacked up right in the middle of the store for people to buy.

    It is a mouth watery scenery.


  6. Pete says:

    Fist off ,
    It is not easy to meet women in Toronto.i mean , it is not an easy task.
    The last time I checked man to women ration here ,I m guessing, was 4 to one or sth.
    So , as the figure suggest , it is a very competitive field around here.
    The ratio definitely favours women.
    However for men ,It takes a lot of work and dedication to meet a potentially suitable woman.
    Am I committed that much. I must say “no”
    Am I a recluse ? Again , no

    If anything ,I m a sociable person who like to mingle with people.

    Honest , I go out there I try my shots with women but I keep stroking out.
    If u call this active pursuit well I m vigorously looking for a mate.

    as far as Iknow , the key to meet women in Tornto is a big network so u can meet women through people u know.

    U know , the truth is ,in GTA areas Girls are not that responsive in club and bar scenes.


  7. Tania says:

    Happy New Year to Lili and to all our Chinese blog friends!

    Best wishes,


  8. Tania says:


    Dear Emiliano, happy to see you again with us.
    Maybe you can try to write us more.
    We miss you.

    Best wishes,


  9. Tania says:

    Dear Mari Carmen, reading again your comment about “political correct” I could understand it better.
    My problem was that I forgot the meaning of the word “euphemism” even if in my language we say “eufemism”.
    An euphemism is a mild expression substituted for one considered improper or too harsh.
    Thank you.

  10. Dan says:


    I was looking at the reactions over the passing of Supreme
    Court Antonin Scalia.
    Wow! He was a polarizing figure.
    Many on the left are kind of celebrating his death while
    most of those on the right are mourning him as this great
    defender of the constitution as it was written originally.

    For what I get now the President could in theory appoint an new judge but many are against that for fears that the court is going to lean too much to the left.

    Well we’ll see what is goin to happen next.

    One other interesting thing is going on is this new move certain central banks around the world are adopting to go
    minus with interest rates. I am not sure it happened before.
    I do not remember that happening.
    Maybe Jeff that is a fond reader of financial articles, if I remember that correctly could elaborate more on that for us.
    I know he’s not a economic expert or financial advisor but I kind of sense that he knows enough.


  11. Tania says:

    In Learn English Magazine, Lucy explains us the meaning of the saying, “spare the rod and spoil the child”.
    For the moment I was thinking about “spoiled food”, and I couldn’t translate it.
    But to spoil means and to harm the character of a person by lack of discipline or excessive generosity.
    So if we do not use a rod at the children’s bottoms ( beating them) we’ll have a spoiled child, a pampered child,
    treated very indulgently.
    There are many debates on TV about to use or not to use the rod with our children.
    A child can do anything he wants, if not, the Child Protection will take your child taking into account
    the Norway law.
    We do not agree with the corporal punishment, physical abuse… still a child has to know that there are
    some limits in his behaviour. But nor the saying “I gave birth to you , I kill you”.
    He can’t do anything. He has no sense of discrimination ( to choose, to have good taste or judgment).
    We have a saying , “where mother beats, it is growing”, as mother touches with love not to hurt.
    Our schools don’t use any kind of corporal punishment, too.

    A spoiled child, current and interesting topic.
    Thank you.

  12. Dan says:


    A couple of things.
    First, I have noticed that every time Presidential candidate Cruz open his mouth, he is always so dramatic it always seems to be the most important speech of his life. But maybe it’s just me.

    I mentioned him because I was reading an article where he said:
    “a lame-duck president…”
    I rememberd to having heard of the term lame-duck before.
    I have found the explanation in one of Warren’s blog posts.


  13. lili:) says:

    Thank you Dear Emiliano, Tania, Pete and everyone who wished me a Happy Chinese New Year of the Monkey which started on the 8th February this year.

    I’m sorry for being so slow in thanking you all. I have enjoyed read all of your comments and wanted to join in, but simply couldn’t finish writing a comment here before falling asleep.

    I guess reading all of the funny comments above used up all my energy already.

    Anyway, thanks again to all my friends here for being so kind in remembering me when Chinese New Year comes. I had been busy having reunion meals with my siblings, quite unhealthy and tiring actually, but couldn’t avoid the tradition.

    Look forward to reading more enjoyable comments from you all.

    Best Regards


  14. Dan says:

    Really! Aecio.
    There is no sin in Brazil..are you kidding?
    First thing comes to mind thinking of Brazil is back side of girls.
    Not only there disclaim in Brazil, it is a modern time Babylonia.
    That’s what I think.


  15. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Hi, Dan. What do you understand of sin? Sin is that thing you do intentionally, by purpose, even though you know it is against God’s law.
    Oh boy!

  16. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    I bet you’re not a sinner.

  17. Pete says:

    I bet ,u r liked by many around the blog ,including me.


  18. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    About ESL Podcast 1183 – Air and Water Pollution, the woprld population should be careful with air and water, two things men need to live on this planet. Since men invented money they have been running after the paper, no matter what it takes, but the resources are going out.
    Aecio, from beautiful Brazil, even with dengue, chicungunya and zica virus. God will provide the solution.

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