Podcasts this Week (February 29, 2016)

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ESL Podcast 1186 – Being in a Severe Storm

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to get (something) straight” and “eye.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “SKYWARN.”
“Almost 290,000 ‘volunteers’ (people who work without receiving payment) serve as severe storm ‘spotters’ …” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 544

Topics:  The Boston Tea Party; American Authors – Edna St. Vincent Millay; biological parent versus birth parent versus real parent; existing versus existent; That’s going to do it for today

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In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Sergeant Stubby.”
“Sergeant Stubby was a dog, either a ‘Boston Terrier’ (a type of small dog, often black and white in color)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ESL Podcast 1187 – Visiting Churches, Mosques, and Temples

In the Learning Guide: Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear), vocabulary list and sample sentences, and comprehension questions.
In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to cover up” and “to give (someone) the boot.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Significant Mosques in the United States.”
“The United States has been called a ‘melting pot’ (a country made of people from many different countries)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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12 Responses to Podcasts this Week (February 29, 2016)

  1. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    I can’t believe my name is in the dialog on ESL Podcast 1186 – Being in a Severe Storm. American and British people say that my name is hard to spell, it is a name not found easily. This time I can say Jeff spelled it not perfectly but kind of good. I am very proud of it. Congratulations Jeff. You rule.
    Aecio from beautiful Brazil. Come and see for yourself that I am not lying.

  2. Mari Carmen says:


    I am so dissapointed that Jeff didn’t sing Shake your booty… I suppose he was referring to the legendary KC and the sunshine band.


  3. Dan says:

    Hello guys..

    How are you doing?
    Here it’s a wet weekend the poor crows are all wet and they earned
    peanuts, walnuts and cookies.

    This last week one of the several people I follow on Twitter, his name is Ben
    Shapiro, gave a speech at CSULA.
    I followed the all thing and it was depressing and fun at the same time.
    First there was an attempt by the President William Covino (Italian surname)
    to cancel/censure the event just because Shapiro is a conservative basically.
    He went anyway and I watched the streaming live, here it was late at night.
    It’s unbelievable! there were students blocking the entrance to the event to
    other students who wanted to listen to what This guy has to say.
    That’s crazy.
    Rightly so during his speech he called out those people and referred to them as “spoiled brat snowflakes” and “fascists”.
    Well that was fun and I agree with Mr. Shapiro.
    I cannot wait to see when those snowflakes get a job in the real world how they can survive.


  4. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Mari Carmen, I heard that one case of trnsmission of zica through sex was found in Europe. So, better be careful.

  5. Mari Carmen says:

    Yeah, I am very frightened, can’t you see how i am shivering.

  6. Dan says:

    Hey guys.

    I am on YouTube trying to find interesting people possibly guided by common sense.
    I think I have found a couple of them recently. They are both gay.
    One is I a male and his name is Milo Yannopulous and he is fighting back
    the so called 3rd wave crazy feminists.

    The other one is a female and her name is Camille Paglia. She is a teacher of art, I believe. Interesting character.


  7. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    As always, English Cafe 544 came to be a good one. I remember about tea party in Boston Parlor I studied in school. In fact, it was unfair to tax people living in the colony without having a representative in England. I am not expert in history but all I have to say is that British government was not right and therefore they had what they deserved.
    Aecio from beautiful Brazil. Come to see Brazil before it goes out of business.

  8. Pete says:

    Today is supper Tusday

    Hillary is likely to do well tonight.
    I m crossing my fingers


  9. Amir says:

    Dear Dr. Jeff and Tse
    I am very grateful of you to produce such as these podcast. One of accept of your podcast is you spelling all of new word. I always listen to your podcasts in my car come and back to work why my work place is very far from of my home 2 hours go and 2 hours back so I have plenty of time to learn.When you spell one word I completely understand it in my car.
    I know many podcasts and listen to them often but the best and greatest of them is your podcasts. All the listener are accept it from me.
    By the way your singing is good please do not hesitate and shame to sing we at least me enjoy of them.

    Best regards

  10. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    I was right. ESL Podcast 1187 – Visiting Churches, Mosques, and Temples is awesome. As always I had new words, new knowledge, as I like. Thanks Jeff and Lucy.
    Aecio from beautiful green and yellow Brazil.

  11. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Just waiting for tomorrow. I can’t wait.
    Aecio below the line of equator.

  12. Lisa says:


    I’ve found a small comic-movie which explains “Boston Tea Party“ for kids. Since it is created for kids, the english is quite easy to understand so it was fun for me to look at.
    If anyone wants to watch, search for a website called “awesome stories”, then search for “Boston Tea Party“, then click “Boston Tea Party – Act of Defiance“.

    Thank you for the interesting English Cafe 544 and, of course, the podcasts at all. Great work! 


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