Podcasts this Week (April 4, 2016)

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ESL Podcast 1196 – Checking Facts and Figures

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 issue” and “to flag.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “New Journalism.”
“‘New Journalism’ is a style of writing and of news reporting in which the ‘reporter’ (the person who reports or presents the news) is less…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 549

Topics: Musicals – Porgy and Bess; Tupperware; finish versus objective versus destination; to tumble short of (one’s) dreams, to form a habit, and to leave (something alone); to call it a day/night

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Pyramid Schemes.”
“A ‘pyramid scheme’ is a ‘business model’ (plan for making money) that promises participants…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ESL Podcast 1197 – Reaching a Legal Settlement

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 pay out” and “the long and short of it.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Binding Arbitration.”
“‘Binding arbitration’ is a way for two parties to end a dispute without involving the courts…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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18 Responses to Podcasts this Week (April 4, 2016)

  1. Dan says:

    Unbelievable what happened!

    Sorry I didn’t say hello.

    The supposed to be land of free speech, freedoms, and liberty
    just censored the president of France saying the two “magic” words!?.
    I am really….negatively surprised by this “little” event.

    Nah nah POTUS that’s not a good sign..

    I do not even understand why people do those things..nowadays there are cameras everywhere…do they really thinks no one is going to notice?

    Just leave the video as it was and probably nobody is going to notice anything.

    Anyway, have a good weekend everyone.

  2. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Hello, friends. ESL Podcast 1196 – Checking Facts and Figures is awesome. I’m always up to news like in this podcast. No one is too old to learn. There is always something you don’t know about, and it may be important in your life.
    Aecio from Brazil.

  3. Dan says:

    Hey Aecio you forgot to mention there is no sin in Brazil..does that mean there is? A little bit..

    Anyway, I was reading an article and stumbled across this new and curious term “LITMUS TEST”
    I am trying to understand what it means.
    I am going to leave it there, maybe Jeff one day is going to explain that too.
    I haven’t found it in the search tool.


  4. Dan says:


    You know what?
    When I knew little about the US and its gun culture, I was like the average European questioning why do you need a gun.
    But now, after reading, listening to arguments directly from gun owners, and growing a more profound knowledge of American culture, thanks also to this website of course, NOW I kind understand why many people over there want guns.
    And not just that, I would probably get one too! A Beretta probably from the Italian manufacturing company.
    Did you guys know that Beretta was making guns, like 400 years ago? Wow.


  5. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    No, Dan, I didn’t forget to mention, it is implicit.
    Aecio, from beautiful Brazil. Green and yellow.

  6. Lisa says:

    Hi Dan,

    the term “litmus test” I know in german “Lackmustest”. It’s not a common term in german, I’ve found the explanation in Wikipedia. If my english would be better, I could explain it to you.
    I try it: originally it’s a term of chemistry, to determinate the ph-quote. In english it’s a saying, a litmus test is a decision with a judging character, this decision shows how to classify a situation. In german the more common word would be “Prüfstein”, in english “touchstone”.
    Do you understand?

  7. Dan says:

    Hi there Lisa, thanks.

    Now I see! I am so stupid. Think that I have even used prufstein many times
    in the past. Italian for it ^cartina tornasole^
    in my profession water is very important, we treat water with chemicals on order to lower its Ph and then keep it at that level that’s why I have used prufstein many times in the past. Now it’s done with an electric tool.


  8. Tania says:

    According to the Oxford American Dictionary, LITMUS is a blue coloring matter that is turned red by acids and can be restored to blue by alkalis.
    Litmus paper is a paper stained with this, used to tell whether a solution is acid or alkaline.

    Like Aecio says, we always have something to learn.

    Best wishes,


  9. Dan says:

    Hi me again.

    Speaking of guns, one of my colleagues possess a gun. It’s a revolver.
    It’s not complicated to get one here. You have to take a class then a background check on your criminal records, after that a medical evaluation
    to see if you are crazy.
    After several months you get the permission to purchase.
    The only thing preventing me to buy one is that if you’ll ever get the chance of using it, you are in a sea of trouble.
    We are so stupid that I believe you cannot even shoot someone that breaks into your house.
    Recently I read a local article of a man, a shopkeeper, that shot and killed someone attempting to rob his store.
    He had to pay hundreds of thousands to the family of the criminal! Unbelievable! I bet that if tell this one to some Americans they are going to think we are crazy.

    Bye ciao!

  10. Dan says:

    I was thinking that instead of class related ti weapons it would better using
    the term training period.
    You know that period of time before purchasing where you are taught how to handle a handgun.


  11. Tania says:

    I am very busy with my job but Edith Warton’s life and works is a curiosity for me as
    I have never heard about her. I have to go to the public library.

    May I share with you her famous quotes?

    “Set wide the window . Let me drink the day.”

    “In spite of illness… one can remain alive … if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity,
    interested in big things, and happy in small ways.”

    “If only we’d stop trying to be happy we’d have a pretty good time.”

  12. Tania says:


    Most of all I like this Edith Warton’s quote (English Cafe 548),

    “I loved light ever, light in eye and brain.”

    Thank you, dear Jeff.

    All the best for you,


  13. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Yes, Tania, there is always something new we don’t know about and why not to learn? The hawk of the seven seas.
    Aecio, from beautiful ans large Brazil.

  14. Tania says:


    Listening to English Cafe 549…thank you very much for this new topic “Porgy and Bess”.
    In our musical TV program I have seen the title of this opera but I have never watched it.
    And it is an opera by George Gershwin, a very famous American musician.
    Yes, and you and Warren told us about George Gershwin and the well-known song “Summertime”
    And I really like “Summertime”.
    Thank you.

    All the best for you,


  15. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Let’s call it a day, Jeff. I’m done for now.
    Aecio, implicitly from Brazil.

  16. Tania says:


    I am waiting for a new issue of the Learn English Magazine.
    Maybe it is something wrong with my tablet and I can’t receive the new issue?

  17. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Be patient, Tania. No use being in a rush. All in due time.

  18. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Waiting for tomorow for a new podcast. Something new, something interesting, something exciting, like I like.
    Aecio, Brazil, no sin, green and yellow.

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