Podcasts this Week (April 11, 2016)

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ESL Podcast 1198 – Failed Government Projects

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “doomed” and “to go through the motions.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “‘Boondoggles” and “Pork Barrel’ Projects.”
“Americans often complain about how their ‘elected representatives’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 550

Topics: Famous Americans – Casey Jones; Classic TV – Happy Days; to try out versus to examine versus to test; dude and buddy; courtesy of

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In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Happy Hour.”
“A ‘happy hour’ is a period of time when a ‘bar’ (pub; a business that primarily serves alcoholic drinks)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ESL Podcast 1199 – Eating on the Run

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “filling” and “on the run.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Healthy Snacks on the Run.”
“Busy people rarely have time to sit down and eat a ‘full meal’ (a group of foods eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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14 Responses to Podcasts this Week (April 11, 2016)

  1. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    I knew it would be good, ESL Podcast 1198 – Failed Government Projects, as always, with new subject for new learning. Thanks Jeff and Lucy, the faceless lady.
    Aecio, Brazil, no sin, green and yellow. See you.

  2. Peter says:

    The lined up claim as to learnin guide and how it benefits you is all true.

    It gets u a good chance to read
    And the extra curriculum materials in there help u broaden ur horizon and familiarize you even more with the hodge -podge English language in real world.

    It is good for listening too
    As u can listen to whatever Jeff and Lucy say on the episodes and then read what they mentioned in learn guide so u know what part u picked up what part u missed and what part u misunderstood. Then , u can go back and follow Jeff and Lucy in the learning guide as they are speaking. The three-step method helps improving our listening skills faster , better ,and more reliable.

    Just imagine that u gonna have the script of every single word coming out of Jeff and Lucy. It comes really handy on English Cafe episodes , in particularly , when Jeff deliberately play with words to familiarize us with the creative way of talk in English language. I always miss the creative part but later on when I m following Jeff on learning guide I get them all. I use a lot of learning guide here on this very blog folks.

    A learning guide member


  3. Peter says:

    Hey Dan
    U mentioned on ur last note that u don’t have big vocabulary.
    To my experience , in real time conservation , u have no time to enter big words while talk unless u r a writer or sth or u wanna write an essay or sth.
    To my experience , being creative while conversing is the right tool.

    U know , trust me ,u don’t want use the same line over and over while comunicating with people. U keep the word exchange alive and upbeat throug playing with words as Jeff does on English cafee episods.
    I never miss Jeff on English cafe
    I may miss one diolog or two
    But never Jeff on Englisg caffe.
    His way of talk in English Cafe is a good example of creative talking.

    A learning guide member


  4. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Hello, Peter. Glad to read your wise words. I like those so much. But where are the other guys? Tania, Dan and so on? Since they are our friends we should find a way to keep them with us.

  5. Betsy says:

    I just sign up for the premium membership, but for some reasons I am unable to download the transcript? Any advise?

  6. Dan says:

    Hi guys.

    Thanks Pete for your advice.


  7. Tania says:


    A new issue of the Learn English Magazine!
    I really was worried about it as I like to read it .
    I always start reading with Last Laugh, Hiring Freeze.
    I was not able to translate the title at first view, but reading the explanations it was easy to understand.
    We use the phrase the freezing of price, wages.
    A terrible feeling hearing of wages freeze. Higher prices with wages freeze…

    Thank you for the phrase “a department understaffed”, not to have enough employees.

    Best wishes to all Learn English Magazine team,


  8. Mari Carmen says:

    Hey, Dan

    You’ve really got a high level of English, so I learn a lot from your replies.

    I appreciate very much your witty, never redundant, spontaneous and sincere comments. Even though when I didn’t share completely your views, they happen to be always at least food for thought.

    If you allowed a little suggestion of mine, please stop neglecting yourself in any way.

    Thanks, bye

  9. Peter says:

    My dear fellow learning guid member , Betsy,

    I m glad to hear that u joined the gang.

    On the membership area
    Type in ur user name and ur password in the relevant fields
    Then press the “log in box ” right underneath.
    It takes you to the page with ur account information in there.
    While in there ,scroll down a tad and here we go: u see a blue Line that reads “learning guid download” right on the button

    Click lt. home page pops back up. press the learning guid bottoms on every episodes. the rest is history my friend.

    A learning guid member


  10. Tania says:

    Don’t Miss Your Airline Flight!
    Well I just know the phrase “I miss you!”.
    But according to my dictionary, the verb to miss means and to fail to catch (a train etc.).
    Useful information to know how to pronounce airline flights numbers.
    Thank you.

  11. Tania says:

    New words to me, “copycat” , “knockoff”, and “knockoff economy”.
    You have used this word “knockoff” in a Last Laugh issue, and I did not know to translate it.
    An interesting discussion about imitation, innovation, patent and copyright.
    Good saying, “Imitation is the highest form of flattery.”
    Or like you said, “Fake it, till you make it.”

  12. Peter says:

    Hey Tania,

    I see that u get a kick out of the issues of Eslpod magazine.


    Reading is the key; do it plenty

    A learning guide member


  13. Tania says:


    Learn English Magazine…
    Click on the word “everyone ” from The Original Copycat and we’ll find in The Wall Street Journal
    an essay on In Praise of Copycats.
    It is adapted from “The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks (Starts) Innovation (Creativity)”.
    I agree with the author as “the industry is full of knockoffs”, an imitation product that looks just like the original.
    I think the industrial spying, the high-tech exhibitions help the proliferation of the knockoffs.
    I think graffiti (words or a drawing scratched on a wall) are knockoffs in many countries.
    For our progress , “sharing an idea is more valuable than monopolizing it”.
    “If it weren’t any good, why would you imitate it?”

    Thank you for this interesting topic.

    All the best for you,


  14. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Hi folks. Aecio here. I miss you all. Don’t go.
    Brazil, no sin, green and yellow.

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