Podcasts this Week (April 25, 2016)

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ESL Podcast 1202 – Describing Student Achievement

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 coast” and “slow.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Educational Tracking.”
“One of the greatest ‘controversies’ (things that people do not agree on, with strong opinions on each side)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 552

Topics: American Presidents – Barack Obama; Famous Songs – “Achors Away”; diffidence versus timidity versus shyness; receipt versus reception; no problem versus not at all versus no big deal

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Navy SEALs.”
“The United States Navy’s Sea, Air, and Land Forces, most commonly referred to as the Navy SEALs…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ESL Podcast 1203 – Completing a Drug-Alcohol Rehabilitation

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 “sober” and “wise.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Open Container Laws.”
“In the United States, ‘open container laws’ ‘prohibit’ (do not allow) people to drive a ‘vehicle’ (automobile; car)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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16 Responses to Podcasts this Week (April 25, 2016)

  1. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Really interesting was ESL Podcast 1202 – Describing Student Achievement. Now I wonder if I was a late bloomer in school in the past. May be I needed a gifted and talented program. Who knows? Jeanine is right when she says that kids develop at their own pace. Some students are fast learner and others are slow. It depends on their genetic inheritance. And it depends too on their will to know things. One thing is clear: what is knowledge for? What is it good for. Well, these questions must be answered.
    Thanks Jeff and Lucy for the lesson.
    From beautiful Brazil

  2. Dan says:

    Hello everyone.

    What’s up guys? Here nothing new or interesting.

    Hey Aecio, I have heard a rumor that sin is on the rise in Brazil.

    Knowledge is for smart people to develop technology that allows you to write in here Aecio.
    Is for people to develop medicines and extract energy from various sources.
    That’s what’s knowledge for.
    It’s for not living in the “dark” as we did here in Europe till the age of enlightenment.
    For getting a better life for everyone. That’s what knowledge for.

    That really simple, don’t you agree?.
    I believe I have just answered your “rhetorical” questions.


  3. Dan says:


    Since I am one of those guys that see a doctor every 6/7 years, I thought about sharing with you guys my experience with our health care system here in my region.

    The other day went to see my doctor for the first time since I moved here in this town 6 years ago. She’s a woman.

    In the waiting room there were 6 people before me waiting. Classical music was playing through some speakers.
    I did what I am used to do always. I studied all the people while waiting.

    After 30 minutes it was my turn.
    I am suffering from lower back pain but I feel the pain in my groin area.
    She told me to get anti-inflammatory drugs and to get x-ryed.

    Went to the pharmacy and spent 6 euros for the drug.

    After that I headed to the place where you are given the date and the place where to get x-rayed.
    I took one for 5/5 and paid 22.00 Euro.

    And that’s all.

  4. Peter says:

    Hey Aceio
    My genetic make up must be a faulty one.
    My nickname back in high school was ” bonehead.”:)

    I have not listened to the latest episode yet . Sounds exciting though!!
    I was a late bloomer but not in school. If u catch my drift 😉 LOL

    A learning guide member


  5. Tania says:

    I have just listened to “You’re the Top” on You Tube , English Cafe 546.
    I like it, but not and all the comparisons used by the author.
    I would not like to be compared with a building, with a tower…as they are things without life.

  6. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Hello, Peter and Dan. Thanks for your answers. Whatever they were, they were right. I do my best effort to keep on living the best way I can here in Brazil. About sin or no sin it is just a joke. Of course there is sin in Brazil like in other countries.
    Aecio from Brazil.

  7. Tania says:

    I have chosen the metaphors that I like most of all. May I share them with you?

    You’re the top!
    You’re a melody from a symphony by Strauss (an European symphony)
    You’re the smile on the Mona Lisa ( a mystery like her smile, wrapped in mystery)
    You’re the purple light
    Of a summer night…(you are a light in night)
    You’re sublime (possessing excellent qualities)
    You’re a rose (nice like a flower)
    You’re a dance (graceful)
    You’re an angel (candour, purity)
    You’re the moon,
    Over Mae West’s shoulder (attractive, sexy like Mae West)
    You’re the steppes of Russia (your soul is as large as the Eurasian Steppe Belt, where you can listen to
    the wind like a tune).

  8. Peter says:

    Tell me about it!
    I mean , been there ,done that

    I m sorry to hear that u r back is out, chum.
    Hang in there bro. U need to power through it.
    I would give u a knuckle bump emoticon , if we were allowed emoticon on the blog.

    As long as ,we are sharing back pain stories, allow me to sneak one in.

    U know ,
    I have this kink on my upper shoulders that I couldn’t get rid of. The pain was dull but nucence. some times , though ,it turned into this twinge that I must say I did not appreciate.
    Y know , it was a defusing pain which ,as u might know , makes it very challenging for chiropractors ,at least my chiropractor , to locate the origin of it. The nagging pain was bilateral. It felt on my both upper shoulders.
    well , I used to cope with it. U know , laughing it through and all.

    However ,For some reason ,just recently , the pain had aggravated.
    i suspected, at the time , it was because of the heavy lifting I had done helping my friend move out her mother and put her in a gated-retirement community.
    Anyway ,
    I decide to pay a liitle visit to my doctor as the pain was getting sharper by day.
    Well , funnily enough , I did the same , I tried to read people based on their apperiance and body language.
    U know , it is what I do every time I m in the waiting room of a doctor office.

    I personally think , it is the best way to kill time while in there or , u will be bored out of ur mind in those places.

    I feel the need to add something here that i firmly believe is a sheer peculiarity u encounter just in doc offices in Toronto.

    Visiting doctors here , u go through a long ritual man.
    I m telling u man, u book a time-slot to see the doc at least one month ahead
    Once u made the appointment , u start rearranging your life to make sure when the doc appointment arrives u are at the office one hour before the actual appointment .
    Still , and it is the part that is even more painful than the affliction u wanna visit the Doctor for , u have wait typically around one hour passed ur actual appointment time to finally see the face of the Doctor.
    And , my dear friend , just God help u , if u decide to arrive at doctor office five it 10 minutes before your booking time.
    I suggest , u pack a camping gear for that. U know ,Just as a contingency plan, plan B ,if u will

    I diagrass
    I was saying I saw my chariopractor for the nagging pain.he hooked me up to a bunch of electric gizmos. And ran a battery of tests.
    Well , I must say he did a good job. The pain is almost gone.
    U know , in all fairness , he was worth the wait ( pun intended) :)))))

    A learning guide member


  9. Tania says:

    Thanks to English Cafe 541 about Mae West and Salvador Dali with her lips painting,
    I was able to understand the comparison with Mae West.

    I have understood your message telling us about You’re the Top by Cole Porter.
    In fact you emphasized on how to pronounce the best things from the world.
    Thank you.

    You’re the top, you are the best!


  10. Tania says:

    Learn English Magazine… The Flavor is in the Nose…
    I think that Lucy is right. When I was a child and was hungry I was thinking
    about the smell of the fresh baked bread.
    Now…with such many types of food… I don’t know… something grilled.
    New to me the word “pus”.
    Thank you.

    Best wishes,


  11. Tania says:

    Learn English Magazine…Bob Dylan: Blowin’ the Wind…
    I think we have talked about this topic. I remember the message of the song.
    Important to know that Bob Dylan is a famous American singer and a new book was published,
    “Bob Dylan in America” by Sean Wilentz. Bob Dylan is from Minnesota. I don’t know his songs but
    I like to read about all important singers.
    They always have a poetical or political message to send to all of us.

    And now with the Prince’s tragedy…

    Thank you.

    Best wishes,


  12. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    I love English Cafe 552 talking about Barak Obama, his origin, his family, his studies, his skils and more about the slogan, words he used in his campain: “Yes, we can” About the words people send to Jeff in order to get their meaning, the word that made me more interested was reception, the way someone treat someone who arrives a place. I remember to have invited Jeff to visit Brazil but he always says no. By seeing the images of LA I understand why he rather stay in that, city but the only thing he doesn’t know is that I had a sensacional reception to him. Good food, good talking, good landscapes, wild nature, real friends, funs and so forth. But he didn’t want. That’s his problem, not mine. But I keep my invitation on whenever he decide to come.
    From Brazil, no sin, green and yellow, sunny sky all over the year

  13. Dan says:

    Hey guys.

    I am not sure whether it is right to share YouTube’s videos here but I am doing it anyway.

    The video is called Camille Paglia talks to Ella Whelan about feminism.

    I love the woman. If I ever get the chance of meeting her, I would knee down
    and kiss her hands like they do with the Pope.

    She talks in a odd way though and really fast.


  14. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    I can’t wait tomorrow for the new esl podcast with a new topic, usually interesting, built by Jeff and Lucy.
    From Brazil, green and yellow, no sin, blue sky all over the year

  15. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    I said yesterday that I couldn’t wait fot the ESL podcast today and I was right because it was in deed awesome. The thing I liked most was the Lucy’s voice at the end of the dialogue in a rush to go to a new bar. Poor Lucy. She had a relapse. I know how it is hard to get rid of a addiction. I smoked for 25 years without knowing the harm it causes on human’s health, I was a fool. Now I am free from addiction. Thanks God.
    From Brazil, green and yellow, no sin, blue sky all the year. If yoy don’t believe, come and see for yourself.

  16. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    I am waiting for tomorrow for a new ESL podcast with new subjects, with my beloved teachers Jeff and Lucy, new dialogue. I wish we had a new podcast every day. It would be great.
    From Brazil, no sin, blue sky

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