Podcasts this Week (May 30, 2016)

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ESL Podcast 1212 – Providing Tech Support

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “remotely” and “zip, zilch, zero.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Multi-tiered Tech Support.”
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English Cafe 557

Topics: American Authors – Sylvia Plath; Famous Songs – “Hush, Little Baby”; consciousness versus awareness; distinct versus distinctive; classy dress

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In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Hushpuppies.”
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ESL Podcast 1213 – Using Different Payment Systems

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to be rejected” and “wire.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Early Credit-based Payment Systems.”
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9 Responses to Podcasts this Week (May 30, 2016)

  1. Mari Carmen says:



    Fully identified with Max in 1212 Podcast: I reckon that aproximately 85% of the times that my PC doesn’t work are due to my own lack of knowledge. It is such a shame sometimes.

    Bye, thanks

  2. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Good morning, friends. I have just watched the podcast today and I like it very much. As usual, interesting. Jeff and Lucy have great ideas. Good teachers.
    From Brazil

  3. emiliano says:


    Wake up it is something difficult for me. Just the act of beginning a new day after being sleeping for hours just to get out from the bed it is a big effort always.
    To start the morning cheerful, with a smile in my face, even just saying something like good morning my dear, have you sleep well?….I need half an hour or so to be in the real world again.
    If there is something irregular in my life, the first thought I have in the morning it is just this problem……it could be just what ever subject along life could happens.

    A friend who is passing through difficulties, problems with the family or in the office when I was working, the last argue with a relative and so on.
    I do think it happens to nearly every person but I am not so sure about this premise, not all people have to feel the same, why for?.
    Who knows how a baby sleep? or an adult? it is always the form a baby dreams is the way of an old person does?….may be not.
    Being a child it was hard to wake up just to go to the school very soon. I could remember that the hour of being in the school was 8 a.m. every day and it cost me a lot to be there so soon.

    Madrid it is a city very cold in winter. Usually we have less two or three degrees at the morning to reach up fourteen or fifteen at noon which it is a big difference and the body suffers this changes in temperature.
    All clothes you put on by the mornings it is not necessary at noon, so you may carry them on the arm or just be hot for a time.
    Now I could see that children go to the school being so little, and they use to cry aloud every morning, I could listen to them from my bed, just because the poor children don´t want to be out from bed so soon.
    I do think it is cruel what it is done now with the little babies taking them as small to the nurseries every morning just because their parents have to work….Wel,l who has work now which is really difficult here in this country now.
    Being a baby, a boy and finally and adult I have felt always the same, my humor is bad as soon as I open my eyes in the mornings.

    I need at least half an hour to get my humor in a good way, to talk or to reply some questions or even to be concious about the reality of a new day, good , bad or or the simple daily routine of the moment we are living.As usually just the first subject we use to think as my eyes are open is all the reality of the moment, the lack of my mother, a bad situation in the office, the last argue with my wife or a friend, and so on.

    However I know persons close to me that use to wake up brightness, happy, in good mood to talk since the first moment they awake. Giving thanks of being alive and facing reality with strength and courage undar any circunstance.

    I admire these persons, my wife Cuca is one of them, and always I wanted to be like them, to have this will from the first moment of the day.
    Gift of life and optimism of living just the moment without thinking anything about, it is just the feeling of being alive it is the best gift a human could have.

    When I have depressed, fortunately for only some months, it is even worst, mornings are the hard hour of the day. I want to remain in bed, one two three hours, or more. It is the feeling of not wishing to live a new day.
    All is over now, and I try to wake up early and start doing something just to get a
    good humor when other appear at home.

    I would like to be like Cuca, that every morning think “Thanks to God” I am alive and I want to conquer the world, things are as they are and no as one would desire to.We can´t change them once they have occurred but we like to think ….if I have done this, or not done this other….it´s absolutely silly just to have in mind this kind of things.
    World it is not what we desire to be, and we can´t controll everything in our life or even life of the persons we love.

    Only we can do a better world with our mind, our weakness is not a good way to be happy,, knowing that life is a daily struggle and that it depends only on us just to do a little effort to give some happiness to the love one we have it could be a happy time every day we will be here.

    Just live the moment without thinking about future and nothing more.
    It could be enough.
    Have a happy day.

    Yes, I can imagine what could be the feelings of a person who his life have changed suddenly from a day to another. The dead of a husband or a wife, a son or daughter, a sudden sickness or accident that changes our way of living for ever.


  4. Dan says:

    Hello guys.
    How are you all doing?

    Over here is so humid/wet. We are having heavy showers.
    I believe that between Saturday and half of Sunday, we had the water that LA gets in one entire year.

    I wanted to share with you guys a little experience I had recently with a coworker, and I would like to know if you have ever had the same thing happening to you and what was your reaction.

    I know this guy, say, superficially, you know like we know many people around us.
    He’s a Jehovah’s Witness. I am only giving you this piece of information because it’s part of my little story.

    Well, one day while we where working and the production was going smoothly, I decided to go deeper with him, and stated talking about religion, science, evolution…

    I do not know if I can describe my feelings well after that conversation.
    I was left perplexed, stunned, confused, almost frightened…a mix of all those things.

    Now, my question for you guys would be: have you ever met someone with whom you get along well, but if you start talking with that same person and go deeper, you got almost scared of what they believe?

    We even touch for a brief moment 9/11 and he’s one of those believing it was an inside job from the US government.
    Talking to him I had the impression he’s really strange, I do know.
    He’s not stupid, on the contrary, I would say he’s better that many others colleagues of mine.

    He’s this tendency of believing strange/weird/odd/crazy stuff..

    I don’t know, that’s it.

    Comment if you wish and have a great weekend everyone.

  5. Dan says:

    Hey guys me again.

    Can I share with you guys a couple of things that had me surprised looking at the US?

    As an Italian I was surprised to learn that for many Americans the Catholic church is not considered “Christian”

    And one other thing is that I have always thought of myself of being white.
    To my surprise many white Americans do not consider Italians white..Hahahaha that’s funny.

    I haven’t any opinion on those two things. I think it’s funny.
    I don’t know maybe they are right.

    Anyway thanks and good Memorial Day.

  6. Dan says:

    Hey Emi.

    Usually when I get up in the morning I am in a kind of neutral mood.
    It happens to me too to wake up and feel cranky at times, you know, depending on the quality of the sleep or some crazy dream.

    Emi, listen to this song with lyrics: Life Sucks then you Die by The Fools.
    I think you are going to enjoy it as I did.


  7. emiliano says:

    I have listened to it, ja,ja, that´s really good Peter, thank you very much.
    Even I like the band, nice and to have a good time with them and their lyrics.
    What about psycho chiken?


  8. emiliano says:

    Inside my gatufo´s mind or not, it´s him who is inside mine?

    Frequently I think the cat is inside my mind or Emiliano is inside the cat´s mind. Why?.
    It is just like Gatufo could understand my inner thoughts either my feelings, if I am sad, happy or worried. Some how as gatufo has a radar who read all what happens round him.
    I would say like he is my soul matter now as I look through things with his inteligent eyes.
    Life is so simple for him, that makes me think how we like to complicate our own lifes.
    Money means nothing for a cat, ambition, power, jealous, mean nothing for a cat. Have lot of things means nothing for a cat. Even tomorrow´s life means nothing for a cat.
    Gatufo lives his moment, just now lives this second on my lap, nothing cares him only to be close near Emiliano. That´s all.
    We think humans are intelligent souls?
    Let me doubt about that.
    I think we are not, we are the worst creature under the sky, the creature that suffers more, that makes more devil things on the globe.
    Look round you, what is happening just now?, what have happened years before. What have happened along thousand of years?….the most inteligent creatures of the world?
    Sorry, I don´t think so. Never I have think so, and now looking my cat even less.
    Enjoy like him does.


  9. Siti says:

    Dear Jeff,
    I wanna ask what does it mean by ” turn around ” thing?

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