Podcasts this Week (September 5, 2016)

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ESL Podcast 1240 – Giving Correct Change

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “in a pinch” and “coin.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Bank Promotions.”
“Many U.S. banks offer ‘promotional items’ (things that are given away to customers or ‘potential customers’ (people who might become customers in the future)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 571

Topics: Classic TV Shows –  The Addams Family; The Hoover Dam; “Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.”; to blow (something) apart; pronouncing “man” and “men”

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In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and the Midnight Movie.”
“A ‘midnight movie’ can refer to any ‘B movie’ (a movie produced inexpensively, with poor or medium quality)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ESL Podcast 1241 – Breaking an Arm or a Leg

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “bone” and “cast.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Breakdancing.”
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10 Responses to Podcasts this Week (September 5, 2016)

  1. emiliano says:

    Good morning, too hot in Madrid´s streets, more than 36 º C degrees at the shadow
    but under the sun could be 44º or more.
    That´s a good reason to be indoors and writing something here.
    Nothing important but I have to think about and sure I´ll find what to post, see you

  2. emiliano says:

    Again I have been watching the great movie “Amadeus” by the
    director Milos Forman who won the Oscar to the best director.
    Also the film won the oscar at the best movie of the year 1984
    and five more.
    Eight oscars in total what is really a record.

    This one is the director´s version too much long but too much
    better also that the one it was showed in the theatres.

    It is a splendid movie that I recomend to everybody from this

    If you love clasic music this is your film despite the story is
    somehow not so real except the most important subjects, but
    if you don´t like clasic music this is also a movie to watch, it
    is sure you´ll love it the same like Mozart´s music.

    I have watched the film with two young friends, 25 years old,
    and once it was finished the one who doesn´t love music so much
    said, “it is the best movie I have ever seen”, that´s all my dear
    blog friiends.


  3. emiliano says:

    Sorry, not five oscars more, six more.
    Best movie, best director, best actor, best
    adapted scrip, …some other and of
    course best sound.

    The movie was made in Prague with some
    parts in Wien also, but nearly all in Prague.


  4. emiliano says:

    Why not? A short bilingual poem:

    I stay here at this place,
    just quiet when you’re gone. /
    Permanezco aqui en nuestro hogar
    tan quieto cuando te has ido.

    Sitting, no hope you no longer are
    silent still for long. /
    Sentado sin esperanza ya en
    silencio y quieto para siempre.

    Absent in spite of myself, restless mind
    now without you all is the same. /
    Ausente el espiritu y mente inquieta
    pues sin ti ahora todo me da igual.

    In my lifetime loneliness, disconsolate
    absence. /
    En mi vida de soledad y desconsuelo
    ausente te siento.

    Lover gone, heartbroken
    alone after all so much living./
    Mi amor se fue y dejo roto mi corazón
    en silencio despues de tantos años.

    How long it will be
    no one could knows./
    Cuanto tiempo durará nadie
    puede decirlo.

    Three moths, a year
    a life, for ever./ tres meses, un año
    una vida, para siempre.

    No body knows./
    Nadie sabe mi desconcuelo.


  5. emiliano says:

    Wake Up every morning.

    Wake up it is something difficult for me.
    Just the act of beginning a new day after being sleep for hours required from me a big effort to start the morning cheerful, with a smile in my face, even just saying something like good morning my dear, have you sleep well?.

    If there is something irregular in my life the first thought I have in the morning it is just this problem.
    A friend who is passing through difficulties, subjects with the family or in the office, when I was
    working, and so forth…always the first thought should be so.
    I do think it happens to nearly every person but sure I am not so certain about this premise,
    not all people have to feel the same, that´s for sure.
    Good luck for them as getting up in bad mood it is always quite disagreeable for people around me.

    Who knows how a baby sleep? or an adult? it is always the form a baby dreams to the way of an
    old person?. Why some people are a good wake up and other a bad humor just since there were born?

    Being a children it was hard to wake up to go to the school very soon. I could remember that the
    hour of being in it was 8 a.m. every day and it cost me a lot.
    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 temperatura aching a lot.

    Now I could see that children go to the school being so small, and they use to cry aloud every
    morning just because the don´t want to go.
    I do think it is cruel what we do with the little babies taking them so small to the nurseries
    every morning just because their parents have to work.

    Being a baby, a boy and finally and adult I have felt always the same, my humor is bad as
    son 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 is living.

    Yes, I can imagine what could be the feelings of a person that 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.
    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,
    feeling that being alive it is the best gift a human could have.

    Now that I am depressed 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.
    I would like to be like people, 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 one can change
    them once occurred.
    We can do a better world with our mind, despite our weakness or missing our loved
    ones, knowing that life is a daily struggle and that it depends only of us, only from
    oneself doing happy every day of our life.
    Just live in the moment without thinking about future and nothing more.

    A big smile in the mornings, giving thanks to be alive and being in good humor to
    say “good morning” my dear how are you?. Have you sleep well?….
    That could be enough but use to be so difficult for some persons like me.


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  7. emiliano says:

    Being out or in, what is the diference if is there any?

    Something similar to be out of this world, nearly to be in coma, it is the experience I am afraid of being now.
    Since June when Cuca has been moved out of home I think that could be one of the worst period of life I have lived as far as could remember.

    Nothing coudl be of my concern or interest, despite my wealthy situation was not so bad as the situation of millions out of my own world.

    Thousands and thousands of them have lost their work, their houses, their hopes and even some of them their life.
    I didn´t want even to know about what was happening outdoors, what for?. It was always de same, bad news, even worst to someone like me who was going through a bad period of his own life.

    At the end, just to not let dying this Blog” I have to make an effort and have taken my writing style once more time, and I´ll continue as long as I could.
    But the problem for me it is: what to write about? sad news once and again?. No, to much bad news reading the paper or listening to the TV. or Radio.
    It was as a challenge to write about different topics, something to make us smile, poems, amusing events, or curiosities of history.
    Human history that some time a bit change or a humans un trascendent domestic decision diverts the course of history and the lives of millions of people.

    By the way, I admire the loyalty of my cat Gatufo as once he gives us his loyalty or love it is always kind, affective, never angry or spiteful with us.
    Gatufo wanted alwyas to play with me despite I was out, without any will to play with him.

    Despite that Gatufo was kind, affective and wanted always to be on my lap.
    Yes, I look at him and I could see he is a happy creature day after day, without asking anything about his world or never thinking about his future.
    I would like to change for him several times, and even more along this past last year that I was feeling myself so bad, so depressive for such a long time.

    Today that I am writing this lines all is different inside my mind. It seems depression is out from me….Thanks God, and I am in good disposition to write about funny things not only the sad events are happening now in the world, in France, in Siria, in Turkey, and so forth.

    I need to write about odd news, about poetry, politician jokes, and from time to time about quotidian’s problems here in this so poor country and other places of the world.

    Yes, I know people are suffering just a lot…..as ever every where round the world. Nothing new as humans are predators to human beinns always. That´s the sad rule through history.
    Now things are going really too bad for people here, in Europe or other places, just after we all think we were rich and have enough money to spend.

    The State of good living is over, once again, after several persons started to think this state of real good living was for long, or even for ever, but only on the wealthy countries as other are so poor that people only think about surviving this day, not enough food for them or their children.

    I need to look for some funny news, interesting topics and so forth to make this gatufo blog more amusing for you and for me.

    Greetings, and only something more:

    Go on friends and write something in the Blog it will be always interesting for the
    rest of readers.

  8. emiliano says:

    By the way, I don´t mind to be alone here and I will remain till the
    end if it could be necessary.
    Some how I have some experience about being alone, now even more
    but it is clear that I prefer to be among good friends as I have been
    always in this Jeff´s blog.

    Writing here has been one of the best experiences in life and I have
    learned a lot about so many things that it is impossible to mention
    all of them.

    I will mention two the most important for me, here I have learn
    to be a better person and just how to use my mind trying to
    express my opinion and feelings in other language, that has
    given me “INTROSPECTION” so necessary to form oneself as a
    right person.

    Jeff, Lucy and Warren, thank you so much you have taught me lot
    of different life aspects what is the most important for me, but also English
    that is in fact you first intention.
    There are many ways for teaching a language but yours is the best
    I have seen.
    So again, thank you so much dear professors, your are really great as
    teachers and as persons because you give always something of you
    not only English class.

    All my gratitude to all you three.


  9. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Hello, people. I didn’t forget you at all. I’m here, in Brazil, the most beautiful country in the world. In fact I miss you all. Best regards.
    From Brazil

  10. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    I have just listened to ESL Podcast 1241 – Breaking an Arm or a Leg and it is very awesome. There is something new in this podcast. Thanks Jeff nd Lucy.
    From Brazil

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