Podcasts this Week (October 3, 2016)

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ESL Podcast 1248 – Describing Old and New Equipment

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 “classic” and “cutting edge.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Collectible Classic Machines.”
“Many people ‘collect’ (gather many similar objects for display or use as a hobby) classic machines and equipment…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

English Cafe 575

Topics: The Pennsylvania Mutiny of 1783 and the creation of the District of Columbia; The Hollywood Sign; next versus upcoming versus future; critical situation versus critical position; steaming

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “Hillside Letters & Mountain Monograms.”
“‘Hillside letters’ or ‘mountain monograms’ are very large letters or words placed in ‘highly visible’ (easily seen) hills and mountainsides…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ESL Podcast 1249 – Making Temporary Repairs

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 “short” and “just in case.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Language Commonly Used on Electrical Warning Signs.”
“Electricity can be ‘dangerous’ (with the potential to cause damage, injuries, or death), but it is ‘unseen’ …” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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8 Responses to Podcasts this Week (October 3, 2016)

  1. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    ESL Podcast 1248 – Describing Old and New Equipment is amazing, good topic, interesting, thanks to Jeff and Lucy, our dear teachers. Personally I love dinasaurs, old equipments that brings me good memories from the past. They remember me my parents, grandparents, old times. I was happy and I didn’t know that. Unfortunately.
    From Brazil

  2. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    I can’t say that ESL podcast is loosing followers, but I see less and less people sharing this space. I wonder why. Jeff and Lucy should think carefully about this issue.
    From Brazil

  3. Dr. Lucy Tse says:

    Aecio – Don’t worry. The number of people who read the blog has stayed the same over the past couple of years, even in times when there are fewer people who comment. The comment section is mainly for people to “talk” to each other if they want to, but we know that people are busy and have other commitments. That’s why we are particularly grateful to those who comment and help us create a nice place to visit. – Lucy

  4. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    OK Lucy. I hope folowers don’t give up.

  5. emiliano says:

    Thank you Lucy it is good to know that, people read after all and it gives us some reasons to write
    which ever subject we like to talk about.
    What happens to us the one who use to put something over here, that frequently our mind is dry
    and there is not a good or nice idea to write about.

    Now I am alone at home, only with my friend Gatufo, and usually I try to be up not thinking about
    sorrows or transmiting them here.
    There are too much pain over the whole world to be so selfish as to write or think only in my own

    Thanks again Lucy, by my side I would try to follow writing that´s for sure. emiliano

  6. emiliano says:

    just something to read from my own blog


    I am not a grandfather but I have a cat.

    I am what here in my country call “the third age”, but I don´t know exactly when
    a person is in that age.
    What is the second age?, and the first?

    Silly expresions not to call a person “old” or “elderly” as it is the real adjective when we are going to seventy years or more.

    I have three daughters but not grandsons or granddaughters as they are not in good disposition to be mothers.

    Nearly every friend of mine have grandsons/daughters and they feel themselves very happy.
    As soon the theme is talked, and it is talked always, my friends look at me with great sorrow as thinking “poor man,
    he hasn´t any grandsons” what a pity.
    Yes I feel that my friends are very sorry by the fact I am old, in age of being grandfather and there is not a children
    to care, but what can I do?. Nothing about the subject it is clear.

    Some time I would like to say, “yes, it is a pity not to have any children to care but I have a cat that gives me
    great pleasure, love, and lot of fun.
    Always we are playing and he never is tired of playing the same game with me.
    He jumps on me as soon I am sitting on the armchair and rolling on me he gives me warm in winter.
    My legs and belly are always warm with great pleasure and my dear Gatufo dreams at the same time than me.

    Every night he jumps on the bed and he situated his body between Cuca and me.
    All night Gatufo is dreaming, without moving, the three together in very good harmony and as soon I get up
    he is at my side and gives me little bites at the same time Gatufo emit little sounds or miauss as saying “good morning” in his language.
    Once I am walking to the bathroom he is at my side walking going everyplace I could go.
    Always at my side going from a room to another.

    Once I am sitting on my chair in front of the computer to revise the mails, or the blogs, Gatufo jumps on
    my lad and close his big eyes to sleep a little more.

    Gatufo is always in good disposition to play, he doesn´t shout, he doesn´t cry, he doesn´t speaks, he doesn´t ask for anything, he is alway in the same mood, he is always at my side giving his love.

    So, what can I say to the people who looks at me and are very sorry because I am not a grandfather.
    No children to talk about them, not any photo of the nice little girl or boy, nothing new about their first steps, or their first words, so yes it is sad for every one who could think I am and elderly man without any grandson/daughter and I don´t want to say anything about my Gatufo because a cat is not a nice little children.

    That´s the thought of everyone, but I am happy with my cat and if there was a time I miss a little child it pass and in fact now I don´t care about the subject.

    My cat gives me every one I need from a living creature and he doesn´t grow as children use to do.


    Now that I am so lonely he is my best friend and he receives me always at the door when I came in at home.


  7. emiliano says:

    A short very short sight of Kesington Gardens.

    Various images of a charming site, where slide imperceptibly hours observing nature, people who play sports, or simply walk.
    Intertwined lovers, families or loners who walk their dog and are self-absorbed without looking at any other passersby. Trees and large meadow are the kings of the landscape.
    In my short stay in London some years ago I visited four or five times Kengsington gardens and Hyde Park, I got lost and had to ask for help to cross from side to side.

    Take the Harrows stores to Notting Hill walking, lost in the meadow, looking stunned everything around me.

    A place to walk for hours in a big city like London and away from it, where you can isolate yourself in your own thoughts, read a book, or watch the big trees that grow every where.

    Where you can certainly chat with a stranger anywhere in the world that spends a few days in London, or a citizen who was born in the city and sits idly next to you in the same bank.

    They are so used to seeing people who visit the city are not surprised that the people of London asking them anything at any time of the morning, day or evening.

    Do not miss a visit to Kensington Gardens are a continuation of Hyde Park, but they have another nuance of tranquility that make the place a very special place.

    emiliano taling about his visit to Londo some time ago.

  8. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    I’ve just watched ESL Podcast 1249 – Making Temporary Repairs and it was really awesome for me. I always enjoy a good lesson. Jeff and Lucy make me happy as a student. They have the skills to teaching. Congratulations.
    From Braziç

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