Podcasts this Week (October 31, 2016)

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ESL Podcast 1256 – Describing Fast and Slow

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “to catch” and “to drone on.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “THeodore Roosevelt McElroy.”
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English Cafe 579

Topics: American Authors – Philip K. Dick; on purpose versus deliberately versus intentionally; moderately versus sparingly; understatement of the century

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ESL Podcast 1257 – Repairing Damage to an Autobody

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “body” and “to run.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “The National Institute for Auto Service Excellence (ASE).”
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11 Responses to Podcasts this Week (October 31, 2016)

  1. Tania says:

    In my country it’s winter hour change 2016, Daylight Saving Time (DST).
    When local daylight time was about to reach Sunday, 30 October 2016, 04:00:00
    clocks were turned backward 1 hour to Sunday, 30 October 2016, 03:00:00
    local standard time instead.

    Time changes in year 2016 for USA – California – Los Angeles (1 hour back) on November 6.

    Best wishes,


  2. Tania says:


    Poppies in October by Sylvia Plath (English cafe 557/ 2016)

    “Even the sun-clouds this morning cannot manage such skirts.
    A gift, a love gift
    Utterly unasked for
    By a sky
    In a forest of frost, in a dawn of cornflowers.”

  3. Tania says:


    Frog Autumn by Sylvia Plath

    “Summer grows old…
    The insects are scant, skinny.
    Mornings dissipate in somnolence.
    The sun brightens tardily
    Among the pithless reeds.
    Frost drops even spider.”

  4. Tania says:


    I have found “Ariel” by Sylvia Plath , and as I like poetry I am trying to learn the
    poetic diction.

    Thank you, dear Jeff.

  5. emiliano says:

    Nothing to say
    Nothing to think
    Nothing to do
    Nothing to fight for
    Nothing to write
    Nothing to be here

    Alone with my soul
    In this empty house
    My love is not here
    So, what can I do?

    (it is only a poem dear Tania)
    Now I am listening to Vivaldi
    The Four Seasons
    Gatufo in on my lap
    Half an hour ago
    I have been talking
    with my half soul
    Cuca, and she is OK.

    Nothing happens
    Its only the Walpurgis night
    When the dead souls appears
    I feel my mother´s soul
    Missing her for long
    This night even more.

    Good night every one
    of Blog´s friends.


  6. emiliano says:

    In Germany and other European´s countries
    Walpurgis nitht it is non the 30 -1 of May
    But to me it is just the same
    I don´t like to think it is dead´s night
    here in Spain.

    For the Irish people tonight is Halloween
    But this tradition comes from the Celts
    thousand of years ago.

    When Christians came to spread their
    Ther forbid the Halloween night
    and Cristians said it was Dead´s nigh

    Even in Norh America where Halloween
    was celebrated for Iris nmigrants
    Protestants forbid this night of Halloween

    At the end the custom spread all
    round EE:UU., and finally was
    in the year 1921 when the first
    parade of Halloween was celebrated
    and, oh miracle, it was in Minnesota (Jeff).

    After that English Protestand and Catholic
    in EEUU. take the feast as a nice children
    good celebration.

    This Halloween feasts it is so old that
    when the Old Romans conquered the Celts´s
    countries they took also the custom
    of celebrate this feast.

    Celts made some sacrifices to the Goods
    sometime even human or children
    sacrifices to have the Goods quite

    Now everything it is so superficial
    that I don´t like to put a mask on
    my face or nothing similar
    In fact it is not a feast to me.

    The last odd custom it is to
    have a clown dress and make
    silly acts.
    The sinister clown dress is
    taken of the Stephen King´s
    novel IT
    what is even more strange.

    Sthephen King´s novel IT?
    Just incredible.

    I read it several years ago
    and the novel it is very good.
    People doing that are destroying
    the good memories I have from
    the novel.

    Just a pity.

    (enough for the moment)


  7. Tania says:

    For some years it seemed that Halloween could be a great feast and in my country.
    This year… less. But it is famous the Dracula’s castle from Transylvania where many, many tourists came,
    even Americans, to celebrate Halloween .
    You can sleep in a coffin, eating the Dracula’s menu.

  8. Tania says:


    Thank you , dear Emiliano, just for the simple fact that you were thinking about me writing.
    Reading the poems by Sylvia Plath, I was thinking about you, too.
    As we are in November… Look!

    Letter in November by Sylvia Plath

    Love, the world
    Suddenly turns, turns colour. The streetlight
    Splits through the rat’s-tail
    Pods of the laburnum …
    This is my property.
    Two times a day
    I pace it, sniffing
    The barbarous holly with its viridian
    Scallops, pure iron.
    O love, O celibate.
    Nobody but me
    Walks the waist-high wet.
    The irreplaceable
    Golds bleed and deepen, the mouths of Thermopylae.

  9. Tania says:

    Dear Emiliano, I like very much and your poems.
    Pure suffering, pain.

    Best wishes, health to Cuca,


  10. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Don’t forget me, people. I’m not dead.
    From Brazil

  11. emiliano says:

    Good Aecio, really good you are not dead of course.


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