Podcasts this Week (November 28, 2016)

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ESL Podcast 1264 – Customer Loyalty Programs

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In “What Else Does it Mean,” learn the other meanings of “reward” and “to adopt.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “S&H Green Stamps.”
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English Cafe 583

Topics: Andersonville Prison; garbage versus litter versus trash versus rubbish; downtime; pronouncing eight, height, and weight

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In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Dix-Hill Cartel.”
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ESL Podcast 1265 – Watching a Fight

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In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Mixed Martial Arts and the UFC.”
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17 Responses to Podcasts this Week (November 28, 2016)

  1. emiliano says:

    Only emiliano´s poems, nothing more, don´t think I could be sad or similar:


    I am not the same I felt yesterday.
    Changed without Knowing why?
    It is what today let me empty?

    Ideas come and go without any sense
    Thoughts that incessant drill the head
    Not only awaiting hopes everything go by

    Be you I say, but so another day
    Going after chimeras vanish that
    There is not any sense or just wait hopes

    One and another day, waiting for what
    Dead without doubts, easy relaxation for ever
    Sleep, not to think, not to suffer, not await

    Sleep for ever, at the end rest Perhaps?
    Who knows? life it is a sense not being so
    When there is not will to continue

    Only rest is the time, today only rest is my will.


    At night

    I thought When you sleep beside me ….
    Your freckled face, your smile so craved.
    The love in your eyes, lighting your look.
    The tune of your voice, if you are blue or happy.
    Some things I imagined you looking sleepy.
    Close my side you follow and a new day Dawns.


    I hope you have buy lot of things on Black Friday.

    Yesterday I was walking under the rain, all day raining
    I walked for long long time, no body at sight
    Threes changing colors, drops of water on my body
    Only the noise of rain falling
    My steps for three or more hours
    Madrid is a beautiful city that it is for discover
    Some of the sites I have been were new for me

    At the end looking to my phone that it is
    connection with a new watch that measure
    everything about my body, steps, km and so forth
    I could see that I walked 17 km. under the rain
    It was just incredible.

    It is a new subject in my life
    Every evening after lunch I start to walk
    Doing so I have been for 16 days already
    3 kg. less, and 8 cm less of waist
    My belly going bigger and I don´t like it.

    Discovering the pleasure of walking for hours.
    It is really so good.

    Bye friends see you soon.


  2. emiliano says:

    Sorry, “you have bought lot of things”…………..as always reading
    my writing afterward.

  3. emiliano says:

    On my walk I have a talk with a blonde girl, really nice, very young and beautiful.
    I was lost and asked her about a street.
    She replied me, I am not from here.
    Where are you from?
    I asked her.
    She told me, I am from Bulgaria
    Far away from here, but you speak perfect Spanish I said
    How long have you been here in Madrid?
    She said to me:
    I have been here for three months but I have studied Spanish for long
    at my country.
    Do you like Madrid?, I asked her.
    Yes, marvelous city indeed it is very beauty.

    Thanks a lot, I hope to go to your country
    and I would like to see Sofia the capital.
    Is it beauty?

    Of course she told me.

    After that, we said good bye, just a pleasure to
    talk with you.

    This girl from Bulgaria has been the only one
    I have talked face to face along full day.
    By the phone I have talked with Cuca, twice, my two
    sisters, and Charo.


  4. emiliano says:

    The big bang theory……

    Do not know how I touched the irony that by tradition, true or false, attributed to the Galicians.
    My grandfather was a Galician man from Pontevedra, and inherited much of him although not know
    if irony is part of my genes.

    I think not, I feel more well sarcastic than ironic, and throughout
    my life I have exercised sarcastic manners many times.
    for better, for worse, I do not know but honestly I had to
    regret sometimes for having been so with people on account my
    acid sarcasm.

    In contrast, without being Galician I know, my wife has lavished irony
    from every pore.
    She is shy, polite, cordial, but ironic but her power and it is best is
    that you do not notice her ironic manner.

    I perceive it at first after many years together, well that came to me the irony of her
    that I sometimes try and have tried to imitate getting poor results.
    Her proverbial irony saves now a sick unwanted situation, stay in a residence for the elderly, and
    is there more than irony its better than acidity and incomprehension.

    Some days before when she was beside me she had the ironic humor that characterizes her and
    that I admire in her who told me the childlike situations that occur continuously in the place she lives now.
    They are like children tells me , and as such selfish, envious and with much malice so I always try
    to respond with humor, quiet and rather ironic. She refers to the older one who live round her all day.

    Talking about both likes the series “the theory Big Bang “in which sarcasm and irony come together continuously.
    The protagonist Sheldon Cooper never just learned if irony or sarcasm what their peers shows with, and at the
    height of naivety even question.

    But the also puzzling or ironic and if not there is a small sample of dialogue in the series: Leonard Hofstadter :
    I’m just going to run to the store and get a few things; I’ll pick you up when you ‘ re done. Sheldon Cooper : Okay. . II like it a little better When you stay, but all right Angelo : Hey, Sheldon. Sheldon Cooper : Hello. . I’m here for my haircut with Mr. D’Onofrio Angelo : I’m sorry. Uncle Tony’s in hospital. . He’s pretty sick Sheldon Cooper : Oh, dear. Mr. D’Onofrio is in the hospital. Why do things always happen to These me? Angelo . I Could cut it for you Sheldon Cooper : You’re not Mr. D’Onofrio. . I get my haircut by Mr. D’Onofrio [ to Leonard ] Sheldon Cooper

    You believe this guy
    He thinks often that the world is against yours just happens to a lot of people that I have had to deal
    and with whom I have not had enough character to reply them with irony.

    My wife enjoyed this series as few have done as It infected her by his enthusiasm.

    It´s a pity that now she can´t follows the serial so good and funny.


  5. Tania says:

    Hi, Jader!
    Hi, Marcos!
    Hi, Yaroslav!
    Hi, Mary Carmen!
    Hi, Dan!
    Hi, Peter!
    Nice to meet you all again on our blog!

    Best wishes,


  6. Tania says:

    Dear Emiliano, as tomorrow it is your birthday I want to know that you are not alone, you are with us.
    Even if we can’t see each other, we are together with our teachers.
    You are the same, you are not “empty”, you have “the will to continue” (at least our blog which need you).
    About the rest, “today only rest is my will”… we have all the time for rest. We don’t have to call it… it will come.
    Anyway, your poem, Depression, is very nice.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY , dear Emiliano, and I wish you that “a new day Dawns”!

    Best wishes to you and our dear Cuca,


  7. Tania says:

    Of course that “At Night ” is to the my taste.

    “I thought when you sleep beside me…
    The love in your eyes……………………
    The tune of your voice………………….
    Close my side you follow and a new day Dawns.”

    Thank you, dear Emiliano.


  8. Tania says:

    Dear Emiliano, don’t forget to eat plum cakes, your favorite, and for us.

  9. Tania says:

    I have started to read my first science-fiction book, Ubik, by Philip K. Dick.
    I don’t know if I can read it wholly…

  10. Tania says:

    Instead, I read “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott, English Cafe 555.
    It is funny that I had to go to the child sector of the public library to borrow it.

  11. Tania says:

    It was Black Friday and my my country but a week ago, I do not know why. But it continues for two or three weeks.
    Many, many shopping on line.
    I have seen on TV news the incredible and funny scenes of the Black Friday from the U.S.

  12. Tania says:

    Peter, you used to tell us more about Canada. Even about the weather … it is interesting.

  13. emiliano says:

    Hi Tania, thanks so much and I am happy today because my daughter Eva
    has came from La Palma (Islas Canarias) to be with her mother and her
    Tomorrow we are going to be with Cuca, the three together, and lunch in a
    restaurant close to the Residence celebrating emiliano´s birthday.

    It could be a very nice day for Cuca, for me and also for the girl. My daughter has
    given me the best gift she could give to her father and mother.

    Now Gatufo is on my lap, never I am alone having the loving cat.


  14. Tania says:


    Have a nice day, dear Emiliano!

    Best wishes,


  15. Aecio Flavio Perim says:

    Hello, friends, How are you? I don’t forget you. I can’t. Every day I open my ESL to read your comments and they are amazing, good ideas, that’s what friends are about.
    From Brazil

  16. emiliano says:

    One of the best birthday I could remember despite I have passed lot of very one.
    There were some in family with my parents, spouse and daughters that were really
    unforgettable, nice days, good days, that seemed never were going to end.

    But they ended, my parents gone, my daughters got growing on and life passed
    very fast.

    Yesterday was a day for ever remember as long as my mind could be good.

    The three together Cuca, Eva and me having a nice meal and passing an
    incredible good time.
    We were in a restaurant, out of the nursery, Cuca was absolutely happy
    just the same like me and my daughter.

    So, thanks my God life was good in those moments.


  17. Peter says:

    Boy ,
    Dear Jeff ,
    I was away. I came back in town last night. I got home late at night and best think I know , you’v revamped the whole eslpod format on us. Man ,very confusing !
    U know I m not the most internet savvy person.it will take me quite time to find my feet around the new format. I teoalky lost my hearings around the blog. I don’t know even wrather or not I m commenting on the latest blog post.
    I opened up eslpod last night and I notice Jeff has gone totally wolf on us.
    First , I tried to find my way around the new format Jeff is pushing ,I must say.
    Well ,no success !!
    As u should have known by now ,I m not the brightest bulb in the chandelier.
    I ended up seeking help.
    Jessica , a faculty member of Eslpo , was kind enough to walk he through it.
    Every time I encounter any technical difficulties , Jessica is my to-go gal.she is very attentive. Thanks Jessica for the help.

    I m a proud premium and select member in eslpod realm.
    I checked the changes last night , I m happy to say eslpod team add a thing or two
    We ,manners ,now have access to learning guid audio lesson and extracurricular lessons : such a ” the life of Jeff ” the life of Lucy ” and so on.

    U got a nice smiley pic up there 🙂

    Guys Jeff is not just the boss but the face of eslpod yet so modest !!

    Thabks Jeff
    Thabks Lucy
    Thabks Jessica
    Thabks eslpod back room boys
    For the great job down


    A premium and select member of eslpod
    Boy this thing is getting longer and longer. Soon I will run out of page :))


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