NEW Lessons this Week (December 12, 2016)

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Daily English 1268 – Conducting Employee Background Checks

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 “to be burned” and “character reference.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Ban the Box Laws.”
“Many companies require that ‘job applicants’ (people who are asking for a job)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Cultural English 585

Topics: American Authors – Truman Capote; to be understaffed versus to be stretched thin versus to be on the brink of; don’t mention it versus you’re welcome versus my pleasure; bees knees

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In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The O. Henry Award.”
“Almost every year since 1918, the O. Henry Award has been ‘bestowed’ (given with a lot of honor)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

Daily English 1269 – Problems with the Heating System

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 “to heat” and “fan.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Energy-saving Tips for Heating the Home.”
“Heating expenses ‘account for’ (makes up; totals) a ‘significant’ (worth noting; not small) percentage of a typical household’s ‘budget’…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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12 Responses to NEW Lessons this Week (December 12, 2016)

  1. Tania says:


    Glad to meet you again, dear Lili and Myokoko.
    We need you all to continue our blog to exist.
    Thank you for to be together again.

    Best wishes,


  2. Tania says:

    Books that I did not read them when I was a child, but …
    rather later than never, like “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott, English Cafe 548.
    I went to the public library with a list with all American writers mentioned by Jeff in our English Cafe… I did not find all of them but I did it.
    I have read “Little Women” , a popular children’s novel.
    I have found that Louisa May Alcott is “the novelist of children”.
    You can’t believe that many of her advice are valid and today, in a novel for children written in 1868.
    Thank you , dear Jeff, for the pleasure to come back in our childhood.

    Best wishes,


  3. Tania says:

    May I share with you some quotes from “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott ?
    I like this quote very much:

    “Don’t try to make me grow up before my time…”

    Maybe because I have always believed that we have all the time to become older.
    My physical aspect helped me, or not, as for many years many people couldn’t say how old I am even I was an adult .
    It was my secret.

  4. Tania says:


    “Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant,
    and prove that you understand the worth of time… Then youth will bring few regrets, and life become a beautiful success.”

    I think that it is a good advice for many of our young generations who know just computer games, email, smart phones with all kind of apps… and the time is passing by.

  5. Tania says:


    “Take some books and read; that’s an immense help; and books are always
    good company if you have the right sort.”

    As I like books, it’s a real help to me. And now, the right sort to us is made by
    our teachers.

  6. Tania says:


    “A Song from the South” from “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott has very nice lyrics.

    “… I merrily sing
    I am glad a task to me is given
    To labor at day by day;
    For it brings me health, and strength, and hope,
    And I cheerfully learn to say –
    ‘Head, you may think; Heart, you may feel;
    But Hand, you shall work always!’ ”

    I like very much the last lyrics:

    ‘Head, you may think; Heart, you may feel;
    But Hand, you shall work always!’

  7. Tania says:


    Thank you for that you give me the opportunity to share with you all
    these nice quotes by Louisa May Alcott, written in 1868, valid and today.

    All the best for you,


  8. Dan says:

    Hey there Tania.

    Speaking of books..

    I am traveling back in time and I am introduced to the Russian aristocracy by Tolstoy.
    They speak French and have their etiquette and titles. There are Barons, Counts, Prices, Emperors and military titles as well and so on.Lots of ridiculous titles.

    The book opens up with Bonaparte that just grabbed two Italian cities, Genoa and Lucca as “family estates”.
    That action, as explained in the book, is what makes the Russians decide that “Bonaparte has burnt his boats, and we are ready to burn ours”

    Burning one ‘s boat or bridges, means to cross the red line.

    The Russian elite call Bonaparte “the Antichrist” that’s how much he’s hated.

    There is a beautiful part where a young man that just got married, is talking with a friend trying to convince him NOT to get married and also gives out a description of women ….”My father is right. Selfish, vain, stupid, trivial in everything—that’s what women are when you see them in their true colors! When you meet them in society it seems as if there were something in them, but there’s nothing, nothing, nothing! No, don’t marry, my dear fellow; don’t marry!”

    That’s not my’s Tolstoy ‘s.

    The same guy..”My wife, continued Prince Andrew, “is an excellent woman, one of those rare women with whom a man’s honor is safe; but, O God, what would I not give now to be unmarried!” says RARE. Again not my words….Ehy Pete, read and learn here.

    Now I am just at the second book when the MEN are starting to go to the front.

    Ciao. Thanks

  9. Dan says:

    They are ridiculous!

    I am talking about those European and US politicians that came out with this new buzzword, this generic, vague term that means nothing.

    And that is “fake news”. Haven’t you guys heard?

    They are trying to pass legislation in order to silence independent media…the ones they cannot control basically.

    We have all seen during this last election cycle, with a little help from Wikileack how main stream media operate. Someone in the back moving the strings, apparently.

    This is worrying and troubling especially when this kind of censorship is brought forward in Europe and especially in the land of free speech.

    Keep the eyes open guys.

    Thanks ciao

  10. Tania says:

    Dan, please tell us more about the latest news… very interesting your opinions
    now with such many changes in the world.
    I am interested in news from the point of view of people from another countries.
    Thank you.

  11. Tania says:

    I really like telling us “War and Peace”.
    I have forgotten a lot of details.
    The women… men are looking for the perfect woman, and
    women are looking for the perfect man.
    As there isn’t a perfect man or a perfect woman… what can we do?
    Just to accept each other.

  12. Tania says:

    I apologize for that I often said bad jokes about men.

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