NEW Lessons this Week (December 19, 2016)

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ON MONDAY
Daily English 1270 – Cold and Frozen Treats

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 hit the spot” and “pool.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Popular Ice Cream Desserts.”
“According to the International ‘Dairy Foods’ (foods made from milk) Association, the average American eats almost 22 pounds…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON WEDNESDAY
Cultural English 586

Topics: Famous Americans – Malcolm X; to pack/packing versus to box/boxing versus to wrap/wrapping; rational versus reasonable; to insinuate

In the Learning Guide:  Get a full transcript (written version of every word you hear).
In “What Insiders Know,” you will read about “The Black Arts Movement.”
“The 1965 ‘assassination’ (murder for political reasons) of Malcolm X ‘gave birth to’ (led to; caused to appear or happen)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

ON FRIDAY
Daily English 1271 – Disapproving of a Remarriage

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 stay true to” and “to take up with.”
In the “Culture Note,” learn about “Legal Requirements for Remarrying.”
“Anyone who wants to ‘wed’ (get married) must get a ‘marriage license’ (official, legal permission to marry another person)…” – READ MORE in the Learning Guide

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3 Responses to NEW Lessons this Week (December 19, 2016)

  1. Mary Carmen says:

    Good morning,
    Winter is here to stay the next months and Christmas is coming.
    It is probably a good chance to gaher with loved ones and have a meal, share peaceful moments and even exchange gifts (for me, this last is not compulsory). It is also time to remember those loved ones who are not near or no longer will be.
    Well, I don’t want to sound too formal, however since I love you all, I wish you a happy Christmas and of course a happy winter!
    Merry Christmas too for the whole ESL podcast team.

    Best wishes,
    Mari Carmen

  2. emiliano says:

    My dear friend

    When I get up Gatufo gives me his good morning, be at my side in bed, looking at me and meows like saying good morning emiliano.
    When I leave the bedroom he jumps out from above the bed and run with me around the house.

    He goes into the bathroom, comes into the living room, climbs on top of my legs when I open the pc., He curls up on my legs and goes back to sleep

    If I entertain myself in dressing he grabs one of the shoes and tries to stick his head in it.
    A little neglect me hiding under the couch and makes me pull down, played with and reaching out having to remove the shoe from under the couch.

    Gatufo is always playful, good mood, not a day that does not come with me and pull on the floor looking for me to scratch him or playing just a Little.

    It is a constant joy to have you my cat by my side since his mood does not change becomes even more affectionate when I find something low morale.

    And this is Gatufo, my good friend.

  3. emiliano says:

    MAGIC OR REAL CHAINS AFTER ALL
    (nothing so beauty like nature and love)

    Magic of today should be chains for tomorrow?.
    I ask myself frequently and somehow I do really think so.
    Why it could be so?. May be because what it was like magic some years ago for me or for old humans (older people like me now who have known a different way of living without so many devices) it is going to be the natural common life for millions of persons without any king of magic. It is the reality for all of them, without any surprises at all as it has been for me before.
    Is it so?…A good question to think about.
    Well I think it is, and there are several examples about this my absolute private opinion.
    A proof could be to take off the smart phone out from the hands of children or a young boy or girl of sixteen, or thirty …., or even from nearly out of mine or a business man/woman hands. Doing that immediately this person would be lost, without knowing what to do or how to work but it could be applied to a Tablet, the Mp3 or the computer.
    Is it any body willing to think a world without television or radio?
    What about without electricity? Only for a month?
    Without a single car or computer?.
    Life is going to be inconceivable without a smartphone, a tablet or a laptop at hands or whichever kind of electronic device since a hundred years to now.
    Little or big electronic machines with millions of small pieces of silica it is so common now that there is nothing that could be working without some microchips inside all the new supplies.
    Our houses are full of little or big devices with millions of chips, silica sand inside them that make an easier way of living, or at least we do think so.
    Sooner than later the big cities of our world could be similar to the big sea beaches with just a hundred thousand millions of silica inside the houses or nearly everyplace of the next future world that we now could imagine.
    It is a fact than when magic turns to the usual common way of living the magical surprise is absolutely over and everything starts to depend of technology development.
    Who is now surprised about new computers?, a new tablet or smart phone?. or every kind of new devise in an hospital, office or home?.
    Me or people of my own age only, but not young so accustomed to see now and then the last supplies or electronics little machines.

    Surprises are finished and we await new marvelous smart phones, mp3 gadget or whichever kind of toy that we do not know how much work or play could be done with them without not too much astonishment.
    ——-
    Frequently we need the smart phone every place at home, in the bath room, in the living room, in the bed room but even outside, at the park, at the friend’s house (just a so not polite attitude by our side), at the theatre, at the table, every place without any kind of good behavior from our part. It´s a crazy way of being slaves of development device as it is.
    Where is our politeness? Where is our freedom? . So many questions about what is a nice good life enriched by the new magical things or slavery form of dependency to the new informatics devices.
    To me it is clear; informatics science affects our lives but sometime in the wrong way of doing addicts to it instead of giving us more freedom.
    Yes, I am an addict too.
    It is incredible that me after growing up without nearly anything, I had not a TV apparatus at home, even not a dial phone being a child, not a type machine, not a pickup, not washing machine or frigorific to do the house chores. In fact nothing of the modern things a house has now that makes our life easier, but me having these memories I have now all kind of informatics new devices or toys that makes my life a little more amusing, yes, all kind of new informatics toys that make me astonished about this kind of progress but frequently it makes something to think about future life.

    emiliano (gatufo)

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