Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
An Young brought Canapes to the Advanced Conversation Class.
Ingredients for the Holiday Canape:
- fresh dill (like a tiny christmas tree)
- cherry tomato (christmas ornament)
- cheese (monterey jack)
- poppy seed dressing (or honey mustard)
- melba toast (or small square cracker)
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Mr Lin cooked his favorite dish, Savory Shrimp,
the SeniorESL Christmas Party
Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
A music-filled program looking at how Americans observe the most widely celebrated religious holiday in the US.
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Mr Kim sings a Korean folk song
Monday, December 22, 2008
ESLPod's Blog “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry (updated 122808)
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
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Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
White House Greetings:
The White House sends special anniversary greetings to couples who have celebrated over fifty years of marriage. The White House also sends greetings for the birth of new babies, birthday greetings to people over eighty years old, and weddings greetings. See White House Greetings for further info.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Shinobu: Well, as you can see, my hair is pretty curly. When it’s long, it looks like an Afro. I want it to be a lot shorter, but I don’t want a buzz cut. ...Download Podcast
VOANEWS: Soil Erosion Threatens Chinese 'Breadbasket'
A study says more than one-third of China's territory is being damaged by wind and water, largely because of farming and forest loss. Transcript of radio broadcast: 08 December 2008
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VOANews: Trying to Live With a Recession in the World's Largest Economy
Millions of Americans cut their spending as they worry about keeping their jobs and their homes. Yet spending helps drive the economy. Transcript of radio broadcast: 08 December 2008
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Tuesday, December 9, 2008
ESLPodcast 60 - Getting a Haircut
It has been too long since I had my hair cut. My bangs were too long, I had split ends and my ... Just as I had hoped, Mark did a great job with my hair. Download Podcast
White hair may be a thing of the past
Worried about getting old? Don’t want to get wrinkles? Wondering how to stop going grey, or white, or silver? Well help may be at hand with the last one of these fears.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Korean Stir Fried Korean Noodles (Chapchae) Recipe
with Jonathon Stewart
An easy to make, versatile dish that is loaded with flavor and color, japchae is perfect for guests and parties, or can be cooked ahead and savored at home throughout the week.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
The 2008 Inflation Celebration: Watch the giant helium parade balloons inflate on Saturday, December 6 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Join us for live entertainment, children’s activities, and fun!
This year's San Jose Holiday Parade is on Sunday, December 7, 2008, beginning at 8:30 a.m., televised live on NBC Bay Area at 9:00 a.m. and streamed worldwide on NBCbayarea.com.
More info about the San Jose Holiday Parade
About History Parade Route Directions Special Offers Parade Vault Contact
Friday, December 5, 2008
ESL Podcast 274 – Buying Stamps at the Post Office
To send a Priority Mail envelope, you can get $4.05 stamps, and delivery is usually in two to three days. How many would you like of each?
Thursday, December 4, 2008
ESL Podcast 136 - Having a Baby
I don't care what sex the baby is as long as it's healthy. Carlos is really excited about the baby. He has been going with me to every prenatal appointment ...
ESL Podcast 207 – Giving Birth in a Hospital
After a lot of pushing, the baby came out head first, not breech, and it was healthy. I was so relieved I couldn’t stop hugging my wife. ...
Monday, December 1, 2008
ESL Podcast 140 - Buying on the Internet
When I want to buy something, I do it online. I like buying on the Internet because I can easily do some comparison shopping and find the best price. ...Download Podcast
ESL Podcast 224 – Holiday Promotions
Since we’re an online business and not a brick- and-mortar store, we can’t just put signs in the window or do other types of traditional advertising. ...Download Podcast
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
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Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Healthy People Apparently Benefit From Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Statins lower heart attack, stroke risk in people with high C-reactive proteins. According to a new study, apparently healthy people who take cholesterol-lowering drugs can dramatically reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke. VOA's Jessica Berman reports. 11 November 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
ESL Podcast 381 – Watching the TV News
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Hu Jintao PRC President from China
Jackie Chan Actor from Hong Kong
Yao Ming Basketball player from China
Zhang Ziyi Actor from China
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Aung San Suu Kyi Democrary Leader from Burma
Ban Ki-moon UN Secretary General from S. Korea
Diana, Princess of Wales from England
Hillary Rodham Clinton US Senator from New York
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Today, we will vote in class, then host a breaktime snack.
English Café 118
Topics: How to become the president of the United States, tailgating parties, seize versus arrest versus detain, pronouncing “the,” expressions for showing sympathy . Download Podcast
term of office
Monday, November 3, 2008
Today, we will talk about the election and read the eighth chapter of Andrew's Journey to a New Life in America. (Hint: someone gets caught snooping!)
English Café 161
Oct 28, 2008 ... election mandatory to register to vote to fill out democracy to get out the vote voter drives soldier veteran benefits economy ...
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
On Sunday, Nov 2 2am, we turn back the clocks 1 hour (yeah, one more hour of sleep!). Safety experts also advise people to change the batteries in their smoke alarms.
Click here to see a very interesting interactive exhibit about Daylight Savings Time.
Friday, October 31, 2008
As a kid, I always liked Halloween. I liked dressing up in a costume that I pick out at the store or, more often, we made out of odds and ends at home. ...
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Yesterday, we discussed idioms about fire/love.
Before: "hot for"
I am hot for that new girl at work. I think I will ask her out.
I am burning with love for my new girlfriend.
After: "carry a torch"
She dumped me, but I still carry a torch for her.
Long time ago: "old flame"
Don't be jealous--she's just an old flame. She was my girlfriend a l-o-n-g time ago.
ESL Podcast 328 – Dishonesty at Work
Amina: Charlie was fired last Friday after the company found out that he had been ...
Shane: Considering he was fired, I’d keep it a secret from management, ...
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
ESL Podcast 299 – An Old Love
Andrew: You’ll never guess who I got an email from yesterday.
Charley: ... So, you got an email from an old flame. Very interesting. ...
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Juan: You’ll never guess who I got an email from yesterday. Naomi: Who? Juan: Diana Shultz. ... So, you got an email from an old flame. Very interesting. ...
ESL Podcast 154 - Using Email
One of the first things I do each morning is to check my email. I open the email program on my computer and I check for new messages. ...
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I'm not a very good cook but I decided to surprise my wife by making a three-course meal. Download Podcast
Friday, October 24, 2008
- Real estate
- To afford something
Thursday, October 23, 2008
After failing twice his Citizenship inteviews twice, he waited for more than 6 months for another chance. He begged me to go with him, so we met in the Ocean Market parking lot at 8am. When we arrived at the USCIS office, I made him drink three cups of tea, which considerably braced him up for his interview. This time he was ready; this time he passed!
Today, we will continue reading the fifth chapter of Andrew's Journey to a New Life in America.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
From Teacher Jennifer--I am absent today because I have gone to the USCIS with Cai Yi Lun. Today, substitute Teacher Gloria will review Renting an Apartment vocabulary from the Heinle Dictionary. The class will solve the level C crossword puzzle on Billing, then read and discuss a story about rent negotiation.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
ESL Podcast 221 – Long Distance Relationships
Ah, long distance love! Find out about the problems of having a girlfriend on the other side of the country. Download Podcast
ESL Podcast 258 – Moving in Together Sometimes couples don’t agree on how to continue their romantic relationship. Find out more in this episode. Download Podcast
ESL Podcast 166 - A Marriage Proposal I
How do you ask a woman to marry you? Learn how in this podcast. Download Podcast
ESL Podcast 167 - Marriage Proposal Part II
Asking a woman to marry you isn't always easy, as we learn in this podcast. Download Podcast
Sunday, October 19, 2008
What we have here is a failure to communicate. Learn about talking to your spouse in this episode. Download Podcast
ESLPodcast 53 - Understanding Men and Women Men and women sometimes have problems communicating with each other. Download Podcast
Saturday, October 18, 2008
ESL Podcast 293 – Being Affectionate in Public
Everyone has a different idea about how people in love should act in public. Download Podcast
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
of the Third Debate between McCain and Obama
Today, we will continue reading the third chapter of Andrew's Journey to a New Life in America.
ESL Podcast 362 – Getting In-Flight Service
Learn how to ask for things on an airplane in English in this episode. Download Podcast
I pushed the call button to get the attention of the flight attendant.
Flight attendant: Yes? What can I do for you?
Hal: It’s very cold in the cabin. Is it possible to get a blanket?
ESL Podcast 142 - At a Nighclub
My friend Sabrina and I decided to go out dancing last weekend.
... Hey, is that Jeff on the dance floor over there?
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
VOA Daily Download Tuesday October 14, 2008
Today, we will read the third chapter of Andrew's Journey to a New Life in America.
Extra words (inspired by Heinle Picture Dictionary: Taking a Flight)
- upright position
- lean back
- vegetarian meal
- food allergies
- bump (noun)
- bump (verb)
- bumped (slang)
- bump into (phrasal verb)
- bumper-to-bumper traffic (idiom)
- time difference
- jet lag
- public display of affection
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
ESL Podcast 259 – Making a Restaurant Reservation
Apr 13, 2007 ... Hostess: How many will be in the party? Randy: There will be seven of us. Hostess: And the name on the reservation?
Monday, October 13, 2008
- For more Classics, contact the Silicon Valley Asian Art Center.
- For more info about Chinese book printing, go to online exhibit: The Glory of Chinese Printing (in Chinese and English).
Sunday, October 12, 2008
ESLPodcast 52 - At the Art Exhibit
I really wanted to see the new exhibit at the art museum and invited Lucy to come along. We both like contemporary art . . .
Saturday, October 11, 2008
ESL Podcast 298 – Visiting a Museum
Guard: It’s open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. It’s closed on Sunday.
Rudy: Thanks. I’ll be back tomorrow.
Friday, October 10, 2008
36 Hours in Taipei, Taiwan By EDWARD WONG, NYTimes
TAIPEI, the vibrant capital of Taiwan, distills the best of what Asian cities have to offer — great street food, crackling night life, arguably the world’s best collection of Chinese art, and hot springs and hiking trails reachable by public transport.
Slide Show: Weekend in Taipei, NYTimes
With interest in mainland China surging, Taipei — one of the most underrated tourist destinations in Asia — offers a look at a different side of China.
Slide Show: Mixing Flavors in Taipei, NYTimes
From street food to haute cuisine, Taiwan turns influence into innovation.
The Gallery owner was kind enough to give a print to each of the Seniors. Mr. Shen, born in the Year of the Horse, admires his totem animal.
Listen: A Filly Has Won The Belmont Stakes One of America's biggest horse ...
One of America's biggest horse races was won by a female horse on Saturday. ... (an old story with a good idiom: rags to riches).
Thursday, October 9, 2008
On Monday, Senior ESL began to read Andrew's Journey to a New Life in America.
We will go to the Computer Lab 406.
- Listen to Andrew's Journey to a New Life in America, Chapter 1.
- Listen to ESLPodcast 19 - Going Shopping
"Credit card," I said, as I swiped the card through the reader. ... Finally, the card processed and he handed me the charge slip to sign. ...