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source: VOA Learning English    2016年9月22日
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U.S. Political Party Animals

source: VOA Learning English     2016年9月26日
In U.S. politics, the elephant represents the Republican Party and the donkey represents the Democratic Party. Watch the history on how that came to be.
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U.S. Political Parties - Talking Politics in American English - Language...

source: JenniferESL    2016年9月22日
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Lesson on U.S. Presidential Election to come!
0:01 Introduction
0:21 Talking politics
0:30 Political views
0:40 Political parties
1:08 What are the two major political parties in the U.S.?
1:48 What names and symbols are associated with the two parties?
2:27 What are some key differences between the two parties?
3:33 Do voters in the U.S. have to register as Republicans or Democrats?
4:13 Lesson ending

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CNN Student News - September 27, 2016 - English CC

source: Daily Listening    2016年9月27日
CNN Student News - September 27, 2016 (Tuesday) - English Subtitle/ CC: Tuesday's show brings you some highlights of the first of three U.S. presidential debates between the Republican and Democratic nominees. Hear the candidates discuss their visions in the areas of achieving prosperity, the direction of the country, and keeping America safe. That’s CNN Student News - September 27, 2016.

BBC 6 Minute English | OLD TECHNOLOGY | English Subtitle

source: Daily Listening    2016年9月9日
Did you ever own a Walkman or a record player? Is there still a market for DVD rental stores? Alice and Neil discuss old tech and why the US Pentagon still uses floppy disks.

0:00 Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English.
0:02 I'm Alice…
0:03 And I'm Neil.
0:04 We’re talking about old technology today, Neil.
0:06 Did you use to have any old tech, you know, a Walkman, back in the 1990s?
0:11 Before music went digital?
0:12 No.
0:13 I didn't have a Walkman…
0:14 But I do have a record player.
0:16 I know you like flared trousers, but I didn't realize you were that retro.
0:21 A record player, for those of you who don’t know, is a box with a turntable – or turning
0:26 plate that you put your vinyl records on to play them.
0:30 And retro means going back to styles and fashions from the past.
0:33 Well, I love my record player.
0:36 I have a large collection of vinyl records, as well as cassette tapes that I inherited
0:40 from my parents…
0:42 Vinyl is the plastic that records are made from.
0:45 And cassette tapes came after records – which are these small plastic cases with audiotape
0:51 on reels inside them.
0:53 Well, I don't understand your fondness for out-dated stuff, Neil.
0:57 Don't be so quick to dismiss old tech, Alice.
0:59 There's been a resurgence – or new rise in – record sales recently – here in the
1:04 UK, and in the US.
1:05 Some DJs have gone back to using them, and new record stores have opened to meet the
1:10 demand for vinyl.
1:12 Really?
1:13 Yes, really.
1:14 In fact, I have a question for you, Alice: How many records were sold in the UK in 2014?
1:20 Was it… a) 10,000?
1:22 b) 100,000?
1:24 Or c) 1 million?
1:27 Well, I think it’s b) 100,000.
1:32 We'll find out if you're right or wrong later in the show.
1:34 For myself, I just think vinyl sounds nicer than digital – has a warmer quality.
1:40 That sounds a bit technical, Neil!
1:42 Don't you think this retro trend has more to do with nostalgia for the past?
1:46 Nostalgia means thinking about the past with a mixture of warm feelings and sadness.
1:51 Well, yes, I think people who grew up with the old technology probably are nostalgic
1:56 about it.
1:57 Let's listen to music journalist Jacqueline Springer talking about cassette tapes and
2:02 what they mean to her.
2:04 They were audio love letters.
2:07 They were ways in which you started to carve out your own identity so you know when Dan
2:12 or I have interviewed people we talk about… we talk to musicians about their impressions
2:18 and, you know, and their influences, and invariably it was siblings or parents.
2:21 And you would raid those vinyl albums and you would self-select.
2:27 Jacqueline Springer there.
2:28 So she calls cassette tapes 'audio love letters' – because people often compiled – or put
2:33 together – their own collection of songs on tapes and gave them to the boy or girl
2:38 they liked.
2:39 Jacqueline says they recorded songs from their parents' record collections onto tape.
2:44 And it seems that this process helped create their musical and social identity.
2:48 Yes.
2:49 I identified with The Rolling Stones, The Clash, and The Sex Pistols when I was a teen.
2:54 How about your musical identity, Alice?
2:56 Well, I was in love with all the boy bands from the 1990s – NSync, Westlife, Backstreet
3:02 Boys, Take That.
3:04 Unbelievable.
3:05 I can see I need to make you some decent tapes of music from the 90s, Alice.
3:09 I didn’t say I still like boy bands, Neil.
3:12 I'm not nostalgic for my lost teenage years – unlike you.
3:16 Old tech is everywhere.
3:17 Did you know that the US nuclear weapons force still uses a computer system dating back to
3:22 the 1970s with 8-inch floppy disks?
3:26 Floppy disks?
3:27 You mean those flexible plastic computer disks used for storing data magnetically.
3:31 Well, I can't believe the guys in The Pentagon are nostalgic about floppy disks.
3:37 Well, a Pentagon spokesperson said it would be extremely expensive to update the system
3:41 and it still works.
3:43 They plan to do it by 2020 and save a lot of space for sure.
3:47 You would need more than 130,000 8-inch floppy disks to store 32GB of information.
3:54 Wow!
3:55 This is the equivalent of an average memory stick!
3:57 Yes.
3:58 But there are more people out there keen on old tech.
4:01 How do you think a DVD rental stores survives in this era of online movie streaming?
4:06 Let’s listen to Tara Judah, co-director of UK rental store 20th Century Flicks and
4:12 find out.
4:15 We've survived because of the experience of coming into this store.
4:19 Um…
4:20 It's a very human experience.
4:22 It's human interaction.
4:23 People come here because they want to talk to somebody who's really knowledgeable about
4:27 film.
4:28 They want to have a recommendation or a conversation about the films they just watch.
4:32 You know, they really want to discuss those things.
4:37 So it's back to the idea of human contact – we like compiling lists of music and sharing
4:41 them with our friends and loved ones.
4:44 Sharing a playlist through iTunes or Spotify isn't quite the same, though.
4:48 We like talking people about the films we watch.
4:51 You can always talk to me, Neil.
4:53 Now how about giving me the answer to today's quiz question?
4:57 I asked: How many records were sold in the UK in 2014?
5:01 Was it… a) 10,000 b) 100,000?
5:04 Or c) 1 million?
5:06 I said b) 100,000.
5:09 And, Alice, you were in fact totally wrong!
5:15 The answer is c).
5:17 Vinyl is booming – in 2014, sales passed 1million albums in the UK for the first time
5:23 since 1996.
5:25 The format has been steadily increasing, thanks in part to the popularity of guitar bands,
5:30 traditionally associated with records.
5:34 Now let's hear words we learned today.
5:36 They are: record player
5:39 turntable retro
5:42 vinyl cassette tapes
5:46 resurgence nostalgia
5:49 compiled floppy disk
5:53 Well, that's the end of today's 6 Minute English.
5:56 Don't forget to join us again soon!

Carter's Breakfast

source: Simple English Videos 2014年10月7日
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Business English - 7 Common Workplace Abbreviations

source: Learn English with Valen     2009年12月11日 An abbreviation is a shortened form of a word or phrase. In written English, we use abbreviations to shorten common sentences to save time. This lesson will explain some common written abbreviations that are used in a business setting.

How to learn grammar – any grammar!!!

source: Learn English with Ronnie! 2015年1月7日
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source: Crown Academy of English     2015年2月24日
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Conversation Skills: What's your communication style?

source: JamesESL English Lessons (engVid)     2014年12月9日
Do you want to communicate better? Understand how people think? Find the best ways for you to learn English? In today's lesson, you will learn about the different ways in which people think. By understanding how people think, you will learn how to communicate with them effectively. There are three basic communication styles: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. I will teach you how to figure out what style of speaker a person is, and teach you how to speak with each type. Make sure you understood the lesson by taking the quiz. This lesson will not only help you with your English, but with all your communication!

Use of Must and Should - Common Grammar Errors in English

source: Twominute English    2013年11月13日
The difference between these two words is the urgency or the imperativeness of the task. Is it something that really has to be done, and can't be avoided? Then use 'must'. If it's something that can be done, and it's recommended that it's done, then use 'should'.
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0:00 Welcome to Teaching you English through two-minute lessons.
0:07 In this lesson, we will learn about how to use ‘must’ and ‘should’.
0:17 Hey Jack! Tell me, do you know the difference between ‘must’ and ‘should’?
0:22 I think I do. You use these words when you suggest that somebody has to do something.
0:28 That’s right. You must learn the difference between these two words.
0:33 You used must instead of should, you could also have said ‘You should learn the difference between these two words’. Right?
0:42 That’s right! But learning the difference is very important, that’s why you must know it.
0:48 So when something is very important you use must?
0:53 Correct! When you can’t avoid doing something, or doing it is very important, then you use ‘must’.
1:00 And you use ‘should’ when you want to recommend that something should be done, or when a person ought to do something, but it’s not a strict requirement.
1:10 That’s correct! You know the difference now. You should give yourself a treat!
1:16 I should, so it’s not a requirement and I may or may not do it.
1:22 It’s your choice. But we must hear some sample conversations.
1:27 We must, so we have to. Okay, let’s go!
1:39 What documents must I bring to sign the lease for the apartment?
1:43 You must bring some identity proof for the records, and you should also bring the cash advance.
1:49 Can I pay the advance through a check?
1:52 Yes, you can. You can bring a check instead of cash if you want.
1:56 What time should I come?
1:58 I leave at 6 every day. So you must come before 6 PM.
2:03 Thank you. See you soon!
2:12 Where’s the bus?
2:13 I think it’s running late.
2:16 It should have been here 30 minutes ago.
2:18 It should be coming soon.
2:20 It must, because I’m already late for work.
2:30 We must stop polluting Earth!
2:33 I agree. We are ruining this planet. We should do something about it.
2:38 I think we should use cycles instead of cars to get to places.
2:43 You’re right, and we should not build any nuclear reactors.
2:49 You’re right. Remember the Fukushima disaster in Japan? We must use renewable power like Germany.
2:59 I think we should write a letter to our senator demanding renewable energy!
3:07 What documents must I bring to sign the lease for the apartment?
3:16 You must bring some identity proof for the records, and you should also bring the cash advance.
3:28 What time should I come?
3:32 I leave at 6 every day. So you must come before 6 PM.
3:42 It should have been here 30 minutes ago.
3:47 It should be coming soon.
3:52 We must stop polluting Earth!
3:57 We should do something about it.
4:01 I think we should write a letter to our senator demanding renewable energy!

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How to Pronounce the -ED Ending Correctly in English

source: Espresso English    2013年1月29日
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How to change Basic English into Business English

source: Learn English with Rebecca       2013年6月13日 Want to get that job? Improve your image? Sound more professional? Learn how to transform simple English words to business English vocabulary and watch your career take off! I'll show you how to change "get" to "receive", " make sure" to "ensure", "give more information" to "elaborate", and more. These small vocabulary changes will make a huge difference in your English level. Test yourself on this lesson at