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Edward C
Professional Teacher
Free Listening Practice I've posted another podcast episode. 
It's available for free to anyone looking for extra English listening practice.
You can find it here (SoundCloud) or here (feedburner)

In this episode, we talk about the number 13 and how it is viewed in different cultures. We also interview our friend Laura, who works as an architect and interior designer, and get to know a bit about her work and daily life.
And, as always, we introduce lots of new vocabulary and expressions to help ESL learners.

After listening, share your thoughts on the discussion questions below:
1. Does the number 13 have any special meaning (good or bad) in your country?
2. Do you have any favorite (or lucky) numbers?
3. Are there any superstitions that you follow?
4. Are you interested in architecture and interior design?
5. Have you ever eaten Polish food?

I'll share my own answers a little later in the week.
:)
Aug 3, 2016 1:53 PM
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Thanks for your response!
I'm glad you enjoyed the podcast. I will post another link early next week.
:)
I don't know if I've ever eaten Polish cake, but it sounds delicious. 
And I don't think we have any superstitions here about placing a trash bin in the living room, but I've seen a few examples of superstitions from different countries regarding when and how to remove garbage from your house.
Interesting... 
August 6, 2016

1.Does the number 13 have any special meaning ( good or bad ) in your country?

No, it just a normal number. Following the listening content, number 4 is an unlucky number indeed. It sounds like dead in Chinese. 

2.Do you have any favorite ( or lucky ) numbers?

Although number 4 is an unlucky number, it's my favorite number. Because my phone, identity card and birthday number include many number 4. But I think I'm a lucky person if compare to my friends.

3.Are there any superstitions that you follow?

I follow many superstitions. Because I'm living in my house, I have to obey my mom. For example, my mom think setting trash can in the living room will ruin fortune. For this reason, It's inconvenient to throw a trash. 

4.Are you interested in architecture and interior design?

I interested in interior design. Also, I buy something to decorate my room. As it comes to architecture, I just like admire how amazing it is.

5.Have you ever eaten Polish food?

Yes, I had eaten Polish Cake before. It decorated with many fruits which make it looks delicious.


Thank you for recommending this listening practice. You are so nice.:)

August 6, 2016

As promised, here are my own answers to the DQs:
1. Does the number 13 have any special meaning (good or bad) in your country?
It is generally seen negatively (e.g. the "Friday the 13th" horror series) in Canada, but most people just have fun with the idea and don't let it affect their lives.  
2. Do you have any favorite (or lucky) numbers?
I've always liked the numbers 9 and 19 when playing team sports and maybe for the occasional lottery ticket. Otherwise, I might actually choose 13 just for fun.
3. Are there any superstitions that you follow?
I don't consider myself a superstitious person, but I'll still knock on (or touch) wood to prevent bad luck or a 'jinx'--even if I don't believe it has any effect on the future.
4. Are you interested in architecture and interior design?
I think architecture can be very interesting. Interior design isn't really my thing, but I think I can still appreciate unique styles and layouts.

5. Have you ever eaten Polish food?
Yes, many times. Cabbage rolls can be very delicious, and I'm always a fan of a good Polish pickle.

August 4, 2016
Hi Alan,
I'm glad you liked the podcast and really appreciate the positive feedback from a fellow teacher.
Thanks!

August 3, 2016
Great podcast, Edward! I'm an English teacher myself, and I thought it was great. There's a lot of useful language in there.
August 3, 2016
Edward C
Language Skills
English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese
Learning Language
French, Vietnamese