Learn English – Podcast: People and Places – Burke 2 – And then they went to Europe

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Download audio file (burke2.mp3) at Monique Hofland Mark: So you came to Toronto when you were about two and a half? Burke: M-hm. Yep. Mark: And your parents, were they Canadian or? Burke: Yeah they were both Canadians. They were simply … They were trained as teachers and so they joined the government program called CSIS. Mark: How do you spell that? Burke: C-S-I-S. Mark: Uh-huh. Burke: And it was in order to help developing countries train professionals, in this case, training them how to teach. Mark: So they worked in Ghana as teachers? Burke: Yeah. Teaching teachers how to teach, so methodology… Mark: Ah teacher trainers. Right. Ok. Burke: Yep. Mark: And then they went to Europe. Burke: Yep. Mark: They were doing the same thing in Europe? Burke: Ahm Europe.. they were just seeing the country with… My sister would have been like five or six and I would have been, as I said, about two at that time so they traveled with two children just to show us I guess.. Mark: Right. Burke: …a taste of Europe and… Mark: That must have been wonderful. Do you remember very much? Burke: Actually the only memory I have of Europe is a green beer bottle and a window sill in Amsterdam. Mark: Wow! Burke: And the beer was called Oranjeboom. I remember just looking down on this intersection and there was this kind of cobblestone kind of look and I just have that imprint and a sort of a feeling with it but I do not really have any other extended memories from that time. No Tags Less

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Learn English – Podcast: Making a Documentary

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Download audio file (documentary.mp3) at irp Mark: So you are making a documentary? French Guy: Yes. Bjorn: Yeah right. Mark: Yes? Where are you from? Bjorn: The basic crew is from Germany. Mark: M-hm. Bjorn: I am from Switzerland. Our main re-enacter is from France. And another protagonist is is also from France. Mark: Right so you are French, Swiss and German. Bjorn: Yes. It is basically German. It is a German crew. Mark: Everybody is speaking English though (able to speak English). French Guy: Yes. Bjorn: Yes. Mark: What part of Switzerland do you come from? Bjorn: I am from Bern. The Swiss-German part. Mark: So you are a German (speaker)? Bjorn: Yeah. Swiss-German and I have been living for fifteen years in Munich. Mark: What is the documentary about? Bjorn: Ok. The documentary is about the character of Henri Le Saut. He is a French monk born in 1910. Mark: Uh-huh. Bjorn: In forty-nine he moved in a mission for the Benedictine… Mark: Ah He is a Christian. Bjorn: Yeah. Christian monk. Benedictine monk from Brittany in France. He moved to India in order to mission the Hindus. Mark: Right. Bjorn: In order to understand the deeper meaning of hinduism. Mark: M-hm Bjorn: He went deeper and deeper into the Vedas and eventually turned sanyasin. Mark: Really? Bjorn: However without leaving his Benedictine.. Mark and Bjorn: Order. Mark: Right. Bjorn: It would not be such an amazing case but he left a lot of writings and he wrote a lot of books about this ambiguity and this sort of being torn between two religions but eventually he did not want to serve any of the religions but he wanted to look for God. Mark: To serve God. Right. Bjorn: To serve God. Yeah. So he lived here from forty-nine to seventy-three. He never went back. Mark: Right Bjorn: Although he was invited to lots of times. He led a very simple and full life and he left a lot of writings and so we… This is the third time we have been in India. We have been here two years ago in Rishikesh. We were last year in south India in Tiranamalai ..where the ashram of Ramana Maharshi is; where he was a scholar. he had his self realization through Ramana Mahashi. So he had a really deep religious and spiritual experience in his ashram there. Mark: Great. Bjorn: And later on he moved to northern India. Mark: Uh-huh. Bjorn: And he made a sort of pilgrimage to the source of the Ganges…to Gangotri where we just have just been re-enacting lots of things with Christian, our re-enactor of Henri le Saut. Mark: Right. Bjorn: So we are trying to get bits and things together on this small indie movie level. Mark: It is just an independent movie? Bjorn: Yeah it is an independent movie and we are trying to put together a ninety minute documentary. Mark: When do you think you will finish? Bjorn: I think honestly it is going to be another one and a half years. Mark: Well. Good luck! Bjorn: Thank you. acting, adverbs, ashram, australian accent, Benedictine, Catholic Church, documentary, film, finishing sentences, france, future going to tense, future will tense, Ganges, Gangotri, german language, Germany, Henri Le Saut, hindu, hinduism, India, interruption, monk, movie, movie making, past simple tense, pragmatics, present continuous tense, present perfect continuous tense, present simple tense, Ramana Mahashi, real conversations, religion, sanyasin, Switzerland, time and numbers, Vedas, would, writing, years Less

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Learn English – Podcast: A New Life in Mosquito City – Part 20 – I have got an interview

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Download audio file (anlimc20.mp3) at Chicagoeye Mark: Ok. Well. Here I am. I am standing outside the Mosquito City Trade Towers and I have got an interview with Peter Bestluck, the richest man in Mosquito City, in about five minutes. I had better go in… Hello Receptionist: Hello. Mark: I am looking for Mr Bestluck’s Office. Receptionist: Oh. Mr Bestluck? Mark: Yes. What floor is his office on? Receptionist: It is the eighteenth floor. Mark: On the eighteenth floor. Ok. Where is the elevator? Receptionist: It is just to your left. Mark: Thanks very much. Receptionist: Thank you very much. Have a great time. Mark: Thanks a lot. Bye. Receptionist: Bye. No Tags Less

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Learn English – Podcast: Bilingual – English and Dutch – 1

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Download audio file (dutch1.mp3) Use this post to learn English and Dutch at the same time. I speak Dutch. I don’t speak English. Do you speak Dutch? I speak a little. I want to learn Dutch. I want to go to Holland. I want to live in Holland. I want to work in Holland. I don’t want to go to England. I want to go to Holland. Have you been to Holland? Yes, I have. Has he been to Holland? No, he has not. Has she been to Holland? Yes, she has. Do you understand? Do you understand me? Really? Yes. I understand. Bilinguals, dutch, Easy English Less

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