The Economics of the Banking System

(In) 1913 this country died when we adopted the central bank and we got rid of sound money. We used to be able in 1913 to walk into a bank and redeem our dollars with gold. Can we do that any more? No! What is the price of gold now? Almost two thousand dollars. It has gone up six hundred dollars an ounce this year. Read more »

Bilingual – English, French, Spanish and Italian – 1

[audio:3latinlangs.mp3] Download audio file (3latinlangs.mp3) Use this post to compare three romance languages: What are you doing? French Spanish Italian I am reading a book. French Spanish Italian Which book? (French) (Spanish) (Italian) It’s a book about history. (French) (Spanish) (Italian) What kind of history? (French) (Spanish) (Italian) The history […] Read more »

The Elixir of Immortality

If you had the chance to live forever, would you take it? Hear about a Chinese man who wanted to live forever and how he tried to do it. Read more »

Chinese Revolution

Did you know that the main protagonists of the Chinese revolution, Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-Shek, were related? Find out how in this conversation between an American and an Australian. Read more »

Football is the Global Language

Some people have said that football, or soccer, is the world's global language. Indeed, it is the world's most popular sport. Listen to an Australian bloke talk with a Yorkshireman about football. Read more »

Who was the real Hannibal?

[audio:ishtar.mp3] Download audio file (ishtar.mp3) at grabthar Syrian Guy: There. What happened there? You know? Mark: You were talking about Ishtar. The old Assyrian goddess. Syrian Guy: Ishtarte. Ishtarte. Mark: Ishtarte. Yeah. Syrian Guy: She was the goddess of the sun. The sun-goddess. Mark: Right. This is in ancient Assyria. […] Read more »

Miyako’s Education – Part 31

[audio:miyako31.mp3] Download audio file (miyako31.mp3) at omno John: Hi, Yumie. I haven’t seen you for a while. Yumie: Yeah, I’ve been busy. How’s it going? John: Not bad. Not bad at all. What have you been up to? Yumie: Oh not much. Just studying. I have been studying a lot. […] Read more »

Miyako’s Education – Part 11

[audio:miyako11.mp3] Download audio file (miyako11.mp3) at filmmaker in japan Hiroko: Where in Kyoto do you live? John: I live near Kyoto University. Do you know Kyoto University? Hiroko: Yes, I do. It’s very famous. Do you live near the Silver Temple? John: Yes, I do. The Silver Temple is about […] Read more »