Vocabulary – Carnage

In his first speech as President of the United States, Donald Trump said: “This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.” Carnage is Destruction The word “carnage” has a Latin root and it comes from the word “carne”, which means “meat” or “flesh”. We see the word “carne” […] Read more »

The Story of the Central Bank

Vocabulary and Grammar – a practical situation Let’s study the vocabulary and grammar of politics and economics and government. Let’s study a practical situation. Let’s study the grammar in the context of one practical situation. Look at these sentences and note the differences and similarities: Link to conversation about economics […] Read more »

Idioms – What is a scam?

A “scam” is a newer word and a “racket” is an older word. A scam or a racket is a dishonest business. Have you read “War is a Racket” by General Smedley Butler, the most decorated marine in the history of the United States Military? Have you ever worked in […] Read more »

Have you been to Cuba?

The island of Cuba has a high literacy, an excellent medical system, and the people live a long time. Hear some Brits and an Australian talk about Cuba and their leader, Fidel Castro. 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 »

The Argentine Economy

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Download audio file (argentine.mp3) at lu6fpj Australian Guy: How is the Argentinian economy now, like there was a crash a few years ago wasn’t there? Argentine Guy: The crash was in 2001 and after that I don’t know if you remember we had […] Read more »

The Tamil Minority in Sri Lanka

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Download audio file (tamilminority.mp3) at noaman Reporter: Uh-huh. Tamil Man: Open this one. (the digital recorder; “turn it on”) Reporter: Yeah. Tamil Man: Very important. Reporter: Good. Tamil Man: The Sri Lankan Government; what they are doing now. They understand that the Tamil […] Read more »

They could have broke the back of OPEC

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Download audio file (OPEC.mp3) at elkrusty A guy from Indiana talked to Mark about the war in Iraq. Mark: Which oil cartel? Guy: OPEC. Mark: OPEC. Right. And they were gonna like stop everything being hitched to the dollar and like..? Guy: No. […] Read more »

Plutonium is a Dangerous Substance

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Download audio file (plutonium.mp3) at maidrin_rua Mark and Aaron talked to an eighty-six year-old Japanese poet and political activist who had lived in India and China. Mark: Ok so you came back to Japan because it is an important time…like…the constitution… Naoto: Yeah…you […] Read more »