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Yes, that’s right … it’s a ONE-HOUR show!! Here’s what you’ll hear and learn about in our newest episode:

Elmar joins us for the NEWS stories

    • Segment 1: What’s News? Elmar, a German language teacher, joins us for stories about kidneys, press freedom, bad manners in the classroom, and happy old people in Brazil.
    • Tech Tip: Dictionary Tooltip for Firefox.
    • Segment 2: Language: -ing and -ed participles
      The girls talking in the corner are very shy.
      All of the coats received yesterday were wet.
    • Segment 3: PODnobbin’: a look at some recent English learning podcasts.
    • Segment 4: Famous Quotations: youth!

    Enjoy and learn!

    ***** Transcript may differ a little from the show audio. *****

    ===== TRANSCRIPT – English Teacher John Show 51 =====

    [Begin SEGMENT 1 – What’s News? Segment]
    05:17 into audio file

    John Koons: Alright well, with us today, we’ve got Elmar. Elmar is a German language teacher at Shinshu University and one of my good friends here. Welcome to the show Elmar!

    Elmar: Thanks. No problem. Nice to be here.

    John Koons: Yeah! Good! Well you know, the English teacher John Show, we’ve started some new, a new segment. It’s a new segment so we’re just…this is an English…we use this for English learners around the world. So as you know, we speak slowly and clearly. Elmar’s first lang-…Elmar, what is your first language?

    Elmar: My first language is German.

    John Koons: Uhm, and how about English? Is it a second or a third language?

    Elmar: Definitely second language.

    John Koons: And Elmar, you…At what age did you start studying English?

    Elmar: Ten. About ten or nine. Yeah, with nine years I guess.

    — Link to story 1 – ‘Pakistan Kidney Bazaar‘ —

    John Koons: Nine or ten. So Elmar has been…Elmar is a fluent English speaker but it’s, I think, worthy to note that it is not his first language. So we are going to talk about a new story. We’ve got a few lined up here. First, I found an interesting piece here on CNN about a kidney bazaar in Pakistan people and I think this is kind of a poverty story. People who are poor and they sell their kidneys.

    Elmar: Yeah! It’s a story that comes up from time to time. I remember this being a down peak for quite a few times. I’ve never heard about the different price, I guess, in different countries. It says here in China for example, a kidney cost seven thousand dollars which…[interrupted]

    John Koons: Seven thousand or seventy thousand?

    Elmar: Seventy thousand, sorry. Seventy thousand, that’s true. Seventy thousand and so kind of price dumping in these countries for buying a kidney…They are horrible stories.

    John Koons: So people here…the story is that local people in Pakistan are donating organs for example in this story, kidneys, and they are receiving something like a thousand or two thousand dollars or perhaps more or sometimes they’re cheated a bit. And the person who ends up receiving the kidney pays, according to the story, six thousand dollars to twelve thousand dollars all the way up as Elmar said to seventy thousand dollars. What’s wrong where people are out there selling their body parts? Is there something…Is it a good thing? Is it ethical? Is it something we should be worried about?

    Elmar: Well, it’s hard to say. I mean the main issue is we, people in industrialized nations, do not need to use these kind of measures to get money. So the basic thing is I think if those people had the chance to earn money or get money in the way, they would do it.

    John Koons: Do you have to be pretty desperate to sell your body parts, internal body parts to sell a kidney? You think, they’re pretty desperate?

    Elmar: It depends. It depends. It’s hard to…this article is not directly talking to people who, we’re talking about people, whose donated, donated maybe is the wrong word [chuckles]. So the kidneys, it might be possible, it’s not the last chance but it’s a pretty good one. So, I can’t really say if those people are really desperate to get money or if it’s just the easy way to get some money.

    John Koons: What do you think; it’s a couple of thousand dollars? It’s probably a lot of money. I can’t imagine. When I…I lived in India for those years and people you know, two, three, four hundred dollars was a really, a lot of money there. Probably, annual income for families could be three, four, five hundred dollars, could be something like that so can you imagine being offered, you know, two thousand dollars. Four years salary to…

    Elmar: Yeah!

    John Koons: And all you have to do is give up a body part. Hey, you have two kidneys.

    Elmar: Question is, yeah, how much? What would it cost? I think, we, here living in Japan, I don’t think, we would ever sell our body parts, not for a lot of money but for a very lot of money.

    John Koons: What do you think Elmar, million dollars? Would you give up a kidney for a million dollars?

    Elmar: I don’t think so. No. It’s not even enough. It’s not enough. It must be far, far higher price.

    John Koons: Two million?

    Elmar: Two million…

    John Koons: Ten million?

    Elmar: Ten million, yeah. Ten million dollars. But that’s just [laughs]…ten million, okay.

    John Koons: Well, Elmar has given up a kidney. I’m going to contact this bazaar in Pakistan. Further in the story, there’s a young man who gave up a kidney and he is unable to work. He is unable to work the way he did before. He can’t walk properly or run. He is tired and I think, he has lots of problems; young man, 22 years old. So, I wonder if they tell these young people that they may have…although you do have another kidney, your body runs best with two kidneys and not one.

    Elmar: There must be a reason why people are have one or two kidneys and yeah, it’s another story. What kind of risk is connected to an action like this?

    John Koons: Alright well, yeah. It was an interesting story. Let’s move on to our next story.

    Elmar: Good idea!

    [End of news story one]

    — Link to story 2 – ‘Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2006‘ —

    John Koons: Well Elmar, I came across a story here about Press Freedom, an organization; reporters without borders and that’s www.rsf.org. North Korea, Turkmenistan are the worst violators of press freedom. So, this is a story about freedom in the press and we’ll first move to the bottom of the list, you can see; Saudi Arabia, Iran, China, Burma or Myanmar, Cuba, Eretria, Turkmenistan and North Korea at the bottom of the list. Northern European countries did well in the survey; Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Estonia, Norway, Slovakia, Switzerland, Hungary, all doing very well. Those are in the top ten on the list. So Elmar, what do you think? Let’s talk a little bit. You’re from Austria?

    Elmar: Yeah!

    John Koons: Austria has come in at number sixteen and there are some ties in these positions.

    Elmar: Yeah! Together with Bolivia, Canada at…[interrupted]

    John Koons: Yeah! Austria, Bolivia, Canada together at number sixteen.

    Elmar: Yeah!

    John Koons: How is the press freedom in Austria?

    Elmar: Yeah! It seems, according to this article, it seems quite okay. I would say as somebody who’s closely looking at what’s going on in Austrian press, I’m not…I’m sometimes concerned and I’m not always happy with what I see especially when we had in the last years, in the year 2000, there was the change from the Socialist to the Conservative Party as to government, governmental party.

    Now, we get to change back this year. We’ll see what’s going to happen but it was very clear that the press plays a very important role in political life in Austria and well, it makes me confident for the future if I see that there is not that much going on in Austria concerning the press foundation.

    John Koons: Yeah! I mean, Austria at number sixteen and it’s much better than my home country and adopted country. The United States has slipped to number 53rd, five-three. So, the US and Japan, also slipping down to number 51 in freedom of the press ranking or survey.

    So specifically, I know there was a problem with a blogger who was imprisoned in the United States, as well as some connection with a reporter from al-Ghazira who is in Guantamo Bay being held for four or five years. So yeah, I’m not happy to see that both my home country and my adopted country, my home country the United States, my adopted country where I now live, Japan, both slipping down in press freedom.

    Elmar: Do you think the war against terrorism plays a role or let’s say the military actions of the US plays a role in this kind of…[interrupted]

    John Koons: Yeah! Yes! I think that fear is being used by politicians and they are using fear to push a lot of new policies and a lot of new laws and I think that it also includes restricting some freedoms in the press. I know, there is always…there’s been some periods of time where it’s really considered unpatriotic to write something against the current thinking or the current leaders, the current administration so I can certainly understand why the US has slipped down and I think the United States is supposed to be one of the leaders of freedom and open thinking and open society, freedom of press and freedom of speech so I hope that they do a better job in the next few years.

    Elmar: If freedom or not, but I think the US is a very good example for a country which has to control the press in a certain extent in order to be able to lead wars. I mean…[interrupted]

    John Koons: Yes!

    Elmar: …whether you want it or not, whether the war is justified or not, it’s still…You need to persuade the people of your country that it’s necessary to lead a war for example.

    John Koons: Right! Right! Especially, maybe when your reasons are not so good. It helps the case to put pressure on the press and not wanting to hear opposing views on it when you’re trying to lead the country in one direction. Yeah, alright! Well, let’s hope that some of these countries…let’s hope there’s more freedom in all the countries, not just the western or the open democracies but across the globe. Let’s hope for it.

    [End of news story two]

    — Link to story 3 – ‘Bad behavior in classrooms‘ —

    John Koons: Well, here’s a story that’s close to my heart and probably yours, Elmar. We’re both teachers. We both spend a fair amount of time in the classroom with students. I came across a story about civility or student behavior in the classroom and this was a teacher, a professor I believe at the Management University, a professor of Management at a university in the United States saying that students have worsening behavior. Their behavior is getting worse and for example, they answer their cellphones, they are text messaging their friends. They are playing games on their computers, just not good behavior in the classroom. Have you had any experiences like this?

    Elmar: No, not really. I think we…here in Japan, you can call us, I was quite lucky. The only problem we have is students sleeping in our classroom.

    John Koons: [laughing] Yes!

    Elmar: …which is no recently learned behavior by the students but a kind of a tradition it seems that’s hard to overcome but what this article is mainly talking about interestingly is not the students being impolite or something like that. It’s more like the teacher here or the professor here is complaining about students’ attention drawn to different kind of things, not just class, not just him, not just the teacher but also technical devices of different kinds and communication devices and stuff. So…[interrupted]

    John Koons: Yeah! And I think, what I found interesting was she, the woman professor says yes, this is bad behavior but it’s not their fault. They are just a reflection of society. It’s the same behavior we see out in the general society; people being destructed with their cellphones or multitasking. They’re trying to talk to you and push buttons on their cellphone and having a look at the TV and listening to music all at the same time, and they’re just taking that same behavior and bringing it into the classroom. They’re used to it in their normal lives and they just continue it in the classroom.

    Elmar: Yeah! Well, I was thinking about, reading the article, is maybe she’s also complaining about students listening to podcasts during class or…[laughs]

    John Koons: Maybe, they’re listening to the English teacher John Show [laughs]

    Elmar: Yeah! [laughs]

    John Koons: Well, that would be okay.

    Elmar: But yeah, you could actually try to find out, what are you doing when you’re listening the English teacher John Podcast? But probably, you’re running, probably you’re cooking or something like that so what you’re doing is you’re multitasking. You’re trying to multitask and do a lot of things at the same time and podcasts are very useful.

    John Koons: Is it a good thing? Can you learn in the classroom? Can you have a good learning experience where students are able and encouraged or they’re doing some kind of multitasking or should we discourage this if they’re playing with cellphones and laptop computers? Do they need to put these things away and focus on the teacher or focus on the lesson?

    Elmar: I guess, the main problem is you’re having no…as a teacher, you’re having no control over what’s happening parallel to your class. If you had…For example, if you had e-learning classroom where students are, where you can in a way control what they’re doing there. For example, visiting your website, you know what’s going on there. So in this case, you probably can use it. You can use it in your class but the problem this professor’s talking about is somewhat different. It’s like students see the classroom experience as a part of what they are doing, 20% attention here, 20% attention here, 20% attention here.

    John Koons: Right!

    Elmar: And I think, she is pointing out right that this is what students do in their private life too.

    John Koons: Right! Right!

    Elmar: This is what students do all the time and this is what I wanted to say about listening to podcasts. I mean when you listen to podcasts, you usually do another thing like…[interrupted]

    John Koons: Driving your car, riding your bike.

    Elmar: Yeah!

    John Koons: For me, I’m listening to a podcast and running my bike. Now, that’s two things. I try not to do more than two at a time. Yeah well, I think maybe we should be teaching students or in society in general that there is a time for multitasking and there’s a time for concentration and single-tasking. Maybe both have their places in the classroom and general society. Maybe we need to…We need to know, this is a situation where I should be doing a few things at the same time or is this a situation where I need to focus on one thing at a time. Maybe that’s what we should teach.

    Elmar: Uh-hmm. For example, yeah! It’s…On the other hand, a general, social…You need to…In everyday life, you need to learn how to focus on the main thing; look at the websites, look at the homepages or a lot of things that are going on at the same time. You have to find out the information you need and yeah, you’re competing, as a teacher in this situation, you’re competing. It’s not…you’re in like in advertisement, you’re competing with the attention on different kind of things so you should be trying to get the attention of the students. Maybe the game, the computer game is more interesting at the moment.


    John Koons: So we need to be better teachers so that our lesson…[interrupted]

    Elmar: Yeah!

    John Koons: …the activities we create in the classroom and oversee, they should be interesting enough so that students would rather do our lesson than play on a webpage or play a game or play around with their cellphone.

    Elmar: Brings us back to entertaining teaching.

    John Koons: Entertaining teaching, right! Are we entertainers?

    Elmar: In a way, yeah! Yes! Whether we have…[interrupted]

    John Koons: Or can we…

    Elmar: Whether our students have computers in the classroom or little gameboys or whatever or not, we’re still…we are entertainers, yeah!

    John Koons: There’s an aspect of entertainment.

    Elmar: Yeah! You just see how many classroom those students have per week. I think, the amount of time people spend on their education increased during the last hundred years or two hundred years when we are to an extent, what they probably think, they’ll miss something if they’re going to play computer games during class.

    John Koons: Yeah! Well, I am somewhat, a little bit flexible but I think I’m going to put a box outside the classroom on the days that I really need their full attention and they’ll just have to drop their cellphones and their other gadgets into the box before they enter the classroom. [laughs]

    Elmar: Like the guns in the Wild West. [laughs]

    John Koons: Guns in the Wild West. Alright, drop your guns and your gameboys right in the box here.

    [End of news story three]

    — Link to story 4 – ‘Small Brazilian town gives out free viagra‘ —

    John Koons: Alright well, maybe we’ve had enough news today. I’m going to save our most serious story for the end. Now, this story comes to us from a small town in Brazil. Novo Santo Antonio, a small town in, I think it’s in Mato, Grosso state.

    This town is…The mayor has decided to give free Viagra to the elderly people in town to the elderly people in town. Yeah that’s [laughs]…That’s a way to make people happy I think. Is this what we need to do, give out Viagra? Is this a good way to make the town’s people happy, the elderly people?

    Elmar: Yeah! First question is, make people happy or the program is called p–(beep) allegre. And…[interrupted]

    John Koons: We might have to beep that out.

    Elmar: [laughs]

    John Koons: I’m not going to say what that is in English.

    Elmar: No, don’t!

    John Koons: Happy parts.

    Elmar: Yeah! [laughs] Not people.

    John Koons: Not people.

    Elmar: Not people and the Mayor says that the elderly population has changed and much happier. It’s…[interrupted]

    John Koons: It’s all good news then.

    Elmar: Yeah! [laughs] Yeah, it is. I think it’s definitely the eccentric way to make people happy and to start their social program and well…

    John Koons: Is it going to spread? Is it going to happen in other municipalities, Other towns who are going to read this story and think about doing it themselves?

    Elmar: Yeah! If I were inhabitant of the neighbor town, neighbor village and I’m over 60, I would. I would go to my mayor and ask him if he is going to do the same for me too.

    John Koons: [laughs] I thought old people took walks and play with their grand kids and read books. Isn’t that enough? Do they really need to, is Viagra that important for the elderly?

    Elmar: I guess so. I mean, if I’m [chuckles] trying to think myself in this situation, I would say, no it’s not enough.


    John Koons: So I think, maybe in 20 or 30 years, me and you should, we should come back to this story.

    Elmar: We should, yeah!

    John Koons: And let’s say how we feel about this.

    Elmar: [laughs] Yeah!

    John Koons: Right now, it sounds a bit weird. In thirty years, maybe we’ll…

    Elmar: Yeah! Yeah, we’re coming back to this topic we had before about the fund society, students playing computing games during classes, and getting the most fun out of your life in every aspect.

    John Koons: Well, this story says that you know, the good news is you know we always have good news and bad news usually with this, with a lot of these kinds of stories. The good news is the elderly, the man and the women, the elderly of the town are, they’re happier. The downside is that the men are kind of going beyond their relationships and reaching out so [laughs] the little pills have of course maybe created a bit of infidelity; some romances on the side.

    Elmar: Yeah! People are getting over excited.

    John Koons: [laughs] Alright well, I hope you enjoyed listening to some of news stories. Elmar, thank you very much for coming along and discussing the news with us. I think, we’ll have you back again soon.

    Elmar: Yeah! Okay! Definitely, coming back.

    John Koons: Thank you very much!

    —– [End SEGMENT 1 – What’s News?] —–

    TECH TIP (Firefox extension: DICTIONARY TOOLTIP)
    Up to now, we haven’t had “tech tips” in the English Teacher John Show. Well, we’re going to start RIGHT NOW with our very first tech tip, and I think it’s a really useful one.

    You know, I really like the Firefox browser. I like it’s ease-of-use, it’s clean interface, speed and best of all, the ability to add features to it – yes, Firefox EXTENSIONS. These are also called ADD-ONS, and here’s one of my favorite Firefox extensions:

    It’s called Dictionary Tooltip by Rahul Jonna
    URL: https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/1171
    Click on the “Install Now” button.
    Double-click to select any word. A small red box appears, then place the mouse pointer on the red box. A popup window shows definition and other information.

    To uninstall or disable this or any extension/add-on: On Firefox menu, click Tools, then Add-Ons.

    You can review and browse more Firefox browser extensions at: extensionhunter

    —– [End ‘Tech Tip’ SEGMENT – Dictionary Tooltip (Firefox Extension)] —–

    SEGMENT 2 – LANGUAGE – Using “-ing” and “-ed” Participles

    Hey, it’s time for a little bit of a language lesson. Today we’re talking about “–ED” and “–ING” forms of verbs – we call these participles – using them as a kind of adjective, giving us more information about a subject or about a noun.

    In your English reference book, you can find information about this grammar topic in the RELATIVE CLAUSE section. In these cases we’re going to look at, PRESENT PARTICIPLES and PAST PARTICIPLES – “ing” and “ed” verb forms – will be used in place of relative clauses.

    For example, here’s a sentence with a relative clause:

    The people who are standing near the wall are friends of mine. (That’s a relative clause: who are standing near the wall)

    Now, here’s the same sentence using the present participle standing:

    The people standing near the wall are friends of mine. (That’s a participle clause: standing near the wall)

    In the introduction to this language segment, I called these “-ING” and “-ED” forms but many past particples are NOT regular and they do not end with “-ed”, like: written, eaten, known, read and seen.

    Okay, let’s look at some more examples of using participles in place of relative clauses.

    a. PRESENT (“-ing”) – example

    The new bridge linking the two islands was incredibly expensive to build.

    The new bridge linking the two islands was incredibly expensive to build.

    – linking the two islands

    (whisper: We could use a relative clause: The new bridge that links the two islands …)

    b. PAST (“-ed”, irregular) – example

    The flyers handed out by the protesters were confiscated by the police.

    The flyers handed out by the protesters were confiscated by the police.

    – handed out by the protesters

    (whisper: We could use a relative clause: The flyers that were handed out by the protesters …)

    A tree blown down in the storm last night was blocking the road.

    A tree blown down in the storm last night was blocking the road.

    – blown down in the storm

    We use these –ed or –ing clauses to give more information about a subject, a noun. Which one? Which people? The people standing over there.

    Which tree? The tree blown down in the storm.

    Which flyers? The flyers handed out by the protesters.


    Here are some more examples of the –ing clauses (or present participle clauses).

    Were you one of the boys playing basketball at the park yesterday?

    (Which boys? The ones playing basketball at the park yesterday.)

    The email informing us of the new schedule was never sent.

    (Which email? The one informing us of the new schedule.)

    Passengers arriving after 10:00 pm have to take a taxi to their hotels.

    I have to talk to that woman reading a magazine over there.

    Have you seen anyone riding a bike up that steep road?

    EXAMPLES – PAST “-ED” or past participle

    Here are some examples of –ed or past participle clauses, and we use them for something that’s already been done to the subject.

    Some of the people invited to the wedding can’t come.

    (Which people? The ones invited to the wedding.)

    A number of suggestions made at last week’s meeting were very practical.

    (Which suggestions? The ones made at last week’s meeting.)

    The money found on the table last week actually belonged to a friend of mine.

    Did you see all of the cars parked at the neighbor’s house last night?

    There were a few books written by children that I really liked.

    Well, I hope you learned something from this language segment. I think the best thing is to listen to it a few times and then use the new language – use it, use it, use it! – the next time you’re speaking or writing English. Good luck!

    —– End SEGMENT 2 – Language: Participles —–

    SEGMENT 3 ­– English Learning Podcast Roundup – PODNOBBIN’

    This is another new segment, and for now I’m going to call it PODnobbin’. That term comes from hobnobbin’ which I plugged into the dictionary aggregation site called OneLook.com and here are the definitions that I got for hobnob:


    to associate familiarly (Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary at m-w.com)

    to spend time being friendly with someone who is important or famous (Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary at dictionary.cambridge.org)

    to associate on very friendly terms (usually fol. by with) (Dictionary.com)

    I’m going to hobnob with the ESL/EFL podcasts that are available online – especially the most recent episodes – and I’m going to pass the information onto you, our listeners. Yeah, it’s PODnobbin’!

    I’ve checked out some of the other English Learning Podcasts, and yes, they’re really are a bunch out there now. I don’t really want to comment on their quality or recommend this one or that one, but I do want to let you know the contents of some of the new episodes.

    First of all, I use the JUICE podcatcher for checking out and downloading the podcasts that I listen to regularly. I now have so many podcasts listed in JUICE that I decided to try a new podcatcher to use for the English learning podcasts. I chose ZIEPOD (and I don’t know if it’s pronounced “zee-pod” or “zi-pod”) and so far I’m pretty happy with it. So, I took the ESL-EFL podcasts feeds out of Juice, my regular podcatcher, and loaded them into ZIEPOD. Now, they are all together and it’s easier to see the new episodes.

    Hey, let’s get PODnobbin’!!

    PodcastsInEnglish is produced by Richard Cain and Jackie McAvoy, and it has a recent podcast called “Veggie Mark tells all.” It’s a short interview with a guy named Mark, who I think is British, and he talks about vegetarianism. The episode date is Nov. 6, 2006 and it’s a little more than three minutes long.

    I like the recent BreakingNewsEnglish episode entitled, “Hair loss to be a thing of the past.” Hey, that sounds pretty promising and exciting, especially when you’re a bald guy like me! The episode is very short, about 2 minutes long, and the episode date is October 18th. I like the Breaking News English website, which is run by Sean Banville, because it has a lot of activities that go along with the episode. Check it out.

    At the EnglishConversations podcast, there’s a recent episode called “Living Overseas” which features a conversation with Mark and Seiko. Seiko talks about her time in San Francisco, Beijing and Amsterdam and they wander on to the topic of languages and being bilingual or multilingual. It’s about six minutes in duration and it’s from November 14th. The English Convesations podcast and blog is produced by Aaron Patric Campbell.

    Well, that’s the end of our first PODnobbin’ segment and I’m sure we will do more of these in the future. You can find links to all of the featured podcasts in the transcript which is on our MY ENGLISH BLOG.


    Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.

    – Benjamin Franklin, from Philadelphia, one of our city’s most important historical figures.

    Hey, it’s time for a few quotations. In our last podcast, I read some quotations that were about change and transformation. Today, we’ll look at some words of wisdom that are related to YOUTH – BEING YOUNG or YOUNG AT HEART!

    Franz Kafka (1883-1924) the great Czech writer

    Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.

    George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950) Irish playwright based in the United Kingdom. Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925 and an Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay (in 1938 for Pygmalion)

    Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.

    Marcus Tulius Cicero (106-43 BC) Roman writer, politician and great orator (speaker)

    As I approve of a youth that has something of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased with an old man that has something of the youth. He that follows this rule may be old in body, but can never be so in mind.

    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900) German philosopher. Hey, how do you pronounce his name?? According to Bartleby.com, that’s b-a-r-t-l-e-b-y.com, it is NOT “neachy” but in fact:

    The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.

    Herbert Henry Asquith, also known as Lord Oxford (1852 – 1928) He served as the Liberal Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1908 to 1916.

    Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life.

    Aristotle (BC 384-322) Greek Philosopher

    All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of YOUTH.

    Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German-born American Physicist

    I live in that solitude which is painful in YOUTH, but delicious in the years of maturity.

    —– End SEGMENT 4 – Famous Quotations —–


    Okay, it’s about time to signoff from Matsumoto. You can find the transcript for most of this show on our MY ENGLISH BLOG, and that’s also a place where you can post your comments and suggestions. Our blog and all of our video and audio podcasts, more transcripts, other language help and more, are at english teacher john . com. Our email address is podcast-AT-etj.com.

    Thanks for listening to the English Teacher John Show. My name is John Koons. Have a great week and remember: Eat right, play often, smile everyday and stay young at heart and mind. YOUTH YOUTH YOUTH. You’re only immersed in it once in your life, but with the right mindset and attitude, you can remain there your entire life.

    Thanks to Martin Chenhall, our music man.

    I’ll see you next week, and I’m going to leave you with an insightful Bertrand Russell quotation:

    “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.”

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  1. suveyda Says:

    I like all podcasts in this site. I don’t know why but i liked this one more.Whenever i listen to it i get positive energy.
    Listening your podcasts is the best and funniest way to learn and improve English.They are not only instructive but also motivational.
    Thank you and your guests very much..

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