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This week Paul from England and Aimee from Scotland discuss where they would like to live.

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Paul: So, we were talking about climates, Amy. Uhm, you know are there any sort of climates that you’d like to live in?

Aimee: I would like to live in Iceland or Scandinavia.

Paul: Interesting. Why would you like to live in that sort of climate?

Aimee: Uhm, The snow is just so beautiful and my image of those countries is that their infrastructure is sufficient enough to keep you warm when you’re inside. You know? But I’d say it's just so beautiful. The snow is amazing, It quietens everything. I think it’s glorious. I just really like it. I used to ski when I was younger. So I always ... I like skiing and I like the hills, and yeah, and the snow on hills is just beautiful for me. How about you?

Paul: Well I, I love snow too, but I don’t like it when it gets so slushy and sloppy you know, and your feet are freezing. You know I think like, the ideal of snow is really appealing. I’m not sure about, you know, living in it. I prefer, I don’t know maybe the climate of like Southern Italy, kind of Mediterranean, climate I think that would be really quite pleasant. You know? Not too hot, by the sea, although yeah, in the summer, it does gets hot. But I don’t think it’s the humidity.

Aimee: Right, I was just thinking about that. What kind of heat is it? Is it a dry heat?

Paul: I think it is a drier heat. Yeah, yeah, whereas the heat we obviously we get here is unbearable at times, right?

Aimee: Yeah, it’s really bad. Yeah.

Paul: So, uhm….

Aimee: What’s the highest temperature? What’s the range of temperature in Southern Italy , what kind of climate, do you know?

Paul: Not sure, I guess maybe at this time of year it starts getting up towards 20 degrees C. 

Aimee: That’s nice.

Paul: And then I think it does you know places like Sicily, I think it does get pretty hot, probably like high 30s? Yeah, yeah, so and I think the winters are probably quite mild, unless you’re from the North of Italy of course, near the mountains. 

Aimee: Yeah.

Paul: Down in the south it remains kind of pretty mild, you know?

Aimee: Aha, if it’s in the Med ... It's my images of that. I’ve never been to Italy so I don’t know. I’ve been to the South of France and it got really hot. That was a nice temperature. It was dry, and yeah the nighttime wasn’t too hot either, it was really nice during the day. That was a nice climate, I think.


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Direct download: Podcast-1311-SunSea-AimeePaul.mp3
Category:ESL -- posted at: 3:35am EST

Abedimi and Todd discuss one of the biggest industries in Nigeria. Only India produces more of this product worldwide. Can you guess what it is?

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Direct download: 1271-abidemi-todd-nollywood.mp3
Category:ESL -- posted at: 10:26pm EST

Daniel talks to Hana about how much they sleep. They talk about taking naps as well.

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Direct download: 2013-11-27-Podcast-Sleep-Final.mp3
Category:ESL -- posted at: 1:21am EST

In today's show we will here Shirley from Scotland talk about a special place she visited as a child. She talks with Yuri from Italy.

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(Transcript of audio)

elllo, everybody, welcome to the elllo podcast.

today we are going to talk about summer, or summer memories.

We are going to hear Sharon from Scottland and Yuri and from Italy.

Sharon will share her memories of a special place she visited as a child.


(Start of transcript)

Yuri: So Shirley, you were talking about the shack. Can you tell me some more about it?

Shirley: OK, well, the shack - not as horrible as it might sound. I was actually born in the city, and yeah, grew up on the edge of the city of Glasgow, and my parents ... maybe I was about seven or eight years old ... my parents decided they would buy this little wooden house in the country side, only about forty-five minutes drive from where we lived, but right in the countryside, and it was really basic. It was huge. It looked like a barn, and my parents wanted to try and make it into something livable like a holiday house that we could go to on the weekends and summer holidays and stuff, so anyway we went there ... for the first time we went, it still looked like a barn, and had some beds in it and stuff like that, but no running water, no electricity, no toilet, no bath, no shower. It was like a barn in the middle of nowhere, so as you know, me and my brothers, we are kind of raised in the city, and although, you know we were kids way before video games and iPods and things like that, there was no TV. That was the biggest tragedy. There was no TV, and we though what on earth can we do up here? It's like we're in the middle of nowhere, how boring this summer holiday's gonna be, so we just had to you know, try and figure out how we we're gonna enjoy this holiday and what could we do with no television.

Yuri: Yes, exactly, what did you do? How did you spend you days?

Shirley: We were out in the country side. I mean, you just need to go out and look, and there's so many possibilities to have fun: making tree houses, making dens out of the woodland ferns and things like that, going on searches for frogs. We seemed to do that a lot. Poor frogs. We made like a tennis court out in the front of the ... we called it the hut. Right, I keep calling it a barn or a shack, but actually what we called it was a hut, although it was a really huge kind of wooden house, and so yeah, we made up a kind of a tennis court and when it wasn't raining we could play tennis.

We had to go collect water from a well near like, I don't know, maybe four hundred meters away, and we'd always have to go in twos because of course there's always an argument with kids. I did it last time. He has to do it this time. So we always had to go in pairs to get the water. For lights we'd just use a gas lamps. For cooking it was a kind of two stove ... two ring stove, connected to a gas bottle. We did have television, which was powered by a car battery, so we would save that until Saturday night, because always on a Saturday night there was a movie, so we would save the car battery power for the Saturday night movie, and it would usually last until the end of the movie.

Yuri: So it was a bit like camping.

Shirley: Yeah, yeah, I suppose but like camping, only thankfully we didn't get wet when it rained.

(end of transcript)

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Direct download: 998-Shack-Podcast.mp3
Category:ESL -- posted at: 3:30am EST