Saffle Says --- Lessons for English Learners

Here you can find out all the information you need about the Michael's ESL podcast and blog. Post questions and comments as you wish. I value listener and reader comments so don't be shy! The questions you ask me more than likely will be questions others want to know the answers to!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

My Friends and I Love to Golf!

We might not be that good, but my friends and I love to hit golf balls for fun. Do you like to play golf? Let me know.



Thursday, June 21, 2007

A Quick Vocabulary Lesson!

Sean ConneryOrlando BloomWhat does it mean to be "macho?" Macho means super masculine to an extreme (in appearance and behavior). If you asked someone from America or the UK what actor is the most "macho" you might get Sean Connery. Muscular and hairy! Most people would not call an actor like Orlando Bloom "macho" because he does not fit the definition.

Here is an example sentence:

"Did you see the old James Bond movie on TV last night? Sean Connery is so macho!"

The song "Macho Man" at the end of the podcast is from the Village People's Greatest Hits.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

This Briton's Got Talent

This man was recently voted the winner of the British TV show, "Briton's Got Talent." Over 2 million UK viewers voted for Paul Potts over a host of other acts. Please enjoy his performance and you can see his final appearance here. Listen to the English and let me know if you have any questions.



Monday, June 11, 2007

Black-eye Jon

Black-eye Jon, originally uploaded by Michael Saffle.

My friend Jon was hit with a softball yesterday during a game. We call this type of injury a "black-eye" or a "shiner."

Example sentence:

"Can you get me a bag of ice? The ball hit me in my face and I think I might have a shiner tomorrow."


"I'll give you a black-eye if you don't stop telling people I stole your CD."



Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Dining Alfresco

It's the time of year when people like to do things outside. Washington D.C. is famous for being very hot and humid in the "dog days of summer." But in May and June the weather is not unbearable and people like to get out and enjoy nature. One way people get outdoors more is to eat outside. Many restaurants have outdoor seating for people who want to eat "alfresco." On a sunny afternoon after work you can see hundreds of business and government workers enjoying "happy hour" with co-workers and friends.

What do you like to do in Japan when you leave work? Do you go straight home or do you have a "watering hole" you stop off at?

In today's podcast I introduced a few new vocabulary words and an idiom.

Dog Days of Summer: The hottest days of the summer that are both hot and humid. "Man, I hate the dog days of summer in Washington D.C. It's unbearable!"

Alfresco: Eating outside at a restaurant. "I love to eat alfresco during the spring and summer."

Happy Hour: the special time when restaurants and bars have drink and food specials. "Let's go to the Irish pub after work, they have great happy hour specials. $3 pints of Guinness!"

Watering Hole: another term for bar. "Let's go to my favorite watering hole near the office. They don't have a happy hour but they atmosphere is worth the extra cost."

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Monday, June 04, 2007

New GEC Podcast coming soon!

Looking good, originally uploaded by Michael Saffle.

I will try to make a new podcast tonight. If you have any ideas please send me an email to or leave a comment here!