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!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

New Saffle Say's Podcast!

Edinburgh Castle, originally uploaded by Michael Saffle.

Check out the new Saffle Says ESL Site!

Saffle Says Podcast #001

Long time no radio show! Man, has it been a long time since I was on the air. I have no excuse, I have simply been too busy. I am happy to start 2008 with a new podcast. I am picking out some of my most recent idioms, vocabulary words and expressions that I have taught my Manabi students.

I'm looking for people to send me email to my new address: and ask me your tough English questions.

hang over:
after a night of drinking the next day you can have headache, nausea, sensitivity to light and noise.

make or break: when you are are some point where what you do will either end in success or failure. "The right draft pick can make or break a good baseball team."

ducks in a row: where you have to be organized and do a series of things before you can achieve your goal. "Before I can buy my first house, I will need to get all my ducks in a row and talk to an agent."

up and comer: someone who is doing well and rising to the top of their field. It could be music, business or any other type of occupation.
Example, "I remember cheering for Asashyoryu back in 2001 when he was an up and commer in the Juro division."

welcome wagon: is a committee of neighbors who bring over a gift to families who move into the area. This is something that is very rare these days and I don't think it has ever happened to my family!

RV - recreational vehicle - A vehicle, such as a camper or motor home, used for traveling and recreational activities.
"The annual Burning Man Concert is a week long affair that most people drive to in their RVs."

prognosticate: to forecast or predict(something in the future) from present indications or signs. Example sentence: "Mark was renowned in the business community for his prognosticating skills when it comes to the market trends."

renaissance man: is a cultured man of the Renaissance who was knowledgeable, educated, or proficient in a wide range of fields. I fancy myself as a renaissance man but I need to do more studying!

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Saturday, January 05, 2008

Happy New Year! Where's the Headache Medicine?

This is a short 4 minute video of me and my friends in Baltimore, MD enjoying a New Year's Eve party. The New Year holiday is celebrated a lot different in American than in Japan and other countries. In America we like to go to parties with our friends and count down until midnight. Traditions like drinking champagne and drinking too much makes it one of my favorite nights. As because of all that alcohol it makes January 1st on of my least favorite mornings!

If you click on the picture of my friend Jon and I you can see the all the pictures I took. They get a little crazy so be careful!

Have a great 2008! I hope you all have a great new year!