Friday, September 15, 2017

New Landscaping

I enjoy gardening, but I don't know a whole lot about landscaping and sprinkler systems, so right now we are having some work done on our yard. It's coming well, and thing should be done soon. On a similar topic, I created a listening conversation on a related topic in which a man takes landscaping into his own hands with disastrous results. Give it a try:

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Salt Flats Endurance Run 100

Back in April, I completed a 100-mile trail race in western Utah called the Salt Flats Endurance Run 100. Basically, you had to run, walk, and/stumble for 100 miles (160 kilometers) in the western desert of Utah. It was cold and windy, especially during the darkest parts of the night when your body just wanted to curl up in a ball next to the fire at the aid stations and drift into oblivion.
Participating in the race was a highlight of the year, but it was also an experience that made constantly question my ability throughout. I could constantly hear a voice inside subtly whispering in my ear to just call it quits, and beating back that relentless impulse----telling the voice to just shut up----was at times almost impossible because I was exhausted to the point of almost falling asleep on my feet.
Here is a short video of the race. I didn't get video at the lowest, most emotionally-draining, moments during the event, but it will give you a small snapshot of what it can be like to push yourself almost to the breaking point. Fortunately, my wife, Shirley, and daughter, Emily, were there at the end to cheer me on. I wouldn't have been able to drive myself back home that same day without them.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Emergency Hospital Visits

Going to the hospital can be one of the most difficult and traumatic experiences of your life. In my newest conversation, you meet a man who has just arrived at the hospital to hear unfortunate news about his wife. Give it a try:

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Our Dogs as Our Companions

Everyone seems to bond with someone or something, and for us, we love our dog companions. Although I never expected to own more than one dog, it turned out that way. In this video, I talk about two of our dogs. Give it a try:

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

ESL Cultural Videos - Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab

Over the years, I have created a number of short videos on many aspects of language and culture. They are been fun to create, and I am always looking for new topics. Generally speaking, I often write up a short script from which to make a video (I usually do three or four videos at a time), grab my tripod and camera, and go out into the community . . . and away I go. During the video, I often change things up in the script, and the words seem to flow in that way. Then, I do some basic editing and then upload them to my site.

So, here's your chance. Let me know what other topics you would like to see in future videos, and I will certainly do what I can to make that happen.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017

Many people across the United States will view a total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, and years ago, I created a listening activity on a rare solar eclipse that occurred on Christmas Day (December 25, 2000). Give the activity a try, and here are a couple of pictures from the day our family watched the eclipse back then:

Friday, August 11, 2017

Buying a Car

What is one thing some people can't live without, and other people would rather not own? Give my newest listening activity a try: