words by NEBOH
No Expert But Of Himself. Just telling what I know, a bit of what I think I know, hopefully I help others know a bit more than they knew. Story subjects go from culture, mental health, poetry, and self-reflection.
Antagonists - Chapter 1 (when flirting takes a wrong turn)
This is the world up in arms against a young pair on the street: Joe and his sister Teresa have an evening stroll in a Mexican border town. Joe makes a regretful pass at his neighbor. A hint is made at danger to come... You can read this chapter for free on Medium, or the full story on my personal website. Thanks for your support! - NEBOH - Image credit from Unsplash.com: @fabdou Sfx courtesy of Freesound.org: jimbo555 * jorickhoofd * nicoproson * Robinhood76 * schreibsel * NinjaSharkStudios * The%20Baron * fattirewhitey * SnowFightStudios * 14GPanskaHonc_Petr * ABouch * jusebago * tim.kahn
September 13, 2022
The time I published my first book — & why it sucked
Lots of people dream of--and achieve-publishing a book these days. As someone who did a terrible job at publishing my first book, I thought I'd share some of the errors I'd committed. Please don't do what I did! Listen and learn. Okay, suck is a strong word. In this case strong is appropriate. My first (and last) published book was pretty trashy, so much so that I’m not even gonna try to discreetly pedal it here. Not even a bit. So here’s the thing: You can read the article version of this episode here
March 15, 2022
The time I left the hospital & ended up at the airport
This account tells of Neboh leaving the hospital life behind, and embarking on his first solo journey to a new land. Of course, he was not ready at all! Enjoy, and you can read the text version of this story here. Oh, there are so many great “firsts” to choose from! I could tell you about the first time Neboh went to this hotel, and he met … Well, that one might be for another time. Since we are all just meeting him, why don’t I tell you something a bit more inspirational...
February 16, 2022
That time I knocked over a Vietnam Vet
A fun story of how my family dealt with my grandpa's untimely illness. Through humor (and hunger), his years with Parkinson's gave me the best memories. "Some days they’d make fun of funny-looking people, some days they’d laugh at each other ..." You can also read this story on Medium!
February 02, 2022
That time I gave up taking psych meds (& what’s happened since)
A not-so-thoughtful decision that led to (crazy, then) better thought. That’s right, this is pandemic time. Putting aside the obvious Covid-19 one, we can’t forget about the pandemic of mental illness that’s been — well, it’s been pretty viral these last few decades. So many out there are struggling with mental and emotional crises of all kinds and classes, and many of these worthy warriors have to deal with another tough decision; should I stay or should I go? (as in, “go off” my meds) ...
January 08, 2022
"Laugh Now, Cry Later" Drake Song Lyrics for English Students
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The song "Laugh Now, Cry Later" by Drake and Lil Durk is under review today. We look at the lyrics and explain grammar, expressions, slang, and cultural references for English learners. Ready to learn with music? You can read the written version of this podcast at the link: https://culsurf.com/?s=laugh&submit=Search
October 04, 2021
"The Way I Are" by Timbaland (feat. Keri Hilson, DOE, Sebastian) | Lyrics for English Students
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Are you learning English? Do you love music? In this episode, I talk about the lyrics to this throwback song, "The Way I Are." The lyrics and some aspects of English like accent, expressions, and cultural references are explained to help English learners. See what you can learn in this section of Lyrics "Explained"! Read the original post with the music video: https://cult-surf.com/2020/10/13/the-way-i-are-timbaland-feat-keri-hilson-d-o-e-sebastian/culture/lyrics-explained/
September 04, 2021
Surprising (and Impressive) things about Ontario 🇨🇦
From Tobermory to the Thousand Islands, Ontario is full of things that surprised me (or simply impressed me) about it. Take a listen to hear more about this amazing Canadian province. This section is about the world's administrative subdivisions, taking a closer look to discover what really makes the world's countries what they are. This is not a complete list or telling of all the amazing things Ontario has to offer but is what my limited view has allowed me to come across. I hope you enjoy it, and I'll be making more soon!
August 15, 2021
Don't Americans Only Speak English?
Well, don't they? The U.S. is certainly the biggest and probably the most iconic English-speaking nation. But the language situation here is a bit more complex than that. Take a listen to this episode, and follow the link below to read the original article with other resources listed. Happy listening! https://cult-surf.com/2020/10/12/dont-americans-only-speak-english/culture/
August 06, 2021
Fun time shoes
Learning English or like short stories? Practice your listening with a short story where I also go over some casual English expressions. The words of this story are: kicks - for kicks - get a kick out of - wack - wacky - goofy Listen to other stories and interesting content here with Cult-Surf! And don't forget to check out the website to read these stories ;) on the website: https://cult-surf.com/2020/10/05/fun-time-shoes/culture/
July 03, 2021
A handful (short story)– meaning & use of English expressions 'a grip' | 'a host' | 'wild'
A short story with explanations about the informal expressions "a grip", "a host", and "wild." A talk for English listening comprehension or anyone who's interested in hearing a quick story.
June 22, 2021
“Where” I go?
Listen and practice English skills. Learn some new words and terminology too: My bad * There you go * There it is * There you have it * This episode is also available as a blog post: http://cult-surf.com/2020/10/09/where-i-go/
April 06, 2021
Aren’t Americans white? I mean, the vast majority?
Talking about some of the racial/ethnic diversity in the U.S. Practice English listening skills or learn more about the country if you're curious. This episode is also available as a blog post here: http://cult-surf.com/2020/10/12/arent-americans-white-i-mean-the-vast-majority/
April 03, 2021
Discussing the meaning of English terms: haters * to hate on * rolling * roll out. Short story format. Practice your English listening! This is the audio version of a blog post here: http://cult-surf.com/2020/10/09/hateful-balls/
April 03, 2021
Cakes for breakfast
Hello English learners. This is an audio version of a written post that explains how you might use: Word * Griddle * Hotcakes * We listen to a short story that uses explanations and daily language situations. So test your English skills and you can also read the original text at the link. Thanks! https://cult-surf.com/2020/10/09/cakes-for-breakfast/
March 30, 2021
Isn't that a question?
Audio version of the original post. Learn some English terms and phrases: I'm saying * I'm telling you * Isn't that something? * How about that? * What do you know? Great listening for English practice in realistic situations and dialogues. You can read and listen along at the same time by following the link too. https://cult-surf.com/2020/10/08/isnt-that-a-question/
March 29, 2021
Are Americans religious? Aren’t the religious ones all Protestants?
A quick review about the religious makeup of the United States. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://cult-surf.com/2020/10/10/are-americans-religious-arent-the-religious-ones-all-protestants/
March 24, 2021