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English as a Second Language Podcast

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This podcast is for anyone who wants to improve their English listening and speaking. Their podcast feed features their regular show which covers vocabulary in a variety of situations and also their English Cafe podcast which includes English discussion on various topics to help listening comprehension. Learning Guides, which include transcripts, can be downloaded on their site ESLpod.com. The ESL Podcast is hosted by Dr. Jeff McQuillan, former professor of applied linguistics and education. For anyone looking to learn English, this is the best free resource available on the web.


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English as a Second Language Podcast is for anyone who wants to learn or improve their English listening and speaking. This daily (Monday through Friday) 15-20 minute podcast covers a new topic each podcast. The ESL Podcast is hosted by Dr. Jeff McQuillan, former professor of applied linguistics and education. If you are an English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) speaker, then this podcast is for you!


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Reviewer girijad83
 February 17, 2006
'English as a Second Language' podcast is published by the Center for Educational Development, Los Angeles. Hosted by Dr. Jeff McQuillan, it is broadcast on weekdays and is targetted at those who are learning english as a second or a foreign language. Each podcast is divided into two parts- the first features a dialogue or a story, and the second explains new words and phrases from the story. Finally, there is a rapid version of the story, narrated in the same way a native english speaker would.

This is a highly educational podcast for those learning english as a second language. The host speaks slowly and utters each syllable distinctly, so that listeners have no difficulty following what he says. He uses both formal and informal language, but explains the nuance of each new word or phrase. Apart from the format of the podcasts, I also liked the topics chosen by the host, such as Reading Magazines, Getting a Haircut, Teamwork, etc. They would be useful to young and adult learners alike. I recommend this podcast to everybody who wants to brush up their spoken english.

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1,019 - Losing a Passport While Traveling

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Jul 25, 2014


Losing important documents when you’re traveling can be a real problem. Learn more in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:24
Explanations: 3:37
Fast dialog: 18:16

Nina: Oh, my God! I can’t find my passport. I never should have put it in my purse. I’m sure a pickpocket took it.

Serge: Calm down. Maybe you just misplaced it. Let’s turn out all of your pockets and search for it before we panic.

Nina: I know it’s gone. I know it! Flag down the police. We have to file a police report.

Serge: If your passport has been stolen, we need to find the U.S. embassy.

Nina: We’re supposed to continue on to the next country on our tour tomorrow. We’re going to get left behind!

Serge: Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. If we need to find a U.S. embassy and apply for a temporary passport, we’ll do that.

Nina: It’s Saturday! We won’t get any help at the embassy until Monday. We’ll be stuck here.

Serge: It’ll take as long as it takes. Now, let’s search through all of your belongings before we do anything else.

Nina: I just thought of something.

Serge: What?

Nina: I think I may have left it in the hotel room.

Serge: You think you may have left it in the hotel room.

Nina: Isn’t that good news? All that worry for nothing.

Serge: Let’s not count our chickens. You might have another inspiration.

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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English Cafe #460

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jul 23, 2014


Topics: American Musicals and Movies: Grease; Workers’ Compensation Laws; whirl versus swirl versus eddy; to be curious versus to wonder; beloved

Words:
senior year
reputation
rebel
good girl
to exaggerate
workers compensation
to sue
federal
to put a limit on
disability
industry
miner
whirl
swirl
eddy
to be curious
to wonder
beloved



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1,018 - Raising Teenagers

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Jul 21, 2014


It’s never too early to start preparing yourself for your children’s teenage years – or is it? Find out in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:31
Explanations: 3:41
Fast dialog: 18:34

Carl: Hi Marla, I’m really surprised to see you here. I didn’t know you had kids attending this high school.

Marla: I don’t – not yet. I heard about this meeting and decided to attend. It’s best to be ready for those teenage years, don’t you think?

Carl: Sure.

Marla: I heard that the principal is going to talk about different ways to handle our teenagers as they start asserting their independence. I want to be prepared.

Carl: That makes sense, I guess.

Marla: I mean, more and more teenagers are rebelling by getting tattoos and piercings and experimenting with drugs.

Carl: You’ve clearly done a lot of thinking about this.

Marla: I’ve read a few books on the topic, about kids having to deal with peer pressure. It’s my job as a parent to set boundaries and be stricter if it’s called for and ease up when my child needs space.

Carl: That’s all very insightful, but you have some time before all that comes into play, right?

Marla: My little Lucas is already four years old. Who knows when he might start hanging out with the wrong crowd and being led astray. A parent has to be vigilant.

Carl: Right.

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1,017 - Driving an Off-Road Vehicle

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Jul 18, 2014


Are you ready for an adventure? Learn all about taking a ride on the wild side in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:32
Explanations: 3:21
Fast dialog: 16:18

Claudia: When you invited me to go for a drive, this wasn’t what I pictured.

Jae: You’re about to have the ride of your life. Get in and I’ll strap you in.

Claudia: What is this thing?

Jae: It’s an off-road vehicle. Haven’t you seen one before? It has four-wheel drive and can travel on any terrain.

Claudia: When you say “any terrain,” what exactly do you mean?

Jae: With this baby, we can drive on sand, gravel, mud, and even snow.

Claudia: You mean you intend to take me driving on sand and gravel?

Jae: Yeah, just wait until we start spinning and skidding. You’re going to love it. You’d better put on this crash helmet – just in case.

Claudia: I was picturing a drive in the country.

Jae: But this is much more exciting, right?

Claudia: I don’t know...

Jae: Come on. If you’re lucky, I’ll take you mudding next weekend.

Claudia: Whoopee.

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English Cafe #459

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jul 16, 2014


Topics: The Scottsboro Boys Trial; The Grammy Awards; so versus too; to bash; to whip the crowd into a frenzy

Words:
segregated
racism
to witness
to rape
verdict
jury
to testify
to be paroled
to pardon
album
to release
to nominate
so
too
to bash
to whip the crowd into a frenzy



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1016 - Doing Pro Bono Work

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Jul 14, 2014


Helping others is always a good thing, even when you have no choice. Find out more in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:35
Explanations: 3:52
Fast dialog: 17:40

Claire: Welcome to the firm. Are you getting the hang of things here?

Jack: I am. I worked in another firm for two years before coming here, so I have some experience under my belt. But let me ask you one thing: Is the firm serious about wanting each person to do five hours of pro bono work each month?

Claire: It is. This firm takes community service very seriously. Everyone does pro bono work and everybody is expected to hit the target of 60 hours each year.

Jack: This is so different from my previous firm. There, everything was about billable hours. Nobody cared about anything but how many hours we could rack up with each client.

Claire: Billable hours are important here, too, but we bill ourselves as the firm with a social conscience. That’s what sets us apart from our competitors. If you fall short of your expected pro bono hours, believe me, you’ll hear about it.

Jack: It’s refreshing to work for a firm that’s not all about the bottom line.

Claire: Don’t get carried away. This firm is still here to make money. It’s just not 100% of its focus.

Jack: Maybe just 98%?

Claire: That’s right. And in this industry, that’s unheard of.

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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1015 - Conducting a Search

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Jul 11, 2014


The people in this dialogue are looking for a missing person. Find out if they find him by listening to this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:35
Explanations: 3:41
Fast dialog: 15:29

Security Chief: Okay, people. We’ve just had a report of a missing child on this property. We need to find him fast. I want you two to search every room in this building. Look in every nook and cranny.

Ramona: Excuse me, may I ask a question?

Security Chief: You can when I’m done. Now you two, I want you to look all over the grounds. Make sure you check in the undergrowth and in the trees, and cover the entire terrain.

Ramona: Do you mind if I ask...?

Security Chief: I’ll stay here to coordinate the search. Report in if you see anything that could point us in the right direction.

Ramona: I really think I should tell you...

Security Chief: Don’t interrupt, please. The rest of you: Spread out and look in the parking lot and behind the buildings. Look high and low. We’ll search this place from top to bottom and leave no stone unturned. Now, are there any questions?

Ramona: Yes, is the little boy about five years old with brown hair and glasses?

Security Chief: Yes, that’s right. How did you know?

Ramona: Don’t look now, but he’s just about to walk off with your Taser!

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English Cafe #458

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jul 09, 2014


Topics: Miranda v. Arizona; Famous Americans: Rube Goldberg; to heal versus to cure; to give up versus to give in; no way

Words:
to take into custody
to interrogate
to confess
defense
prosecution
justice
to overturn
sewer
comic strip
escalator
boxing glove
editorial cartoonist
to heal
to cure
to give up
to give in
no way



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1,014 - Becoming a Spy

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Jul 07, 2014


I could tell you what this episode about spies is really all about, but then I’d have to kill you. It’s better that you just listen to it yourself.

Slow dialog: 1:26
Explanations: 3:23
Fast dialog: 20:03

Vaughn: You’ve been reading that novel for hours. What is it?

Sydney: It’s a spy novel and it’s really good. It’s about a man who is recruited by the C.I.A. to work in counterintelligence doing code breaking, but he becomes embroiled in the world of espionage.

Vaughn: That sounds exciting.

Sydney: Yeah, he’s sent on a mission to infiltrate a foreign spy organization and to feed them misinformation. I’d love to be a spy.

Vaughn: You wouldn’t really want to live the life of a spy, would you? You’d have to live a double life, not being able to tell your friends and family that you’re an operative.

Sydney: I wouldn’t care if I could go on clandestine missions to thwart and sabotage the enemy. Working for the C.I.A. would be a dream come true.

Vaughn: You’d have to keep a lot of secrets, not divulging classified information.

Sydney: Yes, so?

Vaughn: Loose lips sink ships.

Sydney: What are you trying to say?

Vaughn: Well, no offense but I think your cover would be blown after about five minutes!

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1,013 - Living With a Hoarder

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Jul 04, 2014


We all probably keep more things than we really need, but some people go to extremes. Find out how in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:14
Explanations: 3:29
Fast dialog: 15:01

Julio: Mom, don’t you think it’s time to get rid of some of the stuff in this house?

Mom: Why? This house is fine the way it is.

Julio: There are parts of this house that are nearly inaccessible. There are stacks of magazines and bags and boxes everywhere.

Mom: I need all that stuff. You know I’ve always been a pack rat.

Julio: I know, but I think things are getting out of hand. You have stuff on every surface and you can’t find anything in here.

Mom: You can’t find anything, but I can put my hands on anything I want at any time. I collect and keep useful things, unlike you young people these days who throw away perfectly good things just because you don’t need them this minute.

Julio: I think your hoarding is becoming compulsive.

Mom: That’s nonsense. Just because you prefer living in a sterile environment doesn’t mean I have to. I don’t mind a little clutter.

Julio: A little clutter?! You have junk mail from 15 years ago!

Mom: You never know when something will come in handy. Now, don’t you have some room in your garage where I can store a few extra boxes?

Julio: No, I don’t!

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English Cafe #457

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jul 02, 2014


Topics: Famous Songs – “Mack the Knife”; Monument Valley and the Valley of the Gods; stem versus stalk versus shoot; using one’s middle name as one’s first name; indeed

Words:

gangster
moritat
up-tempo
jackknife
billow
to ooze
cement
serial killer
reservation
petroglyph
prehistoric
stem
stalk
shoot
indeed



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1,012 - Preventing Shoplifting

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Jun 30, 2014


Some stores have to worry about people stealing from them. Find out what they do to stop theft in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:17
Explanations: 2:58
Fast dialog: 18:37

Luis: Wow, what happened here? I was only away on vacation for two weeks.

Thelma: While you were gone, we redesigned this store with an anti-theft system.

Luis: Is that why there are surveillance cameras and security guards everywhere?

Thelma: That’s right. We’re losing too much money to shoplifters and I’m finally doing something about it. From now on, it’s zero tolerance. I don’t care if they’re petty thieves or kleptomaniacs. I’m rooting out every instance of shoplifting and prosecuting to the full extent of the law.

Luis: What are all these cases for?

Thelma: I’m putting the pricier merchandise under lock and key, and I’ve put security tags on most other items. I’m weighing whether to do exit inspections. I don’t want to go overboard.

Luis: [sighs] No, you wouldn’t want to do that.

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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1,011 - Building with Wood and Metal

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Jun 27, 2014


If you like building things, then you’ll love this episode about building things.

Slow Audio: 1:24
Explanation: 3:27
Fast Dialog: 16:53

Hugo: Wow, when you said that you did some woodworking on the weekends, I thought you meant refinishing furniture. But this! This is a real workshop and you’re actually building furniture.

Shawna: Yeah, this is what I’m working on right now. I’m building a dining table and chairs.

Hugo: The grain is beautiful on this piece of hardwood. It certainly looks better than the plywood furniture I have in my house. What is all this?

Shawna: Just some basic tools: saws, chisels, and drills.

Hugo: And what is all this metal for?

Shawna: I’m adding some grillwork for the back of the chairs. I don’t usually do metalwork, but I’m keeping it simple.

Hugo: This doesn’t look simple. These pieces have been welded together, and is that used for soldering?

Shawna: You got it. When all is said and done, I’ll have a new dining room set with a large table and eight chairs.

Hugo: Wow, I’m impressed.

Shawna: Want to try your hand at it?

Hugo: No thanks. You see these 10 fingers? I’m rather fond of them.

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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English Cafe #456

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jun 25, 2014


Topics: Ask an American – Offensive mascots; capacity versus capability; to punch in versus to punch out; to put the cat among the pigeons

Words:
mascot
racist slur
over the objection of (someone)
offended by
victimized
nation’s capital
bigoted
insensitive
nickname
attachment to
to override
legitimate
capacity
capability
to punch in
to punch out
to put the cat among the pigeons



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1,010 - Using GPS When Driving

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Jun 23, 2014


Don’t get lost while listening to this episode about not getting lost.

Slow Audio: 1:19
Explanation: 3:20
Fast Dialog: 16:43

Justin: Okay, we’re ready. Let’s get on the road.

Fay: Wait! We don’t know where we’re going. We’re strangers in a strange land. Where’s our guide?

Justin: We don’t need a guide. See this? It’s GPS and it’ll help us navigate to where we want to go.

Fay: I’m not sure it’s reliable. We’re in a pretty remote location.

Justin: Relax and let me explain how this works: GPS systems use satellites to locate your current location. Information is transmitted to this receiver, so it always knows exactly where we are. We input the address of our destination and presto! It gives us onscreen or voice directions.

Fay: I know how a GPS system works. I’m worried that there aren’t reliable maps to where we want to go. I read that many printed maps of this region are outdated and unreliable.

Justin: Don’t worry. This GPS is the state-of-the-art. I’m sure it’ll be accurate.

Fay: A fool with a tool is still a fool.

Justin: What did you say?

Fay: Nothing.

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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1,009 - Basic Military Commands

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Jun 20, 2014


Looking for a way to get your children to be more disciplined? Try the unique parenting technique described in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:25
Explanations: 3:11
Fast dialog: 15:52

Marta: What’s going on out here? What’s all that noise?

Bruno: I’m putting the troops through their drills.

Marta: Troops?!

Bruno: Watch this. Hey, I didn’t tell you you could be at ease. Attention! Fall in. Forward, march!

Marta: That’s great, but . . .

Bruno: I’m not done. Let me show you what else these troops can do. Halt! About face!

Marta: Don’t you think that it’s time to...?

Bruno: March, march! Double time!

Child: Wah! [Child crying loudly.]

Marta: Come here. Did you fall down and hurt yourself? It’s okay. Everything’s going to be okay.

Bruno: Hey, there’s no crying in the military. Don’t coddle the troops, Marta.

Marta: Bruno, your twins are five years old. Don’t you think they’re a little too young to be going to boot camp?

Bruno: No, it’s never too young to instill discipline. Okay troops, fall in. Mark time! Now march, march, march . . .

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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English Cafe #455

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jun 18, 2014


Topics: American Presidents – James Monroe; to oppress versus to suppress versus to repress; fruit and vegetables versus fruits and vegetables; file not sent/file not supported

Words:
delegate
to appoint
governor
envoy
Secretary of State
prosperity
foreign affairs
Western Hemisphere
to colonize
doctrine
to be in debt
to reimburse
to oppress
to suppress
to repress



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1,008 - Money Laundering

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Jun 16, 2014


Can you make dirty money clean again? Find out how some people do it in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:28
Explanations: 3:18
Fast dialog: 15:18

Susanna: What’s going on in the office next door? I heard that the police shut down their business.

Clark: You heard right. The cops had long suspected that the business operating out of that office wasn’t legit.

Susanna: Not legit?

Clark: Yeah, it was a front for money laundering. The so-called services it offered were a sham. It was a way for people to send them dirty money and for the business to legitimize those funds.

Susanna: But who was involved?

Clark: I’m not sure, but I imagine they’re people who want to evade taxes or to circumvent certain laws or regulations. I wouldn’t be surprised if their clients were people with underworld connections.

Susanna: You mean organized crime?

Clark: Yeah, they’re probably drug lords, smugglers, and racketeers.

Susanna: Wow and the people who helped them were working next door to us all that time.

Clark: And we didn’t know a thing about it. How awful.

Susanna: How exciting!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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1,007 - Getting Mugged

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Jun 13, 2014


Be careful walking through the big city! There are a lot of thieves around. Find out more in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:08
Explanations: 3:07
Fast dialog: 15:46

Vanessa: Stop thief!

Police Officer: What happened?

Vanessa: I just got mugged. That guy stole my purse, jewelry, camera – all of my valuables!

Police Officer: Were you wearing flashy jewelry and carrying an expensive camera? Those are big enticements for muggers.

Vanessa: I didn’t have anything on that was flashy and I was minding my own business.

Police Officer: Well, you should never go out alone at night, and if you have to, stay in well-lighted areas. Traveling on dim streets makes you a target for thieves.

Vanessa: Thanks for that insight.

Police Officer: Can you describe the person who mugged you?

Vanessa: No, it happened in a flash. I didn’t get a good look at his face, but I’m sure it was a man.

Police Officer: It’s a good thing you weren’t hurt. You should probably learn self-defense in case it happens again.

Vanessa: Thanks a lot. I think I’ve had as much advice as I can take in one night. Are you going to do anything to find that mugger?

Police Officer: Sure, I’ll file a report, but don’t get your hopes up.

Vanessa: Believe me, I won’t.

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English Cafe #454

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jun 11, 2014


Topics: Movie – The Shawshank Redemption; The Pentagon; to go ahead versus straight ahead; cheesy and quirky; a few quarters short of a buck

Words:
redemption
to be convicted
sentence
parole
inmate
tax
warden
diploma
swamp
stable
Cold War
mission
to go ahead
straight ahead
cheesy
quirky
a few quarters short of a buck



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1,006 - Taking a Campus Tour

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Jun 09, 2014


If you’re shopping around for a university to attend, you’ve come to the right episode. Join us on this campus tour.

Slow dialog: 1:19
Explanations: 3:32
Fast dialog: 18:45

Ji Won: Come on, Dad, the campus tour starts over there. The guide is ready to begin the walking tour.

Guide: Welcome, prospective students and your parents. My name is Jaime and I’ll be conducting your tour today. This tour will last about an hour, and we’ll be making frequent stops so I can point out some of the most important buildings and areas on this campus.

Ji Won: Dad, are you listening?

Guide: First, let’s stop on the quad. On your left, you’ll see the administration building. On your right are the student union and bookstore. Let’s continue.

Ji Won: Dad, stop checking your email. You promised that you’d make these campus visits with me and help me make a decision about which university to attend.

Guide: We’re passing the sports stadium on your left and the arts complex on your right. Those buildings there are the dorms. The research library is just ahead.

Ji Won: Dad, where did you go?

Guide: Let’s stop here a moment so I can point out the science buildings and research labs. Is something the matter?

Ji Won: I think I’ve lost my Dad. I think we’ll have to take the self-guided tour!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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1,005 - Complimenting Your Host

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Jun 06, 2014


Did I mention that I think you’re a wonderful cook, and that you look beautiful today? You should definitely listen to this episode about giving compliments.

Slow Dialog: 1:26
Explanation: 3:25
Fast Dialog: 15:27

Anton: Jenny, you’ve outdone yourself. This is quite a spread.

Jenny: Thank you. I’m glad you approve.

Anton: Approve? I think everything on this table looks exquisite and mouthwatering.

Jenny: That’s nice of you to say. I wanted everything to be perfect.

Anton: You’ve surpassed all expectations. If this food tastes even half as good as it looks, you’ll wow every guest.

Jenny: If you don’t stop complimenting me, I won’t be able to stop blushing.

Anton: I’m only just beginning, because you’re a vision in that dress.

Jenny: Oh, it’s nothing special.

Anton: Of course it’s special, but you could wear a sack and look ravishing.

Jenny: Okay, now I know you’re buttering me up. What gives?

Anton: Nothing, nothing at all. You’re so suspicious. I’m just giving you my candid opinion.

Jenny: If you say so. Where’s the camera you borrowed from me for your trip? Did you bring it?

Anton: Ah, the camera. Did I mention how much I admire that necklace you’re wearing?

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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English Cafe #453

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jun 04, 2014


Topics: Famous Americans – Amelia Earhart; Prom; ethics versus morals; on the very first day versus on the very day; to warrant and to address

Words:
stunt flying exhibition
biplane
record
aviator
solo
laboratory
navigator
senior class
to promenade
country club
tuxedo
controversy
anti-prom
ethics
morals
on the very first day
on the very day
to warrant
to address



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1,004 - Being Modest and Boastful

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Jun 02, 2014


This is the best episode ever in the history of ESL Podcast. You can learn how not to be modest by listening to it.

Slow Dialog: 1:33
Explanation: 3:53
Fast Dialog: 18:16

Hans: Well, I think the choice is clear. I think we should hire Clark.

Freddie: To me, the choice is clear, too, but I think that choice is Paul. Both Paul and Clark are qualified for the job, but Clark is a blowhard. He was too full of himself.

Hans: Clark may come off as a little overconfident, but he makes a good impression. He would make a much better rep than Paul. Paul was just too low-key and timid.

Freddie: Paul wasn’t timid at all. He was modest and self-deprecating, but he also had a quiet confidence. He wasn’t trying too hard to impress, like Clark was.

Hans: Clark is the kind of person who stands out in a room and gets noticed. That’s what we want in a rep trying to get new clients.

Freddie: I found Clark to be overbearing. Paul, on the other hand, had a way with him. He exuded confidence without having to resort to blowing his own horn.

Hans: I see we’re at loggerheads about this. What do you suggest?

Freddie: Let’s ask them both to lunch and ask Monique to join us. She’s done a lot of hiring and has good judgment.

Hans: You mean you want Monique to make the call so neither of us will be blamed for picking the wrong person.

Freddie: I always thought you were quick on the uptake.

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1,003 - Describing Duration

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, May 30, 2014


How long is this episode? Find out how to answer that question by listening to it now.

Slow Dialog: 1:18
Explanation: 3:18
Fast Dialog: 14:22

Kathryn: Are you still watching that movie? It’s been over three hours!

Martin: Yeah, it’s a little long for a feature film.

Kathryn: A little long?! It’s interminable. How can you continue to watch it?

Martin: Well, the first half was interesting and moved at a clip. The middle section did drag a little, but it’s picked up again. It’s nearly over.

Kathryn: I would’ve turned it off long before this. I like movies that are short and sweet. After about 90 minutes, my mind starts to wander, and after two hours, I check out.

Martin: It depends on the movie. Sometimes I watch a movie and it’s so engrossing that time zips by. With other movies, though, time moves at a snail’s pace. This movie is somewhere in between.

Kathryn: Hey, the credits are rolling. You missed the ending.

Martin: No big loss. I knew how it was going to end after the first hour.

Kathryn: Then why did you stick it out and watch the rest of the movie?

Martin: One word: procrastination.

Kathryn: Ah, enough said.

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English Cafe #452

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, May 28, 2014


Topics: Lau v. Nichols; vaudeville; finally versus ultimately; trickle versus drizzle; coincidence

Words:
to immigrate
bilingual education
native language
school board
school district
violation
to be naturalized
variety show
magic
comedian
juggler
to be inspire by
finally
ultimately
trickle
drizzle
coincidence



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1,002 - An Unwelcome Business in the Neighborhood

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, May 26, 2014


What kind of businesses do you want to keep out of your neighborhood? Learn the answer in this episode.

Slow Dialog: 1:10
Explanation: 3:37
Fast Dialog: 18:24

Patricia: Finally! That empty building has a new tenant. That’s great for the neighborhood.

Francois: Think again. The new tenant plans to open a strip club.

Patricia: A strip club in the middle of a residential neighborhood?! That must be a violation of city ordinances. The city won’t allow that.

Francois: I’m not so sure. The tenant has already started moving in and there is no sign that the city is going take action.

Patricia: Then we have to do something to let the city know that we object to a strip club going into that space.

Francois: Good luck getting the city to do anything, much less file an injunction. The mayor is very pro-business and it won’t look good if he tries to shut down any business that could bring revenue and jobs to this dying town.

Patricia: But at what cost? Our kids will have to walk past the strip club every day to and from school. That’s outrageous!

Francois: I suggest channeling that energy into action. If we make a stink and get media coverage, maybe we’ll get some action.

Patricia: Good idea. How can we get the local media to cover a neighborhood protest?

Francois: How about nude picketing?

Patricia: I think that would send the wrong message.

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1,001 - Practicing Yoga

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, May 23, 2014


Some say that yoga is very relaxing and calming. Others say it is a great place to meet women. Find out who is right in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:12
Explanations: 3:16
Fast dialog: 15:48

Victor: Humph!

Rosaria: What’s the matter?

Victor: I just got back from my first yoga class and I was sorely disappointed.

Rosaria: I’ve heard that yoga is very good low-impact exercise and helps with stress relief. It’s supposed to calm the mind and strengthen the body.

Victor: Yeah, right.

Rosaria: It sounds like you had a bad experience. Did you have a bad teacher?

Victor: The teacher was fine. I learned about mantras and chakras, I learned breathing techniques, and I tried a few basic poses.

Rosaria: That all sounds right from my own experience, such as it is. But, there are a lot of different types of yoga. Maybe you need to try a different kind.

Victor: The problem wasn’t the kind of yoga being practiced. It was the class.

Rosaria: Were the mats uncomfortable?

Victor: No.

Rosaria: Was it too cramped?

Victor: No.

Rosaria: Then what was the problem?

Victor: There was too much testosterone in the room.

Rosaria: You mean you were in a class with just men?

Victor: Yeah.

Rosaria: And that was a problem?

Victor: Do you think I would be taking a yoga class if I weren’t trying to meet women?!

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English Cafe #451

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, May 21, 2014


Topics: Ask an American – Beards and facial hair; sin versus transgression; totally versus definitely; “I ever go there”

Words:
to be geared more towards
fashion
beard
tattoo
alternative
to spill over
masculinity
sexual vitality
Greek mythology
facial hair
goatee
mustache
manliness
sin
transgression
totally
definitely



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1,000 - Reaching a Milestone

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, May 19, 2014


Our millennial podcast is all about reaching an important milestone in your life. Come celebrate with us!

Slow dialog: 2:29
Explanations: 3:54
Fast dialog: 20:02

Jeff: Well, we’ve reached a milestone.

Lucy: Yup, it’s been a long haul, but we’ve finally made it. Did you ever think we’d get here?

Jeff: I admit I had my doubts. At the beginning, I was really dubious that this venture would pan out. I thought that our prospects were iffy, at best.

Lucy: Me, too. We didn’t have an auspicious start, but we had a turning point after a few months of grinding out the work, day in and day out.

Jeff: So, what should we do now?

Lucy: I think we both deserve a celebratory drink, a toast to our achievements...so far.

Jeff: That sounds good. Then what?

Lucy: Put our noses back to the grindstone?

Jeff: I was afraid you were going to say that!

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999 - Being Vague and Unfocused

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, May 16, 2014


This is an episode with people in it who talk to each other about stuff. If that’s not clear enough for you, well, then, just listen to it.

Slow Dialog: 1:18
Explanation: 3:18
Fast Dialog: 16:31

Thierry: I’m pumped and ready to help paint the community center this weekend. What time are we supposed to get there in the morning?

Bonnie: I’m not sure. Sophia was a little vague about that. She told people to show up when they can make it.

Thierry: That doesn’t sound like an auspicious start. How many people are supposed to be there?

Bonnie: I’m a little fuzzy on that, too. Sophia didn’t have a sign-up sheet. She just told people to show up if they could.

Thierry: I hate to say it, but Sophia is the worst person to be organizing this. Her heart is in the right place, but her head is in the clouds. I don’t think I’ve ever met a more absentminded person.

Bonnie: I know what you mean. She always seems to be daydreaming.

Thierry: I’m going to call her right now and pin her down. She needs to attend to the nitty-gritty if this is project is going to get done.

Bonnie: What if she’s as vague as she usually is?

Thierry: I’ll try speaking to her on a different frequency: Earth to Sophia, Earth to Sophia...

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English Cafe #450

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, 14,
2014 May, 00:00:15


Topics: Famous Americans – Charles Schultz and Peanuts; The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve; to be pleased to versus to be happy to versus it’s (one’s) pleasure to; to sit versus to seat; willy-nilly

Words:

cartoon
freelance
folks
memoir
tomboy
national park
national preserve
glacier
mine
to designate
volcano
to be pleased to
to be happy to
It’s (one’s) pleasure to
to sit
to seat
willy-nilly



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998 - Meeting a New Neighbor

Author: Center for Educational DevelopAuthor: ment
Mon, May 12, 2014


Not all neighbors are friendly, and some are too friendly. Find out more in this episode.

Slow Dialog: 1:16
Explanation: 3:39
Fast Dialog: 17:42

Nancy: Hello there! Hello!

Eric: Hello.

Nancy: I’m Nancy, your neighbor across the street. You’re new to the neighborhood.

Eric: Yes, I just moved in last weekend.

Nancy: That’s nice. How are you settling in?

Eric: Fine, thanks.

Nancy: Would you like to come over and have a cup of coffee? I can give you the scoop on the neighborhood and give you some tips on places to go and things to do in this area.

Eric: Thanks, but I’m kind of busy right now. I’ll take a rain check.

Nancy: No problem. Stop by anytime. We have quite a few social events in the area that you might be interested in.

Eric: I’m not much of a joiner. I tend to keep to myself.

Nancy: Oh, but we couldn’t let you do that. I’m appointing myself your new social secretary. As a new resident in a small town, you should know that everyone will want to meet you. You’ll be inundated with invitations. I can help you sort them out.

Eric: I appreciate your offer, but if I have to fend off neighbors, I’ll do it myself.

Nancy: Well, suit yourself. I don’t recommend turning down too many invitations or you’ll get a reputation for being a recluse.

Eric: That’s okay with me. I’d rather not be the subject of talk among the busybodies.

Nancy: Busybodies! Well, some people!

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997 - Writing One's Memoirs

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, May 09, 2014


Would anyone be interested in buying the story of your life? Learn some tips on what to include in this episode.

Slow Dialog: 1:22
Explanation: 3:32
Fast Dialog: 16:12

Oscar: We’re thrilled that you’ll be publishing your memoir with our company. You’ve had such an interesting life. I’m sure you’ll have lots of titillating stories to tell.

Liz: Well, my memoir will certainly have a lot of stories about my career: the people I’ve worked with and the kindness I’ve encountered in this industry.

Oscar: That’s nice, but people buy autobiographical books for the juicy details, the more salacious the better.

Liz: I was really thinking of focusing on the people who helped me in my career and their selflessness.

Oscar: But I thought you were interested in writing a tell-all book. Considering how many times you’ve been married and the affairs you’ve had, you must have lots of steamy stories.

Liz: I don’t want to be telling tales about people I love or once loved. I want to focus on the positive.

Oscar: You could do that, but your books won’t fly off the shelves without those juicy details.

Liz: Really?

Oscar: Really.

Liz: Maybe I could tell one or two scandalous stories.

Oscar: Now you’re talking.

Liz: There was that infamous party where a cat fight broke out between...

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English Cafe #449

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, May 07, 2014


Topics: American Presidents – William Henry Harrison; fringe benefits versus benefits package versus compensation package; teacher versus professor

Words:
to enlist
settlement
to negotiate
treaty
to ally
Whig
to nominate
campaign
log cabin
slogan
inauguration
to be limited
fringe benefit
benefits package
compensation package
teacher
professor
I mean it



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996 - Importing Goods to the U.S.

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, May 05, 2014


You can sell almost anything in the U.S., but you’ll have to pay taxes to do it. Learn more in this episode.

Slow Dialog: 1:13
Explanation: 2:58
Fast Dialog: 14:04

Daniel: You look like you’re sitting on pins and needles.

Muriel: I am. I’m waiting to hear if our goods have cleared customs yet. We’re in big trouble if our 50 crates aren’t released soon.

Daniel: You’ve filled out the proper paperwork. What could go wrong?

Muriel: You have no idea how much red tape there is when importing goods to the U.S. There are all kinds of rules to follow and we have to pay the correct tariffs.

Daniel: But I thought we had a free-trade agreement with Niebuhrland. All goods imported from and exported to Niebuhrland should be duty-free.

Muriel: Most things are duty-free, but not everything. There are tariffs on spirits and the tax rate varies depending on the type of spirits. It’s all very confusing.

Daniel: Well, sitting here fretting won’t do any good.

Muriel: If only I had access to those 50 crates of spirits...

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995 - Proper Behavior at a Formal Event

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, May 02, 2014


Learn how to behave yourself at a formal event, or at least how to talk about behaving badly in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:18
Explanations: 2:52
Fast dialog: 12:53

Rodney: Ha-ha! Did you hear what I said? Funny, right?

Samantha: Behave yourself! This is a serious and solemn occasion, not a time for levity.

Rodney: Loosen up. We have to endure two hours of this ceremony.

Samantha: It’s indecent the way you’re behaving. Don’t you have any sense of decorum?

Rodney: Lighten up. You’re such a stick-in-the-mud. There’s nothing unseemly about cracking a few jokes when everybody here is taking themselves too seriously.

Samantha: Your problem is that you have no sense of dignity. Don’t you realize that your stupid jokes cheapen the occasion? You’re a disgrace.

Rodney: Don’t get all huffy. All right, if you won’t join in, I’ll try to be serious.

Samantha: That’s better.

Rodney: I would seriously like a drink. Bartender!

Samantha: [Groans]

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English Cafe #448

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Apr 30, 2014


Topics: Famous Songs – “Que Sera Sera”; Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown; demand versus request versus requirement; discrimination versus segregation; a great deal

Words:
to stab
assassination
to distract
signature
sweetheart
chorus
massacre
to settle
reservation
tribe
to capture
destruction
demand
request
requirement
discrimination
segregation
a great deal



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994 - Describing Accuracy and Inaccuracy

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Apr 28, 2014


If you love movies about women hunting with bows and arrows, this is the episode for you.

Slow dialog: 1:10
Explanations: 3:00
Fast dialog: 12:47

Rona: This is impossible. I’m never going to hit the target. Why is it that I’m the only one in this archery class who has no aim?

Leonardo: You’re doing fine. I can tell you’re new to this. It takes some practice to develop any precision.

Rona: But you seem to be picking it up quickly.

Leonardo: I’m taking this class as a refresher. My father taught me the rudiments of archery when I was a kid and I thought I would take it up again.

Rona: You’re really good. You’ve hit the bullseye three times already.

Leonardo: I’m using a much more forgiving bow than you are. If I aim for the target, I can usually get the arrow in the neighborhood of the bullseye.

Rona: You’re just trying to make me feel better. I’m hitting wide of the mark every time!

Leonardo: I think your arms are too tense and that tension is ruining your accuracy. Here, let me help you.

Rona: Watch out. With my aim, I could take you out.

Leonardo: I’ll take my chances.

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993 - Doing Spring Cleaning

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Apr 25, 2014


It’s that time of year again, when you have to clean and organize your house before summer. You can listen to this episode while you’re doing it.

Slow dialog: 1:07
Explanations: 2:49
Fast dialog: 16:11

Malcolm: Do we really need to start doing spring cleaning today?

Lorna: We really should. The drapes need to be washed, the walls need to be wiped down, and the attic needs cleaning out. And we really should clean the upholstery on the sofa and dining chairs.

Malcolm: That’s a lot of work for two people.

Lorna: And I haven’t even mentioned what needs to be done in the kitchen. We need to defrost the freezer, clean the oven, clean out the cabinets, and scrub the floors.

Malcolm: I’m not sure I have the energy for all that.

Lorna: We also need to wash the windows, window screens, and windowsills, steam clean the carpets, and sweep out the garage.

Malcolm: If we hope to do all of that this weekend, then I think we need reinforcements.

Lorna: What do you have in mind?

Malcolm: I’m not the high school football coach for nothing.

Lorna: You mean...?

Malcolm: I think the guys need an extra hard workout this weekend.

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English Cafe #447

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Apr 23, 2014


Topics: Famous Americans – John Philip Sousa; Confidential Magazine and the Criminal Libel Suit of 1957; developer versus programmer versus coder; describing a person with a good character

Words:
composer
to conduct
march
to dedicate
official
to be inspire by
libel
obscenity
to indict
to extradite
to subpoena
mistrial
developer
programmer
coder
upstanding
honorable
principled



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992 - Loan Forgiveness Programs

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Apr 21, 2014


If you’re looking for a way to pay off your student loans, we may have the answer for you in this episode.

Slow Dialog: 1:16
Explanation: 3:14
Fast Dialog: 15:35

Martin: One hundred eleven days and counting.

Georgina: Are you counting down to something?

Martin: I’m counting down to the day when my student loans will be discharged. I only took this job because it qualifies for the loan forgiveness program.

Georgina: But you’ve worked here for over two years already. You mean you’ve been working to pay off your student loans all this time?

Martin: That’s right. I took out loans to subsidize my college education. After I graduated, I had a choice to either start repaying the loans or work in a public service job for three years.

Georgina: Three years is a long commitment.

Martin: You’re telling me, but I had no choice. It was either that or be indebted for the next 10 to 15 years. I couldn’t take that.

Georgina: Now I get it.

Martin: Get what?

Georgina: I’ve noticed you’ve been happier lately and I thought you were finally enjoying your work here, but now I know it’s because you’re getting closer to getting out from under your loans.

Martin: That’s right. In less than four months I’ll be free at last, free at last!

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991 - Describing Distances

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Apr 18, 2014


Some people don’t like walking even a short distance. Learn about one of them in this episode.

Slow Dialog: 1:17
Explanation: 3:42
Fast Dialog: 15:42

Sandra: Where will we be staying when we visit Trumanville?

Roger: We’ll be staying in a neighborhood on the outskirts of the town, but a stone’s throw from some of the major sites we’ll want to see.

Sandra: I hope there’ll be a lot of taxis around. You know I hate to walk.

Roger: Trumanville is a very walkable city and we’ll be within walking distance to everything. We’ll be able to go nearly everywhere on foot.

Sandra: I told you. I hate to walk. At least we’ll be within close proximity to the beach.

Roger: Actually, the areas near the beach are too expensive, and we can’t afford it. And plus, the beach is in a remote part of town, and staying there would mean being in the boonies for our entire trip.

Sandra: But we could take taxis.

Roger: Taking taxis everywhere would be really expensive.

Sandra: Tell me that we’ll at least be in the vicinity of good shopping areas.

Roger: It might be a bit of a hike to the shops, but it won’t be too onerous to walk.

Sandra: Read my lips. I don’t want to walk everywhere. Maybe we can rent a car or hire a driver.

Roger: Are you out of your mind?! This is supposed to be a budget vacation, not a luxury trip. I’m not made of money, you know.

Sandra: And I didn’t know you were such a cheapskate!

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English Cafe #446

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Apr 16, 2014


Topics: Ask an American – La Brea Tar Pits; until versus till/‘til versus by; to restore versus to recover; CCU (coronary care unit)

Words:
fossil
to preserve
stuck
asphalt
flypaper
to succumb to
torn apart
to wander
predator
scavenger
climate
precaution
to undergo
until
till / ‘til
by
to restore
to recover
CCU (coronary care unit)



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990 - Being Socially Popular

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Apr 14, 2014


Is being popular with the other kids at school really that important? Find out in this episode.

Slow Dialog: 1:02
Explanation: 3:08
Fast Dialog: 14:48

Rosa: Has the mail come yet?

Grant: We didn’t get any mail today.

Rosa: Damn it!

Grant: What’s the matter?

Rosa: I’m waiting for an invitation from Joanna to her birthday party. I heard that she’s having a big bash and it’s going to be the party of the season.

Grant: You’re worked up over a party?

Rosa: It’s not just any party. It’s the social event of the year. Anyone who’s anybody will be there. If I don’t get an invitation, it means I’ve been snubbed. I’d never be able to live it down.

Grant: Who is Joanna anyway? She’s just another rich girl, right?

Rosa: No, she’s not. She’s the most popular girl at school and the leader of the in-crowd. If she so much as talks to you, you’re in. But if she gives you the cold shoulder, you’re out. You’re nobody.

Grant: That’s ridiculous. She only has the power to do that because you all worship her. One of these days, I hope somebody takes her down a peg.

Rosa: But nobody would dare to go against Joanna. It would be the end of their social life.

Grant: So what?

Rosa: So what?! I should know better than to talk about it with a clueless guy!

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989 - Dealing with a Mass Transit Strike

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Apr 11, 2014


How do you get to work when there are no buses, trains, or subways? Maybe you don’t. Learn more in this episode.

Slow Dialog: 1:35
Explanation: 3:37
Fast Dialog: 14:21

Marge: Where have you been? You should have been home over two hours ago!

Homer: I’ve been trying to get home. Haven’t you been watching the news? The transportation workers union has voted to strike. There was a mass walkout at 4:30 p.m. today.

Marge: You’re kidding! I didn’t know anything about it. They walked off the job right before the afternoon commute?

Homer: Yeah, I think it was calculated to make the biggest impact so that the powers that be will sit up and take notice.

Marge: You mean the walkout has halted services on all public transportation – all buses, trains, and subways?

Homer: Yes, that’s right. Everything is at a standstill. There are a lot of disgruntled commuters out there.

Marge: When will services be restored?

Homer: I have no idea. I imagine things won’t get back to normal before tomorrow morning’s commute.

Marge: So what are you going to do?

Homer: I might have to stay home from work. I’m stranded with no mass transit services.

Marge: Oh, that’s a shame.

Homer: Isn’t it, though?

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English Cafe #445

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Apr 09, 2014


Topics: Movies – Titanic; The Ford Motor Company and the Model T; holiday versus feast versus celebration; impunity versus retaliation versus notoriety; to think of versus to think about

Words:
maiden voyage
iceberg
to sink
fictional
flashback
architect
to gross
founder
innovator
carriage
assembly line
profit
holiday
feast
celebration
impunity
retaliation
notoriety
to think of
to think about



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988 - Playing Fair in Business

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Apr 07, 2014


They say that all is fair in love and war, but what about business? Learn the answer in this episode.

Slow Dialog: 1:26
Explanation: 3:07
Fast Dialog: 15:54

Marcel: Hey, why do you have the file for the Donovan account on your desk? I thought that was Evan’s account.

Amanda: It is, but I’m about to snatch it from him. He won’t know what hit him.

Marcel: You’re stealing his account? If you do that, you’d better watch your back.

Amanda: You’ve got it all wrong. This is payback. Three months ago, when I was on the verge of getting the Moralez account, Evan swooped in and snagged it. He doesn’t play fair and now neither do I.

Marcel: This sounds like the beginning of a feud.

Amanda: Evan started it. If he wants to play hardball then what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

Marcel: You’re not worried that he’ll up the ante and try to do something even more underhanded?

Amanda: Evan doesn’t scare me.

Marcel: This could easily escalate.

Amanda: Like I said, I’m not afraid of Evan. This is business. If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.

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987 - Taking Prescription Drugs

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Apr 04, 2014


Just because a doctor gave you medication, doesn’t mean it is safe. Learn why in this episode.

Slow Dialog: 1:12
Explanation: 3:36
Fast Dialog: 17:07

Paula: Okay, I’m off to bed.

Marcus: Wait a second. Where are you going with all of those pill bottles?

Paula: My doctor prescribed a couple of medications to help me sleep.

Marcus: Let me see those. You have four different medications here. This is a painkiller, this is a sedative, this is a tranquilizer, and this is a stimulant.

Paula: I don’t take that last one when I go to bed.

Marcus: You mean you take the first three every night?

Paula: Not every night.

Marcus: I can’t believe that your doctor would prescribe all three of these medications just to help you sleep. This seems like overkill.

Paula: I saw more than one doctor. They each gave me a different prescription.

Marcus: How do you know they won’t interact and produce side effects?

Paula: A doctor prescribed each one. I’m sure they’re safe.

Marcus: Yes, but does the left hand know what the right hand is doing? I’m confiscating these until you can talk to a doctor or pharmacist to make sure you won’t overdose by taking all three of these at one time.

Paula: But how will I fall asleep until then?

Marcus: You’re always telling me how boring I am. I’ll just regale you with stories of my youth. Let’s start at the beginning. My earliest memory is...

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English Cafe #444

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Apr 02, 2014


Topics: American Authors – J.D. Salinger; Comedy in Print – Mad Magazine and The Onion; scanty versus inadequate versus deficient; inquiry versus investigation versus research; so-called

Words:
to be drafted
stress
first person
slang
phony
recluse
seclusion
comics
authority
circulation
satirical
imitation
scanty
inadequate
deficient
inquiry
investigation
research
so-called



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986 - Buying and Selling Family Heirlooms

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Mar 31, 2014


Is everything you inherit valuable? Find out in this episode about family heirlooms.

Slow Dialog: 1:16
Explanation: 3:28
Fast Dialog: 16:19

Anne: Where are you going with that?

Ivan: I’m taking this clock to an antique dealer. Rather than having it gather dust on the mantelpiece, I thought I’d get it appraised and maybe sell it.

Anne: You can’t sell that! It belonged to our grandfather. It’s a family heirloom.

Ivan: It’s not a family heirloom. It’s just a clock that Grandpa had in his house. He didn’t mean for it to be passed down from one generation to another. I don’t even know if it’s valuable or collectable. These clocks could be a dime a dozen.

Anne: But it’s valuable to me. It has sentimental value. As a little girl, I remember visiting Grandpa and seeing that clock on his shelf. If I had inherited it, I know I wouldn’t be looking to sell it to make a quick buck.

Ivan: I’m not looking to make a quick buck, but what if Grandpa left it to me because he knew I would be able to put the money that it would fetch to good use?

Anne: Well, are you? Are you going to put the proceeds to good use?

Ivan: Sure, of course I am.

Anne: Are you going to tell me what you’re spending it on?

Ivan: Not on your life!

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985 - School Fundraisers

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Mar 28, 2014


School in the U.S. have lots of fundraisers for all kinds of reasons. Learn more about it in this episode.

Slow Dialog: 1:17
Explanation: 3:23
Fast Dialog: 17:18

Valerie: What’s this?

A.J.: It’s a note from Rachel’s school. It’s about the next fundraiser.

Valerie: Oh no, not another one. What is it this time – a raffle, car wash, or spaghetti dinner?

A.J.: It’s none of those things. It’s a combination bake sale and craft sale. Parents are supposed to donate baked goods and handmade items.

Valerie: This is crazy. Every month there’s something else. Last month, it was a candy sale. I had to hit up everybody at work, and that’s on the tail of raffle tickets the month before. It’s like this every year.

A.J.: I know, we already donated a lot of things to the rummage sale last semester and gift certificates for the silent auction two months ago. With two kids in two different schools, I feel like we never get a breather.

Valerie: I know and there’s more. Brian’s school is asking parents to buy a brick that will be part of a new school building and our names will be engraved on it.

A.J.: You’re kidding, right? One more fundraiser and my name will get engraved, all right – on my tombstone!

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English Cafe #443

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Mar 26, 2014


Topics: American Musicals – Fiddler on the Roof; How to Sue Somebody (How Civil Lawsuits Work); reporter versus journalist versus correspondent; expense versus expenditure versus cost; bottom line; to run (something) by (someone)

Words:
musical
tradition
role
to scramble
kosher
to protest
to sue
civil court
plaintiff
defendant
preponderance
witness
damages
reporter
journalist
correspondent
expense
expenditure
cost
bottom line
to run (something) by (someone)



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984 - Competing in Business

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Mar 24, 2014


If times are tough for your business, you may need to make some changes. Learn about your options in this episode.

Slow Dialog: 1:18
Explanation: 3:08
Fast Dialog: 16:28

Yoko: We used to be the only game in town. Now we have three competitors and they are luring away our customers.

Cedric: I know. We need to do something before we go under. What about price matching?

Yoko: Our prices are already competitive. If we want to focus on price, we’ll need to undercut our competitors.

Cedric: Slashing prices would be really hard on our profit margin, but these are desperate times. What do you think of a two-for-one deal? We could offer it for a limited time.

Yoko: We can do that if lowering our prices doesn’t work. I’m thinking we could go in another direction. What do you think about offering freebies or gifts with purchase?

Cedric: I think that’s a good idea. The more frills we include the better our services look. What kind of frills?

Yoko: I’m not sure, but the more bells and whistles the better.

Cedric: And if all of this doesn’t work?

Yoko: Then we’ll be up the creek without a paddle!

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983 - Breaking Bad Habits

Author: Center for Educational Development
Thu, Mar 20, 2014


I have this bad habit of repeating myself. I have this bad habit of repeating myself. Listen to this episode and you’ll see what I mean.

Slow Dialog: 1:26
Explanation: 3:29
Fast Dialog: 16:10

Counselor: Welcome everybody. You’ve all joined this support group because you have some bad habits that you’d like to break. Would anyone like to introduce themselves and tell us about their bad habit?

Stu: Uh yeah, I’m Stu and my wife signed me up for this support group because she says I have some really bad habits. One of my worst is my nail biting. You can see that they’re pretty ragged.

Counselor: Thank you, Stu. Is there anyone else...?

Stu: Oh yeah, I also smack my gum. That drives my wife crazy, so I try not to do it in her presence.

Counselor: Well, thanks for sharing, Stu. If we could move on to...

Stu: I also tend to tap my fingers and crack my joints, which my wife says is really annoying, though her hair twirling is pretty annoying to me.

Counselor: Stu? Let’s let a few other people...

Stu: Oh yeah, I forgot to mention what my wife says is my most annoying bad habit.

Counselor: What is that?

Stu: I tend to interrupt people in conversation.

Counselor: Really? I hadn’t noticed.

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English Cafe #442

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Mar 19, 2014


Topics: American Presidents – Woodrow Wilson; junction versus intersection versus interchange; proprietary versus patent; to bluff (one’s) way into a secure area

Words:
income tax
salary
graduated
antitrust
market
to merge
to campaign
league
occupation
allied
international relations
terms
junction
intersection
interchange
proprietary
patent
to bluff
secure area



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982 - Home Shopping

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Mar 17, 2014


You don’t have to go to a store to buy junk. Now you can buy it from your home! Find out how on this episode.

Slow Dialog: 1:17
Explanation: 3:52
Fast Dialog: 17:52

Victor: Turn off the TV and put down that phone. I know what you’re about to do.

Julia: I wasn’t going to do anything.

Victor: You’re watching the home shopping channel and you have the phone in your hand, which means you’re about to call them and order something. Admit it.

Julia: I just wanted to ask some questions about this amazing item that’s on-screen right now. It’s 30 percent off if I call within the next eight minutes. Look how nice it looks on the model. It’s a limited edition necklace. If I don’t call soon, they’ll be sold out!

Victor: That’s why I have to keep you from calling. You don’t need another piece of second-rate jewelry from the home shopping channel.

Julia: Oh, look what you’ve done! They’re sold out. But hey, look at that machine they’re demonstrating. It’s amazing what it can do.

Victor: You don’t need another ridiculous gadget that you buy after watching some rigged demonstration. You know that they never work the same way at home as they do on TV.

Julia: Some of them do. Remember that machine I bought for washing nuts? That worked well.

Victor: Yeah, and how much use did we get out of that? We have an entire garage full of steals you just couldn’t resist. That’s why I need to do something drastic.

Julia: What?

Victor: I’m confiscating that remote!

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981 - Diplomatic and Economic Sanctions

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Mar 14, 2014


International tensions are high in this episode about two countries that don’t get along.

Slow dialog: 1:22
Explanations: 3:10
Fast dialog: 14:15

Andy: Well, it’s happened.

Marjorie: What’s happened?

Andy: The U.S. has placed diplomatic and economic sanctions on McQuillanland. It’s about time! The McQuillanland government has violated international law for the last time!

Marjorie: That’s great, but what does it really mean?

Andy: Well, it means that all high-level talks between the U.S. and McQuillanland have been called off, and the U.S. embassy is closing.

Marjorie: That sounds serious.

Andy: You bet it is, and that’s just the beginning. With economic sanctions, there’ll be serious consequences for business and trade. There’ll be an embargo on U.S. companies doing business there, and there’ll be a naval blockade to enforce it.

Marjorie: Wow, the McQuillanlanders have really done it this time.

Andy: They have. What made them think they could thumb their noses at us and get away with it?

Marjorie: I have no idea, but they’re about to find out what the repercussions are when they flout international law!

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English Cafe #441

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Mar 12, 2014


Topics: Ask an American – Saving the oldest photograph; law versus rule versus policy; to stem from versus to be derived from; bring it on; infomercial; hawking; exercise fad

Words:
studio
to show (something) off
luminous
three-dimensional
nanoparticle
to scatter
nanotechnology
unwittingly
degradation
to corrode
chemical mechanism
to preserve
law
rule
policy
to stem from
to be derived from
bring it on
infomercial
to hawk
exercise fad



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980 - Retiring Abroad

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Mar 10, 2014


Should you move to another country after you retire? Find out in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:22
Explanations: 3:34
Fast dialog: 17:43

Wanda: I just heard the news. You’re moving to McQuillanland?

George: I am. I’ve decided to retire abroad.

Wanda: Why?

George: It makes a lot of sense for people with a fixed income. Social Security will only go so far here, but the cost of living is much lower in other countries, including McQuillanland. I can live it up at a fraction of the cost of living modestly here.

Wanda: But you’re moving away from all of your friends and family.

George: I can stay in touch remotely and there is an American expat community there so I can make new friends. I am a little worried about learning the language and adjusting to life abroad, but I’ll be living a simpler life there and there’ll be less stress.

Wanda: But sometimes things aren’t so reliable when you live abroad.

George: Like what?

Wanda: I’ve heard that the Internet services can be unreliable and power outages are common in McQuillanland. Are you sure you want to put down stakes in a foreign country?

George: What do I have to lose? I already have my residency visa and a condo on the beach waiting for me. The real question is: when are you going to take the plunge?

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979 - Types of Humor

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Mar 07, 2014


What could be funnier than an episode about being funny? Listen and find out.

Slow dialog: 1:17
Explanations: 2:48
Fast dialog: 18:47

Kyle: Are you watching that sitcom again? It’s so stupid. There’s nothing witty or original about the humor.

Paulina: I don’t need highbrow jokes. I enjoy all kinds of comedy.

Kyle: You mean you like screwball and slapstick humor.

Paulina: Yes, so?

Kyle: So? It’s so juvenile.

Paulina: I know that it’s hard for people like you who like satire to appreciate the more wacky kinds of humor, but you might try getting off your high horse once in a while.

Kyle: I’m not snooty. I’m just discriminating. I like comedians with a dry sense of humor like that self-deprecating guy on that show I watch.

Paulina: That show is a snoozefest. That guy bores me to death.

Kyle: And this show does it for you?

Paulina: You bet.

Kyle: There’s no accounting for taste!

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English Cafe #440

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Mar 05, 2014


Topics: Famous Americans – Typhoid Mary; The National Hot Rod Association; complex versus complicated versus intricate; needle hit the groove; to lampoon; loner; pastime; to clean versus to cleanse

Words:
bacteria
contaminated
quarantine
healthy carrier
to petition
outbreak
stroke
contagious
hot rod
drag racing
chaos
national
sophisticated
complex
complicated
intricate
groove
to lampoon
loner
pastime
to clean
to cleanse



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978 - Getting Access to Restricted Areas

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Mar 03, 2014


Halt! This episode is for authorized listeners only. But, well, okay, you can listen, too.

Slow dialog: 1:20
Explanations: 3:11
Fast dialog: 17:47

Security officer: Excuse me, sir, but this is a restricted area. Only authorized personnel are permitted.

Carl: I just want to take a quick look. Is this really where the president will be speaking?

Security officer: I can neither confirm nor deny that, sir. Please step aside.

Carl: What if I have press credentials? Could I get in then?

Security officer: Only if you’ve been screened by security. Really, sir, I must ask you to leave this area. It’s off-limits to you.

Carl: Couldn’t I just hang around and watch while people arrive? I won’t say a word.

Security officer: No, and if you persist, I’ll have to have you shown out.

Carl: I’m not causing any trouble. I’m an American citizen and this is a free country! I can stand wherever I want to.

Security officer: Not on private property. Jim, could you please escort this gentleman off the premises?

Carl: Hey, this is a travesty! I’m going to file a formal protest!

Security officer: You do that. Just do it off the premises.

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977 - Parts of the Body

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Feb 28, 2014


You know that the leg bone’s connected to the ankle bone. Now learn the other parts of the body by listening to this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:35
Explanations: 3;45
Fast dialog: 18:31

Sonia: What in the world is that?!

Nadir: It’s a life-size figure of George Washington. It’s for Leon’s school project.

Sonia: Then why are you making it?

Nadir: I’m not. I’m just helping him.

Sonia: Uh-huh. Why does George Washington have really big hands and flat palms?

Nadir: He cut down the family’s cherry tree. Remember? He probably needed big hands to do that.

Sonia: And why does he have little tiny feet with six toes on each foot and no ankles?

Nadir: I made a little mistake with those, but they’ll be covered up with shoes, so no one will see them.

Sonia: And why is George’s head shaped like an egg? His ears are lopsided and his earlobes are disproportionate to his other facial features.

Nadir: That’s why I made the forehead and chin bigger, so no one will notice those ears. We’ll probably put a hat on him anyway.

Sonia: But his legs look really thin on top and thick on the bottom, with kneecaps that stick out.

Nadir: I’ll put pants on him, so no one will see those either.

Sonia: So it won’t matter if he’s not anatomically correct, right?

Nadir: Right.

Sonia: Good thing this isn’t for science class!

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English Cafe #439

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Feb 26, 2014


Topics: Panama Canal; Famous Songs – “Fever”; to squander versus to lavish versus to waste; self-conscious versus self-confident versus self-aware; as tough as they come

Words:
canal
man-made
explorer
jungle
proposal
survey
fraud
locks
feat
pseudonym
to cover
mad
to squander
to lavish
to waste
self-conscious
self-confident
self-aware
as tough as they come



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976 - Showing Immaturity

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Feb 24, 2014


You better not cry, you better not pout, because if you do, you could find yourself out of work. Grow up and listen instead to this episode on immaturity.

Slow dialog: 1:15
Explanations: 3:10
Fast dialog: 18:13

Romero: Are you going to tell Amber that she can’t have Saturday off of work or should I?

Alice: You’d better tell her. I don’t think she’s going to take it well.

Romero: I’ll do it, but I’m not looking forward to it. She can be really immature when she doesn’t get what she wants.

Alice: Yeah, that’s why I don’t like working with her. If things don’t go her way, she pouts and whines. I don’t know why they don’t fire her.

Romero: I think she’s just a little inexperienced. This is her first job, after all. Some of her behavior is pretty childish, but when she’s not kicking up a fuss or moaning about something, she does good work.

Alice: That’s like saying somebody is a good worker when they’re not napping!

Romero: She’s not that bad, but we do have to look past some juvenile antics when our employees are so young.

Alice: Yeah, too bad we can’t have seniors selling to teenagers.

Romero: I think that would open a whole different can of worms!

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975 - Making Food from Scratch

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Feb 21, 2014


We’ve cooked up a nice serving of ESL Podcast today, with only the freshest English available. Enjoy!

Slow dialog: 1:27
Explanations: 3:19
Fast dialog: 15:47

Ann: I’m so excited to have the entire family coming for a visit. For our first family dinner next Friday, I’m making everything from scratch. I’m pulling out all the stops.

Walt: But have you ever made anything from scratch?

Ann: Sure I have, plenty of times.

Walt: If you say so, but our pantry is full of canned foods and jars, and nearly everything we’ve cooked in the past year has been premixed. Are you sure you’re up to cooking a dinner for 12 from scratch?

Ann: How hard could it be? I just need to make sure that the ingredients I buy are fresh, follow the recipes closely, add plenty of fresh herbs and spices, and multitask.

Walt: You mean do a juggling act. It’ll take a lot of work and organization to pull this off.

Ann: I’m up to the challenge. And I have a backup plan.

Walt: And that is?

Ann: Have you ever heard of the raw food movement?

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English Cafe #438

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Feb 19, 2014


Topics: Movies – A Streetcar Named Desire; Bryce Canyon National Park; lockout versus walkout versus strike; Sweet Sixteen, Elite Six, and Final Four; to dote on

Words:
performance
to adapt
leave of absence
to intimidate
controversial
censor
national park
pioneer
rock formation
hoodoo
geologist
hiking
lockout
walkout
strike
sweet
elite
final
to dote on



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974 - Talking About Old Crimes

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Feb 17, 2014


Try to solve murder mysteries from many years ago in this episode on crime.

Slow dialog: 1:13
Explanations: 2:51
Fast dialog: 15:51

Paul: What are you watching?

Della: I’m watching a really good show about cold cases. They take unsolved crimes from decades ago and reconstruct them, trying to solve them once and for all.

Paul: But after all this time, isn’t the trail cold? How do they solve the crimes with no new leads?

Della: They go over the witness testimony and use scientific methods that didn’t exist many years ago.

Paul: Isn’t there a statute of limitations for most crimes?

Della: Yes, but not for murder.

Paul: I really doubt a TV show can solve crimes that the police couldn’t crack. Are any crimes really ever solved on the show?

Della: Yes, of course.

Paul: How? Through crack investigative methods or a keen eye for detail?

Della: Deathbed confessions.

Paul: Ah.

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973 - Attracting Someone's Interest

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Feb 14, 2014


Did you see that beautiful woman over there looking at you? Me neither, but, hey, it’s possible that she was. Find out who she was looking at by listening to this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:12
Explanations: 2:49
Fast dialog: 15:54

Angie: Ooh, it looks like Joanna has her sights set on you. Look at how she’s giving you the eye.

Kenji: Is she? I hadn’t noticed.

Angie: Watch out, she usually gets what she wants and she doesn’t take no for an answer.

Kenji: I’m not interested in Joanna at all. She’s not my type.

Angie: Then you’re the only one. Every guy I know thinks she’s hot. She has a bunch of them at her beck and call.

Kenji: Then she won’t care if I don’t take an interest in her. I don’t like women who behave as though they’re God’s gift to men.

Angie: Don’t look now, but she’s making a beeline for you.

Kenji: Then that’s my cue to beat a speedy exit.

Angie: Are you sure you want to give her the brush off?

Kenji: I’m sure. That’s one woman I don’t want to tangle with.

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English Cafe #437

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Feb 12, 2014


Topics: American Authors – William Faulkner; soap box derbys; to deceive versus to cheat versus to lie; to appreciate; to go green

Words:
inspriation
to drop out
semester
aristocracy
fictional
theme
controversial
manuscript
derby
fiberglass
sponsor
track
stock market crash
to deceive
to cheat
to lie
to appreciate
to go green



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972 - Paying an Employee Under the Table

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Feb 10, 2014


The two things you cannot avoid in life are death and taxes. But some people try anyway, as you will learn by listening to this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:20
Explanations: 3:06
Fast dialog: 16:09

Martin: I’m confused. I’ve been going over the books and I don’t see several members of the staff listed and accounted for.

Jina: Oh, I have a special arrangement with a few of them. I pay them under the table.

Martin: Are you sure that’s wise? You could get busted for tax evasion.

Jina: No one will be the wiser if I pay a few people off the books. All of the people I hire want a job, and a few of them I pay under the minimum wage. Since they don’t have to report their income, they come out ahead in the end. So what’s the problem?

Martin: I just want to make sure you’re aware of the ramifications. If the government finds out about it, you could be up the creek.

Jina: I’m not worried. Everybody does it.

Martin: If you say so. I’m willing to turn a blind eye, but you’re on your own if you get audited!

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971 - Getting in to See a Busy Doctor

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Feb 07, 2014


Try not to get sick when your doctor is busy. But if she is, then listen to this episode about what you should do.

Slow dialog: 1:27
Explanations: 3:08
Fast dialog: 16:14

Monique: Ugh!

Jurgen: What’s the matter?

Monique: My GP referred me to a specialist for my back problems, but she doesn’t have any openings for eight weeks! I’m waitlisted in case there’s a cancellation, but if there isn’t one, I’ll have to endure this pain for at least another eight weeks.

Jurgen: Can’t you just go see another specialist?

Monique: I could, but my GP says that she’s the best in the business. In the meantime, I’ll try to see a physical therapist about my neck. It’s flaring up again.

Jurgen: At least you’ll get some relief.

Monique: Maybe. I have to call back tomorrow morning to see if she can fit me in. She’s really booked up, too. While I’m waiting, I guess I could try to see the podiatrist about my feet.

Jurgen: You’re having feet problems, too?

Monique: Yeah, my whole body is falling apart. I think I’m nearly past my expiration date!

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English Cafe #436

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Feb 05, 2014


Topics: Ask an American – Crowdsourcing; inn versus motel versus resort; to captivate versus allure; to leave versus to go away versus to go out

Words:
to finance
storefront
bank loan
investor
assets
to give away
to grow (a business)
paradigm
filmmaker
personal film
to sign away
artistic freedom
inn
motel
resort
to captivate
allure
to go away
to go out



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970 - Having a Backup Plan

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Feb 03, 2014


Don’t be caught unprepared! If you’re first plan doesn’t work, have another plan to use in its place. Learn more in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:33
Explanations: 3:26
Fast dialog: 17:52

Jerome: This is a very dangerous undertaking. Do you have a backup plan if anything goes wrong?

Sandy: It’ll work. I’ve come up with contingencies for every possible setback.

Jerome: It’s just that I’d like to know we have some recourse if anything goes wrong.

Sandy: My plan is foolproof. Failure is not an option.

Jerome: But don’t you think we should consider some alternatives? If, God forbid, anything goes wrong, it would be good to have an escape hatch, don’t you think?

Sandy: That won’t be necessary. If anything goes wrong, it’s every man for himself.

Jerome: What?! I thought we were in this together? What happened to, “Stick with me and you can’t go wrong”?

Sandy: That was before I realized what a liability you are.

Jerome: A liability?!

Sandy: In a dangerous plan like this, there are bound to be some casualties – a sacrificial lamb or two.

Jerome: Yes, but I didn’t know you’d double-cross me before we even got started!

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969 - Using Electronics on Airplanes

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Jan 31, 2014


You’re not leaving on a jet plane if you don’t turn off your cellphone. Learn why in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:28
Explanations: 3:52
Fast dialog: 17:28

Flight attendant: I’m sorry, sir, but all passengers need to turn off their portable electronic devices for takeoff, so you’ll need to turn off your laptop.

Alec: I just need to finish one last email.

Flight attendant: Sir, we can’t take off until you turn that computer off.

Alec: Fine. It’s off. Why all the fuss, anyway?

Flight attendant: It’s regulations. Signals emitted by electronics may interfere with the plane’s communication systems or navigation.

Alec: All right.

Flight attendant: Sir, you’ll also need to turn off your tablet computer and your cell phone. Those are also considered portable electronic devices.

Alec: You’ve got to be kidding me. You mean I have to sit here twiddling my thumbs while I wait for the plane to take off? I thought the FAA eased up on those regulations.

Flight attendant: I’m afraid not, sir. Please power down all of your devices so we can proceed with takeoff.

Alec: Okay, fine. What am I suppose to do until we get the all clear to use our electronics again?

Flight attendant: Perhaps you could read a magazine.

Alec: That’s what I was doing on my tablet before you made me turn it off.

Flight attendant: Perhaps you could take a flying leap out the window.

Alec: What did you say?

Flight attendant: I said, “Look at that luggage heap out the window.”

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English Cafe #435

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jan 29, 2014


Topics: American President – James Madison; function versus reception versus banquet; worthy versus worth it; all of a sudden versus out of the blue

Words:
Constitution
plantation
delegate
Federalist
checks and balances
amendment
to capture
opponent
neutral
colonization
rheumatism
liver failure
function
reception
banquet
worthy
worth it
all of a sudden
out of the blue



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968 - Recording an Outgoing Voice Mail Message

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Jan 27, 2014


Hello. I’m sorry I’m not available to give you a description of this episode. Please leave a message and I’ll call you (maybe).

Slow dialog: 1:16
Explanations: 5:11
Fast dialog: 21:42

I hate the sound of my own voice. I always have. When I’m speaking to an audience, I always sound forced and unnatural. So when we had to set up our new voice mail system’s outgoing message, it took me a few tries to get it right:

“Hello, you’ve reached Martin Navra at McQ Corp. I’m not available to take your call right now. Please leave a message and I’ll call you back as soon as I can. Thank you for calling.”

No, that wasn’t quite right. I gave it another shot.

“Hello, you’ve reached the voice mail for Martin Navra at McQ Corp. I’m in a meeting or away from my desk. Please leave a message and I’ll call you back as soon as I can. If your call is urgent, please contact Julia Mann at 555-434-3232. Thank you.”

That seemed okay, but since I was leaving on vacation next week, I needed to record a temporary outgoing message as well. This is what I came up with.

“Hello, you’ve reached the voice mail of Martin Navra at McQ Corp. I will be on vacation from March 3rd through March 10th. If you need to reach someone immediately, please call Julia Mann at 555-434-3232, or dial “0” to reach reception. Otherwise, please leave a message and I’ll return your call when I return. Thank you.”

I was finally done. The good thing is, whenever I call to retrieve my voice mail messages, I can bypass my outgoing message. With any luck, I’ll never have to hear my own voice again – ever!

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967 - Feeling Embarrassed

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Jan 24, 2014


Do you like to stand on top of tables and sing old ‘70s songs? Really? Okay, then I guess you’ll like this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:22
Explanations: 3:15
Fast dialog: 15:10

Lois: Please don’t embarrass me at the party tonight.

Roger: Me, embarrass you? I’d never do that.

Lois: You have, though, more than once.

Roger: Name one.

Lois: At the Johnsons’ party, you danced on the table while singing “I Am Woman”!

Roger: I was being the life of the party. Everybody thought it was funny.

Lois: It was humiliating! Didn’t you notice more than one person cringing and the awkward silence in the room when your song ended?

Roger: No, I didn’t, but I did notice Malik laughing his head off and the Johnsons smiling.

Lois: That’s because Malik has your sense of humor and the Johnsons were humoring you. They were trying to put a good face on your impromptu performance.

Roger: I’m not going to be a wallflower just because you can’t take a joke. My exuberant personality is what gets us invited to so many parties.

Lois: Yeah, right. Can I at least get you to promise not to sing?

Roger: And disappoint my audience? Not a chance!

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English Cafe #434

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jan 22, 2014


Topics: Famous Songs – “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”; Niagara Falls; assessment versus evaluation versus appraisal; sympathy versus empathy; to take (one’s) time and to take a load off

Words:
homesick
to pitch
bay
steep
cable
fog
waterfall
factory
to generate
hydroelectric
barrel
fine
assessment
evaluation
appraisal
sympathy
empathy
to take (one’s) time
to take a load off



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966 - Converting to Another Religion

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Jan 20, 2014


Changing religions is not like changing your clothes. Or is it? Find out in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:18
Explanations: 3:30
Fast dialog: 17:26

Debbie: Okay, I’m off. I’ll be back around eight o’clock.

Marcelo: Hey, where are you going in such a hurry?

Debbie: I’m going to my religious education class.

Marcelo: Religious education class? What’s that about?

Debbie: Well, I’ve decided to convert to McQuillanism.

Marcelo: I’m not familiar with that denomination. It is Christian, isn’t it?

Debbie: No, it isn’t, but there are some similarities in the spiritual teachings between McQuillanism and Christianity, but we have different ways of worshiping – different prayers, hymns, and rituals.

Marcelo: It doesn’t sound legit. Are you sure McQuillanism isn’t really a cult?

Debbie: Of course not. My spiritual leader has been tutoring me on the tenets of the faith so I understand it, but I can see why you’d question it, since you don’t know anything about it.

Marcelo: Well, as long as you’re satisfied.

Debbie: I am and I can’t wait to become a full-fledged McQuillanite. McQuillanism is a little unconventional, but we take our faith very seriously.

Marcelo: Have it your way. What’s that you’re carrying?

Debbie: It’s a cat costume. As I said, we do things a little differently.

Marcelo: I’m sorry I asked.

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965 - Meeting Your Boyfriend's/Girlfriend's Parents

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Jan 17, 2014


Meeting your girlfriend’s or boyfriend’s parents can be as fun as being eaten by wild animals. Join the good times by listening to this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:26
Explanations: 3:44
Fast dialog: 16:03

Ronny: Ready?

Judy: Ready as I’ll ever be.

Ronny: Try to work up a little enthusiasm about meeting my parents.

Judy: It’s not them I’m worried about. It’s me. What if I don’t pass muster?

Ronny: My parents are going to love you. They’re open-minded and nonjudgmental people. They won’t care about anything except that I like you and you make me happy.

Judy: Me and parents are like oil and water. I’ve never been good at making a good first impression.

Ronny: Then you’ll gradually win them over. Meeting my parents will be a cakewalk. They’re nice people. It’s not like you’ll be running the gauntlet meeting my nine brothers.

Judy: You didn’t tell them I’d be meeting your parents tonight, did you?

Ronny: I may have mentioned it to Mark. Why?

Judy: What if they decide to show up and ambush me?

Ronny: They won’t.

Judy: If you found out that one of your brothers were bringing a girlfriend home to meet your parents, wouldn’t you want to be there?

Ronny: You have a point there, but it’s too late to back out now. Put on your game face and let’s go, or we’ll be late.

Judy: Okay, but just don’t be surprised if I make a break for it.

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English Cafe #433

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jan 15, 2014


Topics: Famous Americans – Carrie Nation; The Beach Boys; to pump up versus to balloon versus to beef up; historic versus historical; vigilance

Words:
temperance
alcoholic
chapter
Prohibition
raid
hatchet
to release
surfing
hippie
hit
lyrics
hip
to pump up
to balloon
to beef up
historic
historical
vigilance



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964 - Using Infographics

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Jan 13, 2014


Get your point across quickly and effectively by using an infographic, Learn more about it in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:33
Explanations: 3:51
Fast dialog: 16:08

Mario: That’s a lot of text in your proposal. Are you sure people are going to take the time to read all of that?

Cleo: It’s a complex proposal with a lot of moving parts. I can’t simplify it without leaving out essentials.

Mario: What you need are infographics. You can encapsulate and communicate a lot of information by using visuals.

Cleo: This is a serious business proposal. I want people to take it seriously, and I don’t want them to get distracted by a lot of color pictures.

Mario: That’s precisely why you have to use infographics. Look at these reports and proposals I’ve received in the past year. Everybody is communicating complex sets of information and statistics in maps and graphics. You can even show hierarchies and networks easily using infographics.

Cleo: I didn’t know it could be done in such a professional way, but I don’t know the first thing about creating infographics.

Mario: Lucky for you, I know an expert.

Cleo: Who?

Mario: Someone who is enormously talented, but underappreciated.

Cleo: I don’t think I know anyone like that.

Mario: Hmph!

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963 - Admiring a Baby

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Jan 10, 2014


How cute is that baby? Learn how to describe little ones in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:20
Explanations: 3:31
Fast dialog: 14:28

Maya: Isn’t this baby precious? She is just darling. Coo chi coo.

Jean-Paul: Why do women fawn over babies? One baby looks pretty much like any other.

Maya: You wouldn’t say that if you’d ever spent time with babies. Come over here and look at this one. She’s a doll and her face is so expressive. Aren’t you a little doll? Aren’t you?

Jean-Paul: I’m not wasting my time looking at a little brat. Let’s go.

Maya: Wait, she’s smiling. Come look!

Jean-Paul: She has gas and needs to be burped. I don’t even need to look at her to know that.

Maya: You wouldn’t say that if you looked at her face. She has the most angelic expression on her face and the sweetest temperament.

Jean-Paul: Whatever.

Maya: Just come over here and look at her.

Jean-Paul: You’re not going to let me leave without looking at her, are you?

Maya: I think you’ll find her just as lovable and adorable as I do.

Jean-Paul: All right, let’s take a look at this precious darling of an angel with an expressive face.

Maya: See what I mean?

Jean-Paul: She is, well, kind of cute and cuddly.

Maya: When you see her don’t you just want to...

Jean-Paul: Coo chi coo. Coo chi coo.

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English Cafe #432

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jan 08, 2014


Topics: Presidential Libraries; The Legend of Sleepy Hollow; people versus peoples; officer versus official; to continue versus to carry on

Words:
term
to donate
to preserve
estate
endowment
artifact
legend
ghost
to descend
prank
saddle
victim
people
officer
official
to continue
to carry on



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962 - Recovering After a Setback

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Jan 06, 2014


If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! Learn how in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:23
Explanations: 3:24
Fast dialog: 16:10

Carl: Come on, let’s go. I have $500 burning a hole in my pocket.

Shelly: Where are we going?

Carl: We’re going to the track. I have a tip on a sure thing for one of this afternoon’s races. This is exactly what I need after last week’s setback.

Shelly: You mean after losing all of your money last week.

Carl: Right, but all I need to do is to get that monkey off my back and then I’ll have a reversal of fortune. Winning big this afternoon will be the start of a new winning streak.

Shelly: Maybe what happened last week is really a sign of things to come. Maybe it was the start of a losing streak.

Carl: Don’t jinx me with that kind of negativity. I’ve always believed that when you meet with a setback, come back with all you’ve got.

Shelly: Does that mean what I think it means?

Carl: Yes, that’s right. I’m plunking down all $500 on that race. I can’t lose.

Shelly: But what if –

Carl: Don’t say another word. When I win and get back in my stride, you can say, “Congratulations!”

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961 - Learning to Dance

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Jan 03, 2014


Dance your way into the heart of the person you love with this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:46
Explanations: 3:22
Fast dialog: 13:48

Arthur: You know that you’ve taken on an impossible task, right?

Martha: Teaching you to dance? I’m sure you’re selling yourself short.

Arthur: No, really, I have two left feet. I’m completely uncoordinated and have no sense of rhythm. I’m just not cut out for dancing.

Martha: Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We’ll just start by loosening up and swaying to the music. You don’t even need to swing your hips yet.

Arthur: That’s good, because I don’t think I can learn even the simplest dance steps.

Martha: Not only will I teach you some useful dance steps, we’ll put together a dance routine down the line.

Arthur: That seems like a pipe dream to me.

Martha: Nonsense. Before long, dancing to you will be as effortless as breathing.

Arthur: But until then, I’ll look and feel like a dancing hippo!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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English Cafe #431

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jan 01, 2014


Topics: Ask an American – Firefighter inmates; catastrophe versus calamity versus disaster; can’t hardly wait versus can hardly wait; so that

Words:
adrenaline rush
to fight fires
rocky terrain
sandy terrain
anywhere between
gear
flood
search-and-rescue operation
emergency response
firefighter
hero
zero
to incarcerate
catastrophe
calamity
disaster
so that



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960 - Giving Someone Your Recommendation

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Dec 30, 2013


I can’t recommend this episode too highly for those looking to help a friend get a job.

Slow dialog: 1:31
Explanations: 3:07
Fast dialog: 14:41

Jimmy: My cousin Sal said that he put in an application for a job here.

Suzanne: Yeah, that’s right.

Jimmy: Well?

Suzanne: Well, what?

Jimmy: Are you going to hire him?

Suzanne: I’m not sure. He doesn’t have any experience and he didn’t provide any references.

Jimmy: I can vouch for him. Sal is solid. He’s a really nice guy.

Suzanne: I appreciate you putting in a good word for him, but I need more assurance than that he’s a nice guy. He needs to have the temperament, work ethic, and skills for this job.

Jimmy: What he doesn’t know he’ll learn on the job. He’s a quick study.

Suzanne: How can I justify hiring someone with no experience, while passing up applicants who are better qualified?

Jimmy: He has my ringing endorsement. What else do you need? He’ll work as hard as I do.

Suzanne: That’s exactly what I’m afraid of.

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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959 - A Territorial Dispute

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Dec 27, 2013


What happens when more than one country says it owns a certain piece of land? Find out in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:20
Explanations: 3:05
Fast dialog: 16:40

Roberta: So this is McQuillanland!

Eli: Well, that depends on whom you ask. This area has been under territorial dispute since 1963.

Roberta: Who else claims it?

Eli: Its neighbor, Tseland. Tseland annexed it after the brief war in 1963, but McQuillanland refuses to recognize the change in boundaries.

Roberta: I didn’t know that.

Eli: McQuillanland contends that the demarcation for the border is this river, but Tseland says that it rules over this entire valley. Since most of the people who live here consider themselves McQuillanlanders, they say possession is nine-tenths of the law.

Roberta: Wasn’t there a treaty at the end of the conflict?

Eli: There was, but the wording was vague and the dispute has continued to this day.

Roberta: So if we committed a crime right here, right now, which country would have jurisdiction?

Eli: Let’s not find out.

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English Cafe #430

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Dec 25, 2013


Topics: American Musicals – My Fair Lady; Chautauquas; to reply versus to comply versus to meet; mild versus tender; to have the munchies

Words:
musical
myth
phonetics
aristocrat
dubbed
to be accustomed to
lecture
correspondence course
imitator
talent
spiritual
mediocre
to reply
to comply
to meet
mild
tender
to have the munchies



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958 - Selecting a Neighborhood to Live In

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Dec 23, 2013


Downtown or the suburbs? Not everyone agrees about where the best place to live is. Learn more in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:16
Explanations: 3:20
Fast dialog: 17:33

Leona: I want to live close to downtown. We can get everywhere on foot and walk to most amenities.

Jeremy: Downtown is always bustling and noisy, and the crime rate is really high. I’d rather have proximity to parks and open spaces.

Leona: If we lived downtown, we wouldn’t have to worry about commute time and traffic. I could walk to work and you could take public transportation.

Jeremy: That’s true, but there aren’t any good schools near downtown.

Leona: Hello, we don’t have any kids.

Jeremy: Not yet. I want to settle down somewhere for a while, not move every couple of years.

Leona: Is that why you want to live in the suburbs? The suburbs have no character. Everything is cookie-cutter.

Jeremy: That’s not true.

Leona: Downtown has character and it’s close to nightlife.

Jeremy: That’s less important to me than a place in a quiet neighborhood. Imagine lounging in the backyard or taking a walk in the park. We can raise our kids in a close-knit community.

Leona: I think you’re planning for a family that we don’t have.

Jeremy: Yet!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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957 - Doping in Sports

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Dec 20, 2013


Nowadays, when professional athletes perform very well, people think they’re using drugs to help them. Learn all about it in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:12
Explanations: 3:08
Fast dialog: 18:08

Mia: This is ridiculous! They’re going to suspend Eric Rodrigo for doping.

Alex: From what I’ve read, he failed his random drug test and they found performance-enhancing drugs in his system.

Mia: But he’s one of the best players on the team. Without him, we won’t have a chance to get to the playoffs.

Alex: He should have thought of that before he decided to cheat. I’m surprised they’re only suspending him for a few games. Last year, a player on another team was banned for life from the sport and stripped of his championship titles.

Mia: In my opinion, they completely overreacted and one of the best players in the game is off the field forever.

Alex: You don’t think that people who use steroids and other banned substances should be punished?

Mia: Not when the fans are the ones who really pay the price.

Alex: So you’re in favor of allowing performance-enhancing drugs in sports?

Mia: Sure, why not? If everybody is doping, it levels the playing field.

Alex: I am really glad you’re not the commissioner!

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English Cafe #429

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Dec 18, 2013


Topics: Cajun Culture; The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show; to preserve versus to reserve; yada, yada, yada versus blah, blah, blah; Dear Sir/Madam versus To Whom it May Concern

Words:

Cajun
descent
peace treaty
to pledge allegiance
isolated
to preserve
dog breed
spectator
proceeds
parody
handler
coveted
to preserve
to reserve
yada, yada, yada
blah, blah, blah



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956 - Running a Family-Owned Business

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Dec 16, 2013


You don’t get to choose your family, but you can pick where you work. Learn what happens when people decide to work with their family in a business.

Slow dialog: 1:17
Explanations: 3:28
Fast dialog: 17:51

When I took over the family business three years ago, I didn’t know what I was letting myself in for. My uncle, who ran the business before me, established a clear chain of command, which I thought would eliminate infighting and bickering. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Despite clear lines of authority, family members tend to take sides and play the blame game whenever anything goes wrong. In the end, they always look to me to resolve conflict, and I have no choice but to enter the fray.

Another big problem is the hangers-on. Those are the family members who aren’t suited for this line of work, but who need jobs. What do I do with them?

What do you do when everything falls on your shoulders? Well, I’ve developed a thick skin, and when someone inevitably reminds me that blood is thicker than water, I remind them that business is business.

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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955 - Dating a Possessive Person

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Dec 13, 2013


If you have a jealous boyfriend of girlfriend, they probably won’t want you to listen to this. Improve your English and your relationship by listening to it anyway.

Slow Dialog: 1:25
Explanations: 3:34
Fast Dialog: 18:08

Eliana: You’re here! I didn’t think you’d be able to come.

Matt: Why? I like seeing a movie with my friends as much as the next guy.

Eliana: Yeah, but it’s been weeks since we’ve seen you, ever since you started dating Helen.

Matt: She doesn’t own me. She’s a little possessive, but I put my foot down when she gets too clingy.

Eliana: Doesn’t she get jealous if you so much as look at another woman?

Matt: She’s the jealous type, that’s true, but I reassure her all the time that she’s the only one I want. It’s true that she’s critical of other women, too, but what woman isn’t? She’s fine if she knows where I am and whom I’m with.

Eliana: You mean you have to report in to her on your whereabouts?

Matt: She likes to know what I’m doing. She’s just concerned about me, that’s all.

Eliana: She seems really controlling.

Matt: What did you say?

Eliana: Nothing. I see Xavier and Sophie over there. Ready to get our tickets?

Matt: Hold on one second. I just need to text Helen an update. If she doesn’t hear from me every half hour, she worries. Isn’t that sweet?

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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English Cafe #428

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Dec 11, 2013


Topics: Famous Americans: Jim Thorpe; United Code of Military Justice & Common Crimes; pre-paid cell phones; abbreviation versus acronym; a matter of form

Words:
intramural team
hurdle
pentathlon
decathlon
amateur
posthumously
absent without leave
desertion
espionage
non-judicial punishment
court martial
civilian
to top-up
abbreviation
acronym
matter of form



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954 - Participating in Winter Sports

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Dec 09, 2013


Win an Olympic medal in English by listening to this episode on winter sports.

Slow Dialog: 1:23
Explanations: 3:01
Fast Dialog: 18:47

Hanna: It’s finally snowing outside! Soon we’ll be able to get out the sled.

Ahmed: Sledding is for kids. I’m going downhill skiing as soon as there’s enough powder. I can’t wait to feel the wind in my hair as I careen down the side of a mountain.

Hanna: You’re more likely to be on the bunny slopes! You’ve only been on a snowmobile once and gone cross-country skiing a few times. What makes you think you’ll be able to ski the slopes like an expert?

Ahmed: I can ice skate better than you can, so no matter what, I know I’ll be better at it than you’ll be. When I get the hang of skiing, I’ll probably try snowboarding.

Hanna: Now I know you’re blowing smoke. You don’t have the nerve.

Ahmed: Oh, yeah? I challenge you a game of one-on-one ice hockey.

Hanna: You’re twice my size! Make it a snowball fight.

Ahmed: You’re on!

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953 - Living with Insects and Spiders

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Dec 06, 2013


Who doesn’t love insects and spiders? The woman in this episode, that’s who. Learn about the joys of the great outdoors in this episode.

Slow Dialog: 1:12
Explanations: 3:12
Fast Dialog: 14:31

Judith: Ahh! Get it off me!

Murad: It’s just a tiny spider. Don’t freak out.

Judith: I hate spiders. What is this place you’ve brought me to?

Murad: It’s one of the most beautiful spots in the world and we’ll be staying here tonight.

Judith: You mean we’ll be roughing it in this cabin? Is that a cockroach that just ran across the floor?

Murad: Maybe. In this place, you’ll see some of the most amazing things. It’s the next best thing to sleeping in the open.

Judith: Great. Can you close that window? There are flies and moths everywhere, and I think those were bees and wasps just outside the door.

Murad: They won’t bother you if you don’t bother them. Listen to that! We can fall asleep to the sound of crickets.

Judith: Ouch! I think I’ve just been bitten by a giant mosquito.

Murad: You’re imagining things. Look at those butterflies just outside the window. Don’t you think they’re beautiful?

Judith: Do you know what would look beautiful to me right now? A really big mosquito net!

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English Cafe #427

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Dec 04, 2013


Topics: Famous Authors: E.B. White; Name change after marriage; appliance versus utensil; to jibe (with) versus to be at odds with; I’m here versus I’m in here

Words:
contributing
prose
poetry
essay
concise
maiden name
convention
feminist movement
poll
marriage certificate
Social Security
Internal Revenue Service
appliance
utensil
to jibe (with)
to be at odds with
I’m in here
I’m here



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952 - Dealing With Rising Production Costs

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Dec 02, 2013


Making money in your business can be difficult if the prices keep going up. Learn about ways to solve that problem in this episode.

Slow Dialog: 1:21
Explanations: 3:15
Fast Dialog: 16:40

Giovanni: There are no two ways about it. We have to raise prices.

Melanie: We can’t. We already raised prices earlier this year. Doing it again risks alienating our customers.

Giovanni: What else can we do? Our production costs have risen nearly 15 percent. We’ve tried absorbing them and offsetting them, but nothing has worked. Our profit margin continues to shrink and we don’t have any other choice.

Melanie: What about lowering the quality of our raw materials? We could use a cheaper supplier.

Giovanni: That’s a sure way to lose customers. If we start cutting corners on quality, our customers will leave in droves.

Melanie: What if we discontinue manufacturing some of the less popular items? That should save us some money.

Giovanni: Not enough. We either raise prices or stop production altogether.

Melanie: There is one other option.

Giovanni: What?

Melanie: We could reduce our workforce.

Giovanni: You mean fire people? That’s off the table!

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951 - Parts of a Hospital

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Nov 29, 2013


Find out about parts of a hospital in this episode.

Slow Dialog: 1:12
Explanations: 3:34
Fast Dialog: 15:45

Jordan: Excuse me, my girlfriend was brought into the hospital about two hours ago, but I can’t find her.

Admissions Clerk: Why was she brought into the hospital?

Jordan: I’m not sure. I got a call from her coworker, but she didn’t give me any details.

Admissions Clerk: If it weren’t an accident, then she wouldn’t be in the emergency room or the trauma unit.

Jordan: It may have been her heart. She has a heart condition.

Admissions Clerk: Then she might be in the cardiology department. If she is in severe condition, she’ll be in the ICU.

Jordan: It may also be the baby. She’s pregnant.

Admissions Clerk: Then she might be in the obstetrics and gynecology department. And if the baby has been born, it would be in the neonatal unit.

Jordan: I’m just not sure where to go. Maybe I’ll start in the cardiology department.

Admissions Clerk: That’s fine. Go past the neurology and oncology departments and it’s on your right. If you see the burn unit, then you’ve gone too far.

Jordan: You can’t look her up for me to see if she’s been admitted?

Admissions Clerk: I’m sorry, but our computer systems are down right now. If you wait until they’re up again, I can try to find her for you.

Jordan: And go out of my mind worrying? No thanks. I’m going to find her, even if I have to look behind every bedpan!

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English Cafe #426

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Nov 27, 2013


Topics: Ask an American: Art conservation; bravery versus gallantry; to escape versus to abscond; how to communicate time

Words:

conservator
mural
legacy
artist
earthquake damage
subsequent
to manifest
intention
competently
to recreate
interpretation
objective
bravery
gallantry
to escape
to abscond



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950 - Visiting a Construction Site

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Nov 25, 2013


Sometimes the best way to see something is from a distance. Learn about visiting dangerous construction sites in this episode.

Slow Dialog: 1:06
Explanations: 2:52
Fast Dialog: 16:54

Bill: Ma’am! ma’am!

Estelle: Yes?

Bill: Ma’am, you’re not supposed to be here. This is a construction site and you’re not allowed. Please don’t step on that scaffolding. It’s dangerous.

Estelle: Oh, I just wanted a quick look to see how the building is coming along. Look at all this lumber and brick. The foundation is already done and the beams and rafters are going up. This is so exciting!

Bill: Ma’am, this is a dangerous area, especially for someone not wearing a hard hat.

Estelle: I won’t stay very long. I just wanted to see the progress.

Bill: Watch out!

Estelle: Oh, I almost tripped over these pickaxes and shovels and landed in the wheelbarrow. Thank you for saving me.

Bill: You’re welcome. Now let me escort you off the site.

Estelle: But I wanted to see that bulldozer and crane over there.

Bill: You can see them just fine from the street. And from the street you won’t be my responsibility!

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949 - Dealing with a Contagious Disease

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Nov 22, 2013


A visit to a foreign country can be dangerous to your health. Learn how to stop spreading disease in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:19
Explanations: 3:44
Fast dialog: 15:12

Isabelle: You can’t walk through that door with all of your clothes on!

Linus: What?! I’ve just come off of a 12-hour flight. I’m tired and I want to get into my own house and into my own bed.

Isabelle: I know, but you’ve just returned from McQuillanland and I’ve just read that anyone who has been there may be a carrier of a communicable disease called Niebola. It can be transmitted through casual contact, so even if you don’t have it, you could spread it.

Linus: So what am I supposed to do? Stand out here for the rest of my life?

Isabelle: Of course not. Take off your clothes.

Linus: You want me to take off my clothes in front of the house? Are you crazy?!

Isabelle: No, the best way to prevent the spread of this infectious disease is to burn clothing that has been in contact with it, and to bathe you thoroughly.

Linus: I’m not stripping down to my underwear out here.

Isabelle: But aren’t you worried about transmitting Niebola to me and everyone you know? No one is immune. You could start an epidemic!

Linus: All right, but I’m going around to the back door where no one can see me, okay?

Isabelle: Great! I’ll get your bath ready. I just have to heat the mayonnaise.

Linus: What?! You want me to take a bath in mayonnaise?

Isabelle: That’s the only way to kill Niebola.


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English Cafe #425

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Nov 20, 2013


Topics: American Musicals: Hello, Dolly!; The National Rifle Association; to take a stab at (something) versus to take a chance; if you will; to walk a dog

Words:
musical
matchmaker
composer
lyricist
librettist
debut
refrain
rifle
marksmanship
chartered
shooting range
lobby
to take a stab at (something)
to take a chance
if you will
to walk a / the / (one’s) dog



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948 - Listening to Motivational Speakers

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Nov 18, 2013


Get motivated to listen to a motivational speaker in this episode about listening to a motivational speaker who motivates people to listen to motivational speakers.

Slow dialog: 1:32
Explanations: 3:37
Fast dialog: 18:04

Jamal: I really dread these annual management meetings. We usually have to sit through the most boring motivational speakers giving us pep talks.

Cindy: I think you’ll be surprised by the person they’ve hired to kick off our meeting. She’s supposed to be a guru on crisis management.

Jamal: Oh no, not another one.

Cindy: This one has a lot of real-world experience. She was a fighter pilot who has apparently survived some very difficult missions.

Jamal: What does a fighter pilot know about business? I can’t believe our company is shelling out thousands of dollars on speaking fees for someone like her to tell us how to do our jobs better.

Cindy: I think that the idea is to understand how other organizations and professions handle crises, which may shed some light on how we can do things better.

Jamal: Well, I don’t have high hopes.

Cindy: Don’t you think she can teach us anything?

Jamal: Sure, in fact our speaker has inspired me to try to get on the lecture circuit myself.

Cindy: What would you speak about?

Jamal: Avoiding corporate waste!

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947 - Seeing a Circus Performance

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Nov 15, 2013


Don’t cry out loud when you listen to this episode about the circus coming to town. It’s really not that bad.

Slow dialog: 1:17
Explanations: 2:46
Fast dialog: 15:46

Paula: Ta-da! We’re here. This is your big surprise.

Roman: We’re going to the circus?

Paula: You got it in one! It’s going to be great. There’ll be clowns and acrobats, trapeze artists and lion tamers.

Roman: I haven’t been to the circus since I was a kid.

Paula: That’s the point. I thought this would be a nostalgic experience for both of us, and let us feel like kids again.

Roman: I’m not sure...

Paula: Come on! We’ll miss the first act. I think there’ll be jugglers, magicians, and tightrope walkers, too.

Roman: Great.

Paula: Listen! I can hear the ringmaster from here. Let’s go!

Roman: When you said that you had a surprise for me that would make me feel young again, this wasn’t exactly what I envisioned.

Paula: I know. It’s even better, right?

Roman: If you say so.

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English Cafe #424

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Nov 13, 2013


Famous Americans – Geronimo; The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race; amiable versus amicable; biases

Words:
warrior
Apache
to mourn
raid
settler
reservation
paratrooper
dog sled
to survey
musher
checkpoint
sponsorship
amiable
amicable
bias



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946 - Designing a Building

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Nov 11, 2013


Design the next great building in this episode about a male architect and the woman who hires them.

Slow dialog: 1:08
Explanations: 2:56
Fast dialog: 17:25

Kathy: Seeing these blueprints really brings this project to life. I can now envision what this building will look like when it’s built.

Brett: I’m really glad. As the architect on this project, it’s my job to turn your ideas into design.

Kathy: You did a great job.

Brett: I had the help of the surveyors and a civil engineer, so I can’t take all of the credit.

Kathy: We’re ready now to solicit bids from general contractors, don’t you think?

Brett: These plans will give any contractor the specifications they need to give a detailed and accurate bid. There’ll be no problems with permits, I don’t think, because a similar structure was on this building site about 10 years ago before it was torn down.

Kathy: I’m hoping not to run into any stumbling blocks, but you never know with a building project. I’ll know we’ve cleared the hurdles when I can bring in the interior designers!

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945 - Using Electronics While Traveling

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Nov 08, 2013


What’s a vacation without cell phones, smartphones, tablets, computers, cables, batteries, and power strips? Find out in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:18
Explanations: 2:53
Fast dialog: 14:31

Justin: Are you nearly packed?

Marsha: Almost. Let’s see, I have wall chargers for my cell phone and other devices, extra memory cards for my camera, and noise-canceling headphones for the airplane.

Justin: Oh, yeah, I forgot to pack my headphones. I’d better dig them out right now.

Marsha: I’ve also packed portable batteries for our devices in case we run out of power en route. I’ve also brought a power strip to use in our hotel room.

Justin: Why?

Marsha: Hotel rooms never have enough outlets.

Justin: That’s true. I hadn’t thought of that. Maybe I should bring one, too. Between the two of us, we have a lot of gadgets to plug in.

Marsha: And I’m bringing some cables in case we want to hook up our devices to the TV.

Justin: Don’t you think that’s overkill?

Marsha: Not at all. How else will we entertain ourselves for an entire week?

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English Cafe #423

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Nov 06, 2013


Topics: Movies – The Silence of the Lambs; The Erie Canal; recession versus depression; if you will; all-in-one tax adviser/advisor

Words:

serial killer
to profile someone
psychiatrist
criminally
insane
traumatic
engineering
survey
canal
aqueduct
lock
marvel
recession
depression
if you will
all-in-one
tax adviser/or



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944 - Working as an Intern

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Nov 04, 2013


You have to start working somewhere, and internships can be very useful. But not everyone thinks that is true. Learn more in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:15
Explanations: 3:06
Fast dialog: 15:44

Jonas: How’s your new job?

Crystal: It’s not a job exactly. It’s an internship.

Jonas: Oh, so you’re working as somebody’s lackey and getting paid a pittance.

Crystal: No, not exactly. I’m doing a lot of scut work and I’m not getting paid a lot, but I’m getting very valuable on-the-job experience.

Jonas: Sure you are. You’re learning how to fetch coffee and run errands. Yippee! You don’t have to tell me any more. I know all about it. It’s slave labor.

Crystal: No, it’s not! I’m shadowing one of the managers part of the day and I sit in on important meetings all the time. My mentor shows me how things are done in the business world and gives me great career advice.

Jonas: Well, then you’re lucky. Most interns who work for our company learn diddly squat and spend their time doing menial work. Some of them are even unpaid. What a racket!

Crystal: In that case, I’m glad I don’t work for your company!

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943 - Making a Will

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Nov 01, 2013


The only certain things in life are death and taxes. Learn about avoiding taxes after death in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:12
Explanations: 3:48
Fast dialog: 19:17

Last week, I got a wake-up call. One of my oldest friends from high school died suddenly in an accident, leaving no will. With no estate planning at all, his assets went into probate and his dependents were left in limbo.

My friend was a young man, the same age as me. At our age, who thinks about estate planning? Well, he should have and I’m starting right now to put my affairs in order.

I’ve already decided who will be my beneficiaries and how much of an inheritance each family member will get. One big decision I’m still thinking about is who should be my executor. I want to make sure my bequests are carried out and my assets are properly disposed of, so this person has to be trustworthy.

After I make those decisions, I’ll write a holographic will. It’s the simplest way of drawing up a will and adding codicils without an attorney, and since I’m still of sound mind, there shouldn’t be any problems. I’ll ask my neighbors to be witnesses.

Before I start drawing up my will, though, I still have one other important decision to make. Who should get custody of my eight cats?

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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English Cafe #422

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Oct 30, 2013


Topics: American Presidents – Lyndon B. Johnson; foreigner, alien, and other terms for people from other countries; provided (that) versus assuming (that); urgency versus emergency

Words:
representative
senator
congressman/congresswoman
Senate Minority Leader
Senate Majority Leader
legislation
civil rights
segregation
to be assassinated
poverty
racial discrimination
landslide
foreigner
alien
provided (that)
assuming (that)
urgency
emergency



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942 - Daily Chores on a Farm

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Oct 28, 2013


Milk this episode for all the English you need to work on a farm.

Slow dialog: 1:13
Explanations: 3:17
Fast dialog: 17:42

Cesar: Rise and shine! It’s time to get to work.

Karol: What?! It’s four o’clock in the morning. The sun isn’t even up yet.

Cesar: You live on a farm now. We have a lot of chores to do before sunup and we need to start doing them now.

Karol: I’ll milk the cows later. Let me sleep to a decent hour.

Cesar: All right, you can milk the cows a little later, but we have to feed and water the animals now. We also have to clean out the stalls and groom the animals before we start repairs on the fences.

Karol: Why can’t we do those things when the sun is up and we can see what we’re doing?

Cesar: Because we’ll need daylight hours to tend to the crops. We’re done with planting, but we’ll need to do the watering and weeding. Just be glad that the harvest is three months away.

Karol: I don’t think I’m cut out to be a farmhand.

Cesar: You should have thought of that before agreeing to spend the summer at your uncle’s farm. Now move!

Karol: But I thought I’d spend the days learning how to ride horses.

Cesar: City girls!

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941 - Types of Shopping Areas

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Oct 25, 2013


Shop ‘till you drop in this episode, where one lucky guy gets to go shopping with his girlfriend.

Slow dialog: 1:09
Explanations: 3:08
Fast dialog: 16:36

Sarah: Come on! We only have two more hours before the stores close and I want to make it to the outlet stores.

Aidan: I thought that when you asked if I wanted to spend the day together, you meant we’d go somewhere for lunch, go to a movie, or just hang out.

Sarah: Isn’t this much more fun? Shopping centers are like Disneyland!

Aidan: This wasn’t exactly what I had in mind.

Sara: Just look. You have two shopping malls, retail stores, outlet stores, department stores, and specialty stores. What more could you want?

Aidan: That’s great for you, but what am I supposed to do?

Sarah: You can come with me, watch me try on clothes, and help me decide what to buy. Come on, I want to go to those stores in the strip mall over there.

Aidan: Why don’t I just find a place to get a snack and wait for you? I’m just dead weight when it comes to shopping.

Sarah: But I thought you wanted to spend the day together.

Aidan: I did, but I didn’t know I’d have to go to shopping hell to do it.

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English Cafe #421

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Oct 23, 2013


Topics: Ask an American – Guardian Angels; blunder versus stumble; oh my God; keep doing what you’re doing

Words:
on patrol
to play out
to look for a fight
to prevent
foot patrol
to get a hold
volunteer
pickpocketing
fight
intoxication
to de-escalate
safety patrol
citizen’s arrest
blunder
to stumble
oh my God
keep doing what you’re doing



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940 - Ending Excessive Spending

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Oct 21, 2013


What fun is there in working for the government if you can’t go to a lot of expensive conferences? Find out in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:13
Explanations: 3:14
Fast dialog: 17:18

Raphael: Sorry to be a buzzkill, but this gravy train we’ve been on is about to end.

Kelly: What do you mean?

Raphael: There have been a lot of complaints about our department’s spending on extraneous things, and to quell the masses, the department head is making some major changes.

Kelly: Like what?

Raphael: Like no more frivolous and excessive spending on travel and entertainment at conferences.

Kelly: But those are the only things that make this job bearable. Those perks are part and parcel of working for a government agency – at least that’s what I used to think.

Raphael: Well, once the press got wind of some of our spending practices, they started to question our budget allocations. The long and short of it is that those days are about to end.

Kelly: And I was planning to take you and a few other employees to St. Lucia for a retreat in the spring.

Raphael: I think you’d better change those plans, at least the venue. You’d have better luck getting it approved if you picked Cleveland!

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939 - Planning a Wedding

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Oct 18, 2013


If you plan on getting married, you better start planning your wedding today. Learn how in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:07
Explanations: 2:57
Fast dialog: 15:58

Seamus: What’s that?

Cathy: It’s a planning book for our wedding.

Seamus: We aren’t getting married for a year and a half.

Cathy: I know, but there are so many things to plan. We have to book the hall far in advance, you know, and once we set the date, we have to send out save-the-date notifications to our friends and family.

Seamus: I thought that the point of putting off the wedding until we finish school is to take the pressure off and allow us time to plan – later.

Cathy: It is, but it’s never too early to start planning for a wedding. I’m meeting with a wedding coordinator next week to get the ball rolling.

Seamus: A wedding coordinator?! We don’t need a wedding coordinator. We can make all of the arrangements ourselves.

Cathy: You have no idea what goes into pulling off a wedding and reception. There are caterers, photographers and videographers, entertainers, ice sculptors, animal trainers (you know, for the swans and the doves), and...

Seamus: Are you serious?! You’re not planning a wedding. You’re starting a circus!

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English Cafe #420

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Oct 16, 2013


Topics: Movies – Rocky; Famous Americans – Alvin Ailey; the hand of fate; riveting, to charge headlong, oblivious, and the outside world; outgoing versus a people person

Words:
amateur
boxer
working class
trainer
heavyweight champion
workout regimen
perseverance
choreographer
racially-integrated
underserved community
rare blood disorder
legacy
the hand of fate
riveting
to charge headlong
oblivious
the outside world
outgoing
a people person



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938 - Learning to Ride the Subway

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Oct 14, 2013


Welcome to the big city! It’s time to learn how to get from point A to point B by riding on the subway.

Slow dialog: 1:09
Explanations: 3:11
Fast dialog: 17:08

Donny: Come on, we need to buy our subway tickets at that ticket machine.

Cayla: Why can’t we just get them at the ticket window? I’m not sure what the fare is.

Donny: There’s a long line and we need to catch a train right now.

Cayla: I’ve never taken the subway before. I don’t know how it works.

Donny: Just follow me. Here, take this card and walk through the turnstile. Put your card in this slot and then retrieve it as you pass through.

Cayla: Okay, now where do we go?

Donny: Let’s look at this subway map showing all of the lines. That’s the station we want.

Cayla: Don’t we need to get transfers?

Donny: We don’t need transfers to take connecting trains. Let’s see, we want the express, not the local train...

Cayla: Are you sure we shouldn’t just ask somebody, like a station agent?

Donny: Good luck finding one. And plus, I don’t need one. I can figure it out. Follow me. I think that’s the right platform.

Cayla: Are you sure that’s the right train?

Donny: Yes, and if you ask me another question, you can continue this conversation with those tracks!

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937 - Being a Stay-at-Home Dad

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Oct 11, 2013


Some mothers work while the father takes care of the children. Find out more about modern families in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:14
Explanations: 3:08
Fast dialog: 16:48

Gladys: Hi, Dan. I’m surprised to see you here at the supermarket in the middle of the day.

Dan: Why?

Gladys: I thought you’d be working.

Dan: I am working. I’m a stay-at-home dad and I take care of the kids while my wife goes to work.

Gladys: Oh, did you get laid off from your job?

Dan: No, my wife works full-time out of the house and I work full-time at home.

Gladys: You mean that your wife is the breadwinner and you’re a househusband?

Dan: If you want to put it that way, yes. I’m the caretaker for the kids during the day and I do the household chores.

Gladys: Oh, your wife must be a feminist.

Dan: No, my wife is just a modern woman with modern sensibilities.

Gladys: Well, I know that some families like to live radical lifestyles these days, changing up gender roles.

Dan: We don’t think of it as radical. In fact, it’s quite common nowadays.

Gladys: if you say so. Tell your wife I’d be happy to share my recipes with her when you go back to work and she’s a housewife again.

Dan: [sigh]

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English Cafe #419

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Oct 09, 2013


Topics: Fort Knox United States Bullion Depository; Looney Tunes; job versus career; a while versus awhile; to trash talk

Words:
bullion
The New Deal
The Great Depression
to crash
impregnable
fortress
vault
animated film ¬
to make a profit
to sync (something)
gag cartoon
signature line
job
career
a while
awhile
to trash talk



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936 - Working with the IT Department

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Oct 07, 2013


If you have a computer problem and don’t know how to solve it, consider calling someone in the IT department. Or not. Find out more on this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:20
Explanations: 3:20
Fast dialog: 16:05

Whenever I have a technology problem at work, I try to solve it myself. It’s not that I know a lot of about technology. In fact, the opposite is true. I’m pretty much a computer illiterate, but I still try.

Why do I bother? The answer is the IT department in my company. Every time I consult one of the IT specialists, they make me feel like an idiot. But this time, I had no choice but to call in the experts.
...

Leah: What seems to be the problem here?

Steve: My computer is acting up and I can’t get this file to open.

Leah: Move. Let me take a look. Ha, of course your computer is acting up. I don’t know what you did to it, but it’s really screwed up.

Steve: I’m not sure how I could have done that.

Leah: Me neither. This is configured all wrong. And the reason you can’t open this file is because it’s encrypted. Did that occur to you?

Steve: No, I guess I didn’t.

Leah: I’ll fix everything, but try not to screw it up again.

Steve: I’ll do my best.
...

See what I mean?

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935 - Showing Signs of Age

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Oct 04, 2013


You’re never too old to learn something new, so learn about getting old in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:11
Explanations: 2:40
Fast dialog: 15:46

Julian: What is that, another gray hair?! My hair is already thinning on top. I don’t need more gray hairs.

Vera: I think salt and pepper hair looks great on men. It makes them look distinguished.

Julian: It makes them look old. Thank God I don’t have a receding hairline – yet.

Vera: When you get to be my age, you won’t worry so much about graying hair. There are a lot of other things to worry about.

Julian: Like what?

Vera: Forget I mentioned it. Showing signs of age isn’t something to be lamented. It’s natural and part of maturing as a person. It gives you character.

Julian: Stop being evasive. Like what?

Vera: Okay, like wrinkles and age spots, deafness and memory loss.

Julian: Gee, thanks. If I ever need to talk someone off a ledge, I’ll give you a call!

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English Cafe #418

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Oct 02, 2013


Topics: American Authors – Dorothy Parker; how to become a nurse; athlete versus player; hazard versus risk; to quit versus to call it a day

Words:
Witty
review
to be published
to be blacklisted
prolific
to proclaim
compilations
harsh
healthcare
certificate course
physiology
pediatric
athlete
player
hazard
risk
to quit
to call it a day



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934 - Watching Special Effects

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Sep 30, 2013


Have you ever wondered how Hollywood can destroy the world? Find out in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:12
Explanations: 3:17
Fast dialog: 16:36

Chrissy: Wow, that movie was amazing, but I can’t believe that they blew up the Eiffel Tower. I bet the French are really pissed.

Jack: You’re kidding, right? They didn’t really blow up the Eiffel Tower. They used special effects to make it look that way.

Chrissy: Are you sure? It really looked like the real thing.

Jack: They used a scale model or a computer-generated image of the Eiffel Tower and added some pyrotechnics or other visual effects to create what you saw on the screen. It’s like a big optical illusion. I can’t believe you really thought they blew up the Eiffel Tower.

Chrissy: Oh no, I didn’t. I was just kidding. But you have to admit that it was pretty cool that they got the real president of the United States to kill that monster, right?

Jack: You must be messing with my mind again. That wasn’t the president. That was an actor wearing prosthetics and makeup standing in front of a green screen. They added the monster later in post-production.

Chrissy: Oh, right, sure. But you have to hand it to them for moving a section of the Great Wall of China to New York City, right?

Jack: Oh, boy...

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932 - Rebuilding Consumer Trust

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Sep 23, 2013


Sorry seems to be the hardest word for business that make mistakes. Learn how to get people to buy from you again in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:15
Explanations: 3:05
Fast dialog: 16:42

Karen: The scandal over our new product line really damaged our image, and we need to rebuild consumer trust.

Brandon: This is going to be an uphill battle. Losing customers is easy. Winning them back will be really hard.

Karen: I agree, but our stock is taking a beating and we need to do something now.

Brandon: Part of the problem was that the rumors about the new product heightened expectations and we just fell short of the mark. We need to always remember to under promise and over deliver.

Karen: Yes, that was a big part of the problem, but we also need to have more transparency. We can’t make major changes without first getting customer input and without notifying them well in advance. Otherwise, our customers feel betrayed.

Brandon: All right, I think we have a place to begin. Should I call a general meeting to talk specifics?

Karen: Sure, and while we’re at it, we can work on employee morale, too!

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933 - Letting Go of the Past

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Sep 27, 2013


Stop living in the past and make plans for your future. Learn why in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:25
Explanations: 3:00
Fast dialog: 14:17

Emma: I think it’s time.

Uday: I beg to differ.

Emma: You can’t live in the past. I know that you like reliving your glory days, but the only way to move on is to let go of the past.

Uday: I don’t want to move on. If you’ve had the life I’ve had, you’d cling to the past, too.

Emma: But your best days are still to come. Constantly harking back to days gone by doesn’t allow you to live in the moment and to plan for the future.

Uday: So what? I have my memories to comfort me in my old age.

Emma: You’re speaking as though your life were over. You’re still young.

Uday: Not as young I used to be.

Emma: These old trophies and football jerseys won’t keep you young.

Uday: Yes, but they help me remember some of the highlights of the old days. Did I ever tell you about the time I single-handedly won the game?

Emma: Uh...

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English Cafe #417

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Sep 25, 2013


Topics: Betty Friedan and The Feminine Mystique; Taos Pueblos; admist versus among versus between; stuck in reverse; to keep minutes to lose hours

Words:
women’s rights movement
advocate
society
mystique
feminine
homemaker
synonymous with
to inhabit
siege
sovereign
ritual
designation
amidst / amid
among
between
stuck in reverse
to keep minutes



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931 - Solving a Mystery

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Sep 20,
2013 -0700 00:00:15,


Who’s murdering me now? Find out if it really was Mr. Green with a knife in the library.

Slow dialog: 1:11
Explanations: 2:54
Fast dialog: 14:53

Jane: You have to watch this movie. It’s so good!

Hercule: I’m not really into mysteries.

Jane: But this is a really good whodunit.

Hercule: I prefer action movies.

Jane: Listen, the movie gives you plenty of clues, and the detective follows hunch after hunch, lead after lead, but the movie is full of red herrings. Everybody seems to have an alibi and the witnesses aren’t reliable.

Hercule: I don’t know. It seems kind of confusing to me. I don’t really want to use my brain when I’m watching a movie.

Jane: But that’s the fun part of it. The true identity of the victim is a mystery, the suspects all have skeletons in their closets, and the detective isn’t what he seems.

Hercule: Yeah, well...

Jane: And just when you think you’re getting to the bottom of it, the rug gets pulled out from under you. It keeps you guessing until the very end. Hey, where are you going?

Hercule: I’m going to find an action movie where all my brain has to do is handle the sensory overload!

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English Cafe #416

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Sep 18, 2013


Topics: Ask an American: Caring for elderly parents; come versus came; several; top-down

Words:
nursing home
out of the question
safe
alternative
primary caretaker
virtually
to celebrate
privilege
resistance
mission
richness
generation
mix
household
several
top-down



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930 - Fearing Bioterrorism

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Sep 16, 2013


Cheer up your day by listening to this episode about how to prepare for a bioterrorist attack.

Slow dialog: 1:07
Explanations: 3:02
Fast dialog: 16:09

Natalie: Why are you wearing that gas mask?

Anton: I’m getting used to it. If we ever have a bioterrorist attack, I’ll be ready. Want to try one on?

Natalie: No, thanks. If we get involved in biological warfare, I think we’ll have some warning.

Anton: That’s what you think. Airborne toxins, bacteria, or viruses could be in the air right now, and you and I wouldn’t be able to detect it. It could infect you in the blink of an eye.

Natalie: Then I’ll be sick or dead anyway. So who cares?

Anton: I said we wouldn’t be able to detect it, but there are agencies with early detection equipment that could. As soon as they sound the alarm, we can put on our gas masks and take other precautions.

Natalie: If we’re really attacked by bioterrorists, what good is early detection? It’s not like you can really escape the toxins.

Anton: Don’t pooh-pooh these preparations. They could be the difference between life and death when the time comes.

Natalie: Right. In the meantime, I think I’ll just get dressed – without the stylish gas mask.

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929 - Trying to Locate Someone

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Sep 13, 2013


Catch me if you can by listening to this episode about finding someone who doesn’t want to be found.

Slow dialog: 1:01
Explanations: 2:41
Fast dialog: 14:04

Carmen: Hi, I’m looking for Waldo. I was told that he comes in here from time to time. Have you seen him?

Antonio: Waldo? I haven’t seen him in a while. He comes in sometimes, but it’s pretty hit-and-miss.

Carmen: I can’t seem to pin him down. Every time I think I’m hot on his trail, I’m too late. He’s skipped town or has gone underground.

Antonio: That’s Waldo. He’s the most elusive person I know. I think he actually enjoys playing a game of cat and mouse with people who are trying to locate him.

Carmen: I’m starting to get that feeling. I’ve been trying to track him down for over two months.

Antonio: He does seem to have a sixth sense and knows when to vanish.

Carmen: I’m starting to think he doesn’t really exist and that he’s just a figment of my imagination.

Antonio: It’s funny you should say that. I think his ultimate goal is to be invisible, just another face in the crowd.

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English Cafe #415

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Sep 11, 2013


Topics: American Presidents – John Quincy Adams; base versus basis; so far versus so far so good; integral

Words:

minister
treaty
act of aggression
diplomat
popular
electoral votes
national debt
the limelight
abolition
to gag
to colonize
diary
base
basis
so far
so far, so good
integral



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928 - Understanding Corporate Structure

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Sep 09, 2013


Find out who works for whom in a large corporation in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:05
Explanations: 3:02
Fast dialog: 14:39

Andrea: This organizational chart is really confusing.

Raffael: Why are you looking at that?

Andrea: I have an interview next week and I’m trying to bone up on the company I’ll be interviewing with. I want to impress them, but this chart is really confusing.

Raffael: Let me see. It’s a simple flow chart. You have your board of directors at the top, with the managing director reporting to them, and then the executive officers overseeing major departments.

Andrea: But I thought managers work below the executive officers.

Raffael: You’re confusing managers with managing directors. The managing director oversees the entire company and managers oversee daily operations.

Andrea: Oh, I see. So these here are the departments: accounting, marketing, purchasing, personnel, R & D, sales, and production.

Raffael: That’s right. Which department are you interviewing for?

Andrea: I think the job is in purchasing.

Raffael: You think? Don’t you think that’s something you should get straight before you do anything else?

Andrea: You might have a point there.

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927 - Being Tidy and Messy

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Sep 06, 2013


Can two men share an apartment without driving each other crazy? Find out about a very odd couple trying to stay organized on this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:11
Explanations: 3:01
Fast dialog: 15:35

Carole: It is beyond me how you and Oscar can be roommates. You’re very tidy and he’s, well, a slob.

Felix: It’s not always easy, but we’re making it work.

Carole: Isn’t Oscar really messy all the time? Whenever I see him, his clothes are rumpled and his hair is unkempt.

Felix: His room is really cluttered, but he keeps the common areas in passable condition. I do have to straighten up fairly often, and I sometimes have to pick up after him, but that’s because I’m pretty nitpicky.

Carole: That’s very tolerant of you.

Felix: Well, we have set up a system so that if things get too messy, I have some recourse.

Carole: Really, what’s your system?

Felix: Oscar and I agreed that every time he leaves a big mess, I can fine him.

Carole: That seems kind of drastic, but maybe it works for you guys.

Felix: Yeah, it keeps the place pretty clean.

Carole: Still, knowing Oscar, you must have had to fine him a lot.

Felix: Let’s just say that my next vacation will be in Monte Carlo!

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English Cafe #414

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Sep 04, 2013


Topics: Movies – Pulp Fiction; the Outer Banks; lot versus batch; business ethics; to eat humble pie

Words:
dark comedy
to credit (someone) with (something)
to follow
hitman
disturbing
formula –
barrier islands
to stretch
colony
shipwreck
to sink
adventurous
lot
batch
business ethics
to eat humble pie



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926 - Getting an Advantage in Sports

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Sep 02, 2013


It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose in sports, but winning sure is better. Learn how to win in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:08
Explanations: 3:15
Fast dialog: 17:31

Tammy: What are you doing this year to give your team an advantage?

Phillip: I have a few tricks up my sleeve. We’re going to have a winning season.

Tammy: Are you going to start Wang?

Phillip: No, I’m redshirting Wang. I want him to sit out his first year so he can sharpen his skills.

Tammy: I’m really surprised. Wang is already a great player and too good to sit on the bench.

Phillip: Trust me, I know what I’m doing. He’ll get an extra year of eligibility and be even better next year.

Tammy: If you say so. What about Schwartz?

Phillip: He’s out for the season. He’s hurt and won’t be able to play.

Tammy: That’s a major blow! He’s your star player, right?

Phillip: He’s a loss, but I have a secret weapon.

Tammy: Oh, yeah?

Phillip: This new player, Pierre, is going to give the other teams a run for their money.

Tammy: Who is he?

Phillip: Just somebody I recruited. Let’s just say he’s talented beyond his years.

Tammy: Huh? You mean he’s a ringer? You’re bringing in a ringer?

Phillip: Of course not. He’s just a little more experienced than my other players and he’ll be a force to be reckoned with.

Tammy: Only if nobody catches on.

Phillip: Catches on to what?

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925 - Going Through Customs

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Aug 30, 2013


If you’re thinking of flying into Los Angeles and bringing in a couple of bees, think again. Find out about going through customs in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:08
Explanations: 2:50
Fast dialog: 14:51

Customs Officer: Your passports, please. What is your final destination?

Özkan: Los Angeles.

Customs Officer: How long is your stay?

Özkan: We’ll be there for a week.

Customs Officer: What is the purpose of your trip?

Özkan: I’m going there on business and my family is accompanying me on vacation.

Customs Officer: Who are you traveling with?

Özkan: This is my wife Ayse, and these are my children, Mustafa and Ömer.

Customs Officer: Are you bringing in any restricted items? Any plants, fruits and vegetables, meats, or animals?

Özkan: No.

Customs Officer: Do you have anything to declare?

Özkan: We bought some duty-free items in the airport. Here’s the receipt.

Customs Officer: That’s fine. Step over to the exam station for baggage inspection.
...

We opened our bags for inspection, and luckily, the inspector found nothing to confiscate and we got off scot-free. I’m really glad they didn’t find that cat we’re smuggling in as a gift for my favorite podcaster!

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English Cafe #413

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Aug 28, 2013


Topics: Famous Americans – Meryl Streep; Badlands National Park; strand versus string; to screw up; to tip the scales

Words:
genre
to come to fame
to date
to praise
philanthropy
to erode
spire
wilderness area
habitat
artifact
fossil
missile
strand
string
to screw up
to tip the scales



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924 - Getting Access to Important Peopole

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Aug 26, 2013


Find out how to make friends in high places in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:08
Explanations: 3:22
Fast dialog: 15:44

Camile: That is a really good idea.

Nathan: Thanks, but there’s no way I can get past all of the gatekeepers in this company to get access to the president. He’s the only one who can green-light a project like this.

Camile: Can’t you present it to your boss first?

Nathan: If I bring the idea to my immediate supervisor, she’ll either take it over or nix it.

Camile: What you need to do is to get the ear of one of his advisors and do an end-run around the other managers.

Nathan: I’m not sure how I can do that. I don’t know any of the advisors in the president’s inner circle. We don’t exactly travel in the same circles, you know.

Camile: How’s your jump shot?

Nathan: Why do you ask?

Camile: My cousin works at the same gym where that the company president goes to exercise. Sometimes he likes to play a game of pick-up basketball, often one-on-one. If you got a call from my cousin when he’s there, you might be able to be get there quickly and be in the right place at the right time.

Nathan: You mean talk business on the courts?

Camile: Sure, isn’t that how real deals get made?

Nathan: You might have an idea there.

Camile: Yes, but one piece of advice: Let him win!

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923 - Having Bad Credit

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Aug 23, 2013


Love comes and goes, but bad credit can remain with you for a long time. Learn how not to handle your credit cards on this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:09
Explanations: 2:58
Fast dialog: 14:26

Alisha: This is the second time I’ve been turned down for a credit card in a month. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.

James: Have you checked your credit report recently? Maybe you have a bad credit rating.

Alisha: I have a full-time job with a good income, which they can easily verify, and I don’t have any outstanding debt, so what could be the problem?

James: Have you had a credit card before?

Alisha: Yes.

James: Did you always make your payments on time?

Alisha: Well, no.

James: Then that may be your answer. Your payment history makes a big difference with the credit bureau. If you’ve missed payments or been late, that’s a big strike against you.

Alisha: You mean if I were late a few times, I wouldn’t be able to get another credit card?

James: A few times? How many times?

Alisha: Well, maybe a lot of times.

James: And why do you need another credit card if you already have one?

Alisha: Had one, past tense. The credit card company cancelled it.

James: Ah ha, I think we’ve just found the crux of the problem.

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English Cafe #412

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Aug 21, 2013


Topics: The Pledge of Allegiance; the Grateful Dead; user versus customer versus subscriber; “Old Time Rock and Roll”; hands down

Words:
pledge
allegiance
to recite
indivisible
atheist
polytheist
idolatry
dissent
psychedelic
to hallucinate
following
hippie
user
customer
subscriber
hands down



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922 - Getting a Second Opinion

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Aug 19, 2013


If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again to find a doctor who will tell you what you want to hear. Learn about getting another opinion on this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:13
Explanations: 3:02
Fast dialog: 14:02

Greg: Where are you going?

Anne: I’m going to see another doctor to get a second opinion. My doctor diagnosed me with a serious medical condition and I don’t want to take it at face value.

Greg: You’re second-guessing your doctor?

Anne: No, I just want to make sure he’s right. He’s also recommending a conservative treatment for this condition, and if I really have it, I want to be more aggressive.

Greg: Doesn’t your doctor mind that you’re getting a second opinion?

Anne: No, he even gave me a recommendation for another specialist.

Greg: What’s all of that?

Anne: This is a complete set of my records along with my test results. I’m hoping he’ll have a fresh perspective when he looks at all of it and my patient history.

Greg: What are you hoping he’ll find?

Anne: The best-case scenario is that he’ll find that my doctor was wrong and that I don’t really have this condition.

Greg: If he tells you that, wouldn’t you be dubious? You’ll have one doctor telling you that you have it and one telling you that you don’t.

Anne: Then, it would be time for a third opinion.

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921 - Describing Chance and Probability

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Aug 16, 2013


The chances are good that you will learn something new in this episode on probability. Listen and find out!

Slow dialog: 1:13
Explanations: 3:15
Fast dialog: 16:13

Raul: What are the chances that Rob will be here on time?

Tiffany: I’d say it’s fifty-fifty. You never know. He might surprise us and be early.

Raul: Fat chance of that happening. I’ve known him for three years and if I had to stake my life on whether he’ll arrive early or not, I’d be in big trouble.

Tiffany: Don’t exaggerate. Rob isn’t completely irresponsible. I’d say there’s a pretty good probability that he’ll be here when he said he would, especially after he promised.

Raul: His intentions are good, but he loses track of time and doesn’t know what day it is half the time.

Tiffany: He told me that he’s trying to change.

Raul: Well, as I said, his intentions are good. He just needs to work on his follow-through.

Tiffany: Come on, he could be on his way right now.

Raul: Don’t hold your breath. I’ll believe his promises when hell freezes over.

Tiffany: Aren’t you being just a wee bit cynical?

Raul: And aren’t you just indulging in wishful thinking?

Tiffany: Hey, I think that’s him coming down the road! I think you’d better eat your words.

Raul: And I think you’d better get glasses.

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English Cafe #411

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Aug 14, 2013


Topics: Ask an American – Harlem Businesses; to imply versus to infer; to put aside versus to set aside; something's got to (gotta) give

Words:
to evolve
essentially
forgotten land
value
gold mine
gold coast
mom-and-pop
on a daily basis
to count
to accelerate
struggle
small business
to imply
to infer
to put aside
to set aside
something’s got to (gotta) give



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920 - Leasing Business Equipment

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Aug 12, 2013


Why buy when you can rent? Learn about the pros and the cons of leasing in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:07
Explanations: 3:24
Fast dialog: 16:27

Olena: We need to keep pace with changing technology, but how are we going to raise capital to upgrade our equipment?

Joel: I’m not sure. Maybe we can find a supplier who will extend credit to us. We can pay in installments.

Olena: That’ll be hard to do. No one wants to extend credit these days.

Joel: I know what my brother did when his company needed new equipment.

Olena: What?

Joel: He leased it instead of buying it.

Olena: Leasing equipment? I’ve never considered it. I don’t want to end up paying more for the equipment over time than it’s worth, and still not own the equipment at the end of the contract.

Joel: The flip side is that you won’t be saddled with outdated equipment that’s hard to offload. My brother says that there are other advantages to leasing. You can have the maintenance included in your contract, so you won’t have to worry about high repair bills.

Olena: I don’t know...

Joel: And my brother also told me that he was able to negotiate a purchase option. You can do the same if you really want to own the equipment.

Olena: Your brother really seems to know what he’s talking about. Why isn’t he working for me?

Joel: You have someone even better. You have an employee who listens and steals the competitors’ good ideas.

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919 - Visiting Childcare Centers

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Aug 09, 2013


Find a good place for little Johnnie to spend the day by listening to this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:12
Explanations: 3:05
Fast dialog: 15:13

Adam: What’s that?

Noelle: It’s a list of questions I’m going to ask at the childcare center when we visit today. I want to be prepared.

Adam: We already know that it’s licensed and has a good reputation. What other questions are you going to ask?

Noelle: Lots. For instance, I want to know what the ratio is of children to each childcare worker and what their staff turnover rate is.

Adam: Okay, I guess those are important questions.

Noelle: And I want to know what their policies are on disciplining the kids and what kinds of meals and snacks they serve.

Adam: Also good questions.

Noelle: And I want to find out their policies on sick kids and if they allow late pick-up.

Adam: Yeah, I guess those are really good questions, too.

Noelle: And I want to know if I can observe any time I want to and if there is a secure check-in/check-out system.

Adam: Those are all good questions, but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that you’ve done your homework.

Noelle: That’s why you married me, right? Because I’m so practical?

Adam: If that’s why I married you, wouldn’t that make me the practical one?

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English Cafe #410

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Aug 07, 2013


Topics: Motown Records; Famous Songs – “Mary Had a Little Lamb"; to boycott versus to prohibit; Jane Doe; to catch some z’s

Words:
record company
hit
soul music
crossover
subsidiary
ambassador
nursery rhyme
real-life incident
lamb
commotion
to set (something) to a melody
phonograph
to boycott
to prohibit
Jane Doe
to catch some z’s



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918 - Preparing for a Disaster

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Aug 05, 2013


No one knows the future, so be prepared for the next disaster by listening to this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:10
Explanations: 2:58
Fast dialog: 15:49

Lilly: Quick, we need to go get some supplies. I was listening to talk radio on my way home from work and this guy was on talking about how doomsday is coming and we need to prepare.

Paul: Oh no, not this again. You have to stop listening to that garbage on the radio. Listen, there is no impending doom and this guy was just crying wolf.

Lilly: No, he wasn’t. He had proof that the world is going to end soon and he was sounding the alarm. Those people killed in the storm last week? They were the canaries in the coal mine. Disaster is coming!

Paul: Let me be the voice of reason for a minute. How many times have you believed that the world was ending in the past few years?

Lilly: A few times, but this is for real. There’ll be a disruption of services, a run on food and water, and chaos!

Paul: Let me ask you this: if the world is ending, aren’t we all just going to die?

Lilly: Not if you have an underground bunker. Start digging!

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917 - Types of Families

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Aug 02, 2013


Modern families can be a little complicated. Learn more in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:09
Explanations: 3:56
Fast dialog: 18:02

Patricia: Okay, we’re nearly done setting up for the neighborhood party. I got some nametags with “father,” “mother,” and “kids” printed on them, with a space for people to write their names. It’ll be easier for people to introduce themselves and make friends.

Ed: The nametags are a good idea, but we have to keep in mind that in this day and age, there are a lot of unconventional families. We won’t just have nuclear or traditional families coming.

Patricia: I don’t see how that makes a difference.

Ed: Don’t you? What if we have same-sex families? We need to be ready to hand out two “father” or two “mother” nametags. There are also a lot of stepfamilies with more than one set of parents.

Patricia: Well, the men are all “fathers” and the “women” are all mothers – that’s simple. I still don’t see the problem.

Ed: What if the children are being raised by grandparents? Some of the men could be grandfathers and some of the women grandmothers.

Patricia: Okay, we might have some of those families.

Ed: And don’t forget that some parents are divorced or are single parents. Their current partner may not be their spouse. It wouldn’t be appropriate to give them “father” or “mother” nametags. We might even get foster families, in which case, the nametags may not be applicable at all.

Patricia: I give up. Forget I ever brought up these nametags. I’ll get blank ones with nothing on them.

Ed: That’s a good idea. Given the complexity we live in today, choosing simplicity might be the way to go!

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English Cafe #409

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jul 31, 2013


Topics: American Authors – Rachel Carson; the board game Monopoly; gas guzzler and other car descriptors; money order; way to establish or way to establishing

Words:
conservationist
environmental movement
pesticide
to eradicate
compelling
indiscriminate
bioaccumulation
board game
to dominate the market
property
dice
to go bankrupt
gas guzzler
money order



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916 - Being Forced Out of a Position

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Jul 29, 2013


Here’s the new boss, same as the old boss. But maybe we can get her to leave? Find out how in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:07
Explanations: 2:54
Fast dialog: 16:17

Julianna: Ha ha! The wicked witch is dead!

Hugo: What are you talking about?

Julianna: Bettina is stepping down as chairperson of the committee. I thought this day would never come.

Hugo: That’s a big surprise. I never thought I’d live to see the day when Bettina would willingly give up her position.

Julianna: It wasn’t her choice exactly. The rest of the committee forced her out, saying they couldn’t work with her anymore. Oh how the mighty have fallen!

Hugo: But I thought she had the support of the higher-ups and they wanted her in the position.

Julianna: Well, she’s somehow fallen from grace and they can’t wait to see the back of her. It’s nice to see her get her comeuppance – finally!

Hugo: Maybe we’re not getting the full story. Maybe she had personal reasons for leaving.

Julianna: Whatever the reason, we’ll be rid of her once and for all. Hallelujah!

Hugo: How do you know the next chairperson won’t be worse?

Julianna: Bite your tongue!

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915 - Learning to Read Music

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Jul 26, 2013


Doe is a deer, a female deer, and ray is a drop of golden sun. Got that? Good. Now learn how to read music in English by listening to this episode.

Slow Dialog: 1:17
Explanations: 3:43
Fast Dialog: 17:16

Mike: You have a great voice. You should join our choir.

Grace: I don’t know anything about music. I can’t even read music.

Mike: It’s not that hard. I could teach you. Look, this is a piece we’re working on right now.

Grace: What’s that weird thing at the beginning?

Mike: That’s the clef. It tells you which note each line and space on the staff represents.

Grace: Okay. What about these numbers?

Mike: That’s the time signature. It tells you how many beats are in each measure, and what kind of note gets one beat. This little number above there gives you the tempo.

Grace: Hmm, that’s kind of complicated. Why are all of these notes stacked on top of each other?

Mike: That’s to indicate a chord, with two or more notes played together at the same time. See? Musical notation is really very simple.

Grace: I don’t think I got all that.

Mike: I’m happy to help you until you get the hang of it. We could even work on some duets. We could sing harmony or I can accompany you on the piano.

Grace: I think you’re overestimating my singing ability, but I’m willing to give it a try. At least, I think I can stay on pitch. I just don’t want to embarrass myself too much.

Mike: I think you’re overestimating the quality of our community choir!

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English Cafe #408

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jul 24, 2013


Topics: American Presidents: Gerald Ford; you bet; between versus in between; of many different colors

Words:

money laundering
pardon
to this day
to evade
draft
deserter
special education
détente
isolationist
refugee
assassination attempt
briefing
you bet
between
in between



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8th Anniversary Video Podcast

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Jul 22, 2013


Our 8th Anniversary Video Podcast is here!

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914 - Wanting Peace and Quiet

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Jul 22, 2013


Make some noise for today’s episode, which is all about peace and quiet.

Slow Dialog: 1:07
Explanations: 3:41
Fast Dialog: 15:12

After three days of travel and meetings, I returned to my hotel room ready for some downtime. All I wanted was some peace and quiet so I could get a good night’s sleep.
...

[phone rings] Carl: Hello.

Hotel staff: Hello, Mr. Mendez. I’m calling to welcome you to our hotel. I hope you’re finding everything to your satisfaction.

Carl: Yes, yes. Everything’s fine. I just want to get some rest right now.

Hotel staff: Of course, Mr. Mendez. If there’s anything we can do for you, don’t hesitate to ask.
...

I hung up the phone and turned off the ringer. I didn’t want any more unsolicited phone calls. But then, there was a knock on the door.
...

Hotel staff: Hello, sir. I’m here to turn down your bed. May I come in?

Carl: I don’t need the bed turned down, thanks.
...

Before I closed the door, I put the do-not-disturb sign on my door. I wanted no more interruptions.

All of a sudden, a loud alarm went off. I opened my door and a hotel employee was explaining that there was a small fire in the kitchen and that the guests were being evacuated. We would have to leave the building immediately.

I left my hotel room and wondered if there was a vast conspiracy to rob me of my sleep or if I’m just the unluckiest guy in the world!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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913 - Experiencing Motion Sickness

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Jul 19, 2013


If a body in motion stays in motion, as Newton said, what about a body that can’t rest due to motion sickness? Learn the answer to this and other medical mysteries in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:11
Explanations: 2:45
Fast dialog: 14:32

Ashley: You don’t look so good. What’s wrong?

Terrell: I felt motion sickness watching that movie. The camera jerked around and it made me dizzy.

Ashley: It didn’t bother me. The hand-held camera used to film the movie had that effect on you?

Terrell: I’m susceptible to motion sickness. You should see me on a boat. The rocking motion makes me seasick and nauseous. When I was a kid, I used to get carsick every time my family took a road trip. My parents always had a barf bag ready.

Ashley: Wow, that sucks.

Terrell: Yeah, and don’t even try to get me on an airplane. Just the starting of the engines makes me feel airsick and looking down gives me vertigo.

Ashley: So how do you travel?

Terrell: Very rarely and usually with one foot on the ground!

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English Cafe #407

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jul 17, 2013


Topics: Famous Americans: Jane Addams; the “Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe" counting rhyme; to double down and trickle-down; especially versus specially; dewy

Words:

settlement house
inspirational
complex
night school
infant mortality
pacifist –
fondly –
counting rhyme
to chant
tag
nonsensical
to holler
to double down
trickle-down
especially
specially
dewy



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912 - Working as a Lobbyist

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Jul 15, 2013


Learn how to win political friends and influence powerful people in this episode about lobbyists.

Slow dialog: 1:05
Explanations: 3:36
Fast dialog: 17:37

Cody: You’re not the kind of person I would expect to work as a lobbyist.

Jada: Why not?

Cody: I picture lobbyists as being kind of pushy and corrupt, using underhanded tactics.

Jada: It’s not like that at all, at least not for me. I just use my powers of persuasion to help my clients.

Cody: So what do you do exactly?

Jada: I meet with legislators and try to sway them to support laws that are favorable to the people and companies I represent, and to discourage them from voting for laws that aren’t.

Cody: You’re a spokesperson for your clients, then.

Jada: I’m more than that. I work for clients in the private sector and in corporations, as well as for special interest groups. I advocate for what would benefit my clients in a way that they can’t do themselves directly.

Cody: Isn’t there sometimes a conflict of interest? Let’s say your client this month wants a law passed and your client next month doesn’t. What happens then?

Jada: I’m a gun for hire. I do my best for my client, whichever that client is at that moment.

Cody: I’m glad to hear you say that. I could use the services of a good lobbyist. I’ve been trying to get my wife to agree to buy a new boat...

Jada: Stop right there. In this case there is a conflict of interest. Your wife talked to me last week and wants me to have a little talk with you about that new boat...

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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911 - Correcting and Explaining in Conversation

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Jul 12, 2013


You’re really going to learn something in this episode. What I mean is, this episode will teacher you how to correct yourself when speaking to another person.

Slow dialog: 1:06
Explanations: 3:23
Fast dialog: 14:26

Danny: You look like you need to relax.

Sybil: Excuse me?

Danny: What I mean is, you look like you could use some R and R.

Sybil: I didn’t know I looked tired and worn out.

Danny: No, what I’m trying to say is, people need leisure time once in a while.

Sybil: Yes, that’s certainly true.

Danny: The human body needs downtime to recuperate and to regenerate.

Sybil: Okay, I guess that’s true.

Danny: Let me rephrase that. People need time away from work to get ready for more work.

Sybil: Are you saying you’re planning on giving me more work?

Danny: No, no, no. Let me put it another way. It’s imperative that you don’t work this weekend.

Sybil: Why? What’s going on this weekend? Are you saying that something big is happening in the department this weekend and I’m being left out?

Danny: No, not at all. What I’m trying to say is...[sigh]...would you like to go out with me Saturday night?

Sybil: Oh, I guess I didn’t catch your drift earlier. You’re asking me out for Saturday.

Danny: Yes, I am.

Sybil: Then, I accept.

Danny: Really?

Sybil: Yes, as long as you promise never to ask me out on a first date ever again!

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English Cafe #406

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jul 10, 2013


Topics: Ask an American: Corruption; cool versus cold; estate versus real estate; off to the races

Words:
secrecy
jurisdiction
disguised
trust account
charitable foundation
trade
money laundering
social media
investigative journalism
public prosecutor
public at large
abuse
corruption
cool
cold
estate
real estate
off to the races



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910 - Plagiarizing a Paper

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Jul 08, 2013


Stealing is stealing, even if they’re just words. Learn about plagiarism in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:05
Explanations: 3:19
Fast dialog: 17:29

Paul: All done.

Samantha: You’re done with your paper? How can that be? I’m just getting started.

Paul: I’m just a better student than you are.

Samantha: Let me see that. You didn’t write this.

Paul: No, I didn’t. I downloaded somebody’s paper from some website and slapped my name on it. The professor will never know. Wise up. Do you want me to find one for you?

Samantha: No way! Not only is it cheating, if you get caught, you could flunk the class or get expelled.

Paul: Don’t be such a goody two-shoes. Everybody does it. I know a guy who pays somebody in another state to write all of his papers for him and another guy who lifts his papers from old books. Don’t tell me you’ve never paraphrased ideas from a source and represented them as your own.

Samantha: Are you kidding me? Borrowing ideas from a book with proper attribution is what you’re supposed to do. You, on the other hand, are plagiarizing your way to your degree.

Paul: Damn straight! Look who’s done with his homework and who is still working on hers.

Samantha: I’d rather earn what I get and know that I didn’t shortchange myself out of an education!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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909 - Buying Electronic Books

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Jul 05, 2013


Learn about the latest technology for reading without paper in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:06
Explanations: 3:12
Fast dialog: 16:08

Kindo: What’s that?

Nookie: It’s my new e-book reader. I’m just downloading some new books onto it.

Kindo: I haven’t bought one yet. I’m old school. I still prefer a printed book.

Nookie: But if you haven’t tried it yet, how do you know you wouldn’t like it better? This e-book reader can store over 10,000 digital books and it’s easily portable. Imagine trying to carry an entire library from place to place.

Kindo: I don’t usually read 10,000 books all at once and I hear that there are a lot of incompatible formats out there. Each company is trying to edge out the others by establishing their format as the format. I think I’ll just wait until the dust settles.

Nookie: The different formats aren’t that big a deal. You can easily convert a book in one format to another.

Kindo: I like the look of text on a printed page.

Nookie: You mean that faded text on that yellowed page? On an e-book reader, you can adjust the text size, font, and even line spacing.

Kindo: Can I get all of the out-of-print books on my shelves in digital format?

Nookie: Well, I’m not sure.

Kindo: Until I can, I’ll stick to my low-tech books.

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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English Cafe #405

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jul 03, 2013


Topics: Movies: A Clockwork Orange; The Mickey Mouse Club; used car salesman; to snag versus to hitch; Reader’s Digest

Words:
disturbing
dystopian
gang
crime spree
to rape
to betray
nauseated
free choice
copycat
intermittently
variety show
catchy
used car salesman / seller
to snag
to hitch
Reader’s Digest



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908 - Being Territorial at Work

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Jul 01, 2013


Be careful about doing someone else’s job without that person knowing about it. Learn more in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:13
Explanations: 2:59
Fast dialog: 15:32

Andy: What are you doing?

Sita: I’m running some numbers for the new project.

Andy: I thought that was Delia’s turf.

Sita: She’s usually the go-to person for this type of information, but I need this info right now.

Andy: I’d be careful about stepping on Delia’s toes. She doesn’t take kindly to people encroaching on her responsibilities.

Sita: I know she can be territorial at times, but I’m sure if I explain to her why I’m getting this information right this minute, she’d understand.

Andy: Okay, but don’t be surprised if she thinks you’re trying to gain control of her little fiefdom. She’s really entrenched and she doesn’t like anyone muscling in.

Sita: Do you really think she’ll misunderstand my motives?

Andy: I wouldn’t take any chances. Hurry up and finish what you’re doing, cover your tracks, and get out. With any luck, she won’t think this is the beginning of a turf war.

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907 - Buying Tools at a Hardware Store

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Jun 28, 2013


When something breaks, someone has to fix it. Learn how to buy the right tools for the job in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:20
Explanations: 3:08
Fast dialog: 15:42

Chuck: Just remember that we have a lot to accomplish today, so let’s just get what we need and go, okay?

Ayaka: Sure, we just need a few tools for our DIY project. The power tools are over there.

Chuck: Whoa, we’re not getting power tools. We just need a few simple hand tools: a hammer, a wrench, a chisel, some pliers – and maybe an extra screwdriver or two.

Ayaka: We would get the job done so much more quickly if we had power tools. Instead of a hammer, we should get a nail gun. We also need a power drill, and hey, a sander and a table saw.

Chuck: A table saw?! We’re doing some simple repairs, not remodeling our house.

Ayaka: You never know when you need a good saw and I’ve always wanted a table saw.

Chuck: Other women want clothes and jewelry, and you want power tools?

Ayaka: That right. You should be counting your lucky stars!

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English Cafe #404

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jun 26, 2013


Topics: Benjamin Spock and The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care; The Florida Everglades; destroying versus destructive; to catch up; to drop off

Words:
pediatrician
common sense
to trust (one’s) instincts
strict schedule
to potty train
affection
rower
civil disobedience
childrearing
to drain
endangered
mangrove
destroying
destructive
to catch up
to drop-off



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906 - Using Illegal Drugs

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Jun 24, 2013


Psst! Want to buy some drugs? Well, this is not the place for that, friend. Learn all about illegal drugs in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:06
Explanations: 3:11
Fast dialog: 17:52

Nancy: So, what do you think?

Ron: Uh, that was interesting.

Nancy: That’s all you have to say? I spent six months making this anti-drug film to show students in schools to try and deter illegal drug use.

Ron: Well, I’m not sure if it gets the point across.

Nancy: What do you mean? I show footage of people using hardcore drugs.

Ron: That’s just it. You start by showing people smoking pot, making the point that it’s a gateway drug, and then showing addicts popping pills, shooting up heroine, and snorting and freebasing cocaine.

Nancy: I’m trying to show the downhill spiral that results from illegal drug use.

Ron: But considering how incredibly explicit the film is, I’m afraid that teachers might mistake it for some other type of film.

Nancy: What do you mean? What type of film?

Ron: Well, instead of an anti-drug educational film, it seems more instructional. If kids don’t know how to use illegal drugs before, they will after watching this film!

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905 - Getting a Marriage License

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Jun 21, 2013


Here comes the bride! But is she really ready to get married? Find out in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:17
Explanations: 3:59
Fast dialog: 17:57

Yves: Help me fill out this application for our marriage license.

Vanessa: Can’t you do it? I’m really busy with work right now. Do as much as you can and just ask me if you don’t know something.

Yves: Okay, I’ll try, but I’m reading through the requirements, and it’s a good idea for both of us to know what they are.

Vanessa: Okay, then just read them out loud to me.

Yves: All right. We need to bring identification and it’s best to bring our birth certificates, just in case. We don’t need blood tests and there’s no waiting period in this state. Are you listening?

Vanessa: To every word. Go on.

Yves: For people who have been married before, they’ll have to bring proof of divorce, death, or annulment. Okay, since you’ve been married before, you’ll need to bring a copy of your final divorce decree. Did you hear that?

Vanessa: Yeah, yeah.

Yves: We can choose any qualified officiant and the marriage license is valid for 90 days – that’s 90 days to get married and have the marriage recorded. We only have 90 days after we get the license to get married, got that?

Vanessa: Sure, 90 days. No problem.

Yves: I’m starting to wonder. If you don’t have time to fill out our marriage license application, how will you make time for our wedding?

Vanessa: What? I’m really busy right now. Let’s talk about it later.

Yves: Is it just me, or does this conversation not bode well for our future marriage?

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English Cafe #403

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jun 19, 2013


Topics: Famous songs: "Three Blind Mice"; Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park; incoming versus oncoming versus upcoming; featured; to fill in versus to fill out

Words:
nursery rhyme
round
to harmonize
carving knife
obscure
volcano
to erupt
lava
archipelago
caldera
awesome
to marvel
incoming
oncoming
upcoming
featured
to fill in
to fill out



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904 - Working Overseas

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Jun 17, 2013


If you’re considering working in another country, listen to this episode to find out how to talk about it.

Slow dialog: 0:16
Explanations: 3:15
Fast dialog: 17:13

Danielle: I’m so excited! I just got my new posting overseas. I can’t wait to live abroad and work as an expat.

Angus: I remember my first overseas assignment. It was interesting, but the adjustment took some time.

Danielle: I won’t have any problems. I already have my work permit and vaccinations, and I speak the language fairly well. And remember, I don’t have any family to relocate.

Angus: I didn’t think I’d have any problems either, but when I got to McQuillanland, I was in culture shock.

Danielle: I’m ready for the differences in the cost of living. I’ll be getting a housing allowance, which will offset the increase in living expenses.

Angus: I wasn’t thinking so much about the expense of living abroad. I was referring to a different pace of life and the many cultural differences that affect every facet of life.

Danielle: That’s what I’m looking forward to. It’ll all be so exciting.

Angus: I’m glad you’re in euphoria right now, but be prepared for some bumps in the road.

Danielle: No problem. To me, smooth sailing would be boring!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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903 - Listening to a Traffic Report

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Jun 14, 2013


Baby, you can drive my car, but you better check the traffic report before you go. Learn more in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:14
Explanations: 3:31
Fast dialog: 18:03

Every afternoon before I leave work, I listen to the traffic report to see if I should take my usual route home or make a detour. So today, like every day, I turned on my radio.

“It’s a tough commute today if you’re traveling on I-35 north. There’s a major slowdown due to an overturned big rig that’s blocking the number two lane.”

Oh no. That meant that I had to take the 40W instead.

“If you’re traveling on the 40W, you’ll find a lot of congestion. It’s down to one lane because of a pileup. Emergency vehicles are responding.”

Wow, that meant I might have to take surface streets all the way home.

“And if you’re thinking of taking Broadway Boulevard west from downtown, think again. There is a stalled vehicle blocking the right lane and construction all the way to Main Street.”

Well, I was in a no-win situation. Do I want to spend two hours in gridlock or two more hours at work?

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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English Cafe #402

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jun 12, 2013


Topics: Famous Americans: Nikola Tesla; the Three Stooges; king versus royalty; in an attempt to versus in an effort to; accuracy versus precision

Words:
telegraph
to resign
patent
x-ray
remote controlled
photographic memory
eccentric
mad scientist
penniless
stooge
slapstick
clumsy
king
royalty
accuracy
precision



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902 - Being Chivalrous and Protective

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Jun 10, 2013


That ain’t no way to treat a lady, no way to treat your baby. Learn how to behave like a gentleman in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:12
Explanations: 3:13
Fast dialog: 15:03

When I first met Lance, I thought he was the perfect guy. He was a real gentleman. He opened doors for me and pulled out my chair in restaurants. He was as chivalrous as they come. But after a while, I realized that he took chivalry a little too far.
...

Lance: Let me carry that box for you.

Guinevere: No, that’s okay. It’s not heavy.

Lance: It doesn’t matter. I’m your boyfriend and I can’t have you carrying a box when my hands are free.

Guinevere: Is that some kind of code of conduct I don’t know about?

Lance: It’s how a knight would treat his lady.

Guinevere: That’s nice, but I’m perfectly capable of carrying my own box, thank you.

Lance: Don’t argue. It’s my duty to show every courtesy to my girlfriend, so give me that box.

Guinevere: Are you saying that your code of conduct takes precedence over my preferences?

Lance: No, I’m just telling you that my job is to help and protect you, even if it’s against your will.
...

How can you argue with that logic?

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901 - Participating in a Clinical Trial

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Jun 07, 2013


Listening to this episode may not cure your illnesses, but it might improve your English.

Slow dialog: 1:07
Explanations: 2:45
Fast dialog: 14:40

Lucinda: You look tired. Are you all right?

Elan: I’m fine. It’s this clinical trial I’m enrolled in. I’m suffering from some side effects.

Lucinda: Are they serious?

Elan: No, they’re not too bad. I was told to expect some adverse reactions in the first weeks of the pilot study. I guess that’s why only a small group of volunteers is taking part right now. It’s so they can judge the drug’s effectiveness before the pharmaceutical company does a large-scale trial.

Lucinda: At least you know you’re not in the group getting a placebo.

Elan: Who knows? I hope not. If I successfully get through this first phase, I’ll get a full dose of the drug in phase two.

Lucinda: Then you may once and for all be rid of Podcaster’s Disease.

Elan: I really hope so. No one should go through life sounding like a podcaster.

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English Cafe #401

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jun 05, 2013


Topics: Ask an American: Bilingual seniors; to keep in store versus to store up versus to reserve in store; which; think about versus think of

Words:
functional
basis
advantage
to activate
cognitive control
efficiently
senior
bilingual
magnitude
subject
to expend
to out-perform (someone)
monolingual
to keep in store
to store up
to reserve in store
to think about
to think of



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900 - Simplifying Information

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Jun 03, 2013


Be careful about making your explanation too simple when presenting to a group. Learn more in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:17
Explanations: 3:17
Fast dialog: 15:39

Tara: How is your presentation coming along?

Stan: It’s okay, but I’m having trouble simplifying some of the key concepts without dumbing them down too much.

Tara: I think your instincts are right. You’ll be presenting to non-specialists, so it’s important to keep your presentation clear and simple.

Stan: That’s my problem. How do I capture the essence of all of this information without making it too simplistic?

Tara: My rule of thumb is to think about which concepts really jump out at me when I think about the topic and identify any patterns in the information. Then, I build my presentations around those things.

Stan: That’s a good idea.

Tara: I would also find a non-specialist and do a run-through and get his or her feedback. That’s the best way to know if you’ve nailed it.

Stan: That’s another good idea. What do I owe you for all of this good advice?

Tara: There’s a new restaurant across the street I’ve been meaning to try for lunch...

Stan: Say no more. Lunch is on me.

Tara: Really? Let’s go right now before you change your mind!



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899 - Purchasing and Using and E-Ticket

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, May 31, 2013


Get your ticket to the nightmare that is an American airport in this episode. Enjoy your flight!

Slow dialog: 1:06
Explanations: 3:23
Fast dialog: 17:04

I thought I would save time by purchasing my airline ticket online and checking in at the airport with my e-ticket. I went onto the McQ Air website and selected my flights. The screen then prompted me to pay with a credit card. After I typed in my payment information, I got a confirmation receipt with my ticket number and my itinerary. I printed out a copy of my e-ticket and I was ready to go – easy!

But when I got to the airport, it was a different story. I went up to a self-serve kiosk and swiped my credit card to bring up my account. The computer said that it couldn’t find my account. I flagged down an employee and she didn’t have any better luck, suggesting I stand in line at the check-in counter.

I got in the long line and 45 minutes later, the employee helped me check in and gave me my boarding pass. When I asked her what the problem was, she said she didn’t know and it was probably just a glitch in their computer system.

Well, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry, especially if technology is involved!

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English Cafe #400

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, May 29, 2013


Topics: Movies: Patton; The Eagles; to swear versus to promise versus to vow; nice to come home to; enclosed versus attached

Words:
general
monologue
troops
to defy orders
to distinguish (oneself)
outspoken
fallible
score
to take it easy
to peak
to disband
to do (something) justice
to swear
to promise
to vow
nice to come home to
enclosed
attached



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898 - People of Different Ages

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, May 27, 2013


For kids from one to 92, we present this episode that explains how to talk about people at all stages of life.

Slow dialog: 1:05
Explanations: 3:06
Fast dialog: 16:05

Gloria: I’m surprised at the variety of people on this tour.

Andy: Oh, yeah? I hadn’t noticed.

Gloria: Well, we’ll be spending the next two weeks with these people so I thought I’d get to know some of them.

Andy: That’s nice.

Gloria: Did you see that thirty-something couple with a toddler and an infant? I’m really surprised they’re on this tour.

Andy: I’m sure they know what they’re doing.

Gloria: And how about that group of seniors? Some of them look like they’re in the mid- to late-seventies.

Andy: They seem pretty spry to me.

Gloria: But what really surprises me is that group of middle-aged couples with their tween and teenage children. They’ll be a handful.

Andy: They seemed pretty well behaved to me.

Gloria: And did you notice that woman in her early-forties and the forty-ish man each traveling alone? She seemed nice, but he didn’t seem too friendly.

Andy: Maybe he’s using his time to size up everybody like you are.

Gloria: Well, I wish there were more young adults in this group. I like talking to young people.

Andy: I think there will be plenty of people for you to talk to these two weeks when you’re not sightseeing.

Gloria: Sightseeing? Oh yeah, sightseeing.

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897 - Cooking a Meal

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, May 24, 2013


What’s for dinner? Find out in this episode about cooking (and don’t forget to invite me).

Slow dialog: 1:07
Explanations: 3:01
Fast dialog: 15:46

Emeril: Can you hand me that pan?

Rachel: This pot?

Emeril: No, that pan over there. I need to pan-fry these vegetables.

Rachel: Wouldn’t be healthier if we steamed the vegetables or grilled them?

Emeril: Maybe, but for this meal, I’m frying them in this pan.

Rachel: Okay, do you want me to heat this sauce in this saucepan?

Emeril: No, I’m going to microwave that right before I serve it.

Rachel: Have you considered simmering it in a saucepan to get a better consistency?

Emeril: We don’t have time for that. Slice this meat and marinade it before I broil it.

Rachel: Maybe we could bake it at a lower temperature so that the meat won’t get dried out.

Emeril: We’ll try that another time. Can you get that cutting board and chop these carrots and dice these onions?

Rachel: Sure, but don’t you think...?

Emeril: What I think is that there will be six hungry children coming through that door in an hour and I need to finish dinner. You’re here to help, right?

Rachel: Yes, of course. That’s exactly what I was trying to do.

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English Cafe #399

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, May 22, 2013


Topics: Famous Playwrights – David Henry Hwang; patent medicines; to get to versus to have got to; weird versus strange; to thumb a ride

Words:
preeminent
trilogy
fresh off the boat
to branch out
librettist
misnomer
cure
panacea
exotic
swamp
medicinal properties
to reap the benefits
to get to
to have got to
weird
strange
to thumb a ride



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896 - Preparing a Speech

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, May 20, 2013


Feeling nervous about giving a speech in English? Learn about how to prepare in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:11
Explanations: 3:10
Fast dialog: 14:56

Lourdes: I need help.

Valery: Sure, what’s up?

Lourdes: I’m supposed to give a speech at the start of the conference next month and I don’t know what to do.

Valery: It’s not that hard to plan out a speech. You start with an attention getter using humor or telling a personal story.

Lourdes: Okay, I guess I can do that.

Valery: After that, in your introduction, you should tell the audience what your speech is about in a thesis statement. Along the way, you should establish your credibility by mentioning why you’re qualified to talk about this topic.

Lourdes: All right.

Valery: Then, in the body of your speech, you want to state your main points, using supporting ideas, giving examples, and maybe using visuals.

Lourdes: Okay.

Valery: And finally, in the conclusion, you restate your main points and make some closing remarks. Simple, right?

Lourdes: Yeah, simple. One last question.

Valery: Shoot.

Lourdes: What are you doing the morning of June 20th, and how do you feel about standing in for a coworker who plans to be deathly ill?

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895 - Government Reactions to Protests

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, May 17, 2013


We’re going to have a revolution. It will not be televised, but it might be tweeted. Find out how to talk about overthrowing your government in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:12
Explanations: 3:09
Fast dialog: 15:10

Tom: Have you seen the news?

Marianne: No, what’s happening?

Tom: People in McQuillanland are rising up against the dictator and rallying against his government.

Marianne: Wow, this is big. I thought the dictator would order a media blackout and we wouldn’t hear any news out of McQuillanland.

Tom: There is a media blackout, but people are using social media to tell the world what’s going on. Hundreds of thousands of protesters are clashing with police, and the government is having no success putting down the protests.

Marianne: Has it been violent?

Tom: It’s early days yet, but the government has already used tear gas and fired into the crowd. It’s hard to say how many people have been hurt.

Marianne: So this may be the end of tyranny in McQuillanland.

Tom: Don’t bet on it. The dictator has ruled with an iron fist and won’t hesitate to use any means necessary to stay in power.

Marianne: Well, the protesters have a fighting chance and I’m betting that they’ll topple the government and that ruthless tyrant!

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English Cafe #398

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, May 15, 2013


Topics: American Authors: Ayn Rand; Adirondack Park; to get versus to gain versus to obtain; to have (someone) do (something) versus to get (someone) to do (something); giving an apple to a teacher

Words:
screenplay
fountainhead
triumph
collectivism
magnum opus
to be set in
dystopia
objectivism
pursuit of happiness
to merit
logging
to erode
to get
to gain
to obtain
to get (someone) to do (something)
to have (someone) do (something)



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894 - Understanding Modern Art

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, May 13, 2013


If you can understand what you’re looking at in a modern art museum, you might be doing something wrong. Find out more in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:27
Explanations: 3:06
Fast dialog: 15:56

Stephan: What’s that?

Livia: It’s my latest artwork. It’s experimental.

Stephan: It’s, um...

Livia: Abstract. It’s part of a performance art piece I’m putting together. It’ll really challenge people’s perceptions of reality.

Stephan: I don’t really understand contemporary art. Is it supposed to represent something?

Livia: It’s my interpretation of how the rich oppress the poor.

Stephan: Really?

Livia: Yes, from a postmodern perspective.

Stephan: Oh, I see.

Livia: You do?

Stephan: No, not really. I don’t think I’m cut out for modern art. I prefer art to be representational. I just can’t wrap my head around this.

Livia: That’s the point. It’s supposed to challenge you and make you think.

Stephan: Well, it’s certainly made me think.

Livia: It has?

Stephan: Yeah, it’s made me realize that I’ve underrated paint-by-numbers all these years.

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893 - Sports-Related Injuries

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, May 10, 2013


Playing sports can be dangerous. That’s why I never do. Learn why you shouldn’t either in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:13
Explanations: 3:08
Fast dialog: 15:13

Grace: What happened to you?!

Paul: I had a little accident at the game today.

Grace: Little accident?! You’re limping and obviously in pain!

Paul: I just pulled a muscle in my back and aggravated my runner’s knee, that’s all. It’s nothing to worry about.

Grace: And you’re still recovering from the sprained ankle, concussion, and neck strain from three weeks ago. Don’t you think you should sit out of the game for the next few weeks?

Paul: I might have to, but these aren’t serious injuries. They’re just part of playing sports.

Grace: I hate to bring this up again, but you’re not a 20-year-old anymore. Maybe your ligaments, tendons, and joints aren’t what they used to be.

Paul: Don’t start with me. I’m in the prime of my life and in perfect physical condition. Don’t try to tell me I’m over the hill just because I get an injury or two now and then.

Grace: I’m not saying you’re over the hill. I just worry that you can’t sit, stand, or lie down comfortably.

Paul: Who says I can’t...ow!

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English Cafe #397

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, May 08, 2013


Topics: American Presidents – Warren G. Harding; wet versus muggy versus humid; intense versus intensive; such a

Words:
to make a bid
fence sitter
isolationism
normalcy
campaign
telemarketer
corruption
graft
veteran
to hold true to
disarmament
affable
wet
muggy
humid
such a



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892 - Preparing for a Busy Season

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, May 06, 2013


Hurry up! Everyone will be arriving soon for the new season and you’re not even ready. Get prepared by listening to this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:20
Explanations: 3:18
Fast dialog: 15:54

Yuko: What’s all this?

Reza: We’re gearing up for the busy season. We don’t want to get caught with our pants down like we did last season.

Yuko: Last season, we had an unusual number of visitors because of the unseasonably warm weather. We can’t expect lightening to strike twice.

Reza: We have to prepare for every contingency. If we get a flood of visitors, we need to be able to handle the surge in traffic. These three months are our peak months anyway, so we should expect an upswing in business soon.

Yuko: But what if people don’t come in large numbers as you’re anticipating? All of these extra supplies will go to waste.

Reza: No, they won’t. Most of this stuff isn’t perishable, so we’ll just save it for the next time we get a rush of visitors. Or, maybe, I’ll just invite my buddies over at the end of the season and we’ll have a party.

Yuko: So when you said that we have to plan for every contingency, this was what you meant.

Reza: Exactly!

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891 - Checking on the Status of an Application

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, May 03, 2013


Waiting to hear about whether you were successful in applying for a job or position can be stressful. Learn how to talk about it in English in this episode.

Slow Dialog: 1:16
Explanations: 3:09
Fast Dialog: 14:34

Leo: Here’s the mail.

Denise: Did I get anything?

Leo: No, sorry. Are you expecting something?

Denise: Yeah, I’m waiting for a decision letter about my application to the McQ program. I should hear any day now.

Leo: Have you thought about calling and checking on the status?

Denise: I called last week and my application was still under review. I was told that a decision was still pending.

Leo: I’m sure it was just awaiting approval. There is no chance it’ll be rejected. You’re an ideal candidate and you’re sure to get good news in a day or two.

Denise: I hope you’re right. In the meantime, I’m on pins and needles. Every time the mail carrier walks by, my heart skips a beat.

Leo: I know this is important to you, but you’ve got to keep it in perspective. It’s not a life-or-death situation.

Denise: I am keeping it in perspective. If I don’t get into this program, it’s only the end of my career, my dream, and my future – that’s all!

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English Cafe #396

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, May 01, 2013


Topics: Ask an American – “Battle Hymn of the Republic"; to outweigh versus to be outweighed by; full versus whole versus entire; a lot of versus several

Words:
vision
battle
marching troops
verse
glory
the coming of the Lord
to trample out
vintage
grapes of wrath
swift
sword
to march on
hallelujah
to outweigh
to be outweighed by
full
whole
entire
a lot of
several



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890 - Enjoying Nature

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Apr 29, 2013


There’s nothing better than a walk through the forest or on the beach. Or is there? Find out in this episode.

Slow Dialog: 1:11
Explanations: 2:51
Fast Dialog: 13:48

Charles: This is what I call the great outdoors. Look at that stunning view!

Rachel: This is truly jaw-dropping. We’re in the middle of one of the most pristine areas of the world where wildlife lives in its natural habitat.

Charles: It’s almost like living in the middle of the wilderness, isn’t it? I bet those ponds and forests have amazing biodiversity.

Rachel: It is beautiful, and it’s great to be away from all of the pollution of the city. I’ve never seen foliage like this. This is truly a majestic landscape.

Charles: You really can’t appreciate the outdoors until you come to a place like this.

Rachel: You’re right. I feel like I’m at one with nature here.

Charles: Should we leave the hotel and go for a walk?

Rachel: A walk? Why? We have the best view of nature right here. We don’t want to spoil the effect by getting too close.

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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889 – Taking Up a New Hobby

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Apr 26, 2013


If you have a lot of free time, why not start a new hobby? Learn more in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:13
Explanations: 3:34
Fast dialog: 15:08

Eric: Who were you talking to on the phone?

Melissa: My mother. I was commiserating with her about Dad’s retirement.

Eric: Your father retired two months ago. That was a good thing, right?

Melissa: Well, it’s good that he doesn’t have to work anymore, but he’s driving my mother up the wall. He putters around the house and gets in her way. She retired last year, so she’s had a year to establish her new routine. He’s still kind of lost.

Eric: Why doesn’t he take up a hobby? That would give him something interesting to occupy his time.

Melissa: Believe me, my mother has tried to interest him in gardening, woodworking, and even scrapbooking, but nothing has worked.

Eric: Those sound too sedentary for somebody as active as your father. How about encouraging him to take up bird watching or golf?

Melissa: He wouldn’t be interested in those hobbies. I think he needs something more challenging, maybe playing chess or doing genealogy. Maybe he could even learn to play a musical instrument.

Eric: Maybe your Dad just needs time to find his footing again. Given time, he’ll figure out what he wants to do with his newfound free time.

Melissa: Maybe. But what does my mother do in the meantime?

Eric: She can take up a new hobby, too – out of the house!

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English Cafe #395

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Apr 24, 2013


Topics: The Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer; Famous songs: Little Bunny Foo Foo; science of versus knowledge of; good versus not bad

Words:
cookbook
recipe
a wide spectrum of
cuisine
hand motion
to scoop up
to bop
goon
poof
moral
play on words
hare
science of
knowledge of
good
not bad
script
transcript



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888 – Advertising in TV and Movies

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Apr 22, 2013


How do you force people to see your advertisement? Put it into a movie or TV show. Find out how in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:13
Explanations: 3:42
Fast dialog: 16:09

Victoria: [clears her throat] Congratulations are in order. I just scored a product placement for our brand in the latest McQuillanator movie. Thank you, thank you very much.

Gerard: Really? That’s great! Will it have a prominent place in the movie?

Victoria: Well, you know how these things are. Our logo goes by in the blink of an eye, but millions of people are going to see it.

Gerard: So will the star be wearing our logo on his shirt or something?

Victoria: Something like that.

Gerard: But not that.

Victoria: No, it’s a little more subtle than that, but it’ll be embedded into an important scene.

Gerard: But where are they going to see it?

Victoria: Is that really important? The important thing is that our brand will be associated with a major Hollywood movie. What more could we ask for?

Gerard: Stop beating around the bush. Where in the movie will our logo appear?

Victoria: All right. It’ll be on the bottom of the star’s shoes, on the sole, and the audience will be able to see it when he’s running.

Gerard: Only if he’s running in slow motion, but he won’t be, right? If it goes by that quickly, it’ll be more like subliminal advertising.

Victoria: Exactly! I hadn’t thought of it that way, but hordes of people will be going out to buy our products and they won’t even know why. I’m even more of a genius than I thought!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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887 – A Destructive Storm

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Apr 19, 2013


Everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it. Hear more talk in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:12
Explanations: 2:58
Fast dialog: 16:06

Allen: Are you all right?

Monica: Yes, we’re fine, but that blizzard really caught us off guard, especially this time of year. Have you seen the news?

Allen: I just watched it. Overnight, the storm felled over 30 trees in and around the town and toppled utility lines. City officials are saying that some residents may not get their electricity restored until the weekend.

Monica: That’s terrible, especially with these unseasonably cold temperatures. I heard the ferocious storm last night, but I didn’t expect that homes would actually be in danger of washing away.

Allen: I don’t know if any will actually be washed away unless we continue to get steady rain and snow, but those downed trees wrecked plenty of homes. It’ll take months for us to fully recover from this storm.

Monica: They’re calling it “The Storm of the Century.”

Allen: Well, if we just get one of these storms this century, then that’s more than enough!

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English Cafe #394

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Apr 17, 2013


Topics: The rise of home shopping; Mammoth Cave National Park; quick versus fast; tremendous versus enormous; basic needs

Words:
catalog
to take off
to showcase
line
allure
customer base
bricks-and-mortar store
cave
mammoth
extinct
lantern
to mine
to spelunk
quick
fast
tremendous
enormous
basic needs



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886 – Driving Through a Speed Trap

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Apr 15, 2013


If you drive too fast, you may get into trouble. Learn how to avoid that in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:10
Explanations: 2:42
Fast dialog: 15:39

Angel: Why are you driving at a snail’s pace?

Georgina: This is an infamous speed trap. I don’t want to get a ticket – again.

Angel: I don’t see any squad cars along the road. Are you sure this is the right stretch of road?

Georgina: I’m sure. Those cops are crafty. They hide out behind big rocks or a bend in the road, and as soon as you let your guard down and go over the speed limit, they nab you.

Angel: But you’re not exceeding the speed limit. In fact, you’re driving way under the speed limit.

Georgina: You can’t be too careful. You never know if those speed guns are accurate, and I don’t want there to be any doubt that I’m being a law-abiding citizen.

Angel: But at this pace, we could get home faster if we walked!

Georgina: Don’t exaggerate. You might be able to run home faster, but not walk.

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885 – Talking to a Bank Teller

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Apr 12, 2013


Rich man, poor man – everyone goes to the bank at some point. Learn how to talk to someone at your bank in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:08
Explanations: 3:22
Fast dialog: 15:44

Bank Teller: Can I help you?

Antonio: Yes, I’d like to deposit this check.

Bank Teller: Please fill out a deposit slip and be sure to endorse the check on the back.

Antonio: Here you are. I’ve already filled out a slip and signed the check. I’d also like to cash this other check.

Bank Teller: Sure, I can help you with that. Here you are. Here’s a receipt for your deposit and I’ve cashed your check. Let me count out your $100: 20, 40, 60, 80, 100.

Antonio: Thanks. Could I also check my bank balance for my other account?

Bank Teller: No problem. You just have to swipe your ATM card and enter your PIN. It looks like you have a balance of $1,752. Will that be all?

Antonio: Oh, I have that much? I’d like to withdraw $80.

Bank Teller: All right. You’ll need to fill out a withdrawal slip. Why don’t you step aside while you do that so I can help the next customer, and when you’re done, come back to this window and I’ll help you.

Antonio: Okay, I’ll do that. And if I want to transfer money between accounts?

Bank Teller: You’ll need to fill out a withdrawal slip for the first account and a deposit slip for the second.

Antonio: Got it. This might take awhile.

Bank Teller: No problem, sir. We’re here all day – at least until 5:00.

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English Cafe #393

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Apr 10, 2013


Topics: American Movies – The Manchurian Candidate; blue laws; expression versus term versus idiom; What name do you go by?; en masse

Words:
thriller
prominent
to brainwash
assassin
to incriminate
sleeper agent
nightmare
to commission
blue law
Sabbath
to reserve
to repeal
car dealership
expression
term
idiom
What name do you go by?
en masse



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884 – Types of Meetings

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Apr 08, 2013


What could be more fun than going to a lot of meetings? Learn how to talk about different kinds of business meetings in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:08
Explanations: 2:58
Fast dialog: 14:31

Susanna: All right, then. This meeting is over. We’ll meet again next week for a status update.

Juan: Hey, do you have a few minutes to talk about tomorrow’s teleconference?

Susanna: Sorry, I’ve got to run. I’m late for my department’s weekly brainstorming session. Can it wait?

Juan: Sure, how about a lunch meeting?

Susanna: I can’t. I’m holding personnel meetings over lunch all this week. It’s the only way I can fit them in.

Juan: Okay, how about at 3:00 this afternoon?

Susanna: Sorry, I have a standing meeting with the directors once a month at that time. Can you come by after the pitch meeting at 4:30?

Juan: I wish I could, but our department head has called an emergency meeting for this afternoon to do some damage control after the shareholder meeting debacle last week. Well, how about a dinner meeting?

Susanna: Only if we can have dinner at 9:30. I won’t be finished here until then.

Juan: Do you ever get a breather?

Susanna: A breather? I think I’m due for one...in 2030.

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883 – Taking Care of a Willful Child

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Apr 05, 2013


Modern parenting can be a real disaster. Learn why in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:19
Explanations: 3:50
Fast dialog: 15:53

Mrs. Mason: So, how did things go?

Carl: Well...

Mrs. Mason: What’s the matter? Didn’t you and Jason have a good time while I was away?

Carl: It was interesting. He was a little willful.

Mrs. Mason: Yes, he can be a little strong-willed at times, but if you just do what he wants or give him what he wants, he’s just fine.

Carl: He wanted to eat all of the cookies and I told him no. He threw a tantrum.

Mrs. Mason: A tantrum? My son can be stubborn, but he never throws tantrums. What did he do exactly?

Carl: Well, he threw his toys against the wall, jumped on the couch while shrieking at the top of his lungs, and he tried to bite my hand.

Mrs. Mason: Oh, he was just expressing his displeasure, that’s all. You don’t want children to bottle up their feelings. You should just have given him the cookies to pacify him.

Carl: Really? I didn’t want to spoil him, and eating all of those cookies wouldn’t be good for him. He seemed to have too much energy already, and he didn’t need another sugar rush.

Mrs. Mason: Next time, you should just do what he wants. He’ll grow out of this willful stage soon.

Carl: Next time?

Mrs. Mason: Yes, didn’t you say you could babysit Jason again on Saturday night?

Carl: Oh, I’d made a mistake. I have another commitment on Saturday night.

Mrs. Mason: That’s too bad. We’ll call you the next time we need a babysitter.

Carl: Sure, I can’t wait.

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English Cafe #392

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Apr 03, 2013


Topics: American Presidents – Dwight D. Eisenhower; path versus route versus track; stuff; anon

Words:
combat
invasion
affable
D-day
to set the stage
to fit in
in a landslide
down-to-earth
to balance the budget
desegregation
Eisenhower doctrine
military-industrial complex
path
route
track
stuff
anon



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882 - Playing a Practical Joke

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Apr 01, 2013


Be the guy people hate by playing practical jokes on everyone you meet today. Learn more in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:13
Explanations: 2:51
Fast dialog: 14:32

Patricia: What are you doing?

Luis: I’m setting up a practical joke for Bobby. I can’t wait to see the look on his face when he walks outside and finds his bike in pieces. It’ll be the best prank ever!

Patricia: You’re not really going to take apart his bike, are you?

Luis: I’ll let you in on the joke. He’ll just be looking at spare parts. I’ve hidden his bike in the garage.

Patricia: He’s really going to freak out when he thinks that you’ve run over his bike with the car, though. I think this is more cruel than mischievous.

Luis: Lighten up! When he realizes he’s the butt of the joke, he’ll think it’s hilarious, trust me.

Patricia: Couldn’t you just play some other kind of practical joke, maybe with a whoopee cushion?

Luis: A whoopee cushion? That’s child’s play. This practical joke is worthy of a master prankster!

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881 – Eating Genetically Modified Foods

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Mar 29, 2013


Will eating genetically modified foods improve your English? Find out the answer in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:15
Explanations: 3:04
Fast dialog: 14:10

Ralph: What’s that?

Nicky: It’s a bigger and better tomato. It’s been genetically modified.

Ralph: You’re not going to eat that, are you?

Nicky: Of course I am. I’m making a salad. Want one?

Ralph: No way. I don’t want to eat something that’s been genetically engineered in a laboratory. Who knows what kind of strange DNA it has.

Nicky: It’s perfectly safe. It’s been modified to grow faster, have more nutrients, and be resistant to disease and pests.

Ralph: And it may contain strange mutations as part of its genetic makeup that they didn’t tell you about. I really wouldn’t eat that if I were you.

Nicky: Where did you get this aversion to genetically modified foods? Scientists and farmers have always used selective breeding with animals and crops to bring you bigger and better food. This is nothing different.

Ralph: Of course it is. And just because it’s bigger, doesn’t mean it’s better. I’ll eat food that’s been modified by the only person I trust.

Nicky: Who’s that?

Ralph: Mother Nature!

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English Cafe #391

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Mar 27, 2013


Topics: Ask an American: Inventing Frozen Foods; prize versus accomplishment versus award versus reward; what the heck?; wholesale

Words:
canned food
disaster
freezing point
block
to rot
to thaw out
mushy
to bar
freezer
infrastructure
distribution
notion
prize
accomplishment
award
reward
what the heck?
wholesale



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880 - Forming a Union

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Mar 25, 2013


We’re going on strike here at ESL Podcast very soon. Listen to this episode to find out why.

Slow dialog: 1:08
Explanations: 2:55
Fast dialog: 15:29

Norma: What is this?

Jimmy: It’s a flyer for a meeting I’ve called to talk about forming a labor union here.

Norma: Here? Do you think the management will let us?

Jimmy: They can’t stop us. We’re working longer and longer hours and we need to demand higher pay. We also need better work conditions and a say in hiring and firing procedures. All of us need to band together to have better bargaining power.

Norma: I don’t know. I want to be better paid and to have job security like everybody else, but I’m afraid of what will happen when we start agitating.

Jimmy: I’ll tell you what will happen: The management will finally hear what we have to say. With collective bargaining, the rank and file will get what we deserve, at long last. Are you in or out?

Norma: I’ll have to think about it.

Jimmy: He who hesitates is lost.

Norma: Yes, but I was always taught to look before I leap.

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879 - Saying No

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Mar 22, 2013


Are you a great cook? If you’re not, then this episode will sound very familiar to you.

Slow dialog: 1:14
Explanations: 3:09
Fast dialog: 17:01

Liang: I have a favor to ask.

Christian: Uh oh, what is it?

Liang: I’m doing a project for my class in culinary school and I need a volunteer to taste some of my creations.

Christian: Not on your life.

Liang: But, why?

Christian: You don’t remember the last time I was your guinea pig? I was sick for two days.

Liang: That was a stroke of bad luck. Come on, please.

Christian: Count me out. No amount of pleading is going to change my mind. I bet I’m not the first person you’ve asked.

Liang: Well, no.

Christian: Who else has turned you down?

Liang: Jacob said no.

Christian: I bet he said something stronger than no.

Liang: He said that he would let me cook food for him over his dead body.

Christian: That’s what I thought. Did you ask Mele, too?

Liang: Yes, and she said she’d rather not.

Christian: Who’s next on your list of victims, I mean candidates?

Liang: You’re my last resort. If you won’t do it, then I’m sunk.

Christian: The answer is still no, but I know someone who won’t turn up his nose at your cooking.

Liang: Who?

Christian: Come here, Fido!

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English Cafe #390

Author: Center for Author: Educational Development
Wed, Mar 20, 2013


Topics: American Authors: Emily Post; American Cities: Branson, Missouri; either versus both; to do a special on (someone/something) versus to do a segment on (someone/something); to towel off

Words:
finishing school / charm school
debutante
ball
boarding school
etiquette
considerate
common sense
syndicated column
to get (someone's) attention
outlet store
has-been
either
both
to do a special on (someone/something)
to do a segment on (someone/something)
to towel off



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878 - Recovering From an Illness or Injury

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Mar 18, 2013


You need to relax if you have been sick. Learn how to do it in English in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:10
Explanations: 2:51
Fast dialog: 17:19

Julio: Hi, Aunt Louisa, it’s Julio.

Paula: ...And Paula. I’m on the extension in the kitchen.

Julio: Anyway, we just wanted to call and wish you a speedy recovery. Get plenty of bed rest and take it easy. Avoid greasy or spicy foods and drink lots of liquids. You don’t want to become dehydrated.

Paula: Don’t listen to him. You need to stay active and not get in the habit of sitting around. You’ll recover faster if you get up and move around a lot.

Julio: That’s terrible advice. She needs rest and to eat right. You know what they say: “Feed a cold, starve a fever.”

Paula: What does that old adage have to do with anything? What you need, Aunt Louisa, is to alternate between a heating pad and an ice pack.

Julio: What are you talking about? Aunt Louisa has a bad cold.

Paula: What?! I thought she had a sore back!

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877 - Cheering Someone Up

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Mar 15, 2013


Forget you troubles, come on! Get happy! Listen to this episode to find out how.

Slow dialog: 1:07
Explanations: 2:44
Fast dialog: 14:50

Eleanor: Isn’t it a beautiful day? The sun is shinning; the birds are singing. It’s good to be alive!

Porter: Okay, Pollyanna, go spread good cheer somewhere else.

Eleanor: What’s wrong with you? You must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed.

Porter: I’m just having a bad day – no, make that a bad month. Nothing is going my way.

Eleanor: Cheer up! Every cloud has a silver lining and it’s no use crying over spilled milk.

Porter: Spare me your platitudes, and let me wallow in my own misery.

Eleanor: I can’t do that. If your work isn’t going well, then practice makes perfect. You’ll just do better next time.

Porter: It’s not my work.

Eleanor: Is it your girlfriend? If your girlfriend isn’t being nice to you then there are plenty of fish in the sea. Don’t you see? Whatever the problem is, it’s not the end of the world.

Porter: My biggest problem right now is easy to fix.

Eleanor: How?

[Door slams.]

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English Cafe #389

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Mar 13, 2013


Topics: Famous Songs: Red River Valley; how recall elections work; to reduce versus to lessen versus to decrease versus to decline; sort/to sort; to intervene versus to interfere

Words:
to trace (something’s) origins
to hasten
to bid (someone) adieu
so true
catchy
recall election
to remove (someone) from office
Populist Movement
malfeasance
governor
to resign
collective bargaining
to reduce
to lessen
to decrease
to decline
sort
to sort
to intervene
to interfere



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876 - Preparing a Professional Portfolio

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Mar 11, 2013


If you want a better job, or better clients, get your portfolio ready by listening to this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:11
Explanations: 3:04
Fast dialog: 14:50

Melinda: Ta da! I’m finally done with my portfolio. Do you want to see it?

Chad: Sure. This portfolio has samples of your work, right?

Melinda: It does, but it’s much more than that. It’s a presentation of the highlights of my career, with examples of my groundbreaking work.

Chad: Uh, okay, if you say so.

Melinda: Let me show you. The first page is a fact sheet of my major accomplishments, clients, jobs, and awards. That’s followed by a more detailed resume. And then, there are some samples of my best work, and finally, there are testimonials from satisfied clients.

Chad: But this is still a work in progress, right?

Melinda: What do you mean?

Chad: Well, your fact sheet is a half a page long. There are two samples of your work, and there are no testimonials, just a blank page.

Melinda: I admit that it’s a little thin right now, but what do you expect? I just started working in the field six months ago. This portfolio shows that there is room for growth.

Chad: Yeah, plenty of room.

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ESLPodcast Introduction - What is ESLPodcast?

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Jul 22, 2005


Begin with this introduction to ESLPod.com's English as a Second Language Podcast.

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ESLPodcast #100 - An Interview with Dr. Jeff McQuillan

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Dec 07, 2005


Happy birthday, ESL Podcast! Listen to an interview of Dr. Jeff McQuillan by Dr. Lucy Tse.

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