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English as a Second Language Podcast

by Center for Educational Development

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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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English Cafe #509

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jul 01, 2015


Topics: American Playwrights – Arthur Miller; Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood; to evoke versus to invoke; fluently versus fluency; pronouncing bought and boat, late and let, and beer and bear

Words:
poverty
working class
anti-Semitism
faulty
illusion
contempt
to air
brainchild
script
to host
cardigan
segment
to evoke
to invoke
fluently
fluency



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1,116 - Reading and Processing Emails

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Jun 29, 2015


Modern life requires email for most of us. Learn how one person deals with it all in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:37
Explanations: 4:24
Fast dialog: 19:42

Every day I feel more and more overwhelmed by email. Once I turn on my computer and look at my inbox, I get sucked into reading and responding to emails.

I have a personal email account and an email account for work. With my work email, I try to take an organized approach. I scan each email looking at the sender and subject line, and delete the ones I don’t need or want. With the remaining ones, I archive some, file others for future reading, and write replies to the rest. I’ve set up templates for the routine emails, but spend a lot of time drafting personalized responses to the rest. That takes up a large part of my workday.

When reading my personal email, I take my time. Yes, I get the usual junk that slips through the spam filters and get newsletters I keep meaning to unsubscribe from, but people who have my personal email address are mainly friends and family.

When I’m done and I look at the clock, I’m often surprised at how much time I’ve spent processing email. That’s time I could have been spending working on my Celine Dion impression.

“Near, far, wherever you are
I believe that the heart does go on...”

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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1,115 - Buying Meat from a Butcher

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Jun 26, 2015


Not everyone who likes to eat meat wants to know where the meat came from. Learn the facts about food production in this episode.

Slow dialog: 2:24
Explanations: 3:27
Fast dialog: 15:51

Butcher: Good morning. What can I get for you?

Samantha: I’d like some lamb chops, pork chops, and some beef, but I’m not sure which cuts I want yet.

Butcher: You’ve come to the right butcher shop. Everything here is fresh. Everything comes straight from the slaughterhouse.

Samantha: Um, I’m glad to hear that.

Butcher: In fact, we got in a shipment of game and poultry just this morning. You can buy them bone-in, boneless, or whole. They’re as fresh as if you got them from your own farm or brought them down with your own shotgun.

Samantha: Uh, that’s great. I see that you sell marinated and stuffed meats, too.

Butcher: Yes, we do. We even make our own sausages. We use only the freshest ingredients. They’re so fresh I wouldn’t be surprised if they got up and walked across the floor.

Samantha: Right. I think I’ll just take the chops for now.

Butcher: Are you sure? I can show you some of the best prime cuts of beef you’ll ever see. They’re so fresh you could...

Samantha: No, no, that’s all for now. I suddenly feel like a salad for dinner instead.

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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Learn English Magazine is Here - Special Announcement from ESLPod.com

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jun 24, 2015


I have some very exciting news to announce today: ESLPod.com now has an app on the Apple and Android app stores. It’s called Learn English Magazine, and it’s free!

Learn English Magazine includes some of the best material from our website, plus several new ways to improve your English, including videos, cartoons, and articles that you can only find in the magazine.

Every regular issue is free.

Apple users can download the app and subscribe here.

Android users (4.1 or later operating system) can download and subscribe here.

There are already four cool issues for you to download and enjoy. We’ll be publishing the magazine every two weeks.

To my knowledge, Learn English Magazine is the only free magazine app for learning English on either the Apple or Android app stores, so be sure to share the news with your friends, family, and coworkers.

Also in the magazine is the opportunity to sign up for a new special report I’ve written with information on how to improve your English, called “5 Things You MUST Know to Improve Your English.” To get the special report and additional tips on improving your English speaking and listening, download the magazine app, subscribe, and look for the special report offer inside the magazine.

If you have ever wondered how you should go about improving your English quickly, then you should read this special report, which you can only get in the magazine.

Here are some of the item in our latest issue (Issue #4):
>Videos: Fling, Cast, or Toss?
> My Life in English: The Catcher in the Rye and the American Teenager
> Vocabulary: Why Having Convictions is Not the Same as Being a Convict
> Business English: Selling on the Internet
> Warren Ediger’s America: California’s Beauty in the Work of John Muir
> Life in the U.S.: Why Dumb People Call the Police
> Last Laugh: No Strings Attached (Cartoon)

Oh, and if you have time after you download the app, I would really appreciate it if you could write a review in your country’s app store. The review does not need to be in English, and it would really help us get the word out (let other people know) about the new magazine.

~Jeff



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English Cafe #508

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jun 24, 2015


Topics: American Musicals – Cabaret; The Guggenheim Museum; relation versus relationship; rerun versus syndication; belly of the beast

Words:
to premiere
master of ceremonies
cabaret
boarding house
to claim
errand
abstract art
to exhibit
distinctive
dome
to take away from
impressive
relation
relationship
rerun
syndication
belly of the beast



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1,114 - Forms of Government

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Jun 22, 2015


Plutocracy is the rule of the rich. Find out about other forms of government in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:12
Explanations: 3:37
Fast dialog: 17:19

Margaret: Okay, the teacher said that we should set up an ideal form of government for our imaginary country and then work out detailed plans for governance.

Tony: I think the simplest is a dictatorship. I’ll make all of the decisions.

Margaret: You’re sounding like a fascist. This is supposed to be a partnership, remember?

Tony: Okay then, let’s make it a monarchy. I can be king and you can be queen.

Margaret: You’ll probably still make all of the decisions as king. Maybe we should consider an oligarchy. Your family and mine can rule equally.

Tony: That’s fine with me, but you’re the communist, or at least socialist. Don’t you think an oligarchy would be too elitist? I would think you would prefer a meritocracy of some sort.

Margaret: This isn’t about my personal politics. It’s about what’s best for our imaginary nation. How about a simple democracy?

Tony: There’s nothing simple about a democracy. How about no government at all?

Margaret: You mean anarchy?

Tony: Sure, that would be the simplest.

Margaret: Why do I get the feeling that you’re making suggestions based on the amount of work this assignment will take, rather than political considerations?

Tony: That’s because you’re very perceptive. I have a big weekend planned!

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1,113 - Having a Family Portrait Taken

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Jun 19, 2015


Let’s get our picture taken for the family photograph that everyone will laugh at in 10 years.

Slow dialog: 1:18
Explanations: 3:22
Fast dialog: 15:03

Dad: Okay, everybody, take your places.

Mom: We’re in our places. Can’t the photographer just take the photo?

Dad: We have to pose. The whole point is to look natural.

Mom: If you wanted a natural family photo, why are we in a portrait studio in the middle of a sitting?

Dad: I want us to stand in front of a nice background and pose with nice props. I’m tired of looking at the photos that we take. They’re not very good and require hours of touching up or creative cropping.

Mom: Instead, we’re supposed to look natural wearing color-coordinated clothing and standing in unlikely poses.

Dad: Don’t be like that. Generations to come will cherish this family photo.

Mom: I doubt it.

Dad: How about if I ask the photographer to take some shots just of you?

Mom: You mean like the headshots Hollywood stars get?

Dad: Uh, sure, if that’s what you’d want.

Mom: Well, in that case, I’ll need to have my hair cut, get my make-up done, and buy a new outfit...

Dad: What have I gotten myself into?!

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English Cafe #507

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jun 17, 2015


Topics: The Leo Franks Trial; on hand versus in hand versus at hand; discrete versus discretion

Words:
superintendent
to strangle
prejudice
factory
to get rid of
to coach
to flirt
to prey on
alibi
to appeal
to commute
pardon
on hand
in hand
at hand
discretion
discreet
to be into (something)



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1,112 - Doing Impressions

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Jun 15, 2015


Being able to talk and act just like someone else isn’t always a funny thing. Learn why in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:20
Explanations: 3:34
Fast dialog: 16:46

Edison: [in a high-pitched woman’s voice] “I’m paying you less and working you harder. What are you complaining about?”

Kay: Ha, ha. You sound just like Justine! You really have a gift for doing impressions, but maybe we should shut the door.

Edison: Oh I’m not worried about Justine hearing me. She’s my boss, but she’s not the boss of me.

Kay: What would she say if she saw you imitating the way she walks and the gestures she makes?

Edison: We all know what they say: Imitation is the highest form of flattery. Right?

Kay: I’m not sure Justine would see it that way. It sounds more like mockery to me. I think it’s all in the tone.

Edison: It’s a simple parody of how she normally addresses the staff. It’s all done in good fun. It’s not mean-spirited.

Kay: Of course not, but she might take it the wrong way.

Edison: Then she would need to learn to laugh at herself. It’s healthy for the ego.

Kay: “Whatever you say, boss. You’re always right, boss.”

Edison: Who was that supposed to be?

Kay: Remember what you said about imitation being the best form of flattery...

Edison: That was supposed to be me? Me?!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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1,111 - Symptoms of Depression

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Jun 12, 2015


If you’re feeling a little sad today, listen to this episode to learn about how to talk about in English.

Slow dialog: 1:27
Explanations: 2:40
Fast dialog: 14:18

Emily: I think Jackson is depressed.

Shivan: How can you tell?

Emily: Well, he’s been suffering from a loss of appetite and is generally lethargic.

Shivan: Have you noticed any other symptoms?

Emily: He seems to have trouble concentrating and has insomnia.

Shivan: Um, really?

Emily: Yes, and I’m afraid he’s having suicidal thoughts. He seems distant and distracted, staring off into space. He’s not his usual self.

Shivan: How can you tell?

Emily: What do you mean?

Shivan: I mean, he looks the same to me. He just swims back and forth in the fish tank.

Emily: Just look at him. He’s on the edge of mental collapse!

Shivan: Somebody is.

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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English Cafe #506

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jun 10, 2015


Topics: Ask an American - International work visas; to demonstrate versus to indicate versus to denote; hoot and to not give a hoot; Nice to meet you

Words:
skill set
workforce
competitive
to stretch
innovative
to sponsor
current
up
chances are
optimism
prospects
mobile
marketplace
to demonstrate
to indicate
to denote
hoot
to not give a hoot
Nice to meet you



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1,110 - Experiencing a Drought

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Jun 08, 2015


Sometimes sunny weather can be a bad thing. Learn why in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:39
Explanations: 3:34
Fast dialog: 14:17

Fabian: How long do you think this drought is going to last?

Lia: I have no idea, but I’m not worried. I grew up in the desert. Not having enough precipitation was just a fact of life.

Fabian: Yes, but people here aren’t used to getting this little rainfall. Their livelihood depends on having a reliable water supply for their crops.

Lia: You make it sound like we’re experiencing another Dust Bowl when the water table is just a little low.

Fabian: I think it’s a little more serious than that.

Lia: What we need here is a reservoir. That would give this town the water reserves it needs in case of a drought.

Fabian: What we really need are fewer dust storms and more thunderstorms.

Lia: And for people to stop over farming. That and deforestation are half the problem.

Fabian: You may be right, but that’s not what people want to hear right now. They need some relief.

Lia: Maybe the town’s water conservation efforts will make a difference.

Fabian: Well, I’m certainly willing to stop bathing if it’ll help.

Lia: I thought you already had.

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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1,109 - Reading Poor Handwriting

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Jun 05, 2015


Even with all of our wonderful technology, we still sometimes need to write with pen and paper. Learn about how some people don’t do that very well in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:29
Explanations: 3:18
Fast dialog: 15:03

Lily: Can you make out what this says?

Hassan: Geez, who wrote that?

Lily: My doctor. She wrote down some instructions for me, but I can’t read her handwriting.

Hassan: I have no idea what that chicken scratch says.

Lily: I think that’s a “T,” but maybe it’s an “F.”

Hassan: Face it. Those scribbles are illegible. Why don’t you take a photo of that and email it to her nurse? Maybe she can decipher it for you.

Lily: I feel like if I just keep at it, I’ll be able to work it out.

Hassan: Patients shouldn’t have to try and read a doctor’s sloppy writing. What if they misinterpret it and do the wrong thing as part of their treatment?

Lily: This note isn’t that bad. I think I might have the first two words figured out already.

Hassan: Then you’re better at reading bad penmanship than I am. Maybe you should have a try at these English essays. I have 60 of them to grade.

Lily: Wow, looking at these, I’d say you have 60 future doctors in the making!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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English Cafe #505

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jun 03, 2015


Topics: Famous Americans – Jonas Salk; The Wanamaker Department Stores; it’s all yours; good for you; fair enough; hyphen versus dash; All of the good, none of the bad

Words:
physician
research laboratory
vaccine
virus
immunity
to eradicate
paralysis
epidemic
to patent
department store
amenity
retail
it’s all yours
good for you
fair enough
hyphen
dash
All of the good, none of the bad



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1,108 - Foreign Currency Exchange Rates

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Jun 01, 2015


Should your vacation plans depend on the strength of your country’s currency? Find out in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:16
Explanations: 3:25
Fast dialog: 15:13

Sydney: Where should we go on our honeymoon? I thought Rome would be nice.

Isaac: Let me check. No, that wouldn’t be a good idea.

Sydney: Okay, how about Tokyo? I’ve always wanted to visit Japan.

Isaac: No, I’m afraid not.

Sydney: How are you making these determinations?

Isaac: I’m checking to see if the U.S. dollar has a favorable exchange rate with those currencies. We want our dollars to go as far as they can.

Sydney: You mean you want to pick our honeymoon destination according to the currency market.

Isaac: I’m just saying that we should take advantage of falling currencies or ones that have already depreciated significantly. A strong dollar means we can get more bang for the buck.

Sydney: So you’re saying that you want us to make plans at the whim of the Federal Reserve and central banks.

Isaac: Well, I wouldn’t go that far. I’m only saying that it would make financial sense.

Sydney: That doesn’t seem like a very romantic way of picking a honeymoon destination.

Isaac: Romance is overrated. Wouldn’t you rather be solvent than sentimental?

Sydney: I’d rather be solvent and sentimental.

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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1,107 - The Death of a Pet

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, May 29, 2015


All animals eventually die, even your pets. Learn how to deal with it in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:34
Explanations: 3:32
Fast dialog: 15:47

Dad: Honey, I have some bad news for you. Fluffy has gone to the other side.

Sarah: You mean she’s out of her cage again? I’ll go and try to find her.

Dad: No, you don’t understand. Fluffy passed away in the night.

Sarah: Oh, she died! That’s too bad, but she was getting up there in years.

Dad: Yes, but she didn’t die a natural death. She was run over by the neighbor’s car.

Sarah: You mean she was flattened? Cool!

Dad: Well, I wouldn’t put it that way, but I understand if you’re in shock. I guess people show grief in different ways...

Sarah: Fluffy went out with a bang. That’s the way she would have wanted to go.

Dad: I’d like to think of her as being in heaven and she’s gone to meet her maker.

Sarah: I don’t think there’s an afterlife for animals, Dad. It’s all just a part of the circle of life.

Dad: Okay. I thought we could have a funeral for her so we can pay our respects.

Sarah: Is that really necessary?

Dad: I’d thought you’d want one. She was your pet after all.

Sarah: No, let’s just bury her in the backyard.

Dad: And who said that the youth of today is cynical?

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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English Cafe #504

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, May 27, 2015


Topics: American Movies – The Fugitive; The United States Capitol Building; knowable versus scrutable versus tangible; to go through versus to get through; to man up

Words:
fugitive
to be convicted
to derail
scandal
series
architect
to inaugurate
dome
to restore
rotunda
to lie in state
activist
knowable
scrutable
tangible
to go through
to get through
to man up



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1,106 - Getting a Flat Tire

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, May 25, 2015


Be prepared for problems if you own a car. Find out about a common one in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:21
Explanations: 3:19
Fast dialog: 14:45

Jaloliddin: What is that thumping noise?

Minisa: I don’t hear anything.

Jaloliddin: I think you have a flat tire.

Minisa: The left rear tire has a slow leak, but I just inflated it the last time I was at the gas station, so I’m sure it’s fine.

Jaloliddin: No, really, I think you need to pull off to the side of the road.

Minisa: We’re on a busy freeway, but if you insist.

Jaloliddin: Wow, your tire is definitely flat. See how the tire is completely worn out, with hardly any tread left?

Minisa: Yeah, well, I’ve been meaning to get a new one. Now what?

Jaloliddin: We need to change it. Let’s see if you have a jack and a spare tire.

Minisa: I think they’re in the trunk, but I don’t think I could do it myself.

Jaloliddin: [sigh] Right. I’ll change the tire. Do you have a wrench so I can get the lug nuts off?

Minisa: I have some basic tools in the trunk, too, I think.

Jaloliddin: Put your hazard lights on and I’ll get to work. At least your rim doesn’t look bent.

Minisa: I’m glad to hear that. What should I do?

Jaloliddin: Bone up on basic car maintenance?

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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1,105 - Dressing Appropriately for an Event

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, May 22, 2015


Learn to dress right for a formal event in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:15
Explanations: 3:03
Fast dialog: 14:45

Patricia: Hey, look at you! You’re all decked out. What’s the occasion?

Renaud: I’m going to the Ortegas’s party. Aren’t you?

Patricia: Yeah, but I’m not getting all dolled up for it. I think the dress is casual.

Renaud: I heard that it’s going to be an upscale affair and I don’t want to be underdressed.

Patricia: But I’d rather not be overdressed.

Renaud: Okay, then what are you wearing?

Patricia: I’m going to dress up these jeans with a chic blouse. And then I’m going to accessorize with this necklace as a statement piece.

Renaud: That’s a nice outfit, but it’s more appropriate for a casual event, not a party.

Patricia: But that’s what I’m trying to tell you. This is not a formal affair.

Renaud: Do what you like, but I’m not going to risk being inappropriately dressed for one of the Ortegas’s parties. I don’t want to be blacklisted and not be invited in the future. Their parties are legendary, with the best food, the best booze...

Patricia: Oh, you’re right. What was I thinking?!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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English Cafe #503

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, May 20, 2015


Topics: American Presidents – Calvin Coolidge; further versus furthermore versus more; resilience versus resistance; You can say that again.

Words:
taciturn
to strike
labor union
lack of
to appoint
to abuse power
scandal
income tax
estate tax
hands-off
to veto
prosperity
further
furthermore
more
resilience
resistance



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1,104 - Making a Discovery

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, May 18, 2015


Make an amazing discovery about making discoveries in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:18
Explanations: 2:37
Fast dialog: 12:42

Pierre: How does it feel to be on the cusp of a new discovery?

Irene: Let’s not jump the gun. We’ve made some major leaps forward, but I’m not sure I’d call what we’ve done so far revolutionary.

Pierre: Not yet, but you’re close to a breakthrough. That’s evident.

Irene: I think you might be overstating the case. If we do make a small breakthrough, it will only contribute to the current body of knowledge in the field, not turn the field on its head.

Pierre: I think you’re downplaying the possible impact of such a discovery. I think you’ll be recognized as a pioneer, a real trailblazer.

Irene: And your contribution?

Pierre: You know what they say: Behind every great woman is a great man!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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1,103 - Sports Tryouts

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, May 15, 2015


Do you have what it takes to make the team? Find out in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:07
Explanations: 2:43
Fast dialog: 14:46

Marcela: All right, you’re ready for these tryouts. You’ve passed your physical. You’ve trained for months. You’re going to make that team.

Kenji: It’s okay. I don’t need a pep talk. I’m just going to do the best I can.

Marcela: Yes, but you want to have your head in the right place. You’re going to dominate the field. You’re going to intimidate the other players.

Kenji: No, I only want to impress the coach. I’m going to play hard and hold nothing back.

Marcela: Yes, that’s fine, but you want to send a message to the other players that you’re a force to be reckoned with.

Kenji: I’m going to have faith in my abilities, and hope for the best.

Marcela: At least try to look tough. Try scowling at the other players like you can’t wait to get them on the field so you can crush them.

Kenji: [sigh] I tell you what, why don’t you scowl for me? I think you’re much scarier than any player who’s ever played this game.

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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English Cafe #502

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, May 13, 2015


Topics: The Massie Trial; concept versus content versus context; whereas versus while; [month]+[date] versus [date] of [month]

Words:
to flag down
to rape
evidence
to frame
verdict
hung jury
to confess
to be outraged
lynching
temporarily insane
to testify
to commute a sentence
to forfeit
to nullify
to revoke
nonetheless
nevertheless
to live
live



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1,102 - Discussing Capital Punishment

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, May 11, 2015


Should the government put certain criminals to death? Learn how to talk about that question in English in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:12
Explanations: 3:09
Fast dialog: 16:06

Simon: What’s all that?

Hilary: It’s a news report about the upcoming execution of Perry Hickock.

Simon: That’s barbaric. We shouldn’t have capital punishment in this day and age.

Hilary: This guy killed an entire family while trying to rob them in their own home. He was convicted of multiple murders and given the death penalty. This is about justice.

Simon: This is about vengeance. He could have been given a life sentence without the possibility of parole. As it is, he has spent 22 years on death row.

Hilary: Oh, I see, you’re one those people who is soft on crime. You think our criminals should be coddled.

Simon: No, I don’t. But aside from my moral objections, executing someone with a lethal injection or the electric chair is inhumane. Many executions are botched each year.

Hilary: So what? These are people convicted of serious crimes. They deserve all the punishment they get.

Simon: I’m going to have to start calling you “Hang ‘em high Hilary.”

Hilary: And I’ll have to start calling you “Soft-hearted Simon.”

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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1,101 - Problems Getting Along With Family

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, May 08, 2015


Do your family parties look like boxing matches? Then you’ll enjoy this episode about getting along with your family members.

Slow dialog: 1:14
Explanations: 3:12
Fast dialog: 14:37

Oscar: So you’re back from your mother’s birthday dinner. How was it?

Priscilla: Same old, same old. It isn’t a family gathering without a major meltdown or blowup.

Oscar: Yikes, what happened?

Priscilla: You know how it is. It starts out with bickering and somebody taking offense at some slight or dig, or bringing up some old grievance.

Oscar: Well, that happens in most families.

Priscilla: Yeah, but in mine, they often turn into screaming matches. We all raise our voices and somebody always storms out.

Oscar: Even at your mother’s birthday dinner?

Priscilla: The occasion doesn’t matter. My mother tries to be the peacemaker, but it doesn’t take much for tempers to flare.

Oscar: That never happens in my family.

Priscilla: What?! Your family doesn’t fight when it gets together?

Oscar: No, we try to sweep things under the rug and put on a brave face.

Priscilla: What happens when you get mad at each other?

Oscar: Nothing.

Priscilla: What do you mean nothing?

Oscar: A lot of our family meals are eaten in stony silence.

Priscilla: Wow, I think I prefer our knock-down, drag-out fights!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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English Cafe #501

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, May 06, 2015


Topics: Famous Movies – Raiders of the Lost Ark; Hotel Del Coronado; to forfeit versus to nullify versus to revoke; nonetheless versus nevertheless; to live versus live

Words:
relic
idol
to collapse
to turn on (someone)
superhuman
to capture
swashbuckling
iconic
to be the talk of
to shoot
to be the inspiration for
to haunt
concept
content
context
whereas
while



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1,100 - Making and Receiving a Job Offer

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, May 04, 2015


Getting a job offer is great, but getting a good salary is even better. Learn more in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:09
Explanations: 3:53
Fast dialog: 19:01

Salima: Hello.

Jake: Hi, this is Jake Nagano at Fixit Corp. How are you today?

Salima: Oh, hi, Jake. I’m fine. How are you?

Jake: Good. The reason I’m calling is that we’d like to offer you the position you interviewed for last week.

Salima: Oh, that’s great. I was really impressed with Fixit.

Jake: I’m glad to hear it. We’re prepared to offer you a starting salary of $55,000. You will get full medical and dental coverage, and vision coverage is optional.

Salima: I see. And vacation time?

Jake: Vacation days, personal leave, and sick leave accrue one day per month in your first year, and then increase with your tenure with the company.

Salima: What would be my job title?

Jake: You’d be a junior specialist and you’d be working under Monique Stansfield, the department manager.

Salima: Is the salary negotiable at all?

Jake: Well, we would consider any counteroffers, but this is a typical compensation package for new hires in these positions.

Salima: I see.

Jake: Why don’t you think about it? I’ll need to hear back from you by Wednesday. Will that work?

Salima: Sure, no problem. Just one more thing: I heard that the company has a box at the stadium...

Jake: Let me stop you right there. I hope that’s not a deal-breaker because it’s taken me...I mean...it takes years for employees to get invited.

Salima: No, not a deal-breaker at all. I’m just a fan.

Jake: In that case, it would be a pleasure to welcome you aboard.

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1,099 - Child Sports Injuries

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, May 01, 2015


Playing sports can be dangerous, but some parents worry a little too much. Learn more in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:21
Explanations: 3:29
Fast dialog: 16:44

Angela: Wait! I need to put sunscreen on Davy before he goes to the game.

Juan: It’s not sunny today. He doesn’t need sunscreen.

Angela: And here are four water bottles to make sure he stays hydrated and doesn’t get heat stroke.

Juan: One of the other parents is bringing drinks for the kids. It’s fine. We don’t need that.

Angela: Make sure Davy warms up and cools down before and after the game. I don’t want him to strain or sprain anything.

Juan: The coach makes sure they do that. Are you done?

Angela: And here’s a first-aid kit in case he skins his knee or gets any other scrapes. We don’t want to risk infection.

Juan: The reason we signed up Davy for organized sports is that all of this is taken care of. There’s even a certified athletic trainer at each game, one of the parents.

Angela: But the other kids can be so rough. He comes home with bruises all the time. I can’t stand seeing him hurt.

Juan: Do you want to come to the game? You can see for yourself that everything is fine.

Angela: How can I watch Davy running into danger? I’d want to run onto the field and save him.

Juan: You’re right. It’s better that you stay here. If you did that, your son would never live it down!

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English Cafe #500

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Apr 29, 2015


Topics: Famous Americans – Elizabeth Blackwell; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; to delay versus to put off versus to procrastinate; during versus while; sheer

Words:
poverty
to earn a living
to be rejected
to harass
to contract
blind
to incorporate
impressive
wing
temple
cloister
tapestry
to delay
to put off
to procrastinate
during
while
sheer



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1,098 - Riding in a Limousine

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Apr 27, 2015


Party on at the prom! Go for a fun ride in this episode about renting a limousine.

Slow dialog: 1:13
Explanations: 3:30
Fast dialog: 17:21

Mandy: Whoo! Whoo!

Theo: Hey, get down from there. You shouldn’t be sticking your head out of the sunroof.

Mandy: I just wanted to get some air. This stretch limo is amazing.

Theo: Well, I thought I’d rent one and take you to the prom in style.

Mandy: This is the height of luxury. You’ve really outdone yourself.

Theo: Thanks, but maybe we should be careful not to spill drinks on the seats.

Mandy: Everybody drinks and parties in the back of a limo. Why else would they have a wet bar?

Theo: Well, we shouldn’t be drinking out of it. We could get into trouble.

Mandy: The chauffeur doesn’t know what we’re doing back here. The partition is up and it’s soundproof.

Theo: But he could hear us on the intercom system. Let’s just relax and enjoy the ride.

Mandy: You can do that, but I’m going to blast the music and have some fun.

Theo: This isn’t a party bus.

Mandy: No, but it could be a party limo! You’re brilliant. Let’s go pick up a few of my friends. We’ll turn this into a great party.

Theo: What about the prom?

Mandy: We’ll get there, but first we’re going to have a pre-party in our own party limo. What a great idea!

Theo: Me and my big mouth.

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1,097 - Landscaping a Home

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Apr 24, 2015


Make your house the talk of the neighborhood after listening to this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:15
Explanations: 3:03
Fast dialog: 16:15

Mona: I want a lawn. I’ve always pictured our new house with a lawn.

Kellan: Lawns require a lot of water and upkeep. I think we should use hardscape for most of the yard and plant only drought-tolerant plants.

Mona: I don’t want my yard to be full of gravel and rocks. I picture a water feature in the middle, with annuals and perennials planted all around it, surrounded by a big, beautiful lawn.

Kellan: We can have some kind of slow-growing ground cover if you want to, but the rest isn’t practical.

Mona: I don’t know what you mean. We can plant a hedge over there and install planters along the walkway.

Kellan: Who will do the pruning and mulching? Who will pull the weeds and mow the lawn? Who will rake the leaves when the seasons change?

Mona: Well, I guess I will, with your help.

Kellan: Don’t count on me. My motto is: No muss, no fuss!

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English Cafe #499

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Apr 22, 2015


Topics: Americans Abroad – The Confederados in Brazil; Chaco Canyon National Historical Park; speaking in tongues, folks, porridge, and just right; to ingratiate (oneself) with

Words:
civil war
economy
to have a tie to
heritage
archeologist
engineering
artifact
to inhabit
architecture
astronomy
tribe
deserted
speaking in tongues
folks
porridge
just right
drama
trauma
to ingratiate (oneself) with



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1,096 - Improving Online Reviews

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Apr 20, 2015


Many people look at reviews online before making a purchase. Learn more in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:08
Explanations: 3:42
Fast dialog: 15:50

Jerrise: Okay, you were right. We need to do something to improve business. Do you think we should take out an ad in the local newspaper?

Russell: We could do that, but I think a better strategy is to improve our online reviews.

Jerrise: Who looks at websites with unsolicited reviews? I’m not convinced that’ll help us.

Russell: Lots of people look at reviews when choosing which business to patronize. Right now, we only have three stars out of five, and that’s hurting us.

Jerrise: It’s hard to believe that adding a star will really improve our business.

Russell: Believe it. And those mediocre reviews we received last week? We should respond to each one and try to make it right.

Jerrise: Those reviews were written by a few disgruntled customers. We’re always going to have a few whiners.

Russell: Yes, but now they’re much more vocal. If they’re not happy with our service or product, we need to compensate them for their bad experience.

Jerrise: That would put us out of business!

Russell: No, that’s an investment in our business reputation.

Jerrise: What you’re saying is that we need to bribe people to write good reviews.

Russell: I wouldn’t put it that way, but we should recognize that crowdsourcing is the wave of the future and we need to move with the times if our business is to survive.

Jerrise: All right. I guess we can try that.

Russell: What are you doing now?

Jerrise: Writing my own review. I’ve always given myself excellent service!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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1,095 - Childhood Fitness

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Apr 17, 2015


If your children are fat and lazy, you’ll want to listen to this episode on childhood fitness.

Slow dialog: 1:21
Explanations: 3:30
Fast dialog: 17:45

Mom: Hold it right there. Put that candy bar down.

Justin: Mom, I just wanted a snack to tide me over.

Mom: Don’t you remember what Dad said about this family’s need to improve our level of fitness?

Justin: Only old people have to worry about getting fat.

Mom: It’s not just about getting fat.

Justin: But I’m just a kid. I’m in great shape.

Mom: Childhood obesity is a huge problem in this country. Even if you’re not overweight, people your age lead sedentary lives.

Justin: Whatever that means.

Mom: It means that you sit around all day as couch potatoes watching TV and playing videogames. In my day, kids went outside to ride their bikes, climb trees, and run around.

Justin: I don’t have that kind of energy.

Mom: Precisely! You and your brothers are lethargic because you don’t get enough exercise.

Justin: But exercise is tiring.

Mom: That’s because you’re not fit. You have no stamina or endurance.
Justin: I don’t need endurance.

Mom: Stop grumbling. It’s Saturday and you boys should be outside getting some fresh air.

Justin: In Los Angeles?

Mom: Are you smart mouthing me, young man? Get outside or you’ll all be helping me clean the house.

Justin: We’re out of here!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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English Cafe #498

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Apr 15, 2015


Topics: American Movies/Musicals – Mary Poppins; Craigslist; oblivion and to overwhelm; to select versus to elect; wee hours

Words:
nanny
nursery
suffragette
to interview
chaos
to adapt
classified advertisement
to incorporate
to generate
revenue
to crack down
fraud
oblivion
to overwhelm
to select
to elect
wee hours



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1,094 - Tracing One's Genealogy

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Apr 13, 2015


Are you related to Elvis? Find out how to find out in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:20
Explanations: 3:48
Fast dialog: 16:21

Aaron: Do you think you can help me trace my genealogy?

Corrie: Sure, I can try. We can get started by talking to your parents and grandparents. Oral interviews will give us some names of your relatives.

Aaron: I’ve already talked to them and I grew up hearing stories about my lineage on both sides of my family.

Corrie: That’s great. If you know some of the people you’re descended from, we can start by looking at public records and historical records from the area. You’re from Tennessee, right?

Aaron: That’s right. There are a lot of people in Tennessee with my last name, though.

Corrie: Well, we can triangulate the information we get to zero in on your ancestors.

Aaron: What if I want proof positive that I’m related to someone?

Corrie: Then you can have a genetic analysis done. A DNA test is generally accepted proof.

Aaron: Good, it’s about time someone in my family established the blood connections.

Corrie: Blood connections to whom?

Aaron: Elvis, of course.

Corrie: Elvis?! You think you’re related to Elvis?

Aaron: His last name was Presley; my last name is Presley. My first name is Aaron; his middle name was Aaron. It can’t be a coincidence, especially considering my talent.

Corrie: Talent?

Aaron: Sure, listen: “Well, it's one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, now go, cat, go!”

Corrie: I consider that counterevidence!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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1,093 - Having a Picnic

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Apr 10, 2015


If you like eating outside with the ants and the bugs, you’ll love this episode on having a picnic.

Slow dialog: 1:14
Explanations: 3:39
Fast dialog: 14:42

Bill: Surprise! I brought you here to this beautiful spot for a romantic picnic. I have a very special question to ask you.

Madison: Oh, that’s so sweet. Did you remember to bring a picnic blanket?

Bill: I did. I have everything we’ll need in this picnic basket.

Madison: Don’t put it down there. There are ants. You should put it on the blanket.

Bill: Yes, you’re right.

Madison: And I hope you remembered to bring something to drink. I’m thirsty.

Bill: I brought both food and a bottle of champagne.

Madison: Well, I hope the food isn’t too cold and the champagne isn’t too warm. You know how I hate warm champagne.

Bill: Actually the food is cold because I brought chicken sandwiches and potato salad.

Madison: Oh, I thought you would have brought something a little more, well, gourmet or lavish, something a little special.

Bill: That’s why I brought the champagne. It’ll make this picnic extra special.

Madison: I guess we’ll have to make do with warm champagne and sandwiches. I hope you remembered to bring a corkscrew and some dishes and silverware.

Bill: I bought paper plates and plastic utensils.

Madison: Paper and plastic? I guess we’ll have to make do with those, too. Okay, now, you said you had a special question you wanted to ask me. What is it?

Bill: Question? Oh, never mind. It’ll keep.

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English Cafe #497

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Apr 08, 2015


Topics: American Presidents – James A. Garfield; to resign/draw/abandon match; gorgeous versus magnificent; nail in (someone’s) coffin

Words:
to be raise
canal
to pursue
session
to nominate
candidate
slogan
tow path
administrative
to appoint
patronage system
succession
match
to resign
draw
to abandon
gorgeous
magnificent
nail in (someone’s) coffin



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1,092 - Keeping a Meeting On Track

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Apr 06, 2015


Don’t you hate it when people keep talking at a meeting you want to end? Learn how to deal with that situation in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:10
Explanations: 3:46
Fast dialog: 16:31

Lynda: Could I say one more thing about that?

Bruce: I’m afraid we’re running short on time. Maybe we could wrap up this discussion now.

Lynda: Before we leave this topic, though, I really think we should talk about next year’s plans.

Bruce: That’s outside the scope of this meeting. We can put it on the agenda for next time.

Lynda: But we won’t meet again for a month. We should spend some time talking about our plans for next year. I think we should consider closing the Irvine office and moving it to Franklin. It would save us a lot of money.

Bruce: If we get off on a tangent, we won’t be able to get through our discussion for today. Let’s try to get back on track and discuss the main focus of today’s meeting, which is how to end this year without any more problems. I feel like we’re getting close to making some decisions.

Lynda: We can’t make any decisions when there are still so many unresolved issues. Things are still up in the air because we don’t know what will happen next year. Any decisions we make now will be moot if our assumptions are wrong.

Bruce: I’m afraid we differ on that. I think we have enough information now to forge ahead. We can come to some tentative decisions and make any adjustments later. Should we take it to a vote?

Lynda: If you insist. I still think it’s premature.

Bruce: I’ll take that as a “no” vote.

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1,091 - Punishing Children

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Apr 03, 2015


Is this a case of bad children or bad parents? Find out for yourself by listening to this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:27
Explanations: 3:36
Fast dialog: 15:44

Yuki: What are you doing?

Al: I’m getting ready to give Charlie a spanking for beating up his classmate. He has to learn that there are serious consequences for his actions.

Yuki: You’re punishing him for beating someone by giving him a beating? That doesn’t make sense. Our response shouldn’t be an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.

Al: I’m not going to beat him. This isn’t going to be a flogging. I’m going to give him a simple spanking.

Yuki: Corporal punishment isn’t the answer. We can give him a severe punishment without resorting to violence.

Al: What kind of punishment? Withholding his allowance or taking away his toys? Those don’t seem severe enough to me.

Yuki: We could ground him for a month, only allowing him to go to school.

Al: That still doesn’t seem to be enough.

Yuki: All right, we can pull out the big guns then. We could have him spend the weekend with your mother and ask her to talk some sense into him. He’s scared of your mother.

Al: I’m scared of my mother. Do you think it would work?

Yuki: If I were a 10-year-old and I had to face your angry and disapproving mother for an entire weekend, I’d be quaking in my boots!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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English Cafe #496

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Apr 01, 2015


Topics: Ask an American – Digital music technology; It’s called being nice versus It’s called been nice; to stutter versus to stumble; mean

Words:
social media
to be signed by
record label
liberating
to do shows
to build a brand
reputation
streaming service
FM radio
music collection
terrestrial radio
relevant
to stutter
to stumble
to mean
mean



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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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