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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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1,099 - 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!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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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!

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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!

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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.

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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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.

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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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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1,090 - Speaking About the Future

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Mar 30, 2015


What will the world be like 100 years from now? Look into the future in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:05
Explanations: 2:50
Fast dialog: 14:48

Robert: These designs are really futuristic-looking.

Mara: I’m trying to be forward-thinking and imagine what the world will be like in 50 to 100 years.

Robert: You think that the world will be filled with space-age gadgets like these?

Mara: That’s the natural evolution of technology for the next 100 years, I think. We will continue to develop labor-saving devices, simpler ways of doing everyday tasks, and to improve artificial intelligence.

Robert: I’m not sure I want to live in a world that looks like that. It seems so cold and impersonal.

Mara: That’s only because most of us have a fear of the unknown.

Robert: That’s me in a nutshell. I’d rather return to a simpler way of life with as little innovation and technology as possible.

Mara: Like modern sanitation and transportation?

Robert: Well, I want to go back in time with some things, but keep my conveniences.

Mara: So you want to pick and choose? That shouldn’t be a problem when we figure out time travel.

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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1,089 - Unconventional Marriages

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Mar 27, 2015


Who want to get married and live happily ever after? Learn how not to do it on this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:08
Explanations: 3:13
Fast dialog: 12:38

Karam: You and Daniel have been dating for over a year. Are you guys thinking of tying the knot?

Raphaela: I’m not sure. Neither Daniel nor I believe in following conventions. We’re both open to an unconventional relationship.

Karam: What kind of unconventional relationship?

Raphaela: Many different kinds. We’re very open-minded.

Karam: Okay, for instance, would you guys be open to polygamy? Somehow I can’t picture either of you sharing your spouse with someone else.

Raphaela: Well, no, I don’t think that would be right for us. The more people involved in a relationship, the more difficult it becomes, I think.

Karam: Then you wouldn’t be open to an open marriage.

Raphaela: That’s probably not something I’d want.

Karam: The only other unconventional marriages I can think of are arranged marriages and May-December romances. Neither of those applies to you and Daniel. Am I missing something?

Raphaela: Well, we’d be open to living apart. We’re both very independent and would want to retain that independence.

Karam: Ah, then there’s my answer. I know what kind of unconventional marriage you’d have.

Raphaela: What?

Karam: A relationship without cohabitating? Dating.

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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English Cafe #495

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Mar 25, 2015


Topics: Famous Americans – Jim Henson and The Muppets; The Doors; peculiar versus freaky; ambiance versus environment; to wet (one’s) whistle

Words:
suburb
puppet
marionette
behind-the-scenes
to feature
to negotiate
rights
to come down with
psychedelic
to hallucinate
to portray
to be inducted
peculiar
freaky
ambiance
environment
to wet (one’s) whistle



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1,088 - Selling a Business

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Mar 23, 2015


Sometimes you have to know when to call it quits. Learn about selling a business in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:09
Explanations: 3:19
Fast dialog: 15:44

Andy: I can’t believe you’re really selling up. I thought you’d stick it out for another year.

Robin: Business has been slow for three years running and I can’t count on things to pick up anytime soon. I’m selling this business now before it’s completely worthless.

Andy: You should get a good price with all that equipment and inventory.

Robin: I’m hoping that my valuation is in line with what buyers want to pay. I plan to sweeten the pot by offering my consulting services as part of the deal. I’ll introduce the new owners to my suppliers and clients, go over the books with them, and help them set up daily operations.

Andy: That should give them a jump-start. With all that knowledge, you could start a new business on the other side of town and hope that business is better there.

Robin: I couldn’t do that. The sales contract has a non-compete clause. That’s only fair.

Andy: I guess. What are you going to do now?

Robin: I’m not sure yet. With the proceeds of the sale, I might try my hand at something entirely different.

Andy: How different?

Robin: I’ve always wanted to own an ice cream shop.

Andy: An ice cream shop in Alaska? You might want to rethink that business plan.

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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1,087 - Selecting Window Treatments

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Mar 20, 2015


Stop your neighbors from spying on you by putting up some window treatments. Learn more in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:30
Explanations: 3:47
Fast dialog: 16:18

[doorbell rings]

Otto: Hi, I’m Otto from Windows-R-Us. I’m here to show you the window treatment options we offer and to take measurements for installation if you decide to order from our store.

Jean: Hi, Otto. I’m Jean. Come on in. I want to get some new window treatments for the living room. Can you show me what you have?

Otto: Sure. For the living room, I would recommend these beautiful wooden shutters. Opening the slats allows light to filter in and closing them blocks light and gives you privacy.

Jean: They’re nice, but I think they may be a little too expensive for me.

Otto: In that case, you might like blinds, mini blinds or vertical blinds. They have the same function as shutters at a fraction of the price.

Jean: Those are still a little bit pricey. Are there any other options?

Otto: Well, you could go with curtains. You can choose the type of curtain rods that match your decor and any kind of fabric. With a valance, they would look very nice.

Jean: Nice fabric could cost a lot of money. Any other suggestions?

Otto: Do you have a bed sheet?

Jean: Yes.

Otto: Nail it over your window and call it a day. Have a nice day, ma’am.

[door slams]

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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English Cafe #494

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Mar 18, 2015


Topics: American Authors – Jack London; Our Gang and The Little Rascals; gruesome versus horrible versus disgusting; son of a gun; to lash out

Words:
adventure
natural selection
genes
socialism
to be disciplined
sled
series
gang
short film
cast
to improvise
rights
gruesome
horrible
disgusting
son of a gun
to lash out



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1,086 - Giving Bribes to Children for Good Behavior

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Mar 16, 2015


If you listen to this episode, you can play all the video games you want today AND get a big bag of candy!

Slow dialog: 1:37
Explanations: 4:08
Fast dialog: 17:24

Camille: No, you can’t have a new bike if you get an “A” on the test. You should study because you want to do well in school. We’ll talk about it when I get home tonight. Kids!

Aaron: What’s the matter?

Camille: My kids won’t do anything without an incentive. I know it’s my own fault for offering rewards for good behavior, but now, all they want to know is what they’ll get to do what I ask.

Aaron: Rewards are okay if you use them sparingly, aren’t they?

Camille: That’s the problem. I feel like I have to bribe them to do the simplest things. I get home from work and I’m tired and frazzled. I don’t want another power struggle so I rely on bribes. It’s backfired.

Aaron: How do you mean?

Camille: Now my kids won’t do anything without knowing what’s in it for them. And they keep upping the ante. Soon I’ll have to start forking over cash to get them to behave.

Aaron: I don’t know what to say. When I was growing up, my mother put the fear of God into us. We wouldn’t dare misbehave for fear of making her angry. We never got rewards for good behavior. It was just expected of us.

Camille: What’s your mother’s number? Is she available to babysit?

Aaron: Uh, I don’t know. I don’t think she could inspire that kind of obedience from other people’s children.

Camille: I’m desperate! At the very least, she can give me a few parenting lessons.

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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1,085 - Having Good and Bad Luck

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Mar 13, 2015


Don’t be superstitious about listening to this episode on Friday the 13th. What could possibly go wrong?

Slow dialog: 1:29
Explanations: 3:12
Fast dialog: 15:05

Cesar: I can’t catch a break. Everything seems to be going wrong these days.

Olga: Maybe your streak of bad luck is because you did something unlucky.

Cesar: What do you mean?

Olga: Have you walked under a ladder or crossed paths with a black cat lately?

Cesar: I don’t think so, but I’m not superstitious. I don’t believe breaking a mirror will bring me seven years of bad luck.

Olga: Say what you will, but it doesn’t hurt to take some precautions, especially the way things have been going for you.

Cesar: I don’t know...

Olga: Here, you can borrow my rabbit’s foot and my four-leaf clover. I’ll go home to get you a horseshoe so you can hang it upside down over your front door.

Cesar: I really doubt any of that is going to do me any good.

Olga: You know what tomorrow is, don’t you?

Cesar: The thirteenth?

Olga: Friday the thirteenth. Do you really want to take your chances?

Cesar: I guess not. Do you really think these good luck charms will help?

Olga: We’ll know on the fourteenth, won’t we?

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English Cafe #493

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Mar 11, 2015


Topics: Americans Abroad – The Founding of Liberia; The Gateway Arch; to struggle versus to fight versus to carry on; to churn and burn; hipster doofus

Words:
to sponsor
to colonize
liberty
to declare
intention
abolitionist
gateway
arch
to expand
memorial
to commemorate
landscape
tram
to struggle
to fight
to carry on
to churn and burn
hipster
doofus



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1,084 - Learning a New Operating System

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Mar 09, 2015


If you can’t stand change, you’ll hate this episode about putting a new operating system on your computer.

Slow dialog: 1:11
Explanations: 3:11
Fast dialog: 16:59

Vanessa: [gasps] What happened to my computer overnight? This can’t be my computer.

Reza: It is. The tech guys installed a new operating system on all of the computers after hours.

Vanessa: But my desktop looks completely different. Where is the menu bar? I don’t know how to open any of my applications.

Reza: You’ll have to get used to a completely different user interface. It’s been completely revamped.

Vanessa: But I had the old operating system customized with special settings.

Reza: Well, those settings are gone. You’ll have to start over.

Vanessa: I don’t even know where to begin.

Reza: With this new operating system, you’re supposed to navigate around using those icons. They’re supposed to make multitasking easier by allowing you to minimize and maximize applications more quickly.

Vanessa: How can that be when I don’t know what any of the icons represent?

Reza: Search me. Here’s one of the tech guys now. You can ask him all your questions.

Vanessa: I only have one.

Reza: Only one?

Vanessa: Yes. Can he restore my old operating system?

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1,083 - Types of Pants

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Mar 06, 2015


Get comfortable in this episode about different types of pants, for both work and play.

Slow dialog: 1:12
Explanations: 2:32
Fast dialog: 15:46

Josh: We are going to get you out of those baggy sweatpants and into some pants that fit.

Kayla: I don’t like pants that are too formfitting.

Josh: I’m not suggesting you buy skintight leggings, but some nice slacks would be slimming.

Kayla: I like pants with an elastic waistband. They’re more comfortable.

Josh: Just try these khaki chinos. They’re not too tight, they’re made of a breathable fabric, and they’re comfortable.

Kayla: I’d rather buy a pair of broken-in jeans.

Josh: You can’t wear jeans to your new job.

Kayla: I know, but these pants are too constricting. Do you think they sell dressy sweatpants?

Josh: That is the best example of an oxymoron I’ve ever heard.

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English Cafe #492

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Mar 04, 2015


Topics: Movies – Twelve Angry Men; Washington National Cathedral; cool versus awesome; closure and mental loafer; no biggie

Words:
jury
trial
evidence
defendant
prosecution
to deliberate
preexisting
prejudice
subjective
cathedral
service
sermon
cool
awesome
closure
loafer
no biggie



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1,082 - Traveling to a Remote Island

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Mar 02, 2015


Sometimes moving to a new country for your job isn’t such a good idea. Find out why in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:24
Explanations: 3:42
Fast dialog: 15:11

Leandro: When you said you got a plum job working abroad, I thought you were going to Europe or Asia. Where exactly is Hueller Island?

Alysson: It’s in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Here, I’ll show you on the map.

Leandro: Wow, I had no idea you’d be working in such a far-flung place. It’s a bit remote, isn’t it?

Alysson: It is, but it’s also unspoiled and beautiful. I’ve seen photos and it looks like my idea of paradise. See? After I get settled, you should come for a visit.

Leandro: It looks a little desolate. Is it hard to get to?

Alysson: You would need to take a 19-hour flight from here to the mainland and then a two-day boat ride to reach it.

Leandro: Aren’t you worried about living in such isolation? It’s so far from civilization.

Alysson: There are other people living on the island, you know, so it’s not like I wouldn’t see another living soul for days.

Leandro: Oh, I’m glad there’s a community living there. What is the population of Hueller Island?

Alysson: It’s small, which isn’t unusual for an island this size.

Leandro: How small?

Alysson: When I move there, it’ll increase to seven. And if you visit, you’ll make eight.

Leandro: I’ll give the idea of that trip all the consideration it deserves.

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1,081 - Personal Grooming

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Feb 27, 2015


You’ll want to comb your hair and take a shower after listening to this episode about personal grooming.

Slow dialog: 1:30
Explanation: 3:40
Fast dialog: 16:27

Giorgio: I’ll pick you up tonight at 7:00, okay?

Anna: You’d better make it 8:00. I need time to get ready.

Giorgio: You just need to go home, take a shower, and throw on some clothes. How much time do you need?

Anna: You have no idea what a woman has to do to look her best, do you? Not only do I have to bathe, I need to exfoliate and depilate.

Giorgio: “Depilate”?! What’s that?

Anna: That’s shaving and waxing to you. I have to shave and wax my legs, my armpits, and bikini area.

Giorgio: Whoa! That’s way too much information. I didn’t need to know that.

Anna: After that, I’ll need my nail clippers, nail file, and tweezers to do my nails and my plucking.

Giorgio: I don’t even want to know what you pluck.

Anna: Just my eyebrows and my...

Giorgio: Stop! I don’t need to know the ins and outs of your personal grooming. Is all that really necessary?

Anna: You are going to introduce me to your brother, aren’t you? Your very handsome brother?

Giorgio: I was until I heard all that. I don’t know if I want my brother dating a woman who’s so high-maintenance.

Anna: High-maintenance? High-maintenance?! Who are you calling high-maintenance?

Giorgio: And high-strung!

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English Cafe #491

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Feb 25, 2015


Topics: American Presidents – Rutherford B. Hayes; emission versus propagation; he/she don’t; to do (someone’s) bidding

Words:
slavery
to oppose
to secede
to abolish
to run for office
to nominate
rumor
corrupt
to uphold
to interfere
intention
to be qualified
emission
propagation
to do (someone’s) bidding



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1,080 - Automating Production

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Feb 23, 2015


This podcast was produced entirely by robots. Listen to see if you can tell the difference between it and our human episodes.

Slow dialog: 1:31
Explanations: 3:49
Fast dialog: 18:10

Lauren: Wow, that was an impressive demonstration of how robots can be used in production. I think that we need robots like those to automate some of the functions in our factories.

Yves: I admit the demonstration was eye-opening, but I don’t think the technology is there yet to allow us to replace people with robots.

Lauren: No, not for many of the functions, but we could have them do some of the more routine and hazardous tasks.

Yves: You mean have them work alongside our current workers? I’m not sure how our workers would take it. Wouldn’t the robots get in the way?

Lauren: Not with their sophisticated sensors, which allow them to avoid other people or machines.

Yves: I don’t know. Introducing automation would be tricky.

Lauren: What’s important is that they’ll increase production and reduce accidents. The demonstration showed how easy it is to program one of those robots, even when fine calibration is required.

Yves: I’m thinking of the people in the factories. Wouldn’t we have a riot on our hands if we tried to replace people with robots?

Lauren: It’s the wave of the future.

Yves: So you wouldn’t object to a robot replacing you?

Lauren: Me? They’ll never replace me with a robot. I’m indispensable.

Yves: Just like the typewriter?

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1,079 - Receiving Letters and Packages in the Mail

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Feb 20, 2015


Please, Mr. Postman, look and see if there’s a letter in your bag for me. Find out if there is or there isn’t in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:19
Explanations: 3:13
Fast dialog: 15:22

Celeste: Did the mail come?

Anwar: Yes, you got some letters and a package.

Celeste: Oh, I hope that one of those envelopes has the photos Naomi promised us. Did you notice the postmark?

Anwar: No, but they’re sitting in the hall.

Celeste: Those photos are overdue and should have been delivered days ago. Naomi thought she might not have put enough postage on the envelope, but I thought it must have been misdelivered.

Anwar: You can look at it yourself. The package you received was sent using overnight delivery.

Celeste: I wonder who sent it and why they sent it using expedited service.

Anwar: I don’t know. Why don’t you go look?

Celeste: I wonder if there’s anything perishable in it or that’s time-sensitive in some way.

Anwar: I have no idea. There’s also a letter that’s been forwarded from our old address that has delivery confirmation.

Celeste: Oh, I wonder what that could be.

Anwar: You know what?

Celeste: What?

Anwar: All of those mysteries can be solved if you just go and open your mail.

Celeste: I know, but isn’t it more fun to speculate?

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English Cafe #490

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Feb 18, 2015


Topics: Famous Americans – Muhammad Ali; The Golden Gate Bridge; valuable versus invaluable; north/south versus northern/southern; common ground and universal experience

Words:
to take up
professionally
agile
to reign
nationalist
social activist
to be drafted
to indict
bridge
strait
fog
precaution
dizziness
valuable
invaluable
north / south
northern / southern
common ground
universal



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1,078 - Watching Action Movies

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Feb 16, 2015


If you think a great movie has lots of fight scenes, car chases, and explosions, then this episode is for you.

Slow dialog: 1:14
Explanations: 3:04
Fast dialog: 15:54

Claude: Oh no, this isn’t another action movie, is it?

Jean: Of course not. I know you like thrillers and this is a thriller.

Claude: This definitely seems like a brainless action movie to me. That’s the second fight scene and we’re only 15 minutes into the film.

Jean: It’s a thriller that’s supposed to keep you on the edge of your seat. Of course it’ll have some fight scenes.

Claude: And car chases? We’ve had three of those already, too.

Jean: Like any good thriller, it has a hero in a life-threatening situation and an evil villain in hot pursuit.

Claude: That sounds like a run-of-the-mill action movie to me. This movie is full of visual effects and stunts. It’s all about the adrenaline-rush. It’s not what I would call a psychological thriller.

Jean: Maybe it straddles the line between an action film and a thriller, but it’s good, isn’t it?

Claude: I’ll let you know once this ultra-violent fight scene is over.

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1,077 - Buying Travel Insurance

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Feb 13, 2015


Bad things sometimes happen to good people when they’re on vacation. Learn more in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:20
Explanations: 3:38
Fast dialog: 16:36

Josette: I admit it. I’m a nervous traveler and I don’t like traveling internationally.

Tae-jin: You could get travel insurance. Doing that would make you feel more secure, wouldn’t it?

Josette: Maybe. What types of coverage are available?

Tae-jin: You could get insurance to cover mishaps on the trip, such as cancelled flights or missed connections and having your luggage lost, stolen, or damaged. It’ll even cover your losses if your trip is cancelled.

Josette: I guess that would help, but I’m more nervous about something happening to me while I’m in another country.

Tae-jin: In that case, you can get medical insurance to cover the costs of medical emergencies, even if you have to be medically evacuated in the event of serious injuries or illness.

Josette: Oh, you’re right. I could get really sick or injured.

Tae-jin: And if things go terribly wrong, there’s even insurance for if you become disabled or if there’s an accidental death. They’ll pay for repatriation of your remains or overseas funeral services.

Josette: Disabilities and death? Is that supposed to put my mind at ease?

Tae-jin: The whole point is to make you less worried about bad things happening while you travel.

Josette: Right, and right now the only insurance that seems to be foolproof is staying put!

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English Cafe #489

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Feb 11, 2015


Topics: American Authors – Alex Haley; American Bandstand; continuous versus contiguous; let alone and to kick the bucket; the birds and bees talk

Words:
journalism
freelance
autobiography
genealogy
to capture
slavery
descendant
fictional
to air
segment
spotlight
to rate
continuous
contiguous
let alone
to kick the bucket
the birds and the bees



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1,076 - Celebrity Product Lines

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Feb 09, 2015


Would you buy salad dressing made by a famous actor? Learn about celebrity products in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:18
Explanations: 3:37
Fast dialog: 19:04

Nick: The possibilities are endless! You have to take advantage of being at the height of your career.

Jessica: I don’t know about lending my name to a celebrity product line. Wouldn’t people think I was selling out?

Nick: Of course not. Most celebrities do it nowadays. People expect you to leverage your fame into a successful business.

Jessica: But licensing my name to a lot of products that I would then have to promote isn’t exactly how I want to spend my time.

Nick: But think of the upside. You would be building a brand with longevity, hedging your bets for the future.

Jessica: You mean in the future when I’m no longer as famous or as popular.

Nick: No, of course that’s not what I mean. You’ll be a star forever. But don’t you want to get a piece of the pie while the getting is good?

Jessica: I don’t know. What kind of merchandise are we talking about?

Nick: We can start with a clothing line and then branch out into household products, luggage, and even weight loss products.

Jessica: Weight loss products?! What are you implying?

Nick: Nothing! I didn’t mean weight loss products. I meant food – glamorous, beautiful food. See what I mean? The sky’s the limit!

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1,075 - Defying Orders

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Feb 06, 2015


I order you not to listen to this episode! If you defy my orders, then I guess you’ll find out why I told you not to listen.

Slow dialog: 1:26
Explanations: 3:16
Fast dialog: 15:19

Carol: Hey, where are you going?

Miguel: We can’t sit here doing nothing.

Carol: We have orders to stay here and to keep watch. You know as well as I do what the consequences are of defying orders.

Miguel: I don’t care what kind of punishment I get. I can’t sit still and let things happen without an attempt at intervention.

Carol: What are you going to do, enter the fray without a plan?

Miguel: I have a plan. I’m going to stop what’s going on using whatever means necessary.

Carol: By doing what? Have you thought this through?

Miguel: I’ll get the lay of the land and then formulate some options. Everything will work out.

Carol: And I suppose you expect me to go with you, to stick my neck out, too?

Miguel: That’s up to you. I’m not twisting your arm.

Carol: How do you know that if I stay here, I won’t squeal on you?

Miguel: I don’t. I guess I just have to rely on your sense of honor.

Carol: Oh, come on, let’s go.

Miguel: You’re coming with me?

Carol: Against my better judgment!

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English Cafe #488

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Feb 04, 2015


Topics: American Musicals/Movies – The Producers; The Statue of Liberty; sponsored by versus powered by versus encouraged by; putting the crunch back; hoochie

Words:
producer
flop
to seduce
scam
flamboyant
fishy
liberty
torch
tablet
to commemorate
pedestal
panoramic
sponsored by
powered by
encouraged by
crunch
hoochie



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1,074 - Becoming a Vegetarian/Vegan

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Feb 02, 2015


If you like beef, pork, and chicken, you probably won’t like this episode. But listen anyway to find out why.

Slow dialog: 1:03
Explanations: 2:49
Fast dialog: 15:10

Ashley: I’m thinking of becoming a vegetarian. I think it would be the ethical thing to do.

Paul: Are you going to eat eggs and dairy? If you’re doing this for ethical reasons, you really should avoid anything made with animal products or animal by-products.

Ashley: I guess you’re right.

Paul: Then you’re going to be a vegan. You won’t be able to eat any milk, butter, cheese, or yogurt.

Ashley: Really? I guess I’ll have to be a vegan then.

Paul: You’ll have to eat a varied diet so you don’t have a vitamin deficiency.

Ashley: Yes, I’ll have to guard against that.

Paul: Are you going to avoid buying things that are animal-derived, too? Like leather shoes and belts?

Ashley: I hadn’t thought of that. I suppose I should.

Paul: Are you having second thoughts?

Ashley: No, I just didn’t know there would be so many restrictions.

Paul: Just be glad you didn’t choose to become a fruitarian.

Ashley: What’s that?

Paul: You don’t want to know.

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1,073 - Seeking Asylum

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Jan 30, 2015


What happens if living in your own country is no longer safe? Find out in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:23
Explanations: 3:22
Fast dialog: 17:36

Julie: The government is out to get me. I feel like I don’t have any real freedom and everything I do is being monitored.

Ed: Maybe you should move to another country.

Julie: I guess that’s one solution.

Ed: Yes, you should seek asylum in another country.

Julie: Become a refugee? I’m not sure I want to do that.

Ed: Well, if you feel like you’re being persecuted, you should look for other options.

Julie: That seems a little extreme.

Ed: People who are being treated unfairly because of their political opinions or religious beliefs have the option to emigrate.

Julie: I’m not sure I’d go that far.

Ed: I urge you to think about it. Other countries have resettlement programs for refugees and not every country will have reached their quota yet this year. You might still find a country that will take you.

Julie: I didn’t say that I wanted to renounce my citizenship. I was just letting off steam.

Ed: That’s the problem with you young people these days. You have no follow-through, and no courage of your convictions. You all need to man up!

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English Cafe #487

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jan 28, 2015


Topics: The Lenny Bruce Trial; American Cancer Society; to assume versus to guess; turtle versus tortoise

Words:

satirist
to hone
obscenity
to ban
censorship
freedom of speech
to declare bankruptcy
cancer
nonprofit
screening test
to diagnose
to fund
grassroots organization
to assume
to guess
turtle
tortoise
to totter
to teeter



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1,072 - Working Part-Time Jobs

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Jan 26, 2015


When times are tough, the tough get going. Learn how in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:16
Explanations: 3:12
Fast dialog: 16:05

Luisa: Are you still here? I thought you got off at 3:00.

Max: I picked up a second shift. I could use the money.

Luisa: But I thought you had another part-time job in the evenings.

Max: I normally do, but the restaurant where I work has been cutting back my hours, so I’m trying to pick up as many extra shifts here as I can.

Luisa: And don’t you work at the amusement park on the weekend?

Max: I do half the year, but it’s winter and the park only keeps a skeleton crew on during these months. In the meantime, I’m working for a temp agency, which gives me short-term assignments.

Luisa: I don’t know how you juggle all these jobs.

Max: I have no choice. I have to piece together an income if I want to pay rent.

Luisa: Have you ever thought about going back to school to qualify for other work, something full-time?

Max: Sure, all the time. I’d like a better job, one with benefits and a reliable salary.

Luisa: What’s stopping you?

Max: I have to pay for something called “food,” and I haven’t met my fairy godmother yet!

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1,071 - Waiting for Drug Approval

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Jan 23, 2015


If the government is moving slowly on approving new drugs, some people find other solutions.

Slow dialog: 1:17
Explanations: 3:26
Fast dialog: 16:18

Florence: A package came for you. I think it’s from overseas.

Alexander: Oh, those are my drugs.

Florence: You’re buying your medication from overseas?

Alexander: I have no choice. This drug isn’t FDA-approved yet.

Florence: Isn’t it dangerous to take a drug that isn’t approved?

Alexander: Not if it’s been approved in other countries. This drug is considered experimental here, but has been used in other countries safely for years.

Florence: But shouldn’t you just wait? How long could the process take anyway?

Alexander: You have no idea. It can take years for a drug to be approved here, especially those that aren’t fast-tracked.

Florence: That’s hard to believe.

Alexander: It’s true. First, it has to be tested on animals or in a lab, and then it has to go through clinical trials. Only then is it put through a rigorous review by the FDA, which alone can take years.

Florence: You’re right. I had no idea.

Alexander: In the meantime, I’m suffering needlessly.

Florence: You can’t legally import the drug for your own use, right?

Alexander: That’s right, but I feel like I have to circumvent the law to get the medicine I need.

Florence: So how does it feel to be an outlaw?

Alexander: Um, healthy?

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English Cafe #486

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jan 21, 2015


Topics: Ask an American – Independent Bookstores; ever since versus ever after; varied versus various; ability versus skill

Words:
homogenized
digitized
anonymous
to crave
to interact with
institution
voracious reader
independent bookstore
mega
tactile
to replicate
screen
ever since
ever after
varied
various
ability
skill



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1,070 - Getting a Mortgage Loan

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Jan 19, 2015


Unless you have a lot of money, you usually need to get a loan to buy a house or condominium in the U.S. Learn the terms and phrases you’ll need in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:09
Explanations: 3:36
Fast dialog: 20:49

Kiko: Figuring out how to fill out this mortgage loan application is like trying to read a foreign language. I don’t know what all these terms mean.

Rafael: Let’s see if we can figure it out together. I think we want a fixed-rate mortgage, not an adjustable-rate mortgage. We want to lock in a good annual percentage rate and not worry about the rate going up.

Kiko: All right, I think that’s what we want. We want the principal and interest payments to be predictable.

Rafael: That’s right.

Kiko: And what are points?

Rafael: I think that has to do with fees for getting the loan.

Kiko: It looks like we have to get an appraisal of the house we want to buy.

Rafael: Yes, that’s standard, I think.

Kiko: Do we have to pay for private mortgage insurance?

Rafael: Not if we have a down payment of more than 20% of the price of the house.

Kiko: Okay, so we don’t need to worry about that expense, but what about all these others?

Rafael: Like what?

Kiko: Like homeowners insurance and title insurance?

Rafael: I’m not sure.

Kiko: And what are balloon payments and prepayment penalties?

Rafael: You got me.

Kiko: And what’s included in the closing costs?

Rafael: I’m really out of my depth here.

Kiko: Me, too. What should we do now?

Rafael: Continue to rent?

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1,069 - Disinheriting a Child

Author: Center for Educational Development
Thu, Jan 15, 2015


When you friends and family die, will they leave any money to you? Find out how not to get your inheritance in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:22
Explanations: 3:11
Fast dialog: 17:58

Vince: That’s it! I’ve had it with Daniel defying me at every turn. I want him to follow in my footsteps and study law, but he wants to be an artist. He dates girls I don’t approve of. But this! This is beyond the bounds of what I’ll tolerate.

Alana: I know you’re upset, but don’t do anything rash. I’m sure Daniel didn’t mean what he said.

Vince: Oh, he meant it. That’s it! I’m disowning and disinheriting him.

Alana: I’m sure you don’t mean that. You both spoke in anger. I’m sure a cooling-off period of a few days will change his mind.

Vince: It’ll be too late. I’m cutting him out of my will tomorrow. I have other descendants who’ll appreciate inheriting my money and property.

Alana: But Daniel is your rightful heir. He’s your only child.

Vince: Then he should have known how his hateful words would hurt me.

Alana: What did he say exactly?

Vince: He said he has become a San Francisco Giants fan. A Giants fan!

Alana: That’s it?

Vince: That’s it?! He’s wounded me to the core!

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English Cafe #485

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jan 14, 2015


Topics: Famous Americans – Charles and Ray Eames; The Black Fives Leagues and The Negro Baseball Leagues; inner and outer versus inside and outside; severely versus seriously

Words:
architecture
fellowship
experimental design
form fitting
plywood
splint
to mass-produce
league
pitcher
to sponsor
YMCA
to integrate
inner
outer
inside
outside
severely
seriously
slash ( / )
backslash ( \ )



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1,068 - An Expiring Business Lease

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Jan 12, 2015


Renting a place for your business can be expensive. Find out about one of the many costs in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:18
Explanations: 2:55
Fast dialog: 18:24

Jane: Our lease is up at the end of this year and we need to negotiate a new one.

Monty: I know, but if I bring it up first, the landlord will think I’m desperate to renew.

Jane: We are desperate to renew. We’ve built our business here, and it would be really difficult to uproot it and reestablish it elsewhere.

Monty: I know, but given our antagonistic dealings in the past, I’m afraid the landlord is going to jack up our rent and we’ll be forced out.

Jane: It’s in the best interest of the landlord to keep a steady business leasing his property.

Monty: He might not see it that way. He might see this as an opportunity to bring in a higher-paying tenant.

Jane: Or he may realize that a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Monty: Or he might think, “Out with the old and in with the new.”

Jane: You won’t know until you contact him.

Monty: Right, but I think I’ll let him stew just a little longer.

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1,067 - Major Dental Work

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Jan 09, 2015


Some people say that going out on a first date can be as painful as root canal. Find out if that’s really true in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:16
Explanations: 3:21
Fast dialog: 17:30

Sadie: Hi, I’m Sadie. You must be Gordon.

Gordon: Yes, I am. It’s nice to meet you. It’s a little strange to be set up, isn’t it?

Sadie: It was nice of Felina and Jaime to arrange this date.

Gordon: It was. Jaime told me that you’re a dentist. Is that right?

Sadie: Yes.

Gordon: That must be interesting work.

Sadie: Well, I think so. Just today, I did a root canal and removed a set of wisdom teeth. Oh, but you wouldn’t want to hear about that.

Gordon: Sure, I do. I want to get to know you better.

Sadie: In that case, since I live in a small town, I do basic dental work, but also act as a periodontist, oral surgeon, and orthodontist when the need arises.

Gordon: Wow, that’s a lot of dental knowledge to keep up on.

Sadie: I don’t mind. One day, it’s cavities and crowns, and the next, extractions, bridgework, dentures, implants, and inlays. I had a very interesting case the other day...

Gordon: Go on.

Sadie: It’s a little unpleasant, maybe not good dinner conversation.

Gordon: Maybe you’re right. It’s not always a good idea to talk shop over dinner.

Sadie: Felina didn’t mention what you did for a living.

Gordon: I’m a proctologist.

Sadie: Ah, I see your point.

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English Cafe #484

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Jan 07, 2015


Topics: American Movies – Sunset Boulevard; the Borscht Belt and the Chitlin’ Circuit; renumeration/remuneration versus reimbursement versus kickback; to print off (copies) versus to photocopy; nitty-gritty

Words:
narrator
scriptwriter
to be in dire straits
mansion
to be in touch with (someone or something)
director
stable
vintage
resort
staple
segregation
venue
remuneration (renumeration)
reimbursement
kickback
to print off (copies)
to photocopy
nitty-gritty



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1,066 - Buying a Luxury Car

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Jan 05, 2015


Looking for a sweet ride? Test drive an expensive automobile in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:26
Explanations: 3:19
Fast dialog: 17:26

Narin: This car is amazing.

Daniel: I know. It has every luxury option available.

Narin: This sumptuous interior is so comfortable.

Daniel: You haven’t seen anything yet. It has a climate control system for every seat and a voice-activated entertainment system. It also has the best navigation system money can buy. Let me turn this car on with the remote starter.

Narin: That’s impressive. How does it drive?

Daniel: It drives like a dream. It has the most responsive handling of any car I’ve driven, and it has such a smooth ride you’d hardly know we’re moving.

Narin: You’re right. It’s like riding on a cloud.

Daniel: And this car is safe, too. It has seven air bags and an alert system for blind spots, which helps to avoid front and rear collisions.

Narin: Can you give me a ride home?

Daniel: No, I have to get this car back to the car lot before my boss notices it’s gone.

Narin: Couldn’t you just tell him you were taking a potential customer out on a test drive?

Daniel: Again?

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1,065 - Making Soups and Stews

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Jan 02, 2015


Something smells good! No soup for you unless you listen to this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:31
Explanations: 3:20
Fast dialog: 17:54

Charlotte: Mmm, something smells good.

Mohamed: Hey, put down that lid!

Charlotte: Sorry, I just wanted to see what you’re making.

Mohamed: I’m making chicken soup.

Charlotte: I’m really in the mood for a hearty stew. There’s nothing more appetizing on a cold day than a good stew.

Mohamed: Right, well, this is a simple chicken soup with a clear stock and vegetables.

Charlotte: All you would have to do is thicken the soup and let it simmer a little longer. Then, presto! You have a stew.

Mohamed: I get it. You’re partial to thick soups, but I feel like making a simple chicken soup. I don’t have time to cook a stew in a slow cooker, which is how I usually make it, not in a pot.

Charlotte: All right, all right. Oh, a nice purée or bisque would be nice too. Doesn’t a chowder sound good right now? I could really go for a nice bowl of chowder.

Mohamed: Fine, we’ll have chowder for dinner tomorrow.

Charlotte: Really?

Mohamed: Yes, and it’ll be the best chowder you’ve ever tasted – that comes out of a can.

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English Cafe #483

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Dec 31, 2014


Topics: American Presidents – William Howard Taft; deprecated versus obsolete versus outdated; to insist versus to persist; to set (one’s) jaw square

Words:
justice
to appoint
ally
appeal
to turn down
advisor
successor
campaigning
conservation
to rig
to split the vote
efficient
deprecated
obsolete
outdated
to insist
to persist
to set (one’s) jaw square



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1,064 - Spotting Trends

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Dec 29, 2014


What’s in? What’s out? Don’t be caught with last year’s styles! Listen to find out how to talk about the latest trends in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:10
Explanations: 2:54
Fast dialog: 17:10

Heidi: You look very relaxed reading magazines in the middle of the workday.

Tim: It’s my job. I’m tasked with spotting new trends.

Heidi: And you do that by reading magazines with your feet up?

Tim: Why not? I also frequent places where hipsters hang out, listening to their conversations and observing what they’re wearing, eating, drinking, and doing.

Heidi: That doesn’t sound too onerous.

Tim: It’s all about finding the trendsetters, the people who are beta testers and early adopters. These are also the bellwethers for when a trend has run its course.

Heidi: Can’t you just see what people are buying?

Tim: By then, it’s too late. Those are people who are jumping on the bandwagon, not the movers and shakers.

Heidi: Well, don’t look at me. I lag behind every trend and don’t have any idea what’s in or out.

Tim: Luckily, you have me to tell you. I’ve been meaning to talk to you about your choice of footwear...

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1,063 - Preparing for a New Baby

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Dec 26, 2014


Bring up a child can be expensive. Learn how to talk about all the things you’ll need for a new baby in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:17
Explanations: 3:36
Fast dialog: 16:30

Wanda: Oh hi, I wasn’t expecting you today.

Enrique: We’ve been cleaning out our garage and your sister said I should come by with a few things for your baby.

Wanda: That’s really sweet of you guys, but I’m not due for another six months.

Enrique: But you’ll need these things to get the baby’s room ready, right?

Wanda: Well, we don’t actually have a baby room set up yet.

Enrique: There’s no time like the present. Here’s a crib and the mattress. It just needs to be assembled. Oh, here are some bumper pads that go with it.

Wanda: Great.

Enrique: Here’s a changing table.

Wanda: Wow, that’s really big.

Enrique: Here are two car seats, one for infants and one for toddlers, and here’s a booster seat.

Wanda: That’s a lot of stuff. Are you sure you want to part with all this?

Enrique: Positive. Here’s a basic baby monitor and a video monitor so you can keep tabs on the little one.

Wanda: Whoa, what’s in all these bags?

Enrique: They’re baby and kids clothes. You’ll need more than you think.

Wanda: That’s really generous of both of you, but are you sure you want to give it all to me?

Enrique: Of course, you’re family and this will help you save a lot of money.

Wanda: And it’ll free up garage space for your new workshop?

Enrique: Well, why not kill two birds with one stone?

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English Cafe #482

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Dec 24, 2014


Topics: American Authors – Willa Cather; the basics of hockey; oblivious versus forgetfulness; carnivore versus predator; equal versus identical

Words:
frontier
Great Plains
trilogy
spirit
remote
to edit
intellectual property
puck
jersey
intermission
to substitute
penalty
oblivious
forgetfulness
carnivore
predator
equal
identical



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1,062 - Being a Bachelor

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Dec 22, 2014


Being a single man isn’t so bad. Find out why in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:16
Explanations: 3:21
Fast dialog: 15:53

Iris: I’m thinking of inviting Simone and Jerry over for dinner.

Alex: This isn’t another attempt at matchmaking, is it? Jerry is a confirmed bachelor and he’s not looking to marry or become involved in a relationship.

Iris: He’s not a confirmed bachelor. In this neighborhood with so many single women, he’s an eligible bachelor.

Alex: You mean in this neighborhood full of old spinsters! Stop trying to set him up with one of them.

Iris: How do you know he doesn’t want a relationship? Maybe he’s just shy and needs a little prodding. Maybe he has a fear of commitment and we can all help him overcome it.

Alex: Maybe he just wants to be left alone by meddling neighbors and ladies on the prowl. There are many benefits to remaining a bachelor.

Iris: You mean living a celibate and empty life?

Alex: You’re making too many assumptions. You don’t know the first thing about his life and whether he’s happy or not. In many ways, a bachelor’s life is idyllic.

Iris: How can you say that?

Alex: Would any bachelor have to have this conversation with anyone, ever?

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1,061 - Shopping for Men's Shoes

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Dec 19, 2014


I hate shopping for shoes. This episode explains why.

Slow dialog: 1:31
Explanations: 4:05
Fast dialog: 19:05

Curran: I like these tennis shoes. I need a new pair.

Beth: We’re here to buy you some dress shoes for attending Chelsey’s wedding. You can’t go wearing those worn out loafers, and you need time to break them in.

Curran: All right. Just pick whatever you think is suitable and let’s go.

Beth: Don’t you want to have a say in what you wear? I think these oxfords are nice. What do you think?

Curran: Great. I’m a size 10 and a half. I’ll try them on and we’ll go.

Beth: You can’t just buy the first pair of shoes you see. How about these?

Curran: Those patent leather shoes? They have purple laces. Well, if you think they’re okay...

Beth: No, they’re not. These shoes are totally wrong for the occasion, not to mention hideous. I was just trying to get a rise out of you so you’ll pick the shoes you like.

Curran: But I don’t care what I wear. Just pick a pair.

Beth: No, you pick.

Curran: Fine. How about these?

Beth: No, they’re not dressy enough. They look more like sandals than dress shoes.

Curran: Then how about these?

Beth: Those boots? Definitely not.

Curran: Okay, these then.

Beth: Those shoes fasten with Velcro. Are you kidding me?

Curran: Okay, why don’t you just tell me what my taste should be and I’ll buy what you want me to buy?

Beth: And leave you with no say in your own purchase? What kind of cousin would I be if I did that?

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English Cafe #481

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Dec 17, 2014


Topics: The Three Mile Island Accident; Famous Buildings: Chrysler Building; quarrel versus argument versus controversy; concerned versus worried; amounted to

Words:
nuclear reactor
core
coolant
malfunction
valve
to be exposed
guideline
to evacuate
to commission
art deco
to rust
frieze
quarrel
argument
controversy
concerned
worried
amounted to



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1,060 - Disposing of Sensitive Documents

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Dec 15, 2014


Sometimes paper is safer than the Internet. Find out why in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:21
Explanations: 3:18
Fast dialog: 16:55

Marcus: All right, let’s get started. These documents won’t sort themselves.

Rebecca: I really don’t think sorting through documents is the best use of my time. Can’t the company find an intern to do this?

Marcus: We have confidential information in these files and unless we want a security breach, only people who are authorized to see it are allowed to do this job.

Rebecca: Lucky us.

Marcus: Okay, we need to purge these files of outdated material. Let’s start by sorting them into two piles for either retention or destruction.

Rebecca: And then what?

Marcus: Then we have to further sort the destruction pile, either for disposal in the recycling bin or to be shredded.

Rebecca: And who are the lucky people who get to do the shredding?

Marcus: We get that honor, too.

Rebecca: You’re kidding! I’m all for safeguarding confidential information, but couldn’t we just burn it all in a giant bonfire?

Marcus: And who do you think would be responsible for doing that, and for extinguishing the wildfire we start?

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1,059 - Feeling Restless and Jumpy

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Dec 12, 2014


Sometimes it is better to sleep before an important test than to study for it all night. Learn why in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:09
Explanations: 3:02
Fast dialog: 16:12

Adam: Sit still and stop bouncing your leg like that!

Ellen: Sorry, I didn’t realize I was doing it. I’m just a little jittery.

Adam: Well, try to chill out. We’re supposed to be studying and your restlessness is distracting.

Ellen: I can’t help it. I’m like this because I had a lot of coffee. That’s the only way I can do an all-nighter.

Adam: But how can you study when you’re fidgeting all the time? Stop tapping your pen on the table!

Ellen: Sorry. It’s either I’m worked up or I fall asleep, and tomorrow’s test is a make-or-break one for me. I’ve got to do well.

Adam: I don’t see how you can get any studying done when you’re strung out on caffeine. You’re so jumpy and I think you’re starting to twitch. Why don’t you try to counteract the caffeine by drinking lots of water?

Ellen: Do you know how long it took me to get this keyed up? I’m not doing anything to reduce the effects.

Adam: Fine.

Ellen: Hey, where are you going?

Adam: Anywhere but here!

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English Cafe #480

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Dec 10, 2014


Topics: American Musicals/Movies – The Sound of Music; Public Housing and “The Projects”; to soak versus to immerse versus to dip versus to pickle; so-called and so to speak

Words:
abbey
nun
nanny
widower
public housing
rent
income
disabled
to apply
eligible
inner city
suitable
to soak
to immerse
to dip
to pickle
so-called
so to speak (say)



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1,058 - Preventing Binge Drinking

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Dec 08, 2014


Some college students drink too much, but what can you do about it? Find out in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:13
Explanations: 3:13
Fast dialog: 16:17

Danielle: They’re at it again. Those college kids next door are having another kegger.

Nabil: That’s what we get for buying a house this close to a college. College students will have keggers and they’ll binge drink. It’s a rite of passage.

Danielle: It’s dangerous to their health and a menace to the neighborhood, and I’m going to do something about it.

Nabil: There’s nothing we can do. If it gets out of hand, we can call the cops, but let’s not overreact.

Danielle: I’m not overreacting. They’re college students so I’m going to teach them about the dangers of binge drinking.

Nabil: What are you going to do?

Danielle: I’m going to wait on the sidewalk and pass out flyers as people arrive. This flyer lists the many health reasons they should moderate their drinking. It’s for their own good.

Nabil: And you think college students are going to give you the time of day?

Danielle: I won’t let them pass unless they agree to drink responsibly.

Nabil: I have a feeling we’ll see the cops tonight.

Danielle: You think the party will get out of hand?

Nabil: No, I think they’ll be here to arrest the crazy lady waylaying people outside of their house!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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1,057 - Storing Food

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Dec 05, 2014


What should you do when you cook more food than you can eat for dinner? Learn the answer in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:09
Explanations: 2:57
Fast dialog: 16:23

Lee: Wow, what are we going to do with all these leftovers?

Sarah: Let’s store them in different containers and we can each take some to work to share. We won’t be able to eat all of this ourselves, and I don’t want it to go to waste.

Lee: Okay, I’ll get some plastic containers and sandwich bags for the cookies.

Sarah: Can you also grab some wax paper, too? We’ll need to put some between each brownie so they don’t stick together.

Lee: We’re not going to have enough plastic containers. How about wrapping up some of this food in Saran wrap or aluminum foil?

Sarah: Great idea. I think I have some freezer bags, too. We might as well freeze a couple of pieces of cake to eat later.

Lee: I wish we could vacuum seal them and store more pieces. That cake was really good!

Sarah: I know. I could eat three pieces in one sitting.

Lee: Hmm. On second thought, for the sake of our waistlines, maybe that wouldn’t be such a good idea.

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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English Cafe #479

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Dec 03, 2014


Topics: American Presidents – James K. Polk; beach versus shore versus coast; concept versus conception

Words:
to make up for
tutor
charismatic
confidant
Speaker of the House
candidate
dark horse
annexation
latitude
slogan
to negotiate
beach
shore
coast
concept
conception
hey



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1,056 - Finding Emerging Markets

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Dec 01, 2014


In our globalized economy, finding new buyers for your products and services is increasingly important. Learn how to talk about it in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:16
Explanations: 3:23
Fast dialog: 16:00

Jamie: If our company is going to grow, we need to find emerging markets. It makes sense to get a foothold in a few countries that may have developed markets within the next 20 years.

Nina: But there’s no guarantee that rapid growth in a country’s economy now will be sustainable years from now. I think it’s too much of a gamble myself.

Jamie: There are certainly no guarantees, but by the time it all shakes out and it’s clear which markets are the most promising, we will have missed the boat.

Nina: So what are you suggesting? Should we pick one or two markets to invest in, or hedge our bets and invest in several?

Jamie: I think we should identify the countries that have shown strong economic growth in the past 10 years and focus on those.

Nina: I still think it may be too risky, but I’m willing consider the idea. Work up a proposal and I’ll look at it.

Jamie: You will? This is great. I didn’t think you’d be so receptive.

Nina: I’m not making any promises, but I’ll keep an open mind. Just make it short and sweet.

Jamie: Short and sweet is my middle name!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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1,055 - Riding Scooters and Motorcyles

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


Not everyone feels safe riding on a motorcycle. Find out why in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:09
Explanations: 3:19
Fast dialog: 16:53

Bernadette: When you offered to give me a ride to work, I didn’t know you rode a motorcycle. I’m not sure about this.

Pawel: Come on, put on this helmet and get on. You’ll get to work much faster. We can zip around cars and go between lanes.

Bernadette: That’s what I’m afraid of.

Pawel: I’m an experienced driver. I rode a moped when I was a teenager, had a scooter in college, and got my first bike when I was 22. I ride with my motorcycle club every weekend, so you don’t have to worry about safety.

Bernadette: I’m sure you’re a good driver, but one wrong move and I’m road kill.

Pawel: Get on and I promise to behave. I won’t pop any wheelies, spin out, or do any other tricks.

Bernadette: If that was intended to put my mind at ease, it didn’t work.

Pawel: All right, last call. You want a ride to work or not?

Bernadette: Okay, I’m putting my life in your hands. If I die, it’ll be on your conscience.

Pawel: No worries. If we wipe out, it’ll take us both out, so I won’t be conscious to worry about my conscience. Hold on!

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English Cafe #478

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


Topics: Famous Musicals – All That Jazz; Winter Carnivals; irony and metaphor; pronouncing routed and data; hopefully

Words:
choreographer
production
high-life
hallucination
fictional
autobiography
signature
carnival
season
royal court
habitation
toboggan
irony
metaphor
to route
data
hopefully



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1,054 - Finding a Roommate

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


It’s tough to find a person you can live with. Learn how not to do it in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:08
Explanations: 3:34
Fast dialog: 15:51

Carlos: Now that your boyfriend has moved out, you need a roommate. There’s no way you can afford this apartment on your own.

Inez: I know, but I really don’t want to live with a stranger. I’d have to put up with all of their quirks.

Carlos: I don’t think you have a choice. You need someone to split the rent and the cost of utilities, not to mention your cable bill.

Inez: I’d need someone who could keep the common areas neat and clean, and who can keep their hands off my stuff.

Carlos: I’m sure you’ll manage to find someone with those qualities.

Inez: They’d have to help with chores around the apartment, too, and pitch in with general upkeep.

Carlos: No doubt there’s someone out there who wouldn’t mind doing that.

Inez: Hey, aren’t you looking for a place to live? You could move in here.

Carlos: You mean share an apartment with you? No thanks.

Inez: Why not?

Carlos: I’d just rather not. I don’t think we’d suit.

Inez: Why wouldn’t we?

Carlos: Do you really want me to spell it out for you?

Inez: Yes, in fact, I insist.

Carlos: All right. Let’s just say that you’re a little bit grouchy in the mornings. You know that monster in the Alien movies?

Inesz: Yes. [silence.]

Carlos: Ouch! Ouch! Stop hitting me!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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1,053 - Buying Food at a Concession Stand

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


Sometimes the food you buy at a movie theater is more expensive than the movie ticket itself. Learn more in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:12
Explanations: 3:24
Fast dialog: 17:13

Jim: We only have three minutes before the movie starts. You grab two seats and I’ll hit the concession stand.
...

Suki: Can I help you?

Jim: Yes, I’d like a large popcorn and a hot dog with the works.

Suki: Anything else?

Jim: Yes, I’ll also take an order of nachos and a pretzel.

Suki: Sorry, we’re out of pretzels right now, but we have cotton candy, snow cones, and pizza.

Jim: All right, then give me a slice of pizza.

Suki: Will that be all?

Jim: No, I’d also like a box of licorice, a package of beef jerky, and an ice cream sandwich.

Suki: Anything to drink?

Jim: Yes, I’ll take two large sodas.

Suki: All right, that’ll be $84.50.

Jim: What?! That’s highway robbery!

Suki: Our prices are posted on the board. You can see them right up there. Do you still want all this?

Jim: Just give me the soda and popcorn.

Suki: Are you sure you’ll make it through the movie with just that?

Jim: I have no choice. I’d have to commit robbery if I wanted anything else!

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English Cafe #477

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


Topics: The American Indian Movement of the 1970s; Famous Buildings – The Sears Tower; inception versus conception versus to beget; to get back; cash on the barrelhead

Words:
to relocate
reservation
Civil Rights Movement
specialized
to occupy
demand
to be surrounded
federal agent
consecutive
to threaten
antenna
tenant
inception
conception
to beget
to get back
cash on the barrelhead



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1,052 - A Product Recall

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


If you make a mistake, you usually have to fix it eventually. Find out what happens when a business makes a mistake with its product on this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:25
Explanations: 3:33
Fast dialog: 16:12

Melissa: This is a disaster! If we have to recall 100,000 units, we’ll take a huge loss this year.

Lee: We have no choice. The product defect poses a safety hazard. If we don’t act quickly, we’ll have a huge liability issue on our hands.

Melissa: I think we’re blowing this out of proportion. Only a small amount of our June product run was affected.

Lee: Yes, but even one case of someone getting hurt because of the defect would be a PR nightmare, and that’s on top of the charges of negligence we’d have to face in court. We need to get ahead of this now.

Melissa: All right, all right. I guess we have no choice. Should we hold a press conference to announce the recall?

Lee: We’ll send out a press release first and then hold a press conference.

Melissa: I’m putting you in charge of it. Get it done.

Lee: You mean in charge of getting the press release sent out?

Melissa: I mean that and the press conference. You can face the press and answer their questions.

Lee: You’re throwing me to the wolves?

Melissa: Not at all. I’m helping you raise your profile in the company. You should be thanking me.

Lee: Somehow I don’t feel so grateful.

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1,051 - Getting and Making Threats

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


If you are a public or well-known person, there are always going to be some people who hate you, and perhaps even try to hurt you. Find out more in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:17
Explanations: 3:07
Fast dialog: 13:55

Ruth: I’m really glad you’re getting so much support from the public. Look at all of these bags of fan mail.

Carl: Only about half of that is fan mail. The rest is hate mail.

Ruth: Hate mail? Who would send you hate mail?

Carl: Lots of people. People who are disgruntled write to me about their grievances.

Ruth: Really?

Carl: Don’t look so surprised. We’ve gotten bomb threats, and I’ve even received a few death threats.

Ruth: Death threats?! Aren’t you worried about your personal safety?

Carl: Not really. Most people are just venting and others are trying to intimidate me. I’m not going to buckle under just because I get a few letters.

Ruth: But it only takes one mentally unbalanced person to carry through on threats. Have you considered getting a bodyguard?

Carl: No, I don’t need any protection. I just need to keep plugging away and getting things done.

Ruth: I finally know what to get you for your birthday.

Carl: What?

Ruth: A bulletproof vest.

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English Cafe #476

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


Topics: Ask an American – Drought and a new gold rush; vendor versus salesman versus pitcher; to clinch versus to breeze into versus to blow away; pronouncing bird versus beard versus bear

Words:
dried up
water level
underwater
gold
sluice box
trap
eddy
natural erosion
landscaping
wildfire
to hose
to be deposited
to chase after
vendor
salesman / salesperson
pitcher / pitchman
to clinch
to breeze into
to blow away



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1,050 - Describing Stomach Problems

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


Not feeling too well? Perhaps it’s something you ate. Learn how to talk about stomach problems on this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:17
Explanations: 3:24
Fast dialog: 17:05

There’s nothing I enjoy more than spending a couple of hours relaxing at a cafe. I sit drinking my tea and reading. What could be better?

Woman: So I think I may have to see a doctor soon. You know I’ve had these terrible pains in my stomach. My digestion is terrible and now I think I might have an ulcer!

Well, I was having a relaxing time until I started overhearing the woman at the next table talking loudly on her cell phone.

Woman: No, I don’t think it could be lactose intolerance. My bowels are working fine. I don’t have the runs or feel constipated. I just get a really upset stomach and these terrible pains.

This was definitely not a conversation I wanted to listen to. I looked around for another table, somewhere I could escape to.

Woman: Yes, I do feel some heartburn and bloating. Do you really think it could be acid reflux? I do have a problem with too much gas and burping a lot. Will an antacid help, do you think?

By this time, I was in panic mode. If I didn’t get away from this woman soon, I’d surely be sick to my stomach!

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1,049 - Buying Theater Tickets

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


Nothing is better than a good play at a theater. Learn how to buy tickets to one in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:19
Explanations: 3:28
Fast dialog: 17:24

Susie: I can’t believe I’m going to get to see my favorite actor in a play. I want front row seats!

David: I’m looking at the venue’s seating plan right now and all front row seats are taken for the entire run. I’m guessing that season ticket holders got those.

Susie: Damn! All right. Let’s try to get seats as close to the stage as possible, preferably in the orchestra.

David: The only orchestra tickets still available have partially obstructed views.

Susie: Okay, we’ll take those.

David: But we won’t be able to see the entire stage. These tickets in the loge or mezzanine, or even the balcony will give us a better view of the play.

Susie: I don’t need to see every part of the play. I just want to get as close to him as possible.

David: Wait one second. I see two seats in the second row still available for the matinee performance. Oh no, those are seats for wheelchair access.

Susie: That’s great! We’ll take those.

David: But neither of us needs wheelchair access.

Susie: I’ll break a leg if I have to to get that close to him.

David: Do the words “obsessed fan” mean anything to you?

Susie: You can call it obsession, but I call it devotion!

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English Cafe #475

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


Topics: American Presidents – George W. Bush; I beg to differ, Would it kill you to (do something)?, ashes to ashes (dust to dust); worth more than; hodge podge, gazillion, and tons of

Words:
consultant
governor
salary
approval rating
terrorism
coalition
preemptively
weapons of mass destruction
to invade
to monitor
levee
stabilization
I beg to differ
Would it kill you to (do something)?
ashes to ashes (dust to dust)
worth
hodge podge
gazillion
tons of (something)



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1,048 - Launching an Initial Pubic Offering

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


Make millions of dollars in the stock market! Find out how in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:27
Explanations: 3:42
Fast dialog: 15:34

Zoe: What are you looking at?

Midas: It’s the prospectus for Boogle’s IPO. I wish I could get in on the initial public offering, but since I can’t, I’ll buy stock as soon as the company becomes publicly traded.

Zoe: I’m not really familiar with how the stock market works. You mean you’re going to buy shares in Boogle?

Midas: That’s right. An IPO is a way for a privately owned company to become a publicly owned one. The owners of the company do it to raise capital, or sometimes it’s for early investors to cash in.

Zoe: Why can’t you buy stock in the initial public offering?

Midas: A company like Boogle works with an underwriter, like a major investment bank, to help set the share price and to find buyers for the initial offering.

Zoe: Okay, I’m following you so far.

Midas: Well, that first sale of stock is usually done in bulk, and I don’t have a few million dollars lying around to buy that much stock. Luckily for me, those first buyers then turn around and sell that stock in smaller amounts.

Zoe: And that’s when you’ll buy.

Midas: That’s right. You should get in on it, too.

Zoe: You mean buy some Boogle stock?

Midas: Sure, why not?

Zoe: And risk losing my shirt? No, thanks!

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1,047 - Having Breathing Problems

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


Every breath you take, every move you make, we’ll be watching you. Find out why in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:28
Explanations: 3:11
Fast dialog: 14:25

Russ: Why are you wheezing like that?

Cheryl: I’m not wheezing. I’m just a little short of breath. My lungs feel like they’ve closed up.

Russ: Maybe you should get that checked out. You could have asthma.

Cheryl: Do you really think so? My nasal passages have been stopped up, so I just thought I had a bad cold. My sinuses hurt, too.

Russ: I’m not a doctor, but you may have something more serious, maybe bronchitis or pneumonia. You need a chest x-ray or something.

Cheryl: Wow, so this could be something really serious?

Russ: Why do you sound hopeful that you have a serious condition?

Cheryl: I’m not. That would be stupid.

Russ: And yet, you sounded positively giddy that you might be laid up for a couple of weeks. Does this have anything to do with your upcoming business trip to Abrahamville?

Cheryl: If you had to go to Abrahamville, wouldn’t you wish for an out, too – any out?

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English Cafe #474

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


Topics: How to Become a Dentist; The Guano Island Act; classic versus classical; to be there for (someone) versus to take (someone) there; after full deliberation

Words:
routine
plaque
diet
anesthesia
anatomy
periodontics
licensed
birth defect
natural resource
fertilizer
guano
artificial
classic
classical
to be there for (someone)
to take (someone) there
after full deliberation



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1,046 - Types of Luggage

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


Sometimes it is better to travel light, without a lot of suitcases and bags. Learn why in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:14
Explanations: 3:13
Fast dialog: 17:42

Driver: Ma’am, where would you like these suitcases?

Leona: The three wheeled suitcases should go next to the bed, and the garment bag should be hung up in the closet. Where is my expandable bag?

Driver: Do you mean this duffel bag?

Leona: Yes. You can leave that right there. Hmm, where is my carry-on? All I see is my checked baggage. I thought I gave you my carry-on, too.

Driver: You did, ma’am, and it’s right here.

Leona: Oh, good. When can I expect my trunk to arrive?

Driver: Your trunk? You had a trunk?

Leona: Yes, I had a trunk. Didn’t you see it at the airport?

Driver: Uh no, I must have overlooked it.

Leona: You mean you left behind my trunk?! Who knows what has become of it by now!

Driver: I’m sure I’ll be able to find it and deliver it here to you.

Leona: I knew I should have used a luggage forwarding service.

Driver: You might consider traveling light next time, ma’am.

Leona: What did you say?!

Driver: Nothing! I’m going to fetch your trunk as we speak.

Leona: I should hope so!

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1,045 - Being Infatuated with Someone

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


There’s a difference between being a fan of someone famous and being a complete lunatic. Learn more in this episode.

Slow dialog: 2:27
Explanations: 3:35
Fast dialog: 16:47

Marcel: What is this on your wall?

Fiona: It’s my tribute to Del Gordon, my favorite player.

Marcel: This isn’t a tribute. It’s a shrine!

Fiona: It’s not a shrine. I just have a few pictures of him taped on my wall.

Marcel: You have poster-size pictures of him covering three walls of your room. This goes beyond being a fan. You’re obsessed with him.

Fiona: No, I’m not obsessed. I admit that I’m a little infatuated with him, but it’s a healthy kind of adulation.

Marcel: You’ve definitely gotten carried away.

Fiona: Just a little. I’m devoted to watching him play in every game and I try to find out as much as I can about him, but it’s because I admire him. It’s not like I’m stalking him or something.

Marcel: Then why do you have all of this equipment?

Fiona: That’s in case there’s a sighting of him in this city.

Marcel: A sighting?

Fiona: Yes, there’s a network of fans that keeps tabs on him and if I learn that he’s in town, I can try to get a photo with him.

Marcel: And what are those handcuffs for?

Fiona: I only have those in case he doesn’t cooperate.

Marcel: You’re right. Your infatuation is completely healthy!

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English Cafe #473

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


Topics: Famous Buildings/Structures – The Brooklyn Bridge; The Minimum Wage; to speculate versus to deliberate versus to contemplate; holy moly; down-and-dirty

Words:
suspension bridge
marvel
on site
caisson
permanent
paralyzed
to supervise
federal
interstate commerce
eligible
welfare
opponent
to speculate
to deliberate
to contemplate
holy moly
down-and-dirty



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1,044 - Issuing a Public Apology

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


I’m sorry for all the mistakes I made in this episode. I can promise you that it will not happen again – until the next episode, that is.

Slow dialog: 1:20
Explanations: 3:11
Fast dialog: 14:46

Working in public relations, I often have to deal with my clients’ gaffes and blunders. My job is to calm any firestorm before it gets out of hand.

One of the most important things to do whenever there’s been a misstep is to issue a public apology. An apology should say plainly and clearly that the individual or company is sorry and that it takes responsibility for its actions. If possible, the apology should outline corrective actions that will be taken. The key is to come clean, apologize, and take the blame, and to do so quickly and without hesitation.

I give my clients this advice every time they land themselves in a mess, but do they listen to me? The smarts ones do.

And the others? Many of them are still trying to salvage their reputations and to bounce back. And me? I try very hard not to say, “I told you so.”

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse



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1,043 - TV Shows Being Renewed and Cancelled

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


What? No good television shows to watch tonight? Perhaps the good ones got canceled already. Find out more in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:33
Explanations: 4:05
Fast dialog: 17:52

Mo: I have some bad news: Your favorite TV show has been cancelled.

Amy: I’m not surprised. Ratings plummeted last season, so the writing was on the wall.

Mo: Also on the chopping block is your favorite reality show: American Idiots.

Amy: Oh no, not American Idiots, too! I thought it was gaining ground in the ratings after a slow start.

Mo: Unfortunately, it stayed a cult favorite and never garnered a large enough viewership to be renewed.

Amy: I’ll have nothing to watch next season.

Mo: You can watch some of my shows. All of my favorites are being renewed, with one taking a short hiatus.

Amy: A short hiatus? We all know what that means.

Mo: What are you implying?

Amy: The network will put in a mid-season replacement, and if it does well, you’ll never see your show again.

Mo: That’s not true. You’re just saying that because your shows got the ax.

Amy: No, I’m not. That show is on its last legs. Mark my words.

Mo: Well, even if it’s true, I still have something to watch, for now.

Amy: What are you watching right now?

Mo: A show called Podsters. It’s a reality show where a bunch of podcasters live in a house together and are watched 24 hours a day.

Amy: I’ve never heard of anything so inane. Who cares about the lives of podcasters? They must be the most boring people in the world.

Mo: You might have a point there.

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English Cafe #472

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


Topics: Movies – Amadeus; The Adelsverein; neither and nor: earworm; badass

Words:
composer
lunatic asylum
flashback
envious
revenge
requiem
to take a toll
mediocre
to emigrate
market
settlement
creditor
neither
nor
earworm
badass



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1,042 - Being Diagnosed With and Treated for Cancer

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


Cancer is a serious disease, but you need to see a doctor before thinking you have it. Learn why in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:32
Explanations: 3:42
Fast dialog: 16:09

Vivian: Do you see this lump? I’m sure I have cancer.

Guy: Don’t jump to conclusions. It could be something completely benign.

Vivian: I know it’s not benign. It’s got to be a malignant tumor. The cancer is probably at stage two or three already. The oncologist will probably want to start me on radiation and chemotherapy right away.

Guy: You haven’t seen a single doctor yet and you’re already planning for the worst.

Vivian: Of course I am. I want to be mentally prepared for the bad news. The doctor will do a biopsy, but I already know what the results will be. I’m just hoping the prognosis will be good.

Guy: I think you’re getting way ahead of yourself. It could be something completely harmless.

Vivian: I can’t afford to believe that. I have a family history of cancer. My father was diagnosed when he was 56 years old. It’s true he’s been in remission and hasn’t had a relapse yet, but you never know with cancer.

Guy: That’s right, you never know. You could live to the age of 90.

Vivian: You can fool yourself as much as you like, but I have to face facts – especially as sick as I am.

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1,041 - Being Rescued

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


Going out into nature can very dangerous. I don’t recommend it, but if you must go, don’t get lost. Find out why in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:32
Explanations: 3:17
Fast dialog: 14:48

Irma: Do you really think we’ll be rescued? It’s been six hours and I’m losing hope.

Bert: It’s hard to say. I’m sure search and rescue teams are looking for us as we speak.

Irma: But what if they don’t come in time? We didn’t bring any provisions and we’re almost out of water.

Bert: You’re afraid of starvation and dying of thirst? I think we’d die from hypothermia or exposure to the elements first.

Irma: Thanks. I hadn’t thought of that until you mentioned it. Hey, I think that’s the sound of a helicopter.

Bert: You’re hearing things. That’s not a helicopter.

Irma: I think I hear search and rescue dogs. I think they’re onto our scent!

Bert: I think you’re starting to hallucinate. I don’t hear anything.

Irma: Can’t you just humor me? I’m trying to keep hope alive.

Bert: Oh, sure. Hey, I think I hear something.

Irma: You do?

Bert: Yeah, it’s Santa Claus on his sleigh.

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English Cafe #471

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


Topics: Famous Americans – John Brown; High School Reunions; phantom versus soul; coast versus shore; plug nickel

Words:
abolitionist
to smuggle
fugitive
reward
to raid
arsenal
to be executed
reunion
to dread
to mature
to catch up with (someone)
theme
phantom
soul
coast
shore
plug nickel



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1,040 - Dealing with Bureaucracy

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


If you want to do work for the government, be prepared for a lot of rules and regulations to follow. Learn more in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:28
Explanations: 4:11
Fast dialog: 19:08

Jogi: I knew when we got this government contract that it would be a two-edged sword.

Deborah: How so?

Jogi: I’m grateful for the work, but having to jump through hoops of the government’s bureaucracy has me pulling my hair out.

Deborah: What’s wrong now?

Jogi: You know that all of our documents have to be submitted in triplicate. I anticipated that and had done everything to the letter, or so I thought.

Deborah: I know. I helped you prepare those documents. What’s the problem?

Jogi: The documents were sent back to us because they say we didn’t follow some of the reporting regulations. But the verbiage in the regulations is so convoluted that I had to interpret them to the best of my ability. I thought I had done everything right.

Deborah: Didn’t they tell you what they thought was done wrong when they returned the documents?

Jogi: All I got was a form letter with no specifics.

Deborah: I suggest calling the office responsible for reviewing the documents and asking someone there.

Jogi: You don’t think I’ve tried? Each time I think I have the right department and leave a voicemail message, either I don’t hear back or I get palmed off on another office. I can’t get a straight answer to any of my questions. I never expected this much red tape.

Deborah: So I see what you mean about that two-edged sword.

Jogi: I can think of one good use for that sword right now – to put me out of my misery!

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1,039 - Taking a Test Drive

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


Slow down or you’ll miss this great episode about driving cars.

Slow dialog: 1:26
Explanations: 3:33
Fast dialog: 16:51

Mario: I’d like to test drive the new Racer.

Leah: Sure, all prospective buyers can take one of our cars for a test drive. May I see your driver’s license?

Mario: Here it is.

Leah: Okay, come with me. Why don’t you get into the driver’s seat and I’ll get into the passenger seat? All right, please buckle up and you can drive it around the block.

Mario: I think I may need to drive it a little farther to get a feel for the car.

Leah: That’s fine, but you’ll need to slow down!

Mario: Slow down? How will I know if this car is right for my driving style if I don’t put the pedal to the metal and put it through its paces?

Leah: I understand you want to get a complete driving experience, but unless you stop driving recklessly, we’ll need to return to the car lot.

Mario: You call this reckless? This isn’t reckless. It’s how I always drive. If you don’t hear the tires screeching, you’re not driving a car the way it should be driven.

Leah: Well, an interesting way of looking at it. Uh, I think we’d better head back to the car lot. I’m feeling a little nauseous.

Mario: Let me guess. You’ve never ridden in a car driven by a racecar driver before.

Leah: That’s right.

Mario: Then this is your lucky day!

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English Cafe #470

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


Topics: Famous Americans – James Fenimore Cooper; The Farmer’s Almanac; in favor of versus in (one’s) favor; feat of strength, raw human strength, and to be forced against table’s edge; to multitask

Words”
frontier
pioneer
to be expelled from
prank
to dare someone
interpreter
social equality
prediction
crops
harvest
accurate
circulation
In favor of
in (one’s) favor
feat of strength
raw human strength
to be forced against table’s edge
to multitask



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1,038 - Types and Characteristics of Apartments

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Sep 29, 2014


Looking for a place to live? Find out your options in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:25
Explanations: 3:37
Fast dialog: 16:16

Lily: Thanks for coming with me to meet the rental agent to view an apartment, but I think I’m lost. I’m supposed to be there in 10 minutes, but I can’t find it. There are four different apartment complexes located next to each other and they look identical.

Omid: Don’t you have the address?

Lily: Yes, but all of the complexes in this subdivision look the same, and I don’t see a street number on any of them.

Omid: Are you sure we’re looking for a block of apartments? Maybe the apartment is in a mixed-use building, like that one over there.

Lily: I’m pretty sure. At least I know it’s in a high-rise building and the apartment is on the eighth floor. That mixed-use building is only three stories high.

Omid: Oh, then it’s not a duplex or triplex, like those over there.

Lily: No, it’s definitely not one of those. I’d better call the rental agent and get directions.

Omid: Hey, look over there. I see a couple of the residents of that building walking out. Let’s ask them. Excuse me. Excuse me! Oh, they didn’t hear me.

Lily: I’ll just make the call.

Omid: Well, you can be sure of one thing if you move into one of these complexes.

Lily: What?

Omid: The bill collectors will never be able to find you!

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1,037 - Ending a Party

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Sep 26, 2014


You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here. Time to end the party in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:18
Explanations: 2:58
Fast dialog: 14:43

Gunther: I think this party has run its course and I’m ready to call it a night.

Maria: But there are still a few stragglers who seem reluctant to leave. How do we politely tell them to go home?

Gunther: I’ll just make an announcement.

Maria: Wait! That seems kind of rude. Let me try a few hints. I’ll tell them that we’re out of drinks.

Gunther: If you do that, one of those guys is liable to offer to make a beer run. That’s not going to do the trick.

Maria: What if I go over there, yawn, and comment on the lateness of the hour? That should be obvious enough without being too rude.

Gunther: Those people aren’t going to respond to subtlety. Let me handle this.

Maria: What are you going to do?

Gunther: I’m going to do what bars do at closing time. I’m turning up the lights and turning off the music.

Maria: And if that doesn’t work?

Gunther: I’m going to yell “lights out, people!” and mean it!

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English Cafe #469

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Sep 24, 2014


Topics: American Presidents – Grover Cleveland; to understand versus to grab versus to grasp versus to get (it); the suffix –hood; pronouncing words with the first letter “e”

Words:
discontinuous
to be drafted
to nominate
mayor
to veto
commerce
tariff
to oppose
depression
to repeal
to go on strike
trustee
to understand
to grab
to grasp
to get (it)
-hood



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1,036 - Farming and Agribusiness

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Sep 22, 2014


There wouldn’t be much food in the world if we didn’t have farms. But who should own them? Learn more in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:08
Explanations: 2:55
Fast dialog: 18:18

Brad: Is this your first visit to this area?

Irene: It is and I’m surprised to see so many farms. I thought farming was a dying industry.

Brad: Family farms and small-scale farming are disappearing, but agribusiness is alive and well, thanks to government subsidies.

Irene: Are they lucrative?

Brad: They can be, but the subsidies were originally given to protect the livelihood of farmers.

Irene: And that’s not what’s happening?

Brad: Well, agribusiness has edged out small-scale farms because output is the name of the game. A lot of small-scale farmers have thrown in the towel.

Irene: That’s a shame, but the subsidies are still used to protect domestic food production, right?

Brad: That may be, but we’re losing a way of life. I come from a long line of farmers.

Irene: And you’re not farming?

Brad: Nope.

Irene: What do you do?

Brad: I work for the government agency that gives out subsidies to the very farms that put us out of business.

Irene: That’s quite a twist of fate.

Brad: You said it.

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1,035 - Using a Self-Checkout Machine

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Sep 19, 2014


You will get out of the grocery store more quickly if you use the self-checkout line. Or will you? Find out in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:21
Explanations: 3:38
Fast dialog: 18:52

Claudia: We’re done, right? Let’s get in this cashier line.

Raul: No need. This store has self-checkout machines.

Claudia: I don’t know. I think it would be easier going through a cashier line.

Raul: Using the self-checkout will be much quicker. Let me show you. All you have to do is scan the barcodes on each grocery item.

Claudia: There are no barcodes on fruits and vegetables.

Raul: All you have to do is put them on the scale and find the product on the touch-screen.

Claudia: You look. I’ll start bagging.

Raul: Wait! You’re supposed to wait until everything is scanned before removing items from the bagging area to put in bags. Oh no, now there’s a “see attendant” message on the screen.

Claudia: What do we do now?

Raul: We wait for the attendant to clear the error and void the transaction. Then we start again.

Claudia: Great. You’re right. This is much faster.

Raul: It is if you know what you’re doing.

Claudia: I’ll tell you what. I’ll take half of our groceries and stand in line and you use the self-checkout. We’ll see which is faster.

Raul: That’s a sucker bet. I have no doubt that I’ll be done before you are.

Claudia: I’m not worried. The last one out the door makes dinner.

Raul: You’re on. Just remember that I like my steak well done.

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English Cafe #468

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Sep 17, 2014


Topics: The Jonestown Massacre; Square Dancing; perspective versus prospective versus prospect; scheme versus schema; heart condition

Words:
massacre
to be affiliated with
temple
charismatic
to owe (someone) (something)
to be blackmailed
commune
to be held against (one’s) will
to be disbanded
bankruptcy
caller
revival
perspective
prospective
prospect
scheme
schema
heart condition



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1,034 - Making Changes to a Hotel Reservation

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Sep 15, 2014


Are you travelling soon? In case you have to change your hotel reservations, listen to this episode to learn what to say.

Slow dialog: 1:19
Explanations: 4:32
Fast dialog: 17:58

Reservation agent: Hello, Milton Hotel reservations. How may I assist you?

Sally: Hi, I’m calling to make some changes to an existing reservation.

Reservation agent: Certainly. Do you have the reservation number?

Sally: Sure, it’s 234678.

Reservation agent: That’s a reservation for Sally Menkel. Is that right?

Sally: Yes, that’s right. I’d like to change the check-in date from September 15th to September 16th.

Reservation agent: Certainly. I can make that change for you. Is that the only change?

Sally: No, the check-out date will also change, from the 23rd to the 24th.

Reservation agent: No problem. We have you arriving on the 16th of September and departing the 24th of September. Will there be anything else?

Sally: Yes, there will be two people in my party, not just one.

Reservation agent: I’ve made that change. Anything else I can help you with?

Sally: Yes, instead of a courtyard room, I’d like a room with a view, preferably on an upper floor.

Reservation agent: I can certainly change that for you, although there will be a change in the room rate. The new rate is $189 per night.

Sally: On second thought, I’d prefer a suite that overlooks the pool. Is that possible?

Reservation agent: Certainly. The new rate is $249 per night.

Sally: Oh, that’s really expensive. I think I’d better to stick to my original room.

Reservation agent: All right. I’ve changed your reservation back to a courtyard room. Anything else?

Sally: Maybe I should shorten my stay. If I do that, I could afford a suite. Yes, let’s change the dates and the rooms again.

Reservation agent: Let me make a suggestion. Let’s cancel this reservation and make a whole new one. That way, we can make sure everything is correct.

Sally: Oh, that’s not too much trouble for you, is it? I’d hate to be a bother.

Reservation agent: No, no trouble at all.

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English Cafe #467

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Sep 10, 2014


Topics: Movies – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; Famous Americans: Babe Didrikson Zaharias; to deliver versus to distribute versus to ship; describing the loss of hair on a man’s head; to ward off

Words:
fairy tale
animated
folly
vain
fair
cottage
dwarf
coffin
homerun
All-American
track and field
amateur
to deliver
to distribute
to ship
tonsure
bald spot
to ward off



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1,033 - Dicussing a Victory or Loss

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Sep 12, 2014


Find out how to do some serious trash talking about sport teams in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:19
Explanations: 2:54
Fast dialog: 15:16

Yolanda: Did you see the game last night?

Bob: You mean the crushing victory of my team over yours?

Yolanda: That’s not how I would characterize it. We fell short in the final seconds, but we played a good game up until then.

Bob: In your dreams. My team dominated from beginning to end. You’re just lucky that it wasn’t a complete blowout.

Yolanda: We would have won if the coach hadn’t decided to throw in the towel early. I think he just melted down under the pressure.

Bob: It’s easy for you to play Monday morning quarterback, but I don’t think anything would have saved your team from going down in flames.

Yolanda: There’s a rematch in three weeks, you know.

Bob: And my team will whup your team again, no question.

Yolanda: You can trash talk all you like. We’ll see if you’re still smiling after my team wipes the floor with yours!

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1,032 - Different Management Styles

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Sep 08, 2014


Do you think you have what it takes to be a good manager? Find out in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:23
Explanations: 3:56
Fast dialog: 18:07

Bianca: Today’s the day. We’re supposed to find out who the new manager is going to be. I hope they’re not making a mistake by hiring internally.

Conrad: I just hope they don’t pick Melissa. She would be a disaster.

Bianca: Why do you say that? I like Melissa.

Conrad: I like her, too, but she can be so autocratic. Give her a little power and it goes to her head. Every decision would be top-down.

Bianca: You might be right, but I think Quentin would be worse. He would be so laissez-faire that it would be like not having a manager at all. He’d delegate everything and then sit back and do nothing.

Conrad: I’ll grant you that. Quentin would be a horrible manager. What about Jemima? She’s popular with nearly everybody in the office.

Bianca: I suppose Jemima would be a bearable option. She likes to collaborate and often consults with other people to get their feedback. But I’m backing a different horse, one that would be the ideal.

Conrad: Who?

Bianca: You.

Conrad: Me? No way. I don’t have a chance in hell. And plus, how do you know I’d be a good manager?

Bianca: You’d be democratic in your decision-making and I’d like that. You wouldn’t rule with an iron fist.

Conrad: That’s what you think. Give me a little power and you can start calling me commandant.

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1,031 - Following a High-Profile Court Case

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Sep 05, 2014


Don’t be guilty of not following this important court case. Listen to find out all about it.

Slow dialog: 1:44
Explanations: 3:28
Fast dialog: 17:10

Danny: Have you been following the Schirru case?

Carol: Yeah, I have. I think he’s guilty.

Danny: You’re kidding, right? He’s innocent and this is a show trial. The district attorney is conducting a witch-hunt for his own political ambitions.

Carol: No, he’s not. It is a high-profile case, but that’s only because he wants to make an example of Schirru. People like him should be off the streets. Putting him in jail sends a message to other criminals.

Danny: What kind of message?

Carol: The message that the government is cracking down.

Danny: I think it’s just grandstanding and Schirru is being made a sacrificial lamb.

Carol: You can believe what you like, but I think it’s great that the district attorney is taking a stand.

Danny: Yes, but he seems to be doing it at the expense of real justice.

Carol: Not from where I’m standing.

Danny: Then you need to find a new place to stand – preferably one without blind spots.

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English Cafe #466

Author: Center for Educational Development
Tue, Sep 02, 2014


Topics: Ask an American – Being a twin; to revoke versus to nullify versus to rescind; waste; bon voyage

Words:
star
twins
identity
to be noticed
to project
to interfere with
resilience
to be (one’s) own person
co-dependence
to dress alike
alliterative
alone time
to revoke
to nullify
to rescind
waste
bon voyage



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1,030 - Adopting a Pet

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Sep 01, 2014


Who wouldn’t want to adopt a cute dog (other than me)? Find out in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:14
Explanations: 3:34
Fast dialog: 18:16

Gabe: Why are we here? I thought we decided to put off getting a dog.

Rene: I know that’s what you’d like to do, but I thought a trip to the pound might convince you that this is the right time to adopt a dog. Look at this cute little dog. This card lists his breed and says that he was neglected and abandoned. How could you turn down a face like that?

Gabe: I don’t think he’s right for us. Let’s move on.

Rene: Look at this one. It says on his card that when they found him, he showed signs of abuse. Poor baby. How can you not be moved to take this little guy home?

Gabe: Let’s keep moving.

Rene: How about this little dog? I’d hate to see this little guy be put down. Here, pet her and look at her little face.

Gabe: This animal shelter isn’t going to put down these dogs. It’s a humane place.

Rene: They have no choice. They find so many strays that there’s no room to keep them. It’s so sad. It’s tragic, really.

Gabe: Maybe...

Rene: What did you say?

Gabe: I said maybe we could take one home, maybe two.

Rene: Really? Two would be great, but three would be better.

Gabe: Don’t push your luck!

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1,029 - Types of Vandalism

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Aug 29, 2014


Sometimes when things get dangerous, people like to take the law into their own hands. Find out how in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:15
Explanations: 3:39
Fast dialog: 18:24

Jim: Did you hear what happened to the Romeros?

Helene: No, what?

Jim: They went on vacation for a week and vandals broke a couple of windows in the back of their house and tagged their living room walls with graffiti.

Helene: That’s terrible! There are always punks who like to egg houses in this neighborhood for fun, but this is much more serious.

Jim: I think things are getting out of hand. Every week or two, we hear of incidents of people having their tires slashed or their cars keyed.

Helene: And the Jamisons had their flowerbeds trampled and a small fire set on their lawn three weeks ago. This neighborhood is really going downhill.

Jim: What should we do about it?

Helene: What do you mean?

Jim: I think we should start patrolling the streets at night.

Helene: You mean organize a neighborhood watch? Wouldn’t that be dangerous?

Jim: If you’re worried, when you see something suspicious, call the police.

Helene: And you think they’ll come in time to catch them? The police aren’t known for quick response times in this neighborhood.

Jim: Then we’ll go after them ourselves.

Helene: You mean be vigilantes? I’m not sure that would be wise.

Jim: Why not? If Clint Eastwood can do it, so can I. Go ahead, punk, make my day!

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English Cafe #465

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Aug 27, 2014


Topics: Famous Songs – “If I Had a Hammer”; How to Become a Social Worker; to dismantle versus to disassemble; guilt versus blame; to cross the great divide

Words:
folk song
tune
labor rights
reasonable
civil rights movement
to hammer out
justice
hospice
mental illness
behavioral problem
psychological
practicum
supervised experience
to dismantle
to disassemble
guilt
blame
to cross the great divide



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1,028 - Describing Order and Sequence

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Aug 25, 2014


Learn how to talk about putting things in order in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:22
Explanations: 3:22
Fast dialog: 15:43

Patrick: Okay, your first task is to put all of these files in order.

Maya: Wow, there must be hundreds of files in this storeroom. How am I supposed to organize them?

Patrick: Create a basic filing system. Put things in sequence. If they’re labeled with dates, put them in chronological order. If they’re labeled with names, put them in alphabetical order by last name.

Maya: Okay, but what about this file? It’s labeled with a four-digit number, but it’s not a date.

Patrick: Those are case numbers. Put those in ascending or descending numeric order, whichever makes sense.

Maya: But this file has letters followed by numbers.

Patrick: Then put those in alphanumeric order, first by letter and then by number. Simple, right?

Maya: Yeah, but have you ever considered a more random filing system, something that embraces chaos?

Patrick: No, I haven’t. If I wanted chaos, I’d just go home to my 11 children!

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1,027 - Adding Condiments to Food

Author: Center for EducatioAuthor: nal Development
Fri, Aug 22, 2014


What sort of things do you like on your hamburgers and hot dogs? Learn about some delicious (or disgusting) possibilities in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:34
Explanations: 3:09
Fast dialog: 16:16

Orlando: Hand me that Worcestershire sauce.

Janine: Here. You’re not putting that on your burger, are you?

Orlando: No, I’m using it for my hot dog.

Janine: Wait. You’ve put ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and barbecue sauce on your burger, and now you’re going to put Worcestershire sauce on your hot dog?

Orlando: Sure, you’ve got to have Worcestershire sauce on your hot dog.

Janine: No, I don’t. I don’t know anybody else who puts Worcestershire sauce on their hot dogs.

Orlando: You’re missing out. I just need to add a little steak sauce, horseradish, tartar sauce, and a dab of chili sauce and this hot dog is ready to eat.

Janine: That sounds disgusting! Is there anything you won’t put on your food?

Orlando: On this food? Maybe maple syrup.

Janine: What?! You’re the one missing out. Hand me that syrup.

Orlando: That is truly revolting!

Janine: To each his own.

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English Cafe #464

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Aug 20, 2014


Topics: The Roaring Twenties; The Empire State Building; Indians (Asians) versus Indians (indigenous peoples); to blow up versus to explode; staging ground

Words:
decade
booming
to be independent
roaring
invention
flapper
corset
jazz
to improvise
to become established
story
observatory
Indian (Asian)
Indian
to blow up
to explode
staging ground



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1,026 - Marrying Young

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Aug 18, 2014


Getting married is a serious step in one’s life. Learn about people who get married young in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:19
Explanations: 3:10
Fast dialog: 16:31

Irene: Damon and his girlfriend just got engaged. They’re planning on getting married this summer.

Ken: They’re too young! Marrying young poses all kinds of problems.

Irene: Such as?

Ken: Such as the two of them lacking maturity. They may think it’s fun to play house right now, but they’re not prepared to face the realities and responsibilities of matrimony.

Irene: I think you’re selling them short. They’ve been dating for two years and there’s no ideal age for marriage.

Ken: Yes, but we all know that marrying young will doom them to a life of regrets.

Irene: That’s a bit harsh, don’t you think? A lot of people who marry young have successful marriages. I like the idea of growing old with your spouse. You can reach many of life’s milestones together.

Ken: Like reaching the legal drinking age?

Irene: Don’t be facetious. Getting married will give them stability and someone to lean on. I think they’ll be great as a married couple.

Ken: Well, I hope they beat the odds...or at least learn a lot for their second marriages.

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1,025 - Maintaining Internet Privacy

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Aug 15, 2014


Do you think the personal information you put on the Internet can be kept private? Think again! Listen to this episode to find out what you should do to protect yourself.

Slow Dialog: 1:40
Explanation: 4:09
Fast Dialog: 17:31

Lorenzo: I wouldn’t post all of those photos on social media sites.

Pamela: Why not? Only my friends and family are going to see them.

Lorenzo: I wouldn’t be so sure. And I wouldn’t post all of that personal data either or divulge personal information. You don’t know who may gain access to your page.

Pamela: There are privacy safeguards on this website. I can block anyone I don’t know from getting access, so no one can see what I post without permission.

Lorenzo: Well, the people who run the website itself have access. They could track what you do and what you post, and extract data from your page to sell to third-party buyers.

Pamela: No, they can’t do that. I’d know if they were doing that.

Lorenzo: How?

Pamela: Well...

Lorenzo: As I said, that’s happening as we speak. And those are the legitimate uses of your information. Hackers can gain access, too, with malicious intent. They can do a lot of damage with the personal data you’ve posted.

Pamela: So, what should I do?

Lorenzo: Take down most of your posts and photos, at least the ones you wouldn’t want everyone to see.

Pamela: But that would mean no one would know anything about me. Worse yet, it would mean having a really boring page.

Lorenzo: It’s either risk being boring or risk an invasion of your privacy.

Pamela: Wow, what a dilemma!

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English Cafe #463

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Aug 13, 2014


Topics: American Presidents – George H. W. Bush; “architects let rip with a wave of ambitious and beautifully crafted buildings”; to keep (someone) out of (one’s) hair; pronouncing dead versus debt

Words:
to appoint
ambassador
liaison
running mate
foreign affairs
to invade
to denounce
to stockpile
coalition
embargo
recession
domestic
architect
to let rip
a wave of
ambitious
crafted
to keep (someone) out of (one’s) hair



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1,024 - Dealing With a Crisis

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Aug 11, 2014


Busy, busy, busy! There’s always some problem that needs solving at work. Find out how to talk about it in English in this episode.

Slow Dialog: 1:13
Explanation: 3:10
Fast Dialog: 15:05

Teresa: Hey, where are you going? We have a meeting in 10 minutes.

Adrian: I’m sorry. I’m going to have to postpone. I’m in the middle of putting out fires and I’ve had to clear my schedule to deal with the latest crisis.

Teresa: Can I help?

Adrian: I wish you could. With the new layoffs, I feel like I’m being pulled in several directions at once. As soon as I feel like I’m making headway with one problem, I get another thrown at me.

Teresa: I know exactly what you mean. I always feel like it’s crunch time around here because we’re so shorthanded.

Adrian: I’m so tired of everything being urgent all the time and needing attention ASAP. I long for the days when projects had timelines and people followed them. I’ve got to go.

Teresa: Hey, when are we going to have that meeting?

Adrian: As soon as things quiet down.

Teresa: When will that be?

Adrian: I’ll let you know as soon as the latest disaster has been averted.

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1,023 - Learning to Act

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Aug 08, 2014


Are you an acting genius? If not, you can learn how to act by listening to this episode, or at least improve your English.

Slow Dialog: 1:28
Explanations: 3:30
Fast Dialog: 17:27

Richard: It’s 6:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. Why are you banging those pots and pans?

Elizabeth: I have an audition coming up and I’m rehearsing.

Richard: By banging pots and pans?

Elizabeth: I’m up for a part as a 1950s housewife. I need to learn my lines and be prepared to improvise. That’s why I’m cooking you a 10-course breakfast. I want to practice staying in character.

Richard: I don’t really want a 10-course breakfast, but if it helps you with your audition...

Elizabeth: It will. I have to stretch my acting chops and really get into the head of the character.

Richard: Right. Whatever you say.

Elizabeth: “Yes, dear. Your breakfast will be ready and waiting when you want it.” Did I project enough? Did I emote enough?

Richard: You were great. What kind of acting job is this?

Elizabeth: It’s a small one.

Richard: In a film?

Elizabeth: No.

Richard: In a TV show?

Elizabeth: Not exactly.

Richard: What is it?

Elizabeth: It’s a commercial. It’s only a bit part, but you know what they say: There are no small parts, only small actors!

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English Cafe #462

Author: Center for Educational Development
Wed, Aug 06, 2014


Topics: Movies: Singin’ in the Rain; Famous Authors – Clare Booth Luce; to exchange versus to change versus to switch; to walk off; margin

Words:
subtitles
talkie
film studio
rumor
chorus girl
technical problem
to abandon
private school
to abuse
correspondent
to convert
ambassador
to exchange
to change
to switch
to walk off
margin



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1,022 - Being Cited for a DUI

Author: Center for Educational Development
Mon, Aug 04, 2014


It’s really not complicated, guys: Don’t drink and drive. Learn what happens when you do in this episode.

Slow Dialog: 1:28
Explanations: 3:30
Fast Dialog: 17:27

Susan: Hey, Jack, you’re an attorney. Do you know anything about DUIs?

Jack: Sure, I’ve handled a few DUI cases.

Susan: I was just wondering about the penalties for a DUI.

Jack: Well, if it’s a first offense, you’ll be fined and may be placed on probation. You’ll need to attend DUI school, and your license will be restricted, which means you can only drive to and from work and to and from DUI school.

Susan: That sounds serious, but what if it’s not your first offense?

Jack: Then the penalties get even more serious. With your second offense, you’ll probably do mandatory jail time, anywhere from 96 hours to a year, depending on the circumstances. Your driver’s license will be suspended, and you’ll be placed on probation for several years.

Susan: Those are some severe penalties. But what if you already have two DUIs?

Jack: Then you’ll get several months in jail, at least. Your license will be revoked and you may be required to go into an alcohol treatment program. Why are you asking me all of these questions? You’re not in trouble, are you?

Susan: No, I’m not. I just met a guy and I really like him, but I think he just got his third DUI.

Jack: If that isn’t deterrent enough, you may think about what kind of relationship you can have with him – from behind bars!

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1,021 - Mental Disorders

Author: Center for Educational Development
Fri, Aug 01, 2014


College can drive you crazy, but so can psychologists. Learn about how many problems you may have in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:38
Explanations: 4:10
Fast dialog: 20:25

Dr. Miao: At Berthiaume College, we take mental health issues very seriously. That’s why we have so many mental health services on campus.

Dean: Such as?

Dr. Miao: Well, for example, there is a meeting tonight of our support group for anorexics and bulimics. Tomorrow night, I’ll be speaking to a group of students about depression to make them aware of the warning signs.

Dean: Those are very important issues.

Dr. Miao: Yes, they are. In this student health center, we see cases ranging from social anxiety disorder to schizophrenia. In addition to serious mental disorders, college students are at risk of developing many types of antisocial behaviors resulting from the pressures of college and the stress of being on their own.

Dean: I know what you mean. One of my roommates copes with stress by binge drinking. My other roommate has become obsessive-compulsive. You should see how clean our apartment is.

Dr. Miao: And you? How have you been dealing with the stress?

Dean: Me? I think I’m the only well-adjusted one in the group.

Dr. Miao: Are you sure? You seem to have developed a nervous habit of pulling your hairs out one at a time.

Dean: What?! No, I haven’t.

Dr. Miao: Denying you have a problem is often a sign that you have a problem.

Dean: That’s crazy!

Dr. Miao: Shh! We don’t use the c-word here. Come with me.

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English Cafe #461

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


Topics: The Basics of Basketball; Flea Markets; grass versus herb; delectable versus palatable; be my guest

Words:
offense
defense
to substitute
to block
to foul
to dribble
flea
collectable
antique
second hand
bargain
to negotiate
grass
herb
delectable
palatable
be my guest



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1,020 - Making Verbal Mistakes

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


Ladies and mental men – I mean, “Ladies and gentlemen, this episode is all about making herbal – I mean, verbal – mistakes.”

Slow dialog: 1:24
Explanations: 3:41
Fast dialog: 18:57

Omar: Ha ha.

Faith: What’s so funny?

Omar: I’m editing Paul’s speech so that it can be posted on our website, but I didn’t realize how many verbal mistakes he made.

Faith: Were there a lot?

Omar: Yeah, he mispronounced the last name of the manager in charge of new products, for one. He also stumbled over the name of the new products.

Faith: I did notice that he had a few problems with delivery.

Omar: That’s putting it lightly. He stuttered when trying to list the products’ features. It’s true that some of the verbiage was written like tongue twisters, but I thought he would have had it down cold by now.

Faith: I noticed he made a few slips of the tongue, but I didn’t notice all that. I guess I wasn’t listening too closely. But what were you laughing about when I walked in?

Omar: Paul made a Freudian slip. Instead of saying that “innovation is our bread and butter,” he said that it was our “bed and butter.” Maybe that’s why he had so many flubs. His mind was elsewhere.

Faith: I think you’ll have plenty of material for a blooper reel.

Omar: That’s true. In fact, if this were a film, I’d have more outtakes than usable footage!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 . . .

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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!

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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!

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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?

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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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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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