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Date: Monday, 15 Sep 2014 07:00
Are you traveling 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. Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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Date: Friday, 12 Sep 2014 07:00
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 whip 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! Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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Date: Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 07:00
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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Date: Monday, 08 Sep 2014 07:00
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. Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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Date: Friday, 05 Sep 2014 07:00
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. Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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Date: Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 07:00
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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Date: Monday, 01 Sep 2014 07:00
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! Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 07:00
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! Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 07:00
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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Date: Monday, 25 Aug 2014 07:00
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! Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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Date: Friday, 22 Aug 2014 07:00
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. Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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Date: Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 07:00
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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Date: Monday, 18 Aug 2014 07:00
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. Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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Date: Friday, 15 Aug 2014 07:00
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! Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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Date: Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 07:00
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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Date: Monday, 11 Aug 2014 07:00
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. Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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Date: Friday, 08 Aug 2014 07:00
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! Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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Date: Wednesday, 06 Aug 2014 07:00
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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Date: Monday, 04 Aug 2014 07:00
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! Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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Date: Friday, 01 Aug 2014 07:00
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. Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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