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Date: Wednesday, 01 Jan 2014 08:00
Topics: Ask an American – Firefighter inmates; catastrophe versus calamity versus disaster; can’t hardly wait versus can hardly wait; so that Words: adrenaline rush to fight fires rocky terrain sandy terrain anywhere between gear flood search-and-rescue operation emergency response firefighter hero zero to incarcerate catastrophe calamity disaster so that
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Date: Monday, 30 Dec 2013 08:00
I can’t recommend this episode too highly for those looking to help a friend get a job. Slow dialog: 1:31 Explanations: 3:07 Fast dialog: 14:41 Jimmy: My cousin Sal said that he put in an application for a job here. Suzanne: Yeah, that’s right. Jimmy: Well? Suzanne: Well, what? Jimmy: Are you going to hire him? Suzanne: I’m not sure. He doesn’t have any experience and he didn’t provide any references. Jimmy: I can vouch for him. Sal is solid. He’s a really nice guy. Suzanne: I appreciate you putting in a good word for him, but I need more assurance than that he’s a nice guy. He needs to have the temperament, work ethic, and skills for this job. Jimmy: What he doesn’t know he’ll learn on the job. He’s a quick study. Suzanne: How can I justify hiring someone with no experience, while passing up applicants who are better qualified? Jimmy: He has my ringing endorsement. What else do you need? He’ll work as hard as I do. Suzanne: That’s exactly what I’m afraid of. Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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Date: Friday, 27 Dec 2013 08:00
What happens when more than one country says it owns a certain piece of land? Find out in this episode. Slow dialog: 1:20 Explanations: 3:05 Fast dialog: 16:40 Roberta: So this is McQuillanland! Eli: Well, that depends on whom you ask. This area has been under territorial dispute since 1963. Roberta: Who else claims it? Eli: Its neighbor, Tseland. Tseland annexed it after the brief war in 1963, but McQuillanland refuses to recognize the change in boundaries. Roberta: I didn’t know that. Eli: McQuillanland contends that the demarcation for the border is this river, but Tseland says that it rules over this entire valley. Since most of the people who live here consider themselves McQuillanlanders, they say possession is nine-tenths of the law. Roberta: Wasn’t there a treaty at the end of the conflict? Eli: There was, but the wording was vague and the dispute has continued to this day. Roberta: So if we committed a crime right here, right now, which country would have jurisdiction? Eli: Let’s not find out. Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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Date: Wednesday, 25 Dec 2013 08:00
Topics: American Musicals – My Fair Lady; Chautauquas; to reply versus to comply versus to meet; mild versus tender; to have the munchies Words: musical myth phonetics aristocrat dubbed to be accustomed to lecture correspondence course imitator talent spiritual mediocre to reply to comply to meet mild tender to have the munchies
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Date: Monday, 23 Dec 2013 08:00
Downtown or the suburbs? Not everyone agrees about where the best place to live is. Learn more in this episode. Slow dialog: 1:16 Explanations: 3:20 Fast dialog: 17:33 Leona: I want to live close to downtown. We can get everywhere on foot and walk to most amenities. Jeremy: Downtown is always bustling and noisy, and the crime rate is really high. I’d rather have proximity to parks and open spaces. Leona: If we lived downtown, we wouldn’t have to worry about commute time and traffic. I could walk to work and you could take public transportation. Jeremy: That’s true, but there aren’t any good schools near downtown. Leona: Hello, we don’t have any kids. Jeremy: Not yet. I want to settle down somewhere for a while, not move every couple of years. Leona: Is that why you want to live in the suburbs? The suburbs have no character. Everything is cookie-cutter. Jeremy: That’s not true. Leona: Downtown has character and it’s close to nightlife. Jeremy: That’s less important to me than a place in a quiet neighborhood. Imagine lounging in the backyard or taking a walk in the park. We can raise our kids in a close-knit community. Leona: I think you’re planning for a family that we don’t have. Jeremy: Yet! Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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Date: Friday, 20 Dec 2013 08:00
Nowadays, when professional athletes perform very well, people think they’re using drugs to help them. Learn all about it in this episode. Slow dialog: 1:12 Explanations: 3:08 Fast dialog: 18:08 Mia: This is ridiculous! They’re going to suspend Eric Rodrigo for doping. Alex: From what I’ve read, he failed his random drug test and they found performance-enhancing drugs in his system. Mia: But he’s one of the best players on the team. Without him, we won’t have a chance to get to the playoffs. Alex: He should have thought of that before he decided to cheat. I’m surprised they’re only suspending him for a few games. Last year, a player on another team was banned for life from the sport and stripped of his championship titles. Mia: In my opinion, they completely overreacted and one of the best players in the game is off the field forever. Alex: You don’t think that people who use steroids and other banned substances should be punished? Mia: Not when the fans are the ones who really pay the price. Alex: So you’re in favor of allowing performance-enhancing drugs in sports? Mia: Sure, why not? If everybody is doping, it levels the playing field. Alex: I am really glad you’re not the commissioner! Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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Date: Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 08:00
Topics: Cajun Culture; The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show; to preserve versus to reserve; yada, yada, yada versus blah, blah, blah; Dear Sir/Madam versus To Whom it May Concern Words: Cajun descent peace treaty to pledge allegiance isolated to preserve dog breed spectator proceeds parody handler coveted to preserve to reserve yada, yada, yada blah, blah, blah
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Date: Monday, 16 Dec 2013 08:00
You don’t get to choose your family, but you can pick where you work. Learn what happens when people decide to work with their family in a business. Slow dialog: 1:17 Explanations: 3:28 Fast dialog: 17:51 When I took over the family business three years ago, I didn’t know what I was letting myself in for. My uncle, who ran the business before me, established a clear chain of command, which I thought would eliminate infighting and bickering. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Despite clear lines of authority, family members tend to take sides and play the blame game whenever anything goes wrong. In the end, they always look to me to resolve conflict, and I have no choice but to enter the fray. Another big problem is the hangers-on. Those are the family members who aren’t suited for this line of work, but who need jobs. What do I do with them? What do you do when everything falls on your shoulders? Well, I’ve developed a thick skin, and when someone inevitably reminds me that blood is thicker than water, I remind them that business is business. Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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Date: Friday, 13 Dec 2013 08:00
If you have a jealous boyfriend of girlfriend, they probably won’t want you to listen to this. Improve your English and your relationship by listening to it anyway. Slow Dialog: 1:25 Explanations: 3:34 Fast Dialog: 18:08 Eliana: You’re here! I didn’t think you’d be able to come. Matt: Why? I like seeing a movie with my friends as much as the next guy. Eliana: Yeah, but it’s been weeks since we’ve seen you, ever since you started dating Helen. Matt: She doesn’t own me. She’s a little possessive, but I put my foot down when she gets too clingy. Eliana: Doesn’t she get jealous if you so much as look at another woman? Matt: She’s the jealous type, that’s true, but I reassure her all the time that she’s the only one I want. It’s true that she’s critical of other women, too, but what woman isn’t? She’s fine if she knows where I am and whom I’m with. Eliana: You mean you have to report in to her on your whereabouts? Matt: She likes to know what I’m doing. She’s just concerned about me, that’s all. Eliana: She seems really controlling. Matt: What did you say? Eliana: Nothing. I see Xavier and Sophie over there. Ready to get our tickets? Matt: Hold on one second. I just need to text Helen an update. If she doesn’t hear from me every half hour, she worries. Isn’t that sweet? Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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Date: Wednesday, 11 Dec 2013 08:00
Topics: Famous Americans: Jim Thorpe; United Code of Military Justice & Common Crimes; pre-paid cell phones; abbreviation versus acronym; a matter of form Words: intramural team hurdle pentathlon decathlon amateur posthumously absent without leave desertion espionage non-judicial punishment court martial civilian to top-up abbreviation acronym matter of form
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Date: Monday, 09 Dec 2013 08:00
Win an Olympic medal in English by listening to this episode on winter sports. Slow Dialog: 1:23 Explanations: 3:01 Fast Dialog: 18:47 Hanna: It’s finally snowing outside! Soon we’ll be able to get out the sled. Ahmed: Sledding is for kids. I’m going downhill skiing as soon as there’s enough powder. I can’t wait to feel the wind in my hair as I careen down the side of a mountain. Hanna: You’re more likely to be on the bunny slopes! You’ve only been on a snowmobile once and gone cross-country skiing a few times. What makes you think you’ll be able to ski the slopes like an expert? Ahmed: I can ice skate better than you can, so no matter what, I know I’ll be better at it than you’ll be. When I get the hang of skiing, I’ll probably try snowboarding. Hanna: Now I know you’re blowing smoke. You don’t have the nerve. Ahmed: Oh, yeah? I challenge you a game of one-on-one ice hockey. Hanna: You’re twice my size! Make it a snowball fight. Ahmed: You’re on! Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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Date: Friday, 06 Dec 2013 08:00
Who doesn’t love insects and spiders? The woman in this episode, that’s who. Learn about the joys of the great outdoors in this episode. Slow Dialog: 1:12 Explanations: 3:12 Fast Dialog: 14:31 Judith: Ahh! Get it off me! Murad: It’s just a tiny spider. Don’t freak out. Judith: I hate spiders. What is this place you’ve brought me to? Murad: It’s one of the most beautiful spots in the world and we’ll be staying here tonight. Judith: You mean we’ll be roughing it in this cabin? Is that a cockroach that just ran across the floor? Murad: Maybe. In this place, you’ll see some of the most amazing things. It’s the next best thing to sleeping in the open. Judith: Great. Can you close that window? There are flies and moths everywhere, and I think those were bees and wasps just outside the door. Murad: They won’t bother you if you don’t bother them. Listen to that! We can fall asleep to the sound of crickets. Judith: Ouch! I think I’ve just been bitten by a giant mosquito. Murad: You’re imagining things. Look at those butterflies just outside the window. Don’t you think they’re beautiful? Judith: Do you know what would look beautiful to me right now? A really big mosquito net! Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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Date: Wednesday, 04 Dec 2013 08:00
Topics: Famous Authors: E.B. White; Name change after marriage; appliance versus utensil; to jibe (with) versus to be at odds with; I’m here versus I’m in here Words: contributing prose poetry essay concise maiden name convention feminist movement poll marriage certificate Social Security Internal Revenue Service appliance utensil to jibe (with) to be at odds with I’m in here I’m here
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Date: Monday, 02 Dec 2013 08:00
Making money in your business can be difficult if the prices keep going up. Learn about ways to solve that problem in this episode. Slow Dialog: 1:21 Explanations: 3:15 Fast Dialog: 16:40 Giovanni: There are no two ways about it. We have to raise prices. Melanie: We can’t. We already raised prices earlier this year. Doing it again risks alienating our customers. Giovanni: What else can we do? Our production costs have risen nearly 15 percent. We’ve tried absorbing them and offsetting them, but nothing has worked. Our profit margin continues to shrink and we don’t have any other choice. Melanie: What about lowering the quality of our raw materials? We could use a cheaper supplier. Giovanni: That’s a sure way to lose customers. If we start cutting corners on quality, our customers will leave in droves. Melanie: What if we discontinue manufacturing some of the less popular items? That should save us some money. Giovanni: Not enough. We either raise prices or stop production altogether. Melanie: There is one other option. Giovanni: What? Melanie: We could reduce our workforce. Giovanni: You mean fire people? That’s off the table! Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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Date: Friday, 29 Nov 2013 08:00
Find out about parts of a hospital in this episode. Slow Dialog: 1:12 Explanations: 3:34 Fast Dialog: 15:45 Jordan: Excuse me, my girlfriend was brought into the hospital about two hours ago, but I can’t find her. Admissions Clerk: Why was she brought into the hospital? Jordan: I’m not sure. I got a call from her coworker, but she didn’t give me any details. Admissions Clerk: If it weren’t an accident, then she wouldn’t be in the emergency room or the trauma unit. Jordan: It may have been her heart. She has a heart condition. Admissions Clerk: Then she might be in the cardiology department. If she is in severe condition, she’ll be in the ICU. Jordan: It may also be the baby. She’s pregnant. Admissions Clerk: Then she might be in the obstetrics and gynecology department. And if the baby has been born, it would be in the neonatal unit. Jordan: I’m just not sure where to go. Maybe I’ll start in the cardiology department. Admissions Clerk: That’s fine. Go past the neurology and oncology departments and it’s on your right. If you see the burn unit, then you’ve gone too far. Jordan: You can’t look her up for me to see if she’s been admitted? Admissions Clerk: I’m sorry, but our computer systems are down right now. If you wait until they’re up again, I can try to find her for you. Jordan: And go out of my mind worrying? No thanks. I’m going to find her, even if I have to look behind every bedpan! Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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Date: Wednesday, 27 Nov 2013 08:00
Topics: Ask an American: Art conservation; bravery versus gallantry; to escape versus to abscond; how to communicate time Words: conservator mural legacy artist earthquake damage subsequent to manifest intention competently to recreate interpretation objective bravery gallantry to escape to abscond
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Date: Monday, 25 Nov 2013 08:00
Sometimes the best way to see something is from a distance. Learn about visiting dangerous construction sites in this episode. Slow Dialog: 1:06 Explanations: 2:52 Fast Dialog: 16:54 Bill: Ma’am! ma’am! Estelle: Yes? Bill: Ma’am, you’re not supposed to be here. This is a construction site and you’re not allowed. Please don’t step on that scaffolding. It’s dangerous. Estelle: Oh, I just wanted a quick look to see how the building is coming along. Look at all this lumber and brick. The foundation is already done and the beams and rafters are going up. This is so exciting! Bill: Ma’am, this is a dangerous area, especially for someone not wearing a hard hat. Estelle: I won’t stay very long. I just wanted to see the progress. Bill: Watch out! Estelle: Oh, I almost tripped over these pickaxes and shovels and landed in the wheelbarrow. Thank you for saving me. Bill: You’re welcome. Now let me escort you off the site. Estelle: But I wanted to see that bulldozer and crane over there. Bill: You can see them just fine from the street. And from the street you won’t be my responsibility! Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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Date: Friday, 22 Nov 2013 08:00
A visit to a foreign country can be dangerous to your health. Learn how to stop spreading disease in this episode. Slow dialog: 1:19 Explanations: 3:44 Fast dialog: 15:12 Isabelle: You can’t walk through that door with all of your clothes on! Linus: What?! I’ve just come off of a 12-hour flight. I’m tired and I want to get into my own house and into my own bed. Isabelle: I know, but you’ve just returned from McQuillanland and I’ve just read that anyone who has been there may be a carrier of a communicable disease called Niebola. It can be transmitted through casual contact, so even if you don’t have it, you could spread it. Linus: So what am I supposed to do? Stand out here for the rest of my life? Isabelle: Of course not. Take off your clothes. Linus: You want me to take off my clothes in front of the house? Are you crazy?! Isabelle: No, the best way to prevent the spread of this infectious disease is to burn clothing that has been in contact with it, and to bathe you thoroughly. Linus: I’m not stripping down to my underwear out here. Isabelle: But aren’t you worried about transmitting Niebola to me and everyone you know? No one is immune. You could start an epidemic! Linus: All right, but I’m going around to the back door where no one can see me, okay? Isabelle: Great! I’ll get your bath ready. I just have to heat the mayonnaise. Linus: What?! You want me to take a bath in mayonnaise? Isabelle: That’s the only way to kill Niebola. Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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Date: Wednesday, 20 Nov 2013 08:00
Topics: American Musicals: Hello, Dolly!; The National Rifle Association; to take a stab at (something) versus to take a chance; if you will; to walk a dog Words: musical matchmaker composer lyricist librettist debut refrain rifle marksmanship chartered shooting range lobby to take a stab at (something) to take a chance if you will to walk a / the / (one’s) dog
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Date: Monday, 18 Nov 2013 08:00
Get motivated to listen to a motivational speaker in this episode about listening to a motivational speaker who motivates people to listen to motivational speakers. Slow dialog: 1:32 Explanations: 3:37 Fast dialog: 18:04 Jamal: I really dread these annual management meetings. We usually have to sit through the most boring motivational speakers giving us pep talks. Cindy: I think you’ll be surprised by the person they’ve hired to kick off our meeting. She’s supposed to be a guru on crisis management. Jamal: Oh no, not another one. Cindy: This one has a lot of real-world experience. She was a fighter pilot who has apparently survived some very difficult missions. Jamal: What does a fighter pilot know about business? I can’t believe our company is shelling out thousands of dollars on speaking fees for someone like her to tell us how to do our jobs better. Cindy: I think that the idea is to understand how other organizations and professions handle crises, which may shed some light on how we can do things better. Jamal: Well, I don’t have high hopes. Cindy: Don’t you think she can teach us anything? Jamal: Sure, in fact our speaker has inspired me to try to get on the lecture circuit myself. Cindy: What would you speak about? Jamal: Avoiding corporate waste! Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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