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English as a Second Language Podcast is for anyone who wants to learn or improve their English listening and speaking. The ESL Podcast is brought to you by Dr. Lucy Tse and Dr. Jeff McQuillan, former professors of applied linguistics and education. Get a special Learning Guide for each podcast at www.ESLPod.com. 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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English as a Second Language Podcast is for anyone who wants to learn or improve their English listening and speaking. The ESL Podcast is brought to you by Dr. Lucy Tse and Dr. Jeff McQuillan, former professors of applied linguistics and education. Get a special Learning Guide for each podcast at www.ESLPod.com. If you are an English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL) speaker, then this podcast is for you!

    English Cafe 552

    English Cafe 552

    Topics: American Presidents – Barack Obama; Famous Songs – “Anchors Aweigh”; diffidence versus timidity versus shyness; receipt versus reception; no problem versus not at all versus no big deal


    Words:

    community organizer

    healthcare

    candidate

    rising star

    biracial

    campaign slogan

    grassroots

    polarized

    affordable

    anchor

    ashore

    foam

    diffidence

    timidity

    shyness

    receipt

    reception

    no problem

    not at all

    no big deal

    • 38 min
    1,150 - Avoiding Topics in Conversation

    1,150 - Avoiding Topics in Conversation

    Let’s not talk about the topic of today’s episode right now. So, how’s your day going?


    Slow dialog: 1:25

    Explanations: 4:00

    Fast dialog: 18:29


    Lila: Why aren’t you dating? I have so many friends who would love to go out with you.


    George: Let’s change the subject. Talking about my love life isn’t very interesting.


    Lila: But really, you’re not getting any younger and…


    George: Moving on! Have you seen any good movies lately?


    Lila: Listen, all of your friends are settling down and you don’t want to go through life alone and lonely…


    George: That reminds me, didn’t you say that you were going to get another dog so that Rover isn’t lonely when you’re not home?


    Lila: Forget about my dog. You remember Rachel, don’t you? She just broke up with her boyfriend and she’d be perfect for you.


    George: Speaking of Rachel, how is her mother? Wasn’t she in the hospital?


    Lila: If Rachel isn’t your type, how about Amina? She has great legs and I know you’re a leg man.


    George: And now for something completely different…How is your diet coming along? Have you lost any weight yet?


    Lila: I don’t really want to talk about my weight.


    George: But I think you’re having trouble shedding those pounds, right? I have lots of suggestions on what you can do.


    Lila: Anyway, as I said before, I don’t really want to talk about my diet…


    George: You need to cut out sweets if you want to lose weight. Are you eating too many sweets?


    Lila: That’s none of your business!


    George: My sentiments exactly!


    Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

    • 20 min
    English Cafe #517

    English Cafe #517

    Topics: Movies – Die Hard; American Authors – Emma Lazarus; in front of versus ahead of versus before; as if versus as though versus as for; to take stock


    Words:

    to be separated

    to give (something) another try

    to freshen up

    hostage

    safe

    cowboy

    to be descend from

    to be well received

    to dedicate

    to persecute

    to huddle

    to yearn

    in front of

    ahead of

    before

    as if

    as though

    as for

    to take stock

    • 38 min
    English Cafe #490

    English Cafe #490

    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

    • 35 min
    English Cafe #450

    English Cafe #450

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


    Words:


    cartoon

    freelance

    folks

    memoir

    tomboy

    national park

    national preserve

    glacier

    mine

    to designate

    volcano

    to be pleased to

    to be happy to

    It’s (one’s) pleasure to

    to sit

    to seat

    willy-nilly

    • 35 min
    875 - Shopping at the Supermarket

    875 - Shopping at the Supermarket

    Do you ever go to the supermarket without finding what you’re looking for? Learn more about it in this episode.


    Slow dialog: 1:11

    Explanations: 3:17

    Fast dialog: 16:18


    Stocker: Can I help you find something?


    Meg: Yes, I’m looking for coffee.


    Stocker: That’s on aisle 3. Let me show you where it is.


    Meg: Thanks. Hmm, I don’t see the Jitters brand that I normally buy.


    Stocker: It looks like we’re out of stock. We should get another shipment next week.


    Meg: Okay, I’ll check back. I’m also looking for the Fructose brand soda, but I didn’t see it in the soda aisle.


    Stocker: I’m afraid that’s been discontinued. Their parent company no longer makes soda.


    Meg: Really? I love Fructose soda. How about the Mushy brand bread? I didn’t see it when I checked the bread aisle.


    Stocker: We no longer stock the Mushy brand. There were so quality control issues at the company, so we’ve pulled all of their products from the shelves. Can I help you find anything else?


    Meg: No, I guess I’ll just have to try some new brands. Oh, yes, do you carry Worm organic apples?


    Stocker: We normally do, but they’re out of season right now. We won’t have any until early summer.


    Meg: All of this shopping and I have nothing to show for it. I guess I’m going home empty-handed.


    Stocker: We do have chocolate cakes and cookies on sale.


    Meg: I’m there!


    Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

    • 18 min

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