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English as a Second Language Podcast is for anyone who wants to improve their English speaking and listening skills.

    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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