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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
not at all
no big deal
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
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
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
to be separated
to give (something) another try
to freshen up
to be descend from
to be well received
in front of
to take stock
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
to take up
to be drafted
north / south
northern / southern
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
to be pleased to
to be happy to
It’s (one’s) pleasure to
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
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