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Cultural English 2 - New Year's Resolutions, Best Sellers, Q&A
Topics: New Year’s Resolutions; best sellers; “Oh, my goodness!”; dead weight, dead right, and dead broke
to be fit
in good shape
oh, my goodness
against all odds
Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
Daily English 103 - Making a Sales Call
All business sell you something, so listen to this episode to learn how to make that important sales call.
Last week, I was at a business luncheon and I met a woman named Dana Okri who was heading a new start up. I have been a sales rep for Eureka Corp. for three years now and our bread and butter is data management software. I told her briefly about our products over lunch and she had given me her card.
I decided to follow up with a call. I dialed her direct line and fortunately, I got a hold of her on the first try.
Dana: Hello, Dana Okri.
Kevin: Hello, Dana, this is Kevin Abrahams from Eureka Corp. I don't know if you'll remember me but we met last week at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
Dana: Oh, yes. Hi, how are you?
Kevin: Great. Do you have a few minutes right now for me to tell you a little bit more about the data management tools our company has to offer? It won't take long.
Dana: Actually, I'm really swamped right now and I'll be going into a meeting in a few minutes. Is there any literature you can send me?
Kevin: Oh, sure, I understand. I'd be happy to send you a promotional packet about the programs that I think might best suit a company your size. Would it be okay if I called again to see if you have any questions?
Dana: Let's do this. Since I'm not sure when I'll get a chance to read the material, why don't I give you a call if I have any questions. Now, I'm really sorry, but I have to get going to this meeting.
Kevin: No problem at all. I won't keep you any longer. I'll put a package to you in the mail and we'll go from there.
Dana: Sounds good.
Kevin: Thanks for your time.
Dana: No problem. Bye, bye.
Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
Daily English 102 - Wait-Listed for a Flight
I can't believe I made it into San Francisco, at long last! This morning, I went to the airport to catch my 10 a.m. flight. I got there early to go through security. The folks at the TSA can really slow things down sometimes. Since I had an electronic ticket, I didn't have to wait at the ticket counter to check in, but instead used a kiosk. I then went straight to the gate. But, when I got there, I couldn't believe my eyes. The flight was delayed--for two hours!
I decided to look at the flight monitors to see if there was an earlier flight to San Francisco. I thought maybe I could either switch to that flight or get wait-listed. I saw that there was another flight leaving in 40 minutes and so I bolted for the gate. When I got there, I got into the back of the long line.
Flying is never easy, especially when all the planes are full! Learn how to talk about wait lists on this episode.
When I got to the front of the line, I asked the gate agent if I could get on that flight instead and she said I would be wait-listed. She said that I needed to stay in the gate area and wait for my name to be called if they have a seat available. So, I waited, and waited, and waited.
The gate agent began calling out names over the PA system and guess what? The last name called was mine. What a relief! The last seat left on the plane was a middle seat and I usually prefer an aisle or window, but I was just happy to get on board. I didn't want my vacation to get delayed because of a late flight.
When the plane landed, I went out to the curb to catch a taxi to my hotel. I only had carry-on bags so I didn't need to wait in baggage claim. I was out of the airport and off on my vacation.
Cultural English 1 - Generations in the United States, Blockbuster Movies, Q&A
Topics: Generations in the United States; blockbuster movies; pronouncing “a”; honeymoon; to outsource; cut to the chase
to set out
Daily English 101 - Returning a Video Player
If you need to return something to the store where you bought it, then you need this episode.
I bought a new DVD player last weekend. When I got home and hooked it up, I realized that it was defective. I trudged back to the store to return it.
Clerk: Next, please.
Jeff: Hi, I bought this DVD player last Saturday and I'd like to return it.
Clerk: What's the reason for the return?
Jeff: It's not working properly.
Clerk: What's the matter with it?
Jeff: Well, several things. First of all, the remote doesn't work.
Clerk: Did you put batteries in it?
Jeff: Yes, of course, but it still didn't work. I couldn't change any of the functions on the display. It also doesn't fast forward when I'm playing a DVD. It rewinds but it won't fast forward while the picture is playing. On top of that, I couldn't get the closed caption feature to work.
Clerk: Okay, I see. Anything else?
Jeff: Yes, as you can see, the casing scratches very easily. I just took it out of the box and put it on my entertainment unit and I got all of these scratches.
Clerk: Oh, are you sure you didn't scratch it with your keys or set some things on top of it?
Jeff: No, I'm sure.
Clerk: Well, I'm sure that it's just a problem with this one player. I've never seen this with any of the models made by this brand. Do you have the receipt?
Jeff: Yes, here it is.
Clerk: Do you want to exchange it or return it?
Jeff: I'd like to return it.
Clerk: Okay, how did you pay for it?
Jeff: With a credit card.
Clerk: Can I see you card? Okay, I'll credit it back to your credit card. Can you fill out this form with your name and phone number, and sign at the bottom?
Clerk: Great. Here's your credit card back and $95 has been credited to your credit card. Anything else I can help you with?
Jeff: Oh, there is one more thing. Can you tell me if you carry iPod Nanos?
Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
LIMITED-TIME BONUS: Daily English 88 - Socializing at a Reception
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If you hate having to talk to strangers as much as I do, listen to this important lesson on how to socialize in English.
Slow Speed begins at: 0:50
Explanation begins at: 2:33
Normal Speed begins at: 14:12
Man: Hi, it's a bit crowded in here.
Woman: Yes, it's always like this on the first night of the conference. Is this your first time attending?
Man: Yes, it is. By the way, I'm Dan Morimoto.
Woman: I'm Gwen Renault. Were you here this morning for the opening keynote? I thought the speaker was excellent.
Man: No, unfortunately, I didn't arrive to the venue until late morning. Luckily, I pre-registered and just had to pick up my registration packet, so I was able to catch the luncheon speaker and she was very good.
Woman: You know, I attended a really interesting session this afternoon on ethics in the profession. It was a panel discussion and there was some lively debate. The luncheon speaker, Stephanie Morse, presented some of her findings from her new ground-breaking study.
Man: I'm sorry I missed it. It sounds interesting. Do you plan on staying for the duration of the conference?
Woman: No, I'm afraid I have to leave early tomorrow. Will you excuse me? I see a colleague of mine over there and I'd like to say hello.
Man: Oh, sure. It was nice meeting you.
Woman: Yes, you too.
Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
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