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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
I have listened to these podcasts for many years! I learned a lot from them over the years and recommend to anyone who wants to advance their English skills. They used to be free but they are worth every penny and also priced very reasonably. Thank you Lucy and Jeff for your devotion to producing this content.
It helped me a lot to learn English for daily conversations before getting my scholarship to US.
Thank you very much Dr McClıuıan . Your Podcasts are very helpful