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FREE LESSON: Daily English 802 - Going to the Movies
Lights! Camera! Action! We’re off to the movies. Learn how to talk about seeing a good film in this episode.
Slow dialogue: 0:57
Fast dialogue: 15:35
Martin: What did you think of that movie?
Joanna: It was okay, but I’m not really into big-budget movies with a lot of special effects and big-name stars.
Martin: Oh, you’re a film snob. I bet you only watch indie films made on a shoestring budget with low production values.
Joanna: No, that’s not true. I just don’t like crowd-pleasers that are predictable. I like movies that stretch the imagination and have some artistic value.
Martin: You mean you like those weird movies with no plot and a lot of strange characters. They’re artsy, but leave you totally confused.
Joanna: I don’t mind some ambiguity, if that’s what you mean.
Martin: Well, I’m going to see the new Spiderboy movie next week. I don’t suppose you want to come?
Joanna: Spiderboy? I’ve been looking forward to seeing that movie.
Martin: But it’s a big-budget blockbuster.
Joanna: I can’t watch artsy films all the time. Variety is the spice of life, don’t you think?
Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
FREE LESSON: Daily English 867 - Talking About Attractive Men and Women
Take a look in the mirror and see if you recognize yourself in these descriptions of the beautiful people.
Slow dialog: 1:30
Fast dialog: 17:55
Pamela: You know that your tongue is hanging out of your mouth, right?
David: That’s because I’ve never seen so many beautiful women in one place before. Why have I never been to this beach before? Look at her! She’s a hottie!
Pamela: Isn’t that what you said about that woman over there?
David: No, I said she’s a babe. Look at the way she sways when she walks.
Pamela: Stop ogling her or her boyfriend or husband is going to come over here.
David: I’m not ogling. I’m admiring the perfection of the female body.
Pamela: You’re undressing her with your eyes. Avert your gaze before you regret it. Oh, wow!
Pamela: Check out that guy over there. Hello, Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome!
David: That pretty boy over there? He’s too into himself. Look at the way he’s posing so every woman on this beach can get a look at him. He’s nothing but an exhibitionist.
Pamela: And the women you’ve been ogling in the teeny tiny bikinis?
David: Those women? They’re just showing off what God gave them!
Script by Dr. Lucy Tse
FREE LESSON: Daily English 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
FREE LESSON: Cultural English 450 - Famous Americans: Charles Schultz and Peanuts, The Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Q&A
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
FREE LESSON: Cultural English 490 - Famous Americans: Muhammad Ali, The Golden Gate Bridge, Q&A
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
FREE LESSON: Cultural English 517 - Movies: Die Hard, American Authors: Emma Lazarus, Q&A
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
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