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The first minute and a half of most episodes seems to be aimed at first-time listeners, so my students usually fast-forward to the time listed for "Slow dialogue."

1,082 - Traveling to a Remote Island

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:00:15 -0800

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Sometimes moving to a new country for your job isn’t such a good idea. Find out why in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:24
Explanations: 3:42
Fast dialog: 15:11

Leandro: When you said you got a plum job working abroad, I thought you were going to Europe or Asia. Where exactly is Hueller Island?

Alysson: It’s in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Here, I’ll show you on the map.

Leandro: Wow, I had no idea you’d be working in such a far-flung place. It’s a bit remote, isn’t it?

Alysson: It is, but it’s also unspoiled and beautiful. I’ve seen photos and it looks like my idea of paradise. See? After I get settled, you should come for a visit.

Leandro: It looks a little desolate. Is it hard to get to?

Alysson: You would need to take a 19-hour flight from here to the mainland and then a two-day boat ride to reach it.

Leandro: Aren’t you worried about living in such isolation? It’s so far from civilization.

Alysson: There are other people living on the island, you know, so it’s not like I wouldn’t see another living soul for days.

Leandro: Oh, I’m glad there’s a community living there. What is the population of Hueller Island?

Alysson: It’s small, which isn’t unusual for an island this size.

Leandro: How small?

Alysson: When I move there, it’ll increase to seven. And if you visit, you’ll make eight.

Leandro: I’ll give the idea of that trip all the consideration it deserves.

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

1,081 - Personal Grooming

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:00:15 -0800

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You’ll want to comb your hair and take a shower after listening to this episode about personal grooming.

Slow dialog: 1:30
Explanation: 3:40
Fast dialog: 16:27

Giorgio: I’ll pick you up tonight at 7:00, okay?

Anna: You’d better make it 8:00. I need time to get ready.

Giorgio: You just need to go home, take a shower, and throw on some clothes. How much time do you need?

Anna: You have no idea what a woman has to do to look her best, do you? Not only do I have to bathe, I need to exfoliate and depilate.

Giorgio: “Depilate”?! What’s that?

Anna: That’s shaving and waxing to you. I have to shave and wax my legs, my armpits, and bikini area.

Giorgio: Whoa! That’s way too much information. I didn’t need to know that.

Anna: After that, I’ll need my nail clippers, nail file, and tweezers to do my nails and my plucking.

Giorgio: I don’t even want to know what you pluck.

Anna: Just my eyebrows and my...

Giorgio: Stop! I don’t need to know the ins and outs of your personal grooming. Is all that really necessary?

Anna: You are going to introduce me to your brother, aren’t you? Your very handsome brother?

Giorgio: I was until I heard all that. I don’t know if I want my brother dating a woman who’s so high-maintenance.

Anna: High-maintenance? High-maintenance?! Who are you calling high-maintenance?

Giorgio: And high-strung!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

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