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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."

1,107 - The Death of a Pet

Fri, 29 May 2015 00:00:15 -0700

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All animals eventually die, even your pets. Learn how to deal with it in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:34
Explanations: 3:32
Fast dialog: 15:47

Dad: Honey, I have some bad news for you. Fluffy has gone to the other side.

Sarah: You mean she’s out of her cage again? I’ll go and try to find her.

Dad: No, you don’t understand. Fluffy passed away in the night.

Sarah: Oh, she died! That’s too bad, but she was getting up there in years.

Dad: Yes, but she didn’t die a natural death. She was run over by the neighbor’s car.

Sarah: You mean she was flattened? Cool!

Dad: Well, I wouldn’t put it that way, but I understand if you’re in shock. I guess people show grief in different ways...

Sarah: Fluffy went out with a bang. That’s the way she would have wanted to go.

Dad: I’d like to think of her as being in heaven and she’s gone to meet her maker.

Sarah: I don’t think there’s an afterlife for animals, Dad. It’s all just a part of the circle of life.

Dad: Okay. I thought we could have a funeral for her so we can pay our respects.

Sarah: Is that really necessary?

Dad: I’d thought you’d want one. She was your pet after all.

Sarah: No, let’s just bury her in the backyard.

Dad: And who said that the youth of today is cynical?

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

English Cafe #504

Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:15 -0700

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Topics: American Movies – The Fugitive; The United States Capitol Building; knowable versus scrutable versus tangible; to go through versus to get through; to man up

Words:
fugitive
to be convicted
to derail
scandal
series
architect
to inaugurate
dome
to restore
rotunda
to lie in state
activist
knowable
scrutable
tangible
to go through
to get through
to man up

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