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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."

1,045 - Being Infatuated with Someone

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:00:15 -0700

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There’s a difference between being a fan of someone famous and being a complete lunatic. Learn more in this episode.

Slow dialog: 2:27
Explanations: 3:35
Fast dialog: 16:47

Marcel: What is this on your wall?

Fiona: It’s my tribute to Del Gordon, my favorite player.

Marcel: This isn’t a tribute. It’s a shrine!

Fiona: It’s not a shrine. I just have a few pictures of him taped on my wall.

Marcel: You have poster-size pictures of him covering three walls of your room. This goes beyond being a fan. You’re obsessed with him.

Fiona: No, I’m not obsessed. I admit that I’m a little infatuated with him, but it’s a healthy kind of adulation.

Marcel: You’ve definitely gotten carried away.

Fiona: Just a little. I’m devoted to watching him play in every game and I try to find out as much as I can about him, but it’s because I admire him. It’s not like I’m stalking him or something.

Marcel: Then why do you have all of this equipment?

Fiona: That’s in case there’s a sighting of him in this city.

Marcel: A sighting?

Fiona: Yes, there’s a network of fans that keeps tabs on him and if I learn that he’s in town, I can try to get a photo with him.

Marcel: And what are those handcuffs for?

Fiona: I only have those in case he doesn’t cooperate.

Marcel: You’re right. Your infatuation is completely healthy!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

English Cafe #473

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:15 -0700

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Topics: Famous Buildings/Structures – The Brooklyn Bridge; The Minimum Wage; to speculate versus to deliberate versus to contemplate; holy moly; down-and-dirty

Words:
suspension bridge
marvel
on site
caisson
permanent
paralyzed
to supervise
federal
interstate commerce
eligible
welfare
opponent
to speculate
to deliberate
to contemplate
holy moly
down-and-dirty

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