Selected MP3 Files for ESL/EFL Students

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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."

English Cafe 561

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0700

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Topics: The Comstock Lode and the Silver Rush; The Beverly Hillbillies, lesson versus lecture versus seminar; interesting versus interested; I rest my case

Words:
lode
silver
territory
to prospect
to mine
to collapse
population
hillbilly
wise
oil
rural
to purge
lesson
lecture
seminar
interesting
interested
to rest (one’s) case

1,220 - Ramping Up Production

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0700

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You have to spend money to make money. Learn about making more of your company’s product in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:42
Explanations: 3:53
Fast dialog: 17:25

Kareem: Have you seen the latest sales figures? We need to ramp up production right now.

Valerie: We don’t know if that increase is simply a blip or a trend.

Kareem: Those sales figures are significantly above projected levels. Our product is in demand and we need to meet that demand with a larger production run.

Valerie: But that would mean a big increase in capital outlay.

Kareem: We have to spend money to make money. We don’t want to be caught short if sales continue like this.

Valerie: But if they don’t, we’d be saddled with a huge surplus in inventory.

Kareem: When we rolled out this new product, we hoped it would catch on and it has. Are we going to sit on our hands and do nothing?

Valerie: I guess you’re right. Should we increase production by 10 percent?

Kareem: Ten percent? We’re doubling production.

Valerie: Doubling production?! Are you crazy?

Kareem: Crazy like a fox.

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

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