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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 #510

Wed, 08 Jul 2015 00:00:15 -0700

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Topics: American Presidents – Benjamin Harrison; to call the shots versus to wear the pants; inquiry versus enquiry; There’s more than one way to skin a cat.

Words:
rank
incentive
to expand
pension
to make a deal
domestic
to restrict
monopoly
to dissolve
fine
surplus
charismatic
to call the shots
to wear the pants
inquiry
enquiry
“There’s more than one way to skin a cat.”

1,118 - Bidding on Online Auctions

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 00:00:15 -0700

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Get a good deal on an online auction. Learn more in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:15
Explanations: 3:22
Fast dialog: 16:26

Jermaine: Wait! You shouldn’t bid on that auction right now. Wait until the last minute.

Bethany: This auction has a buy-it-now price of $25 and free shipping.

Jermaine: Don’t pay the buy-it-now price. The minimum bid on this item is $10 and the current bid is only $12.50. There’s no reserve, so if you wait to bid, you may snag it for a much lower price than $25.

Bethany: Okay, I guess I can wait, but why can’t I place a bid of $15 right now?

Jermaine: First of all, the bidding on this auction goes up by increments of 50-cents, so the next bid would be $13.00. You could place a maximum bid of $15.00, but someone might outbid you at any time.

Bethany: But couldn’t that happen anyway? Even if I wait until the last minute someone could sneak in and bid a higher price.

Jermaine: You mean they could snipe you? They could, but not if you snipe them back. It’s all in the timing.

Bethany: You seem to know a lot about online auctions.

Jermaine: That item you’re bidding on, guess who listed it?

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

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