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 #518

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:00:15 -0700

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Topics: American Presidents – Franklin Delano Roosevelt; to be trapped versus to be lodged; to keep it together, to keep a stiff upper lip, and as luck would have it; pardon me

Words:
to make a name for (oneself)
to appoint
administrator
to run for
to contract
paralyzed
to recover
brace
fireside
subsidy
alliance
to decline
to be trapped
to be lodged
to keep it together
to keep a stiff upper lip
as luck would have it
pardon me

1,134 - Describing Position and Location Within a Group

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 00:00:15 -0700

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Get in line and learn about how to talk about positions and location within a group in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:12
Explanations: 3:01
Fast dialog: 16:30

Selena: Don’t look now, but a big group of mothers are coming to this house to give you a piece of their mind.

Justin: What?! I meant it as a joke. I didn’t mean anything by it.

Selena: You’ll have to tell that to Sally. She’s at the head of the group and she’s flanked by Maria and Veronica.

Justin: Oh no, not them. I’d rather be confronted by anyone but those three.

Selena: They’re not the only ones. They’re backed by a group of at least 15 parents.

Justin: Maybe some of those on the periphery are just spectators, waiting to see what the rest of the group will do.

Selena: Don’t count on it. They look determined.

Justin: Who are those in the back?

Selena: Those bringing up the rear? I think those are a few fathers with a message of their own.

Justin: What should I do now?

Selena: Start by waving a white flag.

Justin: And then?

Selena: Try a sincere apology, with a healthy dose of groveling.

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

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