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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."

1,179 - Reading Food Labels

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0800

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Read the label, and set a better table. Find out how to read food labels in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:29
Explanations: 3:35
Fast dialog: 18:19

Amy: Put a big bag of those potato chips in the basket.

Giorgio: Have you read the nutritional label on these chips?

Amy: No, but look. This doesn’t have very much saturated fat, trans fat, or sodium.

Giorgio: Look at the serving size. It’s three potato chips. How often do you stop at three chips?

Amy: Okay, no potato chips. I’ll get this package of cookies. There aren’t many calories or carbohydrates in these or much cholesterol or sugar either.

Giorgio: Look again. The serving size is one cookie. There are 40 cookies in each container.

Amy: Not everything has to be healthy and good for me.

Giorgio: No, but you have to get your protein and fiber from somewhere. If you look at the percent daily value on the things you’re eating, you’re not getting the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals your body needs.

Amy: This isn’t all I eat. I eat other things, too.

Giorgio: Like pizza, hamburgers, and fries?

Amy: I might not have the best diet, but I’m healthy as a horse.

Giorgio: Maybe a horse ready to be put out to pasture!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

English Cafe #540

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0800

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Topics: American Movies – Planet of the Apes; American Presidents – Zachary Taylor; to improve versus to boost versus to enhance; to grow on (someone) and (one’s) bark is worse than (one’s) bite; Script by Dr. Lucy Tse versus Scripted by Dr. Lucy Tse

Words:
ape
alternate
to crash
to capture
inhabitant
to escape
special effects
prosthetic
to rule
to promote
border
against all odds
to improve
to boost
to enhance
to grow on (someone)
(one’s) bark is worse than (one’s) bite

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