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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 #460

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:00:15 -0700

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Topics: American Musicals and Movies: Grease; Workers’ Compensation Laws; whirl versus swirl versus eddy; to be curious versus to wonder; beloved

Words:
senior year
reputation
rebel
good girl
to exaggerate
workers compensation
to sue
federal
to put a limit on
disability
industry
miner
whirl
swirl
eddy
to be curious
to wonder
beloved

1,018 - Raising Teenagers

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:00:15 -0700

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It’s never too early to start preparing yourself for your children’s teenage years – or is it? Find out in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:31
Explanations: 3:41
Fast dialog: 18:34

Carl: Hi Marla, I’m really surprised to see you here. I didn’t know you had kids attending this high school.

Marla: I don’t – not yet. I heard about this meeting and decided to attend. It’s best to be ready for those teenage years, don’t you think?

Carl: Sure.

Marla: I heard that the principal is going to talk about different ways to handle our teenagers as they start asserting their independence. I want to be prepared.

Carl: That makes sense, I guess.

Marla: I mean, more and more teenagers are rebelling by getting tattoos and piercings and experimenting with drugs.

Carl: You’ve clearly done a lot of thinking about this.

Marla: I’ve read a few books on the topic, about kids having to deal with peer pressure. It’s my job as a parent to set boundaries and be stricter if it’s called for and ease up when my child needs space.

Carl: That’s all very insightful, but you have some time before all that comes into play, right?

Marla: My little Lucas is already four years old. Who knows when he might start hanging out with the wrong crowd and being led astray. A parent has to be vigilant.

Carl: Right.

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

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