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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."

1,062 - Being a Bachelor

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:00:15 -0800

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Being a single man isn’t so bad. Find out why in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:16
Explanations: 3:21
Fast dialog: 15:53

Iris: I’m thinking of inviting Simone and Jerry over for dinner.

Alex: This isn’t another attempt at matchmaking, is it? Jerry is a confirmed bachelor and he’s not looking to marry or become involved in a relationship.

Iris: He’s not a confirmed bachelor. In this neighborhood with so many single women, he’s an eligible bachelor.

Alex: You mean in this neighborhood full of old spinsters! Stop trying to set him up with one of them.

Iris: How do you know he doesn’t want a relationship? Maybe he’s just shy and needs a little prodding. Maybe he has a fear of commitment and we can all help him overcome it.

Alex: Maybe he just wants to be left alone by meddling neighbors and ladies on the prowl. There are many benefits to remaining a bachelor.

Iris: You mean living a celibate and empty life?

Alex: You’re making too many assumptions. You don’t know the first thing about his life and whether he’s happy or not. In many ways, a bachelor’s life is idyllic.

Iris: How can you say that?

Alex: Would any bachelor have to have this conversation with anyone, ever?

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

1,061 - Shopping for Men's Shoes

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:15 -0800

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I hate shopping for shoes. This episode explains why.

Slow dialog: 1:31
Explanations: 4:05
Fast dialog: 19:05

Curran: I like these tennis shoes. I need a new pair.

Beth: We’re here to buy you some dress shoes for attending Chelsey’s wedding. You can’t go wearing those worn out loafers, and you need time to break them in.

Curran: All right. Just pick whatever you think is suitable and let’s go.

Beth: Don’t you want to have a say in what you wear? I think these oxfords are nice. What do you think?

Curran: Great. I’m a size 10 and a half. I’ll try them on and we’ll go.

Beth: You can’t just buy the first pair of shoes you see. How about these?

Curran: Those patent leather shoes? They have purple laces. Well, if you think they’re okay...

Beth: No, they’re not. These shoes are totally wrong for the occasion, not to mention hideous. I was just trying to get a rise out of you so you’ll pick the shoes you like.

Curran: But I don’t care what I wear. Just pick a pair.

Beth: No, you pick.

Curran: Fine. How about these?

Beth: No, they’re not dressy enough. They look more like sandals than dress shoes.

Curran: Then how about these?

Beth: Those boots? Definitely not.

Curran: Okay, these then.

Beth: Those shoes fasten with Velcro. Are you kidding me?

Curran: Okay, why don’t you just tell me what my taste should be and I’ll buy what you want me to buy?

Beth: And leave you with no say in your own purchase? What kind of cousin would I be if I did that?

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

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