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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."

1,073 - Seeking Asylum

Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:15 -0800

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What happens if living in your own country is no longer safe? Find out in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:23
Explanations: 3:22
Fast dialog: 17:36

Julie: The government is out to get me. I feel like I don’t have any real freedom and everything I do is being monitored.

Ed: Maybe you should move to another country.

Julie: I guess that’s one solution.

Ed: Yes, you should seek asylum in another country.

Julie: Become a refugee? I’m not sure I want to do that.

Ed: Well, if you feel like you’re being persecuted, you should look for other options.

Julie: That seems a little extreme.

Ed: People who are being treated unfairly because of their political opinions or religious beliefs have the option to emigrate.

Julie: I’m not sure I’d go that far.

Ed: I urge you to think about it. Other countries have resettlement programs for refugees and not every country will have reached their quota yet this year. You might still find a country that will take you.

Julie: I didn’t say that I wanted to renounce my citizenship. I was just letting off steam.

Ed: That’s the problem with you young people these days. You have no follow-through, and no courage of your convictions. You all need to man up!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

English Cafe #487

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:00:15 -0800

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Topics: The Lenny Bruce Trial; American Cancer Society; to assume versus to guess; turtle versus tortoise

Words:

satirist
to hone
obscenity
to ban
censorship
freedom of speech
to declare bankruptcy
cancer
nonprofit
screening test
to diagnose
to fund
grassroots organization
to assume
to guess
turtle
tortoise
to totter
to teeter

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