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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 #470

Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:00:15 -0700

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Topics: Famous Americans – James Fenimore Cooper; The Farmer’s Almanac; in favor of versus in (one’s) favor; feat of strength, raw human strength, and to be forced against table’s edge; to multitask

to be expelled from
to dare someone
social equality
In favor of
in (one’s) favor
feat of strength
raw human strength
to be forced against table’s edge
to multitask

1,038 - Types and Characteristics of Apartments

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:15 -0700

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Looking for a place to live? Find out your options in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:25
Explanations: 3:37
Fast dialog: 16:16

Lily: Thanks for coming with me to meet the rental agent to view an apartment, but I think I’m lost. I’m supposed to be there in 10 minutes, but I can’t find it. There are four different apartment complexes located next to each other and they look identical.

Omid: Don’t you have the address?

Lily: Yes, but all of the complexes in this subdivision look the same, and I don’t see a street number on any of them.

Omid: Are you sure we’re looking for a block of apartments? Maybe the apartment is in a mixed-use building, like that one over there.

Lily: I’m pretty sure. At least I know it’s in a high-rise building and the apartment is on the eighth floor. That mixed-use building is only three stories high.

Omid: Oh, then it’s not a duplex or triplex, like those over there.

Lily: No, it’s definitely not one of those. I’d better call the rental agent and get directions.

Omid: Hey, look over there. I see a couple of the residents of that building walking out. Let’s ask them. Excuse me. Excuse me! Oh, they didn’t hear me.

Lily: I’ll just make the call.

Omid: Well, you can be sure of one thing if you move into one of these complexes.

Lily: What?

Omid: The bill collectors will never be able to find you!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

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