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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 #466

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:00:15 -0700

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Topics: Ask an American – Being a twin; to revoke versus to nullify versus to rescind; waste; bon voyage

Words:
star
twins
identity
to be noticed
to project
to interfere with
resilience
to be (one’s) own person
co-dependence
to dress alike
alliterative
alone time
to revoke
to nullify
to rescind
waste
bon voyage

1,030 - Adopting a Pet

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:00:15 -0700

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Who wouldn’t want to adopt a cute dog (other than me)? Find out in this episode.

Slow dialog: 1:14
Explanations: 3:34
Fast dialog: 18:16

Gabe: Why are we here? I thought we decided to put off getting a dog.

Rene: I know that’s what you’d like to do, but I thought a trip to the pound might convince you that this is the right time to adopt a dog. Look at this cute little dog. This card lists his breed and says that he was neglected and abandoned. How could you turn down a face like that?

Gabe: I don’t think he’s right for us. Let’s move on.

Rene: Look at this one. It says on his card that when they found him, he showed signs of abuse. Poor baby. How can you not be moved to take this little guy home?

Gabe: Let’s keep moving.

Rene: How about this little dog? I’d hate to see this little guy be put down. Here, pet her and look at her little face.

Gabe: This animal shelter isn’t going to put down these dogs. It’s a humane place.

Rene: They have no choice. They find so many strays that there’s no room to keep them. It’s so sad. It’s tragic, really.

Gabe: Maybe...

Rene: What did you say?

Gabe: I said maybe we could take one home, maybe two.

Rene: Really? Two would be great, but three would be better.

Gabe: Don’t push your luck!

Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

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