• 1,053 - Buying Food at a Concession Stand MP3

    Sometimes the food you buy at a movie theater is more expensive than the movie ticket itself. Learn more in this episode. Slow dialog: 1:12 Explanations: 3:24 Fast dialog: 17:13 Jim: We only have three minutes before the movie starts. You grab two seats and I’ll hit the concession stand. ... Suki: Can I help you? Jim: Yes, I’d like a large popcorn and a hot dog with the works. Suki: Anything else? Jim: Yes, I’l...

    24.11.2014

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  • English Cafe #477 MP3

    Topics: The American Indian Movement of the 1970s; Famous Buildings – The Sears Tower; inception versus conception versus to beget; to get back; cash on the barrelhead Words: to relocate reservation Civil Rights Movement specialized to occupy demand to be surrounded federal agent consecutive to threaten antenna tenant inception conception to beget to get back cash on the barrelhead

    24.11.2014

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  • 1,054 - Finding a Roommate MP3

    It’s tough to find a person you can live with. Learn how not to do it in this episode. Slow dialog: 1:08 Explanations: 3:34 Fast dialog: 15:51 Carlos: Now that your boyfriend has moved out, you need a roommate. There’s no way you can afford this apartment on your own. Inez: I know, but I really don’t want to live with a stranger. I’d have to put up with all of their quirks. Carlos: I don’t think you have a ...

    24.11.2014

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  • 951 - Parts of a Hospital MP3

    Find out about parts of a hospital in this episode. Slow Dialog: 1:12 Explanations: 3:34 Fast Dialog: 15:45 Jordan: Excuse me, my girlfriend was brought into the hospital about two hours ago, but I can’t find her. Admissions Clerk: Why was she brought into the hospital? Jordan: I’m not sure. I got a call from her coworker, but she didn’t give me any details. Admissions Clerk: If it were...

    28.11.2013

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  • English Cafe #426 MP3

    Topics: Ask an American: Art conservation; bravery versus gallantry; to escape versus to abscond; how to communicate time Words: conservator mural legacy artist earthquake damage subsequent to manifest intention competently to recreate interpretation objective bravery gallantry to escape to abscond

    26.11.2013

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  • 950 - Visiting a Construction Site MP3

    Sometimes the best way to see something is from a distance. Learn about visiting dangerous construction sites in this episode. Slow Dialog: 1:06 Explanations: 2:52 Fast Dialog: 16:54 Bill: Ma’am! ma’am! Estelle: Yes? Bill: Ma’am, you’re not supposed to be here. This is a construction site and you’re not allowed. Please don’t step on that scaffolding. It’s dan...

    24.11.2013

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  • 908 - Being Territorial at Work MP3

    Be careful about doing someone else’s job without that person knowing about it. Learn more in this episode.Slow dialog: 1:13 Explanations: 2:59 Fast dialog: 15:32Andy: What are you doing?Sita: I’m running some numbers for the new project.Andy: I thought that was Delia’s turf.Sita: She’s usually the go-to person for this type of information, but I need this info right now.Andy: Iâ€...

    30.06.2013

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  • 907 - Buying Tools at a Hardware Store MP3

    When something breaks, someone has to fix it. Learn how to buy the right tools for the job in this episode.Slow dialog: 1:20 Explanations: 3:08 Fast dialog: 15:42Chuck: Just remember that we have a lot to accomplish today, so let’s just get what we need and go, okay?Ayaka: Sure, we just need a few tools for our DIY project. The power tools are over there.Chuck: Whoa, we’re not getting power tools. ...

    27.06.2013

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  • English Cafe #404 MP3

    Topics: Benjamin Spock and The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care; The Florida Everglades; destroying versus destructive; to catch up; to drop offWords: pediatrician common sense to trust (one’s) instincts strict schedule to potty train affection rower civil disobedience childrearing to drain endangered mangrove destroying destructive to catch up to drop-off

    25.06.2013

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  • 906 - Using Illegal Drugs MP3

    Psst! Want to buy some drugs? Well, this is not the place for that, friend. Learn all about illegal drugs in this episode.Slow dialog: 1:06 Explanations: 3:11 Fast dialog: 17:52Nancy: So, what do you think?Ron: Uh, that was interesting.Nancy: That’s all you have to say? I spent six months making this anti-drug film to show students in schools to try and deter illegal drug use.Ron: Well, I’m not su...

    23.06.2013

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  • 905 - Getting a Marriage License MP3

    Here comes the bride! But is she really ready to get married? Find out in this episode.Slow dialog: 1:17 Explanations: 3:59 Fast dialog: 17:57Yves: Help me fill out this application for our marriage license.Vanessa: Can’t you do it? I’m really busy with work right now. Do as much as you can and just ask me if you don’t know something.Yves: Okay, I’ll try, but I’m reading throug...

    21.06.2013

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  • English Cafe #403 MP3

    Topics: Famous songs: "Three Blind Mice"; Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park; incoming versus oncoming versus upcoming; featured; to fill in versus to fill outWords: nursery rhyme round to harmonize carving knife obscure volcano to erupt lava archipelago caldera awesome to marvel incoming oncoming upcoming featured to fill in to fill out

    19.06.2013

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  • 904 - Working Overseas MP3

    If you’re considering working in another country, listen to this episode to find out how to talk about it. Slow dialog: 0:16 Explanations: 3:15 Fast dialog: 17:13Danielle: I’m so excited! I just got my new posting overseas. I can’t wait to live abroad and work as an expat. Angus: I remember my first overseas assignment. It was interesting, but the adjustment took some time. Danielle: I wo...

    16.06.2013

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  • 903 - Listening to a Traffic Report MP3

    Baby, you can drive my car, but you better check the traffic report before you go. Learn more in this episode.Slow dialog: 1:14 Explanations: 3:31 Fast dialog: 18:03Every afternoon before I leave work, I listen to the traffic report to see if I should take my usual route home or make a detour. So today, like every day, I turned on my radio.“It’s a tough commute today if you’re traveling on I-35 ...

    14.06.2013

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  • English Cafe #402 MP3

    Topics: Famous Americans: Nikola Tesla; the Three Stooges; king versus royalty; in an attempt to versus in an effort to; accuracy versus precisionWords: telegraph to resign patent x-ray remote controlled photographic memory eccentric mad scientist penniless stooge slapstick clumsy king royalty accuracy precision

    12.06.2013

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  • 902 - Being Chivalrous and Protective MP3

    That ain’t no way to treat a lady, no way to treat your baby. Learn how to behave like a gentleman in this episode.Slow dialog: 1:12 Explanations: 3:13 Fast dialog: 15:03When I first met Lance, I thought he was the perfect guy. He was a real gentleman. He opened doors for me and pulled out my chair in restaurants. He was as chivalrous as they come. But after a while, I realized that he took chivalry a lit...

    09.06.2013

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  • 901 - Participating in a Clinical Trial MP3

    Listening to this episode may not cure your illnesses, but it might improve your English. Slow dialog: 1:07 Explanations: 2:45 Fast dialog: 14:40Lucinda: You look tired. Are you all right?Elan: I’m fine. It’s this clinical trial I’m enrolled in. I’m suffering from some side effects. Lucinda: Are they serious?Elan: No, they’re not too bad. I was told to expect some adverse ...

    07.06.2013

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  • English Cafe #401 MP3

    Topics: Ask an American: Bilingual seniors; to keep in store versus to store up versus to reserve in store; which; think about versus think ofWords: functional basis advantage to activate cognitive control efficiently senior bilingual magnitude subject to expend to out-perform (someone) monolingual to keep in store to store up to reserve in store to think about to think of

    05.06.2013

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  • 900 - Simplifying Information MP3

    Be careful about making your explanation too simple when presenting to a group. Learn more in this episode.Slow dialog: 1:17 Explanations: 3:17 Fast dialog: 15:39Tara: How is your presentation coming along?Stan: It’s okay, but I’m having trouble simplifying some of the key concepts without dumbing them down too much.Tara: I think your instincts are right. You’ll be presenting to non-specialis...

    03.06.2013

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  • 899 - Purchasing and Using and E-Ticket MP3

    Get your ticket to the nightmare that is an American airport in this episode. Enjoy your flight!Slow dialog: 1:06 Explanations: 3:23 Fast dialog: 17:04I thought I would save time by purchasing my airline ticket online and checking in at the airport with my e-ticket. I went onto the McQ Air website and selected my flights. The screen then prompted me to pay with a credit card. After I typed in my payment informati...

    31.05.2013

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