• 883 – Taking Care of a Willful Child MP3

    Modern parenting can be a real disaster. Learn why in this episode.Slow dialog: 1:19 Explanations: 3:50 Fast dialog: 15:53Mrs. Mason: So, how did things go?Carl: Well...Mrs. Mason: What’s the matter? Didn’t you and Jason have a good time while I was away?Carl: It was interesting. He was a little willful. Mrs. Mason: Yes, he can be a little strong-willed at times, but if you just do what he wants...

    05.04.2013

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  • English Cafe #392 MP3

    Topics: American Presidents – Dwight D. Eisenhower; path versus route versus track; stuff; anonWords: combat invasion affable D-day to set the stage to fit in in a landslide down-to-earth to balance the budget desegregation Eisenhower doctrine military-industrial complex path route track stuff anon

    03.04.2013

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  • 882 - Playing a Practical Joke MP3

    Be the guy people hate by playing practical jokes on everyone you meet today. Learn more in this episode.Slow dialog: 1:13 Explanations: 2:51 Fast dialog: 14:32Patricia: What are you doing?Luis: I’m setting up a practical joke for Bobby. I can’t wait to see the look on his face when he walks outside and finds his bike in pieces. It’ll be the best prank ever!Patricia: You’re not really...

    01.04.2013

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  • 881 – Eating Genetically Modified Foods MP3

    Will eating genetically modified foods improve your English? Find out the answer in this episode. Slow dialog: 1:15 Explanations: 3:04 Fast dialog: 14:10Ralph: What’s that?Nicky: It’s a bigger and better tomato. It’s been genetically modified.Ralph: You’re not going to eat that, are you?Nicky: Of course I am. I’m making a salad. Want one?Ralph: No way. I don’t want t...

    29.03.2013

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  • English Cafe #391 MP3

    Topics: Ask an American: Inventing Frozen Foods; prize versus accomplishment versus award versus reward; what the heck?; wholesaleWords: canned food disaster freezing point block to rot to thaw out mushy to bar freezer infrastructure distribution notion prize accomplishment award reward what the heck? wholesale

    27.03.2013

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  • 880 - Forming a Union MP3

    We’re going on strike here at ESL Podcast very soon. Listen to this episode to find out why.Slow dialog: 1:08 Explanations: 2:55 Fast dialog: 15:29Norma: What is this?Jimmy: It’s a flyer for a meeting I’ve called to talk about forming a labor union here. Norma: Here? Do you think the management will let us?Jimmy: They can’t stop us. We’re working longer and longer hours and w...

    25.03.2013

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  • 879 - Saying No MP3

    Are you a great cook? If you’re not, then this episode will sound very familiar to you. Slow dialog: 1:14 Explanations: 3:09 Fast dialog: 17:01Liang: I have a favor to ask.Christian: Uh oh, what is it?Liang: I’m doing a project for my class in culinary school and I need a volunteer to taste some of my creations.Christian: Not on your life.Liang: But, why?Christian: You don’t remember the l...

    22.03.2013

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  • English Cafe #390 MP3

    Topics: American Authors: Emily Post; American Cities: Branson, Missouri; either versus both; to do a special on (someone/something) versus to do a segment on (someone/something); to towel offWords: finishing school / charm school debutante ball boarding school etiquette considerate common sense syndicated column to get (someone's) attention outlet store has-been either both to do a special on (someone/s...

    20.03.2013

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  • 878 - Recovering From an Illness or Injury MP3

    You need to relax if you have been sick. Learn how to do it in English in this episode.Slow dialog: 1:10 Explanations: 2:51 Fast dialog: 17:19Julio: Hi, Aunt Louisa, it’s Julio. Paula: ...And Paula. I’m on the extension in the kitchen.Julio: Anyway, we just wanted to call and wish you a speedy recovery. Get plenty of bed rest and take it easy. Avoid greasy or spicy foods and drink lots of liquids....

    18.03.2013

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    18.03.2013

  • 877 - Cheering Someone Up MP3

    Forget you troubles, come on! Get happy! Listen to this episode to find out how.Slow dialog: 1:07 Explanations: 2:44 Fast dialog: 14:50Eleanor: Isn’t it a beautiful day? The sun is shinning; the birds are singing. It’s good to be alive!Porter: Okay, Pollyanna, go spread good cheer somewhere else.Eleanor: What’s wrong with you? You must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed.Porter: Iâ...

    15.03.2013

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  • English Cafe #389 MP3

    Topics: Famous Songs: Red River Valley; how recall elections work; to reduce versus to lessen versus to decrease versus to decline; sort/to sort; to intervene versus to interfere Words: to trace (something’s) origins to hasten to bid (someone) adieu so true catchy recall election to remove (someone) from office Populist Movement malfeasance governor to resign collective bargaining to reduce to le...

    13.03.2013

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  • 876 - Preparing a Professional Portfolio MP3

    If you want a better job, or better clients, get your portfolio ready by listening to this episode.Slow dialog: 1:11 Explanations: 3:04 Fast dialog: 14:50Melinda: Ta da! I’m finally done with my portfolio. Do you want to see it?Chad: Sure. This portfolio has samples of your work, right?Melinda: It does, but it’s much more than that. It’s a presentation of the highlights of my career, with...

    11.03.2013

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  • 875 - Shopping at the Supermarket MP3

    Do you ever go to the supermarket without finding what you’re looking for? Learn more about it in this episode.Slow dialog: 1:11 Explanations: 3:17 Fast dialog: 16:18Stocker: Can I help you find something?Meg: Yes, I’m looking for coffee.Stocker: That’s on aisle 3. Let me show you where it is.Meg: Thanks. Hmm, I don’t see the Jitters brand that I normally buy.Stocker: It looks like ...

    08.03.2013

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  • English Cafe #388 MP3

    Topics: Famous Americans: Sandra Day O'Connor; understanding American football; the meanings of “to draw”; out for lunch versus out to lunch; for crying out loudWords: attorney general appointed court of appeals justice swing vote abortion successor civics dominant offense defense end zone goal posts to tackle contact sport to draw out for lunch out to lunch for crying out loud

    06.03.2013

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  • 874 - Poor Road Conditions MP3

    I never use my bicycle when the roads are not in good condition. (I never use it when they are, either.) Learn how to talk about all this on this episode.Slow dialog: 1:21 Explanations: 3:15 Fast dialog: 16:39Alice: I’m really glad I let you talk me into going for a bike ride. It’s been years since I’ve been on a bicycle.Sam: This is the only way to travel. You get to really see the scenery a...

    04.03.2013

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  • 873 - Avoid Giving an Opinion MP3

    I can’t really tell you what I think of this episode. You’ll have to decide for yourself whether it helps you avoid giving opinions in English.Slow dialog: 1:08 Explanations: 2:39 Fast dialog: 13:52Ariel: I know you’ll give me the inside scoop. What’s going on between Sam and Matt? Paolo: You’re asking the wrong person.Ariel: Don’t be like that. You know both of them re...

    01.03.2013

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  • English Cafe #387 MP3

    Topics: Movies: The Maltese Falcon; Napa Valley, California and wine country; usage of “bit”; abuse versus assault; to put (someone) in the pictureWords: falcon private detective unscrupulous antihero hardboiled fiction cynical femme fatale suspenseful soil vineyard winery to sample wine culture bit abuse assault to put (someone) in the picture

    27.02.2013

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  • 872 - A Publicity Stunt MP3

    If you want attention for your business, this episode will give you all you need to be famous (giant banana costume not included).Slow dialog:1:14 Explanations: 2:48 Fast dialog: 15:21Hank: What’s that for? Svetlana: This costume? I’m planning a publicity stunt to get our store more business. Hank: You think that dressing up as a giant banana will get our store more business?Svetlana: We need to g...

    24.02.2013

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  • 871 - Listening to Club Music MP3

    Get on up off the floor and dance, dance, dance in this episode. Plus, you will learn how to yell really loud in English. Slow dialog: 1:15 Explanations: 3:24 Fast dialog: 15:03Anastasia: This is the best club in the city. Grace brought me here last month. You’re going to love it.Joshua: What?!Anastasia: You’re going to love this club. It has the best DJ in town. She spins the best mixes.Joshua: ...

    21.02.2013

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  • English Cafe #386 MP3

    Topics: Ask an American – Undocumented students and college tuition; stop thinking negatively; very; smoking hotWords: tough deserving to play by the rules in-state law-breaking fundamentally unfair incentive tuition to get a return on (one’s) investment illegal alien eligible permanently to think negatively smoking hot

    20.02.2013

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