English as a Second Language
1,045 - Being Infatuated with Someone10/24/14
There’s a difference between being a fan of someone famous and being a complete lunatic. Learn more in this episode. Slow dialog: 2:27 Explanations: 3:35 Fast dialog: 16:47 Marcel: What is this on your wall? Fiona: It’s my tribute to Del Gordon, my...
English Cafe #473
Topics: Famous Buildings/Structures – The Brooklyn Bridge; The Minimum Wage; to speculate versus to deliberate versus to contemplate; holy moly; down-and-dirty Words: suspension bridge marvel on site caisson permanent paralyzed to supervise federal...
1,044 - Issuing a Public Apology
I’m sorry for all the mistakes I made in this episode. I can promise you that it will not happen again – until the next episode, that is. Slow dialog: 1:20 Explanations: 3:11 Fast dialog: 14:46 Working in public relations, I often have to deal with my...
1043 - TV Shows Being Renewed and Cancelled
What? No good television shows to watch tonight? Perhaps the good ones got canceled already. Find out more in this episode. Slow dialog: 1:33 Explanations: 4:05 Fast dialog: 17:52 Mo: I have some bad news: Your favorite TV show has been cancelled....
English Cafe #472
Topics: Movies – Amadeus; The Adelsverein; neither and nor: earworm; badass Words: composer lunatic asylum flashback envious revenge requiem to take a toll mediocre to emigrate market settlement creditor neither nor earworm badass
1,042 - Being Diagnosed With and Treated for Cancer
Cancer is a serious disease, but you need to see a doctor before thinking you have it. Learn why in this episode. Slow dialog: 1:32 Explanations: 3:42 Fast dialog: 16:09 Vivian: Do you see this lump? I’m sure I have cancer. Guy: Don’t jump to...
1,041 - Being Rescued
Going out into nature can very dangerous. I don’t recommend it, but if you must go, don’t get lost. Find out why in this episode. Slow dialog: 1:32 Explanations: 3:17 Fast dialog: 14:48 Irma: Do you really think we’ll be rescued? It’s been six hours...
English Cafe #471
Topics: Famous Americans – John Brown; High School Reunions; phantom versus soul; coast versus shore; plug nickel Words: abolitionist to smuggle fugitive reward to raid arsenal to be executed reunion to dread to mature to catch up with (someone) theme...
1,040 - Dealing with Bureaucracy
If you want to do work for the government, be prepared for a lot of rules and regulations to follow. Learn more in this episode. Slow dialog: 1:28 Explanations: 4:11 Fast dialog: 19:08 Jogi: I knew when we got this government contract that it would be...
1,039 - Taking a Test Drive
Slow down or you’ll miss this great episode about driving cars. Slow dialog: 1:26 Explanations: 3:33 Fast dialog: 16:51 Mario: I’d like to test drive the new Racer. Leah: Sure, all prospective buyers can take one of our cars for a test drive. May I...
English Cafe #470
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 Words” frontier pioneer to be expelled from prank to...
1,038 - Types and Characteristics of Apartments
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...
1,037 - Ending a Party
You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here. Time to end the party in this episode. Slow dialog: 1:18 Explanations: 2:58 Fast dialog: 14:43 Gunther: I think this party has run its course and I’m ready to call it a night. Maria: But there are...
English Cafe #469
Topics: American Presidents – Grover Cleveland; to understand versus to grab versus to grasp versus to get (it); the suffix –hood; pronouncing words with the first letter “e” Words: discontinuous to be drafted to nominate mayor to veto commerce tariff...
1,036 - Farming and Agribusiness
There wouldn’t be much food in the world if we didn’t have farms. But who should own them? Learn more in this episode. Slow dialog: 1:08 Explanations: 2:55 Fast dialog: 18:18 Brad: Is this your first visit to this area? Irene: It is and I’m surprised...
1,035 - Using a Self-Checkout Machine
You will get out of the grocery store more quickly if you use the self-checkout line. Or will you? Find out in this episode. Slow dialog: 1:21 Explanations: 3:38 Fast dialog: 18:52 Claudia: We’re done, right? Let’s get in this cashier line. Raul: No...
English Cafe #468
Topics: The Jonestown Massacre; Square Dancing; perspective versus prospective versus prospect; scheme versus schema; heart condition Words: massacre to be affiliated with temple charismatic to owe (someone) (something) to be blackmailed commune to be...
1,034 - Making Changes to a Hotel Reservation
Are you travelling soon? In case you have to change your hotel reservations, listen to this episode to learn what to say. Slow dialog: 1:19 Explanations: 4:32 Fast dialog: 17:58 Reservation agent: Hello, Milton Hotel reservations. How may I assist...
1,033 - Dicussing a Victory or Loss
Find out how to do some serious trash talking about sport teams in this episode. Slow dialog: 1:19 Explanations: 2:54 Fast dialog: 15:16 Yolanda: Did you see the game last night? Bob: You mean the crushing victory of my team over yours? Yolanda:...
English Cafe #467
Topics: Movies – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; Famous Americans: Babe Didrikson Zaharias; to deliver versus to distribute versus to ship; describing the loss of hair on a man’s head; to ward off Words: fairy tale animated folly vain fair cottage...
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