English as a Second Language
939 - Planning a Wedding
If you plan on getting married, you better start planning your wedding today. Learn how in this episode. Slow dialog: 1:07 Explanations: 2:57 Fast dialog: 15:58 Seamus: What’s that? Cathy: It’s a planning book for our wedding. Seamus: We aren’t...
940 - Ending Excessive Spending
What fun is there in working for the government if you can’t go to a lot of expensive conferences? Find out in this episode. Slow dialog: 1:13 Explanations: 3:14 Fast dialog: 17:18 Raphael: Sorry to be a buzzkill, but this gravy train we’ve been on is...
English Cafe #421
Topics: Ask an American – Guardian Angels; blunder versus stumble; oh my God; keep doing what you’re doing Words: on patrol to play out to look for a fight to prevent foot patrol to get a hold volunteer pickpocketing fight intoxication to de-escalate...
941 - Types of Shopping Areas
Shop ‘till you drop in this episode, where one lucky guy gets to go shopping with his girlfriend. Slow dialog: 1:09 Explanations: 3:08 Fast dialog: 16:36 Sarah: Come on! We only have two more hours before the stores close and I want to make it to the...
942 - Daily Chores on a Farm
Milk this episode for all the English you need to work on a farm. Slow dialog: 1:13 Explanations: 3:17 Fast dialog: 17:42 Cesar: Rise and shine! It’s time to get to work. Karol: What?! It’s four o’clock in the morning. The sun isn’t even up yet....
English Cafe #422
Topics: American Presidents – Lyndon B. Johnson; foreigner, alien, and other terms for people from other countries; provided (that) versus assuming (that); urgency versus emergency Words: representative senator congressman/congresswoman Senate...
943 - Making a Will
The only certain things in life are death and taxes. Learn about avoiding taxes after death in this episode. Slow dialog: 1:12 Explanations: 3:48 Fast dialog: 19:17 Last week, I got a wake-up call. One of my oldest friends from high school died...
944 - Working as an Intern
You have to start working somewhere, and internships can be very useful. But not everyone thinks that is true. Learn more in this episode. Slow dialog: 1:15 Explanations: 3:06 Fast dialog: 15:44 Jonas: How’s your new job? Crystal: It’s not a job...
English Cafe #423
Topics: Movies – The Silence of the Lambs; The Erie Canal; recession versus depression; if you will; all-in-one tax adviser/advisor Words: serial killer to profile someone psychiatrist criminally insane traumatic engineering survey canal aqueduct lock...
945 - Using Electronics While Traveling
What’s a vacation without cell phones, smartphones, tablets, computers, cables, batteries, and power strips? Find out in this episode. Slow dialog: 1:18 Explanations: 2:53 Fast dialog: 14:31 Justin: Are you nearly packed? Marsha: Almost. Let’s see, I...
946 - Designing a Building
Design the next great building in this episode about a male architect and the woman who hires them. Slow dialog: 1:08 Explanations: 2:56 Fast dialog: 17:25 Kathy: Seeing these blueprints really brings this project to life. I can now envision what this...
English Cafe #424
Famous Americans – Geronimo; The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race; amiable versus amicable; biases Words: warrior Apache to mourn raid settler reservation paratrooper dog sled to survey musher checkpoint sponsorship amiable amicable bias
947 - Seeing a Circus Performance
Don’t cry out loud when you listen to this episode about the circus coming to town. It’s really not that bad. Slow dialog: 1:17 Explanations: 2:46 Fast dialog: 15:46 Paula: Ta-da! We’re here. This is your big surprise. Roman: We’re going to the...
948 - Listening to Motivational Speakers
Get motivated to listen to a motivational speaker in this episode about listening to a motivational speaker who motivates people to listen to motivational speakers. Slow dialog: 1:32 Explanations: 3:37 Fast dialog: 18:04 Jamal: I really dread these...
English Cafe #425
Topics: American Musicals: Hello, Dolly!; The National Rifle Association; to take a stab at (something) versus to take a chance; if you will; to walk a dog Words: musical matchmaker composer lyricist librettist debut refrain rifle marksmanship...
949 - Dealing with a Contagious Disease
A visit to a foreign country can be dangerous to your health. Learn how to stop spreading disease in this episode. Slow dialog: 1:19 Explanations: 3:44 Fast dialog: 15:12 Isabelle: You can’t walk through that door with all of your clothes on! Linus:...
950 - Visiting a Construction Site
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...
English Cafe #426
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...
951 - Parts of a Hospital
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...
952 - Dealing With Rising Production Costs
Making money in your business can be difficult if the prices keep going up. Learn about ways to solve that problem in this episode. Slow Dialog: 1:21 Explanations: 3:15 Fast Dialog: 16:40 Giovanni: There are no two ways about it. We have to raise...
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