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  • Vincent 01:39:55 on 2011 年 03 月 28 日 固定鏈結 | 回應
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    ESL Podcast 672 – Asking for More Time 

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    Dan: Hello.

    Marcia: Hi, Dan. What’s the status on the project? We’re still on schedule, right?

    Dan: Uh, well, I’ve been meaning to call you about that. We’ve had a slight delay.

    Marcia: What do you mean by “slight”? Are you saying that you won’t be able to meet the deadline?

    Dan: Not exactly. I’m only asking that you grant us a short extension.

    Marcia: How short?

    Dan: A week or two, tops. We hit a minor snag, but we should have everything up and running in no time.

    Marcia: If the project has come to a grinding halt, then it doesn’t sound like a minor snag. We’re running on a tight schedule and we don’t have a lot of time to spare.

    Dan: I know that all too well.

    Marcia: Good, then I don’t have to spell it out for you.

    Dan: No, you don’t. My head is on the chopping block and the clock is ticking.

    Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

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  • Vincent 01:45:36 on 2011 年 03 月 25 日 固定鏈結 | 回應
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    ESL Podcast 671 – Vacationing on an Island 

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    Mohsen: I need to get off this island. I’m getting island fever.

    Ella: We’ve only been here two days. Give it a chance. We’re here to enjoy a slower pace of life, remember?

    Mohsen: When you said we were going on an island vacation, I didn’t know we’d be so isolated. There isn’t a living soul within five miles!

    Ella: This isn’t isolated; it’s secluded. We have privacy and serenity. Isn’t that what we wanted?

    Mohsen: I wanted a vacation with all of the creature comforts.

    Ella: That’s what we have, don’t you think? We’re staying in a very nice house.

    Mohsen: Yes, but what about the creature comforts? I have no Internet access and no cell phone service. This is what I call roughing it.

    Ella: We agreed that we both needed a little time away to unwind. The whole point of this vacation is for us to relax.

    Mohsen: I’m cut off from civilization and I have no access to email and my favorite websites. What could be more stressful than this?!

    Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

     
  • Vincent 02:40:45 on 2011 年 03 月 22 日 固定鏈結 | 回應
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    ESL Podcast 670 – To Forgive and Forget 

    Luc: You’ll never guess who called and left a voicemail message today.

    Angela: Who?

    Luc: Barbara!

    Angela: Oh, really? What did she want?

    Luc: She said she was calling to RSVP for our party this Saturday.

    Angela: Did she?

    Luc: Stop playing innocent with me. Did you or did you not invite her to our party this Saturday?

    Angela: I may have. Okay, I did.

    Luc: Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t you and Barbara have a knock-down, drag-out fight last month?

    Angela: We may have.

    Luc: And didn’t you say that you’d never speak to her again much less invite her over to our house?

    Angela: That’s water under the bridge. You know what they say: “To err is human, to forgive divine”.

    Luc: I can’t believe my ears. You ranted and raved for days that you’d hold against her for the rest of your life all of the terrible things she said about you.

    Angela: I was being over dramatic. I don’t think I ranted and raved, actually. We just had a little spat. It’s best just to forgive and forget.

    Luc: Unbelievable! Why can’t you have a selective memory when we have fights?

    Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

     
  • Vincent 02:25:02 on 2011 年 03 月 22 日 固定鏈結 | 回應
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    ESL Podcast 669 – Making Controversial Comments 

    Vivian: That news commentator should be fired for making such inflammatory comments. At least I won’t watch this show again until she is.

    William: As usual, you’re making a mountain out of a molehill. She was just expressing her opinion, albeit a controversial one.

    Vivian: Her opinion is offensive. Mark my words: Before the end of the week, a lot of people will be up in arms calling for her head on a platter.

    William: I doubt it. It’ll all blow over. It’s just a tempest in a teapot.

    Vivian: No way. She’ll never get away with it.

    William: Oh, yeah?

    Vivian: Yeah.

    William: Do you want to make a bet?

    Vivian: Sure, I’ll take that bet. What does the winner get?

    William: Just the pleasure of seeing the other person eat her words.

    Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

     
  • Vincent 01:59:38 on 2011 年 03 月 22 日 固定鏈結 | 回應
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    ESL Podcast 668 – Having Cash Flow Problems 

    Kylie: I’ve just crunched the numbers and we’re not going to be able to meet payroll next month because of cash flow problems.

    Miguel: That can’t be. The cash flow projections from last month showed that we’d be fine.

    Kylie: We didn’t anticipate a shortfall in income this month and didn’t set aside enough cash to hedge against a cash flow problem.

    Miguel: What can we do? We need a stopgap solution now.

    Kylie: Well, we could try to extend our line of credit at the bank.

    Miguel: We’re already overextended at the bank. I don’t want to push our luck.

    Kylie: The other option is to hold off on paying our suppliers and hope that our income goes up next month, as predicted.

    Miguel: Do you really think we can hold them off for that long?

    Kylie: I’ll have a talk with our biggest suppliers and give them assurances that they’ll get paid. Let’s just hope they’re not having cash flow problems of their own!

    Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

     
  • Vincent 01:33:51 on 2011 年 03 月 22 日 固定鏈結 | 回應
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    ESL Podcast 667 – Trying to Remember 

    Randal: Hurry up. Rob will be here any minute.

    Marjorie: I can’t remember the combination to this lock.

    Randal: I thought you knew it by heart.

    Marjorie: It’s on the tip of my tongue, but I can’t seem to remember the last two digits. It’s 73 or 63 or 38…

    Randal: You said you had it down cold!

    Marjorie: I do know it, but it’s just slipped my mind. I’ll figure it out. I used a mnemonic to remember those last two digits. I just need to jog my memory. The last digits have to do with my birthday, or is it Rob’s birthday…

    Randal: I only let you in on this little joke we’re going to play on Rob because you said you knew the combination to the lock on his bike. I should have known you were lying through your teeth.

    Marjorie: I wasn’t lying. I really do know it. If you’ll just stop talking so I can concentrate…

    Randal: Too late. Here comes Rob. Run for your life, if you know what’s good for you!

    Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

     
  • Vincent 02:52:11 on 2011 年 03 月 11 日 固定鏈結 | 回應
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    ESL Podcast 666 – Traveling to Less Popular Sites 

    Vanessa: Put away that guidebook. I want our vacation to be exciting and unique, not cookie cutter. Tourists all visit the same sites. I want to explore and go to some places off the beaten path.

    Justin: That would be fine except we’ve never traveled to Podville before and we don’t speak the language. How are we going to make our way around if we don’t plan out our trip?

    Vanessa: We’ll be fine. Stop worrying. We spend too much time planning. Let’s just fly by the seat of our pants.

    Justin: You really want to just go unprepared? That’s just not sensible. Anything could happen.

    Vanessa: I’m not going to lose sleep over it. We just need to meet some locals and they’ll be able to tell us about the hidden, secluded, and offbeat sites. Those are the ones I want to see.

    Justin: You can explore all you like, but I’m bringing some insurance.

    Vanessa: What insurance?

    Justin: I’m bringing two guidebooks and this phone number.

    Vanessa: Phone number for what?

    Justin: The phone number for the American embassy. That’s where I plan to go for help when you get lost off the beaten path!

    Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

     
  • Vincent 01:46:39 on 2011 年 03 月 04 日 固定鏈結 | 回應
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    ESL Podcast 665 – Types of Sandwiches 

    Geraldo: I am so hungry. When can we go eat?

    Natasha: Just another minute and I’ll be finished here. What do you have a craving for?

    Geraldo: I want a good sandwich, maybe a BLT or a pastrami on rye. Now that I think of it, a Reuben or a club sandwich would really hit the spot. I wonder if Nathan’s is still open.

    Natasha: I doubt it. It’s really late.

    Geraldo: In that case, maybe we can find a diner where I can get a French dip or a cheesesteak sandwich. I’d even settle for a tuna or chicken salad sandwich.

    Natasha: The nearest diner is closed for renovations, remember?

    Geraldo: What are we going to do?

    Natasha: I know of a place that’s open and ready to serve.

    Geraldo: Where?

    Natasha: My place.

    Geraldo: You can make me a good sandwich?

    Natasha: You’ll have a choice of grilled cheese or peanut butter and jelly. What do you say?

    Geraldo: I guess beggars can’t be choosers.

    Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

     
  • Vincent 01:34:29 on 2011 年 03 月 04 日 固定鏈結 | 回應
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    ESL Podcast 664 – Preparing a Video Resume 

    Katrina: Okay, I’m ready to hear all of your advice about what to put into a video resume.

    Raj: All right. The first thing to remember is that your video resume doesn’t take the place of your traditional resume; it supplements it.

    Katrina: Okay, I got it. I was thinking of talking about some of my outside interests and activities to show that I’m a well-rounded person.

    Raj: I’d forget about that, if I were you. The point of the video resume is to make a good business impression. It’s not about showing your outside skills or interests. You’re marketing yourself as a business professional so you should wear business attire, something you would wear to an interview.

    Katrina: Oh, so this outfit is out, I guess. I wanted to show them my personality.

    Raj: I think that outfit would definitely knock you out of contention for any job. You have to get it out of your head that you’re going to get hired for your personality or charm. What counts are your qualifications, your skills, and how you handle yourself in a business setting.

    Katrina: Oh, I was afraid you were going to say that.

    Raj: Stop selling yourself short. Your qualifications and skills are as good as the next guy’s. You just have to believe in yourself.

    Katrina: Right, I have to believe in myself…I have to believe in myself. Hey, I think I can do it!

    Raj: Really? You think you can produce a video resume that’s professional and polished?

    Katrina: Sure, it should be no problem. I know just the right person to hire as a stand-in!

    Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

     
  • Vincent 03:10:32 on 2011 年 02 月 25 日 固定鏈結 | 回應
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    ESL Podcast 663 – Having Problems Concentrating 

    Vagner: Aren’t you supposed to be studying for the driver’s test?

    Liesl: I’m supposed to be, but I keep getting distracted. Reading this manual is deadly.

    Vagner: I know, but if you don’t study, you’ll never pass the test. Try to focus.

    Liesl: I’ve tried to keep my mind on the rules of the road, but I’m having trouble concentrating. My mind keeps wandering and I’m almost ready to throw in the towel for today.

    Vagner: No, you can’t do that. You have to buckle down and learn what’s in this manual. I’m here to crack the whip.

    Liesl: What’s in it for you? What do you care if I pass the driver’s test or not?

    Vagner: You can ask me that? I’ve been chauffeuring you around since I got my driver’s license and I don’t plan on doing it for one second more than I have to.

    Liesl: All right, all right, I’ll study, but not because you’re telling me to.

    Vagner: Oh, yeah? Then why?

    Liesl: I want to see the look on your face the first time Dad gives me the car keys instead of you!

    Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

     
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