[Talk] Can I Open the Window and Get Some Ventilation?

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John and Martha share an office. Martha likes to keep all of the windows close because she is afraid of cold, but John can’t stand that…..


男底色  It’s like an oven in here! You must be roasting!

女底色 Actually, I’m just comfortable.

男底色 You’ve got to be kidding me. It has to be over 95 degrees in here!

女底色 What can I say? I’m a cold-blooded person. The warmer, the better, as far as I’m concerned.

男底色  Well, can we at least open a window and get some ventilation in here?

女底色 Knock yourself out.

男底色  Thanks, I will.


Hey guys, one question for you:

what does Martha mean by saying ‘knock yourself out’? Can you take a guess?

Let’s call it a day!

[Sharing] What Would You Delete?

Here’s today’s topic:

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If it was me, I would like to delete plastic bags from the world, for they are really ‘environmentally-unfriendly'(everyone knows that). Plus, it won’t cause people too much inconvenience, since the substitute can be found easily.

Now it’s your turn. If you can delete anything, what would it be? It can be a person you hate, a place you don’t like, a disease…

Write a few lines and share with me!

[Listening] People Are Bolder Here

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Hi there! How’s the weekend?

Answer first:

meanwhile

It was “people who” in the transcript, and “those who” in the audio.

Got it right?

Let’s get started with today’s part!


Some experts chalk this up to the perceived anonymity of the world wide web. “People are a lot bolder on Facebook than they are in real life,” says Wendy Mencel, director of the Canadian School of Protocol and Etiquette told Reader’s Digest. “There is a disconnect between what they’re writing and how they’re ???(two words missing), and they forget that their words can offend people. Social media opens us up to more scrutiny, and we have to be conscious of what message we’re projecting to the world.”


Got it?

Let’s call it a day!

[Listening] Why You Should Never Argue With Anyone on Facebook

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First, answer for yesterday’s exercise:

comparing

Today we are gonna listen to a new article. Ready?


According to a new study published in the journal Psychological Science. Researchers at UC Berkeley and University of Chicago researchers recruited 300 volunteers to read, watch a video, or listen to arguments about controversial topics. Then, the participants answered questions about the opinions with which they disagreed.

The results? Turns out, people who listen or watch someone speak opposing views out loud were less likely to characterize the speaker as “uninformed or heartless.” ???(one word missing), people who read the arguments were more dismissive of opposing opinions.


Apart from the missing word, there’s one word in the script that is different from the audio. Can you tell?

Have you ever argued with someone you met on Facebook? Share with me in the comment!

C U next week!

[Listening] This Requires Willpower

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Hi there!

First, the answer for yesterday’s audio:

exposure

Everyone got it right?

Today we are gonna finish this article, and let’s go! (Tomorrow we’ll have a long one to listen to.)


So what’s the answer? It’s simple, says Kersting—although it does involve a significant amount of will power. “The solution to this is resisting the temptation to look at everyone else’s life. Just focus on your own life, where you’re going, what you are grateful for, and what you want to accomplish in this world. Then go out and do it, and stop wasting so much time ???(one word).”


So true. Stop comparing yourself with others, which is just a waste of time.

Do you agree?

Share with me in the comment!

[Talk] I’m up to My Neck in Work!

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Cathleen finds that her co-worker has worked for a long time at her desk and suggests they have a coffee break, but her co-worker seems reluctant, fearing he may not be able to finish his work before the deadline….


女底色 Let’s take a coffee break, shall we?

男底色  I wish I could, but I can’t.

女底色 What keeps you so busy? You’ve been sitting there for hours. You’ve got to walk around. You can’t just stay on computer forever.

男底色  Well, I’m up to my neck in work. I’ve got to finish this report. Sarah needs it by noon. I don’t want to be scolded if I can’t finish my work by the deadline.

女底色 Wow, that’s cutting it close.


Let’s call it a day! C U!

[Talk] We Could Do It First in the Morning

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Gail has been packing orders for a long time, but when it’s time to get off work, she’s still not finished….


女底色 How many orders do we still need to pack, Gail? We’ve been packing all day.

男底色 We still have to do about ten more.

女底色 Well, I’m really tired from packing all of the stuff all day. And it’s about time to clock out.

男底色  I know. (Gail heaves a sigh.) Maybe we can finish it tomorrow.

女底色 Why not! These orders are not urgent. We could do it first thing tomorrow morning.

男底色  All right. Let’s call it quits and go home.

女底色 See, great minds think alike!


Okay, that’s all for today.

Have a nice one!

[Listening] Everyone Else’s ‘Perfect’ Life

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Guys, the first three who got the right answer yesterday were:

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And I would like to quote a few guys’ comments, which I find thought-provoking. (I made some slight adjuastment)

Tina said: Because of social media, we spend less quality time with our family.

According to Sagar Bhatt, social media makes her brother “open his eye with first look on the screen of his mobile phone in the morning & close his eyes late at night and wake up late”.

However, Tirthankar Das pointed out that, social media has two sides, and we should try to make full use of the good side.

All make sense!

Okay, now let’s look at today’s exercise. (Today we only have a short one!)


“Part of the issue of loneliness is that the majority of people who use social media aren’t just posting, they are also viewing,” Kersting continued. “They are spending a lot of time looking at everyone else’s posts, where they are, where they are going and what they are doing. The constant ???(one word) to everyone else’s ‘perfect’ life experiences causes feelings of being left out, of being lonely.”


Totally agree! Sometimes when viewing the ‘perfect’ life of others, I would start to have doubt in my own life.

What about you? Would you have the same feeling? Or you just won’t believe that these people actually live that way?

Share with me!