地道美语听力播客:Diversity at Work
日期:2010-05-11 15:19

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地道美语听力播客English as a Second Language Podcast (ESLPod),是一家位于美国加州洛杉矶的英语教育研究机构推出的英文听力会话,于2005年7月23日首播, 主播Dr. Jeff McQuillan为南加州大学的语言学博士, 现专注于外国语学生的英语学习研究。该播客在iTunes store播客的教育子分类中,与Grammar Girl Just Vocabulary常居前三甲.

I got a call yesterday from Amy, a co-worker from the office. She and I work in the same department. We've had lunch at work a few times but I really didn't know her that well. I was really glad she called.

Kevin: Jeff: What were you and Richard talking about earlier? It looked intense.

Lucy: Yeah, Richard said something to me that I didn't appreciate.

Jeff: Oh, no. I know how insensitive he can be. What has he done now?

Lucy: He asked me how long it took me to learn English.

Jeff: But, you were born and raised in California!

Lucy: Yeah, but I get that sometimes. It doesn't matter how many generations my family has lived in the U.S., we'll always be foreigners in their eyes.

Jeff: What a racist! How can you stand working with the guy?

Lucy: You know, Richard isn't such a bad guy. He made the comment out of ignorance, not malice.

Jeff: So, what did you say when he asked you how long it took you to learn English?

Lucy: I told him 28 years. And, he knows I'm 28 years old since I just celebrated my birthday last week. He was puzzled for a minute, and then he got it.

Jeff: Are you sure he really got the message?

Lucy: Yeah, I'm pretty sure since I then asked him how long it took him to learn English.

Jeff: That's hilarious ! What did he say?

Lucy: He said, "36 years," and we both laughed about it. He apologized and now, it's all good.

Jeff: I'm glad. I bet he won't make that mistake again.
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重点单词
  • celebratedadj. 著名的,声誉卓著的 动词celebrate的过
  • hilariousadj. 欢闹的,愉快的
  • puzzledadj. 困惑的;搞糊涂的;茫然的
  • ignorancen. 无知
  • intenseadj. 强烈的,剧烈的,热烈的
  • commentn. 注释,评论; 闲话 v. 注释,评论
  • appreciatevt. 欣赏,感激,赏识 vt. 领会,充分意识 vi.
  • insensitiveadj. 不敏感的,麻木不仁的,感觉迟钝的