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英语口语对话(高级) lesson 6 Cigarette Lawsuit

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2015年06月19日

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Summary:

Vanessa and Denise discuss about a lawsuit by smokers against the tobacco industry.

In this issue of world report, Vanessa and Denise are in the middle of a live show in a radio studio. Listen to their conversation and answer the question that follows about the main idea.

Dialogue:

Vanessa: Cigarette smokers the world over are overjoyed, following a US courts’ decision to give the go-ahead to the largest class action lawsuit in the US. You’re a smoker aren’t you, Denise? What do you think about this?

Denise: Well, Vanessa, I was but I quit at New Year. However, the tobacco companies have been left literally “fuming” by this new case Vanessa.

Vanessa: Why is that?

Denise: Well, to put it bluntly, if this lawsuit is won, they’ll be forced to fork out literally millions of dollars in compensation. I think, it’s common knowledge that tobacco companies have always tried to

rope in smokers with various…well, lets’ just say…”questionable methods”. And now its time for “the smokers’ revenge”

Vanessa: That would certainly make an excellent film title, but I don’t think tobacco companies would like it.

Denise: If only tobacco companies would adopt more ‘ethical practices’ in their marketing strategies.

Vanessa: Easier said than done. We live in an age where the “almighty dollar” rules.

Denise: I’ll second that!

Vanessa: Thanks Denise. Well, that’s all we’ve got time for.

Now answer the following question…

What news story are they discussing?

A law suit by smokers against the tobacco industry.

Now listen again to the dialogue in parts. After each part there will be 3 to 4 questions on some details...

Part 1

Vanessa: Cigarette smokers the world over are overjoyed, following a US courts’ decision to give the go- ahead to the largest class action lawsuit in the US. You’re a smoker aren’t you, Denise? What do you think about this?

Denise: Well, Vanessa, I was but I quit at New Year. However, the tobacco companies have been left literally “fuming” by this new case Vanessa.

Vanessa: Why is that?

Denise: Well, to put it bluntly, if this lawsuit is won, they’ll be forced to fork out literally millions of dollars in compensation. I think, it’s common knowledge that tobacco companies have always tried to rope in smokers with various…well, lets’ just say…”questionable methods”.

Now answer some questions…

1.What does Vanessa mean when she says “give the go-ahead?”

When Vanessa says “give the go- ahead”, she means that the courts have allowed people to start filing lawsuits against the tobacco companies.

2.What does Denise mean when she says “the tobacco companies have been left literally fuming?”

When Denise says “the tobacco companies have been left literally fuming”, she means that the tobacco companies have been made angry by this decision.

3.What does Denise mean when she says “they’ll be forced to fork out literally millions” ?

When Denise says “they’ll be forced to fork out literally millions”, she means that the courts will force the tobacco companies to pay millions.

Now listen again to the second part of the dialogue...

Part 2

Denise: And now its time for “the smokers’ revenge”

Vanessa: That would certainly make an excellent film title, but I don’t think tobacco companies would like it.

Denise: If only tobacco companies would adopt more ‘ethical practices’ in their marketing strategies.

Vanessa: Easier said than done. We live in an age where the “almighty dollar” rules.

Denise: I’ll second that!

Vanessa: Thanks Denise. Well, that’s all we’ve got time for.

Now answer some questions…

1.What does Denise mean by “it’s common knowledge”?

When Denise says “it’s common knowledge” she means everyone knows that.

2.What does Vanessa mean by “Easier said than done”?

When Vanessa says “Easier said than done”, she means that this is a difficult thing to achieve.

3.What does Denise mean by “I’ll second that! ”?

When Denise says “I’ll second that!” she means she agrees wholeheartedly.

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GLOSSARY

Adopt (Vb.) if you adopt something you claim it or choose it as your own. You can adopt children, ideas and ways of behaving.

Blunt (adj.) if you are blunt then you say what you think without trying to be polite or caring about other people's feelings. Put it bluntly means to say something in this manner.

Ethical (adj.) Ethical means relating to moral principles.

Fork (vb): if you fork out then you pay for something, especially when you are unwilling to pay. You can also say fork over and fork up with no change in meaning.

Fume (vb.): if you fume you are extremely angry, often without showing it. Fumes is also an uncountable noun and it means strong, unpleasant and sometimes dangerous gas or smoke. Hence the phrase “the tobacco companies have been left literally “fuming”.

Lawsuit (N.) A lawsuit is a problem taken to a court of law, by an ordinary person or an organization rather than the police, for a legal decision. You can file or bring a lawsuit against people.

Overjoyed (adj.) if you are overjoyed you are extremely happy. It can be followed by that or the infinitive.

Rope in: if you rope somebody in you persuade them to do something for you

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