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SUPERSIZE ME (2004)

Fast food facts from the Super Size Me  Web site Each day, 1 in 4 Americans visits a fast food restaurantIn 1972, we spent 3 billion a year on fast food - today we spend more than $110 billionMcDonald's feeds more than 46 million people a day - more than the entire population of SpainFrench fries are the most eaten vegetable in AmericaYou would have to walk for seven hours straight to burn off a Super Sized Coke, fry and Big MacIn the U.S., we eat more than 1,000,000 animals an hour60 percent of all Americans are either overweight or obeseOne in every three children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetimeLeft unabated, obesity will surpass smoking as the leading cause of preventable death in AmericaObesity has been linked to: Hypertension, Coronary Heart Disease, Adult Onset Diabetes, Stroke, Gall Bladder Disease, Osteoarthritis, Sleep Apnea, Respiratory Problems, Endometrial, Breast, Prostate and Colon Cancers, Dyslipidemia, steatohepatitis, insulin resistanc…

BURIED IN A BLIZZARD

NEWSCAST: January 22 listening exercise

THE NEWS + TRANSCRIPTS

The World Today (Australian accent)
Voice of America (American accent)
National Public Radio (American accent)
English Lesson Listening Library Online (different accents)
Words in the news (BBC)
PBS News Hour (American accent)
BBC podcasts (British: English, Welsh, Scottish, Northern Irish)

Podcasts in English (different accents)

Listen to English

New Zealand news

The University of Birmingham: podcasts









THE NEWS: Helicopter crash in central London

MONEY FOR NOTHING: slang

yo-yos
ain't: 
slang contraction of is not, are not, am not, do not or does not. lemme tell ya them guys ain't dumb: let me tell you these guys aren't dumb

gotta: 've got to, have to

shoulda: should've

THE ECONOMIC CRISIS

VOCABULARY EXERCISE on this video

Some of the language, if case you need help (in order of appearance):

- an investment bank
- you have your fingers right on the pulse of the financial market
- two things about the financial market: it is made up of very sharp and sophisticated people and it's driven by sentiment.
- out of the blue
- shall I jump out of the window?
- in August when the market absolutely plunged in London
- he said, and I quote
- mature wisdom
- granting vast numbers of mortgages to people who can't afford them
- properties that are dimishing in value
- the so-called subprime situation
- a mortgage salesman. His income depends entirely on the number of mortgages that he can arrange
- a package of dodgy debts /ˈdɒdʒɪdets/
- what's in it? I haven't got the faintest idea
- the hedge funds (a limited partnership of investors that uses high risk methods)have very good names
- Bear Stearns announced that they would have to put in 3.2 billion dollars into one o…