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Ooh, ooh, ooh
Oh baby
Ooh, ooh, hey
She got cherry lips, angel eyes
She knows ___________ how to tantalize
She’s out to get you, danger by design
Cold blooded vixen, she don’t compromise
She’s optimistic of the colored ________
So far from typical, but take my __________
Before you play with fire, do think twice
And if you get burned, don’t be ___________
Got me lifted, driftin’ higher than the ceiling
Ooh, baby it’s the ultimate feeling
You got me lifted feeling so gifted
Sugar, how you get so fly?
Sugar, how you get so fly?
But sugar, how you get so fly?
But sugar, sugar, how you get so fly?
But sugar, how you get so fly?
Sweet talking lady, love how you entice
Sugar with just the right ________ of spice
Charming, alluring, everyone’s ________
She’s out to get you, you can’t run, you can’t _______
She’s something mystical in colored ________
So far from typical but take my _________
Before you play with fire, do think twice
And if you get __________, well baby, don’t you be surprised
Got me lifted, driftin’ higher than the ________
And ooh baby, it’s the ultimate feeling
You’ve got me lifted, feeling so gifted
Sugar how you get so fly?
Sugar how you get so fly?
Ooh, sugar, how you get so fly?
Said sugar, sugar how you get so fly?
But you won’t get me ______
Got me lifted, driftin’ higher than the _______
And ooh, baby it’s the ultimate ___________
You’ve got me lifted feeling so gifted
Sugar how you get so fly?
Sugar how you get so fly?
Sugar how you get so fly?
Ooh, sugar, sugar, how you get so fly?
Sugar how you get so fly?

Car Rental / listening medium

http://www.esl-lab.com/rentcar/rentcarfra.htm

 

Rental Car Agent: Hi. How can I help you?

Customer: Yeah. I’d like to rent a mid-size car for three days.

Rental Car Agent: Okay. Let me check to see if we have one available. Hmmm. It’s doesn’t look like we do. We have a couple of economy, (_____________1), and  full-size cars  available, or a nice minivan.

Customer: Well, what is the main difference between these cars?

Agent: The main difference is size. The economy car is the smallest, and it ___________________(2) fewer passengers and can hold less luggage. [Okay.] How many people are with you?

Customer: Just me and my son.

Rental Car Agent: Well, the economy car would work. We have one right out front.

Customer: Where? That one? It looks more like a shoebox to me. I’m really tall and trying squeeze into that thing . . . I don’t think so.

Rental Car Agent: Well, if you need more room or comfort, I recommend the full-size car. It also has a nice stereo system, CD player, [Alright] safety rear door locks, and __________________(3) control, and power locks and windows.

Customer: Well, I’m not so concerned about how it’s equipped. I just want to make sure it is __________________(4) to drive. And what is the daily rate for that anyway?

Rental Car Agent: Well, let’s see here. Oh, yeah. It’ll come to fifty-seven ninety-five a day.

Customer: Wow, a little expensive. But what’s the cost for ________________(5)?

Rental Car Agent: Hey, all of our cars have unlimited miles, but of course, that doesn’t include gas.

Customer: Yeah, right. I bet that car probably eats up gas, and now that were in the middle of the vacation season, gas stations are gouging (___________________6) with astronomical prices.

Rental Car Agent: Well, as they say, it comes down to the law of supply an demand.

Customer: Well, anyway, can you __________________(7) a car seat in one of those cars? I have a 3-year-old son with me.

Rental Car Agent: Sure, and that’ll only be one dollar extra per day.

Customer: I’ll go with the full-size car. Wait, uh . . . what does it look like?

Rental Car Agent: Uh, it’s right out there in the parking lot. [Which one?] The one over there next to the sidewalk.

Customer: Do you mean that old lemon with the missing hubcap? Ahhh.

Rental Car Agent: Sir, excuse me. We take pride in our vehicles. It’s just that it’s one of the last cars on our lot, but it runs like a dream. Don’t let the (_____________________8) fool you. Hey, I’ll even give you an extra fifteen dollars off the daily rate to show you we are serious about pleasing our customers. Will there be any other drivers?

Customer: No, I’m the only driver.

Rental Car Agent: Okay. Would you like to purchase our daily car protection plan?

Customer: What’s that exactly?

Rental Car Agent: Well, the car protection plan is a complete _____________________(9) package covering damage to the vehicle, [Okay] injury or loss of life to you or your passengers [Oh]. It even includes incidental road damage caused by, let’s say, a huge boulder rolling down the mountain and crushing your car. [Oh, uh, well . . . ]. However, it won’t cover loss of property due to theft. Too much crime in the area anyway. [What? Wh . . . What about this crime? What, what?]. Don’t worry about it. And the car protection plan is only seventeen ninety-five per day. [But you were saying?] And the nicest thing about this coverage is that you can rent the car without the worry and hassle of making a complicated claim in case you do have a problem.

Customer: But wouldn’t my own car insurance cover those problems?

Rental Car Agent: It might, but each insurance policy is different. With our car protection plan, however, you deal directly with us in case there is a problem [Well . . . ], and we (_________________10) everything quickly, and you don’t have to contact your own insurance company.

Okay. Let me just confirm this. A full-size car with a car seat for three days [Yeah], plus the car protection package. Is that right? [That’s right.] Okay, I’ll have our mechanic, Louie, check the car over and pull it up to the door.

Customer: Push it up to the door? I hope this car really runs.

Rental Car Agent: Well, in case it does break down on some out-of-the-way, deserted road, just call the toll-free number for assistance. They’ll come to assist you within . . . two business days. [Two business days!!!] Enjoy your trip.

 

Key Vocabulary [Top]
  • eat up (phrasal verb): use or consume a lot of something like fuel or electricity
    – My parents sold their truck because it ate up so much gas that is was no longer affordable to drive.
  • gouge (verb): make people pay a lot for something
    – During natural disasters, some stores tend to gouge consumers by charging high prices for everyday goods.
  • lemon (noun): a poor-quality car that is useless
    – My brother knows nothing about cars, and he bought a used car, but it turned out to be a real lemon because it broke down only two hours after he bought it.
  • like a dream (verb): very well
    – The minivan runs like a dream; it handles smoothly, and you feel like you are driving a luxury car.
  • incidental (adjective): unplanned or unexpected
    – You should budget enough money for maintaining your car because there are often incidental expenses you don’t anticipate, like repairing a cracked windshield or fixing a flat tire.
  • boulder (noun): a large rock
    – The road was closed for two hours because road crews had to remove several large boulders that tumbled into the road as a result of a major rock slide.
  • hassle (noun): trouble, difficulty, or bother
    – It was such a hassle to drive my dad’s truck because there was always something wrong with it.
  • out-of-the-way (adjective): far away from people or cities that is not traveled much
    – I really enjoy driving to out-of-the-way places because I can get away from large crowds.

Lemon tree

I’m sitting here in the _________ room
It’s just another _________ Sunday afternoon
I’m wasting ___ __________
I got nothing to ____
I’m hanging ________
I’m waiting for you
But nothing ever ___________ and I wonder
I’m driving  _________ in my car
I’m driving too _____
I’m driving too _______
I’d like to change my point of view
I feel so ______
I’m waiting for you
But nothing ever __________ and I wonder
I wonder how
I wonder why
Yesterday you told me ‘bout the blue blue sky
And all that I can see is just a ________lemon-tree
I’m turning my head ____ and _________
I’m turning turning turning turning turning around
And all that I can see is just _________ lemon-tree
I’m sitting here
I miss the power
I’d like to go out taking __________________
But there’s a heavy cloud inside my ______
I feel so tired
Put myself ___ __________
While nothing ever __________ and I wonder
Isolation is not good for me
Isolation I don’t want to sit on the lemon-tree
I’m steppin’ around in the _____________ of joy
Baby anyhow I’ll get another toy
And everything will ________ and you wonder
I wonder how
I wonder why
Yesterday you told me ‘bout the blue blue sky
And all that I can see is just _________lemon-tree
I’m turning my head ____  and __________
I’m turning turning turning turning turning __________
And all that I can see is just a ________ lemon-tree
And I wonder, wonder
I wonder how
I wonder why
Yesterday you told me ‘bout the blue blue sky
And all that I can see, and all that I can see, and all that I can see
Is just a __________ lemon-tree

Breaking News Starbuck

https://breakingnewsenglish.com/1805/180522-starbucks-cafes-0.html

Level 0

 

Starbucks (1) ___________________ can enter one of its 8,000 (2) ___________________ USA without buying anything. All staff (3) ___________________ in the cafe as a customer. Starbucks said anyone (4) ___________________ cafe, including restrooms, was a customer. People (5) ___________________ Starbucks to sit down, relax and (6) ___________________.

The new (7) ___________________ things easier for staff. In April, staff told customers (8) ___________________ cafe or to not (9) ___________________. Two black men were arrested for waiting (10) ___________________. A week later, a black man was (11) ___________________ not use the bathroom. Starbucks said its cafes weren’t public bathrooms, but (12) ___________________ was good.

Listening level B1

http://www.esl-lab.com/small/smallrd1.htm

Man: Hi. Uh, haven’t we met before? You look so ________________

Woman: Yeah. We _______ on campus last week, [Yeah!] and you asked me the same question.

Man: Oh, oh really? I’m really sorry, but I’m __________ with names. But, but, but . . . Let me guess. It’s Sherry, __________?

Woman: No, but you got the first _______ right.

Man: I know, I know. It’s on the tip of my _____________. Wait. Uh, Sandy, Susan. [Nope. So, was I that memorable?] Wait, wait. It’s Sharon.

Woman: You got it . . . and only on the __________try.

Man: So, well, Sh . . ., I mean Sharon. How are you?

Woman: Not bad. And what was your name?

Man: It’s Ben, but everyone calls me B.J. And, uh, what do you do, Sh . . . Sharon?

Woman: I’m a _________student majoring in TESL.

Man: Uh, TESL . . . What’s that?

Woman: It stands for teaching English as a second language. I want to teach English to non-native speakers ________________.

Man: Oh, yeah. I’m pretty good at that English grammar. You know, verbs and adjectives, and uh . . . Hey, that’s sound really exciting. And do you need some type of specific ___________ or ____________to do that? I mean could I do something like that?

Woman: Well, most employers overseas are __________  _______ someone who has at least a Bachelor’s degree and one or two years of ______________. [Oh!] And what do you do? Are you a student on ______________?

Man: Yeah, but, uh . . . I guess I’m mulling over the idea of going into ______________ or international business, but I guess I’m leaning now towards a _______________ in marketing.

Woman: Oh, uh, . . . Well, I have to run. I have a class in ten minutes.

Man: Oh, okay. And, uh, by the way, there’s this, uh, dance on campus at the student center _________, and I was wondering if you’d . . . you know . . . like to _________ ______

Woman: Oh really? Well, perhaps . . . .

Man: Okay, well, bye.

 

  • on the tip of one’s tongue (idiom): to be at the point of remembering something
    – Oh, what is her name again? It’s on the tip of my tongue, but I just can’t remember it.
  • memorable (adjective): worth remembering
    – College graduation was a real memorable experience for me.
  • major (verb, also noun): have as your main field of study
    – My brother wants to major in education.
  • overseas (adverb): in a foreign country
    – My family lived overseas for several years.
  • mull over (verb): think over
    – My brother wants to mull over different job offers before he makes a decision.