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Date: Dec 21 2005


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down[/def], my favorite television show during the holiday season is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. In the show, Rudolph is treated as an outcast by the other reindeer because of his red schnoz. Herbie, an elf who would rather study dentistry than make toys, is also treated as an outcast by the other elves. Feeling like misfits, Rudolph and Herbie run away together.

Listen in on my conversation with Kevin about Rudolph.


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2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.





Dave:  Did you catch the Christmas specials the other day?

Kevin:  Yes, I did.

Dave:  I missed them. I was really looking forward to seeing Rudolph.

Kevin:  That’s one of my favorites. I think, I mean, that’s something I’ve watched for, now, almost thirty years – scary as that may be – and, um, it’s such a great show. It’s very fun.

Dave:  I love it. When he goes to the Land of Misfit Toys.

Kevin:  Filled with weirdos.

Dave:  Filled with weirdos.

Kevin:  Yeah, pretty much.

Dave:  But, in the end, he saves the day, right, with his glowing nose.



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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a coming-of-age story. Rudolph and Herbie learn to appreciate their individuality and realize that it’s okay to be different from everybody else. Maybe that’s why I like the show so much: it promotes diversity and says that it’s good to be unique.



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sorry..simply not interested…

11:29 AM Dec 22 2005 |




requires too much background knowledge.
For a lot of Chinese,the shows mentioned in this lesson are as obscure as the capital of Nebraska.
So at least offer some link to the introduction of the subject matter next time you present these kinds of culture-specific,background-rich sample talks.

10:21 AM Dec 22 2005 |

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