and reading exercise:
Minnesota Public Radio
Neighborhood friction is a sign of the times
are two parts to this week's assignment, one
written and one oral.
For the written part of the assignment: Print out the text of the report here. Read it through carefully, making sure you understand all the new words. Check ones you don't know in the online Merriam-Webster dictionary; this dictionary also has audio files to help you with pronunciation, though your should try hard listen to the pronunciations used in the audio report. There is also a useful free dictionary you can download and keep in your computer tray for use offline: Word Web. Once you understand the text, listen to the audio report (RealPlayer). Some parts of the audio report are not included in the written text of the report, and some of the words are different. Your assignment is to transcribe (write out) the missing and different parts. (You can omit the short commercial at the beginning.) One way to do this is to copy and paste the text into a Word file, underline or use a boldface font or different color (but don't use one that's too light or difficult to read) for the new and different parts, then print out the file to hand in.
For the oral part of the assignment: Play the audio report again, marking the stresses and linkings on your printout as you listen. Use the pause button to stop after listening to each phrase, and repeat it out loud. Practice several times if possible so you can read the report correctly, fluently, and confidently. Pay special attention to stress and intonation. You will take turns reading the text aloud in class on Thursday, so come prepared! You will receive a grade for your class performance.
canopy of trees trees forming a cover overhead
quaint attractively old-fashioned, but not necessarily authentic
bungalow a style of house
Tudor a style of house
1900 block the block with addresses in the 1900s
Juliet Avenue name of a street in St. Paul
St. Paul St. Paul is the capital of Minnesota; together with Minneapolis it forms the "Twin Cities"
Macalester-Groveland the area of St. Paul near a private college, Macalester College
stay-at-home moms mothers who don't have a job outside the home
retiree someone who is retired
"an ex-DFLer turned Republican"
DFL = Democratic Farmer-Labor Party, or the Democrats; the Republican Party is also called the GOP, "Grand Old Party"
voice in the wind
to admit to being
to go up
to make known
the war in Iraq
vocal proponent strong supporter of a cause who expresses his views openly
adamant about feels very strongly about
to be distinguished from
level of polarization having strong feelings about either one side or the other; it implies that no one is indifferent or a middle-of-the-roader
to feel an amused disdain for to look down on someone or something with biting humor
to plant a sign to put up a sign in one's yard
smugly showing confidence and pride in a somewhat childish way
"Oh, those poor dolts"
dolt very stupid person, idiot
to endorse to support, to commit to
It's not...so much; it's ...
I never thought...much less Ving
to find common ground with to find areas of agreement with someone
to be aghast at to be shocked and frightened by something
vehemence very strong emotion
animosity with which some people are...
to express one's views
for a living
in the...camp a support of...
out and out uncompromising, completely
in the office and out of the office
if you will if you'll accept my way of expressing this
to feel threatened by
to be accosted by to be stopped by in a rough manner
to put it mildly to say in a polite way
to be displeased with
It's like = "I thought"
'get a life, boy' This is a way of criticizing someone who you think is obsessed with something meaningless when they could use their time in a much better way
to "ream out" to scold, put down loudly
right in front of
to be for s.o.
to get to the point where
to have one's say
to say a word
to peel out of a place to leave
can't for the life of them can't at all, no matter how hard they try
on our part
to be elected
a house down from
Kelly Kirk Willenbring
to watch a child
Independent Not Republic or Democratic; this and last election Ralph Nader is running/ran on an Independent ticket
in the past
to decide against (verb)ing
for fear of
to cause a rift a split, alienation
political divisiveness strong political disagreement causing divisions
the level of
road rage bad driving behavior due to anger, e.g. following close behind another driver to upset him or her
of the conversations that are happening
to appeal to
to get into
politcal sign war
diversity of opinion
to do work on a horse
to be on opposite ends of
the feeling's mutual
to clam up to be silent, to not speak
to get along
to stay on a surface level
to quiver at
what they describe as
a repeat of
the 2000 election
come November 3 = when Nov. 3 comes
to live with