This clip is from an episode 889 of the Planet Money podcast, which is great to listen to if you would like to hear interesting and engaging stories about the economy.

In this episode, we hear the story of a successful businessman who decided to set up a chain of cafes in which there were no fixed prices – the customers could pay whatever they wanted.

In this exercise, all the weak forms (unstressed forms of grammatical words in connected speech) have been removed. Listen as many times as you need to, and see if you can identify them all. Good luck!

Ron making big bet. Not just business, human nature. wealthy people poor people want sit side side lunch, people be so generous these restaurants break even.

…would want to sit side by side

Side by side = next to or beside somebody or something. e.g. They had lived side by side for 20 years without experiencing any problems, until the night of the fight.

…these restaurants would break even

If a business or an individual breaks even, then they have recovered the money spent on or invested in something – they have not made a loss (or a profit). e.g. The owners expect to make a loss this year, but hope to break even next year.

Photo by Mathieu Turle on Unsplash.

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