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Flashcards in ESL Podcast 653 – Reading Product Reviews Deck (17):
1

not working very well; undependable and likely to break soon

Dominic: Do you want some help with that box?
Andrea: Sure, thanks.
Dominic: What is it?
Andrea: It’s a new TV. My old one has been ...... for a week and I needed
a new one.

* Their computer is on the fritz, so they have to save their files every few minutes.


2

determined to be of good quality compared to similar products

Dominic: Do you want some help with that box?
Andrea: Sure, thanks.
Dominic: What is it?
Andrea: It’s a new TV. My old one has been on the fritz for a week and I needed
a new one.
Dominic: Is this a ......model?
Andrea: Highly-rated? I just went to the electronics store and bought it. It was
on sale.

* According to the travel guide, this is one of the most highly-rated restaurants in
town.

3

one design of a machine or other product, possibly one of many offered
by a particular company

Dominic: Do you want some help with that box?
Andrea: Sure, thanks.
Dominic: What is it?
Andrea: It’s a new TV. My old one has been on the fritz for a week and I needed
a new one.
Dominic: Is this a highly-rated ......?
Andrea: Highly-rated? I just went to the electronics store and bought it. It was
on sale.

* Which Toyota model to you prefer: the Corolla or the Camry?

4

offered for purchase at a discounted, lower price for a limited period of
time

Dominic: Do you want some help with that box?
Andrea: Sure, thanks.
Dominic: What is it?
Andrea: It’s a new TV. My old one has been on the fritz for a week and I needed
a new one.
Dominic: Is this a highly-rated model?
Andrea: Highly-rated? I just went to the electronics store and bought it. It was
......

* Warm winter jackets are usually on sale in February and March, when stores
want to start displaying clothing for spring and summer.

5

to read a lot of information to learn about
something before seeing or experiencing it

Dominic: What is it?
Andrea: It’s a new TV. My old one has been on the fritz for a week and I needed
a new one.
Dominic: Is this a highly-rated model?
Andrea: Highly-rated? I just went to the electronics store and bought it. It was
on sale.
Dominic: You mean you didn’t ...... it before you bought it? You didn’t
look at the reviews?

* Bryce has spent the past few weeks reading up on the country so he’ll know
what to expect when he gets there

6

a written opinion about the quality of a product or service, shared with
other people so that they can decide which product or service they want to
purchase for themselves

Dominic: What is it?
Andrea: It’s a new TV. My old one has been on the fritz for a week and I needed
a new one.
Dominic: Is this a highly-rated model?
Andrea: Highly-rated? I just went to the electronics store and bought it. It was
on sale.
Dominic: You mean you didn’t read up on it before you bought it? You didn’t
look at the ......?


* Have you read any reviews of the new horror movie?

7

something that is not a good use of one’s time; something that
one should not spend time doing because it doesn’t result in any benefits or
advantages

Dominic: What is it?
Andrea: It’s a new TV. My old one has been on the fritz for a week and I needed
a new one.
Dominic: Is this a highly-rated model?
Andrea: Highly-rated? I just went to the electronics store and bought it. It was
on sale.
Dominic: You mean you didn’t read up on it before you bought it? You didn’t
look at the reviews?
Andrea: No, I never do that. I think that’s ....... I go with my gut.


* Making your bed each morning is a waste of time. You’re just going to sleep in
it again in the evening, right?

8

to do what one feels or believes is right, without doing
any research or asking for other people’s opinions

Dominic: What is it?
Andrea: It’s a new TV. My old one has been on the fritz for a week and I needed
a new one.
Dominic: Is this a highly-rated model?
Andrea: Highly-rated? I just went to the electronics store and bought it. It was
on sale.
Dominic: You mean you didn’t read up on it before you bought it? You didn’t
look at the reviews?
Andrea: No, I never do that. I think that’s a waste of time. I .........

* When I don’t know the answer to a multiple-choice test question, I just go with
my gut and pick one.

9

the relationship between the usefulness or quality of something and the
amount one has to pay for it

Andrea: Highly-rated? I just went to the electronics store and bought it. It was
on sale.
Dominic: You mean you didn’t read up on it before you bought it? You didn’t
look at the reviews?
Andrea: No, I never do that. I think that’s a waste of time. I go with my gut.
Dominic: But if you read the reviews, you’ll know which product gives you the
best ...., which is the most reliable and durable, and which company has good
customer support. Nobody wants to buy something that’s defective or poorly
designed. Don’t you care about those things?

* CFC light bulbs are more expensive than incandescent light bulbs, but they are
a better value because they last longer.

10

something that can be trusted; something that one knows will work as
expected each time it is needed

Andrea: Highly-rated? I just went to the electronics store and bought it. It was
on sale.
Dominic: You mean you didn’t read up on it before you bought it? You didn’t
look at the reviews?
Andrea: No, I never do that. I think that’s a waste of time. I go with my gut.
Dominic: But if you read the reviews, you’ll know which product gives you the
best value, which is the most ...... and durable, and which company has good
customer support. Nobody wants to buy something that’s defective or poorly
designed. Don’t you care about those things?

* This car may be ugly, but it’s reliable and always takes me wherever I need to
go.

11

strong and not easy to break; remaining in good, like-new condition

Andrea: Highly-rated? I just went to the electronics store and bought it. It was
on sale.
Dominic: You mean you didn’t read up on it before you bought it? You didn’t
look at the reviews?
Andrea: No, I never do that. I think that’s a waste of time. I go with my gut.
Dominic: But if you read the reviews, you’ll know which product gives you the
best value, which is the most reliable and ......, and which company has good
customer support. Nobody wants to buy something that’s defective or poorly
designed. Don’t you care about those things?

This vase looks fragile, but it’s actually very durable. It didn’t break even when
we dropped it onto the sidewalk.

12

services offered by a company to its customers when they
have problems with a product or service, or with the amount of money they have
been charged

Andrea: Highly-rated? I just went to the electronics store and bought it. It was
on sale.
Dominic: You mean you didn’t read up on it before you bought it? You didn’t
look at the reviews?
Andrea: No, I never do that. I think that’s a waste of time. I go with my gut.
Dominic: But if you read the reviews, you’ll know which product gives you the
best value, which is the most reliable and durable, and which company has good
......... Nobody wants to buy something that’s defective or poorly
designed. Don’t you care about those things?

* If you’re not happy with your purchase, send a complaint message to customer
support and see if they’ll refund your money.

13

not working properly; with a problem or flaw; not manufactured
correctly

Andrea: Highly-rated? I just went to the electronics store and bought it. It was
on sale.
Dominic: You mean you didn’t read up on it before you bought it? You didn’t
look at the reviews?
Andrea: No, I never do that. I think that’s a waste of time. I go with my gut.
Dominic: But if you read the reviews, you’ll know which product gives you the
best value, which is the most reliable and durable, and which company has good
customer support. Nobody wants to buy something that’s ....... or poorly
designed. Don’t you care about those things?

* We had to take the defective CD player back to the store for a refund.

14

with a bad design; with a problem in the way the pieces of
something are put together, or the way they work together

Andrea: Highly-rated? I just went to the electronics store and bought it. It was
on sale.
Dominic: You mean you didn’t read up on it before you bought it? You didn’t
look at the reviews?
Andrea: No, I never do that. I think that’s a waste of time. I go with my gut.
Dominic: But if you read the reviews, you’ll know which product gives you the
best value, which is the most reliable and durable, and which company has good
customer support. Nobody wants to buy something that’s defective or ....... Don’t you care about those things?


* This stroller is poorly designed, because it’s too difficult to get a baby in and out
of it.

15

considering all the factors or parts of something; comprehensively

Andrea: Highly-rated? I just went to the electronics store and bought it. It was
on sale.
Dominic: You mean you didn’t read up on it before you bought it? You didn’t
look at the reviews?
Andrea: No, I never do that. I think that’s a waste of time. I go with my gut.
Dominic: But if you read the reviews, you’ll know which product gives you the
best value, which is the most reliable and durable, and which company has good
customer support. Nobody wants to buy something that’s defective or poorly
designed. Don’t you care about those things?
Andrea: Maybe, but who has time to do that? Instead, I go to the store and see
which one I like ....... If it’s on sale, that’s all the better. That’s worked for me
so far.

The teacher found a few errors in my essay, but he said that overall it was very
well written.

16

even better; something that is an improvement or makes a
situation more pleasant, beneficial, or advantageous

Andrea: Highly-rated? I just went to the electronics store and bought it. It was
on sale.
Dominic: You mean you didn’t read up on it before you bought it? You didn’t
look at the reviews?
Andrea: No, I never do that. I think that’s a waste of time. I go with my gut.
Dominic: But if you read the reviews, you’ll know which product gives you the
best value, which is the most reliable and durable, and which company has good
customer support. Nobody wants to buy something that’s defective or poorly
designed. Don’t you care about those things?
Andrea: Maybe, but who has time to do that? Instead, I go to the store and see
which one I like overall. If it’s on sale, that’s ...... That’s worked for me
so far.

* They’re already offering to sell us the boat at a great price, but if they’ll deliver it
to our house for free, all the better.

17

an informal phrase used when something is very obvious and no
other information needs to be added, often used humorously

Dominic: But if you read the reviews, you’ll know which product gives you the
best value, which is the most reliable and durable, and which company has good
customer support. Nobody wants to buy something that’s defective or poorly
designed. Don’t you care about those things?
Andrea: Maybe, but who has time to do that? Instead, I go to the store and see
which one I like overall. If it’s on sale, that’s all the better. That’s worked for me
so far.
Dominic: Is that how you bought your old TV?
Andrea: Yeah.
Dominic: .......

* - Will it be a big party?
* - We’ve sent out more than 700 invitations. Enough said.

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