Jun 29, 2012, 01:29 AM
ESL PodCast 803 - Negotiating a Peace Treaty
Some say there can be no peace between nations without peace in our homes. Find out if that’s true in this episode.
Slow dialogue: 1:17
Fast dialogue: 16:32
Ahmed: Have you heard the news?
Menna: The nations of Palicia and Isram have signed a peace treaty. This means that there will be an immediate ceasefire and an end to hostilities. This is a historic day!
Ahmed: I never thought I’d live to see this day. Has everything been settled?
Menna: Only the most important things. The borders have been decided, there will be a recognition of statehood, and political prisoners will be exchanged.
Ahmed: That’s great, but does the treaty need to be ratified by the people of the two nations?
Menna: Yes, but the leaders have already signed the documents and the ratification process is just a formality at this point.
Ahmed: This means that refugees will be able to return home.
Menna: That’s right. They’ll be able to go home at long last.
Ahmed: This is a banner day for world peace, don’t you think?
Menna: Yes, and in that spirit, why don’t you call Hanna and invite her over for dinner? You two haven’t spoken in weeks.
Ahmed: It’s not going to be that easy. A peace treaty with my sister will require a formal apology and reparations!
Script by Dr. Lucy Tse