Anthony Chang Show: Slang and Cultural Expressions

Approx. time Expression Explanation
2:03 radiochemist person who studies the chemistry of radioactive materials
2:18 in layman’s terms in the language of everyday people, in simple words
2:23 medical physics applying the concepts and methods of physics to the practice of medicine and healthcare
2:40 radiological images pictures taken with x-rays and other scanning technologies
2:50 modalities methods or types (of treatment)
2:53 PET, CT, MRI, ultrasound various scanning technologies used in healthcare: Positron Emission Tomography, Computerized Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging
3:01 open people up surgically cutting patients open
3:17 radiation therapy Therapy using ionizing radiation. Usually done after cancer surgery, a targeted way of killing cancer cells. 
3:28 medical physicist person who applies the concepts and methods of physics to the practice of medicine and healthcare
3:37 shooting the radiation aiming and releasing ionizing radiation on patients
3:46 surrounding tissues area of the body immediately around the treatment area
5:20 scalpel biopsy removing a small sample of possible cancer from a patient with a surgical knife
5:43 molecular imaging a noninvasive (nonsurgical) way of monitoring molecular activities in the body
5:49 anatomical difference difference in body structures
6:44 outlaw person who doesn’t like to conform to the rules or laws
6:52 Mandarin school school where subjects are taught in Mandarin Chinese
8:02 automatic flush system system that flushes a toilet without the user’s need to activate the water flow
8:12 plumbing engineering...self-taught degree learned by himself how to diagnose and fix pipes and valves (this was a joke in the conversation)
9:19 Taiwanese work ethic how people from Taiwan work very hard
9:31 willpower strong internal desire
9:53 scuffles small fights
9:57 as long as under the condition that
10:17 martial art traditional system of fighting that teaches physical health, self-defense, mental toughness, competition, spirituality, and self-confidence
10:51 black belt a woven cloth strap worn around the waist of a martial arts fighter that symbolizes the highest ranking of achievement
11:23 bronze medal award for the third-best competitor in a contest
11:37 heavyweight (division) the largest competitive grouping (by weight)
12:21 ... and up ... and higher (setting a minimum number and going up from there)
12:26 6’ 5” six feet, five inches tall
15:33 stand in the ring ready for competition in the center of the fighting area
16:07 whining complaining, making sad noises, feeling sorry for oneself
17:15 straightforward direct
17:28 curvy not direct
18:26 road trip going somewhere by car (instead of airplanes or trains) in order to take more time to observe the scenery and people 
19:42 GVSU, MSU Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University
20:00 Thesis of the Year the best written project submitted during this year
20:19 undergraduate students students in their first four years of college, those who have not finished the bachelor’s degree yet
20:30 Stanford, Harvard, Johns Hopkins famous, top American research universities
21:03 synergy interactive energy producing great results
21:09 time has flown by time has gone by quickly

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Alan advises Americans how to be global citizens and expats how to fit in to Michigan culture without annoying their native coworkers and clients. He also tweets and blogs at the intersection of language and culture. Over decades, he's traveled, studied, or lived on six continents, putting strange foods into his mouth and emitting strange sounds from it. His use of English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Swedish, Hausa, and Japanese all improve with alcohol use. He gives invited public presentations on culture and unsolicited private advice on English grammar and usage; the latter isn't always appreciated. Visit his website for information on consulting, coaching, or speaking engagements.