Here is a talk from ラジオ英会話.
Topic is “due to” , “it’s because”., “so”, “as a result of”.
First story is Two colleagues are talking about Taeko's absence.
a Where is Taeko? She said she was going to update the software on my PC today.
b She had to leave work early due to a family emergency.
a Oh, really. I hope it's not too serious.
b Well, her son got injured on the school playground so she went to the hospital.
a I see, well, that's understandable. By the way, do you exactly what happened?
b Yes, he fell over while playing soccer and twisted his knee badly.
Key sentence is She had to leave work early due to a family emergency.
The train stopped running due to the typhoon.
He was hired because of his poor sales record.
We had a great time thanks to your warm hospiality.
Second story is Two colleagues are talking about why the printer isn't working.
a What's wrong with this printer? I have to make copies for the presentation tomorrow.
b Why don't you call the service company? The phone number is on the label on the printer.
a Label? I don't see any label.
b Let me check. Oh, you are right. Maybe it fell off
a Oh, there it's on the floor. Hey,
wait, I found out why it's not working. It's because it's not plugged in.
b Hmm. I wonder why?
Key sentence is It's because it's not plugged in.
The reason for our success is that we never give up.
It's a non-smoking area, that's why you can't smoke here.
You failed? It's because you didn't concentrate hard enough..
You caught a cold? That's why I told you to take a good rest.
The reason for her popularity is that she has a wonderful personality.
Third story is Two persons are talking about why one got tanned.
a Wow, you look like you were in the sun.
b Yes, I spent a lot of time outdoors during the long weekend.
a Oh, where did you go?
b I went clam digging with my family on the beach. I didn't use sunscreen, so I got burned.
a Clam digging? Is that a popular activity?
b Yes, there were so many people looking for clams.
a Did you make a clam chowder?
b No, I steamed the clams with sake.
key sentence is I didn't use sunscreen, so I got burned.
They reduced the price of the house, so I bought it.
I 've fixed the engine, so it should work now.
It was so cold that we stayed indoor all day.
Last story is Shibuya Hanako is interviewed about the shopping mall organized by her.
a Welcome back to oir business show. We are here with Shibuya Hanako.
b Thanks for inviting me.
a Your company has created a shopping mall
with a Japanese theme.
b Yes As a result of our hard work, we finished our project ahead of schedule.
a What inspired you to do this?
b My experience living abroad a few years ago
I realize not many people knew much about japanese culture, so now I want to promote it through the mall.
key sentence is As a result of our hard work, we finished the prokect ahead of schedule.
If you do that there will br serious consequence for all involve.
My article was far to long, the editor cut some parts of it.
As a result of the lack of rain, everyone has to save water.
I didn't water the plant, consequently, they died.
You have done great work. Accordingly, you will receive a pay raise.
I'm terribly sorry to be late due to the train delay.
You see. That's because I told you never to tell a lie. Call him right now and apologize.