ESL Podcast ep. 1198 - Failed Government Projects - in Japanese

1198 - Failed Government Projects

If you think building a new sports stadium is a great way for your city to make more money, think again. This episode explains what can go wrong.


Mariana: How long do you think it will be before the stadium is finished?

Klaus: Don’t hold your breath. The plan for the stadium is fundamentally flawed, but the government rammed it down the throats of the voters.

Mariana: Do you really think the project is doomed?

Klaus: Haven’t you heard the reports of corruption and poor management? They’re cutting corners left and right. I wouldn’t be surprised if the stadium is being built with shoddy materials.

Mariana: Then the entire thing is a joke!

Klaus: Yes, and the joke is on us. Government officials are going through the motions, not caring about the results. All they care about is lining their pockets.

Mariana: I have heard about the cost overruns. Do you think the city will ever recoup the money spent on this project?

Klaus: Maybe a little, if we can sell the entire thing as scrap metal!


don't hold your breath: don't expect too much to happen very soon, or don't expect this to be completed anytime soon

flawed: there is something wrong with it, it isn't going to work properly

ram it down throat of someone: to say that they have to do it and don't have any other choice even through it may look like they are saying yes to something

doomed: expected to fail

corruption: when people empower, especially in government, do thing that are dishonest or illegal

to cut corners: to not do what you are supposed to do in order to get something done quickly, or to find cheaper and faster way to do something

left and right: in many different places

shoddy: low quality

joke is on us: that someone has made us stupid

to go through the motions: to do something but not with very much commitments, to do something without trying very hard

to line one's pockets: to do something in order to make a lot of money

cost overruns: when a project costs more than you thought

to recoup the money: to get the money back


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