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New Dynamic English
New Dynamic English
is a course, which is part of DynEd's Courseware. Being more like a textbook, it is not technically included as a game. However, being an interactive course, it could almost be classified as an Edutainment Game
. New Dynamic English
is made in the United States, however only a few Americans actually recognize this program because it is targeted towards foreigners so that they could study English. New Dynamic English
is one of DynEd's courses with a lot of stories (others include First English
, Functioning in Business
and The Lost Secret
). It stars two main characters, Max and Kathy
, though they only appear from Module 1 until 4, whereas New Dynamic English
has 8 modules.New Dynamic English
(Module 1 to 4) was later adapted into a radio show broadcasted in Voice of America at 1999 and ends at 2001. It reruns for other countries until late 2011. It features new characters, and Max and Kathy's backgrounds are also revealed.
New Dynamic English provides examples of:
- Adaptation Dye-Job: The upgrade on November 2013.
- Alice and Bob: Max and Kathy are the two main characters of the education franchise.
- Benevolent Alien Invasion: In Module 1 Unit 1, Max and Kathy encounter an alien. The alien, named Zork, said that he's from another world and also speaks English. It is not known whether his intentions are good or bad, but the lack of any negative activity suggests he is leaning towards the good side.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Max before the upgrade in November 2013, though before he had brown hair and lighter skin.
- Everythings Better With Bob: Robert Harris, who prefers to be called "Bob".
- Fire-Breathing Diner: In Module 2's survey unit, we get to see Max with steam coming out of his ears to indicate that there's a food which is too spicy for him.
- Informed Flaw: Max claims that he's bad at singing in Module 2 and he's also bad at dancing in the radio show, but he never sang or danced. Justified that it's during a survey.
- Lethal Chef: Max says that he's bad at cooking, contrast with his wife who's a Supreme Chef.
- Long Distance Relationship: Subverted, Kathy and Pierre. However, it's only Pierre who has romantic intentions.
- Max Trope: Maxwell "Max" Wilson.
- Office Golf: In Henry Thorton's presentation in Module 1 Unit 2, he is shown playing office golf when the narrator states that he doesn't work hard.
- Older Than They Look: Dawn, a Filipino, is a 20-something who looks like she's still in her teens.
- Otaku Surrogate: Kathy is implied to be a Trekkie with a cat named after a Star Trek character. Not only that, she believes in aliens and doesn't mind waiting in a long line for watching a Sci-Fi movie.
- Plot Hole: Max worked as a businessman at a computer company in San Jose (Silicon Valley) when interviewed in the radio show, yet in Module 4's Matrix Vocabulary, he thinks flying first class is too expensive for him. Though he might just have been Slumming It.
- Pretty Boy: In the November 2013 upgrade, Max has lighter skin with bigger eyes complete with eyelashes.
- Real Men Eat Meat: Many men in the radio show are shown to love meat, including Max himself.
- Stock Foreign Name: Pierre Dubois is one example.
- There are plenty of stock foreign names. There's Mexican-American Maria Alvarez, and the babies from one of the "Man on the Street" series has Chinese Ying, Arabic Mohammed, and German Hans.
- Suddenly Blonde: Max turned from a brunet into a dirty blond in the era where graphics on computers became more advanced.
- Even made more blonde in the November 2013 upgrade.
- Supreme Chef: Kathy and Karen.
- Trekkie: Did Kathy just said that she had a cat named "Spock"?
- Trademark Favorite Food: Max loves steak, and has been called "Mr. Steak" once in the radio show.
- The Wiki Rule: There a wiki right here.
This radio show exclusively provides examples of:
- Adaptation Expansion: We get to know way more about the characters' background from the original software.
- Adaptation Induced Plothole: In the software, Max says that he has lived in San Francisco "all his life", while in the radio show, he says that he was born in Portland, and then moved to San Francisco when he's in college.
- Max's daughter and Kathy's cat Spock from the software weren't mentioned at all in the radio show. In the radio show, Max says he has a son named John while Kathy says that she has some pet fish. One assumption is that Max's daughter died because in Module 4 of the software, it was mentioned that Max had children.
- Max said that his full name is "Max Wilson", despite that in the software, Max said that his name is short for "Maxwell".
- Amicable Exes: Kathy says that she cares about her ex-husband, but she doesn't love him anymore. Not only that, she also says that they might be just friends.
- Audio Adaptation: The educational course, which is part of a software, is adapted into a radio show along with Functioning in Business.
- Canon Foreigner: While some if not all of the characters of New Dynamic English from Module 1-4 appeared as guests for the radio show, there are new characters being interviewed.
- Closet Geek: Sure, Max is a businessman working for a computer company, but in the radio show, Max tries to hide (and fails to) his interest towards computer games, especially Computer Soldier, a game for a demographic as old as his son John.
Larry: "Actually, I was thinking I might give some of these computer games a try. Computer Soldier looks like a fun game."
Max: "That's a great game!! I play… I mean, my son plays it all the time."
- College Radio: Max says that he had worked at a college radio station before, and because he liked the job and he was pretty good at it, he changed jobs from a businessman to a radio host.
- Death by Adaptation: Possible explanation for Max's daughter's disappearance in the radio show.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: John wants a pet monkey for his birthday.
- Gender Scoff: Subverted because Kathy doesn't feel offended, but she laughed and said "Boys." after Max and Larry were talking about computer games.
- Harassing Phone Call: Max said that he got a phone call from a man who claimed to be his brother during night time. Both Max and his wife are upset.
- Hackette: Karen, Max's wife, is a computer programmer who worked for the same company Max worked for.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Max and Bobby King were this as children, so much that they called themselves "brothers." No wonder Max got confused more than 10 years later after Bobby claimed to be Max's "brother".
- Most Gamers Are Male: Kathy acknowledges the inversion when Max says that he bought John a computer game as a present.
Kathy: "All boys like computer games."
- Opening Narration: In the radio show: "New Dynamic English is a basic English language course and an introduction to American people and culture."
- Plot Twist: During the last episode of the radio show, when Max gets interviewed.
- Radio Drama: Its radio show looks more like a reality show but they're all made up. The Interludes are as close as it could be to a radio drama.
- Talk Show: The Audio Adaptation counts as a fictional talk show, but it's not funny like a Spoof Talk Show.
- Welcome Episode: Sort of. In the interlude after the first episode, Max gets greeted for joining Kathy and Larry to do the New Dynamic English radio show.
- Working Through The Cold: During one episode, Kathy gets a cold, but it didn't affect the show whatsoever.