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January 19, 2018
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#257 Peter's Interview (Scene from "Office Space")

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTdOHBIppx8

Instructions:  Listen to the youtube video above and fill in the blanks below (or write your answers on a piece of paper). Beginners can use the list of missing words and phrases, but advanced students should try to fill in the blanks just by listening to the video (without looking at the list of missing words and phrases).  The answers are given at the end of the lesson.

Main Features:  There are several important features in this video lesson.  1) The word "you" has six sounds -- yu (ya), chu (cha), and ju (ja).  You can also think of it as "yu-chu-ju" and "ya-cha-ja".  In this video you will hear the sounds "ya", "cha", and "ja" the most often.  You'll hear the sound "ya" in the phrases "for you" ("for ya"), "ya see" ("you see"), and "you are" ("ya are").  You'll hear the sound "cha" in the phrases "don't you" ("don't cha"), "about you" ("about cha"), and "but you know" ("but cha know").  And you'll hear the sound "ja" in the phrase "would you" ("would ja").  You'll also hear that the phrase "would you" when it sounds like ("would ju").  2) The word "to" has five sounds -- tu (ta), du (da), and na.  You'll hear the sound "da" the most often in this video.  It appears in the phrases "trying to" ("tryin da"), "talking to" ("talkin da"), "to tell me" ("da tell me"), and "not to be" ("not da be").  You'll also hear the "ta" sound in the phrase "not to get" ("not ta get").  3)  The phrase "I'm going to" can sound like "ahmunna".  Here the sound "ahm" is "I'm" and the sound "unna" is "gonna", but the "g" is silent.

Missing Words and Phrases (20):  About you [about cha]; but you know [but cha know]; don't you [don't cha]; for [fer]; for you [for ya]; I'm going to [ahmunna]; not to be [not da be]; not to get [not ta get]; probably [probly]; sort of [sorta]; talking to [talkin da]; that'll [that ull]; to tell me [da tell me]; trying to [tryin da] (2 times); would you [would ja]; would you [would ju] (2 times); ya see [you see]; you are [ya are].

Background:  A technology company called "Initech" has hired Bob Slydell and Bob Porter to visit their company and make recommendations about how it can become more efficient, either by reorganizing the company or by downsizing (e.g., firing people).  Bob and Bob are interviewing all of the Initech's employees.  This video shows their interview with Peter Gibbons, the main character in the movie.  Please remember this is a movie (not real life), so don't believe everything that Peter Gibbons says during the interview.  

Transcript: 

The next batter [1] looks like a Peter Gibbons.
Aha.
Ah, there _______. We were just talking _________. You must be Peter Gibbons.
{Nods}
Aha.
Terrific. I'm Bob Slydell.  This is my associate, Bob Porter.
Hi, Bob, Bob.
Hey, why _________ go ahead and grab a seat and join us for a minute or two?
______, what we're actually _________ do here is we're just, we're _________ get a feel for how people spend their day at work. So if you would, _________ walk us through a typical day for you?
Yeah.
Great.
Well, I generally come in at least fifteen minutes late, uh. I use the side door that way Lumbergh [2] can't see me. {Laughs}  And, uh, and after that I just _______ space out for about an hour till I {interrupted}.
{Groans.}  Space out?
Yeah. I just stare at my desk, but it looks like I'm working. I do that ___, uh, probably another hour after lunch too. I'd say in a given week I ________ only do about fifteen minutes of real actual work.
Uh, Peter, _________ be a good sport [3] and indulge us and just tell us a little more?
Oh, yeah!  Let me tell you something about TPS reports [4].
{Cut to later.}
The thing is, Bob, it's not that I'm lazy. It's that I just don't care.
Don't, don't care?
It's a problem of motivation, alright? Now if I work my ass off and Initech ships a few extra units, I don't see another dime. So where's the motivation? And here's something else, Bob. I have eight different bosses right now!
I beg your pardon?
Eight bosses.
Eight?
Eight, Bob. So that means that when I make a mistake, I have eight different people coming by __________ about it. That's my only real motivation is _________ hassled. That and the fear of losing my job, ____________, Bob, _______ only make someone work just hard enough __________ fired.
_________ bear with me for just a second, please?
Ok.
What if -- and {laughs} believe me, this is a hypocritical [5] -- but what if you were offered some kind of a stock option, equity sharing program [6]?  Would that do anything _______?
I don't know. I guess. Listen, ____________ go. Uh, it's been really nice __________ both of you guys.
Absolutely.
The pleasure's all on this side of the table, trust me.
Good luck with your layoffs, alright? I hope your firings go really well.
Excellent.
Great.

Notes:

[1] The next batter is Peter Gibbons = The next person is Peter Gibbons.  The word "batter" is taken from baseball.  It's as if the two "Bobs" are pitchers and they're throwing questions to the employees.  The next employee they're going to talk to is Peter Gibbons.
[2] Lumbergh = Peter's boss.
[3] To be a good sport = A person who doesn't get angry or upset when they lose a game or are the butt of a joke.  He's asking Peter to not get mad at him.
[4] TPS reports = A fictional report that's one of the main themes in the movie.
[5] a hypocritical = a hypocritical situation; it's just a "what if" situation.  He doesn't have the ability to force Initech to actually do it.
[6] A stock option / equity sharing program = Two ways that a company can share their profits with their employees.

Answers: 

1) you are [ya are]
2) about you [about cha]
3) don't you [don't cha]; the word 'why' is hard to hear but it must be there.
4) ya see [you see]
5) trying to [tryin da]
6) trying to [tryin da]
7) would you [would ja]
8) sort of [sorta]
9) for [fer]
10) probably [probly]
11) would you [would ju]
12) to tell me [da tell me]
13) not to be [not da be]
14) but you know [but cha know]
15) that'll [that ull]
16) not to get [not ta get]
17) would you [would ja]
18) for you [for ya]
19) I'm going to [ahmunna]
20) talking to [talkin da]

January 15, 2018
Viewed 480 times.

#256  A Time To Dance (Trailer)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FI1ZuAj-Ew

Instructions:  Listen to the youtube video above and fill in the blanks below (or write your answers on a piece of paper). Beginners can use the list of missing words and phrases, but advanced students should try to fill in the blanks just by listening to the video (without looking at the list of missing words and phrases).  The answers are given at the end of the lesson.

Main Features:  This lesson has two important features.  1) The word "to" can sound like "ta", "da" or "na".  In this video you'll hear the phrases "have to" ("haf da"), "used to" ("used ta") and others.  2) The word "you" can sound like "ya".  It can be a little difficult to hear when the next word begins with a vowel, such as the phrase "you actually" ("ya actually").

Missing Words and Phrases (7):  and [en]; have to [haf da]; her [er]; to [ta] (2 times); used to [used ta]; you actually [ya actually].

Narrator's Commentary:  "For Abby and John the future never looked brighter.  And 25 years later things are beginning to fade.  But before they can break the news [1], Abby and John are in for a surprise of their own [2].  Now, if they're going to last until their daughter's wedding, they'll have to put their best foot forward [3].  And they're about to learn {that} once you feel the rhythm, true love never skips a beat [4].  Marvista Entertainment presents Jennie Garth, Dan Payne and Corbin Bernsen -- A Time to Dance."

Transcript: 

{For Abby and John the future never looked brighter.}
Will you marry me?
Are you kidding?  Of course I will!
{And 25 years later...}
Would you stand together like ____________ like each other?  Come on!
{...things are beginning to fade.}
We're, uh, getting a divorce.
We're telling the kids this afternoon.
{But before they can break the news [1], Abby and John are in for a surprise [2] of their own.}
We're getting married!
Can we wait _____ tell them until after the wedding?
{Now, if they're going to last until their daughter's wedding...}
John, maybe you _____ Abby could tell us how you've managed _____ keep your commitment so fresh all these years.
Dancing?  You never told me that, Mom!  Never stop dancing, right?
Yeah.
{They'll have to put their best foot forward [3].}
Let me show you to your room.
Uh, rooms.  We booked two rooms for tonight.
I'm sorry!  That's not what I have.
You don't _______ sleep on the floor.  We've shared a bed most of our lives.
{And they're about to learn once you feel the rhythm...}
Our little girl.
She's so beautiful.
Just like _____ mom.
{...true love never skips a beat [4].}
It's like they're the only two people in the world.
It reminds me of a couple I _______ know.
{Marvista Entertainment presents Jennie Garth, Dan Payne and Corbin Bernsen...}
{Young John:}  Dance with me, Abby.
{Older John:}  For the rest of my life.
Forever.
{A Time to Dance.}

Notes:

[1] To break the news to someone = To tell someone some bad news.
[2] To be in for a surprise = To not know that news is coming in the future that will change your plans.
[3] To put your best foot forward = To show oneself in the best or most positive way possible;
[4] To not skip a beat = To continue to do something continuously or smoothly, without pause.

Answers: 

1) you actually [ya actually]
2) to [ta]
3) and [en]
4) to [ta]
5) have to [haf da]
6) her [er]
7) used to [used ta]

January 11, 2018
Viewed 1394 times.

#255:  The Vanishing of Sidney Hall (Trailer)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx5sqKmQdqk

Instructions:  Listen to the youtube video above and fill in the blanks below (or write your answers on a piece of paper). Beginners can use the list of missing words and phrases, but advanced students should try to fill in the blanks just by listening to the video (without looking at the list of missing words and phrases).  The answers are given at the end of the lesson.

Main Features:  This video has the following main features: 

1) The initial "h" sound is often weak or silent, such as in the words "he" ("ee"), "him" ("im") and "has claimed" ("as claimed").  You will hear these words 4 times in this video. 

2) The word "to" can sound like "ta", "da" or "na".  You will hear these sounds 6 times in such phrases as "has to" ("has ta"), "be sure to" ("be sure da"), "going to" ("gonna") and "want to" ("wanna")

3) The word "of" often sounds like "uh" after a consonant (that is, the final "v" sound is silent).  You'll hear this in the phrases "one of the" ("one uh the") and "a sign of the times" ("a sign uh the times")

4) The combination of the word "is" plus "this" or "that" often sounds like "iz zis" or "iz zat".

Missing Words and Phrases (15):  About him [about im]; be sure to [be sure da]; can [ken]; for him for years [fer him fer years]; going to [gonna]; has [as]; has to [has ta]; he [ee] (2 times); is that [iz zat]; one of the [one uh the]; sign of the [sign uh the]; to [ta]; want to [wanna]; why do you [Why d'you].

Transcript:

Tell me if this sounds familiar.  A man walks into a store.  He searches for a certain section of books.  He takes out a can of lighter fluid.  I know why he burned the books.
Why?
Because he wrote them.
Sidney Hall -- one of the best writers of our time.  I've been searching _________________.
I wonder if you'd know this man.
Sidney was one of our brightest students.  He was brilliant.
What if I wrote a novel?
What would it be about?
Is your name Melody?  No, no, no, wait!  __________ keep running away from me?
Because it's fun.
You've been #1 on the best-seller list [1] for 8 months.
I'm seeing things... Things that aren't there.
I really _______ write something that's ________ shake people up [2].
You should get on that [3].  __________ take me with you.
You should write about me.  You know who my father is.
It doesn't mean I should write a book _________.
You'll be singing a different tune [4] tomorrow.
What happens tomorrow?
This book is a dangerous ___________ times.
How do you feel about the book burnings?
I apologize for nothing.
I'm being followed and I don't know what _____ wants, but _____ knows everything about me.
No one _____ claimed to see or hear from Sidney Hall in over five years.  Now how _______ possible?
Everywhere I go, he's with me.
{You were} __________ last people _____ see him alive.  If that's not a beginning to a great book, I don't know what is.
The entire course of a person's life _____ change in a millisecond.
This ______ end.
Sidney, what's going on?
What is this?
{Unclear, maybe this:  "This is not what you think."}
Give me the information about Sidney Hall and you will never see me again.

Notes:

[1] The best-seller list = The New York Times best-seller list is a list of best-selling books in the USA.  It has been published since 1931.
[2] To shake people up = To cause people to wake up from their lethargy, apathy, or complacency.
[3] You should get on that =  You should start doing that.
[4] To sing a different tune = To change your ideas, thoughts, beliefs, etc.

Answers: 

1) for him for years [fer him fer years]
2) Why do you [Why d'you]
3) want to [wanna]
4) going to [gonna]
5) be sure to [be sure da]
6) about him [about im]
7) sign of the [sign uh the]
8) he [ee]
9) he [ee]
10) has [as]
11) is that [iz zat]
12) one of the [one uh the]
13) to [ta]
14) can [ken]
15) has to [has ta]