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January 24, 2018
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#259 What Are You Doing For Lunch Today? (Scene from "Office Space")

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxC2vm6Tegk

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:  The main feature in this lesson is the word "to", which can sound like "ta", "da", and "na".  You'll hear the words and phrases "today" ("taday"), "supposed to" ("supposed da"), "like to" ["like da"], and "I'm going to" ("ahm gonna").

Missing Words and Phrases (7):  I'm going to [ahm gonna]; like to [like da]; supposed to [supposed da]; today [taday]; what are you [whadda you]; Would you like to [dja like da]; you [ya].

Transcript: 

Hi. I'm Peter.
Hi, can I help you?
____________ doing for lunch _____?
Uh, well, our specials today are blackened chicken and {stops and points} -- it's actually right there on the board. Excuse me [1].
Hey, look who's back!  Table for three?
I was asking what you were doing for lunch.  _________________ have lunch with me?
{Laughs} Are you, are you serious?
Yeah.
Yeah, um, I don't, uh, I don't think I'm ___________ do that.
Oh.  Okay, well, I'll tell _____ what I'll do.  ____________ go next door and get a table and if you'd _______ join me, uh, no big deal, alright?  And if not, that's cool, too [2].  Okay?
Okay.
Alright.
When you say, uh, "next door," do you mean, uh, Chili's or Flingers [3]?
Flingers.
Okay.

Notes:

[1] Excuse me = She says "scuse me" instead of "ekscuse me", that is, the "ek" sound is missing.
[2] "No big deal" and "that's cool" = In other words, either one is fine with him.  If you come, that's ok; but if you don't come, that's ok too.
[3] Chili's or Flingers = These are two restaurant chains in the US..

Answers: 

1) What are you [whadda you]
2) today [taday]
3) Would you like to [dja like da]
4) supposed to [supposed da]
5) you [ya]
6) I'm going to [ahm gonna]
7) like to [like da]

January 24, 2018
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As you all know, the word "to" occurs very frequently in English, so I wrote a more detailed explanation of this word and the five sounds that it can have.  I also give about 40 common phrases that contain the word "to" (such as "ready to", "want to", "need to", etc) and the sounds that you will often hear when a native speaker uses these 40 phrases.

You can find the explanation here:

https://www.englishbaby.com/blog/gohoos02/view_entry/62456

January 21, 2018
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#258 Hypnosis Scene (Office Space)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dp7EUUVdrt0

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 three main features in this video.  1) The word "today" can sound like either "taday" or "daday".  It appears 3 times in this video.  2) The word "of" often sounds like "uh", that is, the "v" sound often disappears before a consonant.  You'll hear the phrases "sort of" ("sort uh", which is often written "sorta" in texting) and "of my life" ("uh my life")3) The phrase "I want you to" sounds like "I want cha da".  You'll hear this phrase 4 times in this video.  

Missing Words and Phrases (12):  About your [about cher]; beginning to [beginning da]; he [ee]; of my life [uh my life]; sort of [sorta]; today [taday or daday] (3 times); want you to [want cha da] (4 times).

Transcript: 

So I was sitting in my cubicle [1] _____ and I realized, ever since I started working, um, every single day __________  has been worse than the day before it.  So that means that every single day that you see me that's on the worst day of my life.
What about _____?  Is _____ the worst day of your life?
Yeah.
Wow, that's messed up. 
{The woman glares at him.} 
I'm sorry.  Go on.
Is there any way that you could _______ just zonk me out [2] so that, like, I, I don't know that I'm at work in here?  Could I come home and think that I've been fishing all day or something?
That's really not what I do, Peter.  Heh.  However, the good news is I think I can help you.  I ___________ do something for me, Peter.  I ___________ try and relax.  I ___________ relax every muscle in your body beginning with your toes to your fingertips.  Now I ___________ relax your legs.  You're ____________ feel your eyelids getting heavy as you slip deeper and deeper into a state of complete relaxation.  All your cares and concerns are disappearing.  Deeper and deeper.  Way down.  Your concern __________ job melts away.  Way, way down.  Mm. 
{1:45 Dr. Swanson starts having some physical difficulty.}
Now when I count backwards from three you'll be in a state of complete relaxation.  Your worries, cares, and inhibitions will be gone and you will remain in that state until I snap my fingers.  Three -- deeper and deeper.  Way, way down.  Two -- deeper and deeper.  Wuh, wuh, way down. Wuh, wuh, one.
{He falls down.}
Ugh!  Oh my God, Dr. Swanson!  Ew!  Ew!  Is _____ breathing?
Call 911!
{Peter is still hypnotized.}

Notes:

[1] Cubicle = One of many square offices in a large open room.  Just google "cubicle" and look at the images.
[2] To zonk out = To lose consciousness or awareness; to zonk someone out =  To cause someone to lose consciousness or awareness.

Answers: 

1) today [daday]
2) of my life [uh my life]
3) today [daday]
4) today [taday]
5) sort of [sorta]
6) want you to [want cha da]
7) want you to [want cha da]
8) want you to [want cha da]
9) want you to [want cha da]
10) beginning to [beginning da]
11) about your [about cher]
12) he [ee]