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March 17, 2018
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The Resident (TV Show Trailer)


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.

Missing Words and Phrases (12):  Because [cuz]; did you [did ju]; gave her [gave er]; going to [gonna]; him [im]; is there [iz zare]; just want to be [juss wanna be]; need to [need da]; saved her [saved er]; to [da]; want to [wanna]; what did you [whad did ju].


All we _______ do is help our patients, but what they don’t teach us in medical school ________ are so many ways to do harm.

I called you up here to discuss the incident from this morning.
It's a tragic situation.

_______ hit an artery?  [1]  On an appendectomy?
How could that happen?
The patient had an undisclosed heart condition. 
____________ see?
Some family history of heart disease.
Maybe he had a heart attack.
Yeah, that works.
That's exactly right.  There was no way to prevent this.

You _______ consider a change before you kill any more patients.
Who's the hospital ________ believe?  A third-year resident [2] or a doctor that bills 20 million dollars a year? [3]
Go be one of those celebrity TV doctors. You look the part.
You watch yourself, Conrad. [4]

Hey, man.  Do you know where I can find Dr. Conrad's office?
Namaste!  You found ___.  Take off that tie.  You're not at Harvard any more.  Let's go!
I was a first year intern, just like you.  Top of your class, followed all the rules and you think that puts you at an advantage?  It doesn't.  It just means you have more _____ unlearn than the guys who weren't paying attention.  

You do whatever I tell you, no questions asked.
I need a new resident.  Mine's a psychopath.
You got Conrad! [5]
Yes, I did.
Watch and learn.

She's still tacking away at 180 [6].  I think her heart's had enough AD blockade [7].
Her heart beat is back. 
You saved her life, Dr. Bell.

This just isn't what I imagined.
Medicine isn't practiced by saints. It's a business.  There are really good doctors and nurses.  I _______________ one of them and I think you do too.

Go on.  Do it.
Conrad, seriously. 
You should do it, not me.
Come on!  Be a doctor or go be something else.

Annabeth.  Five [8].  She had cancer.  I ________ too much potassium.  She died.  From me, not the cancer.
Everything you thought you knew about medicine is wrong.  All the rules that you followed will break.  If it were easy, everyone would be a doctor because this is the best job in the world despite everything, _______ of everything.
You _________ life.

{The song is "Hold On" by Extreme Music.}


[1] Hit an artery = Here "to cut an artery".  The doctor cut the patient's artery during an appendectomy (an operation to remover the patient's appendix).
[2] Resident = When a person graduates from medical school, he becomes an "intern" at a hospital for one year.  After that the intern becomes a "resident physician" or simply "resident", which lasts 2 to 6 years, depending on his specialty. Also, some specialties have further training after residency, called fellowship, which lasts another 1 to 3 years.
[3] A doctor that bills 20 million dollars a year = A doctor who bills his patients $20 million each year.  That's $64,000 day (if he works 6 days each week).  This is a lot, but he's a heart surgeon and heart operations are expensive.  But even so, medical care in general is expensive in the USA.
[4] You watch yourself, Conrad. = It's kind of a threat.  He's saying, "You better be careful, Conrad, or I'm going to get you fired or in some kind of trouble." 
[5] You got Conrad = When interns go to a hospital, they are assigned to a resident physicians who will help them learn.  "You got Conrad" means that he got Conrad as his resident physician.
[6] She's still tacking away at 180 = I'm not sure what "tacking away" means, but one of her indicators is showing "180".
[7] AD blockade = Adrenergic blockade. I don't know what this is.  
[8] Five = Five years old.


1) want to [wanna]
2) is there [iz zare]
3) Did you [did ju]
4) What did you [whad did ju]
5) need to [need da]
6) going to [gonna]
7) him [im]
8) to [da]
9) just want to be [juss wanna be]
10) gave her [gave er]
11) because [cuz]
12) saved her [saved er]

February 27, 2018
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#261: Making the Shots (Photography Interview)


Instructions:  Listen to the *vimeo* 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 two main features in this video lesson.  1) The "v" sound in the word "of" is often silent.  You'll hear the following phrases:  one of [one uh]; some of [sum uh]; a lot of [a lot uh]; a part of [a part uh].  2) The word "to" often sounds like "ta" or "da".  You'll hear it in the following phrases:  to be [da be]; to do [da do]; to get [da get]; to make [da make]; to shoot [da shoot]; ready to [ready da]; day-to-day [day-da-day]. 

Missing Words and Phrases (19):  A lot of [a lotta] (2 times); a part of [a part uh]; at her [at er]; because [cuz]; day-to-day [day-da-day]; one of [one uh]; ready to [ready da]; some of [sum uh] (2 times); to [ta] (2 times); to be [da be]; to do [da do]; to get [da get]; to get to [ta get to]; to make [da make]; to say it [da say it]; to shoot [da shoot].


I'm Matt Riley.  I've been a photographer for Virginia athletics [1] for 12 years.  __________ I do, uh, head shots, portraits, and photograph all the events for Virginia athletics.  Uh, _______ my favorite things _____ are "location shoots" [2], whether it's going to the pool or setting up something over in the football [3] practice facility, just, uh, something different _____ give a different look _____ things.  

_______ my favorite photographs are when I used water with the soccer player Morgan Brian [4] and had her jumping into the pool.  And we were throwing water ______ and just creating a dynamic image.  It's definitely {changes}.  It's all over my office.  It's on my desktop background.  It's hanging up.  It's my favorite photo.  

It's rewarding when you, when you do a shoot and you put ________ work into it, ________ time setting it up, then when you finally get that final result and it's just awesome and people, people are telling you what a great photo it is, I mean, that's kind of a cool feeling.

The best part, I think, is the interaction with the athletes.  I've created some, some phenomenal bonds with, with great people -- Malcolm Brogdon, Morgan Brian, Leah Smith [5] -- I mean, you're talking about professionals, Olympians, you know?  It's just a, a great, a great job!  

Pre-game at JPJ [6] is always exciting.  The band is always, uh, there and there's chances for some cool photos with the cheerleaders, the students.  I always like it when the introductions are done and the team huddles up, they put their hands up, and then they announce Tony Bennett's name [7], the crowd goes wild _______ everybody loves Tony.  And then, you know, {it's} about ________ start.  There's just no more exciting place _____ on game day than John Paul Jones Arena.  

Um, my favorite shots ______ during the game are definitely the emotion shots or the celebrations.  Um, I love the look on people's faces and just the sheer energy that it brings to the photo and telling the story of the game, you know.  You're always looking for ways _______ it look different and something they haven't seen before, whether it's going to the catwalk [8] or going up in the student section ________ a different angle. 

Uh, another ______ my favorite parts of the game is the camaraderie with the other photographers on the sideline.  I've made some really good friendships along the way and, um, you know, we're always there for each other.  We're competing to get the shot but I know like if I need something they're there for me and I'm there for them.  

You know, I'm _________ this university and I'm a fan as much as I am a, a, an employee.  But win or lose, uh, I love what I do and _________ tell the story is a great job.  There's no other way _________.


[1] Virginia athletics = The University of Virginia's sports teams (men and women). 
[2] Location Shoots = Photography sessions that don't take place in a studio, but where the athlete does his sport.  
[3] Football = American football (not soccer).  He's speaking American English.
[4] Morgan Brian = A professional soccer player who plays for the US Women's National Team. 
[5] Malcolm Brogdon, Morgan Brian, Leah Smith = Malcolm Brogdon plays in the NBA.  Morgan Brian plays for the US Women's Soccer Team.  Leah Smith is an Olympian who won the bronze medal in the individual 400-meter freestyle event and the gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle team event.  
[6] JPJ = This is short for "John Paul Jones" arena where the basketball team plays its games. 
[7] Tony Bennett = The coach of the men's basketball team. 
[8] Catwalk = A narrow walkway.  You can see it at the 1:30 mark of the video.


1) Day-to-day [day-da-day]
2) some of [sum uh]
3) to do [da do]
4) to [ta] {He says it twice}
5) to [ta]
6) some of [sum uh]
7) at her [at er]
8) a lot of [a lotta]
9) a lot of [a lotta]
10) because [cuz]
11) ready to [ready da]
12) to be [da be]
13) to get [da get]
14) to make [da make]
15) to shoot [da shoot]
16) one of [one uh]
17) a part of [a part uh]
18) to get to [ta get to]
19) to say it [da say it]

February 20, 2018
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#260:  Spongebob Squarepants Movie:  Sponge Out Of Water


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 most important feature in this video lesson is the phrase "should have", which has four possible sounds:  

-- 1) "should have" (the full pronunciation, 
-- 2) "should ev" (the "h" is silent), 
-- 3) "should uv" ("have" sounds like "of"), and 
-- 4) "shoulda" (the "v" is silent).  

Americans use all four of these sounds when they talk.  In this video you'll hear the last one, "shoulda".  You'll also hear this same pattern of sounds in the phrases "would have", "could have", and "might have".  The first book that used these words in its title is "Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda: Overcoming Regrets, Mistakes". 

Missing Words and Phrases (7):  going to [gonna]; he [ee]; him [im]; need to [need da]; should've [shoulda]; to [da]; you [ya].


At last, it is mine.  With this magic book, any evil plan I write comes true. But to harness its power, I need the final page that is protected deep below the surface by one legendary hero.

Will you stop playing that tiny piano?!

I think we have a few minutes before _____ gets here.  Aaii! He's right on top of us!  
Bar the door!
Got it!

{From Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies...}
That pirate's ________ destroy our world!  
Aren't you overreacting a bit?

Patrick, what are _____ doing?
Vandalizing stuff.
Isn't that your house?

{To save their world...}
Come on, team!  Let's get that book back!
{... they must come to ours.}
What is this place?  Uh-oh.   Ahhhhhhhh!

{In 2015...} 
A giant hairy porpoise!  Beached! [1]
We _______ get these guys back in the water!
Put your back into it!
Ew!  This place smells awful!

{... comes the 3D motion picture event so hot...}
Oh, where have you been all my life?
This is uncomfortable.
{... and so extreme...}
There's the book!  Now it's our turn _____ rewrite the story.
{...you'll need new pants.}
Those guys must work out. [1]
I think they're in my spin class. [2]

Alright, here comes the pain!
That ain't good.
They're beautiful.

{The SpongeBob Movie:  Sponge Out of Water in 3D.}
Mr. Superawesomeness, take _____ down.  
Maybe, we _________ picked a better superpower for you, Patrick.


[1] To work out = to do physical exercise in order to improve your strength and/or fitness.
[2] Spin class = A spin class is a high-intensity workout that generally takes place on a stationary bicycle that has a weighted flywheel.


1) he [ee]
2) going to [gonna]
3) you [ya]
4) need to [need da]
5) to [da]
6) him [im]
7) should've [shoulda]