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August 16, 2017
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#228: Chris Pratt on Jimmy Kimmel's Show


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

Main Features:  This video lesson has two main features.  1) The word "to" can sound like [da], [ta], or [na] and appears 11 times in this video.  2) You'll also hear the questions "How are you doing?", "Where are you from?" and other common phrases. 

Missing Words and Phrases (19):  Because [cuz]; going to [gonna]; How are you doing [How ya doin]; how to [how da]; must have been [must ev been]; them [em]; to [da] (5 times); to [ta]; tonight [danight]; tonight [tanight]; want to [wanna]; what do you [whad du yu]; what do you [whadda you]; where are [where er]; you [ya].


Every night we have celebrity guests who come to the show to promote their various projects, but our studio audience never gets a chance to promote any of the exciting things happening in their lives.  And I _______ change that, so it's time now for our first ever installment of "___________ have to plug [1]?"

{Applause} I'm looking for, I'm looking for an audience member -- Yes! -- with something _____ promote.  Ok, we'll start {stops}.  Ok, yeah.  The lady with the black, ok, yeah, the lady with the black sweater.  What is your name?


And _________ you from, Herrera?

Seattle.  [2]

Seattle, Washington.  ___________ have to plug _______?

Uh, my niece Xavi [3] plays on the ladies under team [4] in, uh, Tacoma [5] and they're having a fundraiser on Saturday at Applebees [6].

Oh, great! 

From 8 to 10 a.m.

Ok.  {Applause} What sport is it?

Uh, basketball.

Oh, basketball.  Good.  And then there {stops} And people can come _____ that and do what?

Yeah, so go and buy breakfast and then they'll donate part of the proceeds [7] to the team.  That helps pay for travel, coaching -- it's totally non-profit.

We got it.  Ok, very good.  Alright, that's a good plug.  Alright.  We have another {one}.  Alright, this guy right here.  Yes.  What's your name?  And where are you from?

My name's Jeff.

Oh, hi, Jeff.  _________________?


What's your plug?  Good, thank you.

Um, I just moved here from Boston [8].

Oh, wow.  Welcome.  Welcome.

Thank you.  Um, I'm here _____ plug Stick Figure music, my brother's reggae band.  You can check it out on i-tunes.

Oh, your brother has a reggae band, huh?

He does, yeah.

You know, white guys and reggae bands -- those are the best reggae bands.

I know!  You should check ____ out.

Ok, that's good.  You're {stop}.

Check them out on i-tunes or stickfiguremusic.com.

Very good!  Alright, that's a good plug for your brother.  Alright, we have time for only one more.  I'm sorry.  Yes, this gentleman right here, in the leather jacket.  What's your name and where are you from?

Uh, do I stand up? 

Yeah, you can {Applause}.


Yeah, uh.


Wow, you're {stops, changes}.  You ______________ popular in line, I guess, huh?  What's your name?  Your name and where you're from.

Oh.  Hi, Jimmy.  My name's Chris. 

Oh, hi there.  Hi, Chris.

I'm from Lake Stevens, Washington.

Oh, very good!  Welcome!  What is it that you do for a living, Chris?

I’m, uh, I'm an actor.

Really!  Oh.  You look like a toll booth operator or something.  Yeah.

No, I'm an actor.

_______ you look like a dog-washer or maybe a guy that carries buckets around.  Do you work with buckets or anything like that?

Uh, no, no.  I do the acting thing.

We'll agree _____ disagree on this, I guess.

I've been on your show.  Ok.

Do you have something that you would like _____ plug _______?

Yes!  I'm here _____ plug a new movie.

Oh!  Is it like a youtube thing or something?

No, no.  It's a real movie.  Um, it opens May 5th.  It's called "Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2".


I'm not {stops}.  Well, that's {stops}.  Well, congratulations!  I've never heard of it, but congratulations!  That sounds great.

Yeah, no.  Yeah, the first, the first movie was, uh, it was, it was pretty cool.

It did?  Well, people saw it?

Yeah {applause}.

What was that one?  What was the f{stops}, what was the original, the first one called?

The first one {"Yeah."} was called "Guardians of the Galaxy" and we've made one called "Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2".

None of this rings a bell [9].  Can I be honest with ___?  I don’t {stops}.

Totally! [10]  No, that's the point.

What is the movie about because I don't, uh {stop}.

Oh, I play a character called Peter Quill.  He's also known as "Star Lord". 


And uh, there's a, there's a hot green alien and we save the universe.  There's a raccoon who has a machine gun, talks a lot of smack [11].  There's a sentient tree who only knows ______ say his own name.

Are you on drugs or something?




No, I'm not.  It's a really good movie and I think people are ________ like it.


What {stops}.  I talked to your producers.  I brought a clip, like a preview. Like a {stops}

Oh, really?


Alright, fine.  This is the trailer for... What's it called?  "Garbly Galaxy"? [12]


It's "Garbly Galaxy", yes.  "Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2".

Here it is!  What he said.

{The trailer is very similar to the trailer in our previous lesson, #227.  That trailer is clearer than this one, so please see the previous lesson.}

{The trailer ends.  Applause.}

{Unclear; then to Chris at 6:19 of the video:}

You're really in it? 

{Chris nods}

Yeah, that's great!  Alright.  So just to recap [13].  Just to recap:  Herrera's niece has a fundraiser at Applebees in Tacoma, Jeff's band {corrects} brother's band {"Reggae band."}.  Don't bother with that.  And, uh, and Chris has got a new movie about outer space and aliens!  Alright.


Hi, I'm Jimmy Kimmel.  If you liked that, click the "subscribe" button below and good things will happen forever.


[1] To plug something = to give praise or attention to a new book, movie, etc. in order to encourage people to buy it or see it.
[2] Seattle = a city in the northwestern part of the USA in the state of Washington.
[3] Xavi = I think that's her name!  It could short for Xavia, Xaviera, or Xavière.
[4] The ladies under team = I think she left out the age, e.g., "the ladies under-16 team" or "the ladies under-18 team", that is, a team for girls under the age of 16 or 18, respectively.
[5] Tacoma = a city in the state of Washington that's about 34 miles (54 km) south of Seattle.
[6] Applebees = a restaurant that has locations throughout most of the USA.
[7] The proceeds = the money obtained from an event or activity.
[8] Boston = a city on the east coast, north of New York.  It's about 3,000 miles (5,000 km) east of Seattle.
[9] To ring a bell = to be familiar with something.  Jimmy's saying that he's not familiar with the movie.
[10] Totally = Chris is saying, "You can be totally honest with me.  I'm not offended that you haven't heard of the movie."  And "that's the point" = that's the point of having us come on your show and tell people about our new activities.
[11] To talk smack = to annoy or insult an opponent or cast doubt on that person's ability. This is usually said during a sports game when one player talks smack to a person on the other team that he/she is competing against.
[12] Garble = to distort something which then creates a wrong impression.  It can also mean unclear or distorted speech.
[13] to recap = to review or summarize something.


1) want to [wanna]
2) What do you [whadda you]
3) to [da]
4) where are [where er]
5) What do you [whad du yu]
6) tonight [tanight]
7) to [da]
8) How are you doing [How ya doin]
9) to [da]
10) them [em]
11) must have been [must ev been]
12) Because [cuz]
13) to [da]
14) to [da]
15) tonight [danight]
16) to [ta]
17) you [ya]
18) how to [how da]
19) going to [gonna]

August 12, 2017
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#227: Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (Trailer)


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

Main Features:  There is one main feature in this video lesson.  The combination of the sounds "d + y" will often sound like "d j", while the combination of the sounds "t + y" will often sound like "t ch".  In this video you will hear the phrases "found you" ("found ju") and "put your seatbelt on" ("put cher").

Missing Words and Phrases (5):  able to [able da]; found you [found ju]; going to [gonna]; Is that [iz zat]; Put your [put cher].


I hope you're ready!  He'll be here any minute.  _______ a rifle?

You don't know what a rifle looks like?

It's just swords were your thing [1] and guns were mine, but I guess we're both doing guns now.  I just didn't know that.

Well, that's intense.

Ahhhh!  Hahaha.

{Music starts playing.}

I see it within you -- fear, jealousy, betrayal.  This is our duty, to cleanse the universe of this weakness.

You know, they told me you people were conceited  douche bags [2], but that isn't true at all.


Ah, I'm using my wrong eye.

{Song:  "And if you don't love me now." [3]}

Groot!  ________ seatbelt on!

{Song:  "You will never love me again.  I can still hear you saying you would never break the chain.  Never break the chain.".}


{Song:  "If you don't love me now".}

So we're saving the universe again?

{Song:  "You will never love me again."} 


Awesome!  We're really ________ be _______ jack up our prices [4] if we're two-time galaxy savers! [5]


{Song:  "Never break the chain.  Never break the chain."} 


{Song:  "Chain, keep us together.  Run in the shadows.  Chain, keep us together.  Running in the shadows.  Chain, keep us together. Running in the shadows."} 

Sometimes the thing you're searching for your whole life is right there by your side all along. 

You're right. 

All you do is yell at each other.  You are not friends.

No, we're family.  Mm, except maybe her.

{Song:  "Chain, keep us together.  Run in the shadows."} 

After all these years I've _________.

And who the hell are you?

I'm your dad, Peter.


[1] It's just swords were your thing = The full sentence is "It's just that swords were your thing and guns were mine."  He's saying that her favorite weapon was always swords (but now she's using a gun instead), while his favorite weapon was guns.
[2] Douche bag = A person who's arrogant or not liked by others.
[3] The song is "The Chain" by Fleetwood Mac.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDG2m5hN1vo.
[4] To jack up the prices = To charge more money than they usually do.
[5] Two-time galaxy savers = They saved the galaxy in their first movie, "Guardians of the Galaxy 1"; now they're going to save it again in this movie, "Guardians of the Galaxy 2".


1) Is that [iz zat]
2) Put your [put cher]
3) going to [gonna]
4) able to [able da]
5) found you [found ju]

August 6, 2017
Viewed 1511 times.

#226:  Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmel


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

Main Features:  There are three main features in this lesson.  1) The word "have" sometimes sounds like "av" (the "h" is silent).  You'll hear this sound 3 times in this lesson.  2) The word "you" often sounds like "ya".  You'll hear this sound twice in this video.  You'll also hear the phrase "about you" when it sounds like "about chu".  3) The word "to" often sounds like "ta" or "da" (or something in between).  You'll hear these sounds 9 times in this lesson, such as in the phrases "had to" (had ta) and "trying to" (tryin da).  These sounds even appear in words like "tonight" (ta-nite or da-nite), "tomorrow" (tamorrow or damorrow).

Missing Words and Phrases (17):  About you [about chu]; had to [had ta]; have [av] (3 times); he [ee]; to [da] (4 times); to [ta]; tonight [danight]; tomorrow [tamorrow]; trying to [tryin da]; want to [wanna]; you [ya] (2 times).

Introduction:  At the beginning of the video, Jimmy Kimmel, the host of a talk show on television, is mad at actor Matt Damon, but it's acting only.  He's not really mad at him.


I don’t _______ ruin the mood, but I am beside myself [1] with rage right now.  Can you see me, how much I'm shaking?  Look at this.  Look at my hand.  I'm very angry because Matt Damon… Do you know who that is? 

{Audience:}  Wooo!

I didn't ask for shouts of joy.  Anyway, he has a {stops},  Matt Damon has a new Jason Borne movie [2] coming out ________.  I ____ no plans _____ see it.  I don’t know anybody that wants _____ see it, but he's going around _________ convince people _____ waste money on it.  And this is what happened last night when _____ was on the Tonight Show.

I read everything _________, I've seen you on talk shows, uh, you've been on like Jimmy Kimmel, I've seen that.

No, no, no, no.

No, you haven't?

I haven't.

No, that's right.  Well, maybe one day.

By the way, you called me, wanna invite, boom, here. [3]

That's it. [4]

I made it on the show. 


{Audience shouts.}

That's how _____ host a talk show! 

That hurts too.

That's… {Talking over each other.}

That's gotta hurt.

Hurt his feelings.

Oh really?  That's how _____ host a talk show?  Well, then I ____ some very bad news for you.  You're not getting on the show _______ again either. 

{Audience applauds and yells.  A shot of Matt sitting in a room, gesturing while watching Jimmy Kimmel on TV.}

That's right!  You're not on this show again tonight!  Sorry, dummy.  We can't hear anything you say.  And you can sit there all night long for all I care [5].  I ____ better guests anyway, jerk.  Poor Greg Kinnear ______ be siamese twins [6] with that guy for a whole movie [7].

Do you love clicking buttons and subscribing _____ things?  Then click the button to subscribe _____ my channel and you'll finally be happy.


[1] Beside oneself = to be overcome by worry or anger.
[2] Matt's movie came out a year ago, in July, 2016.
[3] You called me, wanna invite, boom, here. = Matt is speaking in short, broken sentences.  The full sentence is something like this:  "You called me and said 'I want to invite you onto my show'.  Boom!  Here I am."
[4] That's it = This phrase has several meanings, but here it means that something is finished or completed.
[5] For all I care = The person who says this doesn't care at all.  It's the opposite of feeling sorry for someone.
[6] Siamese twins = Identical twins that are physically joined together.
[7] Greg Kinnear had to be siamese twins with that guy for a whole movie = In the comedy movie "Stuck on You", Matt Damon and actor Greg Kinnear were siamese twins.  Jimmy Kimmel is feeling sorry for Greg Kinnear because he was stuck to Matt Damon for an entire movie.


1) want to [wanna]
2) tomorrow [tamorrow]
3) have [av]
4) to [da]
5) to [da]
6) trying to [tryin da]
7) to [da]
8) he [ee]
9) about you [about chu]
10) you [ya]
11) you [ya]
12) have [av]
13) tonight [danight]
14) have [av]
15) had to [had ta]
16) to [ta]
17) to [da]