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May 14, 2017
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#218:  Mother’s Day Wishes from WNBA [1] Stars


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 lessons has three main features. 1) The word "for" can sound like "fer".  You'll hear this sound twice in this video, once in the phrase "for sure", which sounds like "fer sher".  2) The word "can" sometimes sounds like "ken" (sometimes even "kin").  You'll hear this twice in this video lesson.  3) The word "you" can sound like "ya"In this video you'll hear the phrase "you know" twice, which sounds like "ya know".

Missing Words and Phrases (10):  can [ken] (twice); for [fer]; for sure [fer sure]; to [da]; to [ta] (2 times); you know [ya know] (2 times); you're [yer].


My mom has been my rock [2].  She's an amazing woman.  She's always been a great example ____ me. 

My mom has been my #1 fan [3], my biggest supporter, uh, but at the same time, __________, always kept it real with me [4].

She's been so consistent, someone I _____ trust and enjoy, have fun with.

I can't thank her enough _____ helping me get to this point.  You know, she's been my role model.

She was always there to, to cuddle me and clean up my scrapes and my wounds and do what mothers do.

An ear to, ____ talk to, to bounce things off of [5].  Um, she was always there for us.

We have a special bond, __________.  I _____ always call her, day or night, when things are up, down, whatever.  She's always there for me to help me, ________, get through whatever it is.

Just her sacrifice and just her love and care and just dedication to my life and just a commitment to the person that she knows that I can always strive to be.

Thank you, mom, and happy Mother's Day ____ everyone.

________ an amazing woman and I love you!

Happy Mother's Day.


[1] WNBA = the Women's National Basketball Association, e.g., the professional women's basketball league in the USA.
[2] A rock = someone
who's steady and reliable, who will always be there for you.
[3] #1 fan ("number one fan") = her biggest fan.
[4] Kept it real with me = to keep it real. This expression can have several meanings, but here she means that her mom only tells her the truth, that she resists the temptation to get caught up in the fame and glory of her daughter being one of the top professional female basketball players in the world and instead sticks to the values that got her there.

[5] To bounce things off of someone = to tell someone about an
idea or plan you have in order to get their opinion.  In a sense, it's like throwing an idea at someone and noticing how it bounces off of them.  Sometimes the word "of" disappears and the phrase "off of" becomes "off", e.g., "to bounce things off someone".


1) to [ta]
2) you know [ya know]
3) can [ken]
4) for [fer]
5) to [ta]
6) for sure [fer sure]
7) can [ken]
8) you know [ya know]
9) to [da]
10) you're [yer]

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