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Video Lesson 1

1. Overview of the Lessons.

2. Overview of the Sounds. Here are the 30 or 40 words that can have more than one sound in American English.

Video Lessons 3-101 have the full transcript. Click on the link to view each lesson.

3. CSI (Vacation Getaway)
4. CSI (Blood Moon)
5. Contagion (Trailer)
6. Ellen DeGeneres on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Part 1
7. Ellen DeGeneres on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Part 2
8. NBC's The Today Show
9. Simpsons -- You're Drinking a Candle
10. MTV Dustin's First Snow Day
11. Avril Lavigne -- Interview Thanksgiving Day FOX
12. Hidden Camera Fun with a Warner Brothers Tour
13. Tom Green -- Boy in a Bubble
14. Pretty Little Liars -- The Dress Code
15. Behind the scenes on PLL with Ian Harding
16. Avril Lavigne Make Christmas Cookies on MTV
17. Christmas Angel (Trailer)
18. Interview -- Johnny Depp
19. New Years Eve (Trailer)
20. Elf -- Santa Announcement
21. Christmas VLOG
22. The Pursuit of Happyness (Trailer)
23. The Pursuit of Happyness -- Inspirational
24. Part I -- Psychic Twins on Tyra Banks Show
25. Part II -- Psychic Twins on Tyra Banks Show
26. Part III -- Psychic Twins on Tyra Banks Show
27. Friends -- Rachel's Scene
28. Limitless (Trailer)
29. Limitless – Various Scenes
30. The Art of Getting By (Trailer)
31. The Psychic Twins predict 2012 on Tyra
32. Gossip Girl -- When Serena Met Dan
33. Gossip Girl -- Chuck and Blair's Scene
34. Gilmore Girls -- Smart Talk
35. What A Wonderful World With David Attenborough
36. Friends -- Tattoo Story
37. 17 Again -- Court Scene
38. UFO Indiana December 22, 2011
39. Friends -- The Red Sweater
40. Smart Girls are Mean
41. Elf -- Naughty List
42. Justin Bieber Visits a Needy School
43. Elf -- Buddy Meets Walter
44. Peoples Court -- Lady Gets Caught Trying to Scam Court with Fake Documents
45. House Goes Speed Dating
46. Gilmore Girls -- 1 2 3 He's Yours
47. Gilmore Girls -- Luke's Special Omelette
48. I Love Living Life (Inspirational)
49. Terry Tate -- Office Linebacker
50. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Trailer)
51. Pay It Forward -- Classroom Scene
52. Pay It Forward (Trailer)
53. Paying It Forward at the Gas Station
54. Paying It Forward At Starbucks
55. Paying It Forward by Paying for Lunch
56. Pay it Forward -- Save My Life
57. Anonymous Acts of Kindness
58. My Girlfriends Boyfriends
59. Seven Pounds (Trailer)
60. 21 Jump Street -- You Guys Are Perfect
61. Hunger Games (Trailer)
62. A Thousand Words (Trailer)
63. A-Team -- Helicopter Scene
64. Benjamin Button -- Daisy
65. Desperate Housewives
66. Mr Deeds (Trailer)
67. Mirror Mirror (Trailer 1)
68. Mirror Mirror (Trailer 2)
69. Jet Lag (Trailer)
70. Groundhog Day -- I'm a god
71. Here's Your Sign -- Bill Engvall
72. Good Will Hunting -- Lake Scene
73. Groundhog Day -- Ned Ryerson
74. Groundhog Day -- Best Scenes 1
75. Groundhog Day -- Best Scenes 2
76. Groundhog Day -- Best Scenes 3
77. Groundhog Day -- Phil Steals the Groundhog
78. Groundhog Day -- Homeless Man
79. Pursuit of Happyness -- Subway Scene
80. Pursuit of Happyness -- Rubiks Cube Scene
81. Pursuit of Happyness -- Night at the Police Station
82. Pursuit of Happyness -- Job Interview
83. Pursuit of Happyness -- Accepts Internship
84. Pursuit of Happyness -- Internship
85. Pursuit of Happyness -- Cold Calling
86. Pursuit of Happyness -- Homeless
87. Pursuit of Happyness -- Final Scene
88. A-Team (Trailer 1)
89. A-Team (Trailer 2)
90. A-Team -- Introduction
91. A-Team -- Funny Scene
92. A-Team -- Bad Idea
93. A-Team -- Flying Tank Scene
94. A-Team -- He Makes The Catch
95. Judge Mathis - Spilled Beer on the Computer
96. Judge Judy Acts Fast
97. Hangover 3 (Trailer)
98. Dangerous Minds: Choice
99. A Message from Jim Carrey
100. Steven Addis: A father-daughter bond, one photo at a time
101. Little Rascals (Bored of Education)

Video Lessons 102-on have missing words and answer keys. The number in parentheses indicates the number of missing words in that video lesson.

102. Understanding Fast Speech (An Overview)
103. Improve Your Listening Skills: Cloze Exercises
104 (18): Fast and Furious 6 (Trailer)
105 (06): Titanic (Trailer)
106 (09): Sixth Sense (Car Scene)
107 (14): Monsters University (Trailer)
108 (09): Now You See Me (Trailer)
109 (15): Turbo (Trailer)
110 (08): RIPD (Trailer)
111 (09): Iron Man 3 (Trailer)
112 (09): Captain America (Trailer)
113 (13): Tiger Eyes (Trailer)
114 (18): Violet And Daisy (Trailer)
115 (11): Hunger Games 1 (Trailer)
116 (16): Hunger Games 2 (Trailer)
117 (13): Step Up Revolution (Trailer)
118 (11): Inception (Trailer)
119: Review of Lessons 104-118.
120 (15): Bling Ring (Trailer)
121 (26): Here Comes The Boom (Trailer)
122 (26): Short Term 12 (Trailer)
123 (15): Aladdin (Trailer)
124 (15): Avatar (Trailer)
125 (09): The Avengers (Trailer)
126 (15): Rapture-Palooza (Trailer)
127 (21): Safe Haven (Trailer)
128. Questions such as "What do you...?"
129 (26): Flipped (Trailer)
130 (24): Accepted (Trailer)
131 (18): Kick-Ass 2 (Trailer)
132 (07): Ender's Game (Trailer)
133 (07): Jumanji (Trailer)
134 (05): Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC
135 (01): Obama Shops at a Bookstore
136 (40): Soda Bottle Blaster
137 (02): Mr. Peabody & Sherman (Trailer)
138 (14): "Santa Hat" French Manicure
139 (03): Vampire Diaries
140 (11): Marijuana Legalized in Colorado
141 (35): An Incredible Magic Trick
142 (26): Wayne's Apartment in Bangkok
143 (12): I Honestly Love You
144 (06): Tangled (Grounded For Live)
145 (14): Tangled (Scene)
146 (18): Tangled (Sidekicks)
147 (26): Will Smith Scene
148 (49): Raising an Olympian #1. Nick Goepper
149 (22): Raising an Olympian #2. Mikaela Shiffrin
150 (13): Raising an Olympian #3. Evan Lysacek
151 (15): Raising an Olympian #4. Amy Purdy
152 (09): So You're Saying There's a Chance
153 (06): Call me when you have no class
154 (07): Bruce Almighty. He loves Grace
155 (10): Bruce Almighty. Bruce Meets God
156 (10): Miracle -- Inspirational Speech
157 (07): The Odd Life of Timothy Green (Trailer)
158 (15): The Secret World of Arrietty (Trailer)
159 (02): Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (Trailer)
160 (23): April Fools Pranks
161 (07): Noah (Trailer)
162 (08): Fifth Element (Nice Hat)
163 (07): Fifth Element (Negotiation)
164 (09): Fifth Element (Some Things Are Worth Saving)
165 (12): How to Draw an Easter Bunny
166 (16): How to Make Glamour Easter Eggs
167 (15): Earth to Echo (Trailer)
168 (07): What Mom Really Wants For Mother's Day
169 (17): Mother's Day -- Kid Snippets
170 (10): Mothers Day -- Small Talk
171 (31): Magic Proposal Card Trick
172 (10): Lucy (Trailer)
173 (15): The Fault In Our Stars (Trailer)
174 (21): The World's First Family Robot (JIBO)
175 (11): The Giver (Trailer)
176 (17): John Stamos is Bad at Something
177 (12): Nightcrawler (Trailer)
178 (09): Night Moves (Trailer)
179 (04): Gumbo (Trailer)
180 (05): Hunger Games. Our Leader the Mockingjay (Trailer)
181 (12): A Walk Among The Tombstones (Trailer)
182 (04): Star Wars (Trailer)
183 (18): Divergent 2014 (Trailer)
184 (14): Divergent 2016 (Trailer)
185 (03): Nespresso Commercial
186 (30): Leonardo DiCaprio's Bad Luck
187 (03): X-Men: Apacolypse (Trailer)
188 (20): Waterboys (Clean Water in Africa)
189 (03): Where'd He Go?
190 (02): Finding Dory (Have You Seen Her?)
191 (04): Scream (The New Kid)
192 (09): Central Intelligence (Trailer)
193 (14): The Terminal (Movie Scene)
194 (03): Idiocracy (Welcome to Costco)
195 (03): Troll 2 (They're Eating Her!)
196 (24): Rock Dog (Trailer)
197 (08): Passengers (Trailer)
198 (05): Taco Bell Commercial
199 (01): Moana Clip ("Kinda")
200 (27): A Christmas Party Game for Kids (Snowflakes on a Plate)
201 (11): Marley & Me -- Clearance Puppy (Movie Scene)
202 (19): Marley & Me -- How Marley Got His Name (Movie Scene)
203 (09): Legion (Season 1)
204 (20): Marley and Me (Trailer)
205 (03): Motherhood in 34 Seconds
206 (31): Mom of Quadruplets
207 (08): Nailed It!
208 (20): Boyhood (12 Years)
209 (18): Boyhood (Talk To Me)
210 (32): Boyhood (Darkroom Scene)
211 (02): Shelter Pet Commercial
212 (05): Valerian (Trailer)
213 (10): Collateral Beauty (Trailer)
214 (10): Collateral Beauty (What Is Your 'Why'?)
215 (09): She's All That (Trailer)
216 (17): Why Me, Lord? (Kris Kristofferson)
217 (03): Fast & Furious 8 (A Short Scene)
218 (10): Mother’s Day Wishes from WNBA Stars
219 (04): Logan (Trailer)
220 (16): Inside Out (Riley's First Date)
221 (07): Son of Bigfoot (Trailer)
222 (10): Ferdinand (Trailer)
223 (11): Fast and Furious 8 (Trailer)
224 (10): Jumani: Welcome to the Jungle (Trailer)
225 (12): Middle School (Trailer)
226 (17): Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmel
227 (05): Guardians of the Galaxy 2
228 (19): Chris Pratt on Jimmy Kimmel's Show
229 (18): Theresa Caputo on Steve Harvey's Show
230 (03): Divergent (A Short Scene)
231 (15): Baby Driver (Trailer)
232 (07): Thelma and Louise (Brad Pitt Scene)
233 (05): Maze Runner (The Death Cure)
234 (12): Kevin Probably Saves the World
235 (06): The Phrase "Out Of" (4 Short Videos)
236 (08): Meet the Robinsons (Trailer)
237 (07): Oracle Scene (The Matrix)
238 (03): Clear Your Mind (Peaceful Warrior)
239 (09): His Last Time With Dad (Click)
240 (31): Halloween Decoration Ideas
241 (09): Maze Runner Scene (The Doors)
242 (10): Two Letters
243 (06): Interview with Walt Disney (Theme Park Idea)
244 (06): Rampage (Trailer)
245 (06): Wrinkle in Time (Trailer)
246 (41): Emergency 911 Call
247 (05): Infinity War (Avengers Trailer)
248 (15): Liquid Sand Hot Tub
249 (15): Max Steel (Trailer)
250 (07): Sky High School (Trailer)
251 (24): Gift Wrapping Hacks
252 (10): Christmas with Nicolas
253 (26): Christmas Prank
254 (05): Game of Games (Ellen DeGeneres)
255 (16): The Vanishing of Sidney Hall (Trailer)
256 (07): A Time To Dance (Trailer)
257 (20): Peter's Interview (Scene from "Office Space")

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


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.  


The next batter [1] looks like a Peter Gibbons.
Ah, there _______. We were just talking _________. You must be Peter Gibbons.
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?
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, 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?
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.
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.


[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.


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]

More entries: Improve Your Listening Skills #257: Peter's Interview (Scene from Office Space), Improve Your Listening Skills #256: A Time To Dance (Trailer), Improve Your Listening Skills #255: The Vanishing of Sidney Hall (Trailer), Improve Your Listening Skills #254: Game of Games (Ellen DeGeneres), Improve Your Listening Skills #253: Christmas Prank, Improve Your Listening Skills #252: Christmas with Nicolas, Improve Your Listening Skills #251: Gift Wrapping Hacks, Improve Your Listening Skills #250: Sky High School (Trailer), Improve Your Listening Skills #249: Max Steel (Trailer), Improve Your Listening Skills #248: Liquid Sand Hot Tub

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