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April 27, 2017
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#216:  Why Me, Lord? (Kris Kristofferson)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tA7E7pbUws

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 two main features in this lesson.  1) The initial "h" is often silent in words that aren't stressed in the sentence.  Examples that you will hear in this video include the words "have" ("av"), "had" ("ad"), "he" ("ee"), and "him " ("im").  2) The word "to" can sound like "ta", "da", and "na".  In this lesson you will hear the sound "ta" 3 times and the sound "da" 7 times.

Missing Words and Phrases (17):  and [an]; because [cuz]; bunch of people [bunch uh people]; have [av]; he [ee] (2 times); him [im]; to [da] (7 times); to [ta] (2 times); to me [ta me].

Background:  Kris Kristofferson and the other singers on the stage got together to create a collection of songs.  Here Kris talks about a spiritual experience he had which inspired him to write his song "Why Me, Lord?".  He sings this song at the end of this video, but before that the narrator asks him to tell everyone the story behind it.

Transcript:

And Kris, before we do it [1], I'd like you ___ tell the story of "Why Me, Lord?".  I think it was inspired by Larry Gatlin [2], wasn't it?  In a way?

Well, I was moved by a song I heard _____ singing in church. 

Was it "Help Me"?

"Help Me", as a matter of fact, yeah, it was.  It was at Jimmie Snow's church [3].

You took Connie Smith ___ church or she took you ___ church.

She took me ___ church, yeah.  We had [4], uh {stops}.  The night before we'd been down in Cookville [5] with a _______________ doing a benefit [6] for Dottie West's high school band or something?  And uh, and then, uh, Connie, uh, took me over ___ church the next day, ___ Jimmy Snow's church. 

Mhmm. [7]

And uh I had a profound religious experience, uh, during the session.  Something that I hadn't ever had happen ______ before.  And uh "Why Me?" came out of it.

It was a very personal experience then.

Yes, it was.  It was, uh…  Everybody was kneeling down, and uh Jimmy said, uh, something like, "If anybody's lost, please raise their hand."  And I was kneeling there.  I don’t go ___ church a lot and uh the notion of raising my hand was out of the question [8].  And I thought, uh, "I can't imagine who's doing this" and all of a sudden I felt my hand going up and I was hoping nobody else was looking, ______ everyone was {stops, changes} had their head over, bent over praying.  And then ____ said, uh, "If anybody, uh, is ready to accept Jesus" -- something like this -- "come down to the front of the church."  And, uh, I thought, "That would never happen."  And, uh, I found myself getting up ____ walking down with all these people and going down there.  And I don't really know what he said ___ me.  He said something to me like, "Are you ready to accept Jesus Christ in your life" or something.  I said, "I don't know!"  I didn't know what I was doing there.  And he put me down, said, "Kneel down here" and he -- I can't even remember what ____ was saying though.  Whatever it was was such a release for me that I {stutters} I found myself weeping in public and uh I felt this, uh, forgiveness that I didn't, that I didn't know I even needed.

Could we get you and Janie Fricke and Willie [9] ____ do this?

I'll sing harmony.  You bet! [10]

Well, we'll try it.  I'll do it in G [11] and, uh, hope that I don't mess up the band again!

Why me, Lord?
What ______ I ever done
To deserve even one

Of the pleasures I've known?

Tell me, Lord.
What did I ever do
That was worth loving you
Or the kindness you've shown?

Lord help me, Jesus.  I've wasted it so
Help me, Jesus. I know what I am.
Now that I know that I needed you so
Help me, Jesus.  My soul's in your hands.

Try me, Lord.
If you think there's a way
I can try to repay
All I've taken from you.

Maybe, Lord,
I can show someone else
What I go through myself
On my way back to you.

Lord help me, Jesus.  I've wasted it so
Help me, Jesus. I know what I am.
Now that I know that I needed you so
Help me, Jesus.  My soul's in your hands.

Jesus, my soul's in your hands.

Notes:

[1] Before we do it = Before you sing the song.
[2] Larry Gatlin = a famous country singer.  Other singers country mentioned in this video are Connie Smith, Dottie West, Janie Fricke, and Willie Nelson.
[3] Jimmie Snow is a country singer who became a preacher.  He started a church that was attended by many country music stars, including the guy in the video, Kris Kristofferson.
[4]  We had = Note that the initial "h" is silent and so the word "had" sounds like "ad".  In the next sentence "we had" sounds like "we'd".  So there are three ways to say "had" -- 1) "had" (the full sound), 2) "ad" (the "h" is silent), and 3) "d" (the full contraction).

[5] Cookeville = a city in the state of Tennessee.  Nashville (another city in Tennessee) is the home of country music, so a lot of country singers go there a lot.
[6] doing a benefit for = he was raising money for Dottie West's high school band.

[7] Mhmm = Another way of saying "yes".
[8] Out of the question = Something that will never happen.

[9] Janie Fricke and Willie = Two singers in the group.  "Willie" is "Willie Nelson" who is probably the most famous singer in the group.
[10] You bet! = Of course I will.  In other words, if you bet that this will happen, you'll win!  It's a sure thing.

[11] In G = In the key of "G".

Answers:

1) to [da]
2) him [im]
3) to [da]
4) to [da]
5) to [da]
6) bunch of people [bunch uh people]
7) to [ta]
8) to [ta]
9) to me [ta me]
10) to [da]
11) because [cuz]
12) he [ee]
13) and [an]
14) to [da]
15) he [ee]
16) to [da]
17) have [av]

April 18, 2017
Viewed 436 times.

#215:  She's All That (Trailer)

("All that" = a person who is attractive, superior, and highly admired by others. In the beginning of the movie, the girl isn't "all that", but at the end of the movie she becomes the prom queen [1].)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kI9fYsgduGE

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) In this video you will hear another example of the phrase "Why did you" ("why'd ju").  This question has appeared at least once in each of the last three lessons. In this lesson you'll hear another example.  2) There are two combinations in this video.  The sentence "They kicked him out of the house" sounds like "They kicked im ah-da the house.  The sentence "You've got six weeks to turn her into the prom queen" sounds like "You've got six weeks ta turn er inda the prom queen [1]."

Missing Words and Phrases (9):  and [an]; him out of [im ah-da]; his [is]; to [da]; to turn her into [ta turn er inda]; want to [wanna]; why did you [why'd ju]; wondering [wonnerin]; you're going to [yer gonna].

Plot:  Everyone in high school envies Zack Siler, but his popularity declines when his girlfriend leaves him for TV star Brock Hudson.  In order to rebuild his reputation, Zack agrees to a difficult challenge:  He has six weeks to gain the trust of Laney Boggs and help her become the school's next prom queen [1].

Transcript:

Zack Siler had it all.

How's it going, man?

President of _____ class, captain of the team, and dating the most popular girl in school… Until she went on spring break.

So I've been dancing for maybe 5 minutes, right?  And that's when it happened.

l'm Brock Hudson [2]!

Brock is from "The Real World" [2], like the TV show, okay? 

But they kicked __________ the house!

My condolences go out _____ Zack, who got dissed and dismissed [3] by his magically delicious girl friend.

In order to save his reputation, he's taken on an impossible bet.

I'll pick the girl.  _____ you've got six weeks ________________ the prom queen [1].

Gentlemen, we have a winner!

If you call off the bet, you lose.

I don't lose.

So Laney, listen.  I was _________ if maybe you'd _______ … embarrass me horribly in front of all these people.

So who's the lucky rebound girl? [4]

She kind of blew me off!  [5]

I like her already.

What is this, some kind of new dork outreach program? [6]

Find out where she hangs out, what she does for fun.

Don't tell me you guys are on a date.

No, we're just friends.

I feel just like Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman" [7].  You know, except for that whole hooker thing.

To everyone here who matters, you're vapor. [8]

I forgot why I avoided places like this and people like you!

Am I bet??  Am I a stupid bet???

This is one contest _______________ lose.

You're going down, man. [9]

Jesse, am I kissable?

But now he's about to realize that she's a whole lot more than he bargained for [10].

She doesn't like her million dollar makeover [11] or her overnight popularity?  What is it?

No, that's not the point, man!  I cared about her!

___________ really come here, Zack?

I forget.

{Song:  So kiss me.} 

She's All That.

{Song:  Kiss me down by the broken tree house.  Swing me.}

Notes:

[1] Prom queen = A "prom" is a formal dinner dance for high school students.  The students vote for who they want to be the prom King and Queen.
[2]
"Brock Hudson" and "The Real World" =  The girl met Brock Hudson, who (in the movie) was on a popular reality TV show called "The Real World".
[3] Zack got dissed and dismissed by his girl friend = His girl friend left him.  She dissed him (e.g., disrespected him) and dismissed him (left him).
[4] Rebound = If your girlfriend or boyfriend breaks up with you, then a rebound occurs if you start looking for another person to go out with in order to ease the pain of breaking up.  The relationship with the new person usually doesn't last very long.
[5] She kind of blew me off! = She didn't pay any attention to me.
[6] A dork outreach program = A "dork" is a strange person who isn't popular at school.  "A dork outreach program" = She's asking him if the popular kids at school are taking pity on the less-popular students and reaching out to them for some unknown reason.  Since he wasn't able to get her attention, Zack then asks his sister for advice (see the next line of the transcript), then later in the trailer he goes to the beach with the girl.
[7] Julia Roberts = a famous actress who was in the movie "Pretty Woman".  A "hooker" is a woman who works in the oldest profession on Earth.
[8] You're vapor = You're invisible to us; it's as if you don't exist.  As far as I know, this phrase isn't used anymore.
[9] You're going down = This can mean "I'm going to destroy you" or "I'm going to beat you up" or "I'm going to take you down off of your high pedestal."
[10] She's more than he bargained for = She's more than what he expected.
[11] A makeover = a significant change in a woman's hairstyle, makeup, and clothes.  "A million dollar makeover" is a makeover that's so extensive that it costs a million dollars.

Answers:

1) his [is]
2) him out of [im ah-da]
3) to [da]
4) And [an]
5) to turn her into [ta turn er inda]
6) wondering [wonnerin]
7) want to [wanna]
8) you're going to [yer gonna]
9) Why did you [why'd ju]

April 11, 2017
Viewed 735 times.

#214: Collateral Beauty (What Is Your "Why"?)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htjLuTLL47s

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 lesson shows the various ways that the question "Why did you" can be said.  In previous lessons we've seen that the word "you" after a "d" can have four possible sounds -- "you", "ya", "ju", and "ja".  So the question "why did you" can have those four sounds -- "why did you", "why did ya", "why did ju", and "why did ja".  In addition, the phrase "why did" can sound like "why'd".  So the question "why'd you" can have these four sounds -- "why'd you", "why'd ya", "why'd ju", and "why'd ja".  You'll hear Will Smith ask this question four times in a row at the beginning of this video.  Sometimes he says "why did ja", sometimes "why did ju", and sometimes "why'd ju".

Missing Words and Phrases (10):  and your [an yer]; to [ta]; to be [da be]; what does [whadduz] (twice); why did you [why did ja] (2 times); why did you [why did ju]; why did you [why'd ju]; your [yer].

Transcript:

What is your "why"?  _____________ even get out of the [1] bed this morning?  _____________ eat what you [2] ate?  _____________ wear what you wore?  _____________ come here? 

My "why" is to improve lives.  I've found that that's the thing that gives me the joy, it's the thing that energizes me the most -- when I can create, when I can be a part of a group where the focus is to bring joy and to relieve suffering.

Honestly, my inspiration always comes from other people -- watching other people, enjoying other people, being inspired by other people.  I can always learn from what is good. 

The one thing humans beings want is to love, to feel that they belong. 

_________ it mean _____ a good person?  And _________ it mean _____ be an authentic person and being the best person you can be?  Being kind.

For me it's give love and to receive it because I think that's really what life is all about.

Really relish all the good times and really spend time with ____ family ________ friends.

We are here to connect.  Life is about people.

Notes:

[1] Out of the = Note that "out of the bed" sounds something like "ah da da bed".
[2] You = Note that "you" sounds something like "ya".

Answers:

1) Why did you [why'd ju]
2) Why did you [why did ja]
3) Why did you [why did ju]
4) Why did you [why did ja]
5) What does [whadduz]
6) to be [da be]
7) what does [whadduz]
8) to [ta]
9) your [yer]
10) and your [an yer]

07:53 AM Apr 28 2017

gohoos02

gohoos02
United States

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