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March 10, 2017
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#207:  Nailed It!

("Nailed it" = When someone says or does something perfectly well, we sometimes say, "You nailed it!")


Background:  The girls at a high school are kissing the mirrors in the bathroom, leaving lipstick on the mirrors, which is hard to clean off.  So the janitor went to see the school principal and told her about the problem.  The solution they came up with was very creative. 

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 video lessons.  1) The phrase "would you" often sounds like "would ju".  You'll hear this sound twice in this lesson.  2) The word "to" often sounds like "ta" or "da".  In this lesson it sounds like "ta" four times and like "da" two times. 

Missing Words and Phrases (8):  into [inda]; to [da]; to [ta] (4 times); would you [would ju] (2 times).


He went to the principal.

So could you please get them _____ knock it off?  [1]

No problem.  I got this. [2]

Attention, please.  Students:  attention, please.   Ladies, would you please stop putting lipstick prints on the bathroom mirrors?  I repeat.  Ladies, _________ please stop putting lipstick prints on the bathroom mirrors?  Thank you.

Is that good? [3]


Jelly bean? [4]


What _________ guess happened? 

One, two, three.

The number of daily mirror kissing doubled.

Eloyi Hill spent hours cleaning them off.  That's when he got smart.  He called a group of the most popular girls in the school -- known culprits [5] -- down ____ the lavatory [6]. 

Ladies, I'd like to thank you for your time.  Every day at the end of the day I have to go through an unnecessary cleaning process.  I'd like to show it to you and I'm hoping you're willing _____ help.  If you look over here _____ the mirror, see these lip prints?  They're greasy and difficult _____ get off.  I go home late every day because I spend so much time on these mirrors.  I'd like _____ show you what I have to do every day. 

Every day I do this…

(NotePlease remember that this video is not real.  A janitor's job is to make sure that the bathroom mirrors are clean!  The school can't be the cause of the students getting sick.  So I'm 100% certain that the janitor didn't wash the mirrors with toilet water!   So this video is not real life.  It's fiction.)


[1] Knock it off! = Stop doing that!
[2] I got this = Don't worry.  I've got this problem under control.
[3] Is that good? = The question "Is that good?" can sometimes sound like "Iz zat good?", but here the word "is" is missing, so it sounds like "Zat good?"

[4] Jelly bean? = The full question is "Would you like a jelly bean?"
Culprit = Someone who's guilty of doing something.
[6] Lavatory = Bathroom.


1) to [ta]
2) would you [would ju]
3) would you [would ju]
4) into [inda]
5) to [ta]
6) to [da]
7) to [ta]
8) to [ta]

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