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March 17, 2017
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#209:  Boyhood (Talk To Me)


Background:  The man in this scene is the kids' father.  He and his wife are not living together, so he sees his kids only once a week.  His wants to get to know them better, but they aren't saying much, so he makes up his own conversation with them.

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 a lot of different sounds in this video.  The father talks pretty fast sometimes, so it might be difficult to understand him.

Missing Words and Phrases (18):  because [cuz] (2 times); don’t know [dono]; going to [gonna]; have [ev]; kind of [kinda] (3 times); them [em]; to [da] (2 times); to [ta]; wanted [wanned]; what you're [what cher]; you [ya]; you know [ya know]; your [yer] (2 times).


Talk _____ me.  Samantha, how was ____ week? 

"Uh, I __________, dad.  It was _______ tough.  Billy and Ellen broke up [1] and Ellen's _______ mad at me _______ she saw me talking _____ Billy in the cafeteria.  And _____ remember that sculpture I was working on?  Well, it was a unicorn and the horn broke off so now it's a zebra."  K? [2]  "But I still think I'm ________ get an "A". [3]  Ok?

Mason, uh, how was your week? 

"Well, dad, ________, it was _______ tough.  Joey's kind of a jerk.  Actually, he stole some cigarettes from his mom.  He ______ me _____ smoke ____, but I said 'No' _______ I knew what a hard time you had quitting smoking, dad."

How about that?  Is that so hard?

Dad, these questions are kind of hard to answer. 

What is so hard to answer about "What sculpture are you making?"

It's abstract!

Ok, ok.  That's good!  See?  That's {stops}.  I didn't, I didn't, I didn't know {stops}, I didn't know you were even interested in abstract art.

I'm not.  They make us do it.

But dad, I mean, why is it all on us though?  You know, what about you?  How was ____ week?  Who do you hang out with?  Do you have a girl friend?  What ____ you been up to?

I see your point.  So we should just let it happen more naturally, right?  That's ___________ saying.


Ok.  That's what we'll do.  Starting now.


[1] They broke up = They ended their relationship.  They used to be boyfriend and girlfriend.  Now they're not. 
[2] K = Short for "Ok" and "Okay".  They're all the same thing.
[3] To get an "A" = To receive the highest grade in school.  The grades here in the USA are "A" (excellent), "B" (better than average), "C" (average), "D" (less than average), and "F" (failing).  There is no "E".  Most schools also add a "plus" (+) and a "minus" (-) to each grade, which gives us the following:  A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, and F.  You'll hear the phrase "A plus" (A+) in a future video.


1) to [ta]
2) your [yer]
3) don’t know [dono]
4) kind of [kinda]
5) kind of [kinda]
6) because [cuz]
7) to [da]
8) you [ya]
9) going to [gonna]
10) you know [ya know]
11) kind of [kinda]
12) wanted [wanned]
13) to [da]
14) them [em]
15) because [cuz]
16) your [yer]
17) have [ev]
18) what you're [what cher]

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