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November 17, 2017
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#243: Interview with Walt Disney (Theme Park Idea)


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 missing words and phrases).  The answers are given at the end of the lesson.

Main Features:  The main feature in this short interview is the pronoun "them", which sounds like "em"; the "th" is often silent.  In this video you'll also hear another example of the word "he" when it sounds like "ee"; the "h" is often silent in the pronouns "he", "him", "his", "her", etc.

Missing Words and Phrases (6):  And try to [an try da]; he [ee]; them [em] (2 times); together [tagether]; you know [ya know].


In an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Company in 1963, Walt Disney explained how _____ got his original idea for creating a theme park.

Well, it came about when my daughters were very young and I {stops}.  Saturday was always, uh, daddy's day with the two daughters.  So we'd start out __________ go some place that's, you know, different and things and I'd take ____ to the merry-go-round [1] and I took ____ different places and as I'd sit there while they, uh, they rode the merry-go-round and [2] did all these things, I'd sit on a bench, ________, eating peanuts, I felt that there should be something built, some kind of a {pauses} amusement enterprise built where that the parents and the children could, uh, have fun ________.


[1] The phrase merry-go-round was originally "merry-go-around", but the "a" sound disappears after the preceding "o" sound.
[2] The word "and" sounds like "n" here.  As we've often seen in these videos, the final "d" in the word "and" often disappears, so it often sounds like "an".  Sometimes the initial "a" sound also disappears, so the word "and" can sound like "n" without a vowel.  That's what happens here.  The phrase "round n" has a "d" between two "n" sounds, so the two "n" sounds merge together and the "d" between them disappears.  As a result we get "roun did".  You can hear that the "n" sound is a little longer than usual.


1) he [ee]
2) and try to [an try da]
3) them [em]
4) them [em]
5) you know [ya know]
6) together [tagether] 

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