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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

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#228: Chris Pratt on Jimmy Kimmel's Show


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) The word "to" can sound like [da], [ta], or [na] and appears 11 times in this video.  2) You'll also hear the questions "How are you doing?", "Where are you from?" and other common phrases. 

Missing Words and Phrases (19):  Because [cuz]; going to [gonna]; How are you doing [How ya doin]; how to [how da]; must have been [must ev been]; them [em]; to [da] (5 times); to [ta]; tonight [danight]; tonight [tanight]; want to [wanna]; what do you [whad du yu]; what do you [whadda you]; where are [where er]; you [ya].


Every night we have celebrity guests who come to the show to promote their various projects, but our studio audience never gets a chance to promote any of the exciting things happening in their lives.  And I _______ change that, so it's time now for our first ever installment of "___________ have to plug [1]?"

{Applause} I'm looking for, I'm looking for an audience member -- Yes! -- with something _____ promote.  Ok, we'll start {stops}.  Ok, yeah.  The lady with the black, ok, yeah, the lady with the black sweater.  What is your name?


And _________ you from, Herrera?

Seattle.  [2]

Seattle, Washington.  ___________ have to plug _______?

Uh, my niece Xavi [3] plays on the ladies under team [4] in, uh, Tacoma [5] and they're having a fundraiser on Saturday at Applebees [6].

Oh, great! 

From 8 to 10 a.m.

Ok.  {Applause} What sport is it?

Uh, basketball.

Oh, basketball.  Good.  And then there {stops} And people can come _____ that and do what?

Yeah, so go and buy breakfast and then they'll donate part of the proceeds [7] to the team.  That helps pay for travel, coaching -- it's totally non-profit.

We got it.  Ok, very good.  Alright, that's a good plug.  Alright.  We have another {one}.  Alright, this guy right here.  Yes.  What's your name?  And where are you from?

My name's Jeff.

Oh, hi, Jeff.  _________________?


What's your plug?  Good, thank you.

Um, I just moved here from Boston [8].

Oh, wow.  Welcome.  Welcome.

Thank you.  Um, I'm here _____ plug Stick Figure music, my brother's reggae band.  You can check it out on i-tunes.

Oh, your brother has a reggae band, huh?

He does, yeah.

You know, white guys and reggae bands -- those are the best reggae bands.

I know!  You should check ____ out.

Ok, that's good.  You're {stop}.

Check them out on i-tunes or stickfiguremusic.com.

Very good!  Alright, that's a good plug for your brother.  Alright, we have time for only one more.  I'm sorry.  Yes, this gentleman right here, in the leather jacket.  What's your name and where are you from?

Uh, do I stand up? 

Yeah, you can {Applause}.


Yeah, uh.


Wow, you're {stops, changes}.  You ______________ popular in line, I guess, huh?  What's your name?  Your name and where you're from.

Oh.  Hi, Jimmy.  My name's Chris. 

Oh, hi there.  Hi, Chris.

I'm from Lake Stevens, Washington.

Oh, very good!  Welcome!  What is it that you do for a living, Chris?

I’m, uh, I'm an actor.

Really!  Oh.  You look like a toll booth operator or something.  Yeah.

No, I'm an actor.

_______ you look like a dog-washer or maybe a guy that carries buckets around.  Do you work with buckets or anything like that?

Uh, no, no.  I do the acting thing.

We'll agree _____ disagree on this, I guess.

I've been on your show.  Ok.

Do you have something that you would like _____ plug _______?

Yes!  I'm here _____ plug a new movie.

Oh!  Is it like a youtube thing or something?

No, no.  It's a real movie.  Um, it opens May 5th.  It's called "Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2".


I'm not {stops}.  Well, that's {stops}.  Well, congratulations!  I've never heard of it, but congratulations!  That sounds great.

Yeah, no.  Yeah, the first, the first movie was, uh, it was, it was pretty cool.

It did?  Well, people saw it?

Yeah {applause}.

What was that one?  What was the f{stops}, what was the original, the first one called?

The first one {"Yeah."} was called "Guardians of the Galaxy" and we've made one called "Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2".

None of this rings a bell [9].  Can I be honest with ___?  I don’t {stops}.

Totally! [10]  No, that's the point.

What is the movie about because I don't, uh {stop}.

Oh, I play a character called Peter Quill.  He's also known as "Star Lord". 


And uh, there's a, there's a hot green alien and we save the universe.  There's a raccoon who has a machine gun, talks a lot of smack [11].  There's a sentient tree who only knows ______ say his own name.

Are you on drugs or something?




No, I'm not.  It's a really good movie and I think people are ________ like it.


What {stops}.  I talked to your producers.  I brought a clip, like a preview. Like a {stops}

Oh, really?


Alright, fine.  This is the trailer for... What's it called?  "Garbly Galaxy"? [12]


It's "Garbly Galaxy", yes.  "Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2".

Here it is!  What he said.

{The trailer is very similar to the trailer in our previous lesson, #227.  That trailer is clearer than this one, so please see the previous lesson.}

{The trailer ends.  Applause.}

{Unclear; then to Chris at 6:19 of the video:}

You're really in it? 

{Chris nods}

Yeah, that's great!  Alright.  So just to recap [13].  Just to recap:  Herrera's niece has a fundraiser at Applebees in Tacoma, Jeff's band {corrects} brother's band {"Reggae band."}.  Don't bother with that.  And, uh, and Chris has got a new movie about outer space and aliens!  Alright.


Hi, I'm Jimmy Kimmel.  If you liked that, click the "subscribe" button below and good things will happen forever.


[1] To plug something = to give praise or attention to a new book, movie, etc. in order to encourage people to buy it or see it.
[2] Seattle = a city in the northwestern part of the USA in the state of Washington.
[3] Xavi = I think that's her name!  It could short for Xavia, Xaviera, or Xavière.
[4] The ladies under team = I think she left out the age, e.g., "the ladies under-16 team" or "the ladies under-18 team", that is, a team for girls under the age of 16 or 18, respectively.
[5] Tacoma = a city in the state of Washington that's about 34 miles (54 km) south of Seattle.
[6] Applebees = a restaurant that has locations throughout most of the USA.
[7] The proceeds = the money obtained from an event or activity.
[8] Boston = a city on the east coast, north of New York.  It's about 3,000 miles (5,000 km) east of Seattle.
[9] To ring a bell = to be familiar with something.  Jimmy's saying that he's not familiar with the movie.
[10] Totally = Chris is saying, "You can be totally honest with me.  I'm not offended that you haven't heard of the movie."  And "that's the point" = that's the point of having us come on your show and tell people about our new activities.
[11] To talk smack = to annoy or insult an opponent or cast doubt on that person's ability. This is usually said during a sports game when one player talks smack to a person on the other team that he/she is competing against.
[12] Garble = to distort something which then creates a wrong impression.  It can also mean unclear or distorted speech.
[13] to recap = to review or summarize something.


1) want to [wanna]
2) What do you [whadda you]
3) to [da]
4) where are [where er]
5) What do you [whad du yu]
6) tonight [tanight]
7) to [da]
8) How are you doing [How ya doin]
9) to [da]
10) them [em]
11) must have been [must ev been]
12) Because [cuz]
13) to [da]
14) to [da]
15) tonight [danight]
16) to [ta]
17) you [ya]
18) how to [how da]
19) going to [gonna]

More entries: Improve Your Listening Skills #228: Chris Pratt on Jimmy Kimmel's Show, Improve Your Listening Skills #227: Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (Trailer), Improve Your Listening Skills #226: Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmel, Improve Your Listening Skills #225: Middle School (Trailer), Improve Your Listening Skills #224: Jumanji -- Welcome to the Jungle (Trailer), Improve Your Listening Skills #223: Fast and Furious 8 (Trailer), Improve Your Listening Skills #222: Ferdinand (Trailer), Improve Your Listening Skills #221: Son of Bigfoot (Trailer), Improve Your Listening Skills #220: Inside Out (Riley's First Date) (1), Improve Your Listening Skills #219: Logan (Trailer)

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