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Video Lesson 1

1. Overview of my blog

Video Lessons 2-(?) are short mini-lessons. Each lessons focuses on only one word. Coming Soon!

2. Introduction

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
229 (18): Theresa Caputo on Steve Harvey's Show
230 (03): Divergent (A Short Scene)
231 (15): Baby Driver (Trailer)
232 (07): Thelma and Louise (Brad Pitt Scene)
233 (05): Maze Runner (The Death Cure)
234 (12): Kevin Probably Saves the World
235 (06): The Phrase "Out Of" (4 Short Videos)
236 (08): Meet the Robinsons (Trailer)
237 (07): Oracle Scene (The Matrix)

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#237: Oracle Scene (The Matrix)


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 lesson.

Main Features:  This video has four important features.  1) The word "have" often sounds like "ev".  For example, the phrase "would have" can sound like "would ev".  We've also seen in previous lessons that the "v" sound can also disappear, so the phrase "would have" can also sound like "woulda".  2) The combination of "t + y" often sounds like "ch"; for example, "let you" can sound like "let chu" and "but you" can sound like "but chu".  Similarly, the combination of "d + y" often sounds like "j"; for example, the phrase "did you" can sound like "did ju" and "would you" can sound like "would ju".  3) The phrase "I'm going to" can sound like "ahmonna".  Let me explain how we get this sound.  Most people already know that "going to" can sound like "gonna".  Now, if the initial "g" sound is missing, then "gonna" will sound like "onna".  And if the word "I'm" sounds like "ahm", then the phrase "I'm going to" will sound more like "ahm onna".  I write this sound as one word, "ahmonna" because there aren't any pauses when it's said.  {Note:  I could say a lot more about why these sounds disappear.  If you want to know, send me a message.}  4) The combination of two features next to each other in one sentence.  The phrase "I'm going to let you" sounds like "ahmonna let chu".

Missing Words and Phrases (7):  But you're [but chur]; did you [did ju]; have [ev]; him [im]; I'm going to let you [ahmonna let chu]; what do you [whad da do you]; would you [would ju].


Almost done. {They} smell good, don't they?


I'd ask you to sit down, __________ not going to anyway. And don't worry about the vase.

What vase?

That vase.

I'm sorry.

I said, don't worry about it. I'll get one of my kids to fix it.

How _______ know?

Ohhhh, what's really going to bake your noodle [1] later on is, _________ still ____ broken it if I hadn't said anything. You're cuter than I thought. I can see why she likes you.


Not too bright though [2]. You know why Morpheus brought you to see me. {Nods.}  So, ___________ think? Do you think you're The One?

Honestly, I don't know.

You know what that means? {It's} Latin. It means "Know thyself". ____________________ in on a little secret. Being The One is just like being in love. No one can tell you you're in love.  You just know it, through and through. Balls to bones [3]. Well, I better have a look at you. Open your mouth, say "ah".


Okay. Now I'm supposed to say, "Hmmm, that's interesting, but...," then you say...

But what?

But you already know what I'm going to tell you.

I"m not The One.

Sorry, kid. You've got [4] the gift, but it looks like you're waiting for something.


Your next life maybe, who knows? That's the way these things go.


What's funny?

Morpheus. He, uh, he almost had me convinced.

I know. Poor Morpheus. Without him we're lost.

What do you mean, "without him"?

Are you sure you want to hear this?


Morpheus believes in you, Neo. And no one -- not you, not even me -- can convince _____ otherwise. He believes it so blindly that he's going to sacrifice his life to save yours.


You're going to have to make a choice. In the one hand you'll have Morpheus's life and in the other hand you'll have your own. One of you is going to die. Which one will be up to you. I'm sorry, kiddo. I really am. You have a good soul and I hate giving good people bad news. Oh, don't worry about it. As soon as you step outside that door, you'll start feeling better. You'll remember you don't believe in any of this fate crap. You're in control of your own life, remember? Here, take a cookie. I promise by the time you're done eating it, you'll feel right as rain [5].

What was said was for you and for you alone.


[1] bake your noodle = fry your brain.  I've never heard this expression before, but the word "noodle" can mean a person's brain.  She's saying that Neo will think about what happened hard and long, but he won't be able to figure it out and this will cause his brain to overheat and burn out.
[2] Not too bright though = She just said, "You're cuter than I thought" but now she adds, "You're not too bright though."
[3] Latin = She leaves off the first word a couple of times in this scene.  For example, at the beginning of this scene, she said, "{They} smell good, don't they?" and here she says, "{It's} Latin".  I recommend that foreigners say include these words and not leave them out.  If you leave them out, the chances are greater that the people you're talking to won't understand you. 
[4] Balls to bones = I've never heard this expression before.  I've also never heard anyone say "bake your noodle", so it seems like the Oracle is making up her own expressions.
[5] You've got = Notice that the "v" is silent so it sounds like "you got".  "You've got" is grammatically correct.
[6] To be/feel as right as rain = to be/feel 100% healthy (physically and/or mentally).


1) but you're [but chur]
2) did you [did ju]
3) would you [would ju]
4) have [ev]
5) what do you [whad da do you]
6) I'm going to let you [ahmonna let chu]
7) him [im]

More entries: Improve Your Listening Skills #237: Oracle Scene (The Matrix), Improve Your Listening Skills #236: Meet the Robinsons (Trailer), Improve Your Listening Skills #235: The Phrase "Out Of" (1), Improve Your Listening Skills #234: Kevin Probably Saves The World, Improve Your Listening Skills #233: Maze Runner (The Death Cure), Improve Your Listening Skills #232: Thelma and Louise (Scene), Improve Your Listening Skills #231: Baby Driver (Trailer), Improve Your Listening Skills #230: Divergent (Scene), Improve Your Listening Skills #229: Theresa Caputo on Steve Harvey's Show, Improve Your Listening Skills #228: Chris Pratt on Jimmy Kimmel's Show

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