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September 4, 2017
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#230 Divergent (A Short Scene)


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 short video has two main features.  1) The combination of "t" plus "you" can sound like "chu".  You'll hear this sound three times in this video, in the phrases "let you" ("let chu"), "hit you" ("hit chu"), and "hurt you" ("hurt chu"). 2) The initial "h" is often silent in the phrase "would have", which sounds like "would ev". 

Missing Words and Phrases (3):  hit you [hit chu]; hurt you [hurt chu]; would have [would ev].


Points for bravery, stiff [1].
You alright? [2]
You cut me.
I meant to. [3]
You meant to?
Do you think he was going to let you off without a scratch [4]?  You'd still be standing there if I hadn't _______.
So am I supposed to thank you?
You're supposed to be smart.  If I wanted to ________, I __________.


[1] Points for bravery, stiff = Two comments.  a) He's congratulating her for being brave, e.g., he's giving her imaginary "points" for being brave.  b) The word stiff" is a derogatory term for Abnegation in the movie "Divergent" (but not in real life).  Why?  Maybe they call Abnegation "stiff" because they don't show emotions, affection, and so on.  Or maybe it comes from the phrase "stiff upper lip", a real phrase that refers to a person who doesn't show emotion when facing adversity.  Knives are being thrown at her and she's not showing any emotion, so he calls her "stiff".

[2] You alright? = The word "Are" is missing.  The full question is, "Are you alright?"
[3] I meant to = I meant to cut you.
[4] Do you think he was going to let you off without a scratch = Two comments.  a) He doesn't say the first part of this sentence clearly (or the first part of the next sentence either).  b) To let someone off = to let someone get out of a situation so that they're free to go. It's related to the phrase "to let someone off the hook", e.g., a fisherman who takes a fishing hook out of a fish's mouth and sets it free (e.g., lets it go back into the water).


1) hit you [hit chu]
2) hurt you [hurt chu]
3) would have [would ev]

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