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January 19, 2018
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#257 Peter's Interview (Scene from "Office Space")


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

Main Features:  There are several important features in this video lesson.  1) The word "you" has six sounds -- yu (ya), chu (cha), and ju (ja).  You can also think of it as "yu-chu-ju" and "ya-cha-ja".  In this video you will hear the sounds "ya", "cha", and "ja" the most often.  You'll hear the sound "ya" in the phrases "for you" ("for ya"), "ya see" ("you see"), and "you are" ("ya are").  You'll hear the sound "cha" in the phrases "don't you" ("don't cha"), "about you" ("about cha"), and "but you know" ("but cha know").  And you'll hear the sound "ja" in the phrase "would you" ("would ja").  You'll also hear that the phrase "would you" when it sounds like ("would ju").  2) The word "to" has five sounds -- tu (ta), du (da), and na.  You'll hear the sound "da" the most often in this video.  It appears in the phrases "trying to" ("tryin da"), "talking to" ("talkin da"), "to tell me" ("da tell me"), and "not to be" ("not da be").  You'll also hear the "ta" sound in the phrase "not to get" ("not ta get").  3)  The phrase "I'm going to" can sound like "ahmunna".  Here the sound "ahm" is "I'm" and the sound "unna" is "gonna", but the "g" is silent.

Missing Words and Phrases (20):  About you [about cha]; but you know [but cha know]; don't you [don't cha]; for [fer]; for you [for ya]; I'm going to [ahmunna]; not to be [not da be]; not to get [not ta get]; probably [probly]; sort of [sorta]; talking to [talkin da]; that'll [that ull]; to tell me [da tell me]; trying to [tryin da] (2 times); would you [would ja]; would you [would ju] (2 times); ya see [you see]; you are [ya are].

Background:  A technology company called "Initech" has hired Bob Slydell and Bob Porter to visit their company and make recommendations about how it can become more efficient, either by reorganizing the company or by downsizing (e.g., firing people).  Bob and Bob are interviewing all of the Initech's employees.  This video shows their interview with Peter Gibbons, the main character in the movie.  Please remember this is a movie (not real life), so don't believe everything that Peter Gibbons says during the interview.  


The next batter [1] looks like a Peter Gibbons.
Ah, there _______. We were just talking _________. You must be Peter Gibbons.
Terrific. I'm Bob Slydell.  This is my associate, Bob Porter.
Hi, Bob, Bob.
Hey, why _________ go ahead and grab a seat and join us for a minute or two?
______, what we're actually _________ do here is we're just, we're _________ get a feel for how people spend their day at work. So if you would, _________ walk us through a typical day for you?
Well, I generally come in at least fifteen minutes late, uh. I use the side door that way Lumbergh [2] can't see me. {Laughs}  And, uh, and after that I just _______ space out for about an hour till I {interrupted}.
{Groans.}  Space out?
Yeah. I just stare at my desk, but it looks like I'm working. I do that ___, uh, probably another hour after lunch too. I'd say in a given week I ________ only do about fifteen minutes of real actual work.
Uh, Peter, _________ be a good sport [3] and indulge us and just tell us a little more?
Oh, yeah!  Let me tell you something about TPS reports [4].
{Cut to later.}
The thing is, Bob, it's not that I'm lazy. It's that I just don't care.
Don't, don't care?
It's a problem of motivation, alright? Now if I work my ass off and Initech ships a few extra units, I don't see another dime. So where's the motivation? And here's something else, Bob. I have eight different bosses right now!
I beg your pardon?
Eight bosses.
Eight, Bob. So that means that when I make a mistake, I have eight different people coming by __________ about it. That's my only real motivation is _________ hassled. That and the fear of losing my job, ____________, Bob, _______ only make someone work just hard enough __________ fired.
_________ bear with me for just a second, please?
What if -- and {laughs} believe me, this is a hypocritical [5] -- but what if you were offered some kind of a stock option, equity sharing program [6]?  Would that do anything _______?
I don't know. I guess. Listen, ____________ go. Uh, it's been really nice __________ both of you guys.
The pleasure's all on this side of the table, trust me.
Good luck with your layoffs, alright? I hope your firings go really well.


[1] The next batter is Peter Gibbons = The next person is Peter Gibbons.  The word "batter" is taken from baseball.  It's as if the two "Bobs" are pitchers and they're throwing questions to the employees.  The next employee they're going to talk to is Peter Gibbons.
[2] Lumbergh = Peter's boss.
[3] To be a good sport = A person who doesn't get angry or upset when they lose a game or are the butt of a joke.  He's asking Peter to not get mad at him.
[4] TPS reports = A fictional report that's one of the main themes in the movie.
[5] a hypocritical = a hypocritical situation; it's just a "what if" situation.  He doesn't have the ability to force Initech to actually do it.
[6] A stock option / equity sharing program = Two ways that a company can share their profits with their employees.


1) you are [ya are]
2) about you [about cha]
3) don't you [don't cha]; the word 'why' is hard to hear but it must be there.
4) ya see [you see]
5) trying to [tryin da]
6) trying to [tryin da]
7) would you [would ja]
8) sort of [sorta]
9) for [fer]
10) probably [probly]
11) would you [would ju]
12) to tell me [da tell me]
13) not to be [not da be]
14) but you know [but cha know]
15) that'll [that ull]
16) not to get [not ta get]
17) would you [would ja]
18) for you [for ya]
19) I'm going to [ahmunna]
20) talking to [talkin da]

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