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Saturday, July 31, 2010

MV: Shakespeare in Love

1998 - Shakespeare in Love

Romantic comedy set in London in the late 16th century: Young playwright William Shakespeare struggles with his latest work "Romeo and Ethel the Pirate's Daughter". A great fan of Shakespeare's plays is young, wealthy Viola who is about to be married to the cold-hearted Lord Wessex, but constantly dreams of becoming an actress. Women were not allowed to act on stage at that time (female roles were played by men, too), but dressed up as a boy, Viola successfully auditions for the part of Romeo. Soon she and William are caught in a forbidden romance that provides rich inspiration for his play.

Why do you howl...
  • howl: to cry very loudly in pain, anger, or sadness
And a share!
  • share: a part of a total amount of something that is divided between several people
It's a crowd-tickler.
  • crowd-tickler: comedy
A bit with a dog, and love triumphant.
  • triumphant: win
A play takes time. Find the actors, rehearsals.
  • rehearsal: an occasion when you practice for the performance of a play, concert, opera etc
That's, what, 500 groundlings at tuppence a head.
  • a head: per person
No, no, we haven't the time. Talk prose.
  • prose: written language in its ordinary form, not poetry
As soon as I find my muse.
  • muse: someone that provides the enthusiasm and determination for an artist, poet, musician to create something artistic
I-It's as if my quill is broken,
  • quill: an old-fashioned pen made from a bird’s feather
Here is a-- a bangle...
  • bangle: bracelet
Will it restore my gift?
  • to restore: to cause a particular situation to exist again, especially a positive one
Prithee, Mr.Kempe. Break a leg.
  • break a leg: {slang} used for wishing someone good luck
Cease to persuade, my loving Proteus.
  • cease: to stop
  • persuade: to convince, to make someone believe that something is true
Straight up, Will?
  • straight up: without ice
while the law of the land has our heroines being played by pipsqueak boys in petticoats.
  • pipsqueak: an insulting word for someone who is younger or smaller than you
  • petticoats: old-fashioned women’s underwear like a thin loose skirt or dress with no sleeves
The natural condition is one of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster.
  • insurmountable: impossible to deal with successfully
  • obstacles: a difficulty or problem that prevents you from achieving something
  • imminent: likely or certain to happen very soon
I have, and the chinks to show for it.
  • chinks: money
I insist. A beaker for Mr.Marlowe.
  • beaker: a glass, cup for drinking beer
A comedy of quarreling families...reconciled in the discovery of Romeo...
  • quarreling: fighting, arguing
  • reconciled: to stop fighting
He looks well enough for a charlatan.
  • charlatan: someone who doesn't tell the truth
Anon, good nurse, anon.
  • anon: an old word meaning ‘soon’
and the daughter mutilated with knives.
  • mutilated: to damage something seriously, especially by removing part of it
I have a sonnet to write.
  • sonnet: a type of poem with 14 lines and regular rhymes
Her Majesty's consent is requisite when a Wessex takes a wife,
  • requisite: required
You have this duel.
  • duel: fight with swords, or with a gun
A skirmish of words and swords such as I never wrote, nor anyone.
  • skirmish: an argument or a disagreement, especially a political one
Did I mention her bosom?
  • bosom: breasts, chest of a woman
Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye than 20 of their swords.
  • peril: danger
And thus he goes to the apothecary...
  • apothecary: chemist. pharmacist

1998 - Shakespeare in Love - PDF download

EUObserver.com: EU population over half-a-billion

by MATEJ HRUSKA originally posted 28.07.2010 @ EUObserver.com

[Breaking News English Lesson on Population - by Sean Banville]

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The European Union's population reached the half-a-billion mark at the beginning of 2010, with immigration pushing it up higher than the net increase would have been following the year's births and deaths, new figures from the EU's statistics agency, Eurostat, showed on Tuesday (27 July).

Europe's population is still rising, with immigration climbing faster than 'natural growth' (Photo: European Commission)

The EU's population as of January 2010 was estimated to be 501.1 million, compared to 499.7 million last year. The EU gained an additional 1.4 million residents, with 900,000 immigrants entering the bloc atop a 'natural increase' - the net boost after births and deaths are taken into account - of 500,000.

Overall, the population increased in nineteen member states and decreased in eight, with the largest relative increases observed in Luxembourg (up 17.2 per 1.000 inhabitants) and the largest decreases in Lithuania (down 6.2 per 1.000).

When compared to the previous year, the number of children born per 1000 people slightly fell during the 2009 while the number of deaths remained constant. Net migration fell more significantly, Eurostat said.

More than 5.3 million children were born in 2009 across the EU. Ireland was again reported as the country with the highest birth rate (16.8 per 1,000 inhabitants), followed by the UK (12.8 per 1,000) and France (12.7 per 1,000).

At the other end, Germany, although still the most populous country, still holds the record for the lowest birth rate in the EU with only 7.9 births per 1,000 inhabitants, followed by Austria (9.1) and Portugal (9.4).

The highest natural growth in population was registered in Ireland, ahead of Cyprus and France. Ten member states had a negative natural growth, with the largest declines in Bulgaria and Latvia, Hungary and Germany.

Over 60 percent of the increase in the EU population came from immigration. Luxembourg welcomed the most new inhabitants per capita (13.2 per 1,000), followed by Sweden (6.7) and Slovenia (5.8).

Ireland, once a popular immigration destination for jobseekers, has returned to its traditional pattern of being a nation of emigrants, recording the highest net outflow (down 9.0 per 1,000).

© 2010 EUobserver.com. All rights reserved. Printed on 31.07.2010

Friday, July 30, 2010

Rong-Chang.com: Business English Links

originally posted by Rong-Chang.com, reprinted with permission

Conversations at Work
  • Employment. Conversations on many topics, from finding a job, at work, to collecting unemployment benefits.
  • Talk in the Office. Each lesson contains multiple sentences that you can click on to learn how to say that sentence.
  • Business Language. Useful expressions used at work
Business News
Business Writing
Business English Lessons
Business Vocabulary
Business Terminology
English for Different Topics
  • BizWeb. A web business guide to 46290 companies listed in 208 categories.
  • MBA Programs The #1 MBA programs guide.
  • Business English Certificate. An internationally recognised business qualification to show that you have learned English to an appropriate standard.

TED Talks: Expanding your circle of compassion

About this talk: It’s hard to always show compassion -- even to the people we love, but Robert Thurman asks that we develop compassion for our enemies. He prescribes a seven-step meditation exercise to extend compassion beyond our inner circle.

About Robert Thurman: The first American to be ordained a Tibetan Monk by the Dalai Lama, Robert Thurman is a scholar, author and tireless proponent of peace. He is also the father of actress, Umma Thurman.

The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.

It is also necessary in both public and private life to refrain consistently and empathically from inflicting pain. To act or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism, or self-interest, to impoverish, exploit or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others—even our enemies—is a denial of our common humanity. We acknowledge that we have failed to live compassionately and that some have even increased the sum of human misery in the name of religion.

We therefore call upon all men and women ~ to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion ~ to return to the ancient principle that any interpretation of scripture that breeds violence, hatred or disdain is illegitimate ~ to ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about other traditions, religions and cultures ~ to encourage a positive appreciation of cultural and religious diversity ~ to cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings—even those regarded as enemies.

We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world. Rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness, compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensible to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

EnglishClub.com - 20 TOEFL Tips

Reprinted from EnglishClub.com with permission

1. Familiarize yourself with the TOEFL format

Most countries now offer the Internet based TOEFL (iBT). A few offer only the paper-based test (PBT). Make sure you find out which test you will be taking before you start studying for the TOEFL. You cannot choose to take the paper based test if your country offers the iBT. One reason people experience exam stress is because they don't know what to expect before a test. Prevent stress on exam day by studying the format of the test in detail. ETS has very clear standards about the format of their test. This is why it is called a "standardized" test.

2. Research TOEFL score requirements

The TOEFL is required for any non-native English student who wants to go to a post-secondary school in the United States. Most people take the TOEFL in order to apply to a specific school or program. Before you begin studying, find out what the requirements are for the schools you are interested in going to. Remember that the scores for the paper based test are different than the scores for the iBT. Some schools will look at your scores from different sections. Each iBT section is scored out of 30. Many universities expect you to achieve higher writing skills than speaking skills. TOEFL scores are only valid for two years.

3. Learn academic English

TOEFL is used for a different purpose than other ESL tests. The TOEFL measures your ability to succeed in an American university or college. Other English-speaking countries also require TOEFL scores as a prerequisite for admission. You don't have to know about the business world as you do in the TOEIC test. Instead, you should concentrate on studying language that you would hear and see on campus and in the classroom. In other words, you should read textbooks, encyclopaedias, journals and research articles rather than advertisements and resumes. You won't need to know any background information about certain subjects, but it will help you to become familiar with the presentation and language used in academic material. You should also watch modern television and movies. If you have a friend who goes to an English university, go to class with him as often as you can. Borrow his books and hang out with his friends.

4. Use practice tests

The best way to prepare for the TOEFL is to practise doing the tests. If you are taking a TOEFL class, your teacher will provide you with plenty of material. If you are studying for the TOEFL on your own, you will have to purchase a few key resources. Find a textbook that has exercises, vocabulary, practice tests, CDs, and explanatory answers. You might not want to work through a book from front to back. Work on the sections that you find most challenging. Don't just rely on one book. You might have a book that is much easier than the official TOEFL. Look for free samples on the Internet to supplement your textbook. Make sure the question types are up to date.

5. Find a mentor

A reliable native English teacher who knows a lot about the TOEFL is one of the best resources a student can have. You will have many questions that your textbook can't answer for you. Frustrated students often give up. It is important that you have someone who will answer your questions and encourage you when you feel down. If you cannot afford a teacher or a tutor, find a student who has studied for the test before. Sometimes other students can give you excellent hints and help you with grammar questions. You might be able to help other students with their questions too. Teaching another person is a great way to learn. If you use Twitter, search for "TOEFL". You will find teachers and students to follow and network with. Join the TOEFL Group on MyEC. Provide support to others and share tips on finding free practice tests.

6. Build up your stamina

The TOEFL test takes a long time to write. If you are taking the paper based test it will take you about 2.5 hours. The iBT is much longer. You can expect to be at the computer for 4 hours. Many students have an attention span of about two hours. This is the maximum length of most classes. After this amount of time performance starts to weaken. If you keep your study sessions to one or two hours, your brain will not be prepared to work for four. Start off with short study sessions, and work up to longer ones. It is absolutely necessary that you get a good night's sleep before this test. You cannot afford to be tired.

7. Arrive prepared

If you arrive at the test centre with all of the things you need, you will feel calm and ready. When you are nervous, your memory does not work as well. Make sure you know exactly how to get to the test centre and where you can park. Bring the correct amount of money for parking. If you are writing the paper based test, you should have a number of pencils, a pencil sharpener and a few erasers that don't smudge. It is also important that your identification looks valid. If you have had problems with your ID before, make sure to bring a backup photo. Don't forget any paper work that ETS sends you to prove that you have registered.

8. Pace yourself

Plan to arrive at the test centre at least 30 minutes ahead of time. Wear a watch. This is especially important if you are taking the paper based test. Some exam rooms do not have clocks. The iBT has a clock on the screen, however, you should still wear a watch to make sure that you arrive on time! During the exam, watch your time very closely. Many students do poorly on the TOEFL because they spend too much time on difficult questions. There is no break between the Reading and Listening section. You will get a ten minute break after the first half before the Speaking section. You will only have a short time to write the essay. Spend some time planning and checking your writing.

9. Improve your typing skills

You will have to fill out your answers on the computer and type your essay. If you rely on a few fingers to type, consider improving your typing skills before taking the TOEFL. Make sure that you are confident typing on a QWERTY keyboard. If you aren't, search for typing practice drills online. Even if your typing skills are strong, try doing practice tests on other computers. Some students get so used to their own computer that they get nervous when they have to type on a new keyboard or use a different mouse on test day.

10. Become an expert note taker

You will be able to take notes in each section as you take the TOEFL iBT. Note taking is allowed because it is an important skill you need for taking university or college courses. As you study, practise taking notes on the main idea of what you read and hear as well as on the main details. Do this throughout your day as you listen to news reports, read websites, and watch TV. Create your own shorthand for frequently used words and phrases.

11. Answer every question

Never leave a question blank. Eliminate all of the answers you know are wrong and then make an educated guess. You have a 25% chance of getting the correct answer. When you finish a section or question, try to put it out of your mind. Whether you are reading, listening, or answering a question, put all of your concentration on the task at hand.

12. Secrets for the Reading section

The iBT does not test grammar separately as previous TOEFL tests did. You will still need to prove that you have a strong grasp of grammar in the speaking and writing sections. It is helpful to familiarize yourself with key academic vocabulary. There are helpful textbooks for this purpose. Keep in mind that you don't need to know every word in a reading passage to answer the questions. Practise reading without a dictionary close by. When it comes to the questions, concentrate on the areas that the questions pertain to. Skim through the passage, read the questions, then read for more detail. The questions usually come in the order they appear in the passage. Anticipate the type of questions you will be asked in this section. Many of the readings have a main idea question. You will be asked at least two vocabulary questions from each reading. You will also be asked some detailed questions and some inference questions. You will not have time to reread a whole passage. Share your own secrets for the TOEFL Reading section here.

13. Secrets for the Listening section

When you are practising for the listening sections, don't play the tape or CD more than once. On the real test you will only hear everything once. You have to train your ears to listen fully the first time. During the real exam, don't look back at a listening question after you have decided on an answer. You cannot change it. The clock will not start running until you start the answers. Learn to listen for main ideas, presentation (compare/contrast etc.), and key details. Share your own secrets for TOEFL listening section here.

14. Secrets for the Speaking section

It is okay to hesitate for a moment or two when it is time to respond. However, it is best to fill as much of the time as possible with your response. If you have a few extra seconds you can sum things up in a short conclusion. You will lose marks for poor pronunciation, so don't try to use big words that you can't say properly. You will also lose marks for improper use of vocabulary and idioms. Make sure you know how to use an expression properly before you try to use it on the exam. Share your own secrets for the TOEFL Speaking section here.

15. Secrets for the Writing section

Don't forget that you will have to make connections in the first part of the Writing section. Memorize phrases from practice tests that show you how to do this. The most important thing is to keep your writing simple and clear. You will not have access to a spell check function. Don't use vocabulary and punctuation that you are unsure of. Spend some time planning your essay before you write it. Your outline will save you time in the long run. When you practise for the essay, find a format that you are comfortable with. Use this format every time. For example, your thesis might always be in the third sentence of your introduction. You might always end your conclusion with a question. Make sure to use lots of examples to support your essay. Transitional words and phrases will make your writing easier to read. Memorize a list of these and practise typing them. Always leave time to review what you have written. Read your essay silently in your head as you check it. Share your own secrets for the TOEFL Writing section here.

16. Strengthen all 4 skills

Some people make the mistake of taking the test too soon. Perhaps your reading, listening, and writing skills are ready, but your speaking skills still need work. If you do very poorly on one section of the test, you will have to retake the entire test. You can't redo one section. Make sure that you are ready to take the whole test when you register.

17. Dress in comfortable clothing

Dress in comfortable layers on test day. You never know whether or not the test room will be cold or warm. Wear your favourite shirt. When you feel comfortable you perform better! Don't wear tight clothing. You have to sit in one place for a long time. Though you want to be comfortable, do take time to look your best on test day. In other words, dress for success.

18. Make sure to eat before the test

Four hours is a long time to go without a snack. You will not be allowed to bring any food or drinks into the test room with you. Eat a sensible meal before you take the test. Avoid too much caffeine as it will give you the shakes. Don't consume large amounts of sugar right before the test. You will get tired very quickly. Make sure that you have had plenty of water (but not too much as you will not want to waste time in the washroom).

19. Refer to the official TOEFL website

The official TOEFL website (www.toefl.com) has a number of helpful things that you can download for free. They will supply you with a list of writing topics for the essay. You can also find important information about test centres and test updates. Many of your questions can be answered here. You will also get hints about which resources are worth buying.

20. Reward yourself

After you take the exam, reward yourself for all of the time and effort you put into learning a second language! Treat yourself to a gift or a night out. No matter how well you did on the exam, you deserve a reward. Write down what your reward will be before you take the exam. It is always helpful to have something to look forward to.

Friday, July 23, 2010

MV: Ice Age

20,000 years before, our planet is entering an ice age. All kinds of animals begin migrating to the south, seeking more warm climates. Sid, a sloth who never stops talking is left behind sleeping while everyone else begins the journey to the south. Awaking, he meets Manny, a mammoth who travels to the north, and decides to follow him. When a humans camp is attacked by sabertooth tigers, a woman takes her baby and jumps on a river. Before she drowns, the baby is rescued by Manny and Sid. The two animals decide to search for the father and return the baby to him. Diego, one of the tigers that attacked the humans, comes also claiming the baby.

Words and phrases:

Why not call it the Big Chill? Or the Nippy era?ˆ
  • nippy: cold
  • era: a period of time that has a special quality or characteristic
No "buts". You can play "extinction" later.
  • extinction: the situation when an animal, plant, or language no longer exists
He said something about being on a verge of an evolutionary breakthrough.
  • breakthrough: a discovery or achievement that comes after a lot of hard work
Go ahead, dig in.
  • to dig in: to start eating without waiting
A dandelion. I thought the frost wiped them all out.
  • to wipe out: to kill all of something
Bon appétit.
  • bon appetite: French expression meaning 'enjoy your meal'
Don't let them impale me, please. I wanna live!
  • to impale: to push a pointed object through someone or something
Come on, you're making a scene.
  • to make a scene: a noisy argument or a strong show of feelings in a public place
We'll just take our furry pinata and go. Would you mind?
  • pinata: used in a children's game in Mexico with paper animal filled with candy
Isn't this great? You and me, two bachelors knockin' about in the wild.
  • to be knockin' about: to travel around
You're very shrewd mammal.
  • shrewd: able to judge people and situations very well and to make good decisions
I'll just zip the lip when I say ...
  • to zip the lip: to stop talking
We'll see if brains triumph over brawn tonight. Now, won't we?
  • brawn: strength
And they gagged me with a field mouse, barricaded the cave door, and covered their tracks, went through water so I'd lose their scent,
  • to gag: to put something in/over someone’s mouth so that they cannot speak or make a noise
  • to barricade: to shut yourself inside a place and block all the entrances so that no one can get in
  • scent: a particular smell, especially a pleasant one
Could you scooch over a drop?
  • scooch: {slang} scoot over a little bit
And I thought, wow, she's gonna go praying mantis on me. I mean, you know what I'm saying?
  • praying mantis: long stick-like insect, {slang} romantically attack
Don't you have some poor defenseless animals to disembowel?
  • disembowel: to kill someone by cutting open their stomach and removing their intestines
Everybody knows they have a settlement on the other side.
  • settlement: town, village, camp
He won't stop squirming. You're holding it wrong.
  • to squirm: to move by twisting and turning in a small space
Well I ain't exactly lactating right now, pal.
  • to lactate: if a female lactates, she produces milk in her breasts in order to feed her baby
Protect the Dodo way of life!
  • dodo: extinct bird that died during the ice age.
I've heard of these crackpots.
  • crackpots: crazy people
No way! This is our private stockpile for the ice age.
  • stockpile: a large collection of things that may be needed
Now to find a meal befitting a conquering hero.
  • befitting: to be suitable for someone or something
Hey. Don't let me cramp your style.
  • to cramp your style: to make someone feel that they cannot behave in the way they want
Hey lovebirds. Look at this.
  • lovebirds: lovers, boyfriend-girlfriend, a couple showing affection to each other
Come here, you little biped.Come here, you little wormy-worm.
  • biped: an animal that walks on two feet
You wanna maul something. Don't you think?
  • to maul: to attach with claws and teeth, usually causing serious injury

2002 - Ice Age - PDF download

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Nike: Getting Started as a Runner

As a teacher I do a lot of sitting, but I know that to keep doing anything in life, I have to take care of my health. So, last week I started a bodyweight exercise program and running. Once a month, I'll post a new article from Nike.com to help others either get in shape or stay healthy.

Getting Started as a Runner
April 29, 2010 by Coach Jay

Hi Coach Jay, I'm interested in running but I don't know where to start. Any tips on how much I should run a day and how many times a week? My first goal is to complete a 5K and then move forward to a 10K, etc. Any information you can offer me will be greatly appreciated. - - Sylvia

Sylvia - Thanks for the question. It can be tough to know you want to run, but have no idea where to begin.

The first resource you should check out beginner programs for running a 5k. The assumption is that you haven't run much and don't have a formal training plan to follow. One good place is "Couch to 5k" or sometimes called "First Day to 5k".

Next, you need to add a warm-up and cool-down routine to your workout. Why? Because a month or two into your 5k running program the chance of injury increases as you become more adept at running and able to run farther and a bit quicker. The problem is that your bones, ligaments and tendons won't be ready for "the new you" if you don't set the foundation of general strength, mobility and flexibility with routines like the Lunge Warm-Up and the Myrtl routine as a cool-down.

Finally, you should consider finding a trainer/coach or joining a running group. The guidance and motivation will help you reach the goal of running your first 5k and the 10k after that. I don't recommend a personal trainer or joining a running group to everyone, but I think in your situation either one would be beneficial.

Glad you're running Sylvia, and thanks for the question.

Follow Coach Jay on twitter at coachjayjohnson. And don't forget, if you have training question for Coach Jay, email him here: coachjay@nike.com.

Interested in Coach Jay's General Strength videos? Click here to check them out.

Always be in-the-know. Follow Nike Running on Facebook.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Weird Regional Words

No matter who your English teacher is, it all depends on where they are from when it comes to certain words. See if you can remember any of the new words in this video.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Links: Learning Chinese

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Under Fire, The Fight Heats Up In Afghanistan

reposted from NPR - Morning Edition
by CLAIRE O'NEILL - July 7, 2010

NPR photographer David Gilkey has embedded with the 101st Airborne Division outside of Kandahar city in southern Afghanistan. The mission for American soldiers in this region is to cooperate with the Afghan national army to secure the area — pushing out the Taliban and empowering locals to protect themselves. But that's easier said than done. Gilkey phoned in to discuss the situation on Morning Edition.

Soldiers with Bravo Company, 101st Airborne Division, Patrol one of the few paved roads in the Pashmul District of Kandahar Province in southern Afghanistan.

The effort in Kandahar requires routine joint patrols throughout a 16-mile stretch of Taliban stronghold. The main, paved roads are laden with homemade explosive devices and thus too dangerous for travel. The soldiers must navigate a jungle-like terrain of fields and farmland in 100-degree heat to continue their outreach efforts, talking to farmers and field hands along the way.

On a recent patrol, the 101st came under heavy fire and engaged in a 4-hour battle with Taliban insurgents. There were no casualties, but exhaustion has settled in. Army officials have said that the key to winning the war is winning the trust of locals. But until American forces can rid the region of the Taliban — which would allow the military to move freely and alleviate fear among Afghan civilians — face time with those locals will remain limited.

Pfc. Christopher Tolentino, with Bravo Company of the 101st Airborne Division, yells for more ammunition while trying to suppress heavy enemy fire near a village in the Pashmul area of Kandahar province.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

MV: 17 Again

In 1989, the teenager Mike O'Donnell is the star of the Hayden High-School. On the day of the final basketball game, Mike will be observed and may win a scholarship in college. However, his girlfriend Scarlett tells him that she is pregnant and Mike does not play the game. Twenty years later, Mike is a complete loser that blames Scar for his failures: he is not promoted to sale manager after working sixteen years in the same company; Scarlett is divorcing him; his teenagers son Alex and daughter Maggie hate him; and he is temporarily living with his best friend, the eccentric and immature millionaire Ned Gold. Mike nostalgically visits Hayden where an old janitor talks to him about second chance in life. During the night, he sees the janitor jumping from a bridge into the river and he unsuccessfully tries to help the man. Mike passes out and when he wakes up, he discovers that he is seventeen again. Further, he discovers that he has a second chance to fix his relationship with his family.

Words and phrases:

Just talked to the scout again.
  • scout: someone whose job is to look for new performers or sports players
Free ride to college and the world's your oyster, kid.
  • free ride: full scholarship, get something without paying or working for it.
  • the world's your oyster: saying you can go anywhere or do anything that you want to
We gotta hang on. Ned's not here yet.
  • gotta: have got to
  • hang on: wait
Who cares? He's the water boy.
  • water boy: younger boy who helps get water for sports players
Um, Ned, Ned, look, I'm your best friend, all right, and I'll always have your back.
  • to have your back: to defend you
Who is that stone-cold fox?
  • stone-cold fox: incredible sexy woman
This whole scout thing has me wicked nervous.
  • wicked: very very
I just feel like my whole future's riding on this game.
  • riding on: depending on
Oh, yeah. Everything's totally copacetic.
  • copacetic: completely satisfactory, fine, excellent
I had no upside for that.
  • upside: the positive aspect of a bad situation
"What's it take to be an RSM?"
  • RSM: regional sales manager
Go out there and push some pills, my peeps.
  • to push: to sell
  • my peeps: my people (slang)
Today everything turns around for me.
  • to turn around: to stop being unsuccessful and to start being successful
Knock them dead.
  • knock them dead: used for encouraging someone to impress people
...the way corporate wants us to spin it...
  • to spin it: to present information in a particular way, especially in a way that makes something seem good or less bad
You guys! OMG.
  • OMG: oh my god!
Oh, and it gets better, because we are going to T.G.I. Friday's!
  • T.G.I. Fridays: restuarant (TGIF = thank god its Friday)
Been working on that outside shot? Passing? Dribbling?
  • outside shot: basketball - outside the three-point line, a long shot
  • passing: basketball - throwing the ball to another player
  • dribbling: basketball - bouncing the ball on the floor used to advance or move
Really? So I've spent the last 18 years of my life listening to you whine...
  • whine: complain but does nothing to correct
Back on the market.
  • to be back on the market: to be available again
Yeah, I'm a real catch.
  • real catch: a good person for a relationship
  • googleable: information that can be found using Google.com
I'm pubescent!
  • pubescent: teenager
The janitor.
  • janitor: cleaning man (floors, etc)
I had him out of wedlock, so...
  • wedlock: legally married
I was about to close!
  • to close: finish negotiations
Welcome to the bottom of the food chain.
  • food chain: series of positions with each one more important than the one before
...like a total douche.
  • a total douche: a worthless person; someone blatantly inconsiderate of others
Bedazzled by rhinestones.
  • bedazzled: very impressed and slightly confused by something
  • rhinestones: an artificial jewel made of clear glass
Hey, yo, check it out.
  • yo: you (slang)
  • check it out: look at this
Settle, people. Settle down.
  • to settle down: to calm down
Take the roughhousing outside, class.
  • to roughhouse: to play in a rough noisy way
I think we could go for full custody.
  • full custody: the legal right to take care of a child 100%, not shared
Fakes right, goes left.
  • to fake: to pretend that something to keep opponents off balance
And signature move.
  • signature: unique
Good hoops, kid. Nice handle.
  • hoops: basketball shots
  • handle: handling the ball
Underneath all of that male bravado...
  • bravado: a brave and confident way of behaving when you do not really feel like this
Mom, it's sick.
  • sick: really good

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