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February 20, 2018
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#260:  Spongebob Squarepants Movie:  Sponge Out Of Water


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:  The most important feature in this video lesson is the phrase "should have", which has four possible sounds:  

-- 1) "should have" (the full pronunciation, 
-- 2) "should ev" (the "h" is silent), 
-- 3) "should uv" ("have" sounds like "of"), and 
-- 4) "shoulda" (the "v" is silent).  

Americans use all four of these sounds when they talk.  In this video you'll hear the last one, "shoulda".  You'll also hear this same pattern of sounds in the phrases "would have", "could have", and "might have".  The first book that used these words in its title is "Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda: Overcoming Regrets, Mistakes". 

Missing Words and Phrases (7):  going to [gonna]; he [ee]; him [im]; need to [need da]; should've [shoulda]; to [da]; you [ya].


At last, it is mine.  With this magic book, any evil plan I write comes true. But to harness its power, I need the final page that is protected deep below the surface by one legendary hero.

Will you stop playing that tiny piano?!

I think we have a few minutes before _____ gets here.  Aaii! He's right on top of us!  
Bar the door!
Got it!

{From Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies...}
That pirate's ________ destroy our world!  
Aren't you overreacting a bit?

Patrick, what are _____ doing?
Vandalizing stuff.
Isn't that your house?

{To save their world...}
Come on, team!  Let's get that book back!
{... they must come to ours.}
What is this place?  Uh-oh.   Ahhhhhhhh!

{In 2015...} 
A giant hairy porpoise!  Beached! [1]
We _______ get these guys back in the water!
Put your back into it!
Ew!  This place smells awful!

{... comes the 3D motion picture event so hot...}
Oh, where have you been all my life?
This is uncomfortable.
{... and so extreme...}
There's the book!  Now it's our turn _____ rewrite the story.
{...you'll need new pants.}
Those guys must work out. [1]
I think they're in my spin class. [2]

Alright, here comes the pain!
That ain't good.
They're beautiful.

{The SpongeBob Movie:  Sponge Out of Water in 3D.}
Mr. Superawesomeness, take _____ down.  
Maybe, we _________ picked a better superpower for you, Patrick.


[1] To work out = to do physical exercise in order to improve your strength and/or fitness.
[2] Spin class = A spin class is a high-intensity workout that generally takes place on a stationary bicycle that has a weighted flywheel.


1) he [ee]
2) going to [gonna]
3) you [ya]
4) need to [need da]
5) to [da]
6) him [im]
7) should've [shoulda]

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