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Learn with THE WEST WING

En esta parte, analizamos extractos de guiones de series de televisión para entender el uso del inglés cotidiano auténtico. Lee los fragmentos e intenta comprenderlos. Luego, lee la explicación del vocabulario. Finalmente, vuelve a leer el texto.

Recomendaciones para aprender inglés con series de TV

Observa una escena, retrocede y vuelve a mirarla. Para eso, marca el comienzo de la escena pulsando el botón "A-B" de tu reproductor de DVD. Cuando termine la escena, pulsa el mismo botón y se volverá a repetir la escena automáticamente.

Si es posible, desactiva los subtítulos en español. Si no logras entender el diálogo, activa la opción "CC" (Closed Caption) en tu televisor para ver los subtítulos en inglés.

Intenta mirar capítulos de series que hayas visto. Dado que ya sabes lo que sucede en la trama, podrás concentrarte más en el vocabulario y las expresiones usadas en las conversaciones.

Repite las frases que escuchas y si no entiendes algo, utiliza un diccionario.

Presta atención a la pronunciación y la entonación. De esta forma, entrenarás el oído para identificar las palabras y los diversos acentos, lo cual ciertamente te ayudará a mejorar tu comprensión del inglés.

From the episode 'The Crackpots and these women'

Learn English with The West Wing SAM: So, you are from the United States Space Command?
BOB: Not a lot of people know about us.
SAM: This is my first time.
BOB: We're a little nerdy, I'll admit.
SAM: You camouflage it well with your clothing.
BOB: I'm used to that, Sam.
SAM: What can I do for you, Bob?
BOB: In a nutshell?
SAM: So to speak.
BOB: We'd like the White House to pay a little more attention to UFOs.
SAM: Are we paying any attention at all right now?
BOB: No.
nerdy Nerd es alguien que parece aburrido, poco sociable, interesado por la tecnología o que no está a la moda (pero quizás no lo sea realmente). Nerdy es el adjetivo.
to camouflage something camuflar algo, disimular algo
to be used to something estar acostumbrado a algo
in a nutshell Expresión coloquial que equivale al español "en dos palabras", "en pocas palabras" o "en resumen". Literalmente significa cáscara de nuez.
so to speak por así decirlo
to pay attention to something prestar atención a algo
UFO Sigla de Unidentified Flying Object (objeto volador no identificado). Equivale al español OVNI.

You don't think this is something you should take to the President?

BOB: I would like you to show the President some data we've collected on some possible extraterrestrial contact.
SAM: I really can't do that.
BOB: May I ask why not?
SAM: Because the President will either yell at me or laugh at me. Either way, it won't work out well for me.
BOB: This morning at 6:35 a.m. local time, air traffic control in Honolulu picked up an unidentified flying object flying east, across the Pacific towards California. Air Force and Naval Jets have been in the area for hours and have been unable to establish visual contact. These things happen and go unexplained. You don't think this is something you should take to the President?
SAM: No.
BOB: Again, may I ask why not?
SAM: Because there are levels and an order to our air defense command, and to jump from a radar officer to a commander-in-chief would skip several of those levels.
to collect recoger, recopilar
to yell gritar. Para aprender otras formas de hablar, ver Ways of speaking.
either way en cualquiera de los dos casos
to work out well resultar, salir bien
to pick up En esta caso, significa captar. Otros significados de to pick up son recoger, levantar o aprender sobre la marcha.
defense defensa. En inglés americano se escribe defense y en inglés británico, defence.
to skip saltear, pasar por alto


BARTLET: Sam Seaborn had a guy who spotted a UFO today, am I right? Sam laughed him out of his office, but you've been thinking about it ever since. But you can rest assured, Sam. It was not a spaceship from another planet, just another time. A long since abandoned Soviet satellite, one of its booster rockets didn't fire and it couldn't escape the earth's orbit - a sad reminder of a time when two powerful nations challenged each other and then boldly raced into outer space. What will be the next thing that challenges us, Toby? That makes us work harder and go farther? You know, when smallpox was eradicated, it was considered the single greatest humanitarian achievement of this century. Surely, we can do it again.
to spot something ver, notar, reconocer algo
ever since desde entonces
to rest assured tener la seguridad de, estar seguro
spaceship nave espacial
long since hace mucho tiempo
booster rocket cohete acelerador
to fire disparar, lanzar
reminder recuerdo, recordatorio. Para aprender más, ver Remember or remind?
to challenge somebody retar, desafiar a alguien
boldly valientemente, audazmente
to race Aquí significa competir
outer space espacio sideral
farther más lejos
smallpox viruela
achievement logro, éxito, hazaña



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