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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.

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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 'Did you check with the captain of the Flying Monkeys?'

Learn English with Two and A Half Men CHARLIE: Hey, Jake, what's this? A phone message?
JAKE: Yes, some lady called for you.
CHARLIE: Who? I can't read your writing.
JAKE: [reading the paper] "You're a big selfish jerk."
CHARLIE: Okay, I know who this is. Amy. Probably Amy.
JAKE: Yep, Amy. She wants you to call her back.
CHARLIE: Yeah, that'll happen...
JAKE: Why not?
CHARLIE: Because I never said I'd call her back. Remember this, Jake: never make promises to women that you don't intend to keep. And you know how you do that?
JAKE: Always keep my promises?
CHARLIE: That might work. A better way is never make promises.
JAKE: What happens if Amy calls again?
CHARLIE: Okay, I'm glad you asked that. When the phone rings at Uncle Charlie's house, we don't just willy-nilly pick up the receiver and answer it. No. What we do is we check the caller ID and only pick up if we want to talk to that person.
JAKE: Like Mom?
CHARLIE: That depends. Your mom, yes. My mom, no.
JAKE: How come you don't want to talk to your mom?
CHARLIE: I'll tell you all about that when you're old enough to drink.
JAKE: What if I want to talk to your mom?
CHARLIE: Okay, that kind of attitude is gonna break down the whole system.
selfish egoísta. Egoísmo se dice selfishness.
jerk imbécil
yep, yeah Forma coloquial de yes (sí)
to call somebody back devolver la llamada a alguien
to make a promise to somebody hacer una promesa, prometer a alguien
to keep a promise mantener una promesa
willy-nilly quiera o no quiera
to pick up levantar
receiver auricular, tubo del teléfono
caller ID identificación de llamada
how come...? Expresión coloquial familiar equivalente a '¿cómo es que...?
old enough lo suficientemente viejo/mayor. Nota que en este tipo de construcción se coloca primero el adjetivo y luego la palabra enough.
kind tipo, clase
gonna Forma coloquial de going to (ir a)
to break down averiar, fracasar

 

JAKE: Dad, no, don't pick up the phone!
ALAN: Why not?
JAKE: It might be your mom. Or a woman... [looking at the caller ID] It's Amy again. She just won't give up.
ALAN: Charlie, look, I appreciate your need for privacy, but I think you're sending a bad message to my son about how to deal with women.
CHARLIE: How so?
ALAN: He thinks it's okay to avoid somebody just because the conversation might be uncomfortable.
[Charlie ignores him]
ALAN: Charlie? OK, that's not funny.
CHARLIE: Look, if I'm teaching the kid anything, it's honesty.
ALAN: Really? Walk me through the lesson, Charlie. Educate me.
CHARLIE: Okay. I tell women upfront I'm not looking for a long-term relationship. If they don't believe me, or they're determined to change my mind, I have a right to avoid that conversation. And the phone company obviously agrees with me, otherwise they wouldn't have invented caller ID.
to pick up the phone contestar el teléfono
to give up abandonar, darse por vencido
to deal with ocuparse de, tratar con
uncomfortable incómodo
walk me through the lesson muéstrame paso a paso
upfront francamente, sinceramente
long-term a largo plazo
determined decidido
to avoid evitar
to agree with somebody estar de acuerdo con alguien
otherwise en caso contrario

Look, if I'm teaching the kid anything, it's honesty.

ALAN: Charlie, I think we've got a bigger problem. Our mother is missing.
CHARLIE: Don't try to cheer me up.
ALAN: I'm serious. I called her home, her car, her cell, nothing.
CHARLIE: Did you check with the captain of the Flying Monkeys?
ALAN: Charlie!
CHARLIE: She's probably just sulking because I screwed up her dinner party last week.
ALAN: That's what I thought to. Except I called her office and they haven't heard from her either.
CHARLIE: Okay, that's weird.
ALAN: Yes, I think somebody needs to go over there and make sure she's okay.
CHARLIE: Good idea. You do that and I'll stay here in case she calls.
ALAN: Why don't you go and I'll stay here in case she calls?
CHARLIE: No, I gotta be honest, I like my idea better.
ALAN: Well, I'm not going there alone.
CHARLIE: I'm not going at all.
to be missing estar desaparecido
to cheer somebody up animar a alguien
cell Forma corta de cellular phone, en inglés americano. En inglés británico se dice mobile, forma corta de mobile phone.
to sulk enfurruñarse, enojarse
to screw up something estropear, arruinar algo
weird raro, extraño
to go over there ir hasta allí
to make sure asegurarse de
gotta Forma coloquial de have got to (tener que)

 

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