In this section, we analyze parts of the TV show script to learn and understand the use of daily English language.
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From the episode 'Do the math'
PIANO TEACHER: What do you want?
JOAN: Piano lessons
PIANO TEACHER: Why? Are your parents forcing you?
PIANO TEACHER: Then, why?
JOAN: Because I used to
play when I was little, and I miss
it. Because someone very important thought I was good at
'Eensie Weensie Spider'
. How many reasons do you need?
PIANO TEACHER: Fifty. You got fifty bucks
PIANO TEACHER: Yeah. That'll barely
cover the scotch
I'll need after listening to another kid
JOAN: Fifty bucks might be a little bit of a problem...
||clase de piano
|to miss something/somebody
||echar de menos algo/a alguien
|Eensie Weensie Spider
||canción tradicional infantil
||dólar. Es usado solamente en lenguaje coloquial informal.
||masacrar. Como sustantivo, butcher es carnicero.
WILL: Was someone playing the piano? I thought I heard...
? You heard pounding.
JOAN: I'm doing a lot better
KEVIN: At pounding.
WILL: I thought you hated the piano.
JOAN: You want me to do well
in math, don't you?
HELEN: See? This is why I don't ask.
LUKE: Well, all music is based on
the mathematical certainty that vibrations change when the
between whole numbers
JOAN: Ah! And Joan flunks
math. So what's wrong with you, anyway?
WILL: Something wrong?
KEVIN: No. I'm fine. Everything's fine.
||machacar, dar golpes
|to do better
|to do well
||tener éxito, hacer un buen trabajo
|to be based on something
||estar basado en algo. Notar el uso de la preposición on.
||suspender, abandonar (una asignatura o un examen)
JOAN: No, I'm sorry. This was supposed to be an F sharp
. I know, I know. I practiced. It's just that
are so hard.
TEACHER: Those aren't scales. That's Bach.
JOAN: Then I guess I'm not good at
TEACHER: Well, if you can't play Bach, you can't play anything. He's the foundation. What you're destroying is nothing more than a
G major triad
. Sometimes it's inverted but the notes are always the same. 1-3-5. 1-3-5.
JOAN: A squared
plus B squared equals C squared. Pythagoras.
TEACHER: What are you mumbling
JOAN: I just... I get it.
TEACHER: You can't just get it. It takes years of practice. This lesson is over!
JOAN: Well, I still have five minutes.
TEACHER: Now, start clearing out that closet.
JOAN: What about all these old albums?
TEACHER: Just toss
JOAN: You don't listen to any of them?
TEACHER: I can't even see what's on them. The radio's all I need now.
||Nota musical equivalente al español fa. Las notas en inglés son: C (do), D (re), E (mi), F (fa), G (sol), A (la), B (si).
||sostenido (en música)
|to be good at something
||ser bueno en algo
|G major triad
||tríada en sol mayor
||al cuadrado (en matemática)
||farfullar, hablar entre dientes. Para aprender distintas formas de hablar, ver Ways of speaking.
|to toss something
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