#x. Jen presents the Internet

Published: 4.25.2017
Level 4  |  Time: 3:01
Accent: British
Source: The IT Crowd

Jen presents the Internet to shareholders at her company.


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  3. ANSWER the questions.
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triangle Vocabulary

  • a talk [n] - a speech
  • say a few words [exp] - give a speech
  • folk [n] - people
  • wonders [n] - amazing things
  • flash photography [n] - photographs using a flash (light)
  • primeval [adj] - from the early history of the world
  • instincts [n] - naturally acting without thinking
  • primeval instincts [n] - the instincts of prehistoric man
  • wrap it up [phv] - finish

[n] - noun,  [phv] - phrasal verb,  [exp] - expression

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Moss Jen Roy
  • Moss and Roy are technical support (IT experts) for a large company.
  • Jen is their manager, but she knows nothing about computers or technology.
  • Moss and Roy have convinced Jen that the black box is the Internet.
    (See: Introducing the Internet)
  • Jen is giving a speech to the shareholders on technology.

triangle Questions

  1. The man introducing Jen is a computer expert. (0:23)

  2. Moss and Roy are excited about hearing Jen's speech. (0:25)

  3. Jen doesn't want to give a boring speech. (0:30)

  4. Jen beleives the black box is the Internet. (1:05)

  5. The shareholder believe the black box is the Internet. (1:29)

  6. Jen believes that the Internet is very fragile. (1:33)

  7. Jen believes the world will fall into chaos if the Internet breaks.(1:43)

  8. Jen invites people to take pictures of the Internet. (1:48)

  9. Jen tells the audience that the black box is quite heavy. (2:12)

  10. The audience thinks Jen's speech is boring. (2:23)

  11. The people start to panic because they think the Internet is broken. (2:53)

  12. Moss and Roy are happy that their trick on Jen led to a disaster. (2:53)

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Our employee of the month, and computer expert, Jen Barber, has kindly agreed to say a few words about her role in the IT department.

Now, speaking as someone who doesn't know the difference between a laptop and, erm, the larger one, I'm certainly looking forward to hearing what she has to say.

Good morning.

When I was asked to give a speech about what it is I do and everything, I was very excited.

At last, I thought, a chance to explain the wonders of technology to ordinary folk.

But then I thought, "Who wants to listen to a boring old speech?"

Wouldn't it be better if I could actually bring one of these wonders in to show you it?

Say, oh, I don't know, the internet!

I think it would - and I have.

Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to present to you the internet!

No flash photography, you'll harm it.

Ladies and gentlemen

Why's no-one laughing?

If anything were to happen to this box, the world as we know it would fall into chaos.

Planes would drop from the sky, like tables.

Society would tear itself apart like an angry child with a napkin.

Man's primeval instinct to survive at any cost, would lead to terrible violence, so, please, no flash photography.

And that's what the flashing light's for. Any more?

Is it heavy?

Is it heavy? That's a bit of a silly question. The internet doesn't weigh anything.

OK, guys, I guess I should wrap it up.

No, no. I really have to finish up.

More! More! More! More!

Guys! Oh, my God, you really like me.

This really isn't that funny.

I know, it's terrible. I thought at least we'd get a good story out it. You know? Something we'd remember.

It's over, April. Oh, Jesus.

The internet!


We're all gonna die!

Everybody, stay calm!