Learn English with The Office

#15. Nepotism

Published: 3.23.2021
Level 5   |   Time: 4:14
Accent: American
Source: The Office

Michael hires a new intern to work in the office.


triangle Directions 목표 Direcciones Instruções


    It is important to read the vocabulary and background before you watch the video. This will improve your ability to understand the video. It will also help you understand how the new vocabulary is used naturally.

  2. WATCH the VIDEO

    The first time you watch the video, just try to understand the overall situation.


    First, try to answer all the questions from memory. Then rewatch the video and try to answer the questions that you missed.

  4. WATCH and READ the SCRIPT

    Watch the video again while you read the script. Reading and listening at the same time will help you hear each individual word and improve your listening accuracy.


    There are several different activities that focus on listening accuracy, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure.


    Es importante leer el vocabulario y los antecedentes antes de ver el video. Esto mejorará su capacidad para comprender el video. También le ayudará a comprender cómo se usa el nuevo vocabulario de forma natural.

  2. VER el VIDEO

    La primera vez que vea el video, intente comprender la situación general.


    Primero intente responder todas las preguntas de memoria. Luego, vuelva a ver el video e intente responder las preguntas que se perdió.


    Mire el video nuevamente mientras lee el guión. Leer y escuchar al mismo tiempo lo ayudará a escuchar cada palabra individual y mejorará su precisión auditiva.


    Hay una serie de actividades diferentes que se centran en la precisión auditiva, la pronunciación, el vocabulario, la gramática y la estructura de las oraciones.

  1. 어휘와 배경 읽기

    비디오를 보기 전에 어휘와 배경을 읽는 것이 중요합니다. 이렇게 하면 비디오를 이해하는 능력이 향상됩니다. 또한 새로운 어휘가 어떻게 자연스럽게 사용되는지 이해하는데 도움이됩니다.

  2. 비디오 보기

    비디오를 처음 볼 때 전체 상황을 이해하려고 노력하세요.

  3. 문제에 답하기

    먼저 모든 질문에 답을 해보세요. 그런 다음 비디오를 다시보고 놓친 질문에 답해보세요.

  4. 비디오 보면서 대본 읽기

    대본을 읽는 동안 비디오를 다시 보세요. 읽기와 듣기를 동시에 하면 각각의 단어를 듣고, 듣기 정확도를 향상시킬 수 있습니다.

  5. 액티비티 하기

    듣기 정확도, 발음, 어휘, 문법 및 문장 구조에 초점을 맞춘 다양한 액티비티가 있습니다.


    É importante ler o vocabulário e o histórico antes de assistir ao vídeo. Isso melhorará sua capacidade de entender o vídeo. Também ajudará você a entender como o novo vocabulário é usado naturalmente.


    Na primeira vez que assistir ao vídeo, tente entender a situação geral.


    Primeiro, tente responder todas as perguntas de memória. Em seguida, assista novamente ao vídeo e tente responder às perguntas que você errou.


    Assista ao vídeo novamente enquanto lê o roteiro. Ler e ouvir ao mesmo tempo ajudará você a ouvir cada palavra individualmente e a melhorar sua precisão auditiva.


    Existem várias atividades diferentes que se concentram na precisão auditiva, pronúncia, vocabulário, gramática e estrutura da frase.

triangle Vocabulary 어휘 Vocabulário Vocabulario

  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a mix up [n] - a mistake
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ the cinema [n] - movies
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ an intern [n] - a temporary worker
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ mess up [phv] - make a mistake
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ look into [phv] - examine
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ Ghostbusters [n] - a movie [Link]
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ nepotism [n] - giving jobs to people in your family
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ my bad [exp] - my mistake
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ reflect poorly on us [exp] - make us look bad
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ tell on [phv] - tell an authority, parent or boss about some bad behavior
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ related [adj] - a family member
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ putting it [exp] - saying it
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ hypothetical [adj] - imaginary
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ bug [v] - bother
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ genes [n] - a unit of heredity which goes from parent to child giving some characteristics
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ jeans [n] - denim pants
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ bagel chips [n] - a type of snack
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a laser pointer [n] - a laser device used during presentations [image] vocab image
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ Sack up! [phv] - Do your job!
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ count down [phv] - count from high to low (10-9-8-7-6-5...)
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ Screw it! [exp] - I give up!
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ Texas justice [exp] - violent physical punishment
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ trash (someone) [v] - say bad things about (someone)

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb, [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression

triangle Background 배경 O fundo Antecedentes

Michael Luke Oscar Ghostbusters
Michael Luke Oscar Ghostbusters
  • All of these characters work in an office selling paper supplies.
  • Michael is the manager (boss).
  • Saber is the name of the parent company that owns the office.

triangle Questions 문제 Questões Preguntas [ ? ]


These are guided listening questions. These questions are NOT designed to test or trick you. They are designed to guide you through the video.

TIP: If you don’t understand something in the video, click "Show Answers". You should be able to understand all of the important points of the video by reading the questions and the correct answers.


Estas son preguntas de escucha guiada. Estas preguntas NO están diseñadas para ponerte a prueba o engañarte. Están diseñados para guiarlo a través del video.

CONSEJO: Si no entiende algo en el video, haga clic en "Show Answers". Debería poder comprender todos los puntos importantes del video leyendo las preguntas y las respuestas correctas.


이것은 안내식 듣기 질문입니다. 이 질문들은 당신을 시험하거나 속이기 위한 것이 아닙니다. 동영상을 통해 안내하도록 설계되었습니다.

팁 : 동영상에서 이해가 되지 않는 부분이 있으면 "Show Answers"를 클릭하세요. 질문과 정답을 읽으면서 영상의 중요한 요점을 모두 이해할 수 있어야 합니다.


Estas são perguntas de escuta guiadas. Essas perguntas NÃO foram elaboradas para testar ou enganar você. Eles são projetados para guiá-lo através do vídeo.

DICA: Se você não entender algo no vídeo, clique em "Mostrar respostas". Você deve entender todos os pontos importantes do vídeo lendo as perguntas e as respostas corretas.

  1. Luke arrives at the office at 9am.

  2. Luke makes some mistakes with the coffee order.

  3. Luke loves movies.

  4. The staff likes Luke.

  5. The staff wants Michael to fire Luke.

  6. Michael sends Luke to the store to get more coffee.

  7. Michael wants the staff to be nicer to Luke.

  8. Luke is Michael's nephew.

  9. Michael thinks nepotism is wrong.

  10. Oscar thinks nepotism is wrong.

  11. Michael didn't tell anyone that Luke was related to him.

  12. Michael makes a joke about genes and jeans.

  13. The staff is excited about the ice-cream that Luke bought.

  14. Michael asks Luke to leave the meeting.

  15. Luke shines the laser pointer into Michael's eye.

  16. Luke starts crying after Michael spanks him.

  17. The staff is angry that Michael spanked Luke.

  18. Luke had been talking about the staff on his Twitter account.

triangle Grammar 문법 Gramática Gramática (phrasal verbs)

Directions: Choose the word (particle) that best completes the phrasal verb.

  • Do you want to just drink it or should I drive all the way (back) ?
  • He messed yours (up) too?
  • It's just coffee guys. But yeah, I'll look (into) it. Ok?
  • Who is going to tell (on) us? Gabe?
  • Luke. Not on Oscar's head! Alright Luke. Come (on) . Stop it.
  • Michael, do your job! Sack (up) man!
  • Ok. I'm going to count (down) from five.

triangle Sentence Building (Summary) 문장 만들기 Construção de sentença Construcción de oraciones [ ? ]


This activity is designed to improve sentence accuracy and complexity. Most students can produce the key content words in a sentence. However, they have difficulty with accuracy because the functional words are difficult or can seem unimportant. This activity will help learners eliminate problems with these functional words by giving them immediate feedback on the mistakes they are making. It will also help students develop their use of more natural, varied and complex sentence structures.

TIP: Say the sentence out loud. Notice the types of mistake you make often. Focus on those types of errors. (singular/plural, subject-verb agreement, article use, prepositions, gerunds and infinitives, noun clauses, adjective clauses, word order, and word forms.)


Esta actividad está diseñada para mejorar la precisión y complejidad de las oraciones. La mayoría de los estudiantes pueden producir las palabras clave del contenido en una oración. Sin embargo, tienen dificultades con la precisión porque las palabras funcionales son difíciles o pueden parecer poco importantes. Esta actividad ayudará a los alumnos a eliminar problemas con estas palabras funcionales al brindarles retroalimentación inmediata sobre los errores que están cometiendo. También ayudará a los estudiantes a desarrollar su uso de estructuras de oraciones más naturales, variadas y complejas.

CONSEJO: Diga la oración en voz alta. Observe los tipos de errores que comete con frecuencia. Concéntrese en ese tipo de errores. (singular / plural, concordancia entre sujeto y verbo, uso del artículo, preposiciones, gerundios e infinitivos, cláusulas sustantivas, cláusulas adjetivas, orden de las palabras y formas de las palabras).


이 액티비티는 문장의 정확성과 복잡성을 개선하기 위해 고안되었습니다. 대부분의 학생들은 문장에서 핵심 내용 단어를 생성 할 수 있습니다. 그러나 기능적 단어가 어렵거나 중요하지 않은 것처럼 보일 수 있기 때문에 정확성에 어려움이 있습니다. 이 액티비티는 학습자가 실수에 대한 즉각적인 피드백을 제공함으로써 이러한 기능적 단어의 문제를 제거하는 데 도움이 됩니다. 또한 학생들이 보다 자연스럽고 다양하며 복잡한 문장 구조를 사용하는 데 도움이 됩니다.

팁 : 문장을 크게 말하세요. 자주 저지르는 실수 유형과, 이러한 유형의 오류에 집중하세요. (단수 / 복수, 주어-동사 일치, 관사 사용, 전치사, 동명사 및 부정사, 명사절, 형용사절, 어순 및 단어 형태)


Esta atividade foi desenvolvida para melhorar a precisão e a complexidade das frases. A maioria dos alunos pode produzir as palavras-chave do conteúdo em uma frase. No entanto, eles têm dificuldade com precisão porque as palavras funcionais são difíceis ou podem parecer sem importância. Esta atividade ajudará os alunos a eliminar problemas com essas palavras funcionais, dando-lhes feedback imediato sobre os erros que estão cometendo. Também ajudará os alunos a desenvolver o uso de estruturas de sentenças mais naturais, variadas e complexas.

DICA: Diga a frase em voz alta. Observe os tipos de erro que você comete com frequência. Concentre-se nesses tipos de erros. (singular/plural, concordância sujeito-verbo, uso de artigos, preposições, gerúndios e infinitivos, cláusulas substantivas, cláusulas adjetivas, ordem das palavras e formas das palavras.)

Directions: Write sentences about the video clip using the words given. You can change the word form or add words, but you cannot change the word order. Use a present time frame (tense).

Instrucciones: Escriba oraciones sobre el videoclip usando las palabras dadas. Puede cambiar la forma de la palabra o agregar palabras, pero no puede cambiar el orden de las palabras. Usa el tiempo presente.

Instrucciones: Escribe oraciones sobre el videoclip usando las palabras dadas. Puede cambiar la forma de las palabras o agregar palabras, pero no puede cambiar el orden de las palabras. Usa tiempo presente.

지시 : 주어진 단어를 사용하여 비디오 클립에 대한 문장을 씁니다. 어형을 변경하거나 단어를 추가할 수 있지만 어순은 변경할 수 없습니다. 현재 시제를 사용합니다.

Sentence 1

Luke / bring / Michael / Darryl / wrong / coffee

Luke brings Michael and Darryl the wrong coffee.

Sentence 2

staff / hate / Luke / and / they / want / Michael / fire / him

The staff hates Luke, and they want Michael to fire him.

Sentence 3

Michael / send / Luke / supermarket / that / they / can / meeting / Luke

Michael sends Luke to the supermarket so that they can have a meeting [about/without] Luke.

Sentence 4

Michael / not / want / staff / bother / Luke

Michael doesn't want the staff to bother Luke.

Sentence 5

Michael / admit / Luke / nephew

Michael admits (that) Luke is his nephew.

Sentence 6

Michael / disappointed / because / he / want / make / joke / jean / and / gene

Michael is disappointed because he wanted to make a joke about jeans and genes.

Sentence 7

Oscar / say / hire / Luke / nepotism

Oscar says (that) hiring Luke is nepotism.

Sentence 8

Michael / want / staff / give / Luke / special / treatment / because / he / Michael / nephew

Michael wants the staff to give Luke special treatment because he is Michael's nephew.

Sentence 9

staff / get / upset / because / Luke / bring / back / wrong / type / icecream

The staff gets upset because Luke brings back the wrong type of icecream.

Sentence 10

Michael / kick / Luke / out / meeting / because / he / keep / bother / people / laser / pointer

Michael kicks Luke out of the meeting because he keeps bothering people with [his/a] laser pointer.

Sentence 11

Luke / continue / bother / people / laser / pointer / after / he / leave / meeting

Luke continues to bother people with [his/the] laser pointer after he leaves the meeting.
Luke continues to bother people with [his/the] laser pointer after leaving the meeting.

Sentence 12

Michael / count / down / five / and / then / give / Luke / spanking

Michael counts down from five and then gives Luke a spanking.

triangle Discussion 논의 Questões de discussão Discusión

  1. What are three inappropriate things that Michael does in this video?
  2. What are three inappropriate things that other people do in this video?
  3. Michael makes a joke about jeans and genes. Can you explain the joke?
  4. If you were the manager, how would you deal with an employee like Luke?
  5. Is nepotism always bad? Is it okay to hire family members for a small business?
  6. Have you ever worked with someone that you are related to? How was it? Would you want to work with a family member in the future?

triangle Script 대본 Roteiro Texto

Luke: The coffee monkey has arrived.

Oscar: The coffee was supposed to be here at nine.

Luke: Here you go big Oh. Tiny. Darryl Hanna.

Darryl: This says decaf. Did you get me decaf?

Luke: Oooo yeah. There must have been some sort of mix up there. Do you want to just drink it or should I drive all the way back?

Luke: My name is Luke Cooper. I love cinema. My favorite movies are Citizen Kane and the Boondog Saints.

Andy: That kid is the worst. He needs to be fired Michael.

Michael: He's not the worst. Ok. He's not the worst. Mmmm ... it's not cappuccino.

Oscar: He messed yours up too?

Darryl: He's got to go, Mike.

Michael: It's just coffee guys. But yeah, I'll look into it. Ok?

Michael: Luke, I want you to go to the supermarket for me.

Luke: What for?

Michael: To get some ice-cream for everybody. It's national ice-cream afternoon. Great.

Michael: Don't - Bother - Luke.

Pam: Why is there a circle with a line through it?

Michael: That means don't. Haven't you seen Ghostbusters, Pam?

Phyllis: Why can't we bother Luke? He deserves it.

Michael: Because I don't want it getting back to Saber that we are yelling at assistants. I think that it would reflect poorly on us.

Dwight: Who is going to tell on us, Gabe?

Michael: No. It won't be Gabe. But actually there is somebody in the office who is very very close to Luke.

Toby: Guys, I think Michael and Luke are related.

Michael: No. No, Toby. He's not. Yes he is. He's my nephew.

Everyone: What?

Michael: Luke is my nephew.

Oscar: Michael. That is nepotism. Luke is getting special treatment because he is your nephew.

Michael: Yes exactly. That's a very nice way of putting it, Oscar. Mixing family and business is a beautiful thing.

Oscar: This is hypothetical. We are talking about Luke, who happens to be terrible.

Michael: Well then why aren't you bugging me to fire everybody who is bad? You just want me to fire Luke. That's reverse nepotism. He should not be punished because he is related to me and bad at what he does.

Oscar: If there is nothing wrong with this Michael, why have you been keeping it a secret?

Michael: Because I wanted you come to me and say, “Wow he is so great.” And I was gonna say, “Well it's in the genes.” And I was actually going to be wearing jeans. And I'd point to them. Right? No. Because you ruined it. So thank you very much.

Michael: Here he comes. Guys, look. I don't want you to treat him like anyone else in the office. I just want you to treat him like my nephew.

Michael: Hey. There he is!! There he is!!

Kevin: Wait, soy ice-cream. Did you get real ice-cream?

Pam: Or enough for everyone?

Luke: No man. There was no list. But I got bagel chips.

Oscar: Oh. My favorite part of an ice-cream party – the bagel chips.

Michael: Luke is going to use is laser pointer to point to accounts setup. You click on that first and then a whole new... No! No! No! Luke. Come on. Come on. Not on Oscar's head! Alright Luke. Come on. Stop it.

Luke: What? I'm stopping it. That's what you said!

Michael: Give me the pointer. Come on. Luke seriously.

Luke: Alright, fine! Fine! I'll just go.

Michael: Ok. Good job. Ok, email accounts. So we are starting with accounts setup.

Andy: Oh my god. Is it in my eyeball?

Meredith: Yes.

Andy: I think he's burning my eye!

Pam: Michael, do something.

Meredith: Sack up man!

Michael: Luke, can I have that? Ok. I'm going to count down from five. Five - four - I'm not kidding - three - two - one. You are going to learn to be more professional Luke. That's what you are going to do Luke.

Luke: What the hell was that?

Michael: I had to do that!

Luke: %@#& this! Screw it!

Michael: Alright. Are we good? You're ok. He's okay.

Kevin: That was awesome!

Stanley: Texas justice.

Mindy: Yeah, your nephew is so lame.

Creed: He has been trashing us relentlessly on twitter. Now it's funny stuff, but mean!

Jim: You follow him on twitter?

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