Learn English with The Big Bang Theory

#9. Arranged Marriages

Published: 1.31.2022
Level 5   |   Time: 5:21
Accent: American

Raj starts freaking out when his parents try to marry him off to girl he doesn't know.


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

  • ☐ ☐ ☐ broadband [n] - an Internet connection
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ tilt up [phv] - point up, bend up
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ the crotch [n] - the part of the human body between the legs
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ academics [n] - university professors
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ limited earning potential [exp] - working in a low paying job or industry
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ web-chatting [exp] - chatting through a web application
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ pointless [adj] - useless
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ the samosas [n] - slang for a man's balls (and a type of Indian food)
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ untouchable [adj] - the lowest Indian caste
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ meddle [v] - interfere, bother
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ the norm [n] - the normal, usual situation
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ with all due respect [exp] - I respect you, but I disagree.
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ Doogie Howser [n] - a 1980s TV program about a child doctor
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ off the air [exp] - not on TV anymore
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ cultural aspiration [exp] - a common dream or desire in a specific culture or nationality
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ Scrubs [n] - a 2000s TV program about doctors
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ marry me off [phv] - make me marry someone
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ go through with it [exp] - do something
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ rightly and totally screwed [exp] - in a very bad situation
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ pushy [adj] - insisting on one's own opinion
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ I won't hear the end of it. [exp] - They will never stop talking about it.
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ ... works for me. [exp] - I agree.
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ Keep it real. [exp] - Goodbye
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ Look on the bright side. [exp] - Consider the positive points.

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

triangle Background 배경 O fundo Antecedentes

Raj Leonard Sheldon Howard
Rajesh Leonard Sheldon Howard
  • Sheldon and Leonard are roommates.
  • Howard and Rajesh are their friends.
  • They are all university professors.
  • Rajesh cannot talk to women. He gets too nervous.
  • Raj is from India, but he dislikes Indian food and culture.

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. Rajesh's parents recently got broadband Internet.

  2. Rajesh's parents live in New York.

  3. Raj's parents think that Leonard and Sheldon are a romantic couple.

  4. Leonard and Sheldon are a romantic couple.

  5. Raj's parents are proud that their son is a university professor.

  6. Howard thinks that web-chatting without clothing is wrong and immoral.

  7. Raj's parents want to introduce Raj to an Indian girl (Lalita Gupta).

  8. Lalita lives California.

  9. Lalita is a dental student.

  10. Raj has never met Lalita.

  11. Raj is excited to meet Lalita.

  12. Raj's parents want Raj to marry Lalita.

  13. Sheldon thinks that arranged marriages are old-fashioned and immoral.

  14. Raj's parents love a TV show called Doogie Howser.

  15. Doogie Howser is a new TV show about a doctor.

  16. Lalita seems very pushy in her phone message to Raj.

  17. Howard pretends to be Raj on the phone.

  18. Howard is going to meet Lalita on Friday.

  19. Raj appreciates Howard's help.

  20. Howard's parents have a warm and happy relationship.

triangle Summary 요약 Construção de sentença Resumen [ ? ]


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: Escreva frases sobre o videoclipe usando as palavras dadas. Você pode alterar a forma das palavras ou adicionar palavras, mas não pode alterar a ordem das palavras. Use o tempo 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

Raj / web-chat / parent / because / they / just / get / broadband

Raj is web-chatting with his parents because they (have) just got broadband.

Sentence 2

Raj / parent / think / Sheldon / Leonard / couple / because / they / live / together

Raj's parents think (that) Sheldon and Leonard are a couple because they live together.

Sentence 3

Raj / parent / tell / about / one / childhood / friend / who / now / attend / USC

Raj's parents tell him about one of his childhood friends who now [attends/is attending] USC.

Sentence 4

they / want / Raj / marry / her / because / he / already / 26 / and / still / single

They want Raj to marry her because he is already 26 and still single.

Sentence 5

Raj / start / freak / because / parent / try / marry / him / complete / stranger

Raj starts to freak out because his parents are trying to marry him off to a complete stranger.

Sentence 6

Sheldon / think / romantic / love / overrate / so / he / recommend / Raj / go / through / wedding

Sheldon thinks (that) romantic love is overrated, so he recommends (that) Raj (should) go through with the wedding.

Sentence 7

Raj / say / he / total / screw / after / he / hear / phone / message / Lalita

Raj says (that) he is totally screwed after he hears a phone message from Lalita.

Sentence 8

pretend / be / Raj / Howard / call / Lalita / and / set / date / Friday

(While) Pretending to be Raj, Howard calls Lalita and sets up a date [on/for] Friday.

Sentence 9

Raj / worry / they / will / meet / get / marry / and / spend / rest / live / total / silence

Raj [is worried/worries]` (that) they will meet, get married, and spend the rest of their lives in total silence.

triangle Discussion 논의 Questões de discussão Discusión

  1. How would you describe Rajesh's parents? Are they similar to your parents?
  2. How do each of Raj's friends seem to feel about his situation (Sheldon, Howard, Leonard)? If you were Raj's friend, what would you say to him?
  3. Do your parents meddle in your private life? Does it bother you? Would you or do you tell them not to meddle?
  4. Would you accept an arranged marriage? If your parents picked, what kind of person would they choose?
  5. Sheldon says, "Romantic love as the basis for marriage has only existed since the 19th century." How did people use to choose mates? Was it different for rich and poor families?
  6. What are the pros and cons of basing a marriage on love?
  7. What are the pros and cons of arranged marriages?
  8. Rajesh's parents said, "You're 26 years old, Rajesh, we want grandchildren." Do you think 26 is too young for his parents to start pressuring him to have children? Is this kind of pressure the norm in your country as well? At what age does this type of pressure usually begin?
  9. Rank these qualities from most important to least important for your future husband or wife.
    a) earning potential
    b) feelings (love)
    c) appearance
    d) intelligence
    e) personality
    f) honesty
  10. Can you do any accents or impersonate (talk like) any famous people?

triangle Script 대본 Roteiro Texto

Rajesh: And this is Leonard’s and Sheldon’s apartment.

Howard: Guess whose parents just got broadband.

Rajesh: Leonard may I present live from New Delhi: Dr. and Mrs. V. M. Koothrappali.

Leonard: Hi!

Dr. K: Tilt up the camera. I’m looking at his crotch.

Rajesh: Sorry, Papa.

Mrs. K: Oh … there’s much better. Hi.

Leonard: Hi.

Rajesh: And over here is Sheldon.

Sheldon: Hi.

Rajesh: He lives with Leonard.

Mrs. K: Oh that’s nice – like Haroon and Tanveer.

Rajesh: No, no not like Haroon and Tanveer.

Mrs. K: Such sweet young men. They’ve just adopted the cutest little Punjabi baby.

Leonard: Yeah, we’re not like Haroon and Tanveer.

Dr. K: So, are you boys academics like our son?

Leonard: Uh huh.

Sheldon: Yes.

Dr. K: And your parents are comfortable with your limited earning potential?

Sheldon: Not at all.

Leonard: Oh, Yes.

Rajesh: Papa, please, don’t start.

Dr. K: Come on it’s just a question. He’s so sensitive.

Rajesh: Ok. That’s my life, that’s my friends, good to see you, say goodbye.

Dr. K: Wait, wait! Before you go, we have good news! Put the computer down and gather your friends.

Rajesh: What is it papa?

Dr. K: I don’t see your friends!

Howard: Is it just me, or is web-chatting with your clothes on seem a little pointless?

Mrs. K: Rajesh, do you remember Lalita Gupta?

Rajesh: The little fat girl that used to kick me in the samosas and call me untouchable?

Mrs. K: Yes, well now she’s a dental student at USC, so we gave her your contact information.

Rajesh: Why did you do that?

Dr. K: You’re 26 years old, Rajesh; we want grandchildren.

Rajesh: But Papa ... I’m not supposed to ….

Mrs. K: Lalita’s parents approve the match.

Dr. K: If you decide on a spring wedding, we can avoid monsoon season.

Rajesh: Spring wedding?

Mrs. K: It’s up to you dear, we don’t want to meddle.

Rajesh: If you don’t want to meddle then why are you meddling.

Sheldon: If I may, your parents probably don’t consider this meddling. While arranged marriages are no longer the norm, Indian parents continue to have a greater than average involvement in their children’s love lives.

Rajesh: Why are you telling me about my own culture?

Sheldon: You seemed confused.

Rajesh: Sorry Mommy, Papa with all due respect....

Mrs. K: Sorry darling, we have to go, Doogie Howser is on. Grandma, it’s Doogie time! Bye bye!

Rajesh: I don’t believe it.

Howard: Neither do I, Doogie Howser has been off the air for like 20 years.

Leonard: Actually, I read somewhere it’s one of the most popular programs in India.

Sheldon: It might speak to a cultural aspiration to have one’s children enter the medical profession.

Leonard: Ah, I bet you’re right.

Howard: I bet they love Scrubs.

Sheldon: What’s not to love?

Rajesh: Excuse me, hello! My parents are trying to marry me off to a total stranger. What am I going to do?

Sheldon: I suggest you go through with it

Rajesh: What?

Sheldon: Romantic love as the basis for marriage has only existed since the 19th century. Up until then arranged marriages were the norm and it served society quite well.

Rajesh: Ok. I know what I’m going to do: find new friends.

Rajesh: Oh, dear, I am rightly and totally screwed.

Leonard: Hey, I thought you were finding new friends.

Rajesh: I've got some feelers out. In the meantime, listen to this.

Lalita: Hi, Rajesh. This is Lalita Gupta. Your mother gave my mother your phone number to give to me. So, I'm calling you and... call me back. Bye.

Rajesh: Can you believe how pushy she is.

Leonard: So don't call her.

Rajesh: If I don't call her, I won't hear the end of it from my parents.

Leonard: So call her.

Rajesh: How can I call her? You know I can't talk to women.

Leonard: I'm done. Anybody else?

Howard: Give me the phone.

Rajesh: Why?

Howard: Just give it to me.

Rajesh: What are you doing?

Howard: Don't worry. You'll thank me.

Howard: Hello, Lalita? Raj Koothrappali here. Yes, it is good to talk to you, too. So what are you wearing? Oh, not important. So, anyhow, when would you like to meet? Friday works for me! I'll call you with a time and place. But in the meantime, keep it real, babe.

Howard: You may now thank me.

Rajesh: For what? Making me sound like a Simpson’s character?

Howard: Next time make your own date.

Rajesh: I didn't want this one!

Leonard: Look on the bright side; she might turn out to be a nice, beautiful girl.

Rajesh: Great, then we'll get married, I won't be able to talk to her and we'll spend the rest of our lives in total silence.

Howard: It worked for my parents.