Learn English with The Big Bang Theory

#15. Fortune Telling

Published: 3.19.2022
Level 5   |   Time: 4:54
Accent: American
Source: The Big Bang Theory [S7 E21]

Penny takes Sheldon to see a fortune teller.


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

  • ☐ ☐ ☐ pale [adj] - white skin (unhealthy)
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ obsess about [v] - think and talk too much about
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ string theory [n] - a type of physics (science)
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ dark matter [n] - a type of physics (science)
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ miserable [adj] - very unhappy
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ nonsense [n] - words with no meaning
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ incense [n] - something that is burned to make a nice smell
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a hippie [n] - a person usually having long hair who embraces love and rejects capitalism
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ set XXX on fire [exp] - burn XXX
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ discourteous [adj] - rude, impolite
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ clairvoyance [n] - the ability to see the future
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ no insult intended [exp] - I do not want to be rude.
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a fraud [n] - a person who lies in order to make money
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a swindle [n] - a criminal action or deception that is done in order to make money
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ livelihood [n] - one's job
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ gullibility [n] - easily fooled or tricked, stupidity
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ no offence [exp] - I do not want to be rude
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a field of study [exp] - a subject that someone studies
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ spirit guides [n] - ghosts who talk to a psychic
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ both genders [exp] - men and women
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ be on fire [exp] - be very successful
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a neurobiologist [n] - a scientist who studies the brain
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a theoretical physicist [n] - a scientist
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ pursuits [n] - hobbies, interests
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ come into focus [exp] - become clear
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ fall into place [exp] - become happy and right
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ commit to (someone) [v] - promise to be faithful to
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ malarkey [n] - nonsense, bullshit, lies
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ strike a nerve [exp] - make someone very angry

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

triangle Background 배경 O fundo Antecedentes

Sheldon Penny Bernadette Amy
Sheldon Penny Bernadette Amy
  • Sheldon and Amy are dating.
  • Sheldon is a physicist, but he must choose a new area (subject) to specialize in (study).
  • Penny is an actress. She is making a movie that she hates.
  • Penny and Sheldon have been complaining a lot lately.

triangle Questions 문제 Questões Preguntas

  1. Bernadette _____ working late.
    is not

  2. Amy _____ sick.
    is not

  3. Penny has been complaining about ______
    her job in a movie
    her customers
    her boyfriend
    her parents

  4. Sheldon has been obsessing over ______
    his favorite Star Wars movie
    his favorite Star Trek movie
    his love life
    his career

  5. The psychic's shop smells like ______.

  6. Sheldon describes psychics as ______ and ______.

  7. Sheldon says that he _______ to offend the psychic.
    doesn't want

  8. Sheldon wants to ask the psychic about ______
    his career
    his love life
    the new Star Wars movie
    the new Star Trek movie

  9. The psychic tells Sheldon that ______
    his coworker is angry
    a friend is in love with him
    his friend will be in a boring movie
    he is having problems with a woman

  10. The psychic is talking about ______
    Sheldon's boss
    Sheldon's sister
    Sheldon's girlfriend

  11. Sheldon describes himself as ______.

  12. Sheldon thinks that he and Amy (his girlfriend) have ______ jobs.
    very similar
    very different

  13. The psychic recommends that Sheldon _______.
    break up with his girlfriend
    commit to his girlfriend
    move to another country
    choose a new profession
    quit his job

  14. Sheldon _______ after he hears the psychic's advice.
    seems surprised
    is speechless
    gets angry
    feels sad

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

Penny / see / Amy / and / Bernadette / have / drink / together

Penny sees Amy and Bernadette having [a drink/drinks] together.

Sentence 2

Amy / lie / Sheldon / be / sick / and / Bernadette / lie / Penny / work / late

Amy lied to Sheldon about being sick, and Bernadette lied to Penny about working late.

Sentence 3

Bernadette / lie / Penny / avoid / hear / Penny / complain / movie

Bernadette lied to Penny (in order) to avoid hearing Penny complain about her movie.

Sentence 4

Amy / lie / Sheldon / avoid / hear / Sheldon / complain / career

Amy lied to Sheldon (in order) to avoid hearing Sheldon complain about his career.

Sentence 5

Penny / get / angry / so / she / leave / Sheldon

Penny gets angry, so she leaves with Sheldon.

Sentence 6

Penny / drag / Sheldon / fortune / teller

Penny drags Sheldon to a fortune teller.

Sentence 7

Sheldon / call / psychic / fraud / and / tell / her / profession / swindle

Sheldon calls the psychic a fraud and tells her (that) her profession is a swindle.

Sentence 8

psychic / divine / Sheldon / have / problem / woman

The psychic divines (that) Sheldon is having problems with a woman.

Sentence 9

psychic / say / woman / dark / hair / and / similar / job / Sheldon

The psychic says (that) the woman has dark hair and a similar job to Sheldon.

Sentence 10

psychic / tell / Sheldon / life / fall / place / personal / professional / once / he / commit / woman

The psychic tells Sheldon (that) his life will fall into place (both) personally and professionally once he commits to the woman.

Sentence 11

Sheldon / get / angry / leave

Sheldon gets angry and leaves.

triangle Discussion 논의 Questões de discussão Discusión

  1. Why did Bernadette and Amy lie to (and hide from) their friends? Can you understand them? What would you do in a similar situation?
  2. Do you have a friend who is always complaining? What does he/she usually complain about?
  3. Do you believe fortune tellers and psychics are frauds? Do you think that they provide a useful service? Why?
  4. Have you ever visited a fortune teller or psychic? What did he/she tell you? Was it accurate?
  5. What are five different ways (techniques) that psychics use to predict the future?
  6. Have you ever had a premonition (feeling) or dream about the future that came true? What was it?
  7. Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever seen or felt one?

triangle Script 대본 Roteiro Texto

Penny: What the hell? What? She’s not working late.

Sheldon: And Amy doesn’t look sick.

Penny: Why would they lie to us?

Sheldon: That’s a good question. Amy and Bernadette. Amy and Bernadette. Amy and Bernadette. Why did you lie to us?

Penny: You’re not working late. Why did you lie to me?

Sheldon: And Amy, you told me you were sick, but you look just as pale and tired as always.

Amy: I’m sorry, I just needed a break from hearing you obsess about what to do after string theory.

Bernadette: We kind of just wanted one night where we didn’t have to hear about how miserable you are making this movie.

Amy: But none of that means we don’t love you.

Penny: I haven’t been complaining that much about the movie. Have I?

Leonard: I also love you.

Penny: Well you know what? Maybe I need a break from all of you. Come on, Sheldon.

Sheldon: Where are we going?

Penny: We’re going to have Anything Can Happen Thursday, you’re going to tell me all about your science stuff and I’m going to complain about my movie, and we’re going to support each other because that’s what friends do.

Sheldon: Okay. ‘Cause if I had to pick now, I’d probably go with dark matter because...

Penny: Shut up.

Penny: Oh, I think I see our next stop.

Sheldon: You can’t be serious. If I wanted to waste my time on nonsense, I’d follow Leonard on Instagram.

Penny: No, come on, tonight we are trying new things.

Sheldon: Oh. That’s a lot of incense. Or someone set a hippie on fire.

Sheldon: I don’t mean to be rude or discourteous, but before we begin, I’d just like to say there is absolutely no scientific evidence to support clairvoyance of any kind. Which means, and again, no insult intended, that you’re a fraud, your profession is a swindle, and, uh, your livelihood is dependent on the gullibility of stupid people. Again, no offence.

Penny: All right, Sheldon, just ask your question.

Sheldon: Okay, I just did. What was it?

Penny: Oh, for God’s sake. Look, he’s a physicist who’s trying to figure out what his next field of study should be.

Sheldon: For your information, I was asking her about the next Star Trek movie.

Penny: Okay, I can answer that one, I’ll be bored.

Psychic: All right, why don’t we begin? Your spirit guides are telling me that there’s a woman in your life you’re having problems with.

Sheldon: That’s an easy guess. I’m clearly an annoying person and have problems with both genders.

Psychic: Yes, you clearly are. But I’m seeing a specific woman that you’re in a romantic relationship with.

Penny: Oh, oh, here we go.

Psychic: Does she have dark hair?

Penny: Yes, yes, your spirit guides are on fire.

Sheldon: The majority of people have dark hair. Even you, at one time.

Psychic: Does she work in a similar field to you?

Sheldon: Ha. The opposite. She’s a neurobiologist, and I’m a theoretical physicist. My spirit guides can go suck an egg.

Psychic: They’re telling me that you have difficulty being close with her.

Penny: Oh, he does. He so does. What should he do?

Psychic: He should give himself to this relationship. Once he does, all his other pursuits will come into focus.

Penny: Sheldon, do you hear that? I mean, Amy is the key to your happiness.

Psychic: Exactly. Personally and professionally, everything will fall into place once you commit to her.

Sheldon: You know what this is? Yeah, and I reserve this word for those rare instances when it’s truly deserved. This is malarkey.

Penny: Wow, you really struck a nerve. I’ve never heard him use the M word before.

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