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#6. The Worst Play Ever

Published: 10.04.2022
Level 5   |   Time: 4:12
Accent: British
Source: About Time

Tim travels back in time to save Harry's play, but he then has to deal with the personal consequences.

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 flesh wound [n] - a small cut or injury
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ unfurl [v] - open, unroll
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a masterpiece [n] - a work of outstanding art
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ crucial [adj] - very important
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a dry [n] - forget everything, unable to speak (related to theatre)
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ massive [adj] - very big
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ the lines [n] - the script (words) from a play or movie
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ in the annals of [exp] - in the history of
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ unveil [v] - open, show, present
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ Alzheimer's [n] - a disease that leads to memory loss
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ an understatement [n] - presenting something as smaller or less important than it actually is
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a blow job [n] - oral sex
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a critic [n] - a person who watches and reviews a play or movie
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a moron [n] - an idiot
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ complex [adj] - difficult
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ one last look [exp] - one final review
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a little refresher [n] - a short quick review
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ an arsing lunatic [n] - a damn crazy person
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ ginger [adj] - having red hair
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a twerp [n] - a small (or young) person
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ weary [adj] - tired
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ an atrocious miscarriage of justice [exp] - a wrong or very bad legal decision
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ walk-ins [n] - customers who walk into a restaurant (They don't make a reservation.)
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ brilliant [adj] - excellent

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

triangle Background 배경 O fundo Antecedentes

Tim Harry
Tim Harry
  • Tim has the ability to travel back in time.
  • He just met a girl named Mary on a blind date at a restaurant.
  • He saved her phone number in his phone.
  • Harry is a playwright and director. Tonight is the opening night of his play.

triangle Questions 문제 Questões Preguntas

  1. Harry has a ______ wound on his hand.

  2. Harry is angry because ______.
    he injured his hand
    his play was a disaster
    Tim didn't come to his play

  3. Harry says that ______.
    his play was not very good
    the lead actor forgot his lines
    nobody came to watch his play

  4. Harry is worried about ______.
    losing money on his play
    not being able to find another actor
    what the critics will write about his play

  5. Harry ______ that Tim can help him.
    doesn't believe

  6. The lead actor _______ Tim's advice.
    doesn't appreciate

  7. The lead actor ______ his lines after Tim leaves.
    doesn't review

  8. The lead actor ______ his lines during the performance.
    doesn't forget

  9. Harry's play is ______.
    still a failure
    a roaring success

  10. Tim can't find Mary's phone number in his phone because ______.
    he deleted it
    his phone is old and shit
    he traveled back in time to help Harry

  11. Tim runs back to the restaurant ______.
    to meet Mary
    to pay for Mary's dinner
    to get Mary's contact information

  12. The man can't give Tim any information about Mary because ______ and ______.
    it is private
    she didn't make a reservation
    she didn't pay by credit card
    she never came to the restaurant

triangle The Details 세부 사항 Os detalhes Los detalles

Directions: Test your ability to remember all of the details from the video.

Instrucciones: Compruebe su capacidad para recordar todos los detalles del video.

Instrucciones: Verifique sua capacidade de lembrar todos os detalhes do vídeo.

지시 사항 : 비디오의 모든 세부 사항을 기억하고 있는지 테스트해보세요.

  1. How did Mary pay at the restaurant?

    By cash

  2. What historical disaster does Harry compare his play to?

    The Titanic

  3. How long was the audience forced to wait in total silence?

    Thirty minutes

  4. How does Tim describe Mary to the host at the restaurant?

    The prettiest girl in the world

  5. What is the name of the lead actor?

    Sir Tom

  6. What role does the lead actor play in the play?

    A defense lawyer

  7. What two insulting names does the lead actor call Tim?

    A ginger twerp, an arsing lunatic

triangle Sentence Building 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

when / Tim / come / home / date / Mary / he / see / Harry / cut / hand

When Tim comes home from his date with Mary, he sees (that) Harry (has) cut his hand.

Sentence 2

Harry / explain / why / play / opening / disaster

Harry explains why his play opening was a disaster.

Sentence 3

lead / actor / forget / line / extent / no / actor / ever / forget / line

The lead actor forgot his lines to the extent that no actor has ever forgotten [their/his] lines.

Sentence 4

Harry / dispondent / so / Tim / offer / help / him

Harry is dispondent, so Tim offers to help him.

Sentence 5

Harry / doubt Tim / can / do / anything / help / him

Harry doubts (that) Tim can do anything to help him .

Sentence 6

Tim / travel / back / time / remind / lead / actor / review / line

Tim travels back in time (in order) to remind the lead actor to review his lines.
Tim travels back in time and reminds the lead actor to review his lines.

Sentence 7

although / actor / rude / kick / Tim / out / dress / room / he / take / one / last / look / line

Although the actor rudely kicks Tim out of his dressing room, he takes one last look at his lines.

Sentence 8

thank / Tim / lead / actor / able / remember / line / and / play / hit

Thanks to Tim, the lead actor is able to remember his lines, and the play is a hit.

Sentence 9

after / play / Tim / realize / Mary / information / no / long / in / phone

After the play, Tim realizes (that) Mary's information is no longer in his phone.

Sentence 10

Tim / run / restaurant / get / information

Tim runs to the restaurant (in order) to get her information.

Sentence 11

although / host / remember / Mary / friend / he / not / help / Tim / because / they / walk-in / and / pay / cash

Although the host remembers Mary and her firend, he can't help Tim because they were walk-ins(,) and (they) paid [in/with/by] cash.

Sentence 12

Tim / dispondent

Tim is dispondent.

triangle Listen & Repeat 듣고 따라하기 Ouça e repita Escuchar y repetir [ ? ]

Listen & Repeat

This activity has two purposes.

The first purpose is to improve listening accuracy. Learners can often understand the general meaning of a video but still not hear and understand many of the words that are said. This is because native speakers tend to say the functional words unclearly. (eg. don’t know, going to, want to, can’t, must have) This activity is designed to help learners improve their ability to hear these words.

TIP: Learners should listen, and then try to repeat exactly what they hear. Then they should click “Show” and read the sentence. After reading the sentence, learners should listen again and try to hear each word.

The second purpose is to improve pronunciation.

TIP: Learners should listen to and read the sentences at the same time. Then learners should try to copy the pronunciation and intonation of the speaker exactly.

TIP: Exaggerating the intonation and feeling of the speaker is useful. It may feel awkward or funny, but it will help you sound more natural.

Escuchar y Repetir

Esta actividad tiene dos propósitos separados.

El primer propósito es mejorar la precisión auditiva. Los estudiantes a menudo pueden comprender el significado general de un video, pero aún no escuchan ni comprenden muchas de las palabras que se dicen. En particular, los hablantes nativos tienden a decir las palabras funcionales (p. Ej., No sé, voy a, quiero, no puedo, debe haberlo hecho) de manera poco clara. Esta actividad está diseñada para ayudar a los alumnos a mejorar su capacidad para escuchar estas palabras.

CONSEJO: Los alumnos deben escuchar y luego intentar repetir exactamente lo que se dijo. Luego deben hacer clic en "Show" y leer la oración. Después de leer la oración, los alumnos deben volver a escuchar e intentar escuchar cada palabra.

El segundo propósito es mejorar la pronunciación.

CONSEJO: Los alumnos deben escuchar y leer las oraciones al mismo tiempo. Luego, los alumnos deben intentar copiar la pronunciación y la entonación del hablante.

CONSEJO: Es útil exagerar la entonación y el sentimiento del hablante. Puede parecer incómodo o divertido, pero te ayudará a sonar más natural.

듣고 따라하기

이 액티비티에는 두 가지 목적이 있습니다.

첫 번째 목적은 청취 정확도를 높이는 것입니다. 학생들은 종종 비디오의 일반적인 의미를 이해할 수 있지만 여전히 많은 단어를 듣고 이해하지 못합니다. 특히 원어민은 기능적 단어 (예 : 모르겠다, 갈 것, 갖고 싶어, 가질 수 없어야 한다)를 불분명하게 말하는 경향이 있습니다. 이 액티비티는 학습자가 이러한 단어를 듣는 능력을 향상시킬 수 있도록 고안되었습니다.

팁 : 학습자는 듣고 나서 말한 내용을 정확하게 반복해야 합니다. 그들은“Show”를 클릭하고 문장을 읽어야 합니다. 문장을 읽은 후 학습자는 다시 듣고 각 단어를 들어야 합니다.

두 번째 목적은 발음을 향상시키는 것입니다.

팁 : 학습자는 동시에 문장을 듣고 읽어야 합니다. 그런 다음 학습자는 화자의 발음과 억양을 따라 해 보아야 합니다.

팁 : 화자의 억양과 느낌을 과장하는 것이 유용합니다. 어색하거나 재미있게 느껴질 수 있지만 더 자연스럽게 들리는 데 도움이 됩니다.

Ouvir e repetir

Esta atividade tem dois propósitos.

O primeiro objetivo é melhorar a precisão auditiva. Os alunos geralmente podem entender o significado geral de um vídeo, mas ainda não ouvem e entendem muitas das palavras que são ditas. Isso ocorre porque os falantes nativos tendem a dizer as palavras funcionais de forma pouco clara. (por exemplo, não sei, vou, quero, não posso, devo ter) Esta atividade é projetada para ajudar os alunos a melhorar sua capacidade de ouvir essas palavras.

DICA: os alunos devem ouvir e tentar repetir exatamente o que ouviram. Em seguida, deveriam clicar em “Mostrar” e ler a frase. Depois de ler a frase, os alunos devem ouvir novamente e tentar ouvir cada palavra.

O segundo objetivo é melhorar a pronúncia.

DICA: os alunos devem ouvir e ler as frases ao mesmo tempo. Em seguida, os alunos devem tentar copiar exatamente a pronúncia e a entonação do falante.

DICA: É útil exagerar na entonação e no sentimento do falante. Pode parecer estranho ou engraçado, mas ajudará você a soar mais natural.

Directions: Play the audio clip and try to repeat what you hear. Click "Show" to see the text.

Instrucciones: Reproduce el clip de audio e intenta repetir lo que escuchas. Haga clic en "Show" para ver el texto.

Instrucciones: Reproduzca el clip de audio e intente repetir lo que escucha. Haga clic en "Mostrar" para ver el texto.

지시 사항 : 오디오 클립을 재생하고 들리는 내용을 반복해 보십시오. 텍스트를 보려면 "Show" 를 클릭하십시오.

Clip 1

You may remember my play opened tonight.

Clip 2

You could tell in the room a masterpiece was being unfurled.

Clip 3

Until the lead actor had the most massive dry in the history of theater.

Clip 4

He didn't just forget his lines. He forgot his lines to the extent that no actor has ever forgotten their lines before in the annals of dramatic art.

Clip 5

I'll see what I can do.

Clip 6

We sat in total silence for half an hour waiting for a moron to remember one single line.

Clip 7

How's it going with the lines?

Clip 8

Fuck off out of here!

Clip 9

I have lived many weary years.

Clip 10

But never in that long catalogue of wasted time have I ever seen such an atrocious miscarriage of justice!

Clip 11

Two girls in earlier tonight. One of them, the prettiest girl in the world! Did you get their names.

Clip 12

Oh, that's okay. That's fine. It's brilliant. It's just the end of my life. Thanks so much.

triangle Discussion 논의 Questões de discussão Discusión

  1. How does Tim help Harry?
  2. Why does Mary's name and number disappear from Tim's phone?
  3. Tim chooses to travel back in time and help Harry without realizing the consequences. Do you think he would have made the same decision if he had known?
    Try using:
    ↪ I think he would have + p.p. ... because...
    ↪ I don't think he would have + p.p. ... because...
    ↪ I think he wouldn't have + p.p. ... because...
  4. Tim obviously doesn't give up on Mary. How do you think (or know) he will try to meet her again?
  5. Have you ever been in a play or given a presentation and forgotten your lines? What happened?

triangle Script 대본 Roteiro Texto

Tim: What's happened? What have you done you, poor thing?

Harry: Uh, nothing. It's just a flesh wound.

Tim: There.

Harry: Thank you. You may remember my play opened tonight.

Tim: Oh my god, yes. How did it go?

Harry: Well, it went well. You could tell in the room a masterpiece was being unfurled.

Tim: Really?

Harry: Really. Until, and this is the crucial plot point I think, until the lead actor had the most massive dry in the history of theater.

Tim: No, no, no!

Harry: Yes, yes, yes! He didn't just forget his lines. He forgot his lines to the extent that no actor has ever forgotten their lines before in the annals of dramatic art. The reviews won't say major masterpiece gets unveiled. They'll say major actor gets Alzheimer's.

Tim: It's a disaster.

Harry: Is an understatement. It's the titanic of play openings.

Tim: Okay, I'll see what I can do.

Harry: What does that mean? What are you going to do, ring up every critic in London and offer them a if they ignore the fact that we sat in total silence for half an hour waiting for a moron to remember one single line?

Tim: Not quite that.

Sir Tom: Hello.

Tim: Hello, Sir Tom. I'm a friend of Harry's. How's it going with the lines?

Sir Tom: I'm sorry. What do you mean the lines?

Tim: It's just, you know, in the court scenes, some of those lines are pretty complex. And I just thought maybe it might be worth, you know, having one last look at the lines before you go on. A little refresher.

Sir Tom: Fuck off out of here! You are arsing lunatic okay. Get out, you ginger twerp! Go on.

Judge: And now the defense.

Sir Tom: I have lived many weary years, but never in that long catalogue of wasted time have I ever seen such an atrocious miscarriage of justice!

Tim: Mary! Oh no! She's gone.

Tim: Two girls in earlier tonight. One of them, the prettiest girl in the world! Did you get their names.

Man: Oh yes. They left a while ago. Let's see. No I'm afraid they were walk-ins, and it appears they paid by cash. Sorry sir.

Tim: Oh, that's okay. That's fine. It's brilliant. It's just the end of my life. Thanks so much.

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