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An Awkward Conversation

Published: 6.01.2017
Level 4   |   Time: 2:48
Accent: American
Source: Key & Peele

A lunch chat turns tense when one of the diners confronts the other about his annoying conversation habits.


triangle Directions

  1. REVIEW the vocabulary / background.
  2. WATCH the video.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers. (Show Answers)

triangle Vocabulary

  • an adaptation [n] - a change in form (to a movie)
  • hands down [exp] - with no debate
  • a minority [n] - smaller group
  • overrated [adj] - valued too highly
  • prefaced [v] - to say something before the main thing
  • awkward[adj] - uncomfortable
  • snicker [v] - laugh quietly/mock
  • follow (it) up [phv] - say something after
  • a contribution [n] - something valuable given to the group
  • yikes [exp] - scary
  • low-stakes [exp] - situation with small consequences
  • an asshole[n] - a mean/rude person
  • off the top of your head [exp] - random thought with no preparation

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

triangle Background

picture picture
Keegan Jordan
  • Keegan's character and Jordan's character are having a conversation about the new Batman movies.

triangle Questions

  1. Why did the girls leave?
    Lunch was over.
    The new topic was boring.
    No reason.

  2. What is the majority opinion about the Christopher Nolan Batman movies?
    They are great.
    They are good.
    They are overrated.

  3. Why does Jordan think the conversation is awkward?
    "Keegan's opinion is embarrassing."
    "Normally people don't disagree in conversation."
    "He doesn't know what to say next."

  4. What does Jordan mean when he says: "Oookaaaay?"
    "This guy is weird."
    "Interesting opinion."
    "I disagree."

  5. What does Jordan mean when he says: "Anywayyy."
    "It's okay."
    "Let's move to the next topic."
    "This guy is weird.

  6. What does Jordan mean when he says: "Yikes!"
    "I'm scared."
    "That opinion is scary."
    "This guy is reacting too strongly."

  7. Why does Jordan keep looking at the other guys?
    "He's looking for support."
    "He wants to make sure they can hear him."
    "He's asking them a question."

  8. What does "Tell us how you really feel" mean?
    "Please speak honestly."
    "You're speaking too directly and harshly."
    "Don't hide your feelings."

triangle Discuss / Consider

  1. What values are important for Keegan?
  2. What values are important for Jordan?
  3. Would you rather be friends with Keegan or Jordan?
  4. Is it better to be direct or indirect with your opinions?

triangle Script

Best comic book adaptation to film hands down. No argument.
Oh, yeah.
Oh. See you later, girls.
Oh, yeah.
Um, I know I'm in the minority here, but I don't really like the Christopher Nolan Batman movies.
I don't.
I really just feel like they're...overrated.
Well, that's, um, that's just an opinion. You see, that's why I prefaced it by saying, "I know I'm in the minority."
Awkward. [both snickering]
You know, what, no. No. Not really. It's not awkward, at least not until you said "awkward." Now it's awkward, because of what you said.
Anyway, what? Anyway, what? Really, 'cause when you say "anyway," then you have to follow it up with an actual contribution to the conversation we're having.
No. Look at me. Look at me. Look at me. Look at me. Look at me.
There's no "yikes," and the reason why there's no "yikes" is that there's nothing scary about this situation, okay? It's a very low-stakes situation.
All right.
No, not "all right." Come here. No. Don't look at him. Don't look at either of those guys. Look at me, all right?
"All right," what?
'Cause after you say "all right," you have to follow that up with something.
Don't do it.
Don't look at them.
Do not look at them.
No--No. Do not look at them.
Do not look at them. Don't do it.
Tell us how you really feel.
Okay, you know what? I'll tell you how I really feel.
Listen, I really feel like you're an asshole who has nothing interesting to say. So what--oh. No. Don't.
No, don't look at them. Turn your head.
Turn it. Right here.
Tell me an opinion that you have about something.
Just one opinion that you have about anything at all.
Just share an opinion. Anything. Share an opinion. Share an opinion. Share an opinion. Share an opinion right now. Just off the top of your head. Share an opinion. Anything. Just one opinion, that's all I'm asking. Share one opinion right now.
Share it. Share an opinion. - Ah, ah, ah...
I don't have an opinion, and that's why I just like everything that everyone else likes in pop culture.
Don't look at me.
Don't look at me! Don't look at me!

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