Learn English with The Big Bang Theory

#13. Valentine's Gifts

Published: 2.14.2022
Level 5   |   Time: 4:42
Accent: American
Source: Big Bang Theory [S6 E16]

The characters from Big Bang Theory try to find the perfect Valentine's gift for their loved one.


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 pain in the ass [exp] - an annoying or difficult person
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a card [n] - a type of letter that you give on a special occasion
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ an atomic force microscope [n] - a very powerful microscope
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ our initials [n] - the first letters of our names
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ micro [adj] - very small
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ pull an all-nighter [exp] - work (or study) all night
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ take a bite out of [exp] - use a lot of
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ You’re up kid. [exp] - It is your turn (your opportunity).
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ Dazzle me. [exp] - Impress me!
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ The Canterbury Tales [n] - a famous English book written in Geoffrey Chaucer in 1400
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ illustrate [v] - show, display
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a neuroscientist [n] - a scientist who studies the brain
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ brain cells [n] - the small cells that form the brain
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a signed print [n] - a copy of a painting signed by the artist
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ truly remarkable [exp] - very special
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ I call dibs. [exp] - I claim the right to keep this. (It is mine!)
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a facial expression [n] - the emotions you show through your face
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ contemplation [n] - thinking
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ come up with [phv] - invent, create
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ beloved [adj] - loved very much by many people
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ return [v] - give back

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

triangle Background 배경 O fundo Antecedentes

Howard Leonard Alex Sheldon Amy
Howard Leonard Alex Sheldon Amy
  • It is Valentine's Day.
  • Alex is Sheldon's assistant.
  • Amy is Sheldon's girlfriend.
  • Sheldon gave Alex $2000 to buy a Valentine's gift for his girlfriend.

triangle Questions 문제 Questões Preguntas

  1. Leonard and Howard are going to ______.
    get a coffee
    go out for lunch
    go home to play video games

  2. Howard wrote his and his girlfriend's initials on something ______ a grain of sand.
    much bigger than
    a little bigger than
    about the same size as
    exactly the same size as
    a little smaller than
    much smaller than

  3. It took Howard ______ to make the gift.
    all week
    a few days
    all night

  4. Howard spends most of his free time ______.
    playing video games
    reading comic books
    with his girlfriend
    watching TV

  5. Leonard will ______ for Valentine's Day.
    play video games with Penny
    take Penny to a restaurant
    give Penny jewelry

  6. Howard ______ join Leonard and Penny for dinner.
    will not

  7. Sheldon's girlfriend is a big fan of ______.
    an old famous English book
    old maps of England
    children's stories
    framed pictures

  8. Sheldon ______ the map that Alex bought.
    doesn't like

  9. Sheldon's girlfriend is ______.
    a neuroscientist
    a microbiologist
    a physicist
    a waitress

  10. Alex bought a drawing of ______ signed by ______
    a brain cell, a neuroscientist
    a brain cell, an artist
    a tree, a neuroscientist
    a tree, an artist

  11. Sheldon plans to ______.
    give the drawing to his girlfriend
    keep the drawing for himself
    let Alex keep the drawing
    sell the drawing

  12. Amy's gift to Sheldon is ______.
    doing nothing romantic
    going to a fancy restaurant
    letting Sheldon play video games
    spending the night together studying

  13. Sheldon thinks that Amy's gift is ______.

  14. Sheldon's gift to Amy is ______.
    letting Amy read his research paper
    making Amy his emergency contact person
    making Amy sign a relationship contract
    letting Amy see all of his personal information

  15. Amy thinks Sheldon's gift is ______.

  16. Amy and Sheldon are going to eat ______.

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

Howard / write / initial / heart / one / one-thousand / size / grain / sand

Howard wrote their initials in a heart (that was) one one-thousandth the size of a grain of sand.

Sentence 2

it / take / Howard / twelve / hour / make / gift

It took Howard twelve hours to make the gift.

Sentence 3

Leonard / plan / take / Penny / nice / restaurant / dinner

Leonard plans to take Penny to a nice restaurant for dinner.

Sentence 4

after / Howard / accidental / smash / gift / he / ask / he / can / join / Leonard / dinner

After Howard accidentally smashes his gift, he asks if he can join Leonard for dinner.

Sentence 5

Sheldon / have / assistant / buy / some / gift / girlfriend

Sheldon had his assistant buy some gifts for his girlfriend.

Sentence 6

because / Amy / love / The Canterbury Tales / Alex / buy / map / illustrate / character / journey / through / England

Because Amy loves The Canterbury Tales, Alex bought a map [that illustrates/illustrating] the character’s journey through England.

Sentence 7

since / Amy / neuroscientist / Alex / buy / signed / print / brain / cell / make / by / Santiago Ramon y Cajal / father / modern / neuroscience

Since Amy is a neuroscientist, Alex bought a signed print of a brain cell (that was) made by Santiago Ramon y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience.

Sentence 8

Sheldon / like / gift / much / that / he / decide / keep / it / self

Sheldon likes the gift so much that he decides to keep it for himself.

Sentence 9

when / Amy / show / Sheldon / apartment / she / tell / him / gift / be / stay / home / and / do / nothing / romantic

When Amy shows up at Sheldon's apartment, she tells him (that) his gift is to stay (at) home and do nothing romantic.
When Amy shows up at Sheldon's apartment, she tells him (that) his gift is staying (at) home and doing nothing romantic.

Sentence 10

Sheldon / think / Amy / gift / thoughtful / that / he / insist / give / her / gift / as / well

Sheldon thinks (that) Amy gift is so thoughtful that he insists on giving her a gift as well.

Sentence 11

Sheldon / gift / Amy / make / her / emergency / contact / person

Sheldon's gift to Amy is making her his emergency contact person.

Sentence 12

Amy / think / it / most / beautiful / gift / he / could / ever / give / her

Amy thinks (that) it is the most beautiful gift (that) he could have ever given her.

triangle Discussion 논의 Questões de discussão Discusión

  1. There were six different gifts mentioned in this video. Can you remember all six? Which was the best? The most thoughtful? The most romantic? The worst?
  2. How would you describe Amy and Sheldon's relationship? In what ways is Sheldon's and Amy's relationship unique? How does it seem normal?
  3. Do people in your country celebrate Valentine's Day? How is it similar to and different from the American Valentine's Day?
  4. Do you think Valentine's Day is more for men or women? Why?
  5. What is the best Valentine's gift to give? What is the best Valentine's gift to receive?
  6. What is the most romantic thing you have ever done for another person? What is the most romantic thing that someone has done for you?
  7. Who would you like to spend your next Valentine's Day with? Why?

triangle Script 대본 Roteiro Texto

Leonard: Hey, you coming to lunch?

Howard: Yeah, one second. Come here. I want to show you something.

Leonard: What you looking at?

Howard: Well, I was trying to come up with something really romantic to give Bernadette for Valentine’s Day since she’s been such a pain in the ass.

Leonard: You can’t find a card that says that?

Howard: Check it out. I used the atomic force microscope in the material science lab and wrote our initials in a heart one one-thousandth the size of a grain of sand.

Leonard: Oh, that’s cool.

Howard: A micro-valentine for a microbiologist.

Leonard: From her micro-husband. That is amazing. How long did this take you?

Howard: Mmm, about twelve hours. I pulled an all-nighter.

Leonard: Oh, wow.

Howard: Yeah, I know, it really took a bite out of my video game time. What are you and Penny doing?

Leonard: Oh, I’m going to take her to a nice restaurant for dinner.

Howard: Oh, that’s not bad, but as far as romance goes, I think my gift hits it right out of...

Leonard: Want to come to dinner with us?

Howard: Yes, please.

Sheldon: Okay. Amy will be here shortly, expecting the perfect Valentine’s gift, so, you’re up kid. Dazzle me. Go.

Alex: Okay, I think I have some really great choices. Okay. Um, I know she’s a fan of The Canterbury Tales.

Sheldon: Mmm.

Alex: So I found this cool map that illustrates the character’s journey through England. I thought we could put it in a really nice frame.

Sheldon: But she’s got Google Maps on her phone.

Alex: I don’t know how to respond to that.

Sheldon: Well, I hope it’s with a third good option, because these first two, buh.

Alex: Okay. Well, uh, luckily, I saved the best for last. Since Amy’s a neuroscientist, I did some research and found out that Santiago Ramon y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience, did lots of hand drawings of brain cells. And I managed to find this signed print.

Sheldon: Wow. Oh, this is truly remarkable.

Alex: Thank you.

Sheldon: I think I’ll keep it for myself.

Alex: What about your girlfriend?

Sheldon: It’s too late. I call dibs.

Amy: Hello.

Sheldon: Hello.

Amy: Happy Valentine’s Day.

Sheldon: Okay. Shall we go to dinner?

Amy: Hang on. As you know, I had planned a traditional evening of romance and gifts.

Sheldon: Yes, and as you know, I planned to pretend to enjoy it. I’ve been working on this facial expression all day.

Amy: And I appreciate your effort, but upon contemplation, I decided I was being selfish. So, I cancelled our dinner reservations and came up with an even better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Sheldon: What is that?

Amy: By doing none of it. No dinner, no romance, no gifts. We stay here, order a pizza and watch one of your beloved Star War Trek things.

Sheldon: Really?

Amy: Well, that’s what you’d love, isn’t it?

Sheldon: More than anything.

Amy: Well, then, that’s what we’re going to do.

Sheldon: Well, I don’t know what to say. This is the most thoughtful gift that anyone’s ever given me. And that’s including an amazing gift that I gave myself earlier today.

Amy: I’m your girlfriend. That’s my job. And I know gift-giving puts a lot of pressure on you, so whatever you got me, you can return.

Sheldon: No. No, after everything you didn’t do for me tonight, I want you to have it.

Amy: What’s this?

Sheldon: Read it.

Amy: Sheldon Cooper, Caltech University employee information?

Sheldon: At the bottom.

Amy: In case of emergency, please contact… Amy Farrah Fowler. And there’s my phone number. This is the most beautiful gift you could’ve ever given me.

Amy: Oh, Sheldon.

Sheldon: Yeah. Okay. Stop ruining Valentine’s Day and order my pizza.

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