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Who can help me to correct and complete a dictation Conan Show's clip ?

Asked by foxhidden (44 points ) December 24th, 2012

I come from a non-english speaking country, and I think dictating talk-show is a good way to learn English, so I’m dictating “Conan’s Got Mad Presidential Debate Pivoting Skills ” (Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGAZVwvTx0I). Who can help me to correct and complete my dictation ? Thank you very much.

Here is my dictation:

Conan: I’ve been reading the new, coz they’re all covering the debate, and they’re all taking about the ****most presidential debate used, it’s called “Pivoting”. I did’t know the term mean, either. it’s called “Pivoting”, but when the candidate is asked the question on specific topic they don’t want to talk about, and they deliberately change the answer to a different topic. For example if you ask about economy, they quickly switch the topic to healthy care. All right, I think this is terrible, I think it’s politicians *** the real question and that can’t be good for our democracy. I think it’s bad for the whole system. Don’t you agree, Andy?

Andy : oh, well, yeah. sure. That Pivoting thing is interesting, but I actually like to talk you right now but something little closer to the home

Conan: Sure, what is it ?

Andy : I bought a big *** Sandwich to work today, I put it in my dressing room refrigerator and when I went to get it, it was gone. And I wonder, if you knew anything about that?

Conan: Really glad you ask me that question, Andy. You may have missed a sandwich, but you know what is also missing? Proper funding for our nation school. Our teacher and students deserve better , if we want to take a competitive global market player, we need take education a top priority , do we or not, ladies and gentlemen ?

Andy : Conan, just make you took my sandwich, all day you’ve been stinking****

Conan: Oh, you are right, Andy. I’ll tell what else stink. The unhealthy line between corporation *** process we need stop *****donation in our politician process *****now

Andy : OK, I did’t wanna do this, but I have surveillance footage for my dressing room, Allan, roll it the tape please.

Conan: Andy’s sandwich

Andy : Got you! How do you explain that? It’s all there black and white

Conan: Yes, Andy, it is all there black and white. But maybe it’s time to stop looking the things as black or white. We are not black or white, we are black and white, let be my good firend Mr. Deon Cole.

Conan: Thank you, thank you very much.

Deon Cole: I think ******

Shut up that sandwich, we take a break. We’ll be right back.

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trailsillustrated's avatar

All it means is, shifting the topic off the subject at hand. haha. I am sure if you watch these you will pick it up. ‘we won’t focus on this, so we will move it’ .. get it. lol – too long didnt read it what’s your question exactly?

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snowberry's avatar

I think he’s looking for grammatical, punctuation, and spelling correction. I’ll take the first two paragraphs. @foxhidden, I will emphasize the parts of your question that I have changed. I am sorry, but I do not have speakers on my computer so I cannot play the video and check it against what you have written.

I come from a non-English speaking country, and I think dictating talk-shows is a good way to learn English, so I’m dictating “Conan’s Got Mad Presidential Debate Pivoting Skills ” (Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGAZVwvTx0I). Who can help me to correct and complete my dictation ? Thank you very much.

Here is my dictation:

Conan: I’ve been reading the news, ‘cause [‘cause is short for because] they’re all covering the debate, and they’re all taking about the ****most presidential debate used, it’s called “Pivoting”. I didn’t know what the term meant, either. it’s called “Pivoting”, but when the candidate is asked the question on a specific topic they don’t want to talk about…they deliberately change the answer to a different topic. [Conan said “and” because he was talking, but it doesn’t belong in proper written English. If you are quoting him, you could put…where the “and” was] For example if you ask about the economy, they quickly switch the topic to health care. All right, I think this is terrible, I think it’s politicians *** the real question and that can’t be good for our democracy. I think it’s bad for the whole system. Don’t you agree, _Andy?_?

submariner's avatar

OP: for starters, you are transcribing, not dictating. You are creating a transcript of the episode. Transcription is a good way to improve comprehension.

A boss might dictate a letter to a secretary. The boss dictates, not the secretary. A good secretary is skilled at taking dictation (at least, that’s how it was before word processors).

foxhidden's avatar

I revised my dictation or transcript, now only two places(*******) i can not decipher, please help me. here is my dictation or transcript:

Conan: I’ve been reading the new, cause they’re all covering the debate, and they’re all talking about the tactics that most presidential debaters used, it’s called “pivoting”. I didn’t know the term mean, either. It’s called “pivoting”, but when a candidate is asked the question on a specific topic they don’t want to talk about, and they deliberately change their answer to a different topic. For example if they are asked about the economy, they quickly switch the topic to health care. All right, well I think this is terrible, I think this politician’s evading the real questions and that can’t be good for our democracy. I think it’s bad for the whole system. Don’t you agree, Andy?
Andy: oh, well, yeah, sure. That “pivoting” thing is interesting, but I actually like to talk you right now but something a little closer to the home
Conan: Sure, what is it?
Andy: I bought a big pastrami sandwich to work today, I put it in my dressing room refrigerator and when I went to get it, it was gone. And I wonder, if you knew anything about that?
Conan: Really glad you ask me that question, Andy. You may have a missing sandwich, but you know what is also missing? Proper funding for our nation schools. Our teachers and students deserve better, and if we wanna stay a competitive global market place, we need take education a top priority, do we now, ladies and gentlemen?
Andy: Conan, ******it make you took my sandwich, all day you’ve been stinking a pastrami
Conan: Well, you are right, Andy. I’ll tell what else stinks. The unhealthy alliance between corporations the electoral process, we need stop the influx corporate donations in our political process starting now
Andy: OK, I didn’t wanna do this, but I have surveillance footage for my dressing room. Allan, roll that tape please.
Conan: Andy’s sandwich.
Andy: Got you! And how do you explain that? It’s all there black and white
Conan: Yes, Andy, it is all there and black and white. But maybe it’s time to stop looking at the things as black or white. We are not black or white; we are black and white, let invite my good friend Mr. Deon Cole.
Conan: Thank you, thank you very much.
Deon Cole: I think ****** with that sandwich wake me too.
Conan: Shut about that sandwich, we take a break. We’ll be right back.

snowberry's avatar

I corrected this so most of it makes sense.

Conan: I’ve been reading the news, cause they’re all covering the debate, and they’re all talking about the tactics that most presidential debaters used, it’s called “pivoting”. I didn’t know what the term meant, either. It’s called “pivoting”, but when a candidate is asked the question on a specific topic they don’t want to talk about, and they deliberately change their answer to a different topic. For example if they are asked about the economy, they quickly switch the topic to health care. All right, well I think this is terrible, I think this politician’s evading the real questions and that can’t be good for our democracy. I think it’s bad for the whole system. Don’t you agree, Andy?
Andy: oh, well, yeah, sure. That “pivoting” thing is interesting, but I’d actually like to talk you right now but something a little closer to the home
Conan: Sure, what is it?
Andy: I bought a big pastrami sandwich to work today, I put it in my dressing room refrigerator and when I went to get it, it was gone. And I wonder, if you knew anything about that?
Conan: Really glad you asked me that question, Andy. You may have a missing sandwich, but you know what is also missing? Proper funding for our nation’s schools. Our teachers and students deserve better, and if we wanna’ (“Wanna” is slang for “want to”. The appostrophe stands in place for the missing words.) stay a competitive global market place, we need to make (this is the only way it makes any sense) education a top priority, do we now, ladies and gentlemen?
Andy: Conan, ******it make (Neither you nor I know what the beginning of this sentence is, but “it make” would not make any sense here but the following makes sense.) You took my sandwich, all day you’ve been stinking a pastrami!
Conan: Well, you are right, Andy. I’ll tell what else stinks. The unhealthy alliance between corporations the electoral process, we need stop the influx corporate donations in our political process starting now
Andy: OK, I didn’t wanna’ do this, but I have surveillance footage for my dressing room. Allan, roll that tape please.
Conan: Andy’s sandwich.
Andy: Got you! And how do you explain that? It’s all there black and white
Conan: Yes, Andy, it is all there and black and white. But maybe it’s time to stop looking at the things as black or white. We are not black or white; we are black and white. Let me invite my good friend Mr. Deon Cole.
Conan: Thank you, thank you very much.
Deon Cole: I think ****** with that sandwich wake me too. (I have no idea what this means)
Conan: Shut (up) about that sandwich, we’ll take a break. We’ll be right back.

snowberry's avatar

Conan: I’ve been reading the news, cause they’re all covering the debate,

In the first sentence the phrase (phrase means part of a sentence) “cause” is actually slang for “because”. We write it like this: ‘cause. I’m sorry I missed that one, but I probably missed others too. Anyway, I got most of them!

foxhidden's avatar

I modified the dictation or transcript a third time, now I know what does Mr. Deon Cole talk about in the clip.

Conan: I’ve been reading the new, cause they’re all covering the debate, and they’re all talking about the tactics that most presidential debaters used, it’s called “pivoting”. I didn’t know the term either. It’s called “pivoting”, but when a candidate is asked the question on a specific topic they don’t want to talk about, and they deliberately change their answer to a different topic. For example if they are asked about the economy, they quickly switch the topic to health care. All right, well I think this is terrible, I think these politicians evading the real questions and that can’t be good for our democracy. I think it’s bad for the whole system. Don’t you agree, Andy?
Andy: oh, well, yeah, sure. That “pivoting” thing is interesting, but I actually like to talk you right now but something a little closer to the home
Conan: Sure, what is it?
Andy: I bought a big pastrami Sandwich to work today, I put it in my dressing room refrigerator and when I went to get it, it was gone. And I wonder, if you knew anything about that?
Conan: Really glad you ask me that question, Andy. You may have a missing sandwich, but you know what is also missing? Proper funding for our nation’s schools Our teachers and students deserve better, and if we wanna stay a competitive global market place, we need take education a top priority, do we now, ladies and gentlemen?
Andy: Conan, jested (?)it make you took my sandwich, all day you’ve been stinking a pastrami
Conan: Well, you are right, Andy. I’ll tell what else stinks. The unhealthy alliance between corporations the electoral process, we need stop the influx corporate donations in our political process starting now
Andy: OK, I didn’t wanna do this, but I have surveillance footage for my dressing room. Allan, roll that tape please.
Conan: Andy’s sandwich.
Andy: Got you! And how do you explain that? It’s all there black and white
Conan: Yes, Andy, it is all there and black and white. But maybe it’s time to stop looking at the things as black or white. We are not black or white; we are black and white, let invite my good friend Mr. Deon Cole.
Conan: Thank you, thank you very much.
Deon Cole: thanks for sharing that sandwich with me too.
Conan: Shut up about that sandwich, we take a break. We’ll be right back.

snowberry's avatar

Again, I cannot listen to the video.

Conan: I’ve been reading the new, cause they’re all covering the debate, and they’re all talking about the tactics that most presidential debaters used, it’s called “pivoting”. I have corrected this a few times before.

The word you want is “news”, not “new”. There is no such thing as “the new”. “New” is normally used as an adjective. “News” is normally a noun, and is the only word that makes sense in this sentence.

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