Learn English by Watching TV: Young Sheldon Season 1 Episode 12


Watching TV shows is an excellent way to improve your English.

What are the benefits of watching TV?

You can:

  • hear real English and learn how people actually use it
  • hear and see grammar structures in use
  • learn new vocabulary, expressions, and idioms in context
  • improve listening and pronunciation skills
  • improve speaking skills
  • learn about culture

Let’s start!

Young Sheldon Season 1 Episode 12

Young Sheldon is an American television comedy series. It is a spin-off prequel to The Big Bang Theory. Sheldon Cooper is a super smart 9-year-old living in Texas with his family. He goes to the same high school as his older brother, who struggles in school. Their father is a football coach at their high school. Their mother is a devout Christian. Their grandmother (mother’s mother) lives across the street.

Characters: Sheldon, Memaw (grandmother), Mary (mom), George Sr. (dad), Georgie (older brother), and Missy (Sheldon’s twin sister)

Watch this clip at least 3 times:

  • Watch and try to understand.
  • Watch and note any unfamiliar words or phrases.
  • Play the clip again. Listen and try to complete the cloze below.
  • Read the script, check your answers, and watch again (CC will give you inaccurate subtitles for this clip).
  • Re-watch to improve your listening skills
    • Pay attention to tone and the rhythm of the language

Situation: Sheldon’s mom and dad are having an argument. His mom is staying at her mother’s house.

Cloze: Listen and try to fill in the blanks.

First scene: George Jr. and George Sr. are talking in the kitchen.

Georgie: What’s ___________ breakfast?

George Sr.: I don’t know. __________  _______  _____________  _____ cereal.

Georgie: Mom usually makes us eggs and toast and the occasional meat.

George Sr.: Well mom _________  _________, is she?

Georgie: Woah, somebody _____________ up on the wrong side of the _____________. And you had a choice cuz you had the whole bed.

Dad: Georgie, ________________ on ___________  __________.

Georgie: Maybe you should go across the street and ________________________.

Dad: I _______________ do that.

Georgie: Why not?

Dad: Cuz if I do it sets a bad ______________________.

Georgie: What’s Nixon got to do with it?

Dad: What?

Georgie: You said bad ____________________. Like Nixon. You know, this guy? (imitates Nixon)

Georgie: You ___________ to apologize? Dad! Dad! If you are, bring back _____________!

Second scene: Georgie and Sheldon are talking in the hallway at school.

Georgie: Hey. I hope you’re happy.

Sheldon: Thank you Georgie, that’s very kind.

Georgie: Mom and dad are fighting because you ___________  _____ get a stupid computer.

Sheldon: _________  _________ you ______________ about?

Georgie: Mom wanted to buy it for you, dad said they couldn’t _______________ it, Memaw offered to pay for it, now I’m _______________ pineapple spears for lunch. I hate ____________ my own lunch.

Sheldon: I’m sorry Georgie. I didn’t know.

Georgie: Yeah, well now you do. ___________  _________  _________ get?

Sheldon: A turkey sandwich mom cut in the shape of a heart, a fruit cup, a brownie, and a note from Memaw saying how much she loves me. I haven’t read it yet, but ______  _________ it’s a lot.

Georgie: I don’t even have a can opener!


  1. What are 2 misunderstandings that happen in these scenes? What causes the misunderstandings?
  2. What do you think to wake up on the wrong side of the bed means?
  3. What do you think walking on thin ice means?
  4. Why is George Sr. upset?
  5. Why is Georgie upset?
  6. What does “I bet” mean in Sheldon’s last line?
  7. What do you think the outcome of the episode will be?


to wake up on the wrong side of the bed = to wake up in a bad mood

to be walking on thin ice = doing something that might have negative consequences


afford: have enough money to pay for something

I bet: I’m sure something is true.

precedent: example that can be followed/model

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