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FUNNIEST Commercial Ever To Learn English

In today’s English lesson, which is based on a funny commercial, you will listen to Arnold Schwarzenegger to learn new vocabulary and typical pronunciation mistakes.

You know what? Arnold’s English is really good. He knows a ton of vocabulary, knows all the grammar rules, speaks confidently, and of course, fluently. And yet, his pronunciation is not optimal, to say the least. But you can learn from his mistakes with today’s blog post.

You will learn new vocabulary and also some typical pronunciation mistakes by listening to Arnold. And, of course, you will also learn the correct pronunciation by listening to the other cast of this hilarious commercial.

As always, there are five steps to this:

Step 1: Watch with Subtitles (and try to guess the meaning of new words based on the context)

Step 2: Read the Transcript (and still resist the urge to look the words up; guess the meaning instead)

Step 3: Now it’s time to learn the new Vocabulary (including example sentences to understand the usage of the newly learned words better)

Step 4: Watch without Subtitles (as a way of testing yourself)

Step 5: Take the Quiz (and test your knowledge about what you have just learned)

Step 1: Watch with Subtitles

Step 2: Read the Transcript

Thank you, Agent State Farm.

Like a good neighba, State Farm is there.

Cut. Hey, Arnold, I’m hearing neighba. It’s neighbor.

That’s what I said, neighba.



Let’s go again.

Like a good neighba, State Farm is there.


Now what?

It’s neighbor.




Yeah, neighba, just like it’s written on the papa (paper).

This lady is in laba (labor).


Look at this. This is labor.

Like a good neighba. Baaa. That was the sheep, and you know it.

It’s like a cold. Brrrr.

Yeah, I’m cold, baa. Neighba.

Still no.

Like a good neighba.


Bor. Ba. Bor, Ba. Neighbor. Neighba. Bor, Ba, Bor, Baaa!

Get me out of this choppa (chopper).

It’s pronounced chopper.


It is.

Neighba! A little bit more conceala (concealer).

Hey, Arnold, it’s got a bit of a script change.

A script change?

Thank you, Agent State Farm.

Like a good neigbor, State Farm is there. Simple.

You are a backstabba (backstabber).

I’m a backstabber.

So, let’s just move on to the flashback scene.

I swear to be a good neighba.

I think we nailed it.

Step 3: Learn the Vocabulary

State Farm = an insurance company in the United States with corporate headquarters in Bloomington, Illinois

The company decided to produce the commercial we have just watched. Apparently, State Farm wanted to increase brand awareness and make a funny clip with Arnold that could go viral on the Internet. I think they were successful at it.

labor (in Britain it is spelled labour) = the last stage of pregnancy, in which the baby is gradually pushed out of the womb by the mother

Example: She went into labor at twelve o’clock last night.

In another context, the word labor could also refer to practical work, especially work that involves physical effort.

Example: The car parts themselves are not expensive – it’s the labor that costs so much.

one = You can use the word “one” to make statements about people in general.

Example: One ought to make the effort to vote.

chopper = informal for helicopter

Example: Overhead, the chopper roared and the big blades churned (= moved violently) the air.

concealer = a type of make-up used to hide spots or marks on the skin

Example: Use concealer under tired eyes to hide dark circles.

script = the words of a film, play, broadcast, or speech

Example: He wrote the script for the new film.

backstabber = someone who attacks you behind your back, especially verbally

In this case, Arnold called Danny DeVito a backstabber because he was taking credit for work Arnold put a lot of effort into.

Example: He is considered a backstabber, who has broken a code of silence.

flashback = a short part of a film, story, or play that goes back to events in the past

Example: The novel began with a flashback to the hero’s experiences in the war.

to nail something = to achieve something or do something right

So, Arnold thought he completed the job successfully when, in fact, the producers of the commercial weren’t that happy with his performance.

Example: She nailed her audition and got the lead part in the musical.

Step 4: Watch without Subtitles

Step 5: Take the Test

FUNNIEST Commercial Ever To Learn English

1 / 4

What does the word labor mean? (More than one option may be correct.)

2 / 4

Which of the following statements is / are correct?

3 / 4

Please fill in the gap: Arnold called Danny DeVito a ........ because he was taking credit for work Arnold put a lot of effort into.

4 / 4

What does "to nail something" mean?

Your score is



Scene taken from the State Farm YouTube Channel (clip) | Definitions and example sentences are partly taken from the Cambridge and Collins Dictionary.

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By Martin

Martin is the main contributor to this website. He loves to watch funny English sitcoms and inspirational videos and to read English books of different genres. Now, he wants to share his experience with you by posting funny and meaningful English lessons based on the sitcoms, videos, and books he loves so much.

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