I'm improving my listening skills so I listen to this video but there are some really difficult sentences that I can not recognize, Would you give me a hand, please?


At Time 1:02

he says: "No problem, I've got your cover here". Is that correct? if yes, What is the meaning of it?

At 1:30

"I had this doing a performance on stage ... The girl I think" What does he say between the two sentences?

I think this is the American accent, Is that correct?

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    (1) "No problem, I've got you covered here" This expression is explained here kaplaninternational.com/blog/got-you-covered-idiom-meaning – chasly from UK Nov 9 '15 at 11:46
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    (2) I had this [i.e. a moustache] during a performance on-stage in Vienna once and -- uh -- a very intense scene where the girl I think" – chasly from UK Nov 9 '15 at 11:49
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    The quest's name is Christoph Walts who is both Austrian and German. That's why it might have been difficult for you to understand him . – user140086 Nov 9 '15 at 12:03

The first sentence is said by Jimmy Fallon, the interviewer:

No problem, I've got you covered here. Here, this is for you. No problem.

At which point the show host produces a box and takes out two false moustaches.

The second extract is uttered by the Austrian-born actor Christoph Waltz:

I had this [he refers to the false moustache] erm... during a performance on stage in Vienna once um... A very intense scene where a girl, I think, tried to kill herself—in the scene—and, and, erm..um.. I was to convince her not to do it...

The actor has an excellent command of the English language, and his accent is clearer than many a native American speaker. His Austrian accent isn't as marked as Arnold Schwarzenegger's, but it is perceptible. The interviewer Jimmy Fallon is an American speaker. I have no idea where from in the States, I can only say for certain it's not a New Jersey or deep southern accent. Possibly he's from the East coast but I'm guessing; a quick search on Wikipedia will tell you exactly where.

Because it is an interview, and presumably the answers are not rehearsed, Cristoph Waltz mumbles a little while he searches for the correct expression or word to say next. This type of hesitation and mumbling is a typical and perfectly normal feature in everyday speech and one that can cause great difficulty for learners.


"No problem, I've got you covered here."

"During a performance on stage in Vienna once, I have a very intense scene."

American is correct.

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    A minor detail: - The phrase "I have a very intense scene" is plausible for him as a non-native speaker. However he dispels this idea with the beginning of the sentence where he correctly uses the past tense: "I had this during a performance" The version you give is not 'correct American' in my opinion. The use of present tense would work for a movie where the scene is preserved for ever. However this was a stage production in the past so a native speaker would have said, "I had a very intense scene. To my ear he doesn't use the verb 'to have' in either form at that point. – chasly from UK Nov 9 '15 at 12:14
  • @chaslyfromUK: I didn't hear the beginning of the sentence. I thought he was just going with the present tense throughout, as in "So, anyway, we get to be in this production, right, and I have this intense scene" or something like that. I should have listened more closely. I stand corrected, thank you. I thought he sounded American. Maybe not. Canadian? – Ricky Nov 9 '15 at 12:18
  • @Ricky Austrian and German. – user140086 Nov 9 '15 at 12:21
  • @Rathony: You mean, I have to listen to this nonsense again? Sheesh .... – Ricky Nov 9 '15 at 12:22
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    @HotLicks: I already took back my suggestion. I was wrong. I'm very sorry, very much ashamed, and mean, next winter, to be quite reclaimed, as the poet said. – Ricky Nov 9 '15 at 13:00

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