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    #1

    You can't teach an old dog new tricks

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bIMTXETPJo&t=1624s
    at 3:50

    I was able to catch a sort of a proverb "Can you teach an old dog new tricks?" but because I hardly understand the following phrases (I can only hear : absolutely...We'll find out.) I can't get the whole idea. I wonder if the man hopes he will be able to change his life or on the contrary. I think he isn't sure. Am I right?
    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: You can't teach an old dog new tricks

    I can't determine where in this very long video the phrase occurs. At 3:50 does not work for for me, neither 3:50 from the beginning nor from the end. Are you able to snip out the fragment and post it?

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    #3

    Re: You can't teach an old dog new tricks

    Will it help if I describe this scene? A man with white hair is sitting in the arm-chair outside his house. It's within 3:50-3:55.

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    #4

    Re: You can't teach an old dog new tricks

    I've absolutely no idea.

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    #5

    Re: You can't teach an old dog new tricks

    I hear less of an elision: ​I 'ave absolutely no idea. We'll find out!
    I am not a teacher.

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