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Head in the Clouds

Head in the Clouds English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Feb 16 2010

Themes: Friend, Sports

Grammar: Verbs with "-ing"

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Jason has been having a lot of fun at the Olympics. He watched athletes compete in the luge, chatted with Chinese Olympians, and made some cool new friends. But he didn’t come to Vancouver just to play. He is on a serious mission to bring home a gold medal and save his friends.

Jason has to remember to stay focused and not keep his head in the clouds. Follow him to the top of a mountain in Vancouver as he tries to get his head out of the clouds and his feet back on the ground.

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Jason:  I decided to take the gondola up to the top of the mountain to try some skiing to see if that would be a good way to win a gold medal, and to save my friends.

Jason:  I made it! We’re up on top of the mountain, here at the Vancouver Olympic Games. Not only are our heads in the clouds, but everything else is, too. When you’re an Olympic athlete, you have to focus, and not to let all the media and parties get to your head. And you can’t let your head get up in the clouds. That’s the place where you’re not focused and you’re thinking about fun and dreams and fantasies. But winning the Olympics is hard work. And so, let’s get to work. Let’s do some skiing, get down the mountain, get our heads out of the clouds. This is English, baby!

Jason:  That’s what it means to have your head in the clouds. If you’re not thinking about what’s important, and just dreaming and having fun, then your head is in the clouds. And while it may be enjoyable, you may have a problem.

 

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Discussion

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When someone has his head in the clouds, he is wrapped up in his own dreams, thoughts, and fantasies. Having your head in the clouds is the opposite of having your feet on the ground, or being focused and responsible.

Jason has had his head in the clouds a bit since he got to Vancouver. But who could blame him? There have been so many fun things to do and see at the Winter Olympics.

In order to get his head out of the clouds, Jason goes to the top of a mountain and then skis back down it. Hopefully by the time he reaches the bottom of the mountain he won’t have his head in the clouds anymore. He’ll be able to really focus on what he came to Vancouver to do: win a gold medal.

Do you have your feet on the ground, or is your head in the clouds a lot?

 

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Piter23

Piter23

Ukraine

I really need to learn better English. Help))) my Skype: drozducpetro

06:20 AM Jun 07 2011 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

 this is a direct hit to me. I usually like daydreaming  ,it helps to release tension  for awhile

 but also stands in the way  of been focus on the real life. If so, we might be in trouble.

02:15 PM Mar 19 2011 |

陈冲

China

Smilei like it now i am head in clouds but soon i will feet on ground!

11:22 PM Sep 09 2010 |

Thiago Vieira

Brazil

Wondreful !!!

05:14 PM May 11 2010 |

jessicall

China

amazingLaughing

08:03 AM May 11 2010 |

aswan.mohamed

Zambia

hi i,m hamo in aswan naies to mieet you

11:51 AM Mar 30 2010 |

abadeee

abadeee

Saudi Arabia

that fantastic i want to do it

12:03 PM Mar 23 2010 |

sugwaay

sugwaay

Somalia

i think that was very fun it is a  good

11:15 PM Mar 20 2010 |

riteshjaiswal

India

nice

05:48 AM Mar 07 2010 |

timatimka

timatimka

Russian Federation

i prefer to keep my head in the clouds and have my feet on the ground in same time

06:30 AM Mar 06 2010 |

rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

it's commun have the head in the clouds , sometimes we are flying in our free time , but dont forget to carry u helmet bcs u can fall hard.

saludos.

02:32 PM Mar 03 2010 |

Kris15

Kris15

Philippines

My professor would call for my attention whenever she sees my head in the clouds. is it right? 

01:46 AM Mar 02 2010 |

youlili

Barbados

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11:15 PM Mar 01 2010 |

Drippychow

Drippychow

China

head in the clouds~~ha,i like this clause…

06:26 AM Mar 01 2010 |

DE_CARVALLO

United Arab Emirates

head in the clouds, what a new vocab. for me _

 

07:32 AM Feb 28 2010 |

mykel33

mykel33

France

thanks for the lesson it was done very well. I like your lessons !! thanks u very much!!

03:21 PM Feb 27 2010 |

s id

Saudi Arabia

 i m not dreamy  i always have my feet on the ground .

12:33 PM Feb 27 2010 |

luise

Taiwan

 Dont be so serious

Sometimes lets put our heads in the clouds It can make us going around anywhere You know We all must be standing on the grond right now from time to time

12:21 AM Feb 27 2010 |

Dragon25

Dragon25

China

some hours ago, i planed what to do. but now, i have done nothing of these, am i head in the clouds? but to some degree, head in the clouds means some fun, but i have lillle, sigh~

09:14 AM Feb 26 2010 |

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