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Fashion English Lesson

Date: May 17 2011

Themes: Family, Fashion, Soap Opera

Grammar: Contractions and Abbreviations

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Since trends can change quickly, you have to pay attention if you want to follow them. Something can be in one day and out the next.

If something is in, it’s cool and popular right now. If it’s out, then it is no longer cool. Sometimes, tight pants are in, but sometimes they are out and looser pants are in. It might be in to play tennis right now, but next year it might be out and softball will be in again.

Some people don’t care if what they are wearing or doing is in or out. Ella is not one of these people. See what trend she is following today.

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Ella

Ella

Marni

Marni

Dale

Dale

Marni:  Uh, hi.

Ella:  Welcome. Hello.

Marni:  What’s going on here? Who’s this little guy?

Ella:  Oh, this is my new son. His name is Table. It’s so in to have a kid right now.

Marni:  Wait. You have a son?

Ella:  Yeah. I do. Isn’t he great?

Marni:  Yeah. How do you have a son? When did that happen?

Ella:  Oh, I just adopted him legally through, you know, an agency and now he’s mine.

Marni:  You adopted a child?

Ella:  It’s totally in right now.

Marni:  What do you mean it’s totally in right now?

Ella:  Everyone’s doing it. Angelina, she’s got 4. Sandra Bullock got a cute little kid from the South. Everyone’s doing it so…might as well jump on the bandwagon.

Marni:  You just thought it would be fashionable to adopt a child.

Ella:  Yeah, just a clutch. Unlike your shoes, which are so 2004. Kids, 2011.

Dale:  There’s a kid. I found a kid.

Ella:  Oh, that’s mine. Table! Oh, Table. I think he likes you. Yeah, his name’s Table.

Dale:  We’ll find something for you, Table.

Marni:  So let me ask you this. What are you going to do once it becomes out of fashion to have a child and people worry about overpopulation and they just stop breeding and they stop adopting? What are you going to do then?

Ella:  Well, the agency I went through does have an exchange policy, so I’d probably just get my money back or…

Marni:  What?

Ella:  ...I don’t know, exchange him for a different kid, a smaller one or a bigger one that can take care of itself so as time’s progressing, I could watch it less, as it becomes more out. I figured it out. Don’t worry.

Marni:  What agency did you use? Because these people need to be closed down.

Ella:  A very reputable one that I don’t want to share with you because I don’t want you to be in.

 

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Discussion

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Marni is surprised to find a kid in the office. Ella says that it’s her kid. His name is Table. She adopted him because it’s in right now to have a kid.

Since Angelina Jolie and other celebrities have adopted children, Ella has decided that it’s in to do so. She likes to wear clothes that are in and be cool, so she needed a kid of her own. She even gave him an unusual name, which also in.

Marni thinks it’s crazy to adopt a kid because it’s in. She asks Ella what she’ll do if kids go out of fashion. She says if kids are ever out, she can exchange hers for one of a different age. Marni thinks this adoption agency sounds terrible, but Ella won’t tell her about it because she doesn’t want her to be in.

What’s in right now where you live? What’s out?

 

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a2020

a2020

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Have a luxurious life in Iran is in and also have a post educational degrees is also in but have a simple life is out.

11:47 AM Dec 06 2014 |

zewen0219

China

you really can not say it’s wrong.but it’s really wrong.

01:57 AM Jul 05 2011 |

ahmedghieth9

Egypt

cool

02:06 AM Jun 20 2011 |

fercho_charming

Colombia

Well, In my country, right now, what’s “in” is tubing pants, for women and men;


I don’t care what’s in or out, I just care about feeling good with myself, and I wear whatever I want, however, sometimes I also have gotta “jump on the bandwagon”, well, that’s when I’m not broke lol 

03:32 PM Jun 06 2011 |

lizerain

China

I might say, girls, it’s not cool at all. I know it’s a joke and i wasn’t suppose to be serious. But, adoption is really really not something to joke about. Please take care of babies.

08:20 AM May 24 2011 |

wwongsapun

wwongsapun

Thailand

The lesson very crazy! But I like it’s joke and fun to me! If someone like to adopt a kid don’t forgot love him and take care him please.

04:21 AM May 23 2011 |

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anandkawasthi

India

Thanks alot,story was stupid and funny.i think we shoud not  connect trend with baby exchange policy or bay adoption.


 becasue baby is not any item that coluld be exchangeble


any way we learn lot from this stupid story.

08:49 AM May 22 2011 |

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egyptian eyes

Egypt

so nice lesson…......but by the way,adoption is forbidden in islamic religionTongue out

04:38 PM May 20 2011 |

millazhang

millazhang

China

i can see i am really out either in my coutry or in usa. i have to accept that.but it doesn’t mean i am the negative one . as the time booming, it’s necessary to have something maintain the same conditions . so the world can keep balance.


forgive my stupid opinion

07:38 PM May 19 2011 |

Bojana

Bojana

Serbia and Montenegro

It’s in to play tennis here in Serbia, since Novak Djokovic has been making some remarkable results in the last couple of months…. :)))))


As for fashion, floral prints on shirts and dresses are in…. :)

10:52 AM May 18 2011 |

trailo_hathanh

Viet Nam

I don’t care what is in or out in my country. But the clip is incredible. Ella is funny and crazy as usual.She also don’t want to tell Marni about the agency that Ella adopted a child because of she does not want Marni to be in. It is crazy.

01:39 AM May 18 2011 |

wooook

wooook

China

what’s means?


and i can’t use emotions


 

09:50 PM May 17 2011 |

Lao_88

Lao_88

Colombia

Jajajajaajajajaja, i just laugh…. so unreal…Frown

04:53 PM May 17 2011 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

The story is nonsense , but  we have a good and everyday vocabulary , Marni is  as usual playing her part  so well.

01:47 PM May 17 2011 |

Lalela

Lalela

Italy

In Naples the ‘80s are in right now ( over size t-shirts, big sunglasses, strong colours,etc…) and for women is in to have a very short hair cut, while long skirts and long hair are out, so I think to be out!


Anyway this is just an English lesson!And I find it quite funny!I think I would call my son Pencil Tongue out

01:43 PM May 17 2011 |

seval__7

seval__7

Turkey

what a stupid story!

01:09 PM May 17 2011 |

sdiragen

Philippines

It is nice to use crazy or unique story in order the  learners won’t feel board while learning. the story is definitely not real. Most people  adopting a child, if they are  not capable to have  children or other reason might be when soneone  is getting  older and they are alone, they might think to adopt one, atleast they have someone who can take good care of her /him not just for fashion or just to in to the current trends .

12:37 PM May 17 2011 |

shivan86

shivan86

Iraq

like everyone commented:)) jump on the bandwagon :))

12:00 PM May 17 2011 |

Big baby

Big baby

Russian Federation

This lesson is someting crazy, but it is really good for learning english )))))

11:17 AM May 17 2011 |

simoroshka

simoroshka

Russian Federation

Love Marni’s face. =)


Good lesson, I have learned several new words and expressions, easily. But i’m newbie here, maybe all lessons on this site are good)))

10:46 AM May 17 2011 |

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