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Learn the First Conditional

Date: Feb 06 2012

Themes: Hobbies

Grammar: First Conditional

Intro

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If you work hard, you could succeed. But wouldn’t it be easier just to enter a contest? Of course, people who enter contests can’t all be winners. But that doesn’t stop them from trying.

Some contests involve a quiz or physical competition, and require knowledge or talent. Others just require luck. But as Jason is beginning to learn, many contests come with a catch. Hear him explain to Marni why he just can’t stop entering contests.

只要努力就会成功。但是参加比赛不是会更容易获得成功吗?当然,不可能所有参赛者都能最终获胜。但这并不会妨碍他们去尝试。
有些比赛涉及测验,需要知识或技能。而有些比赛全靠运气。正如詹森开始了解到的那样,很多比赛会带来成就感。我们来听听他向玛尼解释为什么总想参加比赛。

Dialog

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Jason

Jason

Marni

Marni

Jason:  I’ve become obsessed with entering contests.

Marni:  Really?

Jason:  Yeah. I think if I just enter enough, I’ll eventually win.

Marni:  ‘Cause the odds are sort of in your favor, the more you enter, the more likely you are to win.

Jason:  Right. But some contests these days make the odds really complicated. Like you can enter every day, and then sometimes I’ll enter for myself and people in my family, so it becomes this really big chore to go on this website every day, you know. But that grand prize, it’s just so sweet sometimes. You just look at that picture of that cruise ship, and you’re like, “Yes, I want that for free.”

Marni:  So, OK, I think you answered my question. It was gonna be, “Where do you enter contests?” It sounds like primarily via the internet.

Jason:  Yeah. I guess you could mail things in, I just don’t know where you find those.

Marni:  Yeah, that seems to be waning, although I recently kept seeing all these ads for the Publisher’s Clearing House, and I don’t really know how that works…

Jason:  Oh, I entered that! It’s online.

Marni:  It’s online. OK, so you just enter in. But you know, you just see people, these very normal looking people, winning millions of dollars, and you have to wonder, why is that not me?

Jason:  Exactly. But the problem is, it’s kind of a scam, ‘cause contests a lot of times will start sending you junk mail, or add you to some email list. So you kind of have to be fighting off all this stuff if you’re in the habit of entering contests.

Marni:  Yeah. Well, I…good luck, you know.

Jason:  Fingers crossed.

Marni:  Yeah.

 

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Jason has been entering a lot of contests recently. He enters most of them online. He thinks that if he keeps entering contests, eventually he’ll have to win.

Marni understands Jason’s interest in entering contests. She says that normal people have won lots of money in contests. So it seems like she or Jason should have a chance of winning, too.

One problem that Jason has found with contests is that after entering them, they often send you junk mail or emails that you don’t want. But if you win, it will be worth it!

Have you ever entered a contest? Have you won any contests?

 

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a2020

a2020

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I entered in some contest in school and i remember i won some prizes.and one time i entered a chess contest but i didn’t win anything.

08:46 AM Jul 28 2012 |

snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

alright, Julito. same to you


 I’m almost done with my shift…

12:47 PM Feb 10 2012 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

Snoopy, hello . I have been working all day , I am tired  ,have a nice weekend  pal

12:45 PM Feb 10 2012 |

snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

: )


I always thought this site was run by some College kids. didn’t know they had a headquarter, thought they worked from home, or on the road


 

12:34 PM Feb 10 2012 |

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 julito

julito

Argentina

Candy, don´t feel remorse if you ever  is fortunate to hit the  jackpot, you can invite your friends to Oregon to visit  English-Babie´s  staff.  


 Smile

12:30 PM Feb 10 2012 |

snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

> candycandice  :-)


I couldn’t agree more. some very kind words…

12:25 PM Feb 10 2012 |

kukuka

kukuka

Ukraine

Primarily, I didn’t participate in any contest but not long agomyscepticism started to wane.


I agree with Jason and Marni that most of contests are a scam and like the rest of normal people I hate their junk mail and spam letters but I have to admit that some contests could be a catch and could give you a good reward, indeed.


That’s why, I think, so many people get obsessed with contests despite the fact that their odds to win are minimal.


Now I don’t mind participating in a contest as long as it doesn’t become a chore for me.


So, let’s make our fingers crossed, think happy thoughts and try to win the biggest prize in our lives, no matter what it is!

03:24 AM Feb 08 2012 |

manu_wj

manu_wj

Italy

OOOPS, I’M SORRY, I’VE SEEN THE ANSWER LATE.


INTERESTING MEANING KOTLESYA. YOU KNOW, I DON’T LIKE CATS EITHER.


AND I DON’T THINK “KOTMANU” WOULD FIT WELL ME



HIHIHI

08:29 AM Feb 07 2012 |

snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

I’m polite : )

08:20 AM Feb 07 2012 |

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manu_wj

manu_wj

Italy

yes Kotly, what does kotlesya mean?

08:14 AM Feb 07 2012 |

kotlesya

kotlesya

Belarus

Snoopyboy, actually I never ask for names of people,


People usually tell their names at first, because it is a poilte way :)

08:13 AM Feb 07 2012 |

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kotlesya

kotlesya

Belarus

WOW and OGO, friends! You want to know so much. :)


Kot means “Cat” in English. As you already know I don’t like cats. I would prefer to be DogLesya. But it is stamp of destiny for me to be KotLesya :)

08:12 AM Feb 07 2012 |

snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

you always find a way to get people to tell you their real names


:)

08:10 AM Feb 07 2012 |

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kotlesya

kotlesya

Belarus

Snoopyboy, you made me laugh again :)))) What did you mean “beyond your understanding”?? Do you really think “Lesya” is my second nickname?

08:06 AM Feb 07 2012 |

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kotlesya

kotlesya

Belarus

Julito, “Ochi Chornia” is a song of love. Nice song, by the way :) 


My eyes is not chornia (black) they are grey.

08:05 AM Feb 07 2012 |

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 julito

julito

Argentina

I only know one word in Russian: OCHI CHORNIA   .has Lesya  ochi chornia ayes? I don´t think so.  probably  green eyes.

08:00 AM Feb 07 2012 |

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snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

I’ve picked up every syllable in the song ” Trololololo” very easily


:)


Lesya, you and People real name is beyond my understanding…what’s your real name?

07:55 AM Feb 07 2012 |

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kotlesya

kotlesya

Belarus

Seiyf, it is a comedy of high standard :)

07:55 AM Feb 07 2012 |

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snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

I think French and Spanish are tricky enough with their verb tenses , so I think  Russian should be a breeze

07:54 AM Feb 07 2012 |

kotlesya

kotlesya

Belarus

Yes, JULITO. Not that bad. I hope spring will visit us one day :) I hope summer will not let us down

07:53 AM Feb 07 2012 |

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