Learn English with English, baby!

Join for FREE!

Social_nav_masthead_logged_in
 
Misery Loves Company
简体
Misery Loves Company English, baby! Video Lesson
同病相怜

Simple Future Tense

Date: Feb 28 2012

Themes: Friend, Soap Opera

Grammar: Simple Future Tense

Intro

1. Learn Vocabulary - Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.

Go Super to Listen Go Super!

2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.

Go Super to Listen Go Super!

When you’re sad, there is nothing more annoying than happiness around. You don’t want to hear happy music or watch a happy movie. You don’t even want happy people around you.

In fact, when you’re miserable, the best way to feel better is often to listen to sad music, watch a sad film or hang out with other people who are also sad. This is the meaning of the English saying, “misery loves company.”

When we last saw Devan, she and her fiance Jason had just broken up. Her friend and co-worker Mason has been in love with a woman for some time who does not love him back. Find out if they can cheer each other up.

当你悲伤时,没有比周围的欢笑更令人烦心的了。你不想听欢快的音乐或观看喜剧电影。你甚至不希望快乐的人在你身旁。
实际上,当你悲痛时,可以让心情好一些的最佳方式往往是听伤心的音乐、观看悲情电影或者与同样处于悲伤中的其他人出去闲逛。这正是英语名言“misery loves company”(同病相怜)的含意。
我们上次见到德凡时,她刚与未婚夫詹森分手。她的朋友兼同事梅森对一位女士爱慕已久,而后者却不爱他。看他们能否相互找到一些慰藉。

3. Watch - Watch the video without reading the dialog.

Dialog

1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.

Log in to Listen

2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.

Devan

Devan

Mason

Mason

Mason:  Hey, Devan.

Devan:  Hi, Mason.

Mason:  How are you?

Devan:  Terrible. What about you?

Mason:  Awful.

Devan:  What? Why?

Mason:  Duh. Ella. I don’t think she’s ever going to admit that she’s in love with me.

Devan:  I know how you feel. I thought Jason loved me, but I guess I was wrong.

Mason:  At least you’ve known love. I mean, I’m so miserable right now, I don’t know if I ever will.

Devan:  Yeah, same here. Hey, do you wanna watch this movie with me? You know what they say, misery loves company.

Mason:  Uh, I don’t know, Devan. I mean, it’s a little soon. You’re a very attractive woman, but I need a little more time to heal.

Devan:  What? No, it’s just an expression. “Misery loves company” means that miserable people want to be around other miserable people. When we’re sad, we want the other people around us to be sad too.

Mason:  Oh, I guess I can see that. I mean, I do want other people to be sad, especially Jeff. I want him to be so sad that his eyes dry out from crying so much, and his nose gets all red, and not even a beautiful new mop like this one could make him feel happy ever again.

Devan:  Right. So, do you want to watch this movie with me or not?

Mason:  I don’t know. What’s it about?

Devan:  Well, it’s about these two people who fall in love and…

Mason:  I don’t know, Devan. That sounds way too happy. Misery loves company, remember.

Devan:  You didn’t let me finish. So two people who fall in love, but then the girl gets into a car accident, and she goes into a coma, and then the guy is like so depressed that he gets so sick that he almost dies. But then she wakes up from the coma and he totally realizes that he doesn’t even love her anymore, and so they break up, and everyone’s miserable.

Mason:  I’m in.

Devan:  OK.

 

Grammar Point

Go Super to learn "Simple Future Tense" from this lesson Go Super!

Quizzes

Go Super to take Quiz Go Super!

 

Lesson MP3

Go Super to download full lesson MP3 Go Super!

Go to the TOEFL® page >

Discussion

Go Super to Listen Go Super!

Devan is miserable because her wedding was cancelled. Mason is sad because Ella doesn’t love him back. Devan suggests that they hang out together, since misery loves company.

At first, Mason misunderstands and thinks that Devan wants to date him. She explains that spending time with another sad person might make them both feel better. She says she wants to watch a sad movie in which the characters feel awful at the end. Mason joins her to watch the movie and cry.

Do you think it’s true that misery loves company? How do you make yourself feel better when you’re sad?

 

Comments

Log in to Comment

a2020

a2020

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I guess it’s true because they can relieve their miseries and they can cheer up with each other.i just talk to god and walk alot when i am sad.

06:27 AM Dec 09 2012 |

Reshad_86

Reshad_86

Azerbaijan

yeah this is    as me. This video gloomy :(

04:59 AM May 06 2012 |

Artdee

Artdee

Thailand

Oh so nice video, but when I am so sad, I would like someone who can make me feeling good, I need someone who can make me laughing or smiling or sometime, when I’m sad, I will be alone and don’t want to talk with anybody. and not more time, I will be better.

03:13 AM May 06 2012 |

1 person likes this

Evdokia

Russian Federation

mmm…as for me,when i am miserable i never watch sad movies or talk about something bad!!it makes the situation more stressful!really


the better way is just to relax and and try foget your trouble))



but video is cool))

07:10 AM Apr 19 2012 |

johnnie2610

Mexico

Oh oh! Nice video! All videos are awesome! But despite that, true! so cruel! Misery Loves Company! =(!

09:53 PM Apr 10 2012 |

linglinghuang

China

Interesting video.

09:42 PM Apr 10 2012 |

Crizsearch

Crizsearch

Indonesia

It’s okay to cry, it’s okay to feel really sad, but in my two cents misery loves company is not a good thing to do, it’s just another way of expecting people to be sad, anyway to get surrounded with sad people won’t drive your miserable away. Therefore it’s better to stay alone with yourself, sleep on it and when you are a wake you will able to think better, or another way is Listening to the up beat music will cheer you up. If you feel awful, please never once to add your sadness by listening to the sad song, that’s worst.

07:09 AM Mar 08 2012 |

1 person likes this

Lyn94

Malaysia

hahaha..this one is freaking funny! haha..i love itWink

08:03 PM Mar 04 2012 |

1 person likes this

Sveta_001

Sveta_001

Russian Federation

when my friend s sad, i am getting sad too!and i try to help my friend with his problem:


When i am sad i call my friends and they always can go and solve all my problems)


So  i also like singing and can help me to understand that problem i have doesn’t cost my attenton and life is better than you see)

07:00 AM Mar 04 2012 |

CatcheR

CatcheR

Iceland

lol, apple rome I guess you were naughty girl :p

03:57 AM Mar 02 2012 |

AppleRome

AppleRome

Antarctica

Hehehe my mama was hard to teach me (with belt & broom) when I was a child. Thank God, I could not be easily crying now because of my mama. Tongue out


*


Where is your mama, you one lost crying child !? XD *will-fedex-you-back

12:30 PM Mar 01 2012 |

1 person likes this

 julito

julito

Argentina

Apple, I guess that you talk by your your experience , hehehe. dont´t go to mama Cry

12:11 PM Mar 01 2012 |

AppleRome

AppleRome

Antarctica

I think, if someone needs something/people to cope up the misery, he should get back to his mama & get his ass hard-spanked! :[

12:07 PM Mar 01 2012 |

1 person likes this

 julito

julito

Argentina

Mnal,  yeap.  and first thing to do next morning is to squizze the wet pillow  and  put it in the sun to dry. heheheheWink

08:12 AM Feb 29 2012 |

JennyXuzhenfei

China

Talking  to you friend about miserable is a good way to release your heart .Make ourself happpy is the first .

02:50 AM Feb 29 2012 |

CatcheR

CatcheR

Iceland

Ryo I agree, don’t be sad over small thing, it’s really annoying, uh,,,,,,, be strong or people will take advantage of your weaknesses.

01:53 AM Feb 29 2012 |

CatcheR

CatcheR

Iceland

Uh Oh! girls love crying, I wonder why, you know I just hate to see girls crying, my sister always cries for no reason, sometimes I just want to take some part of her problem but she is too close. I think she probably among those who loves cry to sleep, I wish her happy always and forever.

01:51 AM Feb 29 2012 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

Ryo, inspiring thoughtSmile

04:09 PM Feb 28 2012 |

2 people like this

 julito

julito

Argentina

I agree with Fernandinha that most of the time  is better  faking a smile that having  to  give reasons why we are in a sad mood. Some people might care  while others  may be indifferent  to our woes. My experience    is that  when asked  how  am I doing  and  replying that I was not well they superficially  heard  my problem ,rather they told me,now “you must listen to me and I had to listen for have an hour the catalog of their problems.Pufff.Cry

03:52 PM Feb 28 2012 |

Fernandinha

Brazil

 Wow. Buttafly and kotlesya, I loved your phrases:


“Head up, stay strong. Fake a smile and move on…  “


“Smiling has always been easier, than explaining why you’re sad”


If you allow, I will take notes and I will follow them. :)


When I’m feeling blue, I do things that make me happy like watching a fun movie, reading a good book, taking a walk or talking to happy and positive people.

03:16 PM Feb 28 2012 |

Likes (29):

See all >

Share this lesson:

  • Share on Facebook
  • Share on Bebo
  • Share on Myspace
  • Share on Twitter
  • Email this to a friend
  • Share on Sina

Post Ebaby! lessons on your blog:

Ebaby! Cast