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Drama Queen English, baby! Video Lesson
小题大做的人

Learn the Present Progressive Tense

Date: Jul 10 2012

Themes: Soap Opera

Grammar: Present Progressive Tense

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Attention feels good. People like to feel important, so it’s nice when someone listens to what you have to say.

Some people take this too far. They will cry and shout when it’s not necessary just to get attention. These people are drama queens.

A drama queen makes everything seem more dramatic and serious than it needs to be. They start disagreements just to have an excuse to yell. It’s not nice to say someone is a drama queen, but we all know one.

Find out who is being a drama queen in the office today.

获得关注让人心情愉悦。人们喜欢感觉自己很重要,所以当别人认真倾听自己说话时,感到十分美妙。
但是某些人却过于重视这种感觉。他们为了获得关注,会无缘无故地哭泣和大喊大叫。这些人就是小题大做的人。
小题大做的人总是让每件事都看起来更加引人注意,夸大严重性,而实际却并非如此。他们会以分歧为借口,开始大吵大叫。虽然不必挑明谁是小题大做的人,但我们都心知肚明。
看看今天办公室里谁是小题大做的人。

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Jason

Jason

Mason

Mason

Marni

Marni

Ella

Ella

Jeff

Jeff

Devan

Devan

Ella:  Marni, thanks so much for meeting with me today. Basically, I’m having major problems with working here.

Marni:  Oh, no, really?

Ella:  Yeah. I don’t think we’re going to be able to make it work out, so I’m moving to Lake Tahoe to snowboard all the time.

Marni:  Are you serious?

Ella:  Totally serious.

Jeff:  What? You’re not moving. You’re just being a drama queen.

Ella:  It is true, Jeff. I am moving. I can’t stand it here anymore. This company’s falling apart. You and Mason fighting all the time…I just…I can’t take it.

Mason:  What are you talking about? Jeff and I don’t fight anymore.

Jeff:  Yeah, we worked it out.

Ella:  No, you didn’t. I don’t believe you. Jeff, I love, loved…liked you. You know, you’re a really special person, and…Mason, I know you’ll find that right girl. I know it.

Mason:  I did. I did find the right…You are being a real drama queen!

Ella:  No, no. It’s time. Goodbye. Goodbye, everyone. Remember me!

Jason:  Hey, guys!

Devan:  We’re back from our honeymoon!

Mason:  Yeah…

Jason:  Did we miss something?

Marni:  You guys, Ella just quit her job.

Devan:  Oh no, really? Oh…

Jeff:  She says she’s moving.

Devan:  Oh, that’s too bad. You guys wanna see photos?

Jason:  Yeah, we’ve got tons.

Jeff:  Of what?

Devan:  Of our honeymoon! Look how tan we are. I don’t believe this. We’ve been gone for two weeks and no one wants to hear about our trip? This is ridiculous!

Jason:  It’s OK. It’s OK. Don’t be a drama queen. I mean, Ella just quit. We’ll show them pictures later.

Jeff:  What am I gonna do?

Marni:  I don’t know. Hire someone else, I guess.

 

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Discussion

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Ella asks Marni to meet with her about something important. She tells her that she is quitting her job and moving away!

Jeff says Ella is just being a drama queen and isn’t really going to quit or move. But Ella says she can’t stand the way Jeff and Mason fight and that she thinks the company is falling apart.

After Ella runs away, possibly forever, Jason and Devan return from their honeymoon. They spent the last two weeks celebrating their marriage and aren’t ready to worry about Ella’s problems yet. They just want to show everyone their photos.

But when no one wants to see the photos, Devan gets upset. Jason tells her not to be a drama queen, while Jeff and Marni wonder how they will replace Ella.

Do you know any drama queens? What is the most dramatic thing you’ve ever done?

This is Ella’s last soap opera. Read an interview with her on our blog.

 

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Vina Novalina

Indonesia

Some people may have exaggerated a little bit when they face some situations that they cant handle it as well, take things so seriously and feel like they are in the end of the world, such as a drama queen and actually it is not even funny and too much.

10:48 PM Aug 27 2012 |

xesman

Singapore

never in my life i’ve seen such a drama queen before! (attention seeker) haha epic scene! :D


*clap clap


 

12:00 AM Jul 19 2012 |

ErinDong

ErinDong

United States

i do not know any drama queens. i haven’t seen any either. the most dramatic thing i ever did was maybe telling my friends i was in a combo class. no one believed me. 

02:28 PM Jul 18 2012 |

Chico3576

Chico3576

Brazil

Well, I think that, as a teenager, I used to act like a drama queen quite often as I haven’t got any siblings and kept demanding constant attention from my parents, especially from my mom. As a result, the more attention she gave me, the more attention I would demand. As I grew older, I found myself faced with a brand new reality, I found myself in the middle of a world where people wouldn’t always be there for me like mom used to be. So, I was forced to get rid of that spoilt behaviour and learn to act like a true mature adult. Things have improved quite a lot for me ever since… ^^

10:30 PM Jul 13 2012 |

m.ania

m.ania

Poland

Sometimes  each of us are like drama queen, when we need atention.

01:27 PM Jul 13 2012 |

Skyworld

Skyworld

Russian Federation

I don’t have any drama queens amongst my friends hopefully :)

12:17 AM Jul 13 2012 |

goodmahsa

goodmahsa

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

hey dear Julito, although I kept my furtive glance over your beautiful comments I’m happy to have direct commnuication with you now.Smile

02:38 PM Jul 12 2012 |

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 julito

julito

Argentina

 Goodmahsa  hello,   

11:09 AM Jul 12 2012 |

goodmahsa

goodmahsa

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

every now and then anyone can be such a drama queen , with different outbursts , and I guess being a drama queen is ok as far as it doesn’t become such a habit and doesn’t happen repeatedly ;in this case it shows that drama queen needs our attention and kindness so why we don’t express how important they are for us ,and how we care about them in order to make them happy (of course if we like them and care about them ).I myself become a drama queen sometimes , but not for everyone ,99 percent of times for my fiancé (poor him).when he is less friendly to me , calls me fewer than always , or upset me for sth,I would change to a great drama queen.I may send him an SMS and tell him , you proved how much you love me ,you pissed me off , don’t call me anymore cause I don’t answer you.“I guess we both need a little time to be apart from each other and have a second thought about our relation and about who we are for each other” this sentence can be the golden key for having his attention and loveWinkLaughing

09:34 AM Jul 12 2012 |

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whshine

whshine

China

I think everyone are drama queens when they facing specific questions at specific time

08:35 AM Jul 12 2012 |

Zizouzie

Zizouzie

Indonesia

Each office there is a drama queen. In my office, bos of finance always over to be drama queen when him staff made a mistake and he was very bad attitude. All of him staffs always felt falling apart when he was angry. Some of a little thing can be make him angry so much, tons of problem that he made from a little to be a big problem. One of him staff said “I can’t take it anymore let’s leave”. I can’t stand to bos of finance cause he is snobby person. It’s sounds like ridiculous.

03:11 AM Jul 11 2012 |

Crizsearch

Crizsearch

Indonesia

JULITO….hahaha really?

08:41 PM Jul 10 2012 |

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 julito

julito

Argentina

Yes, some people ,   regardless of sex gender, need constant atention  and don´t have a better idea that acting out a drama  of every situation  that comes their way,  my friends once told me that  I was a dramatic person ,i didn´t know this treat of my caracter  so thenceforth  I try  to not be a drama queen  because nobody believes  me.   Cry 

05:03 PM Jul 10 2012 |

zahra bayat

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I think ATOSA is a suitable Drama Queen.she was daryoush’s wife.she was the best woman in Iran’history,becouse she wase a RESOURCEFUL and THOROUGHBRED.she wse very very BEAUTIFUL.I wish that I being similare him

03:41 PM Jul 10 2012 |

ale_serrat

ale_serrat

Brazil

Well sometimes i’m a drama queen but just when things are really hard, but i know a lot of real drama queens and they’re just like Ella.

02:59 PM Jul 10 2012 |

Lolo :)

Lolo :)

Germany

I think everybody knows one drama queen or more.
But I think that everybody him or herself has its own part, where he or she might be a drama queen.
But not everyone shows it. Persons who show it just want attention and I think, such persons have to learn to handle with things they run away from.

12:08 PM Jul 10 2012 |

a2020

a2020

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I think i am draa queens and almost most of iranian people are drama queen,sometimes i am deeply sad for poor people.

12:03 PM Jul 10 2012 |

Sami Aswad

Sami Aswad

Iraq

hhhhhhhh yeah of course I know a drama queen and  a most damatic one , and am nt a dramatic person at all :P

09:46 AM Jul 10 2012 |

Irene Forever

Ukraine

Ryo, those crowns are very beautiful. I don’t mind  wearing one of them for sometime.:)

09:34 AM Jul 10 2012 |

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amoh

amoh

Iraq

sometimes I become a drama queen


08:55 AM Jul 10 2012 |

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