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Catch Up English, baby! Video Lesson
追赶

Learn the First Conditional

Date: Jul 31 2012

Themes: Friend, Soap Opera

Grammar: First Conditional

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It’s nice to see someone you care about after being apart for a long time. There’s so much to talk about!

When you have a lot of new stories to tell someone about your life, it’s time to catch up. When you catch up with a friend, you update him or her about what has happened in your life. You get up to date and current about all the latest news with each another.

Similarly, to catch up on work means to make sure all your responsibilities are taken care of and nothing is left undone. To catch up on a TV show means to watch the episodes you have missed. If someone invites you to something and you say, “I’ll catch up,” it means you will meet later.

Finally, if you are losing a race and then you win, you can say you caught up with the person in front.

Devan has not seen her friend Amanda in years. She is excited to catch up with her.

在与你为之牵挂的人分开很久以后,再次相遇是件美妙的事情。有太多的话要说!

当你有许多生活中的新鲜事要告诉某人时,就是该相互联系的时候了。当你联系一位朋友时,你告诉他或她,你生活中新近发生的事情。你们彼此获得并更新最新信息。

类似的,追赶工作意味着保证完全履行你的责任,不留下未尽之事。追赶电视节目意味着,观看你错

过的一些剧情。如果某人邀请你做某事,你说:“我就到。”,这意味着,你们很快就会见面。

最后,如果你输了某场比赛,后来你又赢了,你就可以说“我赶上了领先的人”。

德凡已经很多年没有见过她的朋友阿曼达。她非常期待见到她。

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Dialog

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

Jason

Jason

Amanda

Amanda

Devan

Devan

Mason

Mason

Devan:  I’m going to go meet Amanda for a drink. Do you want to come?

Jason:  I wish I could, but I have all this work to catch up on.

Devan:  Really? Are you sure?

Jason:  Yeah, I should really get this done. But I’ll catch up with you later.

Devan:  OK. Bye.

Jason:  Bye.

Devan:  Oh my gosh, we have so much to catch up on. Tell me everything. What have you been up to the last few years?

Amanda:  Oh just like…I invented some stuff, I made my first million, I was on Oprah, but whatever. I actually have something more important that I want you to catch me up on.

Devan:  Oh, you want to know about the wedding? It was so beautiful.

Amanda:  That’s great. I’m sure you were a beautiful bride and everything, but I was thinking more about Mason. Does he have a girlfriend?

Devan:  Mason? Yeah, he has a girlfriend. Oh, this is actually a really funny story.

Amanda:  OK, tell me.

Devan:  So we didn’t know for the longest time that she even existed.

Amanda:  OK.

Devan:  And then she came with him to the wedding and…

Amanda:  So, the wedding, I’m sure it was really, really pretty, and you know what? Sometime I’d love to sit down and grab coffee and look at some pictures and stuff, but can we maybe home in on Mason, and…Is she hot?

Devan:  Who?

Amanda:  Is she thin? Is she tall?

Devan:  Is who hot?

Amanda:  Mason’s girlfriend. I mean, what else are we talking about?

Devan:  Um…

Jason:  Hey, how was it? Did you and Amanda catch up?

Devan:  No. I tried to ask her about what she’s been up to, and I tried to tell her about starting the business and our wedding, and all she wanted to talk about was Mason and his new girlfriend. It was weird. I feel like we didn’t even get to catch up at all.

Jason:  I’m sorry. Well, if you hire her, you’ll get to catch up.

Devan:  Well, that’s true.

Mason:  Who are we gonna hire, guys?

Devan:  Amanda.

Jason:  You didn’t hear?

Mason:  You…You’re gonna hire Amanda?

Devan:  Yeah. I think so.

Mason:  I…Is it really hot in here?

 

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Discussion

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It has been several years since Devan has seen her friend Amanda. In that time, she started her own company and got married. They have a lot to catch up on.

Devan asks Jason if he would like to join her and Amanda. He says he has too much work, but he might catch up with them later.

Amanda asks Devan a lot of questions about Mason’s girlfriend. She doesn’t seem interested in anything else. When Devan gets back to the office, she tells Jason that they didn’t really get to catch up at all. He says they’ll have plenty of time together if Amanda comes to work for Devan.

Mason is surprised to learn that there is a real chance that Devan might hire Amanda, who is his ex-girlfriend. He faints.

Do you like catching up with friends and family? Who do you need to catch up with?

 

Comments

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essamalbarakani

Yemen

just one word good

10:49 AM Mar 16 2013 |

DarknessLight

Bahrain

yea I do, the longer the period the more is there to tell. I actually prefer to know about them and not talk about myself, because nothing really interesting happens in my life :/ I always catch up with my cousins, they tell all about my “big family”, because we’re living in different countries.

09:19 AM Nov 14 2012 |

marija luiza

Mexico

Yes, I do. It is something increible, to talk how his or her life is going. That moment is one of the best in life, because you can discover, what was happen whith everyone in the past or in the present. 

12:47 PM Aug 05 2012 |

maki_alwajih

Yemen

catching up means to friends you take care of them


                            

04:37 PM Aug 04 2012 |

samirah

samirah

Saudi Arabia

get up to date =get up to speed…

08:08 AM Aug 03 2012 |

saeedshin

saeedshin

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

sometimes need to get cach up makes me fool!


somtimes this feeling changes my times!

05:20 AM Aug 03 2012 |

La Princesse de la vie

Egypt

Guys, there’s something wrong here.. I tried to listen to the auditory recording and watch the video but it didn’t work..


Can anyone help work out my problem??

04:31 PM Aug 02 2012 |

La Princesse de la vie

Egypt

Yeah, I like to catch up with my family and my friends, actually it may take me hours when I try to catch up on everything I missed, especially with my friends, you know girls when they talk to each otherLaughing ...


I really miss so many people, and if I meet one of them, I will seize all the opportunities to catch up with them on everythin I missed..

04:27 PM Aug 02 2012 |

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Walace

Brazil

Catching up with family and friends is always a good idea, but sometimes depending on the subject or the area of interest I resort to TV news and also  videos from the internet. As for the Olumpics, for instance, I always catch on through websites forums and videos available on the net.

08:02 AM Aug 01 2012 |

aikrobot

aikrobot

Ukraine

I have to reply a ton of cusotomers’ letters to catch up my job.

02:52 AM Aug 01 2012 |

yifangwang

China

Catch up what?


In my dream,I ran quickly and tried to catch up something. When I  woke up from the dream,I always got confused by myself.I have the same dream time by time,why?I seem to catch up something,but what is the something?

10:33 PM Jul 31 2012 |

ErinDong

ErinDong

United States

These days, my best friend hasn’t been picking up her phone when I am calling her.


she hasn’t been replying my emails. I think something is up with her. Soon, she’ll be


running back to me and we will catch up.

11:59 AM Jul 31 2012 |

a2020

a2020

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I like to catch up with my ex-gf,i really miss her.

11:20 AM Jul 31 2012 |

Girly6

Girly6

Cuba

I like this lesson

07:54 AM Jul 31 2012 |

Englishty

Englishty

Egypt

For me definitely my best friend is the person that i’d like to catch up with especially after the college we met each other for the first time in college where we used to see each other all the time and of course both of us now are busy with our lives so we seize any chance when she and i are free to meet and of course to catch up with each other our latest news.

06:51 AM Jul 31 2012 |

bellaboo2422

Pakistan


its been donkeys of years now i have not been catch up with my friends. i am waiting for the moment when i surprizingly meet one of them someday. the felicity of that time would be wordless. but alass! there are only memories of beautiful days to catch up with. there is another thing too, to catch up, my dreams. i am pretty sure about it, it will come true oneday.

04:22 AM Jul 31 2012 |

konstantin cherta s dva

Russian Federation

I like the reaction of Jason and Devan – Mason faints and they look at him with faces like they think “Uh, okey”, and continue their business. Nothing happened ha-ha)

02:31 AM Jul 31 2012 |

Farhodi

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

catching up with friends will make us be on good terms with him/her

01:28 AM Jul 31 2012 |

ayman ^_^

Saudi Arabia

hi i’ve to catch up my best friend on 8:00 p.m  we’ve to eat dinner


Laughingbut we didn’t ctch up the resto


urant

12:00 AM Jul 31 2012 |

Dingdong

China

zeze…I think life is enough.You can live happily when you konw what you want rather than catch up with.

11:29 PM Jul 30 2012 |

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