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Broken Bulb

Broken Bulb English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Dec 25 2007

Themes: Holidays, Romance, Soap Opera


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Merry Christmas! To celebrate the holiday, Amanda decided to decorate her rooftop deck with Christmas lights. Can you guess who she called for help?

Oh, gee, I don’t know, could it be the same fella she really likes, snuggles with on the couch, and talks to her friends about? You guessed it. Mason.

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Mason:  I broke one of your bulbs, I’m really sorry!

Amanda:  Well, do you know if this is going to work with one missing?

Mason:  I think so. It’s not the old kind. They’re not in a chain. It just might set it on fire.

Amanda:  I hope so! Not the setting it on fire part…

Mason:  You know, we can just string ‘em now and then we won’t turn it on until we get the bulb.

Amanda:  Hey Mason?

Mason:  Yeah.

Amanda:  I really want to thank you for coming because I know you’re busy today and it was really short notice, but my roommate’s out of town and I really want to get these up and surprise her. Oh..can…wow…

Mason:  Do you need me to help with that one?

Amanda:  Yeah! Could you maybe wrap your arms around…me? And then pull it through? Yeah, like that. You know what this reminds me of? That silly little tradition of mistletoe and how you hang them up on the ceiling and…do you know what that is?

Mason:  I mean I know but I’ve never actually had mistletoe. I’ve never been around mistletoe because I’m Jewish and all that.

Amanda:  I actually grow some in my little herb garden in the kitchen…

Mason:  Herb garden?

Amanda:  I was thinking I could go down and get the replacement bulb for that and we could hang one right here and then since you’re Jewish and you’re not familiar with the tradition, we could maybe go through what the steps might be so that you’re prepared for when you go to a Christmas party. I don’t want you to not know what to do. Is that okay?

Mason:  You know, whatever. I don’t want you to have to go out of your way like…

Amanda:  Well I’ve been growing them all year and I’d really like to show you. Are you even listening to me?



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Mason accidentally broke one of the bulbs on Amanda’s Christmas lights. She’s not mad because they are the kind of lights that work even if one of the bulbs is missing.

Oh, and she also has an enormous crush on Mason. Which is more apparent than ever when she slyly asks him to hold her and help her hang the lights.

Then she discovers that Mason doesn’t know about the tradition of mistletoe because he’s Jewish. At Christmas time, people hang pieces of mistletoe around their houses and if you and another person find yourself standing underneath the mistletoe, you have to kiss.

Of course, Amanda is eager to introduce Mason to the tradition. But, as usual, he doesn’t seem to be paying attention to her. He shouldn’t be apologizing to her for breaking a bulb. It’s her heart he should worry about.

Do you hang Christmas lights and kiss under mistletoe in your country? What do you do to celebrate the holidays? And what will it take for Mason to notice Amanda?



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03:36 AM Mar 04 2014 |




I live in a four story building and all the apartments have a balcony. When it´s Christmas time we hang Christmas lights on the balconies and the whole building lights up at night. On Christmas eve we usually have dinner along with the whole family members and exchange presents.

04:01 PM Apr 24 2013 |



If he loves Amanda , he will be the one who tries to get her attention ,not vice versa.Who knows what is on his mind?

09:06 PM Dec 10 2011 |




haha..good intention Amanda, nice try but u've gotta figure out some way else to get Mason's attention.

I dont really notice about the tradition, but i guess it is quite similar in my country

02:05 AM Apr 20 2010 |




just happy for jesuss born for we sickpeople

11:14 PM Apr 19 2010 |



she is workimg too hard to get his attention. what is that something that he has that worths it?

10:29 PM Jan 29 2010 |



Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell!!!! i love  Christmas party!_

09:14 PM Jul 31 2009 |




funny situation… hahaha.. i really pity amanda, its clear that mason is diverting the topic… and mason, you are so clueless…i wonde how this two hook up together??

10:39 AM Dec 29 2008 |




 Amanda might be tell Manson about your feeling and  introduce Mason to the tradition and get him kiss.Laughing

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE     LaughingLaughingLaughing

08:48 PM Dec 16 2008 |



What is the meaning "Set it on fire"

06:31 AM Oct 30 2008 |




Mason is just like a wood,chasing such a guy is really a diffucult thing. Amanda has tried everything but it didn't work, i think maybe only when Amanda leave him,he can realize what he lose.man,you must learn to cherish the girl with you,or you will u will regret.

02:02 PM Aug 13 2008 |




Set up a artificial Christmas tree in our home. Decorate it with ornaments and lights

Place lights and other decorations on the outside of our house and on our outdoor shrubs and trees.

Send Christmas cards to family and friends wishing them a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Play Christmas music in our house to get in the holiday spirit; some popular choices include "Silent Night" and "Jingle Bell" .

01:45 PM Aug 13 2008 |



these lessons could be a romance film..
why don’t u guys just go to house production, and make it up?

07:06 AM Jun 15 2008 |



United States

I never seem a mistletoe before.. I wonder what does it looks like..

10:59 PM Mar 31 2008 |



I feel sad for Amanda that Mason hasn’t realised that Amanda has a crush on him. I suggest that Amanda should tell her feeling for Mason directly.

03:03 PM Mar 03 2008 |




Some years ago,the christmas was not popolar in our country.However ,it is different now!

02:00 AM Dec 31 2007 |


Hong Kong

WE don't have this tradition. I think that this tradition makes the unlucky people who aren't lovers but stood under mistletoe very embarrassing. 

11:00 AM Dec 30 2007 |




very good ,

02:52 AM Dec 29 2007 |


Dominican Republic

i think that the girl is a little falling in love of manso but he didn`t realise the situation by the way in my country everyone decoderate their house but not in that special way.

fanilly manso for god leave worry about that and give her the kiss ok.

02:07 PM Dec 27 2007 |




       i like it!

10:29 AM Dec 27 2007 |

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