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Marni's Online Romance

Marni's Online Romance English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Mar 25 2008

Themes: Romance, Soap Opera


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New love can make you do strange things. When new lovers first fall for each other, they find themselves staying up all night together, traveling to be with one another and forgetting commitments. Sometimes they learn a language to be together.

But certainly online love makes people do the strangest things of all. They type back and forth for hours on end and exchange photos by the dozen. If you fall in love with someone online, next thing you know you might be watching your computer while trying to fry some whole lemons in your kitchen.


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Beren:  What are you doing?

Marni:  Um, uh, well…

Beren:  You’re cooking and looking at…

Marni:  I’m trying to cook and…the…OK. So I’ve been…I know, I know, it’s my dirty little secret. I’ve been having this online relationship, which is kind of a new thing for me…

Beren:  Who is that?

Marni:  His name’s John. I just think he’s really awesome. He’s this really great guy and we seem to have a lot in common, so I’m trying to cook because I heard he really likes Middle Eastern food, or that’s what he was saying. I just…I don’t know what I’m doing…

Beren:  But you have your computer by the stove, which doesn’t make sense. Is he watching you right now? Is there a camera?

Marni:  No…I mean, I just, in case he sends me a message. I just don’t want to miss it.

Beren:  In the time it takes you to cook these lemons. Whole lemons.

Marni:  I don’t really know how to cook. But I don’t want him to know that because he really likes Middle Eastern food and I was thinking, “OK, well if he thinks I can cook, then you know, that’s a plus, right? Everybody likes a gal who can cook, so…”

Beren:  Sure.

Marni:  Yeah, so I’m trying to figure it all out, but it I want it to be close by just in case.

Beren:  OK. Cool.

Marni:  Yeah.

Beren:  Best of luck to ya.

Marni:  Thanks. I need it.



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Beren walks into Marni’s kitchen and discovers a very strange scene. Marni’s computer is sitting on the counter so she can look at while she cooks. While she cooks lemons. Whole lemons.

So Marni explains that she has a new online boyfriend. His name is John. Maybe you’ve seen him around the Ebaby!...

Anyway, John likes Middle Eastern cooking, so Marni is trying to learn how to cook. She’s not doing a very good job of it, probably because she’s distracted by her new love.

Beren slowly backs away from Marni as though she’s insane.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done for love?



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oh hehe she dont want to miss a message 

 a flower waiting to bloom O

05:46 PM May 19 2013 |

1 person likes this

Ngubo Sixtus

South Africa

social networks do marvelous works. you can talk and express your emotions to anyone online.technology is more advanced. you watch a person you are talking to online through 3g .

07:06 PM Apr 29 2013 |




it do will make someone to do strange things who first fall for each other especially via net!  it is cool


11:48 PM Apr 17 2010 |



i'm not good at cooking,occasionly i cook by myself,and i enjoy the process of cooking!

02:13 AM Jan 12 2010 |



Middle eastern food is cool, and easy. I think Marni won't have a problem with it xD


Haummmm, the strangest thing I did for love! Well, I never really 'fell in love' but I had crushes and I do the weirdest and most stupid things like all the time so basically everything I do while having a crush can be counted as strange—'

12:37 PM Jul 06 2009 |



i like any some one u love happy

04:02 PM Feb 13 2009 |


Russian Federation

As for me… I had a lot of online romances. Mostly with the foreigners because I just wanted to improve my English via chatting originally. I even met with one of them abroad and I surely met with the Moscow ones. But it never worked. Mostly I didn’t like them like that, once he didn’t like me and one more time he appeared to be a ladies’ man. Still there is a man that I’d like to meet in real life just to know if there is really something special in him that we’ve been quarrelling and making up again for more than 3 years already)) I think if we met it would come to an end at last. But it’s more likely we won’t and just move on some time.

09:14 PM Feb 07 2009 |




cooking whole lemon? what crazy thing?

yes, love make people doing crazy things it's thru Laughing

07:58 PM Dec 28 2008 |




in this days make online relationship is very popular.
great lesson:)

07:41 PM Dec 28 2008 |




everybody can relate to this situation…
v(.)v it seems its more easier to ind a lover online, but i just hope we’ll not be at the loosing end… hehehe.

03:19 PM Nov 17 2008 |




whoa…many people could really relate to this topic…


online romance is really a hit now… people can easily find a lover online… i just hope we'll not be in the loosing end…. hehehe

03:18 PM Nov 17 2008 |




When people are in love, they do some crazy things sometimes. And it’s because they want each other sooooo much. :)

07:38 AM Nov 09 2008 |




hahaha~ see what love can do? and that is just online relationship… she ut the WHOLE LEMONS to the pan… you have still a long way gurl…. hhahaha~~

02:05 PM Oct 16 2008 |




  the people who is falling in love always do something crazy .but i think they must feel it is worth to do and feel so sweet. where is my BF? i want to do some crazy thingTongue out

11:40 AM Sep 22 2008 |




Sorry, who do you want to be friend? marni?Marni’s is dialogue lesson, please you direct to one who you asking for.

06:32 PM Jul 27 2008 |




nice this video. and i like Marni, plz marni
would u like to frndship with me. 
i think u can help me, in speak english.
In Yahoo:   My E-mail:
In Skype:    farazs130
plz must be replay.
Best wishes 

06:34 AM Jul 18 2008 |



Viet Nam

A gal can cook well is really charm…Laughing


02:24 AM Jun 20 2008 |




Interesting story about falling love and who one is this condition will act a strange kind this is a human being because human need love in their life without love everything will feel empty.

02:10 AM May 20 2008 |




 i still didn't get what she was going to do with those whole lemons..i mean cook! but maybe love can make you do the strangest things possible…who knows? However, i like she is at least thinking at something healthy to cook, but don't know how tasty… :P

12:23 PM May 13 2008 |

Ice cream

Ice cream


I haven't ever experience this,but I eager to it.

11:45 AM May 13 2008 |

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