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Marni's Dilemma

Marni's Dilemma English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: May 13 2008

Themes: Romance, Soap Opera

Intro

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

In any online relationship, there’s a very critical step: When are you going to meet face to face? You have to decide if you’re ready and then you have to pick a safe and neutral location for the first meeting.

Zeus and Kinski picked a public street, but Marni’s online boyfriend wants to meet somewhere a little more high profile. Watch her talk about it with Beren.

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Dialog

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

Marni

Marni

Beren

Beren

Marni:  I have a dilemma.

Beren:  Uh oh.

Marni:  I’m, well you know about my online…

Beren:  Uh-huh. Online romance…

Marni:  So, he recently emailed me and said he wants to meet.

Beren:  OK. What’s wrong with that? You want to meet him, right?

Marni:  I do, but he wants to meet in Vegas.

Beren:  In Las Vegas?

Marni:  In Las Vegas, Nevada. That’s not just casual…I can’t just, you know…if it doesn’t work out...

Beren:  No no no. I mean, is he going to buy your plane ticket? Is he gonna pay for the hotel? Buffet tickets? Like…

Marni:  We haven’t worked out all the details, but he has offered to pay for the plane ticket.

Beren:  Are you gonna bring a friend?

Marni:  Um, I don’t know, should I?

Beren:  Yeah, definitely. Like, I’ll go with you…

Marni:  Do you want to go?

Beren:  Yeah. I’ll totally go to Vegas! Is he bringing a friend though?

Marni:  I don’t know.

Beren:  Because this is a strange situation. You show up with me and he shows up by himself…I don’t want to be the third wheel. I also don’t want to be witness to a murder…

Marni:  I don’t want that either. But I think that is something to think about. I mean, is it safe to go by myself to Vegas and meet this guy that I only…I feel like we have this connection and I trust him, but…

Beren:  We should do a background check.

Marni:  Really?

Beren:  Yeah.

Marni:  It seems like…

Beren:  No no no. I think we can find one of those websites that’s like $50 and you find everything like credit history, rental history, everything. We should do it.

Marni:  OK. Alright.

Beren:  Do you know his last name?

Marni:  I do, yeah.

Beren:  Have you Googled him yet?

Marni:  I have Googled him and nothing, you know…

Beren:  Nothing strange.

Marni:  Yeah, nothing. No red flags.

Beren:  Alright.

Marni:  OK.

 

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Discussion

Marni’s boyfriend wants to meet her for the first time. This is good news! Except for that her boyfriend lives in another city, so they’ll have to fly to meet one another. And if they’re already taking a trip, why not go to Vegas?

Well, because that would be a little scary.

Marni feels like she knows and trusts her boyfriend, but how can she know for sure if she’s never met him? Beren offers to come to Vegas with her, but then they think of a better idea. Why not get a background check?

What do you think Marni should do? Have you ever met someone online and then met up later in person? Was it scary?

 

Comments

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birdoflove

Saudi Arabia

nice :))

09:28 AM May 27 2008 |

votemine

Myanmar

it least if you need help, you should call 199(police phone)Laughing...

02:08 AM May 27 2008 |

yam pier

Costa Rica

very good

08:01 PM May 26 2008 |

bankngan

Viet Nam

I do, but i didn't go if he didn't sent me any ticket first, and book the hotel first, and i think better for me to take one more friend, and he too. hiii

04:19 PM May 25 2008 |

lincuichun

lincuichun

China

i think security is the most important     so it should be careful if i meet this situation.

12:07 PM May 25 2008 |

DORIS LIOU

China

yes,you should check her/his backgroud carfully,after all, you know each other online and maybe before meeting,you don't know her/his true detail, at least you should know that he/she is not a villain,but if you trust him enough you can go, it's romantic

05:59 AM May 25 2008 |

tranhoani

tranhoani

China

I never meet a friend made online before. SO I don't know what to sayLaughing

03:48 AM May 25 2008 |

anan29

anan29

Australia

i'm looking for make new friend

12:11 AM May 24 2008 |

luckynancy2008

China

      

   I quite agree with you. Jose..!!

02:16 AM May 23 2008 |

ozkan oz

ozkan oz

Turkey

ohhh. very difficult their situation really?

11:35 AM May 22 2008 |

fannyng_china

China

I have met a person on line.  now he is my boyfriend.haha…and we get on well each other.

08:50 AM May 21 2008 |

Jose luis

Jose luis

Dominican Republic

Thank you William for being aggree with me.

12:49 AM May 20 2008 |

Jose luis

Jose luis

Dominican Republic

Thank you Malgosia for being aggree  with me.Cool

12:41 AM May 20 2008 |

CSI

Germany

what I want to say that it is well ı am from turkey police officer …

08:08 AM May 18 2008 |

abdulgp

abdulgp

Pakistan

YAH ITS REALY COOL , CAUSE I TRAVEL TO CHINA TO MEET MY GIRL , NOWADAYS I AM IN CHINA, SO RUMANTIC FEELING.

03:39 AM May 18 2008 |

Slaw

Slaw

Poland

This is good lesson for me. I must remember this quetions, because I dont think about situation. For me its ok when I want to meet nobody, and pay for ticket, certainly when I have money ;) 

Sweet Liza write:"I preferred a public place for meeting up him in person" You remember girls. This is very important.  Don't trust new person!!!

02:37 AM May 18 2008 |

The Jasmine

Syrian Arab Republic

aha i think meeting online boyfriend is good but sure after she trused him that much … but i  advice her to choose the place & to take her friend with her that's will be betterWink so i'm not agaisnt her to see him after they trusted each other >>> wish them luck & hope to have a romantic date

11:40 PM May 17 2008 |

malgosia*

malgosia*

United States

Jose you are right , good ideaSmile

09:23 PM May 17 2008 |

worra

worra

Thailand

but i even met online friend.yes you should to careful.but maybe i'm goodluck myonline friends are nice person.

08:37 AM May 17 2008 |

Andres Cisneros

Colombia

I dont Think So. Always blind date can be dangerous, specially wheter tahthappen in Bogota.

12:53 PM May 16 2008 |

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