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Date: Jul 28 2009

Themes: Work

Grammar: Past Progressive Tense


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It can be hard to make changes in your life without going overboard. Ella couldn’t stop working all the time, so Mason suggested she take it easy. He told her to relax sometimes.

And, boy, did she ever. Ella not only stopped overworking herself. She stopped working at all. She quit her job in law enforcement. Watch and see all the fun she’s having while unemployed. How long do you think the fun will last?

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Mason:  Hey! Ella.

Ella:  Oh my God.

Mason:  What’s up? Aren’t you a…It’s Wednesday, right? You’re supposed to…You’re workin’.

Ella:  Yeah, I know. Your talk kinda inspired me to just take it easy. So I quit my job and, you know, just gonna do whatever I like ‘cause that’s way more fun. You know?

Mason:  You quit your job? You quit the force?

Ella:  Yeah. I mean, it was taking a lot of my time up and you said I was always high-strung and stuff. So, you know…

Mason:  You did this because of me? This was my idea?

Ella:  Yeah. This is all your working. It’s awesome.

Mason:  Oh. Great. Um…I don’t really think I should take credit for that.

Ella:  You should because I feel so free. I feel, like, energetic. I have so much time. I’ve been doing everything I’ve wanted, which is a lot of nothing.

Mason:  So you’re like…You’re looking for something else to do, you know?

Ella:  No.

Mason:  Just wanna make a career shift?

Ella:  I want to do absolutely nothing and all that I wanna do.

Mason:  Really?

Ella:  Yes.

Mason:  So you saved up a lot of money, right, to just kinda take, like, a sabbatical?

Ella:  Well, actually I blew all my savings at a carnival yesterday, but, I mean, I’m gonna do this day by day. You know?

Mason:  Uh-huh.

Ella:  I mean, who cares? Who cares?

Mason:  Well, um…You let me know how that works out for you.

Ella:  I’m letting you know right now. It’s going great.

Mason:  And uh…You know, I don’t know. I’ll keep my eye out for you. Just, you know, I’ll let you know if somethin’...Maybe somethin’ comes along.

Ella:  Call me. I am free all the time.

Mason:  Cool.

Ella:  Peace out.

Mason:  Bye.


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Mason sees Ella in the middle of the day on a weekday. It turns out she quit her job as a police officer. She tells him she has him to thank for all the fun she’s having.

But Mason doesn’t want to be responsible for Ella quitting her job. She’s already out of money. He suspects the fun will end soon, but until then, Ella is enjoying herself.

Have you ever wanted to quit your job and just have fun all the time? What would you do if you didn’t have to work?



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Two years ago I took a sabbatical year to traveling and sailing : Corsica, Italy and Greece with my sailboat; and Argentina and Chile with a car.

Eight years ago I took six months free for traveling throw the Sahara, I’m happy because such a trip would be impossible now because of terrorists in the central Sahara.

Meeting the others is really important to understand the world.


11:20 AM Aug 30 2012 |



Nobody wants to work. It's just human nature. Lots of people work really hard, because thay are not satisfied with what they've got, they want more. Not because they love work.

For me, weekends and holidays are good enough. If I don't have to work all the time, then I don't know what I am supposed to do. Maybe I will go crazy. And now, I don't have enough money, so I have to work for money.

01:31 PM Dec 05 2010 |




good for we are all

09:11 AM Sep 16 2009 |

Cool English Teacher


"Peace out"...Loved thatLaughing

08:25 PM Aug 31 2009 |




I will study english hard so that I can be easy to listen it

01:10 PM Aug 30 2009 |




actually i m looking for a job .but i get used to my life now . i 've been taken my life easy all the time . i  don't know how i am going to deal with  a job

01:03 PM Aug 30 2009 |

Cool English Teacher


Oh gosh, I'd love to take a sabbatical… I'm so high-strung, you guys have no ideaCry

04:57 PM Aug 21 2009 |




i want to sleep if i don't have to work, and i want to have a travel

09:43 AM Aug 21 2009 |


Viet Nam

she very good.

06:39 PM Aug 19 2009 |



quit from your job is easy but to get a new job is not as easy as you think.

06:21 PM Aug 18 2009 |




poor ELLA .she is very regretful :)

08:51 PM Aug 17 2009 |




  i meet chellenges now although i just started my job.Frown

09:51 AM Aug 16 2009 |



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03:16 AM Aug 15 2009 |

kareena kapor

Saudi Arabia

i like to be free always

now i dont have job cuz dady do every thing and iam studying now  but it is boring to keep like that i think every one should have job inorder to have good future

11:18 PM Aug 14 2009 |



ok, the video is kind of fun, but that attitude is totally riduculus.

11:13 PM Aug 13 2009 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

How can I download these videos?

06:54 AM Aug 13 2009 |



if i wouldn't have to work, i'd spend my time, studing very hard but also i'd enjoy that with my friends.

04:04 AM Aug 10 2009 |



not accepted!

01:41 AM Aug 08 2009 |




we should  balance  our life b/w working and free time we can't just  work to live or live to work.. I do not agree with the idea of quitting job or gap year we should balance our life and that even healthier than doing nothing..

10:38 PM Aug 07 2009 |

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