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Just Talk

Just Talk English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Aug 04 2009

Themes: Romance, Soap Opera

Grammar: Simple Future Tense

Intro

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Relationships are about timing. There’s an appropriate time for every step, and if you move too fast or too slow, it won’t work out. Marni and Dale were off to a good start. After a little bit of confusion, Marni realized for sure that Dale liked her. It was coy, it was fun.

Things got a little weird when Dale started talking about Christmas cards in the middle of summer, but, you know, maybe he was just daydreaming. See what you think of Dale’s latest fantasy. To Marni, it sounds like a nightmare.

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Dialog

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Marni

Marni

Dale

Dale

Marni:  So how are you doing now that Ella…I mean, she was your partner. She left the force? Is that…Are you OK?

Dale:  I’m actually OK with it.

Marni:  Yeah?

Dale:  I’m actually OK with it. I started thinking about my life at the same time, you know. Being a detective is very, you know…It’s unsafe and I’m really kind of considering a desk job that’s pretty much a nine to five. And then thinking about the future for us and making sure that I’m at least at home and being safe for the kids – you know, the little boy that we’re gonna have, the little girl that we’re gonna have. I think that’d be perfect.

Marni:  But uh…

Dale:  Don’t you agree?

Marni:  OK. Dale. You’ve got to stop. What children? What are you talking about?

Dale:  The two kids that we’re gonna have. Possibly a third one just by accident. You never know.

Marni:  OK.

Dale:  Never know.

Marni:  I need you to stop with the kid talk. Stop with the this and the that, and the Christmas pictures, and it’s all…Dale, I really like you, but I feel like…I feel like we should just be friends.

Dale:  Friends?

Marni:  Yeah.

Dale:  You know what? I think that’s an excellent idea. I don’t know why I didn’t think about that before.

Marni:  You do?

Dale:  Yeah! Why don’t we just stay friends? Perfect! That makes it a lot easier for me. I thought I was getting stressed out. Yes! Sweet! Friends it is for good. ‘Cause you know why? You know, everything that I was saying was just basically talk anyway. So…It was just talk.

Marni:  Just talk?

Dale:  Just talk.

 

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Discussion

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When Marni asks Dale what he thinks of his partner, Ella, quitting her job as a police officer, he says he is thinking about quitting his job too. He goes on to explain that he wants to be available for the kids they are going to have and get a safer job. He says they will have two or three kids.

Kids? Marni wasn’t told about any kids. She tells Dale to stop and even breaks up with him!

But Dale immediately admits that his fantasies of having a family with Marni were just that—fantasies. He’s happy to just be friends.

What do you like to daydream about? Have you ever been confused by something you thought was real but that turned out to be just talk?

 

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saik

India

I was able to make up with several girl friends one after the other and some times at the same time by just a simple old technique just talk. 

05:41 AM Jan 26 2013 |

Love off

Love off

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

when i meet my cousins or my family i forget what want i do,i just talk and talk with my relatives and i forget what time is it for example we start talking at 18:00 and again we see the clock and we understand the time is 20:00 or 21:00,and we dousen’t do anything and we should hurry up.

01:12 PM Dec 01 2012 |

Samejoy

China

I agree with you .

04:29 PM Sep 12 2011 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

 On second thoughts, Dale , wise up, you have to understand  women, you scared the hell out of Marni  , marriage , childrens, (you forgot to mention a pet) first , ask her for a date, bring flowers , write poems ,have together romantic dinners , and then  on your knees propose to her, I bet you that you will not be a loser. She really loves you.

   

09:57 PM Feb 28 2011 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

 Dale , you are a genius, you could jumped out of the frying pan unscathed. Poor Marni,       she is a sweet , my guess is that she didn´t expect that Dale would back off from his  intention to  date and live a family life with her.

   

 

  

 

  

   

 

05:24 PM Feb 28 2011 |

dungdinh2002

Viet Nam

Dale just did what's the so called "test water". He managed to find the way to "kiss her up" or to please her. However, he was trapped by his words. And he then pretended that it was just talk.

05:40 AM Nov 02 2010 |

Marco Shu

China

just talk?.......Dale,you were funnySmile.But some people absolutely think that is not easy.

01:58 AM Sep 01 2010 |

callejerospepe_turco

Turkey

soo american body come on :) just talk jeee come first Chicken or egg

12:27 PM Jun 07 2010 |

rediii

rediii

Albania

opssssss nothing

08:29 AM Apr 16 2010 |

alfiya

alfiya

Antigua and Barbuda

Talk about nothing..milk and water..i can name it ''Just talk''.

08:53 PM Mar 08 2010 |

Sophio

China

  Dale is really just talking.

 If I was the woman ,I'll feel very …en,

I don't know why he just talk about that…

 

10:41 AM Oct 05 2009 |

evelyn_BR

evelyn_BR

Brazil

Dale is a naive!! he shouldn't "just talk" about these things.  Marni can't be neither friend of a fool like him!!  :P

03:15 AM Sep 26 2009 |

belleZa

Denmark

Dale knew that marni would react in that way and thats why he talked about child etc. I think that he doesnt love her and its a way to make her break up with him because he hasn't that courage to break up with her!

01:27 PM Sep 20 2009 |

iceysui

iceysui

China

a man without love  it is a poor man.

05:25 AM Sep 18 2009 |

omegatrack

omegatrack

Mexico

Some times, stressed out people are likely to say weird things, but this guy is totally daydreaming.

08:50 PM Sep 17 2009 |

pathsoda69

Cambodia

Maybe not right or wrong since life is just challenge!

09:32 AM Sep 16 2009 |

luise

Taiwan

For the couple to be friends is
better than being boyfrend or girlfriend
and Dale is a stupid guy because
he thinks himself infallible

12:52 PM Sep 13 2009 |

luise

Taiwan

For the couple to be friends is
better than being boyfrend or girlfriend
and Dale is a stupid guy because
he thinks himself infallible

12:52 PM Sep 13 2009 |

luise

Taiwan

For the couple to be friends is
better than being boyfrend or girlfriend
and Dale is a stupid guy because
he thinks himself infallible

12:52 PM Sep 13 2009 |

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