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Sure Thing?

Sure Thing? English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Sep 01 2009

Themes: Soap Opera, Work

Grammar: Simple Future Tense


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Have you ever had a conversation with a friend and while everything seemed normal at the time, later you find out you weren’t having the same conversation? You remember it differently. Each remembers the other saying things that may or may not have been said at all. That’s what happens on today’s episode of the Ebaby! soap opera.

Ella, as you may recall, quit her job a police officer. It was fun for a while, but now she needs money. Luckily, last week Devan decided to start a company. While Ella and Devan talk about it, does it seem like they’re on the same page?

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Ella:  So, I was trying to get a couple donuts, you know, typical stuff. My card was declined. I don’t even have three dollars left in my bank account.

Devan:  Bummer. Well, you know, maybe you shouldn’t have left your other job.

Ella:  It is just stressing me out so much. I think I…I’m trying to find a new calling in my life, you know? And, like, I’m really glad you’re starting this American Dream Boat thing because I feel like that could be my next calling. You know?

Devan:  It could be. I would love for all of you guys to work there.

Ella:  Really? Oh my gosh! It would be great!

Devan:  It would be great. I would really, really love it.

Ella:  That’s awesome ‘cause I would love to work for you ‘cause, like, you know, friends…We get each other.

Devan:  Yeah. Friends helping friends. It’s just a great deal all around.

Ella:  Yeah. No, it’ll…

Devan:  I’m excited.

Ella:  Basically, it’s a sure thing so…

Devan:  Well, it’s definitely a sure idea.

Ella:  Yeah. I’m glad you’re sure about that.

Devan:  I’m sure that I would love that if it happened.

Ella:  Oh yeah. It will. It’ll be great.


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Ella’s card was declined. She is totally out of money and needs a job, so she’s excited about the idea of working for Devan’s new company.

Devan says she would like for Ella to come work for her, but doesn’t say it will definitely happen. Ella, however, seems to think it’s a sure thing.

When was the last time you misscommunicated with someone like Ella and Devan do in today’s lesson?



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how can i speak english

11:13 AM Feb 16 2014 |




I guess the meaning of conversation would be more clear if the woman with the bag detached her sunglasses so we can see her confusing expression.

I misscommunicated with native and non-native speakers sometimes, misspelled or misheard words. Well e-baby helps =)

01:27 AM Mar 17 2013 |

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I often miscommunicate with people. I guess it’s just me not expressing myself clearly enough. Plus sometimes I think something but don’t say it out loud and go on thinking I said it which can lead to awkward situations and misunderstandings. Currently my soulmate and I are having communication problems and it hurts to see that she is no longer talking to me. I have just written her an apology letter and hope she will accept it. Inside I partly know that she will because our relationships isn’t something one would just throw away.

10:12 PM Mar 19 2012 |




To avoid miscommunication with someone, you shoud listen carefully to what he's trying to tell you as well as your concern of articulating your point of view.

02:32 PM Jun 12 2010 |


South Korea

Oh yeah, sometimes it happens . when i have a conversation whit somebody,

i thought that we were totally on the same page  but later we speak other

language one another. it absolutely drives me up the wall.However , I think i have

 to understand the other party i talked with  cuz the person also is feeling


03:13 AM Dec 31 2009 |




This happens me so much with the person tht I call my bestfriend!.And also ths situation reminds me the saying: Everbody talks ,but the ones who listens are your real friends. 


05:31 PM Oct 27 2009 |

Atlas Lion

Atlas Lion

United Arab Emirates

Well, I still remember last miscommunicationb with
IT expert in my College.

my laptop got hurt by Viruses and I couldn't log in I was so upset bcz all most of my  personal files are in desktop area which  belongs to C drive

but I have also D that contain some files and E drives. I thought XP system is downloaded only in C drive and the true is it is in both C and D. So I told him to format  XP files.

He told me to transfer all my files to E drive. it happened too fast I come back to him to find my files in D drive gone!!!



01:34 PM Oct 27 2009 |




It was a sure thing for Illa that Daven will accept her 'cause they know each other well. However, Devan will only accept her if her qualification will qualified.

01:11 PM Oct 27 2009 |




maybe yes it happens but not for that stage, i think because the blond one is blind:P or her black glasses doesnt let her hear well:P

12:47 PM Oct 27 2009 |




It happens very often nowadays…. We are talking about something, and the other person just missunderstand us…. Sometimes it's difficult to fix that mistake :P

12:39 PM Oct 27 2009 |


Saudi Arabia

I don't remember when the last time I misscommunicated with someone but I'm sure that I did it  b4 .It's so embarrassing!! Embarassed

12:09 PM Oct 27 2009 |



Russian Federation

This lesson had been used here before! I hope they won't begin showing us all previous lessons from the start.

11:24 AM Oct 27 2009 |




i am a saver and i certainly have new career if i will quit whether i will havent money for life though it is american dream to attract me.

10:31 AM Oct 27 2009 |

Sasho Popov


I agree with Immajin. The things will not happen. Too many words.

09:18 AM Oct 27 2009 |

philip san


i want to say so much but i can't because i just learn english.Cry

05:01 PM Oct 18 2009 |



Palestinian Territory, Occupied

oh my gosh

04:19 PM Oct 14 2009 |



The woman opposite the young girl is very embarrassing .

10:18 AM Oct 09 2009 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

hi frends,

hows it going?Id like to make friends all over the world and improve my english.Id rather to be friend with students from all countries.thx.

10:18 AM Oct 03 2009 |




I Love Music

02:29 AM Sep 23 2009 |




No two people respond to LSD the same way. A trip can become a nightmare, known as a "bummer". I think the conversation sounds very much like.

08:38 AM Sep 07 2009 |

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