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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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aggie yuan

aggie yuan


i got it,thanks a lot

04:42 PM Sep 01 2009 |



I think they are   not in the same situation becouse ella is going to start with a new company so Devan needs money couse she didnt save money before.

Perhaps ella can help her friend giving her an opportunity to work for her . and its great when friend help each other in the time when ella need in this case.

However it's short conversation to understand everything.

04:37 PM Sep 01 2009 |




Frown the lesson and i are not on the same page jijijiji.

ME DAS !!!!

hey here i have u tuna sandwish.

04:20 PM Sep 01 2009 |



United States

A new calling is when you go a new direction in your life.  I'm a banker, but recently, I thought I would rather be a teacher.  It's a new calling.

03:12 PM Sep 01 2009 |

aggie yuan

aggie yuan


what does 'a new calling'mean

03:02 PM Sep 01 2009 |




Mmmm.. Ithink thati never stay in this situation like ella, but may be to soon jajaja…



01:43 PM Sep 01 2009 |




I don't like such bad situation. At this moment I'd like to hit them.

01:40 PM Sep 01 2009 |




Yeah.Me too

11:01 AM Sep 01 2009 |



Actually, I can’t understand the topic of the text, just know we can ask our friends for help, i am not sure if there is any other topic else. I think this text is not very meaningful, maybe it’s good for learning english, I have learned some vocabulary, it’s great!

09:09 AM Sep 01 2009 |

tan zin


well, I think it's something about the important of friendship.

But,  it isn't such easy doing a biz together with friends even thought they got each others before!

08:15 AM Sep 01 2009 |




It is a sure thing that Devan will start her new business and Ella will be one of the member of this group.  The last time my misscommunicatdd person is my exboyfriend lol. Even if we were finished our love story  but stll freinds. He always makes puzzel me.

07:10 AM Sep 01 2009 |



well, it is clear.


04:44 AM Sep 01 2009 |



nice one

04:39 AM Sep 01 2009 |



I'm not sure that What 's this lesson tell about??

Ella need some money, cause her credit card declined and She doesn't  even have three dollars. And she would like to looking for a nice job. Right


And How about Devan?? after I finished listening this lesson I still confuse about What's she said?? Don't understand…


 Thanks for a nice lesson - 

02:18 AM Sep 01 2009 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i never rely on anyone

02:17 AM Sep 01 2009 |



it seems Devan is not sure she could help her friend. maybe she is not sure she could start a new business.

01:47 AM Sep 01 2009 |



Saudi Arabia

Thx for this lesson :)

now , i understand some vocabulary ..

really thank u =)

01:26 AM Sep 01 2009 |

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