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Conflict of Interest

Conflict of Interest English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Jan 05 2010

Themes: Friend, Work

Grammar: Simple Future Tense


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Getting sued is pretty much one of the worst things that could happen to you. Getting lawyers involved to settle a problem is always a long, drawn-out process and really expensive. So naturally, when Marni finds out that Devan is going to sue her, she needs to talk to one of her friends.

Marni picks up the phone and dials Dale. After their short attempt at dating, they agreed to be friends, so she knows he’ll be there for her. But when she reaches him, she finds that he can’t help her, and most likely the rest of her friends can’t either. Find out why.

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Dale:  Hello.

Marni:  Hi Dale, it’s Marni. How are you?

Dale:  Hey, how you doin’?

Marni:  I’m in a little bit of a pickle here. I guess I need some friendly advice.

Dale:  Oh really, how can I help you?

Marni:  Well, it has to do with a certain employer of yours who is threatening legal action.

Dale:  Whoa. Oh, somebody is calling me on the other line. I gotta get goin’. I’ll talk to you later. Bye.

Marni:  OK. Bye. Well, I suppose it’s a conflict of interest. Who else do I know that I can talk to? Jason works for Devan. Everybody works for Devan. Everybody works for Devan! I need new friends. Where can I go get new friends? Bars? Eh, never reliable. I’m not really a religious person. Malls? Gosh, this is pathetic. Wait a minute. I run a company that is all about connecting people. I have a whole Internet, a whole virtual world of people that I can connect with. Why didn’t I ever think that I could do that for myself? It’s so easy. Oh my gosh. OK. So, I know how to do this. I am going to…I’m gonna find some new friends. That’s what I’m gonna do. This is gonna be great. Those guys, who needs them?


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When Marni calls Dale, he’s happy to talk to her. But when she mentions that she wants to talk about how Devan is suing her, Dale quickly gets off the phone. At first Marni is hurt, but then she realizes it would be a conflict of interest for him to talk to her about that.

In fact, since all of her friends work for Devan’s company, none of them will be able to discuss this problem with her. She decides to use her international dating website to find some new friends.

Have you ever had to deal with a conflict of interest? What do you think is the best way to make new friends?



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Saudi Arabia

i alway have a conflict of interset in my life

everyone i call when i need them they are busy with something else

and i decide not to count on anyone from that time

i need new friends but i understand when they can't give me a help

and if i had this situation on my life i will find a way out myself

01:20 PM Jan 07 2010 |


Russian Federation

Well, a conflict of interest! It happens every day, especially with young ladies.

But, the only problem is that, I think, she hasn't met real friends!

I'm sure, she will Smile

07:52 AM Jan 07 2010 |




i wanna compare it with a friend of me, she is pretty but unlucky. i think she must find to herself and start a new hobby, today she told me, that she wanna go jogging, maybe with me, but i don´t know whether i´m a good friend, cause i know she fells bad. if i´m honest to be with her i get problems too and i don´t know how to manage her life, i wanna let her go jogging  on her own, and if she is lucky, cause time curse all things   i wanna be with her, are you think it is a good solution? The first step is the hardest and she must manage it on her own

07:53 PM Jan 06 2010 |





05:41 PM Jan 06 2010 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

The most of friendships is not true and truthfully!

The most people is friend together for some revenue!


03:09 PM Jan 06 2010 |



Well, i guess  real friends whom i could find when i need them.

i can find my friends when i need them.

Deduction…... they are real friends


03:13 PM Jan 05 2010 |




I think Marni has some friends besides her workmates and people in Devan's company. So she have to ask some of them to help her.

I think it is not a good idea to ask a  very new friend to give advice.



P.S. Happy New Year for every Englishbaby user :) 

01:10 PM Jan 05 2010 |



I hope she will find new friends who cares of her than old ones

11:25 AM Jan 05 2010 |



Yes I have, well, I think the best way to make a new friend is meet them off line, I mean you better find them in your social life, though it possible for you to find some true friends in virtual world.

But when you got noone beside you to talk to, I guess talking to strangers through chat via internet is fine, all you need is maybe just make that things out of your chest!  

09:07 AM Jan 05 2010 |

Whitney S

Whitney S


Hahahah! Poor woman!

08:40 AM Jan 05 2010 |

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