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jump through hoops English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Jan 21 2010

Quote

1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“Sure, you can have a cookie, Jason, but you’ll have to jump through hoops to get it.”

- Mason after Jason asked for a cookie.

2. Video - Watch the video before learning the definition.

Definition

1. Definition - Study the definition.

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do extra work to have something one wants

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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It’s wonderful when it’s easy to get what you want. But that’s not always the case. Often, you have to do many things before you accomplish your goal and some of them may seem rather indirect. Doing those steps along the way is called jumping through hoops.

Jason wants to eat a cookie of Mason’s and Mason says he can have it. Great! All Jason has to do is grab it and start eating it, right? Wrong. Mason is going to make Jason jump through hoops first. He says Jason needs a plate and napkin. Luckily, there’s a plate and napkin in the room, so Jason doesn’t mind jumping through these hoops.

But just when Jason gets to the cookie, plate and napkin, Mason puts an actual, physical hoop in his way! Since this is EXTREME English, baby! Jason jumps through the hoop, no problem, and reaches his goal.

Can you think of a time when you had to jump through hoops to get what you wanted?

Examples

1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“If you want to study overseas, you’re going to have to jump through a lot of hoops.”

“I will jump through hoops to make guests comfortable in my home. “

“The salesperson had to jump through hoops to get her customer to buy the car.”

Winners

1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

work hard for it or do something difficult to get it
by periwinkle.chic
ilovepeace to do everything possible to obey or please someone
by ilovepeace
amaryllis to do a lot of extra things so you can have or do something you want
by amaryllis
sofree make more efforts, do some extra things.
by sofree
OlgaSummer to realize your wish you should make an effort before. nothing is for free in our lives.
by OlgaSummer

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khawlina

United Arab Emirates

these are the steps one may take in order to reach the peak of success

02:10 PM Apr 21 2010 |

xbarny

Czech Republic

nice

06:01 PM Apr 11 2010 |

kpl

kpl

Taiwan

working just be to jump throug hoops ,few days pass , you got salary .

04:52 PM Mar 11 2010 |

queenlia

queenlia

China

to reach the goal we have to jump through a lot of hoops . and it is necessary .that is why the success exits . and the experience of jumping through the hoops make us improved .

03:15 AM Feb 21 2010 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

This expression pretty funny…Will it be really useful by americans??? :P

It is similar to a brazilian expression called "rebolar (in portuguese) or "lie around" (in engish)...for ex: I had to "lie around" to get money,got it? ;)

07:51 PM Feb 04 2010 |

lalobrown

lalobrown

Dominican Republic

life is all about jumping through hoops…

12:52 PM Jan 27 2010 |

piyooo

Japan

I liked the movie

07:18 AM Jan 27 2010 |

rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

nice slang !!!

06:40 PM Jan 26 2010 |

glaciernew

glaciernew

China

you have to jump over many hoops to fulfill your dream

12:47 PM Jan 26 2010 |

kukuka

kukuka

Ukraine

He is extremely crazy that Jason man, I really admire him.

07:46 AM Jan 26 2010 |

s id

Saudi Arabia

 I have to jump through hoops to get my dreams come true 

04:59 PM Jan 25 2010 |

Shinichi Lover

Bahrain

haha.. interesting .. I do this many times in my life .. I must jumping trough hoops to reach my goals in my univecity ..

04:09 PM Jan 25 2010 |

larryting

China

I hv to jump through hoops tp get a good job,for my house,for my car!

12:05 PM Jan 25 2010 |

penny810428

Taiwan

hah …i like the way he says "oh yea"

this is kinda funny X)

02:25 AM Jan 22 2010 |

williamzch

williamzch

China

In our livers, we have to jump through many hoops for our family, our interestings, and so on. recently I have been working hard to try to jump through one hoop for my career,please wish me I will  jump through it.hahaha

12:47 AM Jan 22 2010 |

abuwalad

Malaysia

 

i wanna jump through more hoops to make clear my fucking dreams

12:23 AM Jan 22 2010 |

*butterfly wings*

Saudi Arabia

I have to jump through some hoops to make my dreams come true

11:52 PM Jan 21 2010 |

willhuang

China

want achieve you goal, you have to work hard firstly. what you have to do for accomplish your goal

10:06 PM Jan 21 2010 |

Deyw

Deyw

Brazil

work hard to get what we want … it's a kind of breakthrough .(=  <!-Session data-><!-Session data->

07:22 PM Jan 21 2010 |

Romio79

Romio79

Russian Federation

"seemed that tigers jumped a lot of fire hoops in circus, and they didn't get any cookie" It was nice)))

The tiger jumps through the hoops

What is the purpose of life?

06:45 PM Jan 21 2010 |

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