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A Long Story

A Long Story English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Apr 06 2010

Themes: Friend, Soap Opera

Grammar: You're vs. Your


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When you hit it off with someone and decide to become friends, you spend some time getting to know each other. You tell stories about yourself and your life. But if you ramble on for too long, you may scare your new friend away!

Marni owns an international dating website and all of her friends work for a rival website. How that came to be is a long story. If someone asks you a question and the answer is too complicated to explain, you can say, “Oh, that’s a long story.” See what happens when Marni meets a new friend on her website and starts to tell him her long story.

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Marni:  So, Pierre, I’m so glad we’re finally meeting. You know, I…

Pierre:  Oui.

Marni:  I’ve just been looking to meet new people, because I realized that all my friends work for this competitive company. I mean, I went through my friends, you know, Jason and Mason and Ella. They’re all working for this woman that I used to be friends with, but then I opened up this sort of rival company. And, anyway, it’s a long story.

Peirre:  Oui.

Marni:  And, anyway, it’s a long story, but…And then I realized, I have a website devoted to meeting new people and why shouldn’t I use it myself, right?

Pierre:  Oui.

Marni:  So, I am so excited that we’re meeting because, you know, you’re from France and I love things that are French.

Pierre:  Oui.

Marni:  So, tell me about France. Is it fabulous there?

Pierre:  Ah, oui.

Marni:  Maybe someday I can go visit it with you. Wouldn’t that be great? We could go…I don’t know. I mean, I’ve always wanted to go to the Louvre and…

Pierre:  You are too…How do we say, “le boring”?

Marni:  Boring?

Pierre:  Oui.

Marni:  Mwa?

Pierre:  Oui.

Marni:  Well, I…Pierre, I really think that you’ve gotten the wrong impression. I am a lot of fun.

Jason:  Hey. What’s up?

Marni:  Hey, Jason.

Jason:  How’s it goin’?

Marni:  How are you?

Jason:  Who’s your new friend?

Marni:  This is Pierre.

Jason:  Yeah. OK.

Marni:  We met on my website and…Yeah, yeah. So…

Jason:  Did he just have to go to the restroom or something?

Marni:  Yes. I think he did. He was talking about how badly he had to go use the bathroom.

Jason:  Oh, cool. Well, too bad I didn’t get to meet him. I have to run.

Marni:  Yeah.

Jason:  I gotta get back to work, you know.

Marni:  Next time.

Jason:  Crazy stuff goin’ on…

Marni:  Next time.

Jason:  ...over at the Dream Boat, but…

Marni:  Yeah. I’ll see you later.

Jason:  OK.

Marni:  Alright.

Jason:  Bye.

Marni:  What happened?


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Marni uses the international dating website she owns to meet a new friend, Pierre. As she sits and has coffee with Pierre, she bores him with stories of her old friends.

When Jason stops into the coffee shop and says hello to Marni, Pierre takes the opportunity to escape. Marni says he had to go to the bathroom, but she knows he just took off. Jason has to get back to work so he leaves too and Marni is all alone.

How do you think Marni could make some new friends? Do you have a story that’s too long and complicated to explain?



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fuckin disterbur people are everywhere,

06:32 PM Apr 08 2010 |



United States

I felt so sorry for the girls. She attempted to make a new relationship with boy, but she failed. Even though she was nice and exciting, she failed Frown 

05:12 PM Apr 07 2010 |


United States

I think the girl talk too much cause she doesn't give the boy a little chance to talk i don't like that.

04:55 PM Apr 07 2010 |

brave soul

Saudi Arabia

 I think in the first meeting we should avoid "long stories" to not give the others wrong impressions about ourselves >>..

06:01 AM Apr 07 2010 |



I think its the wrong way of starting a new relationship. Marni shouldn't have continued talking of herself without even bothering to think if her friend is interested to listen to her story or not. She could have asked her friend's opinion about their first meeting.

03:08 AM Apr 07 2010 |




i think they have the guilt , why ?? bcs from one side pierre doesnt buy some beers to make the enviroment cool , and marni should tell him one of her sexual fantasies to make the meeting a succes.


12:22 AM Apr 07 2010 |




she could make friends  to listen more others .

12:12 AM Apr 07 2010 |




Listen more than talk!!Cool

08:55 PM Apr 06 2010 |

glassy heart

Saudi Arabia

she should not complain about her life,to some one she don't know wellyet,she has to relaize and understand peoples face expretion,so if she feel they got bored she can stop talking or change the subject. also she should give the person infront of her a chance to talk ,so he wont get bored..  rambling  get people bored

08:27 PM Apr 06 2010 |


Saudi Arabia

very easy i am need  to reading and writing  ......welcome

07:18 PM Apr 06 2010 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i liked this dialog

06:54 PM Apr 06 2010 |



Actually,I think Marni is funny.I am sure she will make lots of friends.And I'd like to have friends like her.But I don't want to have a girl friend like her.

Of course I get long stories,everybody gets complicated story.But I wouldn't explain it to a new friend like Marni did.It's not appropriate to do that.

03:09 PM Apr 06 2010 |



she is really so boring and friendless

12:56 PM Apr 06 2010 |




    i think not all new friends that are interested in your story, so  if it is complicated and long to say , leave this story and tell them when you get to know each other well.

12:15 PM Apr 06 2010 |





haha !!

Oui …  lol


12:05 PM Apr 06 2010 |




it is funny

11:19 AM Apr 06 2010 |




in here there is no communication, there is no dialog. onyl one person speak and speak without listening.

10:46 AM Apr 06 2010 |





10:06 AM Apr 06 2010 |

asya zahara


She should not talk about so much at first meeting.and should not comment about their future,she should not get bored for friends by talking on about her own.

08:16 AM Apr 06 2010 |



Let's make the long story ; You need to be careful when you meet new people for the first time and always try to find out what kinds of personalities they have instead of assuming that you  already know them and start rambling and let them run away. 



07:47 AM Apr 06 2010 |

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