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Learn how to use the future tense.

Date: Apr 15 2011

Grammar: Simple Future Tense


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For most of us, being stuck inside on a rainy day isn’t much fun. But people who love playing board games might feel differently. Board games have a bad reputation with some for being boring or stuffy. Once again, board game lovers would beg to differ. An especially heated game of Monopoly or Life can turn into a night of fun and intense competition. And for those who need a little extra push when it comes to playing a game of checkers or chess, there’s always the possibility of turning it into a drinking game. Hear Marni try to convince Jeff to play a board game with her.


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Marni:  Jeff, I just got the newest version of Apples to Apples! Do you want to play it with me?

Jeff:  Apples to Apples? What’s that?

Marni:  It’s a board game, it’s so much fun. I love it. You just get a few people together, and…

Jeff:  Board game. Come on, what are we, 70?

Marni:  Well, no…

Jeff:  I’ll have all the time in the world at the old folks’ home to play board games. Right now, I’m…I don’t know. Let’s go out on the town. Something more exciting.

Marni:  But I love board games. I mean, don’t you ever like to get competitive, rolling the dice, and moving your piece along the board?

Jeff:  I guess. I mean, I don’t know. Not really.

Marni:  Nothing?

Jeff:  It just sounds like work to me.

Marni:  What?

Jeff:  Yeah, there’s nothing really fun about that.

Marni:  It’s fun work!

Jeff:  What about, you know, video games. There’s a little more action. It’s just so dull.

Marni:  But there’s so much more interaction with people when you’re playing a board game. You get to get competitive, you get to see how much you know, kinda get to show off a little bit.

Jeff:  That’s fine. Maybe you can find somebody else to play your board games with you.

Marni:  Oh, I will.


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Marni wants to play a new board game she just got. But Jeff isn’t very interested. He thinks board games are for old people. He’d rather have a crazy night out on the town.

Marni likes to be competitive. She agrees that board games involve some work, but she thinks it’s fun work. She prefers board games to video games, because video games don’t involve any social interaction. But Jeff still isn’t interested. He tells Marni she should find someone else to play board games with her.

Who do you think is right, Marni or Jeff? Do you like playing board games? What about video games?



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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I enjoy board games even more than video games!

11:09 AM Sep 27 2014 |

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dd egypt

dd egypt


forget your vedio game for some time and let get back to the board games

12:19 AM Apr 18 2011 |

anahid goddess

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Sure Jeff is right . I dont like board games or video games I heate of dull games . we will have time in our old for this games now that I can walk or run or climbing of montane or go out on town I perefer to do this things .

03:38 PM Apr 17 2011 |




I usually don't play board games, but I think they are surely more interesting than video games! I agree with Marni about the interaction with other players, and I also believe that playing board games is more relaxing than video games! On the other hand, I wouldn't choose this kind of entartainment on a sunny day!!!

11:46 AM Apr 17 2011 |



Russian Federation

I think that playing board games is a good idea! As for me, my favourite board game is Monopoly!!! You can play it with your family or friends! It is not boring! People can play board games, for example on a rainy day)

06:26 AM Apr 17 2011 |

roosevelt 18


Well, there are people and people… I would like to try board games despite I love going to pubs and bars… I think we gotta have time and space for everything… don't you think?

04:52 AM Apr 17 2011 |



I love the weekdays with my friend. Always we playing for less one board game. :)

06:55 PM Apr 16 2011 |




I hate board games :)

06:03 PM Apr 16 2011 |



Serbia and Montenegro

I think Marni is totally right. I don't like playing video games, probably because I always lose. On the other hand, board games relax you, and develop a competitive spirit, that is always helpful in school and other parts of your life. What is more, all family members gather to play, so there are those bonding moments as well. My favourite board games are Monopoly and Don't get angry.

11:00 AM Apr 16 2011 |




Who can teach me to play chess??Laughing

08:01 PM Apr 15 2011 |



I prefer to play video games. I can play in my cell phone while I'm in a bus or waiting for anything. When I'm with some friends either, video games or board games are good options to have some fun, you can interact using whichever… that's up to you and your friends preferences. You must be in the mood for anything, even although a good video game can be dull if you are not in the correct mood. So you have to try both.

05:59 PM Apr 15 2011 |




I rarely play video games and the same it's true for board game, but if I have to choose between the two I would choose board games. 

I think they're more interesting and challenging than video games.

Of course playing board games is possible only when there's more than one person so I can understand that lots of people prefer playing video games simply becuase they can always play with them, even when they're alone.


03:35 PM Apr 15 2011 |



Saudi Arabia

I  don't like playing board games I find it boring like Jeff

video games sometimes also not in it

01:59 PM Apr 15 2011 |



Russian Federation

i like different games.. board or not board, video games.. it helps while away the long evenings, combine children and grandparents 

12:34 PM Apr 15 2011 |




Come on Jeff, board games are more interesting like video games, You’re playing with real people not with a machines:))I really like to play a board game named"Activity"

Pulling a card on which is written some concept. Activity players will need to show( pointing fingers)  that "concepts", circumscribe that, or draw that.

The team must guess what is that concept:)))

lol…I hope you understand. I twisted a little…

12:01 PM Apr 15 2011 |




sofree you are right

 I agree with you

10:32 AM Apr 15 2011 |




the turkish people play okey or card games we like it but our peoples are not play for raing day they play when they wanna :))

10:22 AM Apr 15 2011 |

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