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Learn about Modal Verbs

Date: Jun 22 2012

Themes: Fashion

Grammar: Modal Verbs


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Shoes are pretty much a wardrobe essential. But while one pair of comfortable, practical shoes is just fine for some, others feel the need to fill their closets with shoes of every style, color, height and purpose. From sandals to boots, there are so many different types of shoes to buy. Unfortunately, you can’t have them all. But Ella is at least going to try. Hear her talk with Jason about one of her favorite things in the world, shoes.

鞋子是衣橱里的必备品。对某些人而言,一双舒适、实用的鞋子便已足够,但某些人却觉得需要各种款式、颜色、高度和用途的鞋子填满衣橱。从凉鞋到靴子,我们可以购买的类型有很多。令人遗憾的是,你无法拥有全部。但是艾拉还是想尽量购买。听听她和詹森谈论她在这个世界上最爱的东西之一 – 鞋子。


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Jason:  I think it’s about time for me to get some new shoes.

Ella:  Do you need help? I am a shoe expert. I have over a hundred pairs of shoes. My favorite pair of shoes are definitely high heels. I have like 50 different pairs of high heels.

Jason:  Wow. I have like one pair, so yeah, I could use some help. I get shoes like once every two years.

Ella:  What? You need them for different occasions, you know? Casual, beachy, raining. I don’t understand why…one…you can’t wear one to the ball and then go to a game. I don’t understand.

Jason:  Well, I don’t really go to the ball. But yeah, just, you know, brown seems to do the trick for just about everything.

Ella:  Are you trying to be comfortable or stay more in a budget?

Jason:  Definitely comfortable. Something trendy would be cool.

Ella:  Fashion? Fashionable?

Jason:  Also practical, though.

Ella:  OK.

Jason:  Gotta be practical, and no sandals.

Ella:  Hmm. We’ll make it work. We’ll make it work.


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Jason needs a new pair of shoes. Ella says she will help him go shopping. She has over 100 pairs of shoes, so she is a shoe expert.

Jason can’t believe Ella has so many shoes. He thinks one pair of shoes is enough. But Ella says you need different types of shoes for different occasions.

Ella asks Jason what kind of shoes he is looking for. He wants brown, trendy shoes that aren’t sandals. He wants shoes he can wear anywhere, and he wants them to be practical. Ella thinks she can find him something he’ll like.

Do you like shopping for shoes? What kind of shoes do you like? Describe your favorite pair of shoes.



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Saudi Arabia

I love shoes especially the flat one, colors ,and I prefer also the indian with all that beads, high heels not my things,sneakers are the ture love to my foot.

08:55 AM Jun 22 2012 |



Viet Nam

i like go shoppoing for shoes and clothes. i like many kinds of shoes such as: sandals,  converse and sporty shoes. i don’t think high heels suits with me although i am not tall. i want shoes i can wear anywhere like Jason. and it have to be practical. i’m so young enough to earn money 

07:58 AM Jun 22 2012 |

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Talia Do

Talia Do

Viet Nam

I crave for shoes shopping.

My ideal shoes are those I can wear anywhere. They should fit great, be practical, not that expensive, can last for years while not out of fashion or better if they are unique.

Since it is hard to find such shoes, I often have to prepare some pairs of shoes for appropriate occasions.

For my past time, I had some low heels for office time, high heels to wear with the traditional long dress of Vietnamese women (áo dài), good leather long booths for cold winter in Hanoi.

At present, while I am spending my time in the hot place of Singapore, a pair of slippers is doing its best, operating at full capacity. At the same time, since Singapore is known as the air-conditioned nation, I equipped myself with a pair of Converse chuck taylor low cut in pink, dark blue and white, which I hardly found anybody wore here.

The most favorite shoes that I had was a pair of tailor made upper high heel sandals which I had it done for my dancing class. The sandals were soft, well fit, unique, last for long, not so expensive and the best thing was they were unique since the tailor made them for me only. I wore them to many events and they suited with all costumes.

If you want I can show you the address but I am not too sure if they can meet your demand on time because there would be lots of people want to have such kind of shoes J

07:25 AM Jun 22 2012 |

Dasiy Yang


i must say that i did’t have many shoes, but as many girls, i like shoes espiecially some sports shoes. and recently i want to have my first high heel shoe.

06:52 AM Jun 22 2012 |

Irene Forever


I can’t say that I love shoping for shoes. I don’t like the process  itself at all coz there is always no what I want.:) Still I love beautiful and comfortable shoes for everyday wear. Beautiful shoes make my image complete. I love it when shoes are well matched my clothes especially  my handbag.  I think, I could have a lot of shose if I could allow myself. But good shoes are rather expensive. Therefore, I prefer to have not many of them but beautiful.

Seiyf, lol. As you can observe , women always have nothing to wear. It’s because they have little space for their clothing and can’t find what they need at the moment exactly. :)

05:57 AM Jun 22 2012 |




Yes, I like comfortable shoes as well. I have high heels too, but I can’t really walk with them, mostly for collection. I think I like sneakers and slippers.

And someone who has only one pair of shoes should never ask suggestions from those who have hundreds. You’ll get totally lost!!

04:39 AM Jun 22 2012 |




As Jason said, I like something practical, comfortable, trendy , and I can wear it anywhere, I don’t mind to buy expensive pair, it’s about good quality and can wear them for long time. out of fashion, who cares :D

02:16 AM Jun 22 2012 |




women’s topics :D

02:11 AM Jun 22 2012 |



i like shoes for in deferent types for many accasions but my bugdet is one of my problem to find them don’t have to buy an expensive one just need comfortable, practical, and also looks cool for any proposed

01:47 AM Jun 22 2012 |

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siberian tigger


They are comfortable and basic to preserve health, but sometimes we may choose fashion shoes that they are not comfortable to our feet. In summary, we should choose nice shoes to mantein our health.

01:37 AM Jun 22 2012 |



Really nice.

12:49 AM Jun 22 2012 |



Really nice.

12:46 AM Jun 22 2012 |




Omg! Yes I love shopping for shoes… my favorite is wedge shoes. Wedge heel is informally another style of the heel, where the heel is in awedgeform and continues all the way to the toe of the shoe. They’re very stylish and fashionable. :)

12:09 AM Jun 22 2012 |

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