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Work It Out
Work It Out English, baby! Video Lesson

Simple Past Tense

Date: Jul 03 2012

Themes: Friend, Soap Opera

Grammar: Simple Past Tense


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When we last saw our friends, Devan and Jason were getting married. But all parties come to an end, and then it’s back to work, and back to all the people and things that bother you there.

Of course, it doesn’t have to be that way. If someone bothers you, there’s usually a way you can work it out. When you work it out, it means you fix a problem or come to an agreement. Find out how things have changed around the office lately.


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Jeff:  This thing is broken again. I’m calling Devan.

Ella:  No! They’re on their honeymoon.

Jeff:  Come on. She’s the only one who knows how to fix this. Yeah, Devan? Can you hear me? Devan? It’s Jeff. Uh, yeah, my computer’s frozen.

Devan:  What’s frozen?

Jason:  Frozen margaritas!

Jeff:  My computer. I think it’s frozen.

Devan:  Jeff, I can’t fix your computer from here. You’re going to have to work this one out on your own.

Jeff:  Yeah. Bye. Oh man, I have no idea how to fix this problem.

Mason:  Oh, I can take a look at that for you, buddy.

Jeff:  Oh yeah?

Mason:  Yeah.

Jeff:  Thanks, bud.

Ella:  Buddy?

Mason:  Hey, are we still on for poker tonight?

Jeff:  Yeah.

Ella:  This is not OK. Um, I thought you guys hated each other.

Jeff:  Uh, we worked it out.

Mason:  Yeah, when I got a girlfriend, we totally became friends.

Ella:  Jeff, he’s totally trying to destroy you. I mean, he’s just trying to get into your computer. He’s going to bring this whole company down.

Mason:  Fixed.

Jeff:  Alright!

Mason:  Later, bro.

Jeff:  Ella, what is your problem? Mason and I realized we don’t need to fight anymore. We worked it out. Can’t you just be happy for us? Like, you know, no more office wrestling.

Ella:  No. I don’t trust either of you. Something’s going on. I don’t know if it’s you or him, but it’s gonna destroy this company. I just know it, and I don’t wanna be here when that happens, OK?

Jeff:  Boo!

Ella:  Ah! Stop it!


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Jeff’s computer is frozen and he doesn’t know how to fix it. Ella tries to stop him, but he calls Devan on her honeymoon anyway. She tells him he will have to work it out on his own.

Mason offers to help Jeff with his computer. They call each other “buddy” and “bro” and are very friendly. Ella is confused. They usually hate each other!

Ella suggests that Mason is trying to break Jeff’s computer. She doesn’t trust him. He could even destroy the whole company! Just then, Mason announces that the computer is fixed.

Jeff explains to Ella that since Mason got a girlfriend, they don’t fight over her anymore. They worked it out. But Ella still doesn’t trust Mason.

Do you believe that Jeff and Mason are friends now? Have you ever had a problem with someone and then worked it out?



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Saudi Arabia

i think Jeff and Mason buried the hatchet .anyway, i am always on the out   with people , but it does not last for long because i turn a blind eye to some words. iam sure they deal with me in the same way,i think it is important to be tolerant especially when it has some thing to do with ill-tempered .

10:50 AM Jul 09 2012 |

La Princesse de la vie


yeah, I think that Mason and Jeff finally realized that they are grown up and mature that they mustn’t fight each other anymore. I think that Ella is unhappy because they won’t fight over her again, but Mason seems true with his new girlfriend and he doesn’t have to fight with Jeff ever since. They worked their problem out.Once I had a problem with a friend and it was worked out or it was rather forgotten over time.

02:23 PM Jul 06 2012 |



In my opinion,having some problem with our friends is the common thing in our life.The more important thing is how we deal with those problem.A good and efficient way sloving them will help us lead a easier and more enjoyable life.So,why not choose a way ourselve and our friends both like to get our friendship as smoothly as before.Pls remember,enjoy your life and friendship!

07:32 AM Jul 04 2012 |




Yea what not, it’s just a show. :)  When I was in school, but not now, I try to resolve problems not people….

06:00 AM Jul 04 2012 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i learned the meaning of work it out from one of the high school musical songs!!!!! they finally work their problem out!!!of course in all movies all the problems will be solved at last…...

09:26 PM Jul 03 2012 |




nice one

09:19 PM Jul 03 2012 |



United States

LaughingSmileits great they became friends! working it out makes everything better!!! i remember i used to not get along with my friends. it didnt feel too good. now that i am all back together, everything started going smoothly again.Wink

09:16 PM Jul 03 2012 |




Sorry I didnt know them to give my opinion,but it happens alot.I have alot of friends alhumdullah,& I had aproblems with some of them at the start of our relation.But then we be agood friends alhumdullah.Anyone deserves another chance i think.im amuslim & our religion recommends that.

07:51 PM Jul 03 2012 |




keep your friends near you, and your enemies as near as possible. :p

04:13 PM Jul 03 2012 |

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Baset : very well !!!!!!

03:32 PM Jul 03 2012 |

The Last Joke



In fact , Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. Nothing could be closer to the truth. But before you can begin to work out this problem with her you have to stop doing the things that have been holding you back.

How do you work this problem out with her ?

Stop running from your problems : i mean : Face them head on. No, it won’t be easy. We aren’t supposed to be able to instantly solve problems. That’s not how we’re made. In fact, we’re made to get upset, sad, hurt, stumble and fall. Because that’s the whole purpose of living – to face problems, learn, adapt, and solve them over the course of time. This is what ultimately molds us into the person we become.

03:26 PM Jul 03 2012 |




Baset : good job !

I have one more Q :

I have a problem at work with someone !

How do I work this problem out with her ?

03:21 PM Jul 03 2012 |

The Last Joke


Joy :

It work out like this :

Let (y) be the number of workers it would have taken.

(8 workers)(6 hours) = ( 2 hours )y

48 worker-hours = 2y hours

24  = y

24 workers

03:17 PM Jul 03 2012 |




Baset :

I have a problem at work with this :

If 8 workers can build a room in 6 hours, how many workers would it have taken to do it in 2 hours?

I mean : How do I work this problem out with it ?

03:10 PM Jul 03 2012 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

 My idea is same Ella that mason want to destroy the company and isn’t friend with Jeff too. yes I had problem already with one of my relative  but with paasing the few years we could worked it out on our own .

01:59 PM Jul 03 2012 |



buddy u should’ve work it out on your own :). dont get help from your enemies :D

12:36 PM Jul 03 2012 |

Irene Forever


I like the quote from Henry Ford:  “ I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn’t need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about.” 

11:56 AM Jul 03 2012 |



too hard

11:26 AM Jul 03 2012 |



Saudi Arabia

JASON << is that your role today only (Frozen margaritas!) ooh that’s nice :D


04:59 AM Jul 03 2012 |

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