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Come Clean English, baby! Video Lesson

Learn the definition of the slang phrase 'come clean' in this English lesson

Date: Nov 27 2012

Themes: Soap Opera

Grammar: Present Perfect Tense


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Keeping a secret often isn’t fun. Once you finally tell someone your secret, you feel refreshed and renewed. It feels good to come clean.

When you come clean, you share information you were hiding before. This might mean confessing that you have done something wrong, or explaining why you have been acting weird.

Marni is pregnant, but hasn’t told her co-workers who the father is yet. In this English lesson video, we learn the meaning of the English idiom “come clean,” and discover that Marni isn’t the only one with a secret to tell.



玛尼怀孕了,但还没有告诉同事谁是孩子的父亲。在本节英文课视频中,我们学习英语习语“come clean”的含义,并会发现玛尼并不是唯一有秘密要讲的人。

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Jeff:  So, Marni, I just thought you’d like to know that I started a college fund. I’m donating four percent of my salary to it.

Marni:  Um, that’s great. But who is it for?

Jeff:  It’s for you know who.

Marni:  What? OK. You guys. This is getting crazy. It’s time to come clean. So, you’ve been a little involved in my personal life lately, and especially one of you. So I’m just…I’m going to tell you who the father is, and, it’s John.

Jason:  Your internet boyfriend from years ago?

Marni:  Yes. He’s changed a lot and we’ve really grown close. We got together about a year ago and moved in together and things happened, and yeah, we’re ready to do this. We’re going to be a family.

Devan:  Why didn’t you tell us?

Mason:  Uh, because that’s crazy. He’s crazy. I mean, do you remember when his ex-girlfriend climbed through a window to tell you how crazy he was? Crazy!

Marni:  His ex was crazy, but John has really changed. He’s a sweetheart and I think he’s going to be a great dad.

Jeff:  It doesn’t matter if he’s sweet or crazy, that’s not the point. It’s not true. The point is he’s not the father. I think all the evidence points to…

Jason:  Let’s come back to that. While we’re coming clean about things, Devan and I have something to announce as well.

Devan:  It’s true. So you guys know Amanda bought my share of the company. So we’re going to take this opportunity to get out of the rat race.

Jason:  We’re putting in our two weeks’ notice. We’re leaving our jobs.

Mason:  What?

Marni:  Really? This is so sudden!

Devan:  It did happen very fast, but we’re just going to hit the road and see where it takes us.

Jason:  We’re really sorry to leave you when you have a baby on the way.

Marni:  It’s OK. Everything will be OK, I think.

John:  Ready to go, babe?

Marni:  Uh, let me just get my things.

John:  Did you finally come clean with them?

Marni:  I did. It felt good.

Mason:  Well, guys, I have something to come clean about too.

Devan:  What’s that?

Mason:  Well, it’s a plan I’ve been thinking about for quite a while, but I need your guys’ help, so huddle up.


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When Jeff approaches Marni’s desk to tell her he has started a college fund for her baby, Marni has finally had enough. She announces to the office that since they have been asking about her personal life lately, she would like to come clean. The father of her baby is John, her internet boyfriend from years ago. John and Marni moved in together a year ago and have decided to be a family.

Devan asks why Marni didn’t tell them about this, and Mason remembers that John’s ex said he is crazy. But John has changed, and Marni thinks he will be a great dad. Jeff doesn’t believe what Marni says.

Jason tells everyone that he and Devan would like to come clean about their plans for the future. They are leaving their jobs in two weeks. Marni is surprised, but says everything will be OK.

Mason is the next one to come clean about a plan he has been thinking about. He asks for everyone to help him make it happen.

Are you surprised by everyone’s secrets? Have you had a situation where it felt good to come clean?



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A secret is a secret and should not be disclosed but sometimes for a better relationship purpose we have to come clean about some secret to avoid misunderstanding. I am curious about Mason’s plan too!

09:22 AM Aug 04 2013 |

enjoy me

enjoy me


I think that they are talking about is not so impressing i guess …

03:10 PM Dec 27 2012 |





02:32 PM Dec 03 2012 |




All the peopl have a secret. I didn’t surpresid with the secrets then, but I were surpresid with other secrets. And I have already situation where I felt good come clean. But is important says that we can to talk on the moment correct.

06:40 PM Nov 28 2012 |

Genclik 50


good and interesting story  

11:53 PM Nov 27 2012 |

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La Princesse de la vie


Yeah. I’m so surprised and I can’t believe that Devan and Jason are about to leave :(


I have great curiosity to know what Mason asked them to huddle up for :D 

10:00 PM Nov 27 2012 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i really enjoyed watching this story.

07:43 PM Nov 27 2012 |

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Gentleman in Ebaby

Saudi Arabia




Brothe in islam ,,ur last comment make me very cold !
Brother in islam ,,i’m sorry for what i said to u استغفر الله, ur mother ( رحمة الله عليها) is my mother and ur sister ( بارك الله فيها ) is my sister ! but don’t act like these people who r out of the law of allah …...

06:06 PM Nov 27 2012 |




sometimes hidding is better than come clean secrets

albet i promise myself dont tell lie everyone especially  myself 

06:05 PM Nov 27 2012 |

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It’s hard to keep a scret in a heart in my opinion.

But you must not come clean it sometimes.

05:49 PM Nov 27 2012 |





    Marni’s reaction when her beau peeped in and asked whether she was ready to leave was just priceless, all of her senses must have been spurting with joy. Brighten up Jeff, all is not lost, you can still use this college fund to pad your retirement savings account. : )

     Now I see why Marni kept this secret under wraps for so long! She would have been confronted by her friends had she told them she was seeing John. And who knows they might have convinced her that he’s no good for her and deprive her from feeling the bliss of bearing a child. Sometimes it’s best when you make a decision with minimal interference as possible and only to come clean to those you think you ought to disclose certain stuff with. I had countless of situations where I chose to disclose certain things to people when I know their opinions wouldn’t matter much ;).coming clean , feels marvelous it leaves a sweet aftertaste in my conscience -“ hey! You can’t say I didn’t tell you “   : )

     I was surprised by Marni’s well kept secret. We already knew about Devan and Jason’s getaway plan since last week ;). However, I’m very stupefied that apparently Mason’s at the helm of yet another dramatic situation. What could it be this time? We all know that you have settled with Amanda. Are you going to pop the question to her?  : )

     On a different note. I think I’d speak for many others if I say that despite the entire theatrical backdrop I feel that occasionally the cast is addressing us with some genuine and ongoing personal issues; sometimes in a more subtle way than other. But still, us as members we feel we are involved in whatever is going on in and out of that office ;).  I think the underlying cause of such dynamic initiatives from the cast is to do whatever it takes to make our learning experience more fun and effective. I hope this current cast could pass those very same methods of teaching to anyone who is to be part of this awesome team! But that transition shouldn’t be sudden it has to be done smoothly an coherently .That said ,no leave of absence on short notice should be granted to Devan or Jason , please report to work next week Tongue out



wow great ,, just great ..

02:24 PM Nov 27 2012 |




It feels good to come clean that Englishbaby must keep out some members..

01:47 PM Nov 27 2012 |





Sorry for reporting your comment. That was a mistake. I wanted to report the comments of an other person (you likely know who I mean..)

01:34 PM Nov 27 2012 |

Irene Forever


Well, like every person I have had some closely guarded secrets, but I’m a woman who needs to share with a very close person in order her or him to support me. In my turn, I’m a very devoted friend and never blurt out secrets. At the same time I don’t feel comfortable when somebody wants to uncover a secret if I don’t feel like doing that. Some people like to know everything about you, keeping his or her own secters in mind.:) Good for them! But why to be so curious?!

If I did something bad, it depends on a situation. I can be silent  so as not to worsen the situation. But in most cases I need to confess frankly. There is no problem for me to apologize to somebody I had carelessness to offend.

As for the endless soap opera on Ebaby, it was great to take part in the discussions, but… please, lets change the subject.:)





SEIF, interesting that this person calls himself a gentleman, obviously he is notCry




 Hello, korhansaresimge :) you gave us the clue to the mystery of your nick in one previous lesson ;) Your nick consists of  the names of your dearest people ;)

My nick consists of my real name too ;)

12:09 PM Nov 27 2012 |




Right, Sieyf! Only learning English! in a freindly, loving and kindly way.

12:03 PM Nov 27 2012 |



kotlesya yes it is fifth season and ı wonder what will happen next.by the way my name is korhan nice too meet you

12:01 PM Nov 27 2012 |

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