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In the Dark
In the Dark English, baby! Video Lesson

Learn English meaning of idiom 'in the dark'

Date: Apr 21 2015

Themes: How To, School, Soap Opera

Grammar: Adverbs


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It’s happened to all of us. One minute you’re eating dinner or doing your homework, and the next minute the lights have gone out! Sometimes it’s the weather, and sometimes it’s just a problem with the power company.

If it’s late at night, not having lights makes things very difficult. Trying to find your way around a dark house might be OK if it’s your house, but what if you’re at a friend’s house? Or in a completely different place? It would be confusing, a little scary, and very frustrating. It’s hard to know what to do when you can’t see everything around you.

People say that they’re in the dark when they don’t know much about a subject or situation. If your friend is throwing a party, but you don’t know where or when it’s happening, you’d feel in the dark. Or if you’ve missed a week of classes because you were sick, you might feel in the dark about what your teacher is talking about when you return to school.

Marni wants to take classes at the university, but she feels in the dark about how to make it happen. Learn more in today’s English lesson!

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Brian:  So, how did it go at the university?

Marni:  I think it went OK. I’m still feeling kind of in the dark, but I am meeting with an advisor, so…

Brian:  That’s a really good idea.

Marni:  Hey, Kellie!

Kellie:  Hey, Marni!

Marni:  Kellie, this is Brian. Brian, this is Kellie.

Brian:  Nice to meet you.

Kellie:  Nice to meet you.

Marni:  I work in the same office with Brian, and I met Kellie at the registrar’s office today.

Brian:  You’re a student, too.

Kellie:  I am. I’m kind of in the same boat as Marni. I’m ready to go back to school, but I’m still not sure what I want to study.

Marni:  Hey, are you still looking for an apartment?

Kellie:  And a roommate. Why do you ask?

Brian:  Oh, we know the perfect place. My girlfriend, Lily, just moved to Paris, and they haven’t rented out her apartment yet.

Marni:  It really is a great place.

Kellie:  I would love to see it. There’s only one problem. I don’t know the first thing about getting a roommate.

Brian:  Oh, easy… just advertise online.

Kellie:  What do you mean?

Marni:  Just write something about the kind of person you are, and then post it on the internet.

Kellie:  Wanted: Handsome musician who can cook and clean.

Brian:  Maybe more about your habits, like if you like to stay up late, if you like to have parties, if you’re messy… that kind of stuff. Then your new roommate won’t be in the dark about the kind of person you are.

Kellie:  I could do that. Could I email it to you first, to make sure it sounds good?

Marni:  Of course. Here, let me give you my email address, and we could even get together for lunch and discuss it.

Kellie:  That sounds fun. Great. Well, I’ll write soon.

Brian:  See you later.

Kellie:  Bye!


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Brian and Marni are walking down the street, talking about Marni returning to school. Marni is surprised to see her new friend Kellie, and she introduces her two friends to each other. When Marni learns that Kellie still needs to find an apartment, she remembers that Lily’s apartment hasn’t been rented yet. What great luck!

Unfortunately, Kellie needs to find a roommate before she can rent Lily’s apartment. Brian and Marni give Kellie some tips about how she can find a roommate she can live with. Kellie appreciates their advice, but she’s still unsure about how to make it work. Marni offers to meet for lunch and talk things over.

Do you ever feel like you’re in the dark about how to do something?



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geart post. @ jennygupta.com



thanks for sharing informative information.

11:19 AM Jan 03 2019 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

There are different ways to get to your goal.but you dont know which of way is better to choice. Passes days and days ,youre in  doubt , sometimes you’re patient or moody person.

 Everyone have different own idea about you’re situation.none of them can to help you .you feel in the dark.

There are just a way : you must decide on your own

03:37 PM Feb 01 2017 |

La Princesse de la vie


Yeah, every time study starts I feel kind of in the dark at the beginning, because I usually miss the first classes, but through time, everything starts to be plain and clear, so I’m not lost anymore. And what reassures me about it is I’m not always the only person. Many others are in the same boat as me :))

03:34 PM Apr 25 2015 |




I watched an interview about a famous host in our country the other day.He said that he never felt in the dark no matter what happened to him cause himself was the light.

01:44 AM Apr 22 2015 |



yes, i feel sometimes in the dark, right now i don’t know what i m doing with my career. i have just completed my degree and not interested to work in same field. i m looking forward to registared my self in another field where i m interested.

09:07 PM Apr 21 2015 |




I’m never in the dark. Even in the pitch dark night! Always have  my path lighted!;)

03:22 PM Apr 21 2015 |




yeah…i guess that i’ve experienced that feeling before.

02:24 PM Apr 21 2015 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

It’s normal if we are in new situation, we feel in the dark!
Imagine you want to go a city that you’ve never been there, or when you want to start reading a novel, you feel in the dark about the story.

I feel in the dark about universe, galaxies, extraordinary events, ancient people and another a lot of things!

I also feel in the dark about myself! Who am I? And why am I here!

I think all people feel like me about being in the dark!

Human being gradually is going to be out of the dark, But I believe there will new things that human being will feel about them in the dark!

01:36 PM Apr 21 2015 |



Viet Nam

when I was a little girl, I didn’t know what is English.  Sometimes, I heard on radio, someone was talking or singing by a strange laguange. but it was very interesting. I wished I could understand and speak like them. it was not untill I was sixteen, I have started to learn a little English in grammar and vocabulary. For 3 years of learing at local school, I just could talk a few simple sentences and seemed to be in dark of listening native speakers. eighteen it was a lease of life, I moved to a big city and have approached with the development of information teachnology. Gradually, my English is getting better and now I can confident to communicate with everbody around the world. that why I have come here and practice with you.

08:00 AM Apr 21 2015 |




I think everyone feels in the dark. I sometimes feel in the dark and feel clueless about doing something, especially when I am on the verge of making a big decision, but then I go like, “You have to do it and see how it goes. You will never know unless you do it.” 

07:30 AM Apr 21 2015 |




Yes I do feel in the dark sometimes. If I am going to do something for the first time, I feel in thr dark. I am not in the dark only if I have some experience.

06:36 AM Apr 21 2015 |



Yes, like now, I would like to forget someone but it is very difficult, I dont want it to effect my life but it has been a long time.

06:29 AM Apr 21 2015 |

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