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Start Off On the Right Foot English, baby! Video Lesson

Learn English meaning of 'start off on the right foot'

Date: Oct 13 2015

Themes: Friend, Soap Opera

Grammar: Imperative Form


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Imagine you are meeting your boyfriend or girlfriend’s parents for the first time. What do you do so that you can be sure they will like you? You probably take a shower and wear some nice clothes. It’s also a good idea to bring something for dinner, like a bottle of wine.

It’s important to start off on the right foot the first time you meet people like this. Before meeting them, it’s normal to be a little anxious, but after some practice, you realize it isn’t so hard. Before too long, you can be a natural at making good first impressions.

Marni is worried about becoming a teacher. Find out how Gary helps her in today’s English lesson about making a good beginning.

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Gary:  What’s going on, Marni?

Marni:  Oh, nothing.

Gary:  Come on. I can tell when you’re anxious. What’s up?

Marni:  It’s just… what if I’m not cut out to be a teacher?

Gary:  You just need to start off on the right foot. Why don’t you practice on me?

Marni:  How?

Gary:  Teach me something. Teach me how to take notes. It will be good practice for you since you’re going back to school.

Marni:  Well, OK. To take notes, you’ll need a pen and paper.

Gary:  Got it!

Marni:  Taking notes is writing down the most important information that your teacher is giving you.

Gary:  Taking… notes…

Marni:  You don’t need to write down every word, just the most important ideas. For example, if I said, “Mice are mammals. They are herbivores that are often kept as pets. They are nocturnal.” You would write down mice, herbivore, nocturnal. The most important ideas.

Gary:  See? You’re starting off on the right foot to become a teacher.

Marni:  Do you really think so?

Gary:  Yes, I do. You’re a natural.

Marni:  Thanks.


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Marni is feeling anxious because she is worried about becoming a teacher. She doesn’t think she is cut out for the job. But Gary is a good friend, and helps her start off on the right foot.

Gary tells Marni to practice teaching with him. After Marni teaches Gary how to take notes, he tells her she is a natural. Marni realizes that she just needed a little help, and is glad that Gary was there.

When do you think it is most important to start off on the right foot?



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United States

When you start something new and want to succeed in it it’s the most important to start off on the right foot. And doesn’t matter whether it’s a relationships, career, business or just a  book report.

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11:48 AM Oct 20 2017 |




the movie wasn’t working well

06:38 AM Oct 15 2015 |

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Learning English for me is starting off on the right foot for getting a new job.

11:59 PM Oct 13 2015 |

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This is a good way to start off on the right foot this week, learning and keep practicing. I really enjoy finding information here. Great examples in an easy way to understand. thanks.


04:31 PM Oct 13 2015 |

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United States

Starting off on the right foot with exersice , I just take a walk first in the few weeks . 

04:18 PM Oct 13 2015 |

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yeah . ... alot of people give the judgment from the first step of others … if you start off on the right foot … believe me you reached to there hearts

01:04 PM Oct 13 2015 |

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rabindra shrestha


i like to play guitar in this morning. And i got off on the right foot. 

04:35 AM Oct 13 2015 |

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United States

I love to start on the right foot.

01:09 PM Oct 12 2015 |

La Princesse de la vie


I’m afraid I don’t pick up the question well, but as long as “starting off on the right foot” is giving a good impression in the very beginning, then you need to give a good start at whatever you’re planning or going to do. And of course, the way you start is the way you’re going to keep up with, so you need to start off on your right foot.

12:56 PM Oct 12 2015 |

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