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Play It Safe
Play It Safe English, baby! Video Lesson

Learn English meaning of ‘Play It Safe’

Date: Jan 19 2016

Themes: Romance, Soap Opera

Grammar: Modal Verbs


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Think about this. A good-looking stranger asks you to go on a date with him. He says that he will take you to a wonderful restaurant, and then he will take you to watch a performance. This is very tempting, but what does your gut tell you? Do you trust this mystery man, or is he too good to be true? If you like taking chances, you might accept his offer. On the other hand, it may be better to play it safe and say no.

When you play it safe, you make the choice that will protect you the most. You avoid danger and don’t take any risks. It could be romantic to go on a date with a handsome stranger, but it could also be very dangerous. It is best to put some thought into your choice. If you don’t know this person, then you should probably play it safe and go out with friends instead.

Jessica is deciding if she should go on a date with her secret admirer. Find out if she will play it safe in today’s English lesson.

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Romeo:  Hey Jessica. How’s it going?

Jessica:  Hi Romeo. Brian’s taking a client out for dinner.

Romeo:  I didn’t come here to see Brian. I came here to see you.

Jessica:  Why me?

Romeo:  Brian tells me that someone’s been leaving mystery items. I just wanted to stop by and make sure everything was OK.

Jessica:  That’s kind of you, but I’m fine. They’re kind of romantic, actually.

Romeo:  Who is it? Are you going to go out with him?

Jessica:  Maybe. My gut tells me to play it safe and not meet him.

Romeo:  Why not? Have you had your heart broken?

Jessica:  Who hasn’t? Look, I don’t know. It is tempting. He’s put some thought into his gifts.

Romeo:  I think you should go for it. He could be perfect for you!

Jessica:  You don’t think I should play it safe?

Romeo:  No, I don’t. If you don’t take chances, how will you ever find love again?

Jessica:  This is true. OK, I’ll do it. But if the date is terrible, it will be your fault!

Romeo:  I will take full responsibility. I promise.

Jessica:  OK. Have a good night, Romeo!


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Romeo meets Jessica as she is leaving the office. Jessica is surprised to see him. She thinks that he wants to talk to Brian, but he came to visit her. Jessica has been receiving mystery gifts, and he wants to make sure that she feels safe. Jessica tells Romeo that the gifts are romantic, but her natural reaction is to play it safe and not meet her secret admirer.

Romeo tells Jessica that she should take a chance and go out with this person. It’s possible that he might be the perfect boyfriend for her. Jessica thinks about Romeo’s idea, and she agrees to go on the date. But she says that she will blame Romeo if the date is bad. He agrees to take full responsibility for the situation.

When do you play it safe? Did you ever go on a date with a stranger?



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If Jessica watchs too many episodes of ID (Investigation Discovery), I guess she wont accept!

09:19 PM Jan 19 2016 |


WordsmithSuper Member!

United States

I went on a date with a stranger. He was a friend of a friend. It was a little uncomfortable because we didn’t know what to talk about. I would have been happier playing it safe and staying at home with a good book. :)

06:35 PM Jan 19 2016 |


United States

I guess that Romeo  sends a mystery gifts to Jessica but he hasn’t told  her yet . Nowadays , there are so many sexual predators and psycho people out there , therefore, play it safe is the best way to get know someone else. 

04:33 PM Jan 19 2016 |

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