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Learn English with this rescue English lesson

Date: May 28 2013

Themes: Soap Opera

Grammar: Imperative Form

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Do you know that feeling when you’re walking along, and suddenly you trip over a rock or a crack in the sidewalk? You almost fall, but you catch yourself just in time. You turn to a friend and say, “That was a close call.” What you mean is that you came close to falling, but you avoided it just in time. An accident almost occurred, but you managed to keep it from happening.

A close call isn’t always about a physical action. Maybe you are planning a surprise party for one of your friends, and you’re discussing it with another friend. Just then, the friend whose surprise party it is walks in. Luckily, it doesn’t seem as if the friend heard anything about the party. When the friend leaves, you might say, “Phew! That was a close call.”

Jeff is trapped under a rock, and Greta is going to try to help him. You may know what kind of close call Jeff experienced with his accident, but can you guess what other accident is about to be avoided? Find out in this rescue English lesson.

你正走在人行道上,突然被一块石头或是一条裂缝绊到,你知道这种感觉吗?你就要摔倒了,但你及时稳住了自己。你回头对朋友说:“真是侥幸啊!”你的意思是,你差点摔倒了,但你及时躲过了一劫。意外几乎就要发生,但你成功阻止了它。

侥幸并不总是指身体行动。假如你正在为某位朋友计划一个惊喜派对,并且你正在和另一位朋友进行讨论。就在这时,那位本应享受惊喜的朋友走了进来。幸运的是,这位朋友似乎并没有听到关于派对的任何事情。当这位朋友离开后,你可能会说:“呼!真是侥幸!”

杰夫被一块石头压住了,格里塔正要设法帮他。你也许知道杰夫在这次意外中侥幸脱离了什么样的危险,但你能想到其他要避开的意外吗?在本节以营救为话题的英语课上找出答案。

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Jeff

Jeff

Greta

Greta

Greta:  Jeff! Call out if you can hear me!

Jeff:  Over here!

Greta:  Oh my god. This is crazy. Are you OK?

Jeff:  Yeah. I think I’m alright. I’m a little hungry. A little cold. I don’t think anything’s crushed, though.

Greta:  God, that was a close call. You could have been seriously hurt.

Jeff:  Yeah. Luckily I had my good luck charm on me.

Greta:  Yeah? What’s that? Is that a four-leaf clover, or a rabbit’s foot or something?

Jeff:  No. None of those.

Greta:  Well? I came all the way out here, I think I deserve to know what your good luck charm is.

Jeff:  Well, you remember that perfume ad you were in? From a few years back? Before I knew you, I loved that ad. I just loved the way it smelled, and you know, you looked great in it, so I figured I’d tear it out, carry it around with me. And next thing you know, I got my job, won that karaoke contest. And I’ve kept it ever since.

Greta:  So it’s a picture of me? That’s a little weird. But I’m flattered.

Jeff:  Don’t be. That’s why I decided you’re the one I should call to come help me out.

Greta:  That’s the only reason?

Jeff:  Yeah.

Greta:  I don’t know. I guess I was surprised that you called me because I thought that you might pick somebody who was closer to you to rescue you. But alright. Let’s get this rock off of you.

Jeff:  Alright! Thank you so much. Thank you. That feels great. I could kiss you. But I won’t. You’re my friend.

Greta:  You won’t.

Jeff:  You’re my co-worker.

Greta:  Yeah. So good thing you’re not gonna kiss me. That was a close call.

Jeff:  That was a close call.

 

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Discussion

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Greta arrives at the mountain to rescue Jeff, who is pinned under a rock. He’s cold and hungry, but mostly OK. He’s lucky that he didn’t get hurt very badly. It was a close call.

Jeff explains that he thinks it may have been his good luck charm that saved him. It wasn’t a traditional charm such as a four-leaf clover, though. It was a picture of Greta from a magazine advertisement. He says that that’s why he called Greta to save him.

Finally, Greta pushes the rock off Jeff. He jumps up, and is very happy. He hugs Greta, and says that he feels as if he could kiss her. He doesn’t, though. Greta agrees that it’s a good thing he didn’t kiss her. She says it was a close call.

Why do you think Jeff really called Greta? Do you think Greta actually wanted Jeff to kiss her? Can you remember a time when you had a close call of some kind?

 

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Unbloked

India

Happy wheels game is one of the best time treat for you, play free online game play the game at your school office & anywear.

01:07 AM Sep 14 2017 |

maggiejmason

Bangladesh

Regular practice will help the people to learn more and more clearn anything in heart. The pattern of practing the english could be different from time to time. They may write my essay on how to improve the quality and skill on learning Enlish.



10:17 PM Jan 26 2017 |

a2020

a2020

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I think he loves her<and  ialso think Greta like to be kissed by Jeff because her body language shows that.


A close call for me was when i was a 6 years old child and i picked my dad’s car unpermittedly and i went it to a dangrous road and  it was about to a lorry crash to my dad’s car but it didn’t happen it was really an extreme close call because  i just closed my eyes at the time.

01:20 PM May 28 2013 |

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julito

Argentina

Shaerwan,  I also bet that Jeff  missed out on the opportunity. 

12:45 PM May 28 2013 |

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shaerwan

shaerwan

Syrian Arab Republic

i dont know why jeff did that


but am sure Greta wanted him to kiss her

12:37 PM May 28 2013 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

Seungmanlee , The fact that  you   lost  the small piece of paper  is for one reason ,and to me , she wasn´t meant to you.Nothing happens by chance in this world .Who knows  how things would have turned up  later for both of you.    

10:23 AM May 28 2013 |

Julissita

Julissita

Peru

I’m not very sure but I guess Jeff called Greta because he is starting to have feelings for her. Maybe he doesn’t realize about it yet, but in that kind of dangerous situations if you think about someone in particular it’s because that person is very important for you, so I think Jeff’s close call experience will make him figure out his feelings. 

10:16 AM May 28 2013 |

seungmanlee68

South Korea

When I was in university, I had a chance to visit high school juniors for one term of supervised student teaching. One day, I attended a class with a pretty lady who was in charge of music class there. She started playing piano and I was watching her performance with closing my eyes. After her performance, we took a ride same bus. She suggested me to take a dinner at a small restaurant with her. She passed me a small note. Unfortunately, I lost it on my way to home. After fininshed military services, I heard she gave me her contact number with her declaration message of love. It was my close call which I’ve never forgotten since 1992.      

08:48 AM May 28 2013 |

CyrilCui

CyrilCui

China

When someone is caught in a disaster, he will ask the people who is appeared at the first time in his mind for help. So I think Greta is very important for Jeff, and Greta also realized that fact a little.


My ex-girlfriend called me some days ago and wanted me to encourage her and chat with her for all night! She said I was her best friend. I was very awkward at that time and I thought she should have talked with her awesome boyfriend. I refused her immediately, and thought this “close call” was really wrong and terrible!

08:11 AM May 28 2013 |

lily984

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I think Jeff called Greta because that was a part of his plan!

07:54 AM May 28 2013 |

Nicte ha

Nicte ha

Mexico

Oh Greta, that was close call, but that’s a pity :(


Come on  Jeff: “kiss her”!!!!!!! :p

07:29 AM May 28 2013 |

mahrad3

mahrad3

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i think when sth bad is going to happen you will feel it just a second before.for example if a car is going to have a crash with you the stress of the accident will come some moment before the accident and you will instinctively show reactions.but sometimes it is too late and the accident will happen:D

02:32 AM May 28 2013 |

NuriaRuiz

NuriaRuizSuper Member!

Spain

Yes, I have a close call just yesterday. A bicycle almost hit me.

11:09 PM May 27 2013 |

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