1. Learn Vocabulary - Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.
2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.
A group of friends is playing basketball. The red team is winning, but the blue team has the ball. Far in the corner of the court, a player on the blue team is ready to shoot the ball. He’s so far away that his chances of scoring a point aren’t very good. He’ll have to shoot from a long distance, and most players aren’t successful unless they move closer. Scoring a point for his team is a long shot.
The same can be said for a person who is target shooting. The closer she is to her target, the more likely it will be that she will hit it. The further she is from her target, the less likely it will be that she’s successful. Every step she takes back makes it more of a long shot.
If something is a long shot, it doesn’t mean that it will fail. It just means that it will be harder to succeed. It means that it’s important to stay positive and do one’s best.
Getting an interview with a movie star is a long shot when you’re new to show business. Learn if it’s going to happen for Gary and Brian in today’s English lesson.
3. Watch - Watch the video without reading the dialog.
1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.
2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.
Jeff: Boys! Oh, boys!
Rafael: Anybody home?
Brian: You guys back from LA already?
Jeff: Yeah, we just got back from the airport.
Rafael: Came straight to you.
Brian: Straight to us?
Jeff: Boy, do we have some news for you.
Gary: Let me guess. You brought us some Mickey Mouse ears from Disneyland.
Brian: You got some of those cool “I heart LA” t-shirts.
Gary: Fortune cookies from Chinatown.
Jeff: Much better. Much, much better.
Rafael: We have a phone number.
Brian: A phone number?
Rafael: Not just any phone number. An agent’s phone number.
Gary: Wait. Are you two serious? Whose agent is it?
Jeff: Should we tell them?
Rafael: But her agent said she would put in a good word for it.
Brian: Her. Her! It’s a woman? Is she in movies? Who is it? Come on now, just tell us already!
Jeff: Should we tell them? Do you want to tell them?
Rafael: I do believe I would, unless you want to.
Jeff: By all means.
Rafael: Thank you.
Rafael: Jennifer Lawrence.
Brian: Jennifer Lawrence?
Gary: You two are amazing! We need to celebrate.
Gary: Can we buy you a drink?
Jeff: Whoa, boys. That’s a bit of a long shot.
Rafael: He’s kidding. Of course you can buy us a drink.
Brian: Well, then let’s get out of here. I want to hear the whole story, though. From the top?
Jeff: From the top.
Brian: From the top.
The guys at StarScoop.com are surprised to hear Rafael and Jeff calling to them. They have just returned from their trip to LA, and they have a gift for Brian and Gary. It’s not from Disneyland, it’s not a t-shirt, and it’s not a treat from Chinatown. It’s the phone number of Jennifer Lawrence’s agent.
Gary and Brian can’t believe how lucky they are. They are so excited that they want to buy drinks for Jeff and Rafael, who are happy to go and share the story of how they got the number. It’s not certain that Jennifer Lawrence will give StarScoop.com an interview, but it’s possible, and Brian and Gary are extremely excited.
Will you try to do something even if it’s a long shot? What qualities does a person need to be successful?