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.
Imagine that your best friend broke his leg. What would you say? If you want to make him feel better, you might tell him that now he can stay home and watch his favorite TV show all day. Maybe, breaking his leg wasn’t so bad after all. But what if your best friend’s TV breaks? Maybe, there’s also something good about this. Now, he can read lots of books and learn many new and interesting things. When something bad happens, you can always put a positive spin on it.
So, what does it mean to put a spin on something? This phrase can have different meanings. If you put a positive spin on something, you think of something good that will happen in a bad situation. On the other hand, sometimes people spin a story to make you agree with them or feel a certain way. For example, politicians often spin the story. They change the truth a little bit because they want you to be happy with them.
Jordin did something spontaneous, and now Sheila is upset. What will happen next? Watch today’s English soap opera to find out!
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.
Sheila: I knew it! It was all going so well, too well.
Kelsey: Sheila, did you talk to Andy? Maybe, it’s not what you think.
Kelsey: Just on the cheek, though. I mean, they’re friends. That seems like a friendly thing to do. OK. So, did you talk to Jordin?
Kelsey: Did she explain what happened?
Kelsey: There you go! See? I mean, she was honest with you, and Andy didn’t really do anything wrong.
Sheila: You’re right. It’s all my fault!
Kelsey: That’s not what I meant.
Sheila: If I had decided to just stay and help Andy instead of trying to go on some tropical vacation, then maybe… No, if I had forced Andy into going with me, then none of this would have happened.
Kelsey: Well, it sounds like everything is going to be fine. I bet Andy feels really bad. You should talk to him before you leave.
Sheila: You’re right.
Kelsey: Well, if you put a positive spin on it, at least you’re heading to a warm beach in a few hours!
Sheila: Oh, NO!!!! No, no, no, no!
Kelsey: What is it? Andy?
Sheila: No, it’s not Andy. It’s the storm! All the flights… they’re canceled!
Kelsey: Oh, no!!! No, no, no, no, no, no, no!
Sheila feels terrible, and Kelsey is trying to make her feel better. What happened? Sheila saw Jordin kiss Andy. Oh, no! It’s hard to put a positive spin on something like this. Sheila likes Andy, and she thought Andy liked her too! It hurt Sheila’s feelings to see another girl draping herself all over Sheila’s guy.
Kelsey thinks Sheila should talk to Andy and Jordin. After all, it was just one spontaneous little kiss on the cheek. Sheila doesn’t want to listen. She believes the kiss is her own fault. She wishes she had forced Andy into going on the trip with her. That way, he would be far away from Jordin. But Sheila’s bad day isn’t over yet. Now, her flight is canceled because of the storm!
Have you ever tried to put a positive spin on a bad situation? Did it work?