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Bad News English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Mar 11 2008

Themes: Romance, Soap Opera


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As excited as you must have been last week when Mason and Amanda finally got together, you must have been at least a little worried about how Devan and Jason would take it.

Even though his attempts to date Amanda weren’t going so well, Devan told Jason that Amanda liked him. And then Mason even encouraged him to try to date Amanda. Poor guy. There’s no way he could have seen this coming.

And, of course, Devan likes Mason too. She even might have lied to try to prevent him from getting together with Amanda.

So the news about Mason and Amanda is not anything Jason and Devan want to hear. But watch as they find out what’s going on.

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Devan:  So how are things going with Amanda?

Jason:  Oh, they’re going great.

Devan:  Really?

Jason:  Yeah.

Devan:  Good? Like, you guys are dating?

Jason:  I think so. I mean, like, we went on a date. I suppose that would constitute dating. And it went really well. We’re doing the whole take it slow thing, like I told you. I didn’t even try to kiss her or anything afterward, but yeah, I think it’s going great. I sent her a text message to see if she wanted to get together maybe later tonight in a little bit so…

Devan:  Great. That is great, great news. So you think that you guys are pretty much just into each other then, right?

Jason:  I think so. I mean, I don’t know. Hope so.

Devan:  That is great news!

Jason:  Oh, I’m vibrating, hang on.

Devan:  Is it her?

Jason:  Yeah it’s her…Oh.

Devan:  What?

Jason:  Uh, she said that she wants to hang out tonight, but that I should know that she’s seeing Mason.

Devan:  What?

Jason:  Yeah, I know…

Devan:  What? No, no, no. What?

Jason:  Yeah, I mean that’s what it says, look.

Devan:  No this is all wrong. I mean, for you. This is terrible for you.

Jason:  I know.

Devan:  What? Are you sure? Well that just figures.



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Devan asks Jason how things are going with Amanda and he says they’re going well. They’re taking it slow and they went on a date.

Devan is happy for Jason, but she’s also happy for herself because Amanda is out of the picture when it comes to Mason, or so she thinks.

Jason had sent a text message to Amanda to ask if she wanted to hang out later. As he and Devan are talking, he gets a reply. Amanda says that they can still hang out, but that’s she’s seeing Mason now.

Devan is shocked and upset, but she tries to hide from Jason that she’s thinking about herself and how she won’t be able to have Mason now. Jason doesn’t notice that Devan seems to be taking the situation rather personally. He’s too sad.

How would you react if you were Jason or Devan? Do you think Jason should be upset with Mason or Amanda?



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03:23 PM Apr 19 2013 |

glassy heart

Saudi Arabia

if i were Devan,i would try to make Jason thinks positivly with good way about Amanda.and if iam Jason i would have figured it out that Deven hv some feeling for me,so i will know that Amanda is my type girl and i will excuse her, cuse she did not yet refused my dating day,she was hounest when she said she is seeing not dating Mason ,hence she still can hug out with Jason.

10:07 PM Mar 01 2013 |



I think Jason is in confused state. Amanda is a clever girl she is in a process of selecting a right guy but poor jason though that she is pretty much intrested on him. Jason dont worry u have more to look around.

02:14 PM Dec 26 2012 |

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Maria del Alba


Jason shouldn’t be upset with Amanda because Amanda hasn’t promised anything to him and hasn’t showed any sign of love. She only wanted friendship, the problem is with Jason who got confused.

11:06 AM Oct 16 2011 |

tanyach1Super Member!


Pure, pure Jason. But it’s his fault too. He even didn’t kiss her. What does she have to think?

09:44 PM Jun 17 2011 |

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 Of all the people in the world at the beginning of the news from the news the bad news, unfortunately, many fears and Sincere with all your friends that own something like that come here to pray to God he’d

08:00 PM Jun 05 2011 |


El Salvador

bad bad bad when you find yourself in such a predicament… when you think she likes you but she actually doesnt. when you give her away a lot of presents and she takes then and she eats everything you trear her to, but after a long term she comes and says : sorry, i am seeing you brother !!!!


07:57 PM Mar 19 2011 |




oh a poor guy. i think she doesnt know that he likes her …

01:46 PM Jan 06 2011 |




it is terrible absolutely!

11:14 PM Apr 11 2010 |




03:57 AM Jul 14 2009 |



Oh my god, this is just terrible for both of them. I don't think I could take something like that. Still, this is kinda good for the other couple :)

12:00 PM Jul 06 2009 |




Jason, you’re so naive to notice that amanda likes mason, not you… totally bad news~~

01:24 PM Dec 29 2008 |




oh….it's really bad news. Life is mach better doctor

07:01 PM Dec 28 2008 |




love is blind

06:47 PM Dec 28 2008 |




why injured always to  jason ???  he is a good boy ?? right ?  and be cheated …. to him ..it's unexpected thing. because it's devan told him amanda like him.. but now she didn't willing to tell the true…how  pitiful he is !

08:42 AM Dec 03 2008 |




Love makes peoepl blind. Well, Jason’s tooooooo into Amanda.

01:06 AM Nov 10 2008 |



Yeah I agree with everyone. Devan and Jason have to find another person to divide their love. They are sincere persons.Take care”

01:09 PM Aug 25 2008 |



I think, if Amanda didn't want anything with Jason, she should tell him. When someone likes you of course you realize. Amanda wasn't sincere with him neither Mason with Devan. Cry

01:05 PM Aug 25 2008 |



    ohh…i think people should not hide their thoughts in connection with the other opposite sex…

12:47 PM Jul 16 2008 |



what is " figuers"?

07:30 PM Jul 08 2008 |

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