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Hard Up for Cash

Hard Up for Cash English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Jun 10 2008

Themes: Soap Opera


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People on drugs are always hard up for cash. Jason already caught Devan selling her CDs for pot, but she said she wouldn’t do it anymore. She and Mason even talked about how she was heartbroken over him. So hopefully she’s not using anymore.

But if she’s not, why is she digging around the trash for cans to recycle?

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Beren:  Whoa, whoa, whoa. Devo, what are you doing?

Devan:  I’m getting the cans out of the trash.

Beren:  What are you doing that for?

Devan:  Because somebody threw them away!

Beren:  No, I mean, why…What are going to do with them?

Devan:  I’m going to recycle them.

Beren:  They’re in the recycling.

Devan:  I’m not on drugs! OK?

Beren:  I didn’t say anything about drugs…

Devan:  I already told Jason I’m not doing drugs anymore. I’m just trying to recycle cans because somebody threw them in the wrong bin.

Beren:  OK…

Devan:  It’s not like I’m cashing them in for money.

Beren:  I didn’t say anything about money and cashing them in. But they’re already…You just wanna…They’re in the paper bin and you want to put them in the aluminum?

Devan:  They’re in the wrong bin. I’m just trying to help the environment, Beren. You’re always accusing people of things. You don’t even know what you’re talking about.

Beren:  OK. Sorry. Do you want some help?

Devan:  Yes. Could you please? Here take some cans. We’re helping the environment. This has nothing to do with anything else. I don’t know what Jason told you.

Beren:  He didn’t tell me anything!

Devan:  Saving the environment, OK? Look at, somebody drinks kombucha and they don’t even recycle it. Saving the environment.

Beren:  No need to get stressed out.

Devan:  I’m just saving the environment, Beren.



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Beren finds Devan fishing cans out of the trash. People who are desperate for money often collect cans and recycle them for the deposit. But Devan swears she’s just trying to be environmentally conscious.

And there are a surprising number of cans in that trash can.

Do you believe Devan?



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drugs can destroy you…so don’t try it any more.

03:14 PM Jun 10 2008 |



Sometimes   many people will be lying for their fame(face).so…

03:02 PM Jun 10 2008 |




Be careful with drugs! today it can be "pot" but later it can be cocaine!! be smart friends!

02:45 PM Jun 10 2008 |




be careful with drugs!

02:41 PM Jun 10 2008 |




undountedly,deven said what she really wants although she denied everything about money and drugs. poor guy….hope her friends would help her to go through this terrible situation. 

02:14 PM Jun 10 2008 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

nobody believes devan

drugs ruin everyone who use that

                         no matter who you are

                                        that's the real devil

                                                         take care all

11:42 AM Jun 10 2008 |




everybody is afraid of losing face.

sometimes the people who wear the artificial masks are unhappy.

do a true man

05:39 AM Jun 10 2008 |



that exact moment devo get caught taking cans out by beren and stuck is really cute~

oh my god i just realized i've begun becoming a devo fun lol  yeah sh'e got sweet voice when she speaks

love it ~ i'm also gonna give u a song

"There's something bout you,
Lets keep it moving,
And if it's good lets just get something cooking,
Coz i really wanna rock with you,
I'm feeling some connection to the things you do,
(you do, you do).

I don't know what it is,
That makes me feel like this,
I don't know who you are,
But you must be some kind of superstar,
Coz you got all eyes on you no matter where you are,
(you just make me wanna play)."

lol hope u like it

03:48 AM Jun 10 2008 |



It was obvious that Devan didn’t tell the truth.She was collecting cans and going to cash them in for money,but maybe she’s really not on drugs this time .

02:04 AM Jun 10 2008 |

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