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Some Space

Some Space English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Nov 04 2008

Themes: Romance

Grammar: You're vs. Your

Intro

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No matter how close two people get, they are still two people. Everyone needs a little bit of private time, even people who are in love.

Private time in a relationship is called space. There are two relationships happening of the Ebaby! soap opera right now. Marni is with John and Amanda has Mason. Since one is a long-distance relationship and the other a friendship that quickly became serious, the amount of space in each is quite different. Listen to Marni and Amanda compare.

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Dialog

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Marni

Marni

Amanda

Amanda

Marni:  So, how’s it going with Mason? We haven’t checked in with each other in a while. What’s goin’ on?

Amanda:  It’s goin’. It’s pretty good.

Marni:  Yeah.

Amanda:  But honestly, like friend to friend...

Marni:  Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.

Amanda:  I just don’t…It’s real claustrophobic. Not a lot of space…

Marni:  Really?

Amanda:  I guess you could say.

Marni:  Interesting.

Amanda:  And it’s kind of a lot too soon for me.

Marni:  Oh. Really?

Amanda:  But I don’t know if I’m just being cold.

Marni:  Interesting.

Amanda:  What do you think about that? What kind of girlfriend are you?

Marni:  Well, considering I’ve seen my current boyfriend two days total ever, we’re all about space.

Amanda:  Two days in forty-eight hours? Like that, back to back?

Marni:  Well, yeah. But you know, like ever. I mean now we’re, you know, in separate cities.

Amanda:  Ever?

Marni:  Yeah. I mean we just, you know, met on the Internet…

Amanda:  OK. That’s some major space.

Marni:  That’s major space.

Amanda:  That’s what I’m talking about. That’s what I want.

Marni:  No. You don’t want this much space. We need a happy medium. We need, like…I understand personal space and needing your own time, but…

Amanda:  Yeah.

Marni:  You know, like, I wanna see him. That’s kind of…

Amanda:  I think the hard thing for me is we’re…we work together, and we live together, and he’s a spooner so he has to sleep literally together.

Marni:  OK.

Amanda:  And he’s a really hot breather. So I just…I can’t, I can’t do it.

Marni:  Wow.

Amanda:  I know. And I don’t want to hurt his feelings, but I kinda want to put this barricade of pillows in between us. And…I don’t know.

Marni:  That might hurt his feelings.

Amanda:  I know. I know it would, but that’s what I want.

Marni:  OK. I would definitely approach the subject with him before…I mean, I understand wanting personal space, but maybe, you know, maybe you guys just need, like, separate hobbies. Like a night where, you know…Doesn’t he hang out with his friends? And you do…You know, we hang out.

Amanda:  Yeah. But no, I see what you’re saying: “The grass is always greener,” ‘cause what you got goin’ sounds amazing right now. And what I have, you know, twenty-four seven, is probably what you want with your lover boy.

Marni:  I’d trade a little bit of the spooning for a lot of yearning.

Amanda:  Well, you know what might rectify that? Is swingin’.

 

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Discussion

Amanda and Mason spend all their time together and even sleep holding each other, so she feels like she needs more space. Marni and her boyfriend never see each other because they live in different cities. They literally have hundreds of miles of space.

Naturally, each wants what the other one has. But there has to be a happy medium. How much space do you need in a relationship? Would you prefer Marni’s situation or Amanda’s?

 

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zelenkina

zelenkina

Russian Federation

I thought that private space was very important in the relationship last year but i am being in love now with a good man and i want to be with him every minute

10:11 AM Nov 06 2008 |

kukuka

kukuka

Ukraine

First of all i'd like to say i like lessons with video reels. Secondly and following the subject: I want it all and I want it now, happy medium is not enough for me.

10:45 AM Nov 05 2008 |

xinsihai

xinsihai

China

i think i must have a happy medium

01:43 AM Nov 05 2008 |

ahmad133

ahmad133

Yemen

all of them make a happy medium..

10:14 PM Nov 04 2008 |

mionfabian

mionfabian

Brazil

It’s good be single… haha..
just kidding…

08:52 PM Nov 04 2008 |

SÉRGIO

SÉRGIO

Brazil

In my opinion it depends on the girl that i have!

06:26 PM Nov 04 2008 |

SÉRGIO

SÉRGIO

Brazil

In my opinion it depends on the girl that i have!

06:26 PM Nov 04 2008 |

SÉRGIO

SÉRGIO

Brazil

In my opinion it depends on the girl that i have!

06:26 PM Nov 04 2008 |

SÉRGIO

SÉRGIO

Brazil

In my opinion it depends on the lady that i have!

06:26 PM Nov 04 2008 |

long.c.young

China

 must have a happy medium

03:07 PM Nov 04 2008 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

Relationships it doesn’t so complicated like we think…We who complicate ;)

11:45 AM Nov 04 2008 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

I think that I'am half on the half…I like to be together,as well as having my space…Therefore,nowadays I prefer to date,I don't think in marriage…

 

11:40 AM Nov 04 2008 |

sachinpt

sachinpt

India

i would prefer none,but rather a happy medium

07:53 AM Nov 04 2008 |

kaira_harry

Yemen

not all

07:36 AM Nov 04 2008 |

kaira_harry

Yemen

07:33 AM Nov 04 2008 |

aoyunhui

aoyunhui

China

Marni's

02:05 AM Nov 04 2008 |

aoyunhui

aoyunhui

China

Marni's

02:05 AM Nov 04 2008 |

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