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My True Love Gave to Me

My True Love Gave to Me English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Dec 30 2008

Themes: Holidays, Romance

Grammar: Third Conditional


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Last week on the soap opera, Amanda and Mason exchanged Christmas gifts. Mason got a great camera and he gave Amanda a mixtape. She didn’t seem to think that was such a good Christmas present. But what if it wasn’t a Christmas present?

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Marni:  What’s this about? A little, old school souvenir?

Amanda:  Ah, let’s see. The love of my life gave me a crappy mixtape for Christmas. Who does that?

Marni:  Seriously, that’s your gift?

Amanda:  Yeah, he’s a total cheapskate.

Marni:  Wow.

Amanda:  He’s a loser. Like, loser. Do you want to know what I got him to top it off?

Marni:  I’m afraid, but yeah, tell me.

Amanda:  I’m embarrassed to say. I got him a camcorder.

Marni:  Really?

Amanda:  Yeah.

Marni:  That’s nice.

Amanda:  Two grand.

Marni:  Two thousand dollars?

Amanda:  Uh-huh.

Marni:  You spent two thousand dollars on him?

Amanda:  I did. I’m embarrassed to say, but I love him.

Marni:  Wow. I don’t know. I just…I don’t know what to be more astounded by, the fact that you spent two thousand dollars on the gift or the fact that he gave you a mixtape.

Amanda:  You know what? The main thing is I’m just embarrassed to tell my friends, ‘cause they’re all emailing and asking me, “Oh my God, what did Mason get you?”

Devan:  Hey you guys.

Marni:  Hey. How are you?

Amanda:  Hey.

Devan:  How’s it goin’?

Marni:  Good.

Devan:  Merry Christmas.

Marni:  Same to you.

Amanda:  Not for me.

Devan:  Oh, I don’t know about that. In fact, I have a special delivery for you from Mason.

Amanda:  Really?

Devan:  Uh-huh.

Amanda:  Well, what is this about?

Marni:  I don’t know. Let’s find out.

Amanda:  Is this like a redemption gift or something? Because he…Did you guys tell…Did you just tell her?

Marni:  I said nothing.

Devan:  Mason just sent me over here. He said to give you…give this to you.

Amanda:  I’m so nervous. I feel like all nauseated.

Marni:  Do you want me to look?

Devan:  Open it.

Marni:  Come on. You can do it. You can do it. This looks good.

Devan:  Oh my God.

Marni:  She’s crying.

Amanda:  It’s his great-grandmother’s locket.

Marni:  Oh my goodness.

Amanda:  I can’t even believe it.

Marni:  Wow.

Amanda:  Her initials are on the back.

Marni:  It’s gorgeous.

Amanda:  He’s been carrying this around with him everywhere we go.

Marni:  Oh my goodness.

Devan:  He wanted me to tell you that that it’s number two. Six more to go. Happy Hanukkah.

Amanda:  Oh my God, I feel like such a jerk.


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Amanda is really upset about what happened with Mason. Not only did she spend a lot of money on him, but she’s embarrassed to tell her friends what he got her. And she’s worried about what his gift says about the relationship.

Just then Devan walks up with a bag. She says it’s from Mason. Amanda opens it and inside is beautiful locket that belonged to Mason’s great-grandmother! Devan reminds Amanda that Mason is Jewish so he celebrates Hanukkah instead of Christmas, which means she will get six more presents from him!

Did you exchange gifts with anyone this holiday season? Were they happy with what you got for them? Were you happy with what you received?



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i finally understand what does Hanukkah mean. my nephew brought home a Hanukkah picture with 8 nights from school, his teacher is a Jew. it's so interesting! 8 gifts! wow~

10:01 PM Jan 05 2009 |



no thing

09:49 PM Jan 05 2009 |




I adore to give gifts for the people that I like…I think that I have a good taste in gifts,because they always like,even if this not so expensive :)

07:08 PM Jan 05 2009 |




I only exchange gift with my girlfriend and I gave her a MontBlanc watch,she thought the most! she gave me a Asics tennis for race,I liked a lot ;)

06:59 PM Jan 05 2009 |




hi it.s very funtactics and very being so tham

05:04 AM Jan 03 2009 |




love, what a touching word

11:55 AM Jan 02 2009 |




well, the jewish can be hospital, but why we do not find this in their war against Palestine!!

10:57 PM Dec 31 2008 |




That’s a good sign for you, Amanda. :) And I feel excited for you.

02:28 AM Dec 31 2008 |




Nice lesson

11:47 PM Dec 30 2008 |



OMG… what a romantic gift!!


11:45 PM Dec 30 2008 |



thanks for your patient explanation, there is no problem, just cos my careless.

08:48 AM Dec 30 2008 |





07:49 AM Dec 30 2008 |



hello,,,, i like here…

07:43 AM Dec 30 2008 |



mixtape is the first gift and the locket is number two, then six more to go, so that means total 8 gifts for 8 days

07:06 AM Dec 30 2008 |



I know that the Hanukkah have 8 days and Jewish usually give 8 gifts to their kids for one gift per day.
but In the soap opera, Mason will give 6 gifts to Amanda.
Is there any problem or other special meaning.

04:30 AM Dec 30 2008 |

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