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Just Talk English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Aug 04 2009

Themes: Romance, Soap Opera

Grammar: Simple Future Tense


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Relationships are about timing. There’s an appropriate time for every step, and if you move too fast or too slow, it won’t work out. Marni and Dale were off to a good start. After a little bit of confusion, Marni realized for sure that Dale liked her. It was coy, it was fun.

Things got a little weird when Dale started talking about Christmas cards in the middle of summer, but, you know, maybe he was just daydreaming. See what you think of Dale’s latest fantasy. To Marni, it sounds like a nightmare.

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Marni:  So how are you doing now that Ella…I mean, she was your partner. She left the force? Is that…Are you OK?

Dale:  I’m actually OK with it.

Marni:  Yeah?

Dale:  I’m actually OK with it. I started thinking about my life at the same time, you know. Being a detective is very, you know…It’s unsafe and I’m really kind of considering a desk job that’s pretty much a nine to five. And then thinking about the future for us and making sure that I’m at least at home and being safe for the kids – you know, the little boy that we’re gonna have, the little girl that we’re gonna have. I think that’d be perfect.

Marni:  But uh…

Dale:  Don’t you agree?

Marni:  OK. Dale. You’ve got to stop. What children? What are you talking about?

Dale:  The two kids that we’re gonna have. Possibly a third one just by accident. You never know.

Marni:  OK.

Dale:  Never know.

Marni:  I need you to stop with the kid talk. Stop with the this and the that, and the Christmas pictures, and it’s all…Dale, I really like you, but I feel like…I feel like we should just be friends.

Dale:  Friends?

Marni:  Yeah.

Dale:  You know what? I think that’s an excellent idea. I don’t know why I didn’t think about that before.

Marni:  You do?

Dale:  Yeah! Why don’t we just stay friends? Perfect! That makes it a lot easier for me. I thought I was getting stressed out. Yes! Sweet! Friends it is for good. ‘Cause you know why? You know, everything that I was saying was just basically talk anyway. So…It was just talk.

Marni:  Just talk?

Dale:  Just talk.


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When Marni asks Dale what he thinks of his partner, Ella, quitting her job as a police officer, he says he is thinking about quitting his job too. He goes on to explain that he wants to be available for the kids they are going to have and get a safer job. He says they will have two or three kids.

Kids? Marni wasn’t told about any kids. She tells Dale to stop and even breaks up with him!

But Dale immediately admits that his fantasies of having a family with Marni were just that—fantasies. He’s happy to just be friends.

What do you like to daydream about? Have you ever been confused by something you thought was real but that turned out to be just talk?



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06:07 PM Sep 06 2009 |


Saudi Arabia

Dail want to be married to her .In addition he wants to get kinds girl and boy . that is truth life . marrina want to him be her friend . when  he lift , she dont rember him  . that is her decision.

12:55 PM Sep 04 2009 |




Funny,typical playboy,jajaja

01:14 PM Aug 30 2009 |



United States

I think He thought , he knows every thing and this bad idea

10:43 AM Aug 17 2009 |



I think that he wants every thing come quickly

12:15 PM Aug 14 2009 |




bullshit….how could he say everything like it's about to happen,,,and then said it's just talk….loser!!!!

02:59 AM Aug 11 2009 |

s id

Saudi Arabia

i think dale going v fast. he wants every thing quickly . i think not any girl agree with this manner

07:08 PM Aug 10 2009 |



The man is just a fool,hehe

04:01 AM Aug 09 2009 |



To tell you the trues,I don't know the result of this talk,

It means Marni and Dale broke up?If so, it looks like a easy and simple way. In China, if the person talks with his lover that they will have a good future and a perfect family,the girl will be very happy and she will think that guy really love her.

02:42 PM Aug 08 2009 |




"excellent idea"?"perfect"?"sweet"???

Dale's facial expressions doesn't seem that he's just talking!!!

10:03 AM Aug 08 2009 |




Humm Sometimes I’m a bit “dreamer”,but at the same time,I’m pretty “feet on the ground” ;)

12:21 AM Aug 08 2009 |




I don't know…I guess Dale was "smart",but he doesn't know that! hehe…When Marni thought to broke up with him and proppose a "friendship",she doesn't hoped that his reaction was in to agree with it hehe…In the end,everything was ok and Dale went out on top ;)

12:18 AM Aug 08 2009 |



The guy really thought too much and scared the girl.If I were the girl maybe I would do the same thing just like she did.

08:16 AM Aug 07 2009 |




I think that Dale didn’t just talk

08:58 AM Aug 06 2009 |




Dale just thinks too much and…nervousness.

07:18 AM Aug 06 2009 |



I like to make jokes but not like Dale did, mainly when i´m talking with a Girl. She couldn´t understand it is just talk.

01:02 AM Aug 06 2009 |



I must be very confusing about the boy if I take the girl's place… I like do daydreaming but not silly like that…if there was a bottle at table, I will hit his head…wake up!

12:14 AM Aug 06 2009 |




;) a guy is good. He didn't make a tragedy out of it. Cool!!! A lady must be very disappointed.

05:49 PM Aug 05 2009 |



i like this dialogue .and i think for talk is good for finding solution the probleme in our life.

02:43 PM Aug 05 2009 |



 the just talk is a good way to improve oral english .\

but i wonder whether i can join you if i try to ?

because most of the groups such as els centre some are not easy for people to join though they are willing to pay for them .

04:48 AM Aug 05 2009 |

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