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Windfall

Windfall English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Aug 18 2009

Themes: Soap Opera

Grammar: Second Conditional

Intro

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When you check your mail, what do you hope to find? What could be the best thing in your mail box? A letter from a friend? A check from someone who owes you money?

How about a letter telling you that relative you never knew has died and left you a fortune? Stranger things have happened! See what Devan finds in the mail box today. Could it be a windfall?

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Dialog

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Devan

Devan

Jason

Jason

Devan:  Hi.

Jason:  Hey.

Devan:  Oh my God. The greatest thing has happened.

Jason:  You found five bucks?

Devan:  Kind of. My Aunt Thelma died.

Jason:  Who’s Aunt Thelma? I’m sorry.

Devan:  I don’t even know who she is so it doesn’t matter. That’s not the point.

Jason:  You never met her or anything?

Devan:  No. But she left me…Guess. Guess how much money she left me.

Jason:  Two thousand dollars.

Devan:  OK. Take that number and add another two zeros to it.

Jason:  Two hundred thousand dollars? And you never knew she even existed?

Devan:  Eeee!

Jason:  Oh my God!

Devan:  So…

Jason:  Wow!

Devan:  I know. I’m totally freaking out. So I think…I’ve been thinking about it and I think we should travel the world and quit our jobs.

Jason:  Yeah. That’s tempting.

Devan:  Yeah?

Jason:  But, you know, I thought about this and I think that if we…I always thought that if I got, like, a bunch of money that I would start my own business. ‘Cause I think if we just travel around the world we would have to, like, come back and have, like, crummy jobs again. You know? Let’s start a company. We could do anything we want for the rest of our lives instead of having, like, one summer of fun or whatever.

Devan:  You’re right. You know…You’re right. You’re absolutely right. Like, I was, like, so hyped on the idea that it’s just like blowing money left and right, going to Paris, and Australia, but we can do that later. And we can do it with more money.

Jason:  I like how you think.

Devan:  So, what kind of business should we start?

Jason:  Well, that’s the question.

 

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Discussion

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Devan has inherited a fortune from an aunt she never knew. She tells Jason that she’d like to go traveling, but Jason has another idea: why not start a business? That way the money will change their lives forever.

Plus, as Devan points out, after her business gets going, she can travel with even more money! Now all she has to do is figure out what sort of business to start.

What kind of business should Devan start? What would you do if you inherited $200,000?

Read Devan’s blog about what she would really do if she inherited a fortune.

 

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 julito

julito

Argentina

I have heard of a nun living in a convent in California that received one million dollars from her family  ,she left the convent and got married.  money is money 

04:58 PM Nov 17 2011 |

mebono

mebono

Egypt

God bless you indahpagi. Guys, don't forget poor people around you :)

02:08 PM Jun 12 2010 |

indahpagi

Indonesia

If i got a windfall i would like go to mekah. It’s my dream

02:21 AM May 26 2010 |

evelyn_BR

evelyn_BR

Brazil

uhaeaeuea good! Devan and Jason! you can send me some bucks! ^ I would like travel around the world too!!:P

if I inherit lots of money  I would start my bussiness in the field of the environmental chemistry. ^ 

04:38 PM Oct 12 2009 |

snnemr

snnemr

Turkey

they are so fast speaking ! how i can speaking such? never talk so i cant…

11:13 AM Oct 01 2009 |

filinta55

Turkey

hi

01:50 PM Sep 24 2009 |

Christoph07

Germany

Uh good surprise with a big question…. what kind of business will you want to start?

Maybe you can do something with immovables after the giant bubble was exploding in U.S.A. now. U.S.A. is an attracting country and maybe you can use Ebaby for your own business with immovables. Maybe you can rent some apartments for foreign guests from Ebaby. And when my idea will be successfully, please send me an invitation.Smile Good luck. 

10:07 AM Sep 23 2009 |

flylover

flylover

Georgia

Wonderful present!!!  I'd like too:D:D:D

 

05:13 PM Sep 18 2009 |

omegatrack

omegatrack

Mexico

That´s  an awesome  sittuation, but I don´t know anyone who has expirienced it.

I think that it only happens in soap operas.

07:33 PM Sep 16 2009 |

bhdchahm

Algeria

it is queckly

01:47 PM Sep 16 2009 |

mamacc

China

The windfall, I think it just own the man who is thankfull.

01:57 AM Sep 14 2009 |

luise

Taiwan

 

    The windfall is a gift from God   

    If someone left me a bunch of money I would take a scholarship with my mothes name to help  the poverty students for their study

  If I got a bunch of money  I would donate money to all kind of charity every moth

  If I got a bunch of money I would  do  everything

02:34 AM Sep 13 2009 |

thewhite

Turkey

BLOW  MONEY mean is  produgality,   spend all money without thinking to the following days.  OR  buy  something is unnecessary.

08:28 AM Sep 04 2009 |

ramazan uslu turk

Turkey

wonderful

 

09:30 PM Sep 02 2009 |

judylili

judylili

China

what does ' blow money 'mean ?

12:38 PM Aug 30 2009 |

songminyu

songminyu

China

good >thanks

09:02 AM Aug 30 2009 |

abdowahib

Yemen

nice

09:10 PM Aug 28 2009 |

burchina1985

Turkey

i want that money to not study my exams :)) thats all :p

01:07 PM Aug 28 2009 |

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