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Date: Sep 22 2009

Themes: Soap Opera, Work

Grammar: Simple Future Tense


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In the US, there’s a game kids play called “telephone.” You sit in a circle and someone whispers a short message to the person next to them, and then that person passes it on, and so on until it goes all the way around the circle and the last person says it out loud to everyone. Almost every time, the message will have changed from being misheard and repeated by so many people.

It looks like we have our very own game of telephone developing on the soap opera. Remember when Ella talked to Devan about the possibility of working for her new company? Remember how seemed to misunderstand each other about how certain it is that Devan will hire her friends? Well, watch as Ella shares her version of things with her friends. What will happen when they finally talk to Devan?


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Beren:  You have a ShamWow?

Dale:  Yeah. We bought it. It was only twenty bucks.

Beren:  Oh my God.

Dale:  You get one for free when you call now.

Mason:  Waste of money.

Ella:  You guys…

Mason:  Yo.

Ella:  Best news ever. Ever. I got us the hook-up. Devan guaranteed us jobs.

Dale:  Ah, yes!

Ella:  How did Devan guarantee us…

Dale:  I knew that.

Beren:  With her company?

Mason:  No. She got hooked up. She’s loaded now.

Ella:  Yeah.

Mason:  She’s gonna be an internet phenomenon.

Ella:  She inherited money. She’s gonna get an internet site, American Dreamboat dot com.

Dale:  I’m the head of marketing. I’m already in it.

Mason:  Damn!

Beren:  Can I do the programming? I’ll do the HTML.

Ella:  We got jobs guys! Yes!

Dale:  you got HTML?

Beren:  Yeah, I can do some design.

Dale:  What are you gonna do, Mason? We got guaranteed jobs. We’re out of the force. We got guaranteed jobs!

Ella:  Whatever.

Mason:  I’m gonna be the janitor.

Dale:  You’re gonna clean up our mess?

Beren:  Actually, I wanna be the receptionist. I just changed my mind.

Ella:  I think I’ll be the assistant to the regional manager.

Dale:  You guys are not really going forward to your careers. There’s gotta be advancement.

Mason:  The janitor pulls the strings of the office. He, like, has his finger in all the pies.

Dale:  Oh, really?

Mason:  He’s like the guy behind the guy, behind the guy. It’s really nice of Devan. I mean, let’s just, like…Guys, this one’s for Devan. Like, seriously hookin’ it up.

Dale:  True. Hook it up. Hookin’ it up.

Mason:  Bump it…

Beren:  This is guaranteed?

Ella:  Yeah. Totally. She assured me.

Dale:  Wait. Isn’t it weird though that she doesn’t hire any more qualified people? Just us?

Beren:  It’s a little weird.

Mason:  I happen to be a very qualified janitor.


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Dale, Mason and Beren are sitting around talking about cleaning products when Ella walks up with good news. She says that Devan has guaranteed all her friends jobs in her new company.

Beren, who has been, um, traveling, hasn’t heard about the company yet so everyone fills her in. They talk about what jobs they want. Dale says he’s already started doing some work! But then he points out that it’s strange that Devan would hire her friends instead of qualified people. This calls to mind a common English saying, “If it seems to good to be true, it probably is.”

Have you ever accidentally passed on some incorrect information? Has anyone ever accidentally convinced you of something that wasn’t quite true?



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They are talking simultaneously. It's actually a disaster coz nothing is clear.

07:55 AM Sep 28 2009 |




it reminds me of the whole world's press…always lying to lead the public voice for some organization's good…so better to observe things near enough and clear enough…

03:08 PM Sep 26 2009 |




It is of human nature to be mistaken or lying ;)

01:37 PM Sep 26 2009 |



Viet Nam

this 's fun!

02:55 PM Sep 25 2009 |



United States

We sometime play this in China

03:39 AM Sep 25 2009 |

Shinichi Lover


It happens all the times in our life!

03:54 AM Sep 24 2009 |




I probably might passed on some incorrect information, but for sure i didnt to cause anything bad to someone, though.

11:36 PM Sep 23 2009 |



Always pay attention is important to doesn´t misunderstand something important which can change the meaning of the main subject, So, I just repass a new information after study it

03:24 AM Sep 23 2009 |




It is not interesting more. Frown

we've got this enough in our live. 

And sound of lesson is not good I couldn't hear anything. sorry for my complain about everything here today. 

05:59 PM Sep 22 2009 |




when i was a child i used to play it with my crew of friends , it was nice. and also we played hide and seek , so was cool my childhood.


02:49 PM Sep 22 2009 |




that game… I used to play that in my childhood :)

and…. of think everybody has accidentally passed on some incorrect information, and even received some incorrect ones hahahahah….

01:26 PM Sep 22 2009 |

Simon terminator


It was interseting

12:18 PM Sep 22 2009 |



Some people like to tell a lie. It’s just a way of speaking.

05:26 AM Sep 22 2009 |



Russian Federation

I remember this game, in my chidhood it was very popular in our country…

05:12 AM Sep 22 2009 |



United States

You know what guys,dream comes true but not this time.Maybe Mason gets some cause Dev used to have crush on him.He's gonna be a great janitor and he is funny too.

02:31 AM Sep 22 2009 |

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