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jump through hoops English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Jan 21 2010


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“Sure, you can have a cookie, Jason, but you’ll have to jump through hoops to get it.”

- Mason after Jason asked for a cookie.

2. Video - Watch the video before learning the definition.


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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do extra work to have something one wants

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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It’s wonderful when it’s easy to get what you want. But that’s not always the case. Often, you have to do many things before you accomplish your goal and some of them may seem rather indirect. Doing those steps along the way is called jumping through hoops.

Jason wants to eat a cookie of Mason’s and Mason says he can have it. Great! All Jason has to do is grab it and start eating it, right? Wrong. Mason is going to make Jason jump through hoops first. He says Jason needs a plate and napkin. Luckily, there’s a plate and napkin in the room, so Jason doesn’t mind jumping through these hoops.

But just when Jason gets to the cookie, plate and napkin, Mason puts an actual, physical hoop in his way! Since this is EXTREME English, baby! Jason jumps through the hoop, no problem, and reaches his goal.

Can you think of a time when you had to jump through hoops to get what you wanted?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“If you want to study overseas, you’re going to have to jump through a lot of hoops.”

“I will jump through hoops to make guests comfortable in my home. “

“The salesperson had to jump through hoops to get her customer to buy the car.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

work hard for it or do something difficult to get it
by periwinkle.chic
ilovepeace to do everything possible to obey or please someone
by ilovepeace
amaryllis to do a lot of extra things so you can have or do something you want
by amaryllis
sofree make more efforts, do some extra things.
by sofree
OlgaSummer to realize your wish you should make an effort before. nothing is for free in our lives.
by OlgaSummer

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that's life. we need to jump through hoops every momment in te life in order to accomplish our goals but once you get them you feel great! see you folks

04:31 PM Jan 21 2010 |




i love slangs


04:26 PM Jan 21 2010 |


United States

lol~seemed that tigers jumped a lot of fire hoops in circus, and they didn't get any cookie.  this story is funny, I like it! hope there's not only subtiles in the video but text version script…

how to jump through hoops

03:32 PM Jan 21 2010 |



The first sentence"say,Mason"?This is new to me.Can you make some more examples.Thank you.

03:20 PM Jan 21 2010 |



i have to jump through hoops to find a good job…

02:24 PM Jan 21 2010 |




I have jump through hoops since 1-th September , because I want finish school very well.

02:08 PM Jan 21 2010 |



United States

hehehehe, so funny ^^

01:42 PM Jan 21 2010 |




There are still lots of hoops I have to jump through before I get what I wanted in life. I hope I can survive in every hoops.

01:03 PM Jan 21 2010 |

Erin Tsai


what a funny plot of the video today! "jump through hoops" is a challenge for everyone. if i want to learn english better by better ,i wll jump through hoops.

12:42 PM Jan 21 2010 |



it's difficult to understand all mean.

04:54 AM Jan 21 2010 |



South Korea

I'd like to feel easly at English conversation like this video. 

Why is it difficult to me? lack of my effort or inherence Hum..

04:11 AM Jan 21 2010 |



Saudi Arabia

I would jump through hoops to improve my english. wasn't easy since i'm self-conscious.

03:39 AM Jan 21 2010 |

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