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Cheapskate English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Feb 16 2010

Themes: Fashion, Sports

Grammar: Be Able To


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Since Jason decided that the best way to win an Olympic gold medal and save his friends might be speed skating rather than luge, he’s going to need a pair of skates. There’s one problem, though. Skates are expensive, and Jason is a cheapskate.

A cheapskate always has to find the best possible deal. Cheapskates don’t spend money to save time. They would rather spend a lot of time looking for the best price to save money. Being a cheapskate is different than being thrifty. To be thrifty is a good thing. It means you find creative ways of saving money. But to say someone is a cheapskate is an insult. Cheapskates are too thrifty.

Find out what happens to Jason as this cheapskate looks for the cheapest skates in Vancouver.

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Jason:  If I’m gonna win the gold, I need a new pair of skates. And I only have five dollars. Well, that’s a lie. I have a lot of money, but I’m a cheapskate so I’m only gonna spend five dollars on my skates. Let’s begin the quest for the cheapest skates. These, they’re all hundreds of dollars. We gotta find some cheaper skates ‘cause I’m a cheapskate and I don’t want to spend all my money.

Jason:  So, I’m here in a sporting goods store. Do you sell skates?

Skates_guy:  Yes, we do.

Jason:  Oh, yeah. Whoa. So, will these skates make me go fast?

Skates_guy:  Yes, they will.

Jason:  Sweet. Will I be able to win the gold in these skates?

Skates_guy:  Yes. Yes, you will.

Jason:  Ah, well, these are a little pricey. What’s your least expensive skate?

Skates_guy:  You’re gonna be looking at $399 right here.

Jason:  Oh, man. $399, that’s a lot.

Skates_guy:  Is that too much for you, cheapskate?

Jason:  I don’t know. I think it might be. I think I might…I’m gonna have to seek a bargain elsewhere.

Skates_guy:  Oh, really? Well, fine then.

Jason:  Do you believe in me?

Skates_guy:  I do.

Jason:  Thanks, man. I needed that. I’m gonna go find cheaper skates just like these, only the ones that cost less, and win the gold.

Jason:  What was I thinking, looking for cheap skates in a sporting goods store? They’re only gonna have nice skates. I’m a cheapskate. I need the cheapest thing possible and nothing is cheaper than free. So, I’ve been checking out all the different dumpsters around Vancouver, and I got a good feeling about this trash can. Maybe we’ll find some skates in here.

Jason:  Oh my gosh! A pair of skates! They’re even my size, elevens! Perfect! Now I can compete! I was a cheapskate, and I held out for a good deal, and I wanted cheap skates, and I got free ones. Cheapskates get all kinds of good deals and find things in shady parts of town like this one. Well, let’s get to the ice and show Shani Davis who’s boss.


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Jason is determined to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics so he can rescue his kidnapped friends. He goes shopping for some skates so he can try to win a gold medal in speed skating. The only problem is that Jason is a total cheapskate. He only wants to spend $5 on skates, and the least expensive pair he can find costs $399!

Fortunately, Jason is a clever cheapskate. He goes searching for some skates in a dumpster, and he gets lucky. He finds the perfect pair of skates at the perfect price: free!

Even a very thrifty person might not be willing to wear a pair of skates that he found in the dumpster. Jason’s extreme bargain-hunting is what makes him a true cheapskate. Too bad there’s no gold medal for that.

Where do you go shopping for bargains? Do you know anyone who is a cheapskate?



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hi. this  flim  is  nice.

08:04 AM Jun 17 2010 |





09:43 AM Apr 25 2010 |




 I think I sometimes need to be a cheapskate. well, everybody need to be one because most of the times,things are too expensive…..

04:04 AM Mar 26 2010 |




Oh yeah people are so like cheapeskate and who isn't it? hehe

When we are in a shopping we always are seaching for a good price of things :P

08:09 PM Mar 25 2010 |



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01:54 PM Mar 21 2010 |



The skate is so cheap~  I like it

03:44 AM Mar 20 2010 |



KissHello Jason!

You are the sweetest cheapskate from whole the world! You did make a awesome deal; then you brought home the gold medal from Winnter Olimpic Vancouver, and saved your friends!

04:43 PM Mar 14 2010 |



yeah, good bargain to do shopping! in Poland we have nice cheap shops, where we can buy sth really thrifty..I like cheapskate

10:31 PM Mar 06 2010 |




mm i think i am a Cheapskate jjje , but here in mexico there'are a bunch of bargains's places where u find ton of things like shoes , cloths , so on. but remember is "more expensive the soup than the meat bolls"


11:41 PM Mar 02 2010 |

Mebal Lee

Mebal Lee


I'm not good at bargain, so I always go shopping in stores where no bargain allowed.  I think to be thrifty is a good thing.

02:36 PM Feb 25 2010 |




Being a Cheapskate is not illegal, right . who will know that someday we will need lots of money for helping. 

01:31 PM Feb 24 2010 |



Hong Kong

Nice Lesson.  Cheapskate is a good thing or not, it depends.  Anyway, Cheapskate and/or Thrifty can save money.  In othe words, it isn't a bad thing.  What do you feel?

03:13 PM Feb 23 2010 |



Russian Federation

To make a bargain i usually go to a shop with a discount. Or sometimes i make a burgain when i travel somewhere. But i guess it's better not to be too much thrifty if you find a thing which you really like, especially if you are able to buy it. 

03:09 PM Feb 23 2010 |




be stingy at times it right!

08:49 PM Feb 22 2010 |



i think i´m cheapskate about my car…i spend money on it only for fuel!!!...jijijij

08:04 PM Feb 22 2010 |

chus conde

chus conde


Being a cheapskate sometimes can be more expensive

04:28 PM Feb 22 2010 |



sometimes, we have to be a cheapskate, when we have little money.

03:45 PM Feb 22 2010 |

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