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A Long Story

A Long Story English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Apr 06 2010

Themes: Friend, Soap Opera

Grammar: You're vs. Your


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When you hit it off with someone and decide to become friends, you spend some time getting to know each other. You tell stories about yourself and your life. But if you ramble on for too long, you may scare your new friend away!

Marni owns an international dating website and all of her friends work for a rival website. How that came to be is a long story. If someone asks you a question and the answer is too complicated to explain, you can say, “Oh, that’s a long story.” See what happens when Marni meets a new friend on her website and starts to tell him her long story.

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Marni:  So, Pierre, I’m so glad we’re finally meeting. You know, I…

Pierre:  Oui.

Marni:  I’ve just been looking to meet new people, because I realized that all my friends work for this competitive company. I mean, I went through my friends, you know, Jason and Mason and Ella. They’re all working for this woman that I used to be friends with, but then I opened up this sort of rival company. And, anyway, it’s a long story.

Peirre:  Oui.

Marni:  And, anyway, it’s a long story, but…And then I realized, I have a website devoted to meeting new people and why shouldn’t I use it myself, right?

Pierre:  Oui.

Marni:  So, I am so excited that we’re meeting because, you know, you’re from France and I love things that are French.

Pierre:  Oui.

Marni:  So, tell me about France. Is it fabulous there?

Pierre:  Ah, oui.

Marni:  Maybe someday I can go visit it with you. Wouldn’t that be great? We could go…I don’t know. I mean, I’ve always wanted to go to the Louvre and…

Pierre:  You are too…How do we say, “le boring”?

Marni:  Boring?

Pierre:  Oui.

Marni:  Mwa?

Pierre:  Oui.

Marni:  Well, I…Pierre, I really think that you’ve gotten the wrong impression. I am a lot of fun.

Jason:  Hey. What’s up?

Marni:  Hey, Jason.

Jason:  How’s it goin’?

Marni:  How are you?

Jason:  Who’s your new friend?

Marni:  This is Pierre.

Jason:  Yeah. OK.

Marni:  We met on my website and…Yeah, yeah. So…

Jason:  Did he just have to go to the restroom or something?

Marni:  Yes. I think he did. He was talking about how badly he had to go use the bathroom.

Jason:  Oh, cool. Well, too bad I didn’t get to meet him. I have to run.

Marni:  Yeah.

Jason:  I gotta get back to work, you know.

Marni:  Next time.

Jason:  Crazy stuff goin’ on…

Marni:  Next time.

Jason:  ...over at the Dream Boat, but…

Marni:  Yeah. I’ll see you later.

Jason:  OK.

Marni:  Alright.

Jason:  Bye.

Marni:  What happened?


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Marni uses the international dating website she owns to meet a new friend, Pierre. As she sits and has coffee with Pierre, she bores him with stories of her old friends.

When Jason stops into the coffee shop and says hello to Marni, Pierre takes the opportunity to escape. Marni says he had to go to the bathroom, but she knows he just took off. Jason has to get back to work so he leaves too and Marni is all alone.

How do you think Marni could make some new friends? Do you have a story that’s too long and complicated to explain?



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okay….aparently pierri dont know english very well, but in other words, talking about yourself it’s sounds rude, i acording with that. but in my opinion when Jason arrive things aparently very good, cause they start to talk, and pierre in this story, where is he ? let them on the side of course….. and he stay with that face of not understand anything…. it’s really rude in my opinion. wait on the video, if you looking in the video pierre aparently understand everything but they nt speak well so he only say “oui” it’s a funny word.

but in fact Marni make a new friend, this is the positive way as i think.

01:33 AM Aug 27 2014 |




Well, in my opinion, Pierre didn’t have to leave her even though she was talking only about herself. It is really rude. But, when we want to make new friends, we should listen what things the another person want to tell us too. If we talk only about us, We will seem selfish and we will be boring to tears.

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06:19 AM Aug 11 2011 |



Undecidedi dont know why pierre would come to see this woman,and dont like to talk to her

01:04 PM May 20 2010 |




Humm I don't know if it is really real…That situation neither always to happens because when you make a new "friend" he/she is interested in knowing you so I guess he/she will listen to any story about yourself till the end even though this is really annoying :P

I guess the Pierre's act was very very rude…

01:00 PM May 08 2010 |




the man definite not sure why he is coming to see this women. and he felt boring to talk with her. i am so sorry about that girl. well….. she is cute. 

pretty fun . maybe you guys can continue the story. 

02:18 AM Apr 29 2010 |




 Its so embarrassing on the moment when Jason is meeting with Marni and Pierre

Marni is hurry to say good bye with Jason because she  doesnt want Jason to know the truth

02:43 PM Apr 24 2010 |



Viet Nam

I couldn't hold back my laughterLaughing

12:00 PM Apr 22 2010 |




embarrassing moment!

11:11 AM Apr 22 2010 |




10:36 AM Apr 22 2010 |


United States

really funny

05:33 AM Apr 20 2010 |




04:38 PM Apr 18 2010 |


Viet Nam



05:25 AM Apr 14 2010 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i think she should pay attention to other People interest . and she should speak less .

that was so FunyLaughing

11:53 AM Apr 13 2010 |


Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

thatS funy

10:51 PM Apr 12 2010 |




In my opinion, if u see somebody at the first time,you should introduce each other,it seems Marni talked too much and pierre didn't said anything.so maybe Pierre felt so bored,after he saw Jason says hello to Marni,Pierre takes the opportunity to escape.

12:44 PM Apr 12 2010 |

new of life


I think she should the first to introduce her self , job ,live but don't ramble on for a long time for nothing . Sometime the first person to say allway is the man not is the girl . If the girl first say will make the man have a little scare then want to escape. if i were that boy , i will take a good chance to escape.haha.Boring person is noone like.

07:19 AM Apr 11 2010 |



So funny . Pierre who ran away when jason came. Is he a couard or  simply not interested anymore in Marni. He found her boring anyway !

04:47 PM Apr 10 2010 |



SO FUNNY! and cutee

04:17 PM Apr 10 2010 |




We usually try to impress someone telling our stories and crushh!!we ramble , but I think is not correct,I'd said we have to let explain to her/himself and then talk about us and start to share each other the moment.

Best Regards.
I'd really like to talk with someone and improve mi english Laughing 

11:15 PM Apr 08 2010 |

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