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Win Someone Over

Win Someone Over English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Jul 27 2010

Themes: Romance, Soap Opera

Grammar: Past Progressive Tense

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Mason likes Ella. They flirt sometimes, but he hasn’t been able to take it to the next level and actually get her to go out with him. So, he has decided to get creative.

Wisely, Mason realizes that a good way to win someone over is to learn about them and things they like. People tend to think positively of those they have things in common with, so the more hobbies you share with the person you’re trying to win over, the better. See what Mason has decided learn about to try to get Ella.

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Mason

Mason

Jason

Jason

Mason:  Ta-mal… ta-ma-lai… cup. Ta-ma-lai-cup. Ta-ma-lai-cup?

Jason:  You need a cup?

Mason:  Yeah, apparently in Thai the male always ends everything he says with “cup.” I am trying to learn how to speak Thai so I can ask Ella out in her native language. I’ve tried a lot of other languages and she said no. Buon Giorno, Ella! Buon Giorno! Ni hao! Ni hao, Ella! But I’m thinking this will be the one that works.

Jason:  You do realize that while her family is from Thailand, she doesn’t actually speak Thai. This might not be the best way to win her over.

Mason:  I’m pretty sure you’re wrong, dude, because I definitely went up to her and said, “Sa-wa-dee-cup” and she totally… She knew what I was saying. I could tell. I have a theory, right? Which is that it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. Right? Right?

Jason:  That’s what wins people over?

Mason:  And so I’m thinking that there’s some, like, magic phonetical pattern that will just, like, resonate with her emotions and she will want me.

Jason:  Wow.

Mason:  And I’m just going to run through the entire catalog until I strike that chord, man.

Jason:  That’s quite a theory. That there’s some kind of a scientific sound pattern that’s going to win someone over. Maybe, though, you could try winning her over by saying things that she understands and that, you know, really speak to her thoughts that she’s already had.

Mason:  But, I’m not the one who can hear thoughts, so how am I supposed to know about those things?

Jason:  That’s tough! That’s part of winning someone over, you know, you have to figure out what they want, and, you know, help them see that you can give them what they want.

Mason:  “Ta-ma-lay-cup.”

Jason:  Maybe what she wants is “Ta-ma-lay-cup.”

Mason:  The Thai love cups, man.

 

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Discussion

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Jason finds Mason sitting on the couch saying words he doesn’t understand. He thinks Mason said something about a cup.

It turns out that since Ella is Thai, Mason is trying to learn to speak Thai. In Thai, the sound “cup” comes up a lot if you are a male.

The problem is that although Ella’s family is Thai, she grew up in the United States and doesn’t actually speak Thai. Jason explains that while it may seem like a good idea to learn Thai, there might be a better way to win her over.

Mason has also tried speaking to Ella in other languages. He’s convinced that eventually he’ll find some magic words that will make her want to go out with him.

Jason suggests that if Mason figures out what Ella wants and finds a way to give it to her, he could win her over. Unfortunately for Mason, speaking Thai is not likely to help.

Have you ever tried to win someone over? How did you do it?

 

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Lee Yong Chan

Japan

I think there's no certain way to win someone over.

Only I can do is talk to her,and express myself.

10:36 AM Sep 04 2010 |

happy.leila

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

this is good , today is the first day that i familar with web , hope to get many thing from this web. please put a movie with slowly speak.

02:49 PM Aug 21 2010 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

Course! As I told before I'm a little shy so I'm not so good to "convince"anyone to "stay" with me :P But My way to win someone over is getting closer slowly,friendly and kindly and after…gotcha! hihihi

08:23 PM Aug 05 2010 |

nathan_hsu

Taiwan

it is difficult to win someone over about their concept.

11:40 AM Aug 03 2010 |

fabsir

fabsir

Brazil

Yes! I have tried to win a girl over before. What I did was I tried to start a conversation and sense what we had in common so we could talk about something we both understand about. I was lucky because we had heaps of things we both liked so carrying on a conversation was sort of easy. I did not try to impress her by pretending I was someone different from what I really am. It was just a simple and nice conversation that captured her attention and yes, having things in common helps a great deal.

10:05 PM Aug 02 2010 |

miss blue

miss blue

Jordan

wow i like this lesson , I think to win someone over needs time a little bit but keep trying :D

04:17 AM Aug 02 2010 |

weah44

weah44

Sudan

oh  ,  i really  like  this  lesson  ,  i have  try   to  win  someone  over  , almost the  times  i  win  him  over  ,  i  just  did  that  by  listening to  him  and  speck about what  he  has  in  common  with  , 

10:41 AM Aug 01 2010 |

Ahshan

Ahshan

China

what a nice lesson!

01:10 AM Aug 01 2010 |

nassimrachid

Morocco

i have never tried to win someone over but i think if u want to do it u just need a plan hhh

12:34 AM Aug 01 2010 |

peachmuse

peachmuse

Thailand

I love this,it's so funny and i think Mason so lovely

01:26 PM Jul 30 2010 |

Suchi

Thailand

Try again with right pronunciation, you may win her over.

10:17 AM Jul 29 2010 |

Suchi

Thailand

You learned a wrong pronunciation. the right one for this phrase is Tam-a-rai-crup? meaning "What are you doing?"

Many Thai people are careless in pronouncing words with 'r' and ' 'l'. You may sometime hear wrong pronunciation from the mouth of Thai person. i.e. The Thai word for Bangkok is "Krungthep" but when you oftenly hear "Klung-tep" or "Kung-tep" while the right pronunciation is 'krung-tep'

10:05 AM Jul 29 2010 |

orge09

India

http://www.stagevu.info/ nyz site

01:59 AM Jul 29 2010 |

hellowjj

hellowjj

China

thats what i am doing now hope we both have fun

03:09 PM Jul 28 2010 |

easycube

easycube

China

I think  what Jason says is right . Figure out what someone wants and find a way to give it to her or him .   How to win someong over  is an important skill to communicate with others . I like this lesson .I hope i can learn this skill and use this skill even i am angry.At last ,i think Jason is a good man because he tries to win Ella who he likes over.hehe.

08:03 PM Jul 27 2010 |

rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

if u want to pick up with a girl or guy wherever … the first impact u get from she or he when u meet each other or do a flick u'll notice that if u have in common with or not ,, u have not to win someone over bcs When you use force, not even your shoes fit.

saludos.

05:43 PM Jul 27 2010 |

fahadcom

fahadcom

Saudi Arabia

this case has been happening always and with everyone especially with the men when they flirt the women, maybe, get  their goals and sometimes they die and they're not arriving to
there are many people die and have aims do not finish itCry .

 

03:40 PM Jul 27 2010 |

RAMI 33

RAMI 33

Saudi Arabia

for me  "winning someone over" depend on your experiences that you have   

02:37 PM Jul 27 2010 |

tony.yy

tony.yy

China

I have tried some techniques.But if you have not ture feeling with her ,she will sense it.A termagant wife may,I am a awful pretender.

01:33 PM Jul 27 2010 |

iwori

iwori

Japan

Winning someone over is really tough, and apparently it needs techniques. I've done it a couple of times, but all things I did is being honest and try to express my feeling frankly.

12:17 PM Jul 27 2010 |

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