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Seeing Each Other

Seeing Each Other English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Sep 07 2010

Themes: Romance

Grammar: Present Progressive Tense


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It can be hard to define a romantic relationship, especially early on. If you use terms like “boyfriend” or “girlfriend” too soon, it can make your partner feel like things are moving too fast. But if you’re kissing each other and spending a lot of time together, “friends” clearly isn’t the right word either.

When people are dating but it isn’t too serious yet, they often say they’re seeing each other. Sometimes, people who are seeing each other aren’t exclusive yet and may be seeing other people as well. If you’re seeing someone, it usually means you’ve been on a date or two but haven’t official started a relationship yet.

It can be hard to tell exactly what’s going on between two people who are seeing each other. That’s why the term is useful. It lets the relationship develop naturally.

But of course, all of this is confusing for Mason, who last week learned that the girl he likes, Ella, is seeing someone else. Watch as Marni and Mason try to figure out exactly what Ella meant when she said that she is seeing someone.

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Marni:  What’s up? You seem a little…sad.

Mason:  Yeah.

Marni:  You okay?

Mason:  Ella is seeing someone. She’s seeing that Jeff guy.

Marni:  Oh, come here. Sit down. I mean are they just hanging out, are they casual, are they dating? Are they, like, a couple? I mean, define “seeing each other.”

Mason:  I don’t know if they’re a couple yet, I mean boyfriend/girlfriend is pretty serious.

Marni:  Yes.

Mason:  Because, like, it goes: married, engaged, boyfriend/girlfriend…

Marni:  Yeah…and then casually dating.

Mason:  ...and then dating. But “seeing,” that’s like way at the bottom.

Marni:  It’s very vague. It could mean a lot of things. I think you need to talk to her. I think you need to just…

Mason:  I did already, once.

Marni:  OK.

Mason:  And I said: “Ella, I like you.”

Marni:  OK.

Mason:  “Do you want to go out with me?”

Marni:  And what did she say?

Mason:  And she said: “Mason, I’m seeing Jeff.”

Marni:  Oh.

Mason:  And so…

Marni:  OK…

Mason:  ...at that point I got really…I kind of don’t remember some things. Maybe if she doesn’t want to see me this way she wants to see me another way. Like, you know, did you see Avatar?

Marni:  Yeah?

Mason:  ‘Cause she says she “sees him.” But not when he was a person, she saw him when he was a Naavi! So, maybe, if I have blue skin, that’s what it would take! I mean it’s pretty hard to miss!

Marni:  Yeah, but…

Mason:  Some blue guy walking around in a loin cloth?

Marni:  That’s not gonna…that’s not a good idea.

Mason:  Marni, I think this is it! I think this is what I need!

Marni:  What…how are you…

Mason:  Thank you!

Marni:  I don’t support this idea…

Mason:  I owe you one. Pound it out. Pound it out!

Marni:  ...I think this is a crazy idea!


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Marni notices that Mason doesn’t look very happy today. He explains that he has discovered that Ella is seeing Jeff. He’s not sure what that means, but he’s sure he doesn’t like it.

After some discussion, Marni and Mason decide that “seeing each other” is the step before a couple decides they are boyfriend and girlfriend. Maybe Mason can win Ella over before things between her and Jeff get very serious.

Mason’s best idea is to dress up like a character from the movie Avatar. In the movie, a race of people on another planet have a unique greeting and way of showing affection. They say, “I see you.” Mason thinks he can use this to get Ella to stop seeing Jeff and start seeing him. Marni, however, thinks this makes no sense and is a terrible idea.

What do you think Mason should do? Are you seeing anyone right now?



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Russian Federation

=))) Mason must have got out of his mind) His creativeness will never stop to make me be in sympathy with him))) Cool guy! Just let him take it easy, and everything is going to be all right in a while.

08:41 AM Oct 25 2012 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

it has very nice feeling

09:36 AM Aug 09 2012 |



He also should learn Naavi language.

Hope Mason meet some Naavi girls!

08:32 AM May 08 2011 |



Saudi Arabia

I thik , he is not handsome , so try to find anothor girl

06:50 AM Jan 10 2011 |




Mason must forget Elle, and focus on his self esteem…

04:40 AM Oct 03 2010 |


Russian Federation

OK I prefer dating to seeing

07:28 PM Sep 27 2010 |



Palestinian Territory, Occupied


He is really a poor guy

08:30 PM Sep 24 2010 |



United States

I fell bad for you, MasonFrown

07:58 PM Sep 20 2010 |



Viet Nam

great lesson

04:44 PM Sep 18 2010 |



yeah, i think that is really special idea for he, good luck for he,

08:49 AM Sep 17 2010 |




Hahaha I guess Mason is a little "crazy" after Ella has damped him…I don't know I'd act differently,if someone dispense me I'd do as we say here in Brazil "the row walking" :P

12:25 AM Sep 17 2010 |


Dominican Republic

Good lesson!!!

07:25 PM Sep 13 2010 |




This is a great lesson.  Seriously one of the best so far.  As a native speaker, I can honestly say that these words are used all the time in movies and real spoken English.  It's amazing how the dating context brings up so much useful slang.  It's also the kind of slang you won't learn in any boring school. I personally like "exclusive" and "seeing each other".  There is some real English and culture going on here. Cool

I made a free ebook of 8 English movie slang phrases.  I was bored the other day while watching some movies and I decided to write down and explain a few phrases that I'm sure you would like.  There is some good cultural stuff in here too.  If you liked this lesson, you'll enjoy the book.  You can get that via email. 

08:34 AM Sep 13 2010 |




I am seeing a couple people right now, I think Mason should give up his idea about dating Ella, it's not gonna work either way. 

07:18 AM Sep 13 2010 |


Viet Nam


02:51 AM Sep 12 2010 |



seeing god

01:18 AM Sep 12 2010 |



im not seeing anyone, i borked up with my girlfriend 2 months ago and in this moment im not prepare to seeing someone

10:16 PM Sep 10 2010 |




Mason should listen what the Marni want to said and then make a decision.Smile 

11:11 AM Sep 10 2010 |




 i  am not seeing anyone right now.Marnie should try something else,maybe spending more time with each other and then really pouring out what is kept within will also help.Seeing someone does not nessecerially you are falling for that person.no need to PANIC.

08:31 AM Sep 10 2010 |



Mason needs to make sure to talk to Ella so that he can know exactly what it is like between he and his girl if the result is no , he can move on his life with some other girls ahead . You are the man ! mason NO supposed to be sad on this. 

08:28 AM Sep 10 2010 |

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