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Break A Leg English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Sep 14 2010

Themes: Music, Soap Opera

Grammar: Gerunds vs. Infinitives


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The day of your big performance is finally here. You’ve been practicing every day for months. Just as you’re about to walk out on stage, your friend says to you, “Break a leg!”


Surprisingly, when you say “break a leg” to a performer, it means “good luck”. Why not just say, “Good luck”? There’s an old superstition among actors and musicians that saying “good luck” actually brings bad luck. So they say, “Break a leg!”

Jason is about to go play a concert with his band. Watch what happens after his girlfriend Devan tells him to break a leg.

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Jason:  Hey, sweetie! I’ve got my microphone, I’m going to head over to the show, and I’ll see you later, okay?

Devan:  Wait a second!

Jason:  What?

Devan:  What time are you coming home?

Jason:  I don’t know. I mean, we’re playing… probably last, so… probably over at midnight, or something… and there’s a big party afterward…

Devan:  Big party?

Jason:  Well, you can come if you want! You’re the one who wanted to stay home!

Devan:  I do want to stay home. I just don’t understand why you don’t want to come home afterwards. I don’t see why you’d rather hang out with a bunch of young girls than hang out with your girlfriend, but whatever. I mean…

Jason:  I love hanging out with you. I just want to celebrate, you know, after the big show.

Devan:  Yeah. Yeah, right, celebrate with a bunch of alcohol and girls that are trying to throw their bras at you. Great! Whatever! Fine!

Jason:  There’s no bra-throwing! God.

Devan:  Well, break a leg, I guessI guess

Jason:  What is that supposed to mean?

Devan:  What does “break a leg” mean?

Jason:  Yeah!

Devan:  The really common term that means “good luck”?

Jason:  Okay, well, thanks, I guess. You know… I’ll see you when I see you.

Devan:  Whatever.

Devan:  Hello?

Jason:  Hey, it’s me!

Devan:  Hey… what’s up?

Jason:  I actually broke my leg!

Devan:  What? You broke your leg?

Jason:  I fell off the stage during the show and I really hurt myself.

Devan:  Oh my God, this is all my fault! Do you realize this? This is all my fault!

Jason:  No, no, it’s not your fault. I mean, you wanted me to have a good show, and actually it was a really good show until I hurt myself…

Devan:  But then you literally broke your leg! It’s because I jinxed you, or cursed you or something. This is all my fault! It’s because I’m always, like, nagging you and being a mean girlfriend, and…

Jason:  No, don’t say that…

Devan:  ...and I should be nice to you because at any moment you could be in a hospital and do something worse than break your leg. I’m a horrible girlfriend! I’m going to make it up to you!

Jason:  It’s not your fault at all. You’re a great girlfriend. Just… just meet me at the hospital. I don’t know how I could deal with this without you, so. So, I’ll see you there in a few minutes, okay?

Devan:  I love you!

Jason:  I love you, too.

Devan:  Bye!


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Devan’s boyfriend, Jason, is about to go play a concert with his band when they get into an argument. She wants him to come home after the show and he wants to party. As he leaves, she says, “break a leg” in a mean tone of voice. Even though she is saying something that is normally meant to be nice, the way she says it makes it mean.

At the concert, Jason actually breaks his leg. When he calls Devan on the phone to tell her, she thinks it’s her fault for saying “break a leg, I guess” in a mean way before he left. Jason says it’s not her fault. He reminds her that “break a leg” is just an expression. She didn’t actually want him to break his leg!

Do you think the accident is Devan’s fault? What do you say to a performer to wish him or her good luck in your country?



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Russian Federation

Maybe he understood it “word in word”, so it happened to him. I think it’s not her fault.

12:42 PM Sep 14 2010 |

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best of luck


11:22 AM Sep 14 2010 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of


10:43 AM Sep 14 2010 |




I can realize her jealous . and her kindness. they look having so good realation ship.  yes, it is certainly not her fault. 


10:33 AM Sep 14 2010 |



It wasn't Devan's fault because it was an accident that no body would like it to happen. Well in our country we will wish the performer by saying all the best, best of luck or a very common wishes, good luck

09:51 AM Sep 14 2010 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

we say good luck and we never use negative words for that and i think words have power and cand change a world so its better to use good words for every thing

06:11 AM Sep 14 2010 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

all are junks of superstitionCool

05:38 AM Sep 14 2010 |



I don’t think the accident was Deven’s fault ‘couse sh’s only trying to convince him to come home after the show. May be Deven has a little bit jelous…lol

04:12 AM Sep 14 2010 |

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