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Giving Gifts
Giving Gifts

Learn the Unreal Past Tense

Date: Aug 19 2011

Themes: Friend

Grammar: The Unreal Past


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“It’s the thought that counts.” That’s what we say when someone gives us a gift that we don’t want or that doesn’t suit us. It’s a nice way of saying, “I appreciate you, even though I don’t really appreciate this gift.”

But how much does the thought really count? It can’t count as much as an awesome present would count, right?

It depends on who you talk to. Some people think presents aren’t very important, or get stressed out trying to pick out gifts for their friends. But others believe that giving gifts shows how much you care. They look for presents that are special and personal, and they might get hurt if their friends don’t do the same. Hear Amy and Ella talk about giving gifts.



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Amy:  Are you a good gift giver, Ella?

Ella:  Actually, I think I’m a very gifted gift giver.

Amy:  Really?

Ella:  Yes. I wish it was Christmas all the time so I could buy presents for people. It’s so fun.

Amy:  But how do you know, like, what they would like or, you know, what they need? I get so stressed out about buying presents, I…I don’t know, how do you do it?

Ella:  I do a lot of inside joke presents, things that make people laugh. Or I just go for the expensive things that are like “Oh yeah, I could use those.” I feel like earrings always work out for a girl.

Amy:  I just feel like some people really value gift giving, and to me it’s just not that important. If you want to give me a gift that’s great, but I’m not going to feel bad if you don’t give me a gift. So I sometimes get into trouble because not everyone has that casual attitude toward gift giving that I do.

Ella:  Yeah. I like to give gifts but for me personally, I’d rather have someone give me a trip or take me somewhere.

Amy:  Totally. Yeah, you know, you can never go wrong with a great dinner, right? A great fancy dinner or something?

Ella:  Exactly.

Amy:  Well, I’m gonna remember all of your tips, because I have an important friend’s birthday coming up, and I don’t want to disappoint her.


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Ella loves to buy people gifts. She likes to give her friends expensive gifts, or gifts that make them laugh. She thinks that earrings are usually a good gift for a girl.

Amy has a more difficult time finding gifts for people. It’s hard for her to find gifts she knows her friends will like, and she often worries about disappointing people with her gifts.

Gifts aren’t very important to Amy. She says she doesn’t feel hurt when others don’t give her gifts. Ella agrees. She would rather go out to a nice dinner or take a trip with someone than receive a big gift.

Do you like giving gifts? Do you find it easy or hard to find gifts your friends will like? What is the best gift you have ever received?



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when you go out of your countery you well need more gifts for all your relative’s and friends  when you come back. that is good to tells them you never forget their.i think the gifts its good for feeling about other.

12:32 PM Aug 21 2011 |

Old Yeller

Old Yeller

United Arab Emirates

i like to give gifts to espical people in my life, and i like all gifts which i recived from my friends .

11:58 AM Aug 21 2011 |



its a very good lesson and very good issue

09:53 AM Aug 21 2011 |



i like giving gifts to my good friends.they like them,can bring them happy

09:25 AM Aug 21 2011 |




it embarrasses me when someone give me a gift but makes me happy at the same time

08:34 AM Aug 21 2011 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i like give and get gifts,and it is easy to find good difts,my best gift is a rime book.

05:49 AM Aug 21 2011 |

awesome mina


i like to give gifts to my freind specially when they be important 4 me.finding gifts is easy if u know ur freinds well and have some information about them aswell.

03:48 AM Aug 21 2011 |




conserning me I find that giving or receiving gifts is amazing but how I see it there r so many things for girls so if u wanna buy a gift for a girl u can find many thing unlike for boys ::: 

01:18 AM Aug 21 2011 |




Hello, you will be given the most beautiful gift of loving, a heart full of love, and I think that the multiplier for your heart to think that if we accept the gift.Kiss

07:53 PM Aug 20 2011 |




RubyEy can you tell us what was your gift?

07:39 PM Aug 20 2011 |




s one of the most essential elements of human life, the gifts, to thank each other for the most beautiful items offered gifts to show their love.

07:23 PM Aug 20 2011 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

welll for me giving gift so easy…i always try not to spend alot time and money for gift…and more than often my gift is best..i d occasiionaly think what that person want or love…..

here most men who are also 30 love playing handle and sooccer 2010 or sp… always buy it for them….

06:04 PM Aug 20 2011 |



Russian Federation

I like giving gifts. For me, it’s not easy to find gifts for my friends, relatives. I think, gifts reflect our true relation, feelings to the person.  So we should give those gifts that make the person happy.   To someone it’s a nice trinket box, for another – the serious book, and to someone simple a postcard with devout wishes is the most valuable gift.  The main thing to understand expectation and don’t mix.

04:21 PM Aug 20 2011 |

Anthony Yuan


I think this dialog is very useful. I like it very much and I also want to try my best to use the tips form the host!

03:41 PM Aug 20 2011 |

habiba ahmed



03:22 PM Aug 20 2011 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

well, if i wanna give gift to my dears i`d prefer to give my crafts,,,i like when they see my gift they remember me… but i don`t feel hurt when others don`t give me gift..i`d rather feel exciting cuz of something or go out or do sth special for me… but my friends & i have a good plan for our birthday gifts…we gather money for one of us..then ask her/him what she/he wants..then we buy it… i wanted a pro book about photography…it was my best gift i`ve ever received… ;)

03:09 PM Aug 20 2011 |




I got a gift today. It’s amazing! And I think it’s the best gift that I have ever received.

02:55 PM Aug 20 2011 |




mmmmm….........I really DO like gifts …...... It depends on the case I f I wanna give the gift 4 a close friends its so easy but if it’s 4 a far friends it takes alot of time to think creativly about the gift ….....the best gift was a modern mobile phone it was from my great dad( I consider that gift is the best not because it’s expensive because it’s from my dad) and I’d like also to emphasis on that statment about “the present or the gift not in its value if it’s expensive or no …..but in its MEANING):

02:40 PM Aug 20 2011 |

faisal abdo


yes ido

yes ifind  it easy

02:40 PM Aug 20 2011 |

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