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Chicken Out
Chicken Out English, baby! Video Lesson

Simple Past Tense

Date: Sep 30 2011

Themes: Soap Opera

Grammar: Simple Past Tense


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Have you ever met a brave chicken? Like chickens, cowards like to run away. In fact, in English, if you call someone a chicken, it’s the same as calling them a coward and to chicken out means to run away from something or not do it because you’re scared.

Jason has been planning to ask his girlfriend Devan to marry him. Naturally, he’s a little bit nervous. His friend Mason is going to help with his plan to propose. See if Jason can go through with it, or if he chickens out.


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Jason:  So, how is this supposed to go again?

Mason:  OK. Devan’s already here, right? I give the ring to the waiter, he brings it to the table and then when Devan sees it, you say, “Will you marry me?” Nice ring, by the way.

Jason:  Oh, thanks. Jeff helped me get one without breaking the bank.

Mason:  I’d like to break something…But anyway, are you ready?

Jason:  I think so. Yeah. I’m getting a text, though. It’s from Marni. It says, “Good luck.”

Mason:  Oh. That’s weird. She must have sent that by mistake.

Jason:  You’re probably right. Wait, I’m getting another one. This one is from is Ella. It says, “Congratulations!” Mason, did you spill the beans?

Mason:  Oh man…They tricked me, OK? But listen. Alright. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. But now that everybody knows, you can’t chicken out, alright?

Jason:  You’re right. You’re right.

Mason:  You have to go through with this.

Jason:  I want to. I want to do this.

Mason:  OK. Let’s go.

Devan:  We’ll both have the chicken.

Waiter:  Good choice.

Devan:  This is so nice, going out to dinner like this.

Jason:  Yes. You look great. Excuse me just for a minute. I’ll be right back. What’s going on?

Mason:  I don’t know if I should give the guy the ring, man. OK? Like, what if he steals it? OK, or what if Devan doesn’t see it and she eats it? Right?

Jason:  Look, man. I need you to do this. You can’t chicken out. OK?

Mason:  I won’t chicken out.

Jason:  Thank you.

Mason:  OK. I’m on it.

Waiter:  Two orders of the chicken.

Jason:  Thank you.

Devan:  That’s weird. I just got a text from Ella that says, “Send me a picture.” A picture of what?

Jason:  She must mean of the food or something. I’m going to wash up. I’ll be right back.

Devan:  OK. Hurry back!

Jason:  OK.

Devan:  This looks delicious.

Mason:  What happened?

Jason:  I don’t know, man. I chickened out. The food came and I just couldn’t do it.

Mason:  Dude, well, OK. It’s OK. Just hold on to the ring. You can pop the question later. OK?

Jason:  Alright. Alright.

Mason:  Ella sent me a text. She wants to know why Devan is sending her pictures of the food, not the ring.

Jason:  Tell her chicken’s on special tonight.


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Jason plans to have Mason give a ring to the waiter, which he will serve to Devan with her dinner. But just as Jason and Devan are sitting down, Mason starts to chicken out. He says he’s afraid the waiter will steal the ring or that Devan will accidentally eat it. But Jason convinces Mason that it’s going to be fine and sits back down.

When the waiter arrives with the food and the ring, Jason chickens out. He switches his plate with Devan’s and puts the ring in his pocket. Meanwhile, Jason and Devan are receive confusing texts from their friends who Mason accidentally told about the plan.

Mason asks Jason what happened and he says he got nervous and chickened out. Have you ever planned to do something and then chickened out?



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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

thats great

08:36 AM Oct 01 2011 |


Russian Federation

I liked video too.)))and  I want to say that everybody chicken out one time in his life

08:21 AM Oct 01 2011 |


Saudi Arabia

Well, I have a confession I’m not that person who chicken out and I don’t like to be coward or a chicken. I chickened out one time when my friend asked me to propose.

Pop the question is kinda a diffecult Q especial bwtween close friends.

07:47 AM Oct 01 2011 |



Thank God I m not a boy who have to plan to do something when proposing ….

07:33 AM Oct 01 2011 |



Hong Kong

Funny video _

04:53 AM Oct 01 2011 |




n.n nice video. Now I learned something new ! Laughing

04:37 AM Oct 01 2011 |



United States

I’d love to say I haven’t chickened out before, but I’d be lying. In my life I’ve had courageous moments and moments of chickening out.

02:18 AM Oct 01 2011 |




I chicken out at the time of resolutes

08:34 PM Sep 30 2011 |




I chickend out on singing in front of 100 people once

07:40 PM Sep 30 2011 |



I chickened out trying the hottest chili pepper in the world.

07:37 PM Sep 30 2011 |



Jason needs to man up!

07:36 PM Sep 30 2011 |


qq_babySuper Member!


ha, funny video!

06:39 PM Sep 30 2011 |




Heh – chicken sure is on special tonight…

06:12 PM Sep 30 2011 |




to propose is very scary!

06:05 PM Sep 30 2011 |



lol. it’s funny but i found new thing by this lesson.

04:00 PM Sep 30 2011 |



hahaha, so funny. Chicken;s on special tonight.

03:07 PM Sep 30 2011 |



Saudi Arabia

umm i felt thats happen for me

12:36 PM Sep 30 2011 |




Hehehehehe! the lesson so funny…Chicken Out!

10:18 AM Sep 30 2011 |

Shafa Nabila

Saudi Arabia

Haha this dialogue is pretty funny!

Um… maybe i had once experience about chicken out..

But i won’t tell you all Tongue out

10:00 AM Sep 30 2011 |



Hong Kong

I am going to have a sky jump next week. I guess I will not chicken out but i would love to see what reaction I will take if I face to fear, or what emotions will bring me. That will be a good thing to know myself, right?

09:30 AM Sep 30 2011 |

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