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Chicken Out English, baby! Video Lesson
临阵脱逃

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.

你是否从未见过勇敢的鸡?懦弱的人会像鸡一样落荒而逃。实际上,在英语里,如果你称某人像只鸡,就等同于称呼他们为胆小鬼。临阵脱逃是指因为害怕而从某件事情中逃脱或不去做某事。
詹森已经计划向他的女友徳凡求婚。当然,他有些紧张。他的朋友梅森将帮助他完成求婚计划。让我们来看看詹森是会一往无前呢,还是临阵脱逃。

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Dialog

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Jason

Jason

Mason

Mason

Devan

Devan

Waiter

Waiter

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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Discussion

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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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egss777

egss777

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

thats great

08:36 AM Oct 01 2011 |

jullieta86

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 |

ranyah-2000@hotmail.com

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 |

Aquamarine

Turkey

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

07:33 AM Oct 01 2011 |

mya.c

mya.c

Hong Kong

Funny video _

04:53 AM Oct 01 2011 |

missny

missny

Peru

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

04:37 AM Oct 01 2011 |

mangojoy

mangojoy

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 |

samiahmm

samiahmm

Yemen

I chicken out at the time of resolutes

08:34 PM Sep 30 2011 |

blue_bear

blue_bear

Taiwan

I chickend out on singing in front of 100 people once

07:40 PM Sep 30 2011 |

FridayMorning

India

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

07:37 PM Sep 30 2011 |

FridayMorning

India

Jason needs to man up!

07:36 PM Sep 30 2011 |

qq_baby

qq_babySuper Member!

Taiwan

ha, funny video!

06:39 PM Sep 30 2011 |

zz-top

zz-top

Uzbekistan

Heh – chicken sure is on special tonight…

06:12 PM Sep 30 2011 |

blue_bear

blue_bear

Taiwan

to propose is very scary!

06:05 PM Sep 30 2011 |

Shahkamran_vs@hotmail.com

Pakistan

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

04:00 PM Sep 30 2011 |

miss316

China

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

03:07 PM Sep 30 2011 |

hnotik

hnotik

Saudi Arabia

umm i felt thats happen for me

12:36 PM Sep 30 2011 |

wwongsapun

wwongsapun

Thailand

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 |

mya.c

mya.c

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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