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Wanderlust
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Wanderlust
《漫游》

How to Use the Unreal Past Tense

Date: Feb 07 2012

Themes: Travel

Grammar: The Unreal Past

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There’s an expression in English, “the rat race,” that describes what life is like for many people who live in big cities and spend all their time trying to get ahead. They exhaust themselves by working too hard and running in circles in order to get more money and power. It’s a stressful way to live, but many people feel it’s the only way.

The new movie Wanderlust is about a couple who are caught in the rat race, living in New York City and working important jobs, until one of them gets fired. Then they both decide to leave the city and try to find a different, better way to live. Hear Amy and Mason talk about the movie, and their own desire for a different way of life.

英文中有个词句叫“老鼠赛跑”,指那些居住在大城市,分分秒秒都在努力提升自我的人的生活。他们工作过于辛苦,把自己累得精疲力竭,为了赚取更多的金钱和权力忙的团团转却没有结果。这样的生活方式充斥着压力,但是许多人觉得这是唯一的方式。
新电影《漫游》讲述的是一对身处激烈竞争的夫妇,他们生活在纽约,从事重要的工作,直到他们中的一个人被炒了鱿鱼。于是他们决定离开纽约,去寻觅另一种不同的、更好的生活方式。听听艾米和梅森评论这部电影以及他们自己向往的不同生活方式。

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Amy

Amy

Mason

Mason

Amy:  I normally do not like Jennifer Aniston, but she is in a new movie called Wanderlust with Paul Rudd.

Mason:  Oh really, I haven’t heard about it.

Amy:  I have to say, it was pretty good.

Mason:  What’s it about?

Amy:  Well, she and Paul Rudd are this couple living this kind of fast paced lifestyle in Manhattan. He loses his job, and so they decide to kind of start over and figure out a different way to live. You know, get out of the rat race, hit the road, drop out. And they end up living on this hippie commune.

Mason:  So did you get thinking about any sort of changes in what you think is most important? Like would you ever leave it all behind and go do something totally different?

Amy:  Well, I think like most people probably, I always have that fantasy going on somewhere in the back of my mind, like, “What if I just could be a farmer and live on the land, you know, and not have to worry about having a regular job and all that?” What about you?

Mason:  Yeah, it’s funny. I went to a wedding this summer that was out on this farm. And it was more like an artist commune farm, maybe like this movie. The people who own it, they don’t really do any farming, they just have concerts there and events and weddings. It was so nice and so super chill, and I was like, “Wow, this is a thing that some people do for their life.”

Amy:  Right.

Mason:  Maybe that would be OK.

 

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Amy tells Mason about the new movie, Wanderlust. In the film, Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd play a Manhattan couple who leave the rat race behind and start a new life on a commune. Amy said she enjoyed the movie, even though she doesn’t usually like Jennifer Aniston.

Mason asks if the movie made Amy want to drop out and change her life, too. Amy says that she often thinks about how nice it might be to live a simple life in the country instead of living in the city and having a regular job.

Do you feel like you are caught in the rat race? Do you ever wish you could have a simpler way of life?

 

Comments

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kotlesya

kotlesya

Belarus

Julito, you as a hounoured member, please ask the “top brass” of the eBaby. Do they like to see our presents and stupid talks? Please, ask them and let me know. Thank you in advance

06:06 PM Feb 07 2012 |

snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

I always make sure I post a pretty big nugget of comment about each lesson. If you follow our trail of comments from it’s very root, you’ll realize the flow is very coherent. Tell me I’m wrong


:)


It’s an acquired reflex Kotlesya  : )

06:05 PM Feb 07 2012 |

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kotlesya

kotlesya

Belarus

Snoopyboy, frankly to say, my job requires an extreme attention and memory. May be that is a habbit??? Maybe it is a professional desease? 

06:04 PM Feb 07 2012 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

Days ago I mentioned to Anja (joking  )  that  I was afraid that we might be  kicked out of English,baby .We utterly drift apart  from the lesson .Anja comment was: why , they must be happy that people  get involved  in a fun way and  along it practice english ,Thats what we are here for. Fans of english,baby, feel free to participate , you are most welcome. 

06:02 PM Feb 07 2012 |

snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

I just realized, today’s theme is  “wanderlust”


but I think we’ve wandered lost  : )


you remembers every tiny details, Lesya nothing is left unnoticed under your laser vision


 

06:01 PM Feb 07 2012 |

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kotlesya

kotlesya

Belarus

When I have been asked: “Do you want to be a spy?” I answered: “I would love to get that job, but I can’t rely on my memory” :(

05:59 PM Feb 07 2012 |

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kotlesya

kotlesya

Belarus

No at all. My memory is bad, indeed. Lots of important things run away from my mind. I don’t understand why did you make the conclusion like that :)

05:57 PM Feb 07 2012 |

snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

: )


well you don’t have to recollect because, everybody else remembers for you


 

05:56 PM Feb 07 2012 |

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kotlesya

kotlesya

Belarus

I can’t remember who started this, because I’m dreaming still :)

05:54 PM Feb 07 2012 |

snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

I’ll be careful what I say around you from now on , because nothing slips your mind


:)

05:54 PM Feb 07 2012 |

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kotlesya

kotlesya

Belarus

It looks like a slap on cheek while you are dreaming and jumping in la-la- land :)


It looks like: “Wake up!!! Reality is here!”

05:53 PM Feb 07 2012 |

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snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

I  still remember who started this


:)

05:52 PM Feb 07 2012 |

kotlesya

kotlesya

Belarus

I like the moments when other people interfere with their comments about the lesson while we are far away from the theme :)))) It is so funny. :)

05:51 PM Feb 07 2012 |

snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

: )


we all complement each other.


we are a plague that hurts the daily lessons in a good way, because the kind of disease we spread is joy, hapiness,friendship, understanding , forgiveness and love,


The only cure is participation, and the side effect is Speaking English : )

05:48 PM Feb 07 2012 |

kotlesya

kotlesya

Belarus

His reputation can’t be tarnished – not here anyway. :)

05:46 PM Feb 07 2012 |

kotlesya

kotlesya

Belarus

I adore your humour, boys :))) 


We have slightly moved from the main theme of today’s lesson.


My opinion is: no matter  Snoopyboy is in a jail or he is a maniac. He gives great joy, laugh and interesting game for all of us.


Seems to be I’m starting to fall in love in the picture he uses :))) ( I”m joking) 

05:44 PM Feb 07 2012 |

snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

Mexican Curious you’re doing a marvelous job at tarnishing my reputation.


If  I’m not eating fast food in my basement, I’m rotting in jail counting sheeps


: )

05:34 PM Feb 07 2012 |

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snoopyboy

snoopyboy

Antarctica

Thanks Olichna for steering us back on track


:)

05:31 PM Feb 07 2012 |

Mexican Curious

Mexico

Could Snoopy be on jail? I think there, you can flight your imagination an write all that words… Reveals the mystery…

05:31 PM Feb 07 2012 |

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olichna

olichnaSuper Member!

Russian Federation

The life of big cities is always full of possibility for the young, but the rat race might be a little bit stressful.Undecided I don’t know but that all depend on the person and anyone can find own style of life. What about me.. I prefer to live and work in a big town and to have an important job as well. Perhaps because I’m living in the little village now and I would like to change something of thisSmile

05:30 PM Feb 07 2012 |

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