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Date: May 28 2013

Themes: Soap Opera

Grammar: Imperative Form


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Do you know that feeling when you’re walking along, and suddenly you trip over a rock or a crack in the sidewalk? You almost fall, but you catch yourself just in time. You turn to a friend and say, “That was a close call.” What you mean is that you came close to falling, but you avoided it just in time. An accident almost occurred, but you managed to keep it from happening.

A close call isn’t always about a physical action. Maybe you are planning a surprise party for one of your friends, and you’re discussing it with another friend. Just then, the friend whose surprise party it is walks in. Luckily, it doesn’t seem as if the friend heard anything about the party. When the friend leaves, you might say, “Phew! That was a close call.”

Jeff is trapped under a rock, and Greta is going to try to help him. You may know what kind of close call Jeff experienced with his accident, but can you guess what other accident is about to be avoided? Find out in this rescue English lesson.




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Greta:  Jeff! Call out if you can hear me!

Jeff:  Over here!

Greta:  Oh my god. This is crazy. Are you OK?

Jeff:  Yeah. I think I’m alright. I’m a little hungry. A little cold. I don’t think anything’s crushed, though.

Greta:  God, that was a close call. You could have been seriously hurt.

Jeff:  Yeah. Luckily I had my good luck charm on me.

Greta:  Yeah? What’s that? Is that a four-leaf clover, or a rabbit’s foot or something?

Jeff:  No. None of those.

Greta:  Well? I came all the way out here, I think I deserve to know what your good luck charm is.

Jeff:  Well, you remember that perfume ad you were in? From a few years back? Before I knew you, I loved that ad. I just loved the way it smelled, and you know, you looked great in it, so I figured I’d tear it out, carry it around with me. And next thing you know, I got my job, won that karaoke contest. And I’ve kept it ever since.

Greta:  So it’s a picture of me? That’s a little weird. But I’m flattered.

Jeff:  Don’t be. That’s why I decided you’re the one I should call to come help me out.

Greta:  That’s the only reason?

Jeff:  Yeah.

Greta:  I don’t know. I guess I was surprised that you called me because I thought that you might pick somebody who was closer to you to rescue you. But alright. Let’s get this rock off of you.

Jeff:  Alright! Thank you so much. Thank you. That feels great. I could kiss you. But I won’t. You’re my friend.

Greta:  You won’t.

Jeff:  You’re my co-worker.

Greta:  Yeah. So good thing you’re not gonna kiss me. That was a close call.

Jeff:  That was a close call.


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Greta arrives at the mountain to rescue Jeff, who is pinned under a rock. He’s cold and hungry, but mostly OK. He’s lucky that he didn’t get hurt very badly. It was a close call.

Jeff explains that he thinks it may have been his good luck charm that saved him. It wasn’t a traditional charm such as a four-leaf clover, though. It was a picture of Greta from a magazine advertisement. He says that that’s why he called Greta to save him.

Finally, Greta pushes the rock off Jeff. He jumps up, and is very happy. He hugs Greta, and says that he feels as if he could kiss her. He doesn’t, though. Greta agrees that it’s a good thing he didn’t kiss her. She says it was a close call.

Why do you think Jeff really called Greta? Do you think Greta actually wanted Jeff to kiss her? Can you remember a time when you had a close call of some kind?



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08:07 AM Sep 14 2017 |




Shaerwan,  I also bet that Jeff  missed out on the opportunity. 

07:45 PM May 28 2013 |

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Syrian Arab Republic

i dont know why jeff did that

but am sure Greta wanted him to kiss her

07:37 PM May 28 2013 |




Seungmanlee , The fact that  you   lost  the small piece of paper  is for one reason ,and to me , she wasn´t meant to you.Nothing happens by chance in this world .Who knows  how things would have turned up  later for both of you.    

05:23 PM May 28 2013 |


South Korea

When I was in university, I had a chance to visit high school juniors for one term of supervised student teaching. One day, I attended a class with a pretty lady who was in charge of music class there. She started playing piano and I was watching her performance with closing my eyes. After her performance, we took a ride same bus. She suggested me to take a dinner at a small restaurant with her. She passed me a small note. Unfortunately, I lost it on my way to home. After fininshed military services, I heard she gave me her contact number with her declaration message of love. It was my close call which I’ve never forgotten since 1992.      

03:48 PM May 28 2013 |




When someone is caught in a disaster, he will ask the people who is appeared at the first time in his mind for help. So I think Greta is very important for Jeff, and Greta also realized that fact a little.

My ex-girlfriend called me some days ago and wanted me to encourage her and chat with her for all night! She said I was her best friend. I was very awkward at that time and I thought she should have talked with her awesome boyfriend. I refused her immediately, and thought this “close call” was really wrong and terrible!

03:11 PM May 28 2013 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I think Jeff called Greta because that was a part of his plan!

02:54 PM May 28 2013 |

Nicte ha

Nicte ha


Oh Greta, that was close call, but that’s a pity :(

Come on  Jeff: “kiss her”!!!!!!! :p

02:29 PM May 28 2013 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i think when sth bad is going to happen you will feel it just a second before.for example if a car is going to have a crash with you the stress of the accident will come some moment before the accident and you will instinctively show reactions.but sometimes it is too late and the accident will happen:D

09:32 AM May 28 2013 |


NuriaRuizSuper Member!


Yes, I have a close call just yesterday. A bicycle almost hit me.

06:09 AM May 28 2013 |

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