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The Best of All Worlds
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The Best of All Worlds English, baby! Video Lesson
最理想的结果

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Date: Jul 16 2013

Themes: Pets, Romance

Grammar: Used to Do vs Be Used to

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Do you like the city? Maybe you really love the buildings, and all the hustle and bustle. You really enjoy the people, noise, and excitement. You’re torn, though, because there’s a lot you like about the country, too. You enjoy having the chance to go for hikes and enjoy nature, and you’d like to have a garden. Finally, you figure it out. You’ll live in the country, but work in the city. That way you can enjoy both environments. It’s the best of all worlds.

Having the best of all worlds (sometimes called “the best of both worlds”) means getting to enjoy the benefits of two things that might initially seem at odds. It also means getting to enjoy all the positive aspects of a situation, without any of the negative aspects. For example, you might love the sunlight, but dislike being too warm. Sitting in the cool indoors by a big, sunny window might give you the best of all worlds.

Amanda and Mason have been facing a big decision that seems as if it might have no good solution. Find out if they can figure out a way to have the best of all worlds in this English lesson.

你喜欢城市吗?你可能真的喜欢形式各样的建筑物,以及所有的喧嚣。你真的很享受与人相处、各种喧闹和令人兴奋的事物。虽然感觉有些矛盾,但你也喜爱乡村的很多方面。你享受外出远足的时刻,热爱大自然。你想拥有一座花园。最后,你想通了。你在乡村生活,但在这个城市中工作。这样的话,你就可以享受这两种环境。这才是最理想的结果。

获得最理想的结果(有时又称为“两全其美”)意味着,你要开始享受两件事情的益处,虽然开始时两件事看起来是矛盾的。这同样意味着,开始享受一种情况的所有积极方面,而丝毫不包括消极方面。例如,你可能喜欢阳光,但又不喜欢炎热。坐在凉爽的房间内,透过一面大窗户感受充足的阳光可能是最理想的。

阿曼达和梅森一直需要做出一个重大决定,但似乎也没有好的解决方法。在这节英语课上,看看他们能否想出获得最理想结果的方法。

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Amanda

Amanda

Mason

Mason

Amanda:  Go get the ball, Baby! Good dog!

Mason:  Baby is so fast.

Amanda:  I know, and she’s so cute. I just love having a dog. Oh!

Mason:  I do, too. It’s so much fun.

Amanda:  I know. And you make a great doggy daddy, too.

Mason:  Thanks. You know, it actually does make me feel proud.

Amanda:  I feel the same way. And I’m really glad to see you happy. Mason, I still feel really terrible about the having a kid thing. I know, I know… but I need to say it. I do want to have a family with you. Just maybe not right now.

Mason:  I know. And I understand. And having Baby is so perfect. It’s like, we have this cute, adorable thing that we get to take care of and play with. It’s some responsibility, yeah, but it’s not like having a baby responsibility. It’s the best of all worlds.

Amanda:  I completely agree. I think it’s pretty good practice, right?

Mason:  Absolutely. We feed Baby, we give her baths…

Amanda:  About that. I don’t really like to bathe dogs. I know it’s a weird thing, but my mom used to make me do that when I was a kid and I didn’t like it. It’s dirty and wet.

Mason:  You know what?

Amanda:  What?

Mason:  I love it.

Amanda:  You do?

Mason:  Yeah, you get ‘em all sudsy, and you get to dress ‘em up like snowmen and stuff. And you know what I hate? Walking the dog in the rain. No good. You get your shoes all soggy, you get wet… it’s terrible.

Amanda:  Guess what? I love walking in the rain. I think it’s actually peaceful. Why don’t we say this: you agree to always bathe Baby, and I will agree to always walk her in the rain.

Mason:  Sounds perfect.

Amanda:  You know why? Because it’s the best of all worlds.

Mason:  I think it is. And hey, you know what? You make a pretty good doggy mommy yourself.

Amanda:  Thank you. Baby! Come here, Baby!

 

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Amanda and Mason are playing in the park with their new dog, Baby. They had been arguing about whether or not to have a child, but now they’re very happy. Having a dog allows them to be responsible for a cute creature, without all the responsibility of having a baby.

There’s only one problem: Amanda hates giving the dog a bath. Luckily, though, Mason loves it. One more problem: he hates walking the dog in the rain. But Amanda loves that! It seems as if all their problems are really solved… for the time being!

Do you think that getting a dog was a good solution to Mason and Amanda’s baby problem? Do you think that when something seems like the best of all worlds it usually is, or is it impossible for life to be that perfect?

 

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Elerossidrago

Italy

For them, if it is not the right moment to have a baby, then I agree that it’s a good idea to have a dog. Because that way, they can wait for the time when they will be ready to give the appropriate attention and value to having a child.

09:03 AM Jul 26 2013 |

Elerossidrago

Italy

For them, if it is not the right moment to have a baby, then I agree that it’s a good idea to have a dog. Because that way, they can wait for the time when they will be ready to give the appropriate attention and value to having a child.

09:03 AM Jul 26 2013 |

Arlinrat Aui

Thailand

I think noone to judgment to seems like the best of all worlds because people had a different their world.


But i know is the best of the world is respect decided in who with you love in whole your life.


Have a good day dear….:D

08:31 AM Jul 17 2013 |

haitham4vip

Egypt

doing what is diffreent

10:54 PM Jul 16 2013 |

Amedmoh

Amedmoh

Mauritania

having kids are being a great fear of almost everybody because one was taking care of himself, but with kids one finds himself responsable for another person. This results in great pressure.


Be optimistic and look at it from the bright side of the matter.

10:22 PM Jul 16 2013 |

loverflower

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

this dialog is bad because having baby and training her/him is different of dog training.


baby needs parent’s feels,caring,loving and so on.


I against this dialog

09:48 PM Jul 16 2013 |

marwa89

marwa89

Syrian Arab Republic

maybe in the first it seems the best of the world,but then u discover that it s not that perfect

07:24 PM Jul 16 2013 |

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adrismart

adrismart

Venezuela

I think that they have a dog isn’t a solution but maybe they will see  about responsability.but in fact to have a baby is more resposability that have a dog. firs they must to think about it really well. is not the same have a pet that have a human.

03:57 PM Jul 16 2013 |

StephFacchini

Brazil

Have a dog makes you get responsibility, but it is different with a baby.

Babies needs check the diaper, feeding almost everytime …

But, have a dog help to get responsibility.


03:37 PM Jul 16 2013 |

lol80

lol80

Peru

a dog is a good friend but is not like having a baby!

03:28 PM Jul 16 2013 |

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huanyingningxin

China

I think this couple should have a kid .the kid can reduce their contradiction.when they have a kid ,they can live a more happy life than live with a dog


03:09 PM Jul 16 2013 |

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Linn89

Singapore

I think that getting a dog was a good soltion to Mason and Amanda’s baby problem.



I think it’s possible to have the best of all worlds as long as you are willing to look on the bright sides of your life.



Cheers.

01:45 PM Jul 16 2013 |

joodiaboot

joodiaboot

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

oh,no.dogs can’t be look like baby s!!!they lose big thing!!!when they become old who can care them??that dog??
or see them on Friday s with family?that dog?

11:00 AM Jul 16 2013 |

Jasonlongo

Jasonlongo

Congo, Democratic Republic Of The

I’m the same idea with ‘em but I don’t really like to give dogs a bath, it’s dirty !

10:26 AM Jul 16 2013 |

eleneva

eleneva

Hungary

I agee with them…it is the best solution their problem in this time…having a dog is the best practice…

06:46 AM Jul 16 2013 |

shaerwan

shaerwan

Syrian Arab Republic

it was a good solution


but they need babies if not now later

06:15 AM Jul 16 2013 |

dreadslayer

Turkey

feeding dog might be better way to take responsibilities before have a baby but you can educate dog preventing his barking which is so annoying .but you cant educate nor prevent the babies not crying which makes me frustrated.i’d rather feeding cat instead of all :P

06:06 AM Jul 16 2013 |

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