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Date: Oct 29 2013

Themes: Family, Friend, Soap Opera, Time

Grammar: Used to Do vs Be Used to


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You really want to see the newest Justin Timberlake movie. You and your friends have been talking about it for weeks, and you make a plan to see it on Saturday. The day before the movie, your mom tells you that you have to visit your grandmother on Saturday. You’re going to miss out on the movie. It’s not fair!

When you miss something, you don’t notice or see it. Missing out on something means that the thing you didn’t notice or see was something you really wanted to notice or see. It can also mean that you missed your chance to do an activity. If you feel like you’re missing out, you probably feel sorry for yourself and pretty sad.

Find out who feels like she’s missing out in this English lesson about being a new mom.

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Marni:  I’m really glad you called me to come in and help you with this project, Amanda.

Amanda:  You know, actually, I am, too. I’m glad it’s just the two of us here, because I kind of wanted to talk to you about…

Marni:  I’m glad it’s just the two of us, too, because I’ve been wanting to talk to you, too. I feel like I can confide in you.

Amanda:  OK.

Marni:  I have been going a little stir crazy being around the house. It is so nice to get out.

Amanda:  Really? Because I think it sounds kind of amazing to not have to work all the time. You get to spend all of your time with your new baby.

Marni:  Yeah, Dawn’s great. I know. It’s great.

Amanda:  OK, well that’s what you keep saying. But I remember this one time you said that you missed her so much and you were only away for, what? Two hours, maybe?

Marni:  You’re right. I did say that.

Amanda:  OK, good.

Marni:  But ever since I’ve become a parent, I can’t help feeling like I’m missing out on something. I feel like I’m just stuck at home and life is happening outside without me!

Amanda:  OK, so there’s nothing that exciting going on. What exactly is it that you feel like you’re missing out on?

Marni:  Well, I used to be an avid movie goer, and I haven’t been to the movies in nine months!

Amanda:  Not one?

Marni:  Not one. And you know I have a friend who plays in the symphony? She plays the oboe. Well, I wanted to go see her, and John had to work. Couldn’t get a babysitter, so I just stayed home.

Amanda:  Why didn’t you just bring the baby?

Marni:  You can’t bring a baby to the symphony! I mean, anywhere you go, you’re just constantly focused on them, so you miss everything.

Amanda:  Right. So, it’s funny, because I always thought that people were exaggerating when they said that they missed out on everything after they had kids.

Marni:  Oh, no. No. It’s not an exaggeration. It’s even worse than I expected!

Amanda:  Right.

Marni:  You’re lucky that you and Mason are waiting. Get it all in while you can. And speaking of getting it all in, can I take a moment to check out Facebook? I haven’t been on it in forever.

Amanda:  Yeah, go for it.

Marni:  Oh my god! Mason just… well, he posted that you’re pregnant! Congratulations! Oh my god.

Amanda:  Yay.

Marni:  That’s so exciting!

Amanda:   Yeah. I’m really excited. It’s exciting. I think you missed this one here.

Marni:  Yeah, let’s get back to this.

Amanda:  Let’s focus. It’s exciting.


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Amanda wants to share her big news with Marni. She’s pregnant! But just when she starts to tell Marni, it turns out that Marni wants to share something, too. It’s not something Amanda was expecting or hoping to hear, either.

Marni feels like she’s missing out on all of the fun things her friends without kids get to do. She can’t go to the movies anymore, for example. She’d like to go see her friend who plays in the symphony, too, but she can’t bring the baby with her. Marni’s bummed about the whole situation.

After hearing Marni’s story, Amanda doesn’t want to share hers anymore. But Mason has already told everyone on the internet about the baby. Marni’s clearly excited for Amanda, but Amanda doesn’t feel quite as excited anymore.

Have you ever missed out on something special or important? What was it? Does it bother you when you feel like you’ve missed out?



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Marni was too hurry to confide with Amanda, that’s embarrassing. She also miss out on sharing the real exciting moment with the newly pregnant woman. She may feel sorry for herself. New phrase: get it all in

12:00 AM Aug 15 2014 |



i love allllllllllll


01:53 PM Nov 13 2013 |




I think I´ve missed out by not living abroad while time was still on my side. Now I am settled and it´s hard to let go of everything.

03:06 PM Nov 08 2013 |




cos of kinds of reasons , i have missed out on many things till now . i really feel sorry for myself . 

but i’ll try my best to get it all in so that i will not regret .

03:16 AM Oct 31 2013 |




It looks as though Marni is going th

11:49 PM Oct 29 2013 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of


03:41 PM Oct 29 2013 |




Yeah, I’ve missed out on something special. When I was younger I used to get bothered, but nowadays not anymore. I just can’t do everything I want, well that I would like.

02:59 PM Oct 29 2013 |

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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

well i miss out on my health and i feel sorry for my self now.

01:28 PM Oct 29 2013 |

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everybody feel sorry for somethings when they missed them out..but time passes fast and life never wait you ..dont be regret for somethings you miss out..obviously you will miss out somethings in your life ,its truth of life ….but dont miss out love ..

10:12 AM Oct 29 2013 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Well, when it comes to missing out on something, I recall an important exam that I forgot to take which resulted in postponing my graduation for four months. I felt unhappy, due to my negligence.

09:51 AM Oct 29 2013 |




I agree with marni said.

08:52 AM Oct 29 2013 |

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i think every body can feel sorry for themself in life. many people think they have missed out something. for exeample i could be more happy and have more joy and fun and because of this i missed out the time.

03:10 AM Oct 29 2013 |



I have already miss out on something special. Close family birthdays. Sometimes it occurs when i have work travels.
Yes, i felt sorry for myself, particularly when it was the birthday of my mother and sisters.

09:48 PM Oct 28 2013 |

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