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Learn English with this fortune telling English lesson

Date: Feb 19 2019

Themes: Alternative

Grammar: Modal Verbs

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Do you believe in fate? Do you think that your future is already planned for you, or that you have the power to make things happen yourself? Some people believe that psychics can use palm readings or read a tarot card and know what will happen to you. Do you agree that another person can be so in tune with your life?

One reason that people talk to psychics is because they don’t like surprises. They want to feel like they know what’s going to happen to them. Others like to think of the possibilities ahead, whether or not they come true. Of course some people simply believe that psychics can see into the future and give them relevant information to help them with their lives.

Are Lily and Marni believers? Read more in this English lesson about seeing into the future.

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Marni

Marni

Lily

Lily

Marni:  Lily. You are not going to believe this.

Lily:  What?

Marni:  I just had the most amazing tarot card reading. It was so incredible the way she predicted my future. I mean, it was all these things that I’ve totally been thinking about, I could totally relate to… she knew things that I’ve never told anyone!

Lily:  You really think that cards can predict the future? Do you believe in palm readings, too?

Marni:  Absolutely!

Lily:  So, the wrinkles on your hand… some woman will read them for you, and that automatically dictates your fate in the future?

Marni:  Maybe I can see where it could be hard to fathom where you think there are lines that are telling you things, but I think that people are in tune with things in the world that we just don’t know about. And I think that my hands have a lot to tell. But these cards… she was pulling them and it was so relevant. I just was captivated.

Lily:  Well, what if she was just reading your personality? Lots of times those fortune tellers just read your personality and then go the extra mile.

Marni:  I think she’s in tune. I believed her. I can’t wait to go back. You should totally come with me. She’s so insightful.

 

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Marni just had a tarot card reading from a psychic and she’s very excited. Marni felt that the psychic was in tune with her life because she talked about things that Marni had never told anyone else.

Lily doesn’t believe in tarot cards and palm readings, though. She questions Marni’s experience and tries to make her see a different point of view. Lily thinks that the psychic Marni spoke with was just very good at knowing what Marni wanted to hear.

Have you ever spoken with a psychic? Do you believe in tarot cards and palm reading? Why or why not?

 

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gnelson

Austria

i don’t believe in psychics, for me is just a magic trick and people go to hear what they want to hear.

10:53 AM Feb 26 2019 |

gnelson

Austria

i don’t believe in psychics, for me is just a magic trick and people go to hear what they want to hear.

10:53 AM Feb 26 2019 |

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Umnia

Sudan

Ooh our fates are already written so there is no a chance to believe such thing ,god is the only one knows about future.

05:43 PM Feb 19 2019 |

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bluesky97

bluesky97

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

No I dont believe anyone can predict our future but we can change our destiny by trying harder,  doing right things and avoidng wrong things but sometimes we have no control over our fate and we cant change it despite all our efforts!

08:41 AM Feb 19 2019 |

admin88

American Samoa

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04:30 AM Feb 19 2019 |

bravevivian

Ecuador

I don’t believe in this kind of stuff.  I believe in working honestly and doing your best.

02:00 AM Mar 04 2014 |

ismail1992

ismail1992

Turkey

I have never spoken with a psychic… because I think,,because  these are absurd…I think these are made up by people and pure people are tricked by those physic. tthats not real..dont west of poeple’s time in here..and to share useful subject for example daily news scientific things new discovers…people shouldn’t be slept these bullshits…and every people has a fate….people cant predict  that ….the fate was created by the god like the other all.thats it.        

11:30 PM Feb 23 2014 |

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dreadslayer

Turkey

i havent ever spoken to psychic up to now.I dont take it so serious how can know future which is determined in our fate .If they know something from the future then winning the lottery wouldnt be that hard for that person who idenfify him/herself as psychic :))

08:57 PM Feb 23 2014 |

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marwa89

marwa89

Syrian Arab Republic

why do u need palm reader if u believe and put all ur trust in God(Allah) ?

03:15 PM Feb 23 2014 |

ricoswift

ricoswift

China

that’s abused !I don’t care and  believe this stuff of things. 

07:53 AM Feb 23 2014 |

Sandara_Dada

Thailand

Yes , I had. once a month :) Do you know ? 89% of thai people believes in this espectially palm reading. I’m one of them also. well , sometimes it’s just unbelieveable ! they can tell you anythings which that you never told that to anyone before or they don’t even know you personally. 

07:38 AM Feb 23 2014 |

freedom_desire

Turkey

i believe in fate everytime but sometimes perhas we can change bad positions in our life, perhaps we can create a good conditions.

11:10 PM Feb 22 2014 |

Adson

Adson

Russian Federation

I do believe that tarot reading sounds often amazingly tru-to-life. Espocially when it is not simply prediction but the explanation of the current situation. So I wouldn’t shrug off the information of tarot and palm-reading all the time… though I wouldn’t say that these are the only things to be relied on when taking life decisions.


 

03:31 PM Feb 22 2014 |

nadyanood2

nadyanood2

Tunisia

I don’t believe in them I think they are just bored people making fun of others !

01:16 PM Feb 22 2014 |

habiba 18

habiba 18

Tunisia

i don’t believe in psychics nonsense i think they r just fooling people for money

12:46 PM Feb 22 2014 |

ABHIJITAK

ABHIJITAK

India

If I don’t have any skills or knowlege to make money , I will do following trick..


I will declare myself as a tarrot/palm reader ..I will make investments in advertising my ability. I will tell my friends to help me by making queues in front of myhouse to check his/her  futher. I will request them to help me till time my ‘business’ grows up.


A very common man will be my target. He will get confused by seeing so many peoples visiting. As per human curiosity he will come up one day..


I will tell 20 peoples ‘future’.. by mere statistic and by judging person. At least one person will find predications are correct. He will tell more peoples. The 19 peoples whose predications gone wrong, will think ..he is not ok. but only 3 to 4 peoples will send alerts. Others will keep quite..


THIS CAN BE ONE WAY TO DEVELOP SUCH TYPE OF BUSINESS…BUT PLS WAIT..I AM NOT ALL AGAINST OF ‘FUTURE TELLING’ .In fact I am observing it , still not made any firm decision to regard it as ‘RUBBISH’ ..or as a ‘TRUE THING’.




07:02 AM Feb 22 2014 |

ola33

ola33

Japan

 Well, I’m insane then, Ryo… Accoding to you!

12:28 AM Feb 22 2014 |

ttsuka

ttsuka

Japan


I have seen a palm reader. She did say some things about me she wouldn’t have known. It was indeed mystifying although what she said was phrased in general terms, not with detailed information.  It was a good entertainment, I must say.


Some people, even fairy intelligent ones, heed psychic’s advice for rather important life decisions.  I don’t understand that mentality. I want to make choices according to my own preferences, calculations and values.  Weighing up everything is of course hard but that does not justify relying on someone else’s opinions, particularly those of total strangers to me like psychics. I guess my ego is too big to be dictated by entertainers. 


By the way, weather forecasters tell about future. They are pretty good these days. Global warming is a prediction of future based on the readings of the winkles on Earth. Thinking about future is important, it is the methodology that matters.

05:27 PM Feb 21 2014 |

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Seiyf_khawas

Turkey

to know future or fate is THE BIGGEST PUNISHMENT for human being…


fortunately ,this destructive power isnt given to any person ,any reader,any fortune-teller ..



03:32 PM Feb 21 2014 |

Jeckily

Jeckily

Serbia and Montenegro

What nonsense.


If psychic says that you’re feated to have a bad luck don’t worry, because scinece is here to save your day and your life, too. Just change your palm’s lines, change the reading, and change your future. All you need is a competent plastic surgeon and your life will be better. Or you can just draw the lines on your hand with a marker and let him work the magic you want. :D Voila! Instant change of fate.


Palm reading won’t help anyone to be successful, happy or healthy. It is really huge bullshit.

02:51 PM Feb 21 2014 |

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