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Play It Cool
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Date: Jul 08 2014

Themes: Romance, Soap Opera, Work

Grammar: Direct vs. Reported Speech


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Everyone knows what it means to be cool. If you’re cool and you’re a student, kids want to sit next to you at lunch. If you’re cool and you’re a teenager, people want to spend time with you after school. If you’re cool and an adult, people want to hang out with you or be seen with you. When you’re cool, you’re popular.

If someone tells you to play it cool, it means that you’re acting a little strange and you need to calm down. Someone might tell you to play it cool if you’re extra nervous before a test, or if you want to ask a pretty girl out on a date but can’t seem to do it. If you need to play it cool, it’s because you’re acting in a way that isn’t necessary. Relax, calm down, and just play it cool.

Why is Gary telling Brian to play it cool? If you continue reading, you’ll find out in today’s English lesson!

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Brian:  Hey, do you guys know when Lily gets back?

Marni:  I can’t remember. Rafael, do you know?

Rafael:  She said she’d be back next Friday. Why?

Brian:  Just curious.

Gary:  Brian, you need to play it cool. I know you like Lily, but do you want everyone to know?

Brian:  No, not really. I’ll try to be more discreet.

Gary:  Good idea.

Jeff:  So, why are you asking about Lily?

Brian:  Me? No reason. I thought that someone should water her plant.

Rafael:  Water her plant?

Brian:  Yeah. The one that’s on her desk.

Jeff:  Right.

Brian:  So, Marni. How long have you worked here?

Marni:  Years. I can’t remember how long it’s been.

Brian:  How long has Lily worked here?

Marni:  She started roughly a year ago.

Brian:  Does she like the job?

Marni:  Maybe you should be asking her these questions.

Brian:  Yeah, sure. It’s just that she’s not here, so… I was just curious.

Jeff:  You’ve been mighty curious today, huh?

Brian:  I have no idea what you’re talking about. I should get back to work.

Rafael:  “Just curious”?

Marni:  I know, right? Could he be any more obvious? Frankly, though, I think it’s very sweet.

Gary:  So, how did it go? Did you play it cool?

Brian:  Totally. Yeah. Nobody has any idea that I like Lily.

Gary:  I’m sure they don’t. It’s all a big secret.

Brian:  Definitely.


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Brian is asking a lot of questions about Lily. He wants to know when she’s returning from her vacation. He wants to know how long she has worked at AmericanDreamD8.com. He wants to know if Lily likes her job.

Brian thinks he’s being discreet, but everyone knows that he’s interested in Lily. It’s so obvious! Marni, Jeff, and Rafael discuss Brian’s interest after he’s gone. Even though they laugh, it seems like everyone is OK with the idea of Brian and Lily possibly dating. Maybe they even think that Brian and Lily would make a fun couple!

How long can Brian keep his interest a secret? Will he play it cool when Lily comes home? Is it hard for you to play it cool?



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Guys, play it cool.

09:24 AM Feb 01 2016 |




At the end of previous summer I’ve tried to get the job in the UAE

I should play it cool while a skype interview, but I couldn’t.

So the employer didn’t hire me.

I’ll try it next summer again. 

01:34 PM Feb 26 2015 |




Man the guy in the photo, with the shades and scarf, looks so cool, that my computer is freezing up! literally!

10:09 AM Jul 13 2014 |

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When the love burns you, it’s not possible to play it cool!!!

02:01 AM Jul 10 2014 |




its so difficult to play it cool :p

10:23 PM Jul 08 2014 |

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Anyway it is very difficult to calm, so I also think that as long as you do yourself, it’s not necessary to play it cool.

04:03 PM Jul 08 2014 |

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Keeping love hidden inside you is difficult, if not, impossible to live with. When a strong feeling such as love hits you, don’t ponder it, seize it! Even if you fail, you have the assurance that you tried, and most importantly the feeling of closure, so you can move on.

12:43 PM Jul 08 2014 |




Secret??God,Everyone knows it,That’s so obvious.Like Michele said ,When a man loves a women ,It’s impossible to be calm,so Brian,there is no need for you to play it cool,Just be yourself!!!!

Brian ,you are so cute.I am Monkeylover’s faithful fan.Keep moving.


06:56 AM Jul 08 2014 |




OMG!!! MonkeyLover!!!!Play it cool!! You can’t act like that!!!! Man!!

It’s so obvious!!!! Don’t make us sick, pls…:))

I think  Lily is not that into you! Do you remember at the begining,she was just feel sick of your name LoveMoekey??  

If it happens oppositely, we all would left EB… :DDD !!!

Just kidding.lol

06:15 AM Jul 08 2014 |



Always you can not be cool….situation waie man changes


05:09 AM Jul 08 2014 |

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In every aspect of the life we must consider ,to play it cool orther wise we wont have a positive feedback ! 

04:10 AM Jul 08 2014 |

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I believe that when a man feels of truly love  a woman, it is almost impossible to be calm ,to play it cool,because the heart doesn’t allow that; the same,of course,happens between a woman and a man.      believe me…...

12:41 PM Jul 07 2014 |

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