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Can't See the Forest for the Trees
Can't See the Forest for the Trees English, baby! Video Lesson

Learn English in this lesson about 'Can't See the Forest for the Trees'

Date: Aug 02 2016

Themes: Friend, Soap Opera, Work

Grammar: It's vs. Its


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Imagine you have a big party to plan for your family or friends. Do you begin by thinking about the main idea, or do you start with the small details and work your way up? Some people feel satisfied when they look at the big picture. If you are like this, you might focus first on how you want the event to feel or how many people you want to invite. On the other hand, if you are a detail-oriented person, you might be more interested in figuring out what’s on the menu, how to decorate your house, and what music you want to play.

It can be fun to plan something down to the last little finishing touch. However, sometimes putting too much focus on the details can bring you to your knees! When you pay so much attention to the small things that you forget about the main idea, you can’t see the forest for the trees. People who can’t see the forest for the trees lose track of the big picture. For example, if you spend so much time choosing napkin colors that you forget to invite anyone, you’ve definitely lost track of the main idea of having a party!

The Travel Bug team is finally filming their commercial. Watch the video to see how it goes.

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Kelsey:  When you can’t see the forest for the trees, and all the details are bringing you to your knees, it’s time to start doing what you please. Call Travel Bug for all your travel needs! When the everyday no longer gleams, and nothing is as fun as it seems, it’s time to go to where the sun beams.

Andy_H:  Call Travel Bug for all your travel dreams!

Kelsey:  When the boss never seems satisfied, and you can’t seem to hit your stride, it’s time to sign up for a new ride.

Sheila:  Call Travel Bug for travel worldwide!

Kelsey:  When you can’t see the forest for the trees, and nothing makes you feel at ease, there is only one guarantee.

Dominique:  Call Travel Bug! We will deliver all your travel needs!

Director:  And cut!

Sheila:  Yes!

Andy_H:  Alright!

Sheila:  Oh my gosh! Finally!

Director:  That’s great everyone. Really nice work. Perfect! I think that’s the one. Let’s reset and do it again.

Jordin:  What?!?!

Dominique:  Oh my gosh!

Andy_H:  We just…


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The cameras are rolling! The director films Kelsey singing and walking through the park. Andy and Sheila are looking at reports. They seem upset. But when Kelsey walks past them, they suddenly feel happy again. They start following her and singing along. The group passes Jordin and Dominique, who are sitting on a bench. Jordin and Dominique join in on the song as well. Together, the whole Travel Bug team sings about their company. Travel Bug can help everyone’s travel dreams come true!

The director yells, “Cut!” He tells them they did a great job. The commercial was perfect. However, he still wants to run through it one more time. Everyone is surprised. Really? They did so well, and now they have to do it again?!

Do you like to travel? Do you get frustrated when you have to re-do something?



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 Yes. I like to travel. But the like and the action are the two different things. I seldom travel. There was no enough money when I was young and now there is no time now. maybe I could say that the like was not enough to make me giving up all thing to travel.

  Yes. I was frustrated when I had to re-do something. Such as the writing. If I have written some words, suddenly the words lost, I would be very frustrated to re-do it again.


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