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Coming Clean

Coming Clean English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: Jun 02 2009

Grammar: First Conditional

Intro

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Everyone agrees that lies are bad. But there are some gray areas. In last week’s soap opera, the group decided to forgive Ella and Dale for lying because they had to lie about being cops to rescue Beren after she was kidnapped. But that’s not the skeleton in the closet of the Ebaby! Cast.

Devan and Jason have had some good times together recently now that they’re both healthy. But do you remember how they got together? When Jason came out of his coma, he couldn’t remember anything, so Devan just told him they were already dating.

Watch as she asks Dale and Ella what it feels like to come clean and tries to decide if she should tell Jason the truth.

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Dialog

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Ella

Ella

Dale

Dale

Devan

Devan

Ella:  Welcome to our house!

Dale:  Welcome!

Devan:  It looks great!

Ella:  Yeah, it’s a little messy. We got so focused on our jobs with you guys that we kind of lost our houses and were forced to live together.

Dale:  Now I have to move in with my partner. It’s OK. You get work done.

Ella:  It was worth it though! The confession...

Dale:  It felt so good.

Ella:  It feels great.

Dale:  It felt really good.

Devan:  Did it? Because I was wondering about that, actually. You know how me and Jason got together…

Ella:  Yeah.

Devan:  ...and it wasn’t entirely honest on my part. You know, I lied to him about us being together before his coma. But I want to confess and tell him the truth, but I’m worried about how he’s going to react. But the guilt’s weighing on me and I was wondering, are you glad? Do you feel a lot better now that you confessed? Do you think that confessing is a good thing to do?

Ella:  Actually, it feels great. That nagging feeling is gone. It’s just overwhelming how great it is to confess the truth.

Dale:  You know, when we do undercover work we have to hide it and then when you release that confession and you tell everybody who you really are and what’s really happening, it feels good because then it goes back to the true you. But, you know, we do this all the time, so…

Devan:  Do you think it’s going to ruin me and Jason’s relationship if I tell him the truth, or do you think it’ll make it strong since it won’t be based on lies anymore?

Ella:  It could. It could go either way. If he really loves you, it could go perfectly, he’ll be understanding. If he doesn’t, you’ll be better off.

Dale:  It’s up to you. Because sometimes you keep those secrets. You shouldn’t always release everything you have to release. It’s up to you, though. Whatever makes you happy.

Devan:  I think that coming clean would make me happy because I think it’s the right thing to do.

 

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Discussion

From the day they first met Mason and Marni, Dale and Ella were lying to them. They were secretly undercover cops. But recently they told them truth and everyone decided to stay friends.

Devan has also been lying to someone, she told her boyfriend Jason that they were already together before he lost his memory. She’s not sure if she should tell him the truth, so she asks Dale and Ella, who tell her it feels good to come clean.

Are there any skeletons in your closet? Is there a secret you’re keeping that it would feel good to tell someone?

 

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miss_eos

miss_eos

Viet Nam

Unfortunately, there are some skeletons in my closet and I think it's not the right time to confess now. though that nagging feeling is weighing on me, coming clean can be even riskier. But you know, in the long run, I think I'll be better off releasing the confession. Thank you guys for the lesson which is so meaningful

12:26 PM Mar 12 2011 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

 From personal experience ,I think that in life is better not to say lies, for one lie we need  an array of lies to cover the first one. Pleople are not stupid, sooner or later ,they will found out and confronted us ,putting us in a very embarrasing situation. 

  

  

  

 

02:17 PM Mar 11 2011 |

night blue

Turkey

be honest,confess

07:13 PM Aug 08 2009 |

andywing01

Hong Kong

A little beautiful lie is important in my life, or your life!

03:45 PM Jun 29 2009 |

ernesto1180

El Salvador

It doesn't matter what you do, truth rises to the surface, sooner or later

06:46 PM Jun 26 2009 |

fayzheng

China

White lie is good. Lie depends on intention and context of speaker.

12:27 AM Jun 21 2009 |

chnn889

China

i think lies are bad.But sometime you can make a little lie, in order not to hurt someone

12:32 PM Jun 20 2009 |

chnn889

China

i think lies are bad.But sometime you can make a little lie, in order not to hurt someone

12:32 PM Jun 20 2009 |

so9or

Albania

truth is the best way of communcation

02:34 PM Jun 18 2009 |

affirmation

Turkey

It's everyone's nature instinct that tend not to hurt anyone else and themselves by telling people the exact truth.but confession is a good option to strengthen a relationship when timing is good.the truth sucks sometimes but people have to face it.

03:58 AM Jun 17 2009 |

enriqueVIII

Peru

I believe there are different classes of lies and people always have something to hide. The trick is been the most transparent than you can (lies are a heavy case) but if you should hide something, trying that them won’t injure anyone. For me that is the key rule.

03:29 AM Jun 12 2009 |

long.c.young

China

so  good so beauty

11:24 PM Jun 05 2009 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

I have no secret to tell to someone,thanks for God! Secrets must be said in time,beyond that,forget it!

07:49 PM Jun 05 2009 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

Everyone have some skeleton in the closet,has no way!

07:46 PM Jun 05 2009 |

ciberd7

ciberd7

Brazil

Devan is doublecrossing his boyfriend, I think it´s not a good thing to do and she must come clean as soon as possible, because she can hurt his feelings about love. It´s hard to understand, but she took benefits of his illness to date him, it´s a shame, I mean, Couldn´t she try to be his girlfriend by not lying to him? It´s a question you´re gonna be thinking forever.

I got some skeletons in my closet, but I prefer to keep them where they are. It´s better off.

01:05 PM Jun 04 2009 |

hellstar

Yemen

it’s good conversation but they must tell the truth every where

09:21 AM Jun 04 2009 |

balladhuy

Viet Nam

But sometimes lie is very important in our life

 

06:51 AM Jun 03 2009 |

julywidiawati

Indonesia

it is no big deal if you have secret in your life, everybody need privacy, as long as it doesn't bother someone else' life.

03:34 AM Jun 03 2009 |

tiagon85

Brazil

I don´t have big secrets or something that could hurt someone, i always try to tell the truth, because if you start telling lies it´ll be difficult to fix..

01:02 AM Jun 03 2009 |

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