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Beginner Season 1, Lesson 11 - They Have Seen the Movie
Daniel: Daniel here.
Chihiro: Chihiro here. Beginner series, season one, lesson eleven. “They have Seen the Movie.” Hello and welcome to the Beginner series, season one at EnglishClass101.com, where we study modern English in a fun, educational format.
Daniel: So brush up on the English you started learning long ago, or start learning today.
Chihiro: Thanks for being with us for this lesson. Daniel, what are we looking at in this lesson?
Daniel: In this lesson, you will learn how to talk about past experiences. This conversation takes place on the campus of Innovative University.
Chihiro: The conversation is between Oksana and Naomi, two foreign exchange students.
Daniel: The speakers are friends, therefore, the speakers will be speaking casually.
Chihiro: Now, if you’re listening on an iPod..
Daniel: Or an iTouch or iPhone..
Chihiro: Click the center button of the iPod, or tap the screen on an iTouch or iPhone to see the notes for this lesson while you listen.
Daniel: Read along while you listen.
Chihiro: This technique will help you remember faster. OK, let’s listen to the conversation.
Oksana: Uh, Naomi, there's something I need to tell you.
Naomi: Oh yeah? What's that?
Oksana: It's about Marco.
Naomi: Marco? What is it?
Oksana: Well, he has seen "Attraction" already.
Naomi: He has? How do you know that?
Oksana: Do you know Yuki and Vicky?
Naomi: Sure. I have taken classes with both of them. Why?
Oksana: They both separately told me that they have seen "Attraction" with Marco.
Naomi: What?! You're kidding!
Oksana: I wish I were. Also, he has just asked me to go see "Attraction" with him. Of course, I didn't accept.
Naomi: But, I have dated Marco for a month! I had no idea!
Chihiro: Hmmm... looks like Marco might not be seeing “Attraction” for the third time around.
Daniel: Third time? I think he's up to at least four now. But, yeah, Oksana called him out on that one!
Chihiro: Yeah, people in the same class... that's a little too close in range...
Daniel: (slight laugh)Yeah, right, in universities, some classes have many students while others only have a few. Most of the people in class will not know each other, but it's common to become acquainted with or even friends with some of the classmates.
Chihiro: That's right. University-level courses are intense, so often times students form study groups so that they can go over the material together. This is when people get to know each other better and may become friends. Did you ever study in a study group, Daniel?
Daniel: Sure. Study groups are helpful. How about you?
Chihiro: I have, I found them to be really helpful for the more challenging classes I had. Okay...
Chihiro: Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
The first word we shall see is:
Daniel: separately [natural native speed]
Chihiro: not together with something or someone
Daniel: separately [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Daniel: separately [natural native speed]
you're kidding [natural native speed]
Chihiro: phrase said when something is hard to believe you're kidding [slowly - broken down by syllable] you're kidding [natural native speed]
Daniel: of course [natural native speed]
Chihiro: expression used when the thing being said is obvious
Daniel: of course [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Daniel: of course [natural native speed]
already [natural native speed]
Chihiro: before now, so soon
already [slowly - broken down by syllable] already [natural native speed]
Daniel: to accept [natural native speed]
Chihiro: to agree to, to receive
Daniel: to accept [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Daniel: to accept [natural native speed]
month [natural native speed]
Chihiro: any one of the twelve parts into which the year is divided
month [slowly - broken down by syllable] month [natural native speed]
Daniel: to need [natural native speed]
Chihiro: to be in a state or condition that requires something
Daniel: to need [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Daniel: to need [natural native speed]
to know [natural native speed]
Chihiro: to have information in your head, to be aware of something
to know [slowly - broken down by syllable] to know [natural native speed]
Daniel: to wish [natural native speed]
Chihiro: to want something to be true or to happen
Daniel: to wish [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Daniel: to wish [natural native speed]
to date [natural native speed]
Chihiro: to do an activity in hope of romance
to date [slowly - broken down by syllable] to date [natural native speed]
Chihiro: Let’s have a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Daniel: The first phrase we’ll look at is, “There's something I need to tell you”. This is a common phrase used in English before giving somebody some negative information. It helps prepare the listener for what the speaker has to say by acting as a warning.
Chihiro: Right. When people hear this, they usually know that they're not going to like what's going to be said. In the dialogue, Oksana says this phrase before telling Naomi that Marco has seen the movie with several women already, which is unhappy news for Naomi. Another example is if i say, “Daniel, I need to tell you something...”
Daniel: Uh oh.. Uh, what is it Chihiro?
Chihiro: There are no more cookies in the cookie jar...
Daniel: Ah, now that is bad news. Thanks for preparing me.
Chihiro: My pleasure. Okay, what is the next phrase?
Daniel: The next phrase we'll look at is “I had no idea!” This is a phrase used when the speaker is surprised about something. It means that the speaker did not know, and is a little shocked at the new information.
Chihiro: In this case, Naomi uses the phrase because she is clearly surprised about what Oksana has told her. You don't always have to say it as an exclamation, you can say it softly as well. For example... “Daniel, honestly, i really had no idea that the cookie I just ate was the last one.”
Daniel: Yeah, OK, your example is good enough, Chihiro. By the way listeners, you can also substitute it with “I have no clue,” which means the same thing.
Chihiro: Alright, let's take a look at the grammar point for this lesson.

Lesson focus

Daniel: The focus of this lesson is the present perfect.
Chihiro: As in the dialogue "He has seen attraction already".
Daniel: In Beginner Series, Season 1, Lesson 8, we learned about the perfect aspect, one of the four aspects of verbs. And, in Lesson 9, we learned the core meaning of the present tense, one of the three verb tenses. In this lesson, we will look at the combination of the perfect aspect with the present tense in more detail. This combination is usually called the present perfect tense.
Chihiro: First, let’s review the perfect aspect. The core meaning of the perfect aspect is “prior” or “before”. You can notice the form of the perfect by the presence of "has", "have", or "had" before the main verb, and the main verb is found in the form of the past participle* (often with an ~ed or ~en ending). For example, "I have eaten dinner already". "Eaten" is the past participle form of “eat” and with “have” before it, the verb shows that the eating happened prior to (or before) now.
Daniel: Now, let’s combine the perfect aspect with the present tense and see how they work together. In Lesson 9, we learned that we use the present tense to talk about immediate facts, that is, facts that are related to now. So, we can combine the present tense with the perfect aspect to talk about factual events that were completed before, but have importance now. For example, you might say, "I have been there before," when someone suggests a vacation spot, but you want to try a new place.
Chihiro: Often the present perfect is taught as the verb tense used to talk about whether someone has experienced something or not. For example, in the dialogue, Naomi says, "I’ve taken classes with both of them." It’s not important to the dialogue WHEN she took classes with Yuki and Vicky; it is only important that she has the prior experience because it is Naomi’s way of explaining that she knows Yuki and Vicky now, in the present.
Daniel: There are other ways that the present perfect is used. In the dialogue, Naomi says, “I have dated Marco for a month!” She uses the perfect aspect because she began dating Marco before now. In fact, she says it was one month before now. But she doesn’t use the
past tense because her dating Marco is related to the current situation. It is relevant now, therefore, she uses the present tense.
Chihiro: So, we can use the present perfect to talk about situations that began before now, but continue into the present. Another way to use the present perfect is to talk about actions that are recently finished. For example, in the dialogue, Oksana says about Marco, “He has just asked me to go see ‘Attraction’ with him." Again, because the action is prior, or before, the perfect aspect is used. But, because the action has an impact on the current situation, the present tense, not the past tense, is used.
Daniel: Notice that Oksana used the adverb "just" with the present perfect. "Just" is commonly used with this use of the present perfect. Through these examples, we can see that the present perfect has several uses. But, by focusing on the core meaning of both the perfect aspect and the present tense, we can recognize the differences in meaning and use.


Chihiro: Be sure to check the explanations about the perfect aspect in Lesson 8 and review the entire aspect system in Lessons 6 through 9 with the audios and the PDFs. Practice listening to the dialogues to help your ability to notice the grammar forms. That just about does it for today. OK, some of our listeners already know about the most powerful tool on EnglishClass101.com.
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Chihiro: We’ll see you later.
Daniel: Bye now.


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Tuesday at 12:30 PM
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Hi again Mouhcine,

You're welcome. Glad to help!

"That just about does it" is a common phrase that is used when someone is satisfied or finished with something they are working on.

"That" might mean the last stroke of a paint brush, the last nail in some wood, or the last word of writing. "Just about.." on it's own means 'nearly.'

Glad you aren't losing your mind!

Enjoy your studies!



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Hi there Mechanical.ua,

Thanks for the comment!

Please let us know if you ever have any questions throughout your studies, we would be happy to assist.

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Thursday at 03:56 PM
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I have been in the gym already. And I am going to the gym one more time at 17-00 today. I have no idea what new exercises I will do.

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Thank you for this lesson .

Saturday at 05:00 AM
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Hello Eva,

Thank you for your replay

Can you please give me some clarification to help me to understand the exact grammatical structure of this 'very beautiful and useful" phrase.

That just about does it

At my level I can read it in many ways :

1. {That} just about does it ==> the subject is just about (that just about)

Variable="just about"

that variable does it

2. That {just about} does it ==> that does it (that think who is a "just about" does it

subject == that

just about == a kind of adjectif

that --just about-- does it

I hope learning English will not cause me losing my mind.

Thank you very much Eva


Thursday at 07:56 PM
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Hello there Mouhcine,

Thank you for your question.😄 Glad you like the lessons and the PDF's.

"That just about does it!" - can be used in a couple of different ways, for example meaning 'I'm tired of this activity' or 'I've had enough of this activity/thing' or 'I'm finished with this activity.' An example of this might be if you are a painter and finish a painting "That just about does it" might be said upon the last stroke of paint on the canvas.

It is quite a common phrase and great to understand.

Enjoy your studies.



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Sunday at 07:28 AM
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hello (salam alikoum)

Please can you tell the exact signification (and the gramatical structure) of the expression

"That just about does it for today. "

I am very novice On practicing English but I am very glad to hit the PDFs with you


Thursday at 11:00 AM
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Hello Shubham,

Thanks for your post! 😄

To improve your vocabulary we actually have 'flashcards' on our site. This way you can add words that you might not know or might want to practice to your 'flashcard' deck and practice those particular words until you know them and feel comfortable enough to delete them from the deck.

Feel free to shoot through any more questions you have.



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Shubham garg
Saturday at 12:59 PM
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I want to enhance my vocabulary but how can I improve that because In that type of conversation represents few words of vocabulary.

Can you suggest me other way, so I can improve it