English Language

A Ton – Level 3

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3. Watch the video and read the text:

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today we’re gonna watch a few more clips
from episode 3 of How I Met Your Mother
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we’re also gonna learn about the
expression “a ton”
“a ton of something”
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and we’re also gonna learn what you can
do while you eat to help you learn English
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but first a warm-up clip from How I Met Your Mother
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here we go right here
this is happening
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now you can either put the bags on the carousel now
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or you can listen to me give you a really long speech
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convincing you to put the bags on the carousel
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Ted since the dawn of time
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mankind has struggled
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that night, Marshall had a ton of studying to do
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hold on–
“that night Marshall had a ton of studying to do”
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all right I want you to repeat after me:
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that night Marshall had a ton of studying to do
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what does a ton of anything mean?
well a ton is a certain weight
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in fact it’s 2,000 pounds, okay?
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that’s how much a ton weighs
so a ton of anything
metaphorically, as it’s used here
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just means a lot
so a ton in this case means a lot
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the original core meaning of ton is 2,000 pounds
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but in this context and in many others
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when you say “I have a ton of this to do”
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or there was a ton of that
it means quite simply a lot
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okay now listen again
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Ted, since the dawn of time mankind has struggled…
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that night Marshall had a ton of studying to do
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so you just got in from Detroit
Japan
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okay carousel 4 is tapped out
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ready?
because I’m about to drop some knowledge:
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cute girls are not from Buffalo
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timeout: you ready to rock this?
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alright, I think we need to refine our backstory
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first, how did we–
Ted you klutzy great guy
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you were a little shaky on your landing
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I give you a nine
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learning is fun
especially when you’re learning English
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alright
your revolution English tip for the day is this:
dinner!
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you eat dinner, right?
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well, what I want you to do today
if you have someone who lives with you who speaks English
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even if it’s not their native language
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I want you to just switch over your mealtime language to English
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okay?
so switch your dinner over into English
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everyone who can speak English at the dinner table
must speak English at the dinner table
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that’s the rules, okay?
listen– of course the more you practice English the faster you’re going to learn
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all right?
so switching a meal–
it doesn’t have to be dinner
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it could be breakfast it could be lunch
it could be any meal
but switching one meal a day at home can make a difference
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it can help you learn faster
all right?
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let’s do this!
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you can do this.
and as always, remember:
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repeat everything you hear
if you’re watching this video right now
if you’re watching me I want you to repeat after me
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repeat what I say
because the more you repeat
the more you say English out loud
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the faster you’re gonna learn
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okay stay tuned

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