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Tag Along English, baby! Video Lesson
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Learn English with this clubbing English lesson

Date: Apr 02 2013

Themes: Party, Romance, Soap Opera

Grammar: Second Conditional

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It can feel so nice to make plans with a group of friends. You might get together and decide that you’re all going to go out to dinner together, or go to the movies. You feel included in the group, and like you really belong. Then maybe another friend comes up who wasn’t part of the original group. He asks if he can join your plan. He wonders, would it be OK if he tagged along?

A tag on a piece of clothing at the store is the piece of paper hanging off the clothing that lists the price. A tag, in general, is hanging off something else. So when you tag along, you’re joining on to a group. You weren’t originally part of the plan, and the group may or may not be happy to have you join.

Lily, the new intern, has her own set of friends. Find out who wants to tag along with her in this hanging out English lesson.

和一群朋友一起制定计划是件非常开心的事。大家聚在一起,决定出去聚餐或去看电影。你感到自己融入了这个群体,而且非常享受这份实实在在的归属感。但是,可能有原本不属于这个群体的其他朋友加入进来。他会询问自己是否可以加入你的聚会圈子。他想知道自己能否跟随你们这个群体?

商店服装上的标签就是挂在衣服上列明价格的纸片。标签通常都是挂在某件物品上。所以,当你贴上某个群体的标签,就表明你加入了其中。你不是这个群体的最初成员,所以你的加入可能会受到欢迎,也可能会受到排斥。

莉莉是一名新实习生,她有自己的朋友圈子。在本节以聚会为主题的英语课上,看看谁想加入她的朋友圈。

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Jeff

Jeff

Lily

Lily

Mason

Mason

Jeff:  Thanks for putting in the long hours, Lily. Usually it’s just me here at the end of the day. It’s great to have some company.

Lily:  No prob. I actually stopped working a long time ago. I’m just killing time until my friends get here. We’re going clubbing and I didn’t have time to go home before, so…

Jeff:  Clubbing? You like dancing?

Lily:  Uh-huh.

Jeff:  Cool. Where are you guys going?

Lily:  Bang.

Jeff:  Bang. I’ve heard about that place.

Lily:  Oh yeah, you know it?

Jeff:  I’ve heard some good things about it. Sounds like a fun time.

Lily:  Their jello shots are good. They also have karaoke.

Jeff:  I. Love. Karaoke.

Lily:  Really?

Jeff:  Do you guys mind if I tag along?

Mason:  Because you go out to clubs on weeknights all the time.

Lily:  You wouldn’t know any of the friends I’m going with, so…

Jeff:  No no no. I love meeting new people! Love it. Not even an issue.

Lily:  Hello?

Mason:  Dude, you gotta just leave it alone, bro. If she wanted you to come, she would invite you. Stop trying to invite yourself and tag along, man. It’s not cool.

Lily:  OK, guys, see you tomorrow. I guess it’s alright if you tag along, man.

Jeff:  Alright!

Mason:  Hats aren’t for everyone, bro. I think she’ll mind you tagging along a little less without this. Knock yourself out, kiddo.

 

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Jeff and Lily are both working late at the office. Actually, it turns out that Lily’s not working. She’s just hanging out and killing time until her friends arrive. They’re going to go out clubbing together.

Jeff has a crush on Lily, so he wants to come out with her and her friends. He wants to come even more when he finds out that the club features karaoke. He loves karaoke, and he asks if he can tag along.

Mason tells Jeff it’s not a good idea. Lily has her own friends, and doesn’t need Jeff around. But Jeff can’t leave it alone. He really wants to go out to the club with Lily and her friends. Finally, she agrees.

What do you do if you have plans with some friends and another friend wants to tag along? Have you ever felt as if you were tagging along with a group?

 

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Aiuny

Italy

I think the real problem is that Jeff has a crush on Lily, and she knows it. Maybe she doesn’t want to deal with a ’’wet blanket’’ while she’s going out to have fun with her friends!

01:06 AM Aug 07 2013 |

Marcel We

Marcel We

Germany

Well, I think I would feel very uncomfortable when I tag along with a goup of some friends who want to be for themselves and so don’t want me to join them. I think it’s also some kind of embarrassing to invite yourself or at least to try it. I probably be ashamed for something like this ‘cause I would risk to ruin their togetherness. I can’t remember that I tagged along someone’s plans “accidentally” (..well, i hope so) and I also think that i would be able to notice if they want me to be part of their togetherness.

04:20 AM Apr 06 2013 |

Erise

Erise

Poland

Feels a kind of uneasy to “tag along” which  means to go uninvited.Maybe also unwanted in many cases.But on the other hand it’s a good oppotunity to make new aquaintances and leave all concerns alone.

11:53 AM Apr 03 2013 |

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Tiramisu99

Tiramisu99

China

If someone want to tag along when i go out with my guys, its no problem! I prefer all my friends join in us when we are going clubbing. its so fantastic.

11:36 AM Apr 03 2013 |

wafa2525

wafa2525

Saudi Arabia

In the fact, when happen like this situation sometimes i agree or i refuse . Mostly , I Haven’t any problem but When someone comes to impose itself without permission , i hate that maybe i agree but inside me unwanted .I think when the person has good deeds and respect all the people love tagging him along .

08:24 PM Apr 02 2013 |

david yun

South Korea

well.. when i see whole my life… Ive never felt like that I wanted to tag along a group of people who didn’t want to go with me. I mean, I can usually feel if people want me or not. I have friends, and they have their own friends so I don’t have to ask if I tag along with them. well..

04:51 PM Apr 02 2013 |

teenager

teenager

Brazil

I prefer to ask the rest of the group, if it’s ok with them, it’s ok with me.

02:20 PM Apr 02 2013 |

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masoudhsn

masoudhsn

Canada

I love tagging along with people who know them because it makes me comfy and cool to deal with that. nevertheless, I am not okay to go out to any place that folks are unfamiliar to me except in some significant events with of course an invitation. If I were Jeff and this happened to me, I wouldn’t tag along with those new people and I left her alone. Also, it is a big issue for me if someone wanst to hang out with me and my other friends without any notice. In order to having fun in my spare time, I prefer to accompany my time with people who have the same interest and passion in everything like me.   

01:37 PM Apr 02 2013 |

DarknessLight

Bahrain

Well, if I don’t like the person tagging along I don’t think I’ll enjoy my time :/ It’s the same case when my friends invite someone I don’t know, it becomes kinda…awkward!! like you can’t behave freely and say whatever you want, because you have to mind this “intruder”..lol!! Well, I know how the others would feel about it, so I try as much as possible to avoid it, but sometimes I get invited when I don’t wanna go and I can’t refuse, so it kinda feels like tagging along.

12:07 PM Apr 02 2013 |

a2020

a2020

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

It depend on a  person who wants to tag along,i usually don’t  mind,and it’s cooler.when i was in military servce  one day i was in dormitory and  i was alone and some the friend wanted to hang out and  i tagged along but i guess it was not good because actually there were not my friends we just spent time together.

11:27 AM Apr 02 2013 |

thiagokami

thiagokami

Brazil

To be honest, I don’t care because when I have the opportunity I do the same. To tag along for me is “go and have a blast and don’t forget to be yourself”

10:09 AM Apr 02 2013 |

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Ngubo Sixtus

South Africa

i do like this subject, it teaches me a lot. i have never felt tag along with any group so far.

09:58 AM Apr 02 2013 |

koxa

koxa

Ukraine

Yeah, sometimes I have such situations and it makes me a bit confused because I dont know how people will react on my presence). But when it comes to big events like a music festival or disco club I don’t hesitate and tell my friend that I’m gonna tag along with you guys, it becomes useless to worry about anything cause you are gonna be with a lot of people who cares about you, who want just to have a fun time.  

09:35 AM Apr 02 2013 |

Julissita

Julissita

Peru

Jeff is funny, now he loves to dance and the karaoke. I admire his confidence to ask Lily if he can tag along :D.


I would feel bad to say “no you can’t go” to a friend that wants to tag along, and in most of the cases the more the merrier, so I think there won’t be a problem. About me, I don’t remember a time when I’ve tagged along because I usually wait to be invited. I don’t like to invite myself, unless it’s someone very close to me.

08:42 AM Apr 02 2013 |

FUN777

FUN777

Egypt

I don’t have a problem if any new friend want to tag along, but for me i can’t ask any group to tag along without inviting me and they have to be so friendly, so in general i don’t like to go out with people who are not my friends at least they maybe my colleagues in order to feel more comfortable.

07:35 AM Apr 02 2013 |

nfrtary

nfrtary

Egypt

Englishty it is not impressing issuse , it is oki we here live to learn dear , dont bother :d

06:35 AM Apr 02 2013 |

 julito

julito

Argentina

I think that Jeff`s ” auto invitation ”  is  rude, he has put lily in an awkward  position  to have a right to refuse  having him on board  ,luckily for him ,  she accepted tagging him along, although  it appears that she is not happy with  this uncalled for request. I have self-respect,  I don´t like to go where I am not invited.  

05:52 AM Apr 02 2013 |

Ya Nina

Kazakhstan

Frankly speaking I don’t like if somebody tags along if my friends and I decide to go out. I never tag along with some group even I really want to do it. I consider that it isn’t a good manner if you tag along with somebody when you aren’t invited. For example, let’s imagine situation that the good friends don’t see each other a long time and when at last they can find a time and go out, somebody tags along with them and crashed joy and happiness. So I prefer to be invited at some group that is after I don’t feel any discomfort. 


In spite of that I never show my unpleasure when somebody tags along with our company. Moreover I can say that there are a lot of situations when somebody who tagging along with us to make a meeting more interesting and merry. But anyhow I’m sure that it is better to be invited at some party or meeting than to go there without invitation.

DAMAVAND

DAMAVAND

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

-It depends on the occasion, if i couldn’t accept, say it frankly and refuse to go out with each other, in otherwise, agree my friend to be tag along.


-I never like to be tag along  with a group especially when i don’t  know them well, i think may other people be annoyed or can’t be free while i’m there.

03:40 AM Apr 02 2013 |

Englishty

Englishty

Egypt

Actually yes i did it before and it was the most ridiculous thing i’ve ever done, it was so embarrassing and i blamed myself a lot for it, it was shocking even for me cause it’s not like me to tag along with group i haven’t met before. It’s so funny when Lily answered you wouldn’t know any of the friends i’m going with at this point Jeff had to understand he’s not welcomed and she tries to be nice but she doesn’t like him to go with her.

03:15 AM Apr 02 2013 |

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