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Kissing Up
Kissing Up English, baby! Video Lesson

Learn new work vocabulary and the present progressive tense.

Date: Nov 02 2010

Themes: Soap Opera, Work

Grammar: Present Progressive Tense

Intro

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Everyone likes to be liked. But it only really counts if you’re just being yourself and people like you. If you try hard to be liked and do things you normally wouldn’t do, that’s called kissing up. And no one likes a kiss up.

Generally, people kiss up to people because they want something. You can kiss up to a business owner to try to get a job, or you can kiss up to a social group to try to seem cooler. Now that Marni is co-owner of the company where Dale works and is looking to save money around the office, he sees an opportunity to kiss up to her. Watch what happens.

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Dialog

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2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.

Beren

Beren

Dale

Dale

Marni

Marni

Marni:  This coffee is really good!

Dale:  Yeah, yeah! It is really good! It’s Ethiopian. I found it on the internet in six minutes. Great deal! It’s the cheapest coffee I could find.

Marni:  I am very impressed. Way to save the company money! I’m glad you’re taking the initiative there.

Dale:  Thank you!

Marni:  I’m impressed. I’m impressed, Dale.

Dale:  I’ll keep saving more money somewhere!

Marni:  You do that.

Beren:  Oh my god! What are you talking about? Ethiopian coffee is not the cheapest. Why are you kissing up to Marni?

Dale:  I’m not kissing up!

Beren:  You totally are! What are you doing?

Dale:  Kissing up? Kissing up? I mean, I’m… All I’m trying to do is trying to save the company money and I’m trying to please my new boss!

Beren:  Well, you’re going out of your way to be dishonest to her just so she’ll like you.

Dale:  But…

Beren:  You already dated her!

Dale:  I know, but that’s even the best part, I know her! So I know she likes this coffee! It helps me out, it helps the company out, it makes her feel good, makes me feel good, makes me look good…

Beren:  You’re unbelievable.

Dale:  Yeah, well…

Beren:  Dude, Dale is totally kissing up to Marni.

Dale:  You know, after thinking about that, I think I am going to cancel all those Christmas cards that are pictures of her and I. That would save us money…

Dale:  I’m not kissing up!

 

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Discussion

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Dale bought some new coffee for the office. It tastes really good and he tells Marni that it’s the cheapest brand as well. She is impressed.

The only problem is that Dale is lying. It’s not the cheapest kind of coffee. He just told her that so she would like him better. Beren accuses him of kissing up to Marni and that’s exactly what he’s doing.

Beren sends a text to Jeff to tell him that Dale is kissing up to Marni. Jeff gets the text as he walks in to the office and makes a kissy face at Dale to make fun of him. Even though kissing up doesn’t have anything to do with actual kissing, Dale understands the joke and gets upset.

Do you know anyone who likes to kiss up? Have you ever done any kissing up?

 

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lynn629

lynn629

China

Maybe sometimes somewhere what people did seems like  kissing up their boss, but it may not be  their real original intention, just seems like. Maybe kissing up is a good way to go over a certain bad situation. So it depends..

03:58 AM Mar 07 2011 |

ahmedghieth9

Egypt

i detest that if i not love some on i cant be good with him and the opposite is right  

11:55 PM Jan 20 2011 |

1 person likes this

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

No and I hate it…If I don't like someone,first I don't want to talk to this one,at all,even to kiss up or fawn!

04:24 AM Jan 05 2011 |

bacal

Chile

I was not kissing up with my boss and I have a some problem with her and  my job

05:15 AM Nov 29 2010 |

1 person likes this

rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

mmm , well , i have kissing someone up , come on guys !! , everyone has done this , hehe

saludos.

02:48 PM Nov 08 2010 |

DaeNg

DaeNg

Thailand

SmileSometime must try so much for kissing up because of  self-preservationFrown

04:34 AM Nov 07 2010 |

1 person likes this

afufu

China

I like to praise other people if they are really good, but I don't like to kiss up.

Sometimes kissing up is very useful and you'd better do it. Although I don't like it, I do it a lot. Sorry for that, and please forgive me.

08:32 PM Nov 06 2010 |

ebarillas

Guatemala

sometimes we have to act that way because we need to keep our job or keep peace enviroment, unfortunately these are humans, don´t know how God still loves us

12:05 PM Nov 05 2010 |

lizbeth borges

Brazil

Actually, is not good deal. We have to get our real valour, not kissing up, but doing our best in our work. Being competent in our duties. It means  professionalism.

03:12 PM Nov 04 2010 |

3amrood

3amrood

Yemen

in the company witch i was work in , the maneger was so serious and so smart , he was not able kissing up , from anyone

04:10 AM Nov 03 2010 |

Vinni Lima

Vinni Lima

Brazil

Hate people who do this. Its ridiculous, only shows the person doesn't have personality

04:06 PM Nov 02 2010 |

Heck

United Arab Emirates

This is what people around me do, "Kissing Asses" to accomplish some goals, I don't think its bad since its a way for them to achieve what they want as they say "the ends justify the means" ; )

01:59 PM Nov 02 2010 |

Almight

Almight

Brazil

I will never know I what does it miss if some one told me or I listed some one talking like that 

12:23 PM Nov 02 2010 |

najah2010

Egypt

very good lesson, I like it

11:46 AM Nov 02 2010 |

MUHAMMAD92

MUHAMMAD92

Saudi Arabia

i do kissingup with any one i love

10:05 AM Nov 02 2010 |

aboueddy

Syrian Arab Republic

I don't like it,but I believe there are many people do that….to obtain there goals. 

08:19 AM Nov 02 2010 |

spacedragon

Brazil

here in brasil we say puxar o saco -pull the bag lol i hate this and ive never done that in my life and never will do !!!!!!!

07:52 AM Nov 02 2010 |

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