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#1429 The Bourne Identity - I Thought Maybe, Saved By Taylor Swift Bracelets, Scam
 
 
Hi, I'm Sarah, welcome to The Daily English Show.
 
Today we're studying a scene from the movie The Bourne Identity. The Bourne Identity came out in 2002 and it's an action spy thriller.
 
It's a great movie; I definitely recommend it.
 
In this scene Jason Borne asks a woman for a ride. He offers her money if she'll drive him to Paris.
 
He says: "I thought maybe we could help each other."
 
So Jason is suggesting that they help each other. There are many different ways to make a suggestion in English and using could like Jason does here is one way of doing it.
 
He could have phrased the suggestion in many other ways, such as:
 
Why don't we help each other?
Let's help each other.
How do you feel about helping each other?
I think we should help each other.
 
All of those sentences have slightly different nuances. For example, I think we should help each other, sounds a bit more forceful than: How do you feel about helping each other?
 
I think Jason chooses a slightly hesitant, less forceful way of phrasing his suggestion because he doesn't want to scare the woman. It's obvious that she's wary of him, so if he made his suggestion more aggressively, then she'd be less likely to consider it.
 
You can try using this structure to suggest other things.
 
For example, if you've just made a new friend and you want to suggest meeting for coffee on Saturday ... but you don't want to be too pushy because you want to respect the fact that they might be busy or they might already have plans, then you could say: If you're free this weekend I thought maybe we could meet for coffee. 
 
 
 
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Kia ora in Stick News today three teenage girls were saved thanks to Taylor Swift concert bracelets.
 
Taylor Swift is a 25-year-old American singer.
Last month she started her fourth concert tour called The 1989 World Tour.
At Taylor Swift's concerts, bracelets are given out that are programmed to light up in sync with the music.
After a concert in Louisiana in the United States, a teenage girl was driving her sister and a friend home when she fell asleep at the wheel and crashed the car.
Two of the girls were trapped in the car and they couldn't use their phones to call for help because two of the phones were dead and they couldn't find the third.
None of the passing cars were stopping, so the girls decided to use their bracelets from the show to attract the attention of people driving by.
Eventually someone stopped and the girls were rescued.
 
And that was Stick News for Tuesday the 16th of June.
Kia ora.
 
Taylor Swift singing Blank Space.
Lonely Starbucks lovers ...
 
Taylor Swift singing Welcome To New York.
Welcome to New York ...
 
Two young fans enjoying a Taylor Swift concert.
OMG THIS IS THE BEST CONCERT EVER!
I LOVE TAY TAY
 
A woman angrily looking at something on her laptop.
Ugh, that's so dangerous! They're lucky they didn't kill anyone.
 
A girl with a bleeding head looking at her smartphone.
Dammit, why did I take so many selfies?!
 
A couple in a yellow car looking at something out the window.
Sweet, is that an outdoor rave?
Uh, I don't think so.
 
A mother telling her daughter off.
THERE'S A BLANK SPACE ON A GRAVESTONE AND I DON'T WANT TO WRITE YOUR NAME! DON'T EVER DRIVE SLEEPY AGAIN!
 
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Today's word is scam.
 
My dictionary says a scam is a clever and dishonest plan for making money.
 
There are many different types of scams.
 
For example, an online dating scam might go something like this: Someone contacts you through a dating website and they seem really interested in you and you get to know each other over a couple of weeks or months and you seem to have a connection and you start to trust them.
And then, they have some kind of personal crisis and they ask you for some money. And their explanation sounds really genuine and they're really convincing, so you send it to them. And then they ask you for more money, and it goes on. And it turns out that they're not interested in ever meeting you, it's just a scam and they want your money.
 
In today's scene, Jason offers the woman with the car ten thousand dollars to drive him to Paris. That's a ridiculous amount of money, so of course she's suspicious.
 
And she says: "What is this, a joke? Some kind of scam?"
And he says: "No, it's no scam."
 
 

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Marie: What are you looking at?

Jason: I heard you inside.

Marie: What?

Jason: The consulate. I heard you talking. I thought maybe we could help each other.

Marie: How's that?

Jason: You need money. I need a ride outta here.

Marie: I'm not running a car service just now, thank you.

Jason: I'll give you ten thousand dollars to drive me to Paris.

Marie: What is this, a joke? Some kind of scam?

Jason: No, it's no scam. And I'll give you another ten when we get there.

Marie: Jesus. Is that for you?

Jason: Look. You drive, I pay, it's that simple.

Marie: I got enough trouble, okay?

Jason: Okay. Can I have my money back?
 
 

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And that was The Daily English Show.
 
I hope you enjoyed today's show. And if you're not busy, I thought maybe we could do this again tomorrow?
 
I hope to see you then. Bye!
 
 
 
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Today's ending shot was filmed on the top of Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill looking south, on Saturday 30th May 2015.
 
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Published: Tuesday 16 June 2015