#1. Have you met Ted?

Published: 9.21.2017
Level 4   |   Time: 2:31
Accent: American
Source: How I met your mother [S1 E01]

Ted meets Robin for the first time.


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triangle Vocabulary

  • settled down [phv] - get married
  • land a girl [exp] - make a girlfriend
  • strategically [adv] - carefully and with a plan
  • the jukebox [n] - the big machine in a bar that plays music
  • fluff pieces [n] - not serious news stories
  • an upright bass [n] - a (big) type of musical instrument
  • get dumped [exp] - be broken up with (lose your girlfriend/boyfriend)
  • cover something [exp] - report on a news story
  • a long shot [exp] - a low chance or a low probability
  • What the hell! [exp] - Sure. / Ok. / Let's try.
  • denied [v] - rejected
  • laser tag [n] - a game with guns that shoot lazers

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb, [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression

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Ted Barney Robin
  • Ted and Barney are good friends who live in New York.
  • Ted is depressed because his best friend (Marshall) is getting married but he is still single.

triangle Questions

  1. How old is Ted?
    under 30
    over 30

  2. At what age does Ted think it is ok to get married?

  3. What kind of girl does Barney want to meet?
    a lesbian
    a loud girl
    a Lebanese girl

  4. Ted says he ____ get married.
    is ready to
    isn't ready to
    will never

  5. Where does Ted plan to introduce himself to Robin?
    at the bar
    at Robin's table
    at the jukebox

  6. How does Ted meet Robin?
    He introduces himself at the bar.
    He sends a drink to her table.
    Barney introduces him to her.

  7. What is Robin's job?
    news reporter

  8. What kind of stories does Robin report on?
    serious news stories
    international news stories
    not so serious news stories

  9. Why is Robin's friend angry?
    Robin is too pretty.
    Ted is her ex-boyfriend.
    She recently broke up with her boyfriend.

  10. When does Ted want to ask to meet Robin (first)?
    Saturday night
    after laser tag
    next weekend

  11. Why can't Robin meet him then?
    She has a boyfriend.
    She has to work.
    She is sick.

  12. When does Robin agree to meet Ted?
    after laser tag
    tomorrow night

  13. Why does Robin throw a drink in Ted's face?
    to make her friend happy
    because Ted was rude
    to make Barney laugh

  14. What plan did Ted have with Barney for tomorrow night?
    to go to a movie
    to play laser tag
    to meet at the bar

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triangle Script

Why am I freaking out all of the sudden? This is crazy. I'm not ready to settle down.

How does Carl land a Lebanese girl?

The plan's always been don't even think about it until you're 30.

Exactly. The guy doesn't even own a suit.

Plus, Marshall's found the love of his life. Even if I was ready, which I'm not, but if I was, it's like, 'Okay, I'm ready. Where is she?'

And there she was. It was like something from an old movie where the sailor sees the girl across the crowded dance floor, turns to his buddy and says, 'See that girl? I'm gonna marry her someday.'

Hey, Barney, see that girl?

Oh, yeah. You just know she likes it dirty. Go say hi.

I can't just go say hi. I need a plan. I'm gonna wait until she goes to the bathroom, then I'll strategically place myself by the jukebox so that...

Hi, have you met Ted? Hi.

Let me guess. Ted.

So what do you do?

I'm a reporter for Metro News 1.


Well, kind of a reporter. I do those dumb little fluff pieces at the end of the news. You know, like, 'Monkey who can play the ukulele.' But I'm hoping to get some bigger stories soon.

Bigger, like, 'Gorilla with an upright bass?' Sorry. You're really pretty.

Oh, your friends don't seem too happy.

Yeah. See, the one in the middle just got dumped by her boyfriend. So tonight, every guy is 'the enemy.'

You know, if it'll make your friend feel better you could throw a drink in my face. I don't mind.

She would love that. And it does look fun in the movies.

Hey, you wanna have dinner with me Saturday night?

Oh, I can't. I'm going to Orlando for a week on Friday. Some guy's attempting to make the world's biggest pancake. Guess who's covering it?

That's gonna take a week? Yeah, he's gonna eat it, too. It's another record.

Hey, what's taking so long?

I know this is a long shot, but how about tomorrow night?

Yeah. What the hell. Jerk! That was fun.

De - wait for it - nied. Denied.

We're going out tomorrow night.

I thought we were playing Lazer Tag tomorrow night.

Yeah, I was never gonna go play Lazer Tag.


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