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Autographs
Autographs

Learn English with this autographs English lesson

Date: Jul 10 2018

Themes: Celebrity, Pop Culture

Grammar: Second Conditional

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Imagine if you could meet your favorite celebrity… the singers whose CDs are piled on your shelf, the sports star whose posters are all over your wall, the author whose books you’ve read a million times. You have the chance to meet in person. You walk up to him or her, and then?

Would you be brave enough to say, “Hi”? Or would you be so shy that you would simply smile and walk away? Chances are, you’d want to do everything you could to get the celebrity to sign something for you. A piece of paper, a napkin, maybe even your shoe! The truth is, fans love to say that they rubbed elbows with famous people. Stories are good, but having an autograph makes your tale even more worthwhile.

Find out what celebrity Rafael had the chance to meet in today’s English lesson about fame.

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Rafael

Rafael

Jessica

Jessica

Rafael:  Jessica, can I vent to you about something?

Jessica:  Sure, Rafael.

Rafael:  So I was at a corporate party, and LeBron James was there, making an appearance.

Jessica:  Oh my gosh.

Rafael:  And I was really thrilled about that, but I was just too shy to ask for his autograph. I wasn’t sure if it was actually a worthwhile thing. I don’t know. What would you have done?

Jessica:  Oh, I would have asked for his autograph. I can’t believe you didn’t. I would have rubbed elbows with him. That could be valuable. That’s worth something. You could get that framed, too.

Rafael:  I was thinking maybe it could be something I could share with other people, but he’s a celebrity, and who am I? I don’t know. I was just feeling a little bit shy.

Jessica:  You should have asked. I bet he loves the fame. He would have given you an autograph.

Rafael:  Well, if he had, it would be framed right now on my wall. If I were famous, I don’t know how I’d feel if this weird guy who I’d never met before just came up to me and asked me to write my name on his shirt.

Jessica:  Yeah, I don’t know if I would be comfortable signing somebody’s body, but I would sign a playbill or a poster.

Rafael:  How cool would it be if he signed my forehead?

Jessica:  That would actually be cool. As long as you took a picture of it.

 

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Discussion

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Rafael tells Jessica about seeing LeBron James at a corporate party. He is impressed by the basketball star and wanted to get his autograph. However, Rafael did not ask for James’ autograph because he was too shy to talk to the celebrity.

Jessica says that she definitely would have asked for the autograph. After all, LeBron James is famous, and she thinks he probably likes the attention from fans.

Rafael thinks it would be weird if he were famous and people asked him to sign their clothes. Jessica agrees that signing clothes or parts of a person’s body would be strange, but she thinks signing a poster or a playbill would be totally normal.

Have you ever asked a celebrity for an autograph? Who was it? Whose autograph would you like to have?

 

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Mirell_Nova

Ukraine

As for me I see any famous person as normal human being, so they do just their job. I really don’t care about anyone’s autograph. I can like their actions that’s it. And I’m not dying to meet anyone who I like as an actor or singer 

08:43 AM Jul 11 2018 |

Hazelgirl

Hazelgirl

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Since i remembered, i never asked someone for their autographs, but just my parents!! and it was for my wonderful grades. at that time, we had to show our hight marks(!!) to our parents to get their confirmation, and as i remember they did it for me with the highest level of satisfaction for my wonderful job. and as i never want to make my parents upset and disappointed , if my grade report wasn’t brilliant enough, i took the responsibility on my own and did a nice autograph for teachers by myself ;)

06:36 AM Jul 14 2014 |

Peter12321

Peter12321

Australia

@Hazelgirl,


:0 Oh i see.

06:23 AM Jul 14 2014 |

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Hazelgirl

Hazelgirl

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

@ Peter 12321, its not a happy babe for autograph, its just such a pose for photograph!! 

06:19 AM Jul 14 2014 |

Peter12321

Peter12321

Australia

The ’celebrity’ in the photo above looks happy signing autographs. In real life, they’re never this happy signing autographs, well at least the ones i’ve seen.

04:08 AM Jul 14 2014 |

Peter12321

Peter12321

Australia

@Hazelgirl


No comment. I want my lawyer.

12:50 AM Jul 14 2014 |

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Hazelgirl

Hazelgirl

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

@Peter12321,


haha…blank cheque of course..Okay, put a signed cheque for $3000 in your priorities, i’m waiting for that :D :D

02:39 PM Jul 13 2014 |

Peter12321

Peter12321

Australia

The only place where i want a signature of a celebrity, is a cheque.

03:01 AM Jul 13 2014 |

ahmet55

ahmet55

Austria

No, I don’t. In fact, in several cases, I only asked once from one Iranian football players to take a picture with me. He was Yahya GolMohamadi. The first thing which jumped into my mind was why did he screw up the last penalty of final Asian cup but I was sure that it would make a bad taste in his mouth and I passed by. 



The truth is I don’t want to have anybody’s autograph. Having a picture together would be a good idea. ON the contrary, I agree with hazelgirl’s suggestion about selling them to their fans and making a great deal of money in this way. I’m in, anyway.

01:15 AM Jul 13 2014 |

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S&W

S&W

China

@hazelgirl & Aryel.Since Aryel lived in Brazil,So if Aryel can get anything from those football stars like T-shirt ,football ,autography …..Wow ,that would be a big deal. 


Hazelgirl,You are sooooo smart

03:53 PM Jun 18 2014 |

ttsuka

ttsuka

Japan

There are restaurants and bars that hang autographed pictures of celebrities that were taken when they visited there.  The thing is that those stuff are invariably old and dirty.

03:04 PM Jun 18 2014 |

mahbubeh92

mahbubeh92

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i am fan of evanescense band and  i love amy lee the singer ..i hope that some day i can meet her in person..actually i am shy to ask her  autograph but i’d rather to ask her to take a picture together..

12:04 PM Jun 18 2014 |

rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

i think that Rafael was a completely fool.


i am fan of Spartaque DJ , best dj on the world.. i remember when i met him on a rave , that was cool. i told him , ” hey 1 pic my friend and he said , of course”....


11:32 AM Jun 18 2014 |

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Hazelgirl

Hazelgirl

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

Yes, Aryel it will be a good deal for sure, we can start a new business together right now!!! im so well prepared..haha…lets go!! just have a look around, we have  a few customers already…OK, who can get a signature of Derulo or Müller?? are you ready to go? LMFAO-o

10:53 AM Jun 18 2014 |

Jasonlongo

Jasonlongo

Congo, Democratic Republic Of The

If I get an autograph of Jason Derulo I’ll be over the moon excited cuz he’s my fave singer from the United States !

08:11 AM Jun 18 2014 |

Taylor177

Taylor177

China

Uh er, im not interested in basketball, nor NBA players. If it was Thomas Müller, I`d scream. 

07:51 AM Jun 18 2014 |

S&W

S&W

China

I had asked a singer for an autograph,But i had already forget who he is ,Because it’s long time ago ,when i was in primary school.I was waiting for him got out of his car .I was over the moon excited after i got the autograph,Then few days passed i couldn’t find it any more.He’s not my favorite ,At that time ,i was totally a copycat.


Now ,i really want to get the autograph from Michael Jackson

03:14 AM Jun 18 2014 |

AryelLanes

AryelLanes

Brazil

@Hazelgirl oh, yeah, there’s that too! That’s the only use, I think. Let’s cash in on those crazy fans then! LMFAO

02:16 AM Jun 18 2014 |

mshare

mshare

Saudi Arabia

“How cool would it be if he signed my forehead?”  Loooool, I too much liked that joke. Anyway, I’m not that kind of person who likes to ask for an autograph. I find it not worthwhile. It doesn’t make any sense for me. What’s the point of it?! But at the same time, I really understand others who like it.

02:12 AM Jun 18 2014 |

Eric_

Eric_

China

I havn’t tried that before…



If I got that chance, i would ask for an autograph…. it’s so worthy and valuable…



LBJ lost the NBA final… Hope he can make it in the next season…:)

08:01 PM Jun 17 2014 |

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