Immigration Tango

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Published: 6.07.2017
Level 4   |   Time: 5:13
Accent: American / Colombian
Source: Immigration Tango

An American couple tries to help their immigrant friends stay in the country through immigration.


    

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  1. READ the VOCABULARY + BACKGROUND

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  4. WATCH and READ the SCRIPT

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  5. DO the ACTIVITIES

    There are a number of different activities that focus on listening accuracy, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure.

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  1. VOCABULARY와 BACKGROUND 읽기

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triangle Vocabulary


  • arrangements [n] - plans
  • extended [adj] - long
  • expire [v] - run out / no more time
  • jumpy [adj] - nervous
  • bullshit [n] - not fair / not true
  • emigrate [v] - move to a new country permanently
  • visa lottery [n] - a lottery to give people immigration visas
  • Power Ball [n] - a famous lottery in the the US
  • chip in [phv] - everyone contributes some money together
  • I'm game.[exp] - I will do it.
  • This is way over my head [exp] - This is too much for me.
  • Congress [n] - a part of the government
  • marriage fraud [n] - getting married for illegal purposes
  • disbarred [adj] - unable to practice law or be a lawyer
  • sacred [adj] - connected to god
  • commitment [n] - promise
  • 6 months left [exp] - 6 months remaining
  • vested [v] - given to
  • your fancy [n] - your preference
  • hubba hubba[exp] - hot / sexy

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


triangle Background


picture picture picture picture
Mike Betty Carlos Elena
  • Mike (American) and Betty (American) are a couple.
  • Carlos (Colombian) and Elena (Russian) are a couple.
  • The visas of Carlos and Elena will soon expire and they will have to leave the US.
  • Mike and Betty want to help Carlos and Elena stay in the US.

triangle Questions


  1. Elena’s visa will expire in less than a month.
    True
    False

  2. They can't afford to pay for a lawyer.
    True
    False

  3. Betty offers to give them free legal help.
    True
    False

  4. Betty is a lawyer.
    True
    False

  5. It is only possible to immigrate into the US through marriage.
    True
    False

  6. There is a lottery for immigrants to get a visa in the US.
    True
    False

  7. Carlos and Betty have good jobs in the US.
    True
    False

  8. Carlos is willing to marry a man or a woman.
    True
    False

  9. Getting married to each other is Elena’s idea.
    True
    False

  10. Betty is excited about the plan.
    True
    False

  11. Mike wants to help Carlos and Elena because they are his best freinds.
    True
    False

  12. They have to stay married for two years.
    True
    False

  13. There are severe penalties for marriage fraud in the US.
    True
    False

  14. Betty is in law school.
    True
    False

  15. Carlos’s visa will expire before Elena’s visa expires.
    True
    False

  16. Mike and Elena get married first because Betty is nervous.
    True
    False

  17. The marriage official encourages Mike to kiss Elena more passionately.
    True
    False

  18. Carlos gets jealous when Mike kisses Elena.
    True
    False

  19. Mike gets jealous when Carlos hugs Betty.
    True
    False


triangle Discussion


  1. Look at each character\'s (Mike, Betty, Carlos, Elena) body language and facial expressions? How do you think each of them feels about the plan?
  2. What do think will happen next?
  3. Would you marry a foreigner? Is there any nationality you would avoid?
  4. Would you marry a friend so that he/she could stay inyour country?
  5. Do you want to immigrate to another country? Which country? Why? What would you do to stay in that country?
  6. Do you think people should go to jail for marriage fraud?
  7. Would you marry someone (a foreigner) who needed to stay in Kyour country if they paid you a lot of money?
  8. Do you need to love someone to get married?
  9. How long should people date before getting married?
  10. Do you think it is romantic to rush into marriage (get married after a few months of dating)?

triangle Script




Officer: You know, your visa expires in 20 days, so if I were you I’d make some travel arrangements, otherwise you’ll be coming back here for an extended stay.

Elena: Where is Carlos?

Mike: In the car. This place makes him a little jumpy.

Elena: The agent said they had received reliable information that my status had expired.

Carlos: That is bullshit! Can’t we sue the police, or hire a lawyer or something?

Elena: (in Spanish) No pudemos pudar mi amor.

Mike: What’d she say?

Carlos: No money for lawyers.

Betty: Well maybe I could do it. I’m almost a lawyer.

Carlos: Oh boy.

Betty: There are basically two ways to immigrate into the US: through an employer or family member.

Carlos: We don’t have either one.

Betty: I know. So your only hope is winning the visa lottery.

Mike: What is that?

Elena: It’s a lottery for green cards.

Carlos: And what are our chances?

Betty: About the same as winning the Powerball . The only way you can legally stay in the US is for you to find a US citizen to marry. The same for you, Carlos.

Carlos: It’s not a bad idea. It’s a pretty good idea.

Elena: What?

Carlos: Come on, it wouldn’t be so hard to find somebody to marry you.

Mike: We could pay somebody, yeah? I mean...

Betty: They don’t have any money. Neither do we.

Mike: We could chip in.

Carlos: We don’t need any money; they would marry her for free. And I would marry a rich white guy too.

Elena: Are you crazy?

Carlos: Yes.

Betty: That’s illegal; you have to marry a woman.

Carlos: Fine! I’ll marry a rich white girl. It doesn’t matter. I’m handsome. What’s so funny? I’m serious.

Mike: No ... that might actually work! I mean I mean, if you\'re game, I\'m game. Why not?

Betty: What wait, this is way over my head. Let’s find a real lawyer.

Betty: You want to what?

Mike: Betty, you said you wanted to help them out.

Betty: Yeah help – donate time to the cause, give free legal advice. But not you.

Mike: This is something I want to do and I know it’s going to be tough. But look, maybe this is something we need.

Betty: This is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. We do not need this. Our lives are perfectly fine just the way they are.

Mike: This is Elena, and in this case it really is just a piece of paper. They’re our best friends.

Betty: I know.

Mike: Well, then let’s do it! What’s the worst that could happen?

Carlos: So how long do we have to stay married?

Betty: Two years, that’s a long time. And it’s serious. I have to state again that Congress has devoted an entire act for the penalties in engaging in marriage fraud. I could be disbarred before I even finish law school.

Elena: She’s right. This isn’t something to rush into.

Mike: You’re the one who’s running out of time.

Elena: Marriage is supposed to be a sacred commitment.

Mike: We’ll still be couples. It’s just she’ll be married to Carlos, and I’ll be married to you. Nothing will change.

Carlos: Hey, wait a second. I still have 6 months left on my visa.

Mike: OK, then I’ll go first. Elena, do you want to get married to me?

Elena: I don’t know.

Carlos: I guess it’s the only way.

Elena: You guys are our best friends and to give us this opportunity to remain here together. I don’t know what to say.

Carlos: Then say yes.

Official: By the power invested in me by the state of Alabama, I now pronounce you man and wife. Or woman and husband, whatever be your fancy. You may now kiss the bride. Anytime today son.

Official: What the hell was that? Put your arms around her! Give her some tongue, son!

Elena: We’re just a little shy.

Carlos: Did it flash? You need to kiss her again – it didn’t flash. Sorry man, kiss her like you mean it, like a man.

Official: Right on! Hubba hubba!

Betty: OK, I’ll take a picture.

Carlos: Hold on. Let me get on the other side. Hold on Ok.

Betty: One, two, three

Carlos: Perfect. One with the ring! One with the ring! One more!

Betty: Congratulations.

Carlos: We’re next, baby!

Betty: Oh, god.

Mike: Ok, Ok, Ok, Ok. She’s still my girlfriend.

Carlos: Take it easy. You just got married. Finally.