Easy A

Published: 2.03.2018
Level 6   |   Time: 2:32
Accent: American
Source: Easy A

Olive (Emma Stone) uses the school gossip chain to become more popular.


triangle Directions

  1. REVIEW the vocabulary / background.
  2. WATCH the video.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers. (Show Answers)

triangle Vocabulary

  • Let me begin by saying 'x' [exp] - You're going to tell a bad story. 'x' = why the story is not that bad. Only a little bad.
  • two sides to every story [exp] - People remember things differently.
  • anonymous [adj] - unknown
  • a non-entity [n] - something that doesn't exist
  • here it is [exp] - used to introduce something
  • go out with me [exp] - have a date with me; or be my new girlfriend
  • tormented [adj] - tortured
  • a fling [n] - a temporary relationship
  • grunt [v] - make a sound because you are working hard
  • convincing [adj] - realistic
  • a grand finale [n] - a big ending (usually from a show)
  • lose your virginity [exp] - have sex for the first time in your life
  • I was just hoping that maybe you could [exp] - very very soft way to request something
  • open for business [exp] - like a business, selling something
  • rocked your world [exp] - gave you an amazing experience (usually sexual)
  • get the hell out [exp] - leave
  • things took a turn [exp] - the story started to change and go a different direction
  • scandalous [adj] - dirty, shocking
  • screw these people [exp] - forget about these people; similar to 'fuck these people' but much softer
  • ironically [adv] - it is a coincidence
  • an affair [n] - a secret sexual experience with someone who is not your partner, cheating
  • besmirched [adj] - damaged, everyone looks down on her
  • made to wear [exp] - forced to wear
  • embroider [v] - stitch, sew, make
  • a wardrobe [n] - a collection of clothes
  • kind of look like [exp] - look similar to
  • high-end [adj] - for the high class people
  • reputation [n] - what people think about you
  • indecency [n] - behavior that is not acceptable (especially sexually)

[n] - noun,  [p] - person,  [v] - verb, [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adv] - adverb,  [exp] - expression

triangle Reductions

  • Let me   →   Lemme
  • Do you want to   →  Do you wanna
  • Out of   →   Outta
  • Should have   →   Shouldda

triangle Questions

  1. Does Olive thinks her side of the story is more accurate than the other side?

  2. Why does Olive mention the 9 classes to the girl?
    She likes having the girl in her class.
    She hates having the girl in her class.
    She is happy the girl remembers her name.
    She is surprised the girl is not 100% confident about her name.

  3. Brandon...
    was gay before, but now he is straight.
    was lying about being gay.
    is gay but is trying to become straight.
    is gay and is pretending to be straight.

  4. Why does Brandon want to go out with Olive? (Check all that apply.)
    All of his classmates torment him at school.
    He likes her.
    He wants to try a heterosexual relationship.
    He thinks he will become more accepted if he has a girlfriend.

  5. Why does Olive punch Brandon?
    She is just joking with him.
    She wants him to make a loud noise.
    She is angry.
    She likes aggressive sex.

  6. Why does Brandon say 'thank you'?
    For punching him
    For having sex with him
    For pretending to have sex with him
    He is being sarcastic.

  7. How was Olive 'open for business'?
    She was starting a new company.
    Boys were paying her to pretend to have sex.
    Boys were paying her to have sex.
    She wanted to start a new company.

  8. Why does Olive's classmate suggest that she wear a red 'A'?
    She is trying to insult her.
    She thinks it would be funny.
    She wants Olive to be proud of her lifestyle.
    She wants to help her business.

  9. Why did Olive's mother have a "horrible reputation" when she was young?
    She was ugly.
    She was a bad student.
    She got pregnant.
    She slept with a lot of people.

  10. "There is a higher power that will judge you." What does this mean?
    Your behavior is illegal.
    Your behavior is bad karma.
    God is going to help you.
    God is going to punish you.

triangle Language (reductions)

Directions: Listen to the conversation and choose the expression that you hear.

  • Olive: (Let me) just begin by saying that there are two sides to every story; and this is my side – the right one.

  • Brandon: Do you (want to) go out with me?

  • Classmate: “We need to pray for her. But, we also need to get her the hell (out of) here."

  • Olive: “I always thought that pretending to lose my virginity would be a little more special. Judy Bloom (should have) prepared me for that.”

triangle Script

Olive: Let me just begin by saying that there are two sides to every story; and this is my side – the right one. I used to be anonymous, a nothing, a non-entity.


Friend: “Olive, that’s your name right?”

Olive: “Yeah, we’ve had 9 classes together, since kindergarten.”

Olive: “So here it is: part one.”

Brandon: “Do you want to go out with me?”

Olive: “Brandon, just a couple hours ago, you told me you were gay.”

Brandon: “You said I should pretend to be straight.”

Olive: “I didn’t mean with me!”

Brandon: “I am tormented, every day at school….just one good, imaginary fling.”

Olive: “Which brings us to part 2.”

Student: “Is that Olive with Brandon??”

Olive: “Now grunt, and make it convincing.”

Brandon: “Ohhhh”

Olive: “You ready for the grand finale?”

Brandon: “Yeah…What?”


Brandon: “oohhhhh!!”

Olive: “yeaaaahh!”

Brandon: “Thank you.” (Opens door) “Whatssssuup!” (Cheering)

Olive: “I always thought that pretending to lose my virginity would be a little more special. Judy Bloom should have prepared me for that.”

Friend: “Brandon told me what you did for him.”

Olive: “Rrrrrrr”

Friend: “No. He told me the truth. I was just hoping that maybe you could the same for me?”

Olive: “So whether I liked it or not, I was open for business.” “Twenty percent off to Bath and Bodyworks?” Is that how much our imaginary trust meant to you? I fake rocked your world.”

Classmate: “We need to pray for her. But, we also need to get her the hell out of here.”

Classmates: “Amen”

Olive: “On Monday, things took a turn for the scandalous.”

Friend: “Screw all these people, Olive.”

Olive: “Ironically, we were studying the Scarlet Letter. This girl named Hester Prin has an affair with the minister, is besmirched, and made to wear a red ‘A’ for ‘Adulturer.’”

Classmate: “Perhaps you should embroider a red “A” on your wardrobe.”

Olive: “I’m not proud of this.”

Mom: “No judgment. But you kind of look like a stripper.”

Olive: “Mom!”

Dad: “A high-end stripper; for governors, or athletes.”

Lady: “Is she the one everyone’s talking about?”

Man: “Yes.”

Boy: “I know exactly what you’re doing. If I promise not to tell anyone, could I kiss you right now?”


Mom: “I had a similar situation when I was your age. I had a horrible reputation.”

Olive: “Why?”

Mom: “Because I slept with a whole bunch of people. Mostly guys.”

Olive: “Mom!”

Classmate: “There’s a higher power that will judge you for your indecency.”

Olive: “Tom Cruise?”

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