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At the second (0.50), the man Said: "Maybe not then".
is it the same like saying (Maybe not that)?

About the man's response at this situation (His body language with the light smile)
what do we call it in English?

Hello Ahmad Ali,

'then' has several meanings and uses; in this case, it's referring back to the idea that he will tell these people the truth (which he decides he doesn't want to do) -- you can see this explained in this entry for 'then'. 

As far as I know, there's no special name for the smile that he uses -- I think that here he's simply imagining the disaster that would result if he told the truth and smiling at that.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

In our country, you don't have to say anything beforehand if you turn down an invitation. But you need to call and tell them sorry later.

good start for me I enjoyed it

hi i am, Md.mahmudul Hasan.and want skill english so we can helpe me.

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I'm Dai, I come from VietNam, and I have just register at Learning English.
I want to improve my English skill and I hope you help me.
Tks a lot!

Hello mrdaipc,

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The LearnEnglish Team

I only replayed twice, and it was good for me, I am use to listen more quickly. Thanks.

I listened it repeatedly. But couldn't catch what is the boy saying. It was talked really fast. I just want to know do the natives usually talk that much?