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RUTH: Hello and welcome to another programme in the series, 'Say It Again'. My name is Ruth Lowton and I have with me Bela, who is here to help you to say it again. Hello Bela. Bela, over the last few weeks, we've been looking at ways to have a friendly discussion and also different ways of giving your opinions and making suggestions. Have you found the phrases we've been looking at helpful?

BELA: Hello Ruth. Yes, I've found the phrases we've used very helpful. I hope I can remember all of them. I've been practicing hard since last week's programme!

RUTH: As Bela has just said, today on 'Say It Again', we're going to be practicing all the phrases we've been using over the last four weeks. That's a lot of phrases. And there is another in our series of true life stories. It's the fifth part in our series of six about Hui Chan Hop. A lot to get through, so let's begin.

RUTH: We looked at ways of having a friendly discussion. We're going to hear a snatch from our drama, in which you can hear Grace and her younger brother Paul, talking about Paul's late bed times.

Conversation

RUTH: Bela, did you manage to hear some of the phrases that we've been practicing in the last few weeks?

BELA: Yes, I did recognize a few. We've practiced, "I sometimes think..." We've also practiced, 'I've heard that...' I'm not sure of any of the others.

RUTH: Both of those are right. I'll say them first and you can repeat them after me with Bela. 'I sometimes think...'

BELA: 'I sometimes think...' Ruth, I'll like to finish that sentence off. 'I sometimes think that in England, there are too many cars on the road.'

RUTH: So do I. Now here is the second phrase. 'I've heard that...'

BELA: 'I've heard that...' I'll finish that sentence off. 'I've heard that the English language is very hard to learn.'

RUTH: That's one of the reasons why 'Say It Again' is being aired, to help people learn the English language.

RUTH: There is also another phrase that was used, but we didn't hear it on the drama earlier. That was, 'I see what you mean, but...' Say that again with Bela after me. 'I see what you mean, but...'

BELA: 'I see what you mean, but...' I'll finish this sentence off. 'I see what you mean, but I'm sorry I don't agree with you.'

RUTH: That's right. The phrase 'I see what you mean, but...' is a very good phrase to use in a friendly discussion. It gives you the opportunity to disagree with what was been said, and also to put forward your own point of view.

RUTH: Now, do you remember this?

Conversation

RUTH: It was a snatch from the drama with Grace and her younger brother Paul, who were talking about smoking. In it, Grace gives her opinions and makes a few suggestions. Did you hear any of the opinion phrases, Bela?

BELA: I think I heard some of the phrases we've been practicing. One was, "Well! I'd say..." and another was, "The point is..." Grace said both of these phrases.

RUTH: Yes Bela, you're quite right, she did. Let me say them first, and then why don't you say them after me with Bela? 'Well! I'd say...'

BELA: 'Well! I'd say...' Let me finish that sentence. 'Well! I'd say that the weather in England can be very cold.'

RUTH: Yes, it can. Let me say the next one. 'The point is...'

BELA: 'The point is...' I'll finish that sentence off as well. 'The point is I saw the accident happen. I know I'm right.'

RUTH: As well as those two phrases, there was also one other that I know Bela likes to use. Can you remember what it is?

BELA: I'm not sure that I'd use it in my everyday speech. But I definitely like it and I know that younger people enjoy using it. It is, 'Come off it!' Am I right Ruth?

RUTH: Yes Bela, you are. It is a favorite saying of young people today. But do remember that you can only say it politely to a close friend or a relation, like a brother, maybe.

RUTH: We're coming to the end of our programme today. Before we finish, there is just time for our true story. It's the fifth in our six part series on the life of Hui Chan Hop. In today's true story, Hui has a visitor in prison, who tells him all about Jesus Christ. Alone and bored in his cell, Hui picks up a book and reads about Rita Nightingale, an Englishwoman who was jailed for smuggling drugs. He found that Rita had changed in spite of all she'd done. Listen to how it happened. Dick is reading Hui's story.

Story Testimony

The next day, Hui sat with another prisoner called John. John was a Christian. A Christian visitor came to see John. Hui got up to go. "No John, please stay." They all talked for a while and then Hui said, "Tell me about Christianity." The man did not speak of religion but he talked about a person called Jesus Christ, about his death on the cross and his resurrection three days later. As he listened, Hui felt very peaceful. He liked what he heard but would God help him?

Hui traveled to another prison for two weeks. One night, he woke up and found himself talking with God. Hui asked God to help him with his troubles but the cell was empty. Nothing was happening. Hui felt disappointed and angry. Hui was to be sent back to Damore prison but there was a snow storm and Hui had to stay in another prison for a week. In the cold exercise yard outside, Hui met George, another prisoner. The two began to talk. George mentioned that he was a Christian and he told Hui of how God had changed his life while he was in prison.

Later in his cell, Hui was bored. He found two books in a drawer. One was a bible and the other had no cover. He picked up the second book and started reading. He saw the words 'Bangkok', 'Australia', 'Hong Kong' and he thought it was a travel story. But then he saw 'arrested', 'betrayed', and 'Laudia'. He knew that 'Laudia' was a women prison in Bangkok. It was the story of Rita, an Englishwoman. She was jailed for drugs smuggling. Like Hui, she was angry and a foreigner in a strange prison. In the book, Hui read that some visitors had come and told her about the Lord Jesus Christ. Through the visits, Rita accepted God into her life and was re-borne in Jesus. She had the same problem as Hui but she had found the answer.

RUTH: Next week, you can hear the last part in Hui's story. I hope that you've enjoyed hearing a longer story. Maybe it'd helped you remember to tune in to 'Say It Again' each week to hear more. I hope so.

RUTH: Today's programme has gone so fast. I think I've just got some time to repeat all the sentences we've been practicing this week. We've been looking at friendly discussion phrases and phrases you can use when stating your opinion or making a suggestion. The phrases were, 'I sometimes think...' 'I've heard that...' We also practiced, 'Well I'd say...' and 'The point is...' We also finished off with many people's favorite, 'Come off it!' I hope you have remembered each of these phrases. I'm sure you'll find many uses for them as you practice your spoken English with your friends this week. As I said earlier, we've come to the end of today's programme. Next week, the other Grace will be here with me and we'll be hearing about Cawdor Castle, in Scotland. There will also be the last in our true story series about Hui Chan Hop. I hope you can join me then. Thank you, Bela, for joining me over the last few weeks. I hope you'll join me again some time.

BOTH: Goodbye.

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