Giving Opinions (3)
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.
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?
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: 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
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.
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