Giving Opinions (2)
RUTH: Welcome to 'Say It Again'. My name is Ruth and this is another
programme in the teaching English series. Each week in the series, we look at
different aspects of the English language. With drama, music and repetition, we
hope that you'll be able to find different ways of using the sentences we practice. I
have a student here with me who helps us by saying some of the sentences again.
BELA: Thank you Ruth, I enjoy being here on 'Say It Again'. I think you missed
one thing on your list of what's in the programme. True stories! Each week,
there is a true story, of different people all around the world. Over the last few
weeks, it's been the story of Hui Chan Hop from Thailand. We've heard over the
last few weeks how Hui had been caught at one of England's airports carrying 10
kilograms of heroin. He felt sure he would face a long time in prison. May I say
what's going to happen in this week's story, Ruth?
RUTH: Yes, go ahead Bela.
BELA: In today's story, Hui is sentenced to eight years in prison. While he was
there, he began to have problems with another prisoner. Hui wanted to kill this
man. It is while all these thoughts are going on in Hui's head that he begins to
think about some Christian people who visit the prison. The story is being read by
Hui had been caught with over one and a half million dollars worth of heroin at the
airport. He and his three friends were on trial. Just before the judge gave the
sentence, Hui began to whisper a prayer, "God, help me, ten years will do." The
judge spoke, "I hereby sentence you to eight years in prison." Hui was amazed at
his good fortune.
Hui was now a convicted prisoner. His smuggling days were over. He'd been
caught and punished and he was sent to Damore prison, the worst prison in England.
After a little while, he was put to work in the kitchens. He fell out with one of the
other prisoners. There was an argument and a fight. He planned to kill the man with
a knife. In his cell, Hui began to think of his family back home. If he kills this man,
he would stay in prison for another ten years.
He started having bad dreams and waking up in the middle of the night. Then one
day, he started to think about the Christian people who came to visit the prisoners.
He began thinking about the songs they sang to praise God, about how happy and at
peace they were. Sometimes Hui thought about joining in with them but he was
very wary of getting involved. Usually he had a good laugh at them so why was he
thinking about them now? They talked about a God who's alive - a loving, caring
God. And if you ask Him into your life, He would guide you and keep you safe
from harm. As Hui was thinking about the group, he began to feel peace entering
his heart. But no! He would not go running to the Christian God, he was feeling too
much sorrow and anger. There was no room in Hui's heart for God, he didn't want
RUTH: Each week, we've a true life story. Please try and join us for the next two
weeks as we continue to learn about Hui.
RUTH: Bela, you remembered a lot about Hui's story. Do you remember anything
about our English lesson from last week?
BELA: Yes Ruth, we were looking at giving opinions and making suggestions. I
think that's right.
RUTH: Yes, that's right. There's a very good drama we heard last week. Let's
listen to it again; maybe it will jog your memories. It's between Grace and her
younger brother Paul. Listen out for all the phrases that could be used when
giving opinions or making suggestions.
RUTH: Did you notice any phrases that either Grace or Paul used when they were
giving their opinions or making suggestions?
BELA: Yes Ruth, there were quite a few. We practiced some last week. 'Come
off it', 'Why don't you?' and 'How about...?'
RUTH: That's good, Bela. I hope you were able to pick out those phrases that we
used last week. There are some more for this week. Bela, can you remember a
BELA: I think I heard, 'I agree more?' But that doesn't seem right.
RUTH: You've just missed out one word. The sentence said, 'I couldn't agree
more...' It means that Paul couldn't agree any more than he does, even if he tried.
BELA: I'm not quite sure what you mean.
RUTH: Just remember the phrase - 'I couldn't agree more...' when you really want to
agree with someone! Did you hear any more phrases? There are still two
phrases you didn't find. They are both at the beginning of the drama. Listen to it
RUTH: Did you hear them, Bela?
BELA: Maybe you need to point them out to me, Ruth.
RUTH: The first one is, 'Well, I'd say...' Grace was speaking and she said, 'Well!
I'd say that you really do know the reason why you feel ill every morning.' It is
also Grace who uses the other new phrase. 'The point is...' She says, 'The point
is, smoking can make you ill.' These phrases are used when you are giving your
ideas. Bela, let's use the two phrases I've just mentioned. Say them after me.
'Well, I'd say...'
BELA: 'Well, I'd say...' Let me finish that sentence off. 'Well, I'd say, that I
totally agree with Grace. Smoking is harmful.'
RUTH: That's good, Bela. Do the same with the next phrase. 'The point is...'
BELA: 'The point is....' I think I can finish that sentence off as well. 'The point
is you waste a lot of money when you smoke cigarettes.'
RUTH: In the drama, the phrases we've heard and just been practicing are only used
when giving opinions. Grace was saying what she thought 'Well, I'd say...'
And then she said how strongly she felt about smoking, didn't she Bela?
BELA: Yes, she did. Grace knew that smoking is dangerous.
RUTH: By saying that the point is, Grace is saying that the most important thing, or
the point about smoking, is that it can make you ill. This is her opinion, and it's
quite true. The point is smoking is dangerous!
RUTH: We're almost at the end of today's programme. So to end with, here are
today's words. Say them after me with Bela. 'I couldn't agree more...'
BELA: 'I couldn't agree more...'
RUTH: 'Well, I'd say...'
BELA: 'Well, I'd say...'
RUTH: And lastly, 'The point is...'
BELA: 'The point is...'
RUTH: Did you repeat all of those phrases with Bela? That's the end of today's
programme. I hope you've enjoyed spending this time with Bela and me. Please
join us again next time, to, 'Say It Again.' From Bela and me...