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说‘不’ Saying 'No'


RUTH: Welcome to the third programme in our series 'Say it Again'. My name is Ruth and I've enjoyed being with you for the first two programmes in this new series. With me today I have Aries. Aries is from Singapore and we heard a little about her and her family last week. In today's programme, we're going to find out more about Aries' impressions of England. We're also going to look at polite ways of saying 'no'. I can also offer you an argument. Interested? Then listen on. Last week you told us that you had two older sisters. What are their names?

ARIES: Yock Peng and Su Wee. I really enjoy having my sisters as my friends. I miss them a lot now I am studying here in England. But I must admit though we often seemed to argue, we always make up very quickly after.

RUTH: That sounds very much like the brother and sister in our drama today. Listen to their conversation and see how many times they disagree with each other. Listen to what they finally agree to do together in the end.

Conversation

RUTH: Can you answer my questions Aries? Did you notice how many times Jim and his sister disagreed with each other? ARIES: I think they disagreed with each other about four times. I'm not sure if I can remember all of them correctly. Would you help me please?

RUTH: Of course, let's work through them together. Their first disagreement was over sports. Grace didn't like volleyball.

ARIES: Ah yes, then her brother Jim didn't want to go swimming. I think they disagreed next about their friends. I can't remember who Grace wanted them to go and see. Could I hear that section again?

RUTH: Yes, listen out for the names of their two friends. Also listen again for what the two of them finally decided to do together.

Conversation

ARIES: Their friends' names were Mary and Robert. I think they decide well about going to the market. I'm sure they'll really enjoy themselves there. Though I must admit a market here in England is really different from the ones I know at home.

RUTH: That sounds interesting. And how would you say 'no' if the stall holder is trying to sell you something you didn't want?

ARIES: I'll just tell them 'no thank you.'

RUTH: In English we have some polite ways of saying 'no'. If I say them, maybe you could repeat them after me. 'No thank you, I don't need any help.'

ARIES: 'No thank you, I don't need any help.'

RUTH: 'I've no idea I'm afraid.'

ARIES: 'I've no idea I'm afraid.'

RUTH: 'I'm terribly sorry, I really don't know.'

ARIES: 'I'm terribly sorry, I really don't know.'

RUTH: Can you think of three different places or situations where you could use each of these expressions? I'll leave that question with you for you to think about at home. Maybe you'll like to talk about it with a friend. Why don't you try and use these three sentences in your conversation this week. Let me repeat them for you.
'No thank you I don't need any help'.
'I've no idea I'm afraid'.
'I'm terribly sorry, I really don't know'.
I'll repeat them again at the end of the programme.

RUTH: Visiting the market, swimming or playing sports are all good ways of relaxing and enjoying yourself. Next week, we'll be looking in more detail at market shopping here in Britain. There are lots of ways I like to spend a lazy afternoon. One way I especially enjoy spending a 'lazy afternoon' is reading. I enjoy reading books about characters in history and books about animals. Some of these books have been written by Charles Dickens and William Howard. Reading to find out about people and places is a good way to spend a lazy afternoon. I've a true story here that is about Andrew Lee. Andrew is a police man. He lives and works in Hong Kong. Neil is reading Andrew's story.

Story Testimony

" 'All I find here is trouble, I don't understand why I'm alive, life is empty of all meaning for me.' This was a cry that I found I was making many times in my life. I'm a policeman, life held many challenges for me. I was paid a good wage, I know that my future looks good. Yet why did I feel this way?

One day talking with a friend, they suggested that I went with them to their Christian Church. They suggested that there I could hear some of the answers to my questions.

I was so surprised by what I heard there, I realised that I wanted to enjoy life in the way that those people did. I also wanted to experience the power of God in my life. I wanted the peace of mind those people knew. I began to realise that my old way of living was not going to bring me happiness. I realised that I needed someone far greater than me to help me through. I prayed to God. It was the most wonderful thing to happen to me and I jumped for joy. At last I'd found out what real happiness is."

RUTH: Aries, now that we've listened to that story, will you repeat after me the sentences we practiced earlier. Polite ways of saying 'no'. 'No thank you I don't need any help.'

ARIES: 'No thank you I don't need any help.'

RUTH: 'I've no idea I'm afraid.'

ARIES: 'I've no idea I'm afraid.'

RUTH: 'I'm terribly sorry, I really don't know.'

ARIES: 'I'm terribly sorry, I really don't know.'

RUTH: There are many different places where you could use these sentences. Try saying them with your friends. That's all we have time for today. I do know that Aries and I will be back with you next week. We'll be continuing our look at shopping. So until next week, from Aries and me, good-bye.

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