Monday, August 5, 2013

Audio:The English We Speak: After

Join Li and Finn for a drink in the bar and learn a new way to ask someone what they want.


Yang Li: Hi, and welcome to The English We Speak, with me Yang Li. I'm in a very crowded bar, trying to get served.
Barman:(Shouting) Who's next please?
Drinkers: Me, me, me...

Barman: OK you...
Drinker: I'd like a gin and tonic please...

Barman: That'll be £3.60. OK...
Yang Li: Oh, I think I'm next...

Barman: Hi, are you next?
Yang Li: Yes, yes, it's me now...
Barman: What are you after?
Yang Li: What am I after? No, it's my turn now, thank you...
Barman: OK, I know that. What are you after?
Yang Li: I'm after... eh? I'm after... the person before me?
Barman: Don't try to be funny. What are you after?
Yang Li: Sorry barman, I'm really confused - I mean, just a minute... I know you! You're not a barman. Aren't you our presenter, Finn?
Barman: Yes, it's me. Just earning a little extra money!
Yang Li: I thought so! Very nice bar you have here. OK - what normally happens in this programme is we explain an idiomatic English expression. So, why do you keep asking me what I'm after?
Barman: OK, I'll be quick - there are customers waiting! Today's expression is indeed 'after'. When you say you're 'after something', it means you want it, especially in situations like shopping, or when buying things. Like this:
  • A: I'm after a pair of formal leather shoes.
  • B: Come this way sir. We have a great selection.

  • A: Hello, what are you after?
  • B: I'd like a glass of white wine please.

Yang Li: OK, I get it now! I'm after a pint of ale, please.
Barman: Of course, Li. This one's on the house! Shh... just don't tell the boss.

Yang Li: Cheers Finn (drinks).
Barman: While Li is drinking, let me tell you – if you're after more English slang expressions - keep listening to The English We Speak, and check out our website
Right, who's next?

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