The English We Speak - 2
Li: Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I'm Li.
Neil: And I'm Neil. Li, let me tell you about this strange dream I had
yesterday… we weren't here. We were somewhere else, in another country…
(Sound of dreamy music)
Neil: We were lucky to find these cheap tickets and fly here to the United
States, weren't we? This is a wonderful place, Li.
Li: Yes, this is a wonderful place!
Neil: …where we found a boat and decided to sail on this river! Blue sky, blue
water… Don't you feel at one with nature, Li?
Li: Of course, yes, I do feel in harmony with nature. But we have been
sailing for a while now and I'm not sure where we are… Where are we, Neil?
Neil: I'm not sure either. What I can say is that… this boat is rocking a lot, isn't it?
Li: Yes, but it must be normal.
Neil: … and I must confess I'm not a very strong swimmer…
Li: Don't think about it Neil, just admire the view.
Neil: But I have a sinking feeling!
Li: A sinking feeling Neil?! What's going on? Are your feet wet? Can you see
water coming into the boat?
Neil: No, there's no water in the boat. Having a sinking feeling is what you say
in English when you realise something bad is happening or about to happen.
Man 1: I bought shares in that company but the stock market has just crashed! I have a sinking feeling that I've lost all my money!
Woman: The meal in this restaurant was very tasty but I have a sinking feeling that I've forgotten my wallet at home and I don't have money to pay the bill!
Man 2: Oh the main player in the team has just got a red card! I've a sinking feeling that my team is going to lose this match!
Li: So, what is this sinking feeling that you have, Neil? If it's not the boat,
what is it?
Neil: Well, while we were admiring the view a few minutes ago I saw a sign
over there on the bank of the river that said: Niagara Falls. I've heard
this name somewhere and I don't think it's good. I don't remember why but…
Li: What?! Niagara Falls! Did you say that? It has a vertical drop of some 50
metres, Neil! Do you know that?
Neil: Yes, now I remember! I saw it in a movie! I have a sinking feeling! Grab
this life jacket, Li!
Li: Thank you. Now I have a sinking feeling too!
Neil: Here we goooooooooooooooo!
(Sound of alarm clock)
Neil: And that's when I woke up, Li.
Li: That's good, Neil. But now I have a sinking feeling.
Neil: Why is that?
Li: We have been so distracted chatting about your dream that we've missed
our train and we will be late for work! Let's run and get a taxi. Bye!
As the world becomes additional world and integrated community, English language plays a vital role in connecting people and their ideas to at least one another. www.engforu.com is created by Maung Maung One. My goal is, the people of Myanmar who need to develop English Language must be supported as much as I can. Its purpose was to help expand learner access to the Basic English. I would like to give our special thanks to BBC, VOA for graciously allowing us to use their news stories as a basis of our learning activities. Their stories, photos and videos have made learning interesting and appropriate for adults.