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  • Feifei: Hello, this is The English We Speak

  • and I'm Feifei.

  • Rob: And hello, I'm Rob.

  • Feifei: Hey Rob, watch this...

  • Rob: Yeah very impressive, Feifei. But why

  • are you singing and dancing?

  • Feifei: Well, I booked a holiday in a lovely

  • hotel with a fantastic swimming pool.

  • Rob: Right. And you're celebrating by

  • singing and dancing? Very strange!

  • Feifei: No Rob, of course not! There's a

  • problem - the swimming pool is

  • closed for refurbishment

  • and I want to cancel my holiday but the

  • hotel won't let me.

  • Rob: Oh right. So you're singing about it?

  • Feifei: No. Neil told me to call the hotel

  • again and make a song and dance

  • about my reservation

  • - so I'm practising before I do.

  • Rob: Hold on Feifei. Don't waste your

  • time. What Neil means by 'to make

  • a song and dance

  • about it', is to make lots of unnecessary

  • fuss about it - basically, to overreact.

  • Feifei: Got it! So, overreact - yes,

  • I can do that!

  • Rob: Well, go and make that phone call

  • while we listen to some examples...

  • My boyfriend makes such a song and

  • dance about doing the housework -

  • but to be honest, it's

  • not that hard!

  • Don't make a song and dance about it -

  • I only asked you to move seats

  • so I could see the screen.

  • I can't believe they lost your suitcase at

  • the airport; you should make

  • a song and dance

  • about this and get a proper apology.

  • Feifei: This is The English We Speak from

  • BBC Learning English and we're learning about

  • the phrase 'to make a song and dance

  • about something' which means

  • to make a lot of unnecessary

  • fuss about something. And Rob,

  • that's what I did when I called the hotel...

  • Rob: So, you overreacted?

  • Feifei: Yes.

  • Rob: You made lots of fuss?

  • You made a scene?

  • Feifei: I did, and guess what?

  • Rob: What?

  • Feifei: They apologised and offered me a

  • free holiday when the swimming pool

  • has reopened

  • and said I could bring a guest for free.

  • Rob: Brilliant - a free guest!

  • So, when shall we go?

  • Feifei: We Rob? No, I'm taking

  • my best friend Maria.

  • Rob: What?! I'm not your best friend?! All

  • that time we've worked together.

  • All the things

  • I've given you...

  • Feifei: Calm down, Rob.

  • Don't make a song and dance about it.

  • I'll send you a postcard.

  • Rob: Oh thanks.

  • Feifei: Bye.

  • Rob: Bye.

Feifei: Hello, this is The English We Speak

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What does 'make a song and dance (about something)' mean?

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/07/01
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