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  • Feifei: Hello and welcome to The English

  • We Speak. I'm Feifei...

  • Rob: And hello, I'm Rob!

  • Feifei: You're looking pleased

  • with yourself today, Rob.

  • Rob: I am. Look - biscuits!

  • Feifei: Hmm, are biscuits

  • really that exciting?

  • Rob: Well, it's not actually the biscuits,

  • it's the price. I got

  • five pence off the packet

  • - a great discount, hey?

  • Feifei: Five pence! Big deal!

  • Rob: Well, yes it is a big deal, Feifei - a

  • big, big deal. By my calculations it's a five

  • per cent discount. So every bite tastes

  • better because it's cheaper! Oh hold on -

  • you're being sarcastic, aren't you?

  • Feifei: I am. It's a sarcastic phrase. When

  • we say 'big deal' to someone, we're telling

  • them that we don't think what they've told

  • us is very special or impressive. So sorry,

  • Rob - I'm not impressed!

  • Rob: It takes a lot to impress you, Feifei.

  • How about some impressive examples?

  • A: Have you heard - we're getting

  • a 1 per cent pay rise?

  • B: Big deal!

  • My brother said he completed

  • the marathon in four hours.

  • Big deal - I did it in three!

  • Feifei: This is The English We Speak

  • from BBC Learning English and

  • we're talking about

  • the expression 'big deal', which

  • can be said to someone to show

  • you're not impressed by

  • what they've told you. You can also say

  • something is 'no big deal' to mean it's not

  • a serious problem, like this...

  • Failing your driving test is no big deal - it

  • happens to people all the time.

  • You can try again next month.

  • Rob: So that's 'no big deal', but I think

  • saving five pence off a packet of biscuits

  • is a great deal. You know what

  • people say - every penny counts.

  • Feifei: Rob, you're making a big deal about

  • this - that's another use of 'big deal'. When

  • you make a big deal about something,

  • it means you make a big fuss.

  • Rob: A big fuss? I bought 100 packets,

  • Feifei, saving five pounds - that's

  • quite a deal don't you think?

  • Feifei: 100 packets! That's a bit extreme

  • - you must really love biscuits.

  • What sort are they?

  • Rob: They are chocolate digestives.

  • Feifei: Oh chocolate digestives!

  • My favourite - OK then, Rob, open them up

  • and let's start munching.

  • Rob: Ha! I can see you are impressed

  • with my 'big deal'. Bye.

  • Feifei: Bye.

Feifei: Hello and welcome to The English

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What does 'big deal' mean?

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/07/01
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