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  • Hello everyone. This is The English

  • We Speak with me, Feifei...

  • ... and me, Rob. Hey, Feifei, this is

  • all a bit weird, isn't it?

  • A bit weird? What do you mean?

  • Well, us not being in the same studio.

  • You not being able to make me

  • a cup of tea. Us

  • not going out for lunch. It's not...

  • .... it's not normal! It's certainly different,

  • Rob. But it's good to have

  • some time apart,

  • isn't it?

  • I don't know. It's not like it used to be.

  • Things have changed.

  • Well, Rob, this is the new normal. It's a

  • new English expression

  • that describes the

  • way people will live their lives during

  • and after this coronavirus outbreak.

  • Oh right. Does that mean I get

  • some new examples as well?

  • It does, and here they are...

  • After lockdown, things won't be the same

  • - we'll have to get used to a new normal.

  • Getting up at 6am and going for

  • a run every day is my

  • new normal - and it feels good.

  • The new normal means working from

  • home more and not going into the office.

  • This is The English We Speak from

  • BBC Learning English, and in this

  • programme we're learning

  • about the phrase 'new normal', which

  • describes the way people

  • will live their lives during

  • and after this coronavirus outbreak.

  • Rob, I'm sure we'll get used to

  • the new normal

  • - sometimes it's good to

  • change our routine.

  • Yes, but I like my routine - go to the office,

  • drink tea, eat biscuits, talk to you, go for

  • lunch.

  • Hmmm, maybe the 'new' normal will be

  • good for your health and your work.

  • Come on, Feifei, there must be something

  • about old normal that you miss?

  • Let me have a think... making you tea,

  • listening to your stories,

  • giving you my biscuits - no,

  • I think I'll get used to the

  • new normal - and so should you, Rob.

  • OK, Feifei. I'll give it a try. Now, I'd

  • better go and do some work.

  • Wow! That's not normal, that sounds

  • like a new Rob! Bye.

  • Bye.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/23
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