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  • Neil: Hello and welcome to Six Minute English.

  • I'm Neil and joining me today is Dan -

  • who is weighed down with shopping bags and wearing

  • something very... strange. What's going on, Dan?

  • Dan: Well, I was feeling a bit miserable

  • so I decided to cheer myself up by going shopping!

  • Neil: Well that's lucky because the link between

  • shopping and mood is what we're looking at

  • in this 6 Minute English - and of course we'll be

  • giving you six mood and shopping-related

  • vocabulary items. But first, our quiz:

  • Online shoppers in which country spend more

  • per household than consumers in any other country,

  • according to a report from the UK Cards Association?

  • Is it a) The USA b) Norway c) The UK

  • Dan: Norway seems to come top of lots of lists,

  • so for that reason alone I'm going to say Norway.

  • Neil: We'll find out at the end of the show.

  • Now, Dan, you said just now that you went shopping

  • because you were feeling down.

  • Dan: That's right - I like a bit of retail therapy.

  • Neil: Retail therapy is a humorous expression which

  • means going shopping to make yourself feel better.

  • Dan: Oh I do that all the time.

  • Neil: Yes, I can see. And you're not alone.

  • According to some research done by the website

  • moneysupermarket.com, people are more likely to buy

  • things they'll later regret

  • when they're feeling sad, bored or stressed.

  • Dan: Well I was feeling a bit down in the dumps.

  • And that's a way of saying 'sad'.

  • Neil: Oh dear, Dan. Sorry to hear you've been down

  • in the dumps. I only hope you don't get a pang of regret

  • about your purchases when you get them home -

  • the research suggests that you will.

  • Dan: A pang is a sharp pain. We often hear it used

  • figuratively to talk about strong emotions like guilt,

  • regret and remorse. You're making me feel worse, Neil

  • Neil: Sorry Dan - it's all for educational purposes!

  • Our audience will learn from your pain!

  • Remorse is like regret - and there's a good expression

  • to describe exactly that bad feeling you get

  • when you realise you don't really need or want

  • the things that you've bought. Buyer's remorse.

  • Dan: OK, OK, OK enough about me. Let's hear from Sam,

  • Phil and Catherine from the Learning English team

  • to see if their mood affects the shopping choices

  • they make. Listen carefully. Can you hear the three

  • types of things they say that they buy

  • when they're down in the dumps?

  • Sam: Honestly, I tend to buy food.

  • Anything that will bring me comfort,

  • so it can be any sort of warm drink,

  • hot drink but also anything kind of warm and cosy -

  • so like a nice jumper.

  • Phil: Definitely, if I've had a bad day at work,

  • or for whatever reason or I feel terrible,

  • tired, I am more likely to buy something

  • on the way home.

  • Catherine: Oh when I'm feeling sad, I probably buy

  • a little bit of wine and often something to wear.

  • I find that a bit of retail therapy when I'm sad

  • usually does the trick at the time,

  • so it makes me feel better. But I do find

  • that when I look in my wardrobe,

  • the things that I bought when I was sad -

  • I never wear them.

  • Neil: Sam, Phil and Catherine there from the BBC

  • Learning English team talking about what kind of

  • things they buy when they're feeling down.

  • What were they?

  • Dan: Food, drink and clothes.

  • Neil: That's right. Sam mentioned she buys food,

  • warm drinks and a nice jumper

  • to keep her cosy.

  • That's the feeling of being warm,

  • comfortable and relaxed.

  • Dan: Catherine also mentioned drinks -

  • this time wine. And she also said that buying clothes

  • does the trick. That means achieves the result

  • she intended.

  • Neil: But what's interesting is that Catherine said

  • she never wears the clothes she buys

  • when she's feeling sad.

  • That's exactly what the survey found -

  • people regret the purchases

  • they make when they're sad, bored or stressed.

  • Dan: Sounds like a case of buyer's remorse.

  • Neil: It does indeed. Well, time now for the answer

  • to our quiz question. I asked this:

  • Online shoppers in which country spend more

  • per household than consumers in any other country,

  • according to a report from the UK Cards Association?

  • Is it: a) The USA b) Norway c) The UK

  • Dan: I said b) Norway.

  • Neil: And I'm afraid you might need to go and buy some

  • more stuff to cheer you up - you're wrong!

  • The correct answer is the UK.

  • Apparently UK households spent the equivalent

  • of £4,611, that's almost $6,000

  • using payment cards online in 2015.

  • Dan: Well, I hope they were happy when they made

  • those purchases or they may feel the pang of regret

  • I'm scared I might get after today's discussion!

  • Neil: Well, a good recap of the vocabulary

  • from this programme might do the trick.

  • Dan: Shall we start with the first word?

  • Do you ever go in for a bit of retail therapy, Neil?

  • Neil: Actually I try to avoid it. Especially after reading

  • this survey - I don't think the happiness you feel

  • after buying something lasts very long. In fact,

  • you can end up feeling down in the dumps.

  • Dan: Yes down in the dumps - meaning sad or unhappy.

  • And a pang of regret might follow once you realise

  • you've spent a lot of money on something

  • you don't really need.

  • Neil: A pang is a stab - used here figuratively

  • to mean a sharp pain used to talk about strong

  • emotions. And after that pang

  • can come buyer's remorse.

  • Dan: Hmm, I'm beginning to feel buyer's remorse

  • from this leopard skin onesie. It seemed like

  • such a good idea at the time.

  • Neil: Well it does look cozy at least, that's warm

  • comfortable and relaxed, so I think if that's

  • what you wanted, it does the trick.

  • Dan: Does the trick, meaning achieves

  • the result you wanted.

  • Neil: Please remember to check out our Facebook,

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  • Dan/Neil: Bye!

Neil: Hello and welcome to Six Minute English.

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    Samuel posted on 2017/12/14
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