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  • Neil: Welcome to The English We Speak. I'm Neil.

  • Feifei: And I'm Feifei.

  • Neil: You're a pretty polite person, aren't you, Feifei?

  • Feifei: Well, thanks. I don't know. I do try to be!

  • Neil: That was a very polite answer! But sometimes

  • we want to say things that are very honest,

  • or that others might not want to hear.

  • Feifei: For example, I ask you: "Do I look tired today?"

  • Neil: Well, I could directly say:

  • "Yes, you do look a bit tired."

  • Feifei: Or you could start with this slang expression

  • 'not gonna lie'.

  • Neil: Not gonna lie Feifei, you do look a little tired.

  • Feifei: I know, I need to get to bed earlier!

  • 'gonna' of course, is short for 'going to'.

  • Using this phrase indicates that you're choosing

  • to be honest rather than polite.

  • Neil: It's not only used for honest criticism,

  • we might also use it before something we're very

  • proud of, or something we boast about.

  • For example: I love recording these programmes.

  • Though I'm not gonna lie, I'm the best presenter

  • in this team.

  • Feifei: Whoah, that's enough. I'm sure everyone listening

  • agrees that I'm the best presenter.

  • Neil: Of course you're a fantastic presenter, Feifei.

  • Just an example!

  • Feifei: Talking of examples, let's hear a few more.

  • Examples: A: Fancy coming round for dinner tomorrow?

  • B: Absolutely. If you're making your famous roast?

  • A: Oh yes. Not gonna lie, it's the best roast in town!

  • Slow down! You really are a terrible driver Mark,

  • not gonna lie.

  • Not gonna lie, I absolutely love my job.

  • I feel so happy when I walk through the office door every day.

  • Neil: That last example sounds just like me.

  • Especially as I'm (coughs) the best presenter.

  • Feifei: OK, OK, that joke is getting old now.

  • Neil: You're right. OK, one more thing.

  • This phrase 'not gonna lie'...

  • Feifei: Yes?

  • Neil: Not gonna lie, I think some people use it too much!

  • Feifei: Yes, it's become a popular phrase

  • on social media. Usually accompanied by

  • a photo of someone on holiday at the beach

  • with a post saying

  • "Not gonna lie, it's stunning here!"

  • Neil: The kind of post that makes me feel

  • jealous when I'm stuck in the office.

  • Feifei: But I thought you loved your job?!

  • Neil: Oh, I do.

  • Feifei: And yes, you are a very good presenter, Neil.

  • Neil: That makes me feel much better, not gonna lie.

  • Neil and Feifei: Bye.

Neil: Welcome to The English We Speak. I'm Neil.

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Not Gonna Lie: The English We Speak

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    Samuel posted on 2017/12/19
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