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  • Feifei: Hello and welcome to The English We

  • Speak. I'm Feifei.

  • Neil: And I'm Neil. Hey Feifei, shouldn't we be celebrating?

  • Feifei: Why?

  • Neil: Haven't we presented a hundred of these

  • The English We Speak programmes together?

  • Feifei: A hundred? Oh no, we've done way more than that. I could

  • present these programmes standing on my head!

  • Neil: That I would love to see!

  • Feifei: Not literally. I mean do it easily

  • - without difficulty.

  • Neil: I know that Feifeibut you probably

  • could present this programme standing on your

  • head because you're an old hand at this.

  • Feifei: Excuse me? I may have presented this

  • programme for many years but I do NOT have

  • old hands. How rude!

  • Neil: Don't worry, I wasn't referring to your

  • handsthey look lovely. If you are an

  • old hand at doing something, it means you

  • are very skilled and experienced. It was a compliment!

  • Feifei: Oh right. Thanks. Let's hear some

  • examples of this phrase in action

  • Examples: Let's get Mike in to solve our IT

  • problem, shall we? He's an old hand at fixing computers.

  • Miguel is an old hand at map reading, so let's

  • make him the leader on our mountain trek.

  • I can see you're an old hand at project management;

  • it would have taken me days to create a spreadsheet like that!

  • Feifei: This is The English We Speak from BBC Learning English and

  • we're learning about

  • the phrase 'an old hand', which describes

  • someone who is skilled and

  • experienced at doing something.

  • Neil: It's a handy phrase, isn't it! But come

  • on Feifei, as you are such 'an old hand',

  • why not have a go at really presenting

  • standing on your head?

  • Feifei: OK Neil, as you're paying me a

  • compliment. Here goesgive a hand

  • Feifei: Ouch!

  • Neil: Are you OK? I think you should stick

  • to doing what you are most skilled and experienced at.

  • Feifei: You mean not listening to your silly suggestions.

  • Neil: I'm an old hand at

  • making silly suggestions, Feifei!

  • Feifei: Hmmm, let's forget our celebration

  • shall we? Bye!

  • Neil: Bye.

Feifei: Hello and welcome to The English We

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A2 UK feifei skilled experienced phrase speak standing

An old hand: The English We Speak

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