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  • Feifei: Hello and welcome to The English

  • We Speak. I'm Feifei...

  • Rob: ...and hello, I'm Rob.

  • Feifei: Rob, I'm having a bit of trouble with my computer...

  • Rob: What, again! What's the problem this time?

  • Feifei: Well, I've written the script for

  • this programme, but it won't save. And I

  • can't print it out - this computer just

  • does not work. Can you fix it?

  • Rob: Let me have a pop at it.

  • Feifei: A pop? Are you going to make it

  • explode? That's a bit extreme, Rob.

  • Rob: Don't worry, Feifei. If I have a pop

  • at something, I just mean I'll try and do

  • it - so I'll have a go doing something,

  • like fixing your computer...

  • Feifei: Right! OK, Rob, have a pop then.

  • But just don't delete all my work.

  • Rob: Don't worry, Feifei, I would never do

  • that, would I? Let's hear some more

  • examples of the phrase while I sort this out...

  • I'm going to have a pop at doing this

  • online application for a passport -

  • apparently it's really easy.

  • We had a pop at making a cake but we

  • baked it for too long and it burnt!

  • Why not have a pop at yoga? I've heard it's

  • good for your mind, body and soul.

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

  • and we're talking about the phrase 'have a pop', which

  • means to try something. So, Rob, you've

  • had a pop at fixing

  • my computer... any luck?

  • Rob: Ermm, not exactly. Everything seems

  • to have disappeared from the screen.

  • Feifei: Let me look... no! You have deleted

  • my script. Hmm, Rob, did you know that

  • 'have a pop' has another meaning?

  • Rob: Oh yeah, what's that?

  • Feifei: To 'have a pop' also means to

  • criticise or even to try and hit someone.

  • And I'm going to have a pop at you

  • for losing my script.

  • Rob: Hold... hold on, Feifei. If we don't

  • have a script, we won't know what will

  • happen next.

  • Feifei: I think the listeners know, Rob,

  • don't they? Bye.

  • Rob: Bye. Ouch!

Feifei: Hello and welcome to The English

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Have a pop: The English We Speak

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    Evangeline posted on 2018/07/24
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