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  • Neil: Hello, I'm Neil...

  • Feifei: ...and hello, I'm Feifei and welcome

  • to The English We Speak.

  • Neil: Now Feifei, here's a question for you.

  • If you had some news what would do?

  • Feifei: Hmm, I would tell someone of course.

  • Neil: Yes but some good news, some amazing,

  • incredible news about yourself -

  • like for example, I'm having a baby.

  • Feifei: Are you really?

  • Neil: Of course not - but if you had exciting news

  • like that, how would you tell people?

  • Feifei: I'd use social media... tell all my friends...

  • tell everyone in the office...

  • I would shout about it - but not literally.

  • Neil: Exactly! Which is why, in English, we say

  • we would 'shout it from the rooftops'

  • which means we would share some information

  • publicly so everyone knows.

  • Feifei: I guess this is how people shared important news

  • before TV, radio and the internet had been invented.

  • Neil: Exactly. They would climb up somewhere high

  • and shout it out! Let's hear some examples...

  • Examples: Congratulations for getting a first in your

  • degree, you should go and shout it from the rooftops!

  • I know you won the lottery but don't shout it from the

  • rooftops; otherwise everyone will be after your money!

  • We all know Ming is in love with JiYuen,

  • he's been shouting it from the rooftops!

  • Feifei: So to shout something from the rooftops

  • means to tell everyone your good news.

  • Hold on a minute Neil, I do have some good news...

  • I am getting a pay rise!

  • Neil: Sorry, what did you say?

  • Feifei: I am getting a pay rise!

  • Neil: OK, no need to shout. Feifei, be careful,

  • there are some things you don't want to shout

  • from the rooftops - that news will just upset people.

  • Feifei: Like who?

  • Neil: Like me. I didn't get one.

  • But congratulations anyway.

  • Both: Bye.

Neil: Hello, I'm Neil...

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Shout it from the rooftops: The English We Speak

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    吃v的春天 posted on 2018/08/01
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