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  • Feifei: Hello and welcome to The English We Speak

  • with me, Feifei...

  • Rob: ...and me, Rob. Now excuse me Feifei,

  • I just need to reach over and get

  • a tissue before I... SNEEZE! Oh excuse me!

  • Feifei: Are you getting a cold?

  • Rob: Oh excuse me, I've just got to get this.

  • Hi mum, I've told you not to call me at work

  • I'll call you tonight. OK? Bye.

  • Sorry about that.

  • Feifei: ...Rob, are you going to do any work?

  • Rob: Excuse me! I am working very hard to explain

  • today's piece of authentic English.

  • Feifei: Excuse me? Say that again.

  • Rob: Yes - that's it - our phrase today

  • is two words with many different meanings

  • - 'excuse me'.

  • Feifei: I see - so when you sneeze or make a rude noise

  • you can apologise by saying 'excuse me!'

  • Rob: Exactly. And when I wanted you to move

  • so that I could reach for the tissues, I said

  • 'excuse me' to politely ask you to move

  • so that I could reach them. A bit like this...

  • Example: Excuse me, could you move down the bus

  • please so that I can get on. Thanks!

  • Feifei: And what about that phone call?

  • Rob: Ah yes, I said 'excuse me' as a polite way

  • of apologising for the interruption.

  • Feifei: So you were being polite and then

  • you were being rude when you said 'excuse me!'

  • Rob: Well, I was expressing shock and disbelief

  • that you thought I wasn't working.

  • A bit like this...

  • Example: Excuse me! How can you say I don't do any

  • housework - I cleaned the bathroom yesterday.

  • Rob: And then you said 'excuse me?'

  • because you didn't understand what I said earlier

  • - as usual - and you wanted me to repeat it.

  • Feifei: Excuse me! That's not fair. Any other uses?

  • Rob: Yes. Here's another one...

  • Example: Excuse me, do you know the way

  • to the railway station?

  • Feifei: OK, that's 'excuse me' to get someone's

  • attention. Well Rob, now I've got your attention,

  • you'll have to 'excuse me' because I've got to go.

  • Rob: A very good use of 'excuse me' Feifei -

  • politely saying you have to go.

  • So, can you think of any more...? Feifei? Feifei?

  • Oh she really has gone.

  • Rob: Bye.

Feifei: Hello and welcome to The English We Speak

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