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  • Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I'm Feifei.

  • And I'm Neil. So how was your holiday, Feifei? Got any photos?

  • Yeah! Aren't they cool?

  • Well, I haven't seen them.

  • Haven't seen them? Well check out my social media feeds.

  • Ermwell, I'll have to wait till I get to my computer. I can't see anything on this dumbphone.

  • Dumbphone?!

  • Yeah, I was getting addicted to my smartphone – I couldn't stop checking it every five seconds - so I got rid of it and now I have this dumbphone!

  • It's brilliantit does absolutely nothing apart from phone and text!

  • Oh, I see. The opposite of 'smart' is 'dumb', so the opposite of a smartphone is a 'dumbphone'.

  • You've got it! It's very fashionable, you know. Eddie Redmayne uses one!

  • Hmm, not sure about thatBut let's hear some examples.

  • Argh, my arm is killing me from playing around with my phone so much.

  • Get yourself a dumbphone, like me. There's nothing to check!

  • My sleep has improved so much since I got rid of my smartphone. There's no temptation to stare at this dumbphone in bed!

  • I'm sick of being bullied by my smartphone.

  • I'm going to join the dumbphone revolution!

  • This is The English We Speak from BBC Learning English.

  • We're learning the word 'dumbphone'.

  • A dumbphone is a simple, old-fashioned style mobile phone which can only make calls and send text messages.

  • 'Dumb' is the opposite of 'smart'.

  • Some people are choosing to use them because they think smartphones distract them too much.

  • It's a word that's only appeared over the last couple of years, so you probably won't find it in a dictionarybut it's been used a lot in the media.

  • So, Feifei, how am I going to see these holiday snaps of yours?

  • Neil, just get a new smartphone.

  • No way. The past is the future!

  • What next? Are you going to start coming to work on a horse?

  • Now, that is a great idea! Maybe I could swap my computer for a typewriter.

  • And who really needs electricity when you can have a nice gas lamp

  • Good bye!

  • Bye.

Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I'm Feifei.

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Dumbphone: The English We Speak

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    Evangeline posted on 2018/11/16
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