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  • Hello and welcome to The English We Speak with me, Feifei

  • and me, Roy.

  • Roy, please will you sit down! It's really annoying with you always just standing there!

  • No, I refuse to sit down! I haven't sat down for the whole week.

  • I heard you talking about 'a sticking point' the other day, and after you played a joke on me and glued me to the chair, I will not sit down ever again!

  • No, Roy! 'A sticking point' refers to a problem or issue that prevents progress towards a goal or an agreement.

  • I was talking about negotiating my new work contract – I think I should be given 'unicorn truffles' every day as part of the job.

  • Wait, so a sticking point in your new contract is that you want unicorn truffles?

  • Yes! I also asked for an eagle called Clive.

  • But I want unicorn truffles.

  • That's a great idea. I might ask for free unicorn truffles too.

  • Sorry, Roy. That's only for amazing people like menow sit down and let's listen to these examples.

  • Trade tariffs were a sticking point in the negotiations.

  • Bob and Ahmed could not agree on the budget.

  • The amount spent on stationery was a real sticking point.

  • The amount of time it would take to build the railway was a sticking point when it came to signing the final agreement.

  • This is The English We Speak from BBC Learning English and we're talking about the expression 'sticking point', which refers to an issue or problem that blocks a negotiation or an agreement.

  • I'm glad I could sit down – I was getting really tired!

  • So, have you finally stopped playing your jokes around the office? Am I safe again?

  • Yes, I've stopped! You're safe!

  • That's good. Your jokes were a real sticking point in our friendship!

  • Well, talking of sticking points, I'm off to negotiate my new contract and get some of those unicorn truffles! And my eagle!

  • I love unicorn truffles!

  • Well, there are some on that table over there.

  • You could have all of them, but sadly, you're stuck to a chairagain!! I got you again with my prank!! Bye Roy!

  • Nooo!!!! Don't leave me stuck to a chair again!!!

  • Feifei!? Ohh, bye.

Hello and welcome to The English We Speak with me, Feifei

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