Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I'm Feifei. And I'm Roy! Feifei, have you listened to the latest song by my favourite band, Dragon Tennis? Dragon Tennis are a terrible band who make dreadful music. Mic drop! What?! I think the lead singer dropped the microphone once. You can't hate them because of that! No, Roy. We say 'mic drop' at the end of a sentence after we have made an impressive or pertinent point in a discussion, rendering the conversation over. Oh, so our conversation is finished? OK. Well, that makes sense about the expression 'mic drop'. Yes, we can also use it after you've just finished roasting someone. Yes, for example: Feifei, your taste in music is terrible which is why you don't appreciate Dragon Tennis. Mic drop! Very good example, but not true. Let's listen to these examples. Your idea is the worst thing I've ever heard! Mic drop. I can't believe he ended his message with 'mic drop'. He's so wrong and the discussion is not over! This is undoubtedly the best game ever. Mic drop! This is The English We Speak from BBC Learning English, and we're talking about the expression 'mic drop', which is commonly used at the end of a discussion when someone makes a point that ends the conversation. Yes, it's quite common in messages or emails. It's also seen with the verb 'perform'. That's right: 'perform a mic drop'. I use this a lot when I'm discussing things with people and I know I'm right. It's true that you say that a lot. I think you've explained the expression really well. It's true! My job here is done. Mic drop! Very good use of 'mic drop'. What else shall we teach now? Nothing. I was serious when I said mic drop. Bye. Bye! Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I'm Feifei. And I'm Roy! Hey, Feifei, do you fancy doing some karaoke tonight with me and Rob? No, I do not. The last time we went out with Rob, you two managed to upset everyone. Everyone left. He is tone deaf! His singing is not that bad! His mum says he's got a lovely voice! No, Roy. While tone deaf can relate to someone who can't hear notes and has difficulty singing – like you - it can also mean someone who is unaware or insensitive to a situation. Ah, so you mean the fact that Rob said that he prefers cats during the annual dog welfare meeting. Yes, that was a bit off. He always says the wrong things at the wrong time! He really is tone deaf. Let's listen to these examples. People who say they've enjoyed lockdown can sound a bit tone deaf. So many people have lost their jobs. We've all been working so hard. The boss seemed tone deaf when he rejected our pay rise. I can't believe Sarah said she doesn't believe in global warming to those activists. She's tone deaf. This is The English We Speak from BBC Learning English, and we're talking about the expression 'tone deaf'. It can be used to describe someone who can't sing, but also has a secondary meaning that refers to someone who can't understand the sensitive nature of a situation. Yes. It's an interesting development of the meaning. So, 'deaf' refers to someone who can't hear, while 'tone deaf' describes someone who can't hear different tones or sounds. Yes, that's right. And the new meaning is for someone who says the wrong thing at the wrong time - like Rob. Yes, it sometimes gets used to refer to authority figures who say something that seems to be out-of-touch with a certain situation. That's right! And, Roy, please don't sing tonight. You really are tone deaf when it comes to singing. Your singing makes dogs bark. Yeah, maybe that's for the best. But then I think the dogs just want to be in the same band as me. I could create a new band called 'Roy and the Dogs'. I can't believe you just said that! I just formed a band called 'Feifei and the Cats'. Your comment was tone deaf. Bye, Roy. Bye! Hello and welcome to The English We Speak with me, Feifei. There you go, Feifei, one skinny cappuccino for you. Thanks, Neil. It's good to get away from the office, and I like this cafe. It's very stylish, for you! I will take that as a compliment. Now, shall we get down to business? 'Get down to business'? Do we have to talk about business? I thought we'd forget about work, relax, talk about... your holiday plans. Where are you going this year? Sorry, Feifei, we need to talk shop for a minute. Shoppping! I'd love to talk about shopping. No. Talk shop. Which shop? Our shop. I mean our work. To talk shop means to talk about work, even when you're not at work! Oh right! And do we talk shop to just anyone? No, Feifei, just to the people we work with. I don't think anyone else would be interested. Let's hear from some more people who are 'talking shop'. We went to the pub to celebrate Rob's birthday but inevitably we started talking shop! I bumped into my boss on the train home tonight and he talked shop all the way to my stop. We've been at work all day, let's all have some fun and not talk shop please! This is The English We Speak from BBC Learning English and we're talking about the phrase 'talk shop'. It means to talk to people you work with about work, even when you're not at work. So come on then, Neil. Let's talk about work, if we have to. Thanks. I brought you to this cafe so we could talk about all the scripts I've got to write. You want me to write some scripts, that's why you bought me a coffee? Of course not. I just need some ideas for some authentic English phrases to write about. That's why I needed to... ... talk shop. Exactly. No! 'Talk shop', that's an English phrase you can write about. Brilliant, Feifei! Wow, these scripts just write themselves. Fancy another coffee? Only if we stop talking shop! Bye. Neil, what are you doing? That's the biggest spreadsheet I've ever seen! Hi, Feifei. Yes, just you wait. I'm developing a product that will revolutionise English teaching! Great. So why are you looking at screens of numbers? Not numbers, data. Big data! This is what I need. And that is the expression we're talking about in The English We Speak. How do you plan to use this data? I haven't figured it out yet. But that's not important. Everyone's talking about big data. It is a hot topic. But big data is all about analysis. You need to know what to do with all that data. Right. What you are looking at is a list of football scores from every country in 1987?! Ah, yes. Not useful? Sadly not! Let's listen to this explanation of what big data actually is. We are surrounded by data. Every time we use social media, buy something online, or even search for information, we are creating data. Because there's so much of it, and because it comes in many forms, we call it big data. Companies collect and analyse big data to discover hidden trends and patterns. For example, online retailers use big data to learn what kinds of things customers like, so they can suggest new products to buy. You're listening to The English We Speak from BBC Learning English. Our expression in this programme is 'big data'. So, Neil, how's your research going now? Not well. It's hard to know where to start. Well, you'll probably need information on things like spending patterns on language learning apps, key times users log in and how long sessions last, how demand varies by language level, data on first languages, data on which kind of content is most... OK. Stop, stop, stop. I'm trying to write all this down. Feifei? Yes? Can I hire you as a big data analyst? Sorry, Neil, you're too late. I'm launching a product of my own. It helps predict football scores. In fact, I need a bit more data from...1987! Well, I might just be able to help you out there! Yes, I think you were actually looking at my screen earlier. Sorry! You know, I think I'll leave this big data stuff to the experts. Bye. Bye. 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' everyday 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 me – now sit down and let's listen to these examples. Trade tariffs were a sticking point in the negotiations.