Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Feifei: Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. You are Neil... Neil: ... and hello, you are Feifei. Feifei: Neil, a question - if you looked into my purse, what would you find? Neil: Not much! Probably lots of small coins that aren't worth much. Feifei: Well I'm not rich, Neil - but yes, you would find small change. A collection of coins with little value. Neil: OK - is this the phrase for this programme? Feifei: Not exactly. The phrase is 'small change' but it's not about money. Something that is insignificant or trivial, meaning not important, can also be described as 'small change'. Neil: Like getting a seat on the train during the rush hour is 'small change' for me. Feifei: And getting chocolate sprinkles on top of my cappuccino is 'small change' for me. Neil: Really? That's 'big change' for me! Let's hear some examples that are far from being small change! I've only got a cold so my health problems are small change compared with your broken leg. Eating out every night is small change to Molly - she can afford it with the huge salary she's on. Where I sit on the plane is small change to me, as long as we arrive on time. Feifei: This is The English We Speak from BBC Learning English and we're talking about the phrase 'small change' which describes something insignificant or trivial, meaning not important. Neil: We can also describe someone as being 'small change' - so they are not important. Feifei, do you think I'm small change in this programme? Feifei: Of course not, Neil. You are very important to this programme - and besides, we couldn't afford the other presenter! Neil: Ha ha. Very funny. So now we've explained 'small change' - can you lend me some? Feifei: You mean money? How much do you want? Neil: Ten pounds! Feifei: Neil, that's NOT small change - and your request is not 'small change' either. The answer is 'no'! Neil: Well it was worth a try. See ya. Feifei: Bye.