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  • 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.

Feifei: Hello and welcome to The English

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Small change: The English We Speak

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