- Aug 31 Sun 2008 18:49
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Britain's happiest places mapped
The most sparsely populated county in Wales is where you will find Britain's happiest place, say researchers.
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Jackie: Hello, welcome to bbclearningenglish.com with me, Jackie Dalton. In a previous How to, we looked at how to tell someone you’re not happy about something and ask them to change their behaviour in a polite way,with phrases like ‘Would you mind…?’
Neil, I hope you don’t mind me mentioning this…but, would you mind keeping the toilet seat down after you’ve used the toilet?
Jackie: In this programme, we look at more direct ways to tell someone you’re unhappy with their behaviour - expressions that might come up in very informal contexts. If you’re not already in an argument when you use
- Aug 29 Fri 2008 10:33
William: Hello, and welcome to How to… The BBC Learning English phrase book for everyday situations…
William: My name’s William Kremer. Now, it’s often said that we English people hate making complaints – but, just for you, I’m going to make a programme about making complaints. This edition of How To will look in detail at the language of spoken complaints. Earlier on, I spoke to my colleague Catherine, who told me about a time she’d made a complaint a couple of years ago. The incident happened at her brother’s wedding, which was being held in a hotel. Now, Catherine arrived at the hotel one hour before the wedding but to her surprise, the hotel told her that she had to pay ￡10 extra for checking in early. What did Catherine say?
- Aug 29 Fri 2008 10:29
Jackie: Hello, welcome to How to… with bbclearningenglish.com. I’m Jackie Dalton. In this programme we’ll look at how to express anger and annoyance about something. Of course, there are all sorts of very strong words in English used to show annoyance (some of which you probably already know!), but we’ll be focusing on those expressions which aren’t quite so offensive, so you don’t find yourself upsetting people! Let’s hear our first one. I’m at a party drinking a glass of wine but then (smash!)
- Aug 29 Fri 2008 10:17
Amber: Hello, I’m Amber with another edition of ‘How to …’ the series that gives you useful language to do things in English.
In an earlier programme we looked at simple ways to apologise – to say sorry when you’ve done something wrong. In this programme, we look at how to reply when someone says sorry to you for something they’ve done wrong. Now the good news is there are lots of short and friendly expressions that you can use to accept an apology. For example, if you’re with someone who’s really sorry for what they’ve done, you can just say: That’s OK.
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- Aug 26 Tue 2008 22:34
First-time mothers-to-be will accept greater risks than clinicians for a natural birth, research suggests.
A Sydney, Australia study also found the women prepared to accept higher pain levels, reports the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Researchers asked 102 pregnant women and 341 midwives, obstetricians and other doctors what complications would make them choose a Caesarean section.
- Aug 26 Tue 2008 21:41
Distributing anti-retroviral drugs in Malawi has led to a huge fall in Aids-related deaths, an official says.
Mary Shawa told the Reuters news agency that 67% of those taking the ARV drugs are still alive.
- Aug 26 Tue 2008 19:23
German consumer confidence has fallen to a fresh five-year low, as recession and high inflation fears continue to sour the mood among shoppers.
The news came from market research firm GFK, whose forward-looking consumer confidence index has dipped to 1.5 points for September from August's 2.1.
Further gloom was offered by restated official data which confirmed that the economy contracted from April to June.
- Aug 26 Tue 2008 17:03
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