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购物 (1) Shopping (1)


LESLIE: Welcome to another in the series 'Say It Again'. Each week on 'Say It Again', I have a student with me. Lee Kee is here. Welcome back, Lee Kee. On each 'Say It Again' programme, we look at different aspects of the English language. In today programme, we're starting a new topic. It's all about shopping! I don't want to tell you too much about it now. All I can say is, if you want to improve your shopping, then keep listening!

LESLIE: On each 'Say It Again' programme, there is a true story. Today, it's the second of a series of three stories telling about the life of Bilquist Sheik from Pakistan. Bilquist was a noblewoman who was married to a high Pakistani government official. Against the culture in they were living in, he divorced Bilquist, and so, facing disgrace and humiliation, she settled in a house in a small village in Pakistan. You'll hear how her life was changed completely when she met the Living God. Her story is being read by Mary.

Story Testimony

The rich divorced lady was troubled. Since her marriage ended, she had become very religious, deeply unhappy, and very lonely. She needed to talk with somebody, someone who would understand her pain. She realised that she was looking for something that she hadn't found as yet.

She knew two visitors who were Christians, who were always joyful and helpful. The problem was that she was a high class wealthy lady, and these people worked with low class poor people. Dare she go to see these people? She thought very hard about it, then went to see them.

The lady visitor was amazed to see her, but welcomed the rich lady into her house. The rich lady asked, "Do you know anything about God?" Her companion answered, "Yes, I do - and I also know Him!"

The rich lady was so pleased, and pleaded with her hostess to tell her all she could. As the conversation developed, they talked about God loving us so much that He sent His only Son Jesus into this world to show us what God is like. And then finally Jesus Christ died on the cross in our place, taking the penalty of our wrongdoing. And amazingly this gives us a clear way back to God.

Then the hostess prayed, asking this God to reveal Himself to the one who so desperately wanted to know Him for herself. There was a silence, and the rich lady's heart was strangely warmed. She told her companion of her dreams. Her hostess said that God often spoke to people in dreams. She also repeated from the Bible - "God makes our knowledge of Jesus spread throughout the world, like a lovely perfume." This was what the man had said to her in that dream; he said that the perfume would spread all over the world. So, the perfume was the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

LESLIE: You will be able to hear the last of Bilquist Sheik's story in the next 'Say It Again' programme.

LESLIE: I said at the beginning of today's programme that Lee Kee was here with me. Welcome again Lee Kee.

LEE KEE: Thank you Leslie, it is good to be here with you. Leslie, at the beginning of today's programme, you said that we were going to look at the new topic of shopping. I love shopping. Do you?

LESLIE: Yes, I love shopping. I love looking around at large department stores. I love shopping for clothes and food and furniture. What's your favourite type of shopping Lee Kee? Do you prefer shopping for food, clothes or maybe buying presents for others?

LEE KEE: Well, I prefer buying presents for others but I have to shop for food.

LESLIE: As you listen to our drama today with Grace and her younger brother Paul, you'll hear the conversation they had as Paul returned home from the supermarket. He was carrying four heavy bags of shopping. In this drama, 'shopping' is a noun. This is referring to all the things Paul bought.

Conversation

LESLIE: Lee Kee, did you notice what I said about using the word shopping as a noun?

LEE KEE: Yes Leslie, I did. Paul at the beginning of the drama said, 'I've got four bags full of heavy shopping'.

LESLIE: That's right. 'To shop' is the verb but we always 'go shopping'. You can say 'I am going shopping'. And if we were talking to someone about having gone shopping, we would say, 'I went shopping'. We use 'go' in the present tense and 'went' in the past. Paul went shopping to the supermarket. At the end of the drama, Grace says to Paul, 'I am going shopping for some fish and a piece of cheese.' Lee Kee and I will practice some of the sentences I have just said. Why don't you say them after me with Lee Kee? Let's use 'shopping' as a noun in a sentence first. 'Paul arrived home with four bags of heavy shopping'.

LEE KEE: 'Paul arrived home with four bags of heavy shopping'.

LESLIE: Now let's use 'to shop' as a verb. In English, we always say that we 'go shopping'. So to use this in a sentence, we would therefore say, 'I am going shopping'.

LEE KEE: 'I am going shopping'.

LESLIE: Now let's use the verb in the past. 'Paul went shopping to the supermarket.'

LEE KEE: 'Paul went shopping to the supermarket.'

LESLIE: Are you tired of shopping yet? All that practice of the verb and noun and still we haven't even looked at what Paul bought! Let me play you again some of Grace and Paul's conversation. Listen out this time for some of the shopping he bought.

Conversation

LESLIE: What a lot of shopping! And that wasn't all! There are different ways of describing the containers food is brought in. Lee Kee, did you hear any of them?

LEE KEE: Yes Leslie, I did. Paul said that he'd bought tins of soup, tins of fruit and tins of milk.

LESLIE: Yes, he mentioned lots of food in tins. Did you hear any other type of package mentioned?

LEE KEE: He mentioned 'tins' of Cola. But Grace corrected him and said that he had to call them 'cans'.

LESLIE: That's right. Americans call 'tins' of Coca Cola, 'cans'. Let me say a sentence using 'cans'. Why don't you say it again with Lee Kee after me? 'How many cans of Coca Cola did you buy?'

LEE KEE: 'How many cans of Coca Cola did you buy?'

LESLIE: That's all we have time for today to talk about shopping. We are now almost at the end of today's programme. There is just time for Lee Kee and me to repeat the sentences we practised earlier. I'll say them first, then why don't you repeat them after me with Lee Kee? 'Paul arrived home with four bags of heavy shopping'.

LEE KEE: 'Paul arrived home with four bags of heavy shopping'.

LESLIE: 'I am going shopping'.

LEE KEE: 'I am going shopping'.

LESLIE: 'Paul went shopping to the supermarket.'

LEE KEE: 'Paul went shopping to the supermarket.'

LESLIE: How many cans of Coca Cola did you buy?

LEE KEE: How many cans of Coca Cola did you buy?

LESLIE That's all we have time for today. Enjoy your shopping. Lee Kee and I will be back in our next programme. Please join us then for another chance to say it again. Goodbye from Lee Kee and me.

BOTH: Goodbye.

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