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Session 7

Listen to find out how to use an everyday English expression.
इंग्रजीतले नेहेमीच्या वापरातले वेगवेगळे वाक्प्रचार कसे वापरायचे ते शिकू या.

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Activity 1

Beat around the bush

Listen to find out how to use an everyday English expression.
नेहेमीच्या वापरातील नवनवीन इंग्रजी वाक्प्रचार शिकायला ऐका English expression. 

Listen to the audio and take the quiz. हा ऑडीयो ऐका आणि त्याप्रमाणे प्रश्नांची उत्तरं द्या.

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Tejali
नमस्कार मित्रांनो...English Expressions मध्ये तुमचं पुन्हा स्वागत आहे. असा शो जिथे आपणशिकतो इंग्रजीतले नवनवीन वाक्प्रचार.
आणि आजचं आपलं English Expressions आहे beat around the bush. आपल्याला सिनेमामध्ये नट  नटी झाडाभोवती फेर धरून नाचताना नेहमी दिसतात, पण या beat around the bush चा अर्थ काय? 

Rob
Ah, I love the outdoors! And this is the perfect spot for us to start our camping adventure, Li. 

Li
Oh… yes… nature, Rob. You said this camping trip was an invitation I couldn't refuse. Well, I really couldn't as you were so insistent... 

Rob
Well, we can put the tent over there, next to that bush…

Li
It would be a good place if it wasn't so close to an ant nest…

Rob
…and we can light a fire near that rock… 

Li
…the wind might put out the fire…

Rob
It's just a breeze.

Li
But it's bringing in the clouds. It's going to rain...

Tejali
ली हिला कॅम्पिंग जास्त आवडत नाही. तिला मुंग्यांचं वारूळ, वारा, पावसाची भीती वाटते आहे.

Rob
Li, nothing seems to please you, does it? Are you trying to tell me something? 

Li
Well, the thing is...

Rob
Yes? What's the problem Li? 

Li
It's just that the tent is a bit small and… well… you know what I mean…

Rob
Li, I don't know what you mean! Now just come on, just tell me what's wrong - don't beat around the bush!

Li
Beat around the bush? I'm not even touching the bush. 

Rob
I know. In English, when you tell someone not to 'beat around the bush' you're telling them to stop avoiding saying things directly.

Tejali
रॉब म्हणतोय, ली, काय अडचण आहे ते स्पष्ट सांग. पण ली काही नीट सांगत नाहीये. तो लीला म्हणाला, 'don’t beat around the bush'. जेव्हा लोक सरळ मुद्द्यावर न येत उगाच इकडच्या तिकडच्या गोष्टी, गत बसतात, पाल्हाळ लावतात तेव्हा त्याला 'beat around the bush’ असं म्हणतात. झुडुपात लपलेला प्राणी बाहेर काढण्यासाठी त्याच्या आजूबाजूची जमीन ठोकतात. त्यावरून हा वाक्प्रचार आला आहे. 'Beat' म्हणजे ठोकणे, आघात करणे, 'around' म्हणजे आजूबाजूला आणि 'the bush’ म्हणजे झुडूप. याला आपण मराठीत,  ताकाला जाऊन भांडे लपवणे असं म्हणतो.
याचा योग्य उपयोग कसा करायचा ते समजून घ्यायला काही उदाहरणं ऐकू.

Examples

My boss didn't beat around the bush this morning – he just told me straight: I was fired!

Do you like my new haircut? Don’t beat around the bush, I want the truth!

Peter couldn't find the words to tell Kelly he wanted to break up. He took her out to dinner, took her to the cinema, he spent the whole date beating around the bush. In the end, he broke up with her by text.

Rob
OK, now you know. So Li, stop beating around the bush and tell me what the problem is.

Li
The problem is: I hate camping!

Rob
Why didn't you say that before?

Li
You were so enthusiastic, I couldn't say "no" to your invitation.

Rob
I'm sorry, Li. 

Li
And I'm sorry for beating around the bush. I should have just told you. 

(Sound coming from the bush)

Li
And by the look of things we are both going to be sorry if we don't run to the car and get the hell out of here!

(A roar)

Rob
Oh there is a bear just behind the bush!

Li
A bear?! Let's run, Rob! Bye.

Rob
And it sounds like a really big bear! Let's go!

Tejali
After 'beating around the bush' for some time, लीने रॉबला सांगितल की तिला कॅंपिंग आवडत नाही.  तुम्हाला आवडतं का कॅम्पिंग .. नक्की सांगा, मी तुम्हाला भेटीन English Expressions च्या पुढच्या भागात, तोपर्यंत Bye!

Check what you’ve learned by choosing the correct answer to the question.
या पर्यायांतून योग्य उत्तर निवडा... बघूया काय काय समजलंय तुम्हाला.

Beat around the bush

3 Questions

Choose the correct answer.
योग्य पर्याय निवडा.

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Join us for our next episode of English Expressions, when we will learn more useful language and practise your listening skills.
पुढच्या आठवड्यात पुन्हा भेटूया English Expressionsच्या पुढच्या भागात... आणखी काही नवीन शब्दप्रयोग घेऊन!

Session Vocabulary

  • outdoors
    घराबाहेर, निसर्गात, मैदानात

    camping
    कॅम्पिंग

    adventure
    धाडस

    tent
    तंबू

    ant nest
    मुंग्यांच वारूळ

    bush
    झुडूप

    bear
    अस्वल