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Last updated at 11:26 BST, Tuesday, 05 April 2011

Swizz

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If you were told to phone a number to win a prize, would you do it? Yang Li did and it was a total swizz!

A woman on the telephone

Did she win something?

The script from this programme:

William: Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. I'm William.

Yang Li: And I'm Yang Li.

William: You look very pleased today Li.

Yang Li: Well, I should be. I've just won a prize!

William: Wow, great! What did you win?

Yang Li: I don't know yet. I ate this bar of chocolate and it told me to phone a number to find out my prize.

William: Oh wow, cool. Let's call them.

Yang Li: OK.

Welcome to the Choccy Choc Chocolate prize hotline. Please hold to find what amazing prize you've won.

Yang Li: Wow, this is exciting!

Welcome to the Choccy Choc Chocolate prize hotline. Please hold to find what amazing prize you've won.

William: Hmmm.

Welcome to the Choccy Choc Chocolate prize hotline. Please hold to find what amazing prize you've won.

Yang Li: It can't be long now...

William: Li, can I see that chocolate wrapper?

Yang Li: OK. What does it say?

William: It says "Calls to this line are charged at £20 a minute"!

Yang Li: What?! No way! Well, shall we hang up?

William: I should think so! What a swizz.

Hangs up

Yang Li: A swizz?

William: Yes, a swizz. A swizz is a scheme that tricks people to make money. Like this company is making you call an expensive phone line – it's a swizz.

Yang Li: I see.

William: We might say "What a swizz", or "That's a bit of a swizz".

Yang Li: So, how do we spell this word, swizz?

William: Well you know, I'm not too sure. I've seen it spelled S.W.I.Z.Z. but I've also seen S.W.I.Z.

Yang Li: You mean you don't know how to spell it? But this is BBC Learning English! We should know how to spell it. What a swizz!

William: Ha ha. Yeah, I'm sorry! But that's just the way English is sometimes, it's always changing! At least you know -

Phone rings

Yang Li: Oh! Hello?

Choc Person: Hello is that Yang Li?

Yang Li: Yes.

Choc Person: We have a missed call from you. Just ringing to say you've won a prize!

Yang Li: Wow, what is it?

Choc Person: You need to ring this number to find out. 0800 23 4…

Yang Li: Ha! What a swizz. Bye.

William: Bye.

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