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Last updated at 10:21 BST, Tuesday, 09 July 2013

It's doing my head in!


Jennifer's stuck on a video game. It's doing her head in! But can Li help, or will she make the situation worse?

A man holding his hands on his head

The script for this programme

Jennifer: Hello and welcome to The English We Speak from BBC Learning English. My name is Jennifer and Li is with me here in the studio.

Li: Hello everyone. What have you been doing this morning, Jen?

Jennifer: Oh I've been playing on this great new game on my smartphone. It's a puzzle where you have to find matching pictures of fruit. Now it sounds easy, but it's really addictive.

Li: I love puzzles like this, especially when they're really addictive. Can I have a go?

Jennifer: Yes, you can. In fact, I'm stuck on level 33. I can't complete it at all. Why don't you see if you can do it for me? It's doing my head in!

Li: OK, give it to me and I'll see what I can do. Jen said that the computer game is 'doing her head in'. If something is 'doing your head in', it means it is frustrating or annoying.

Jennifer: It's a phrase which is often used by young people, it's a slang phrase. Let's hear some examples of how you might use it:

  • (shouting) Can you please turn that music down? It's so loud and it's really doing my head in!
  • I've done all my maths homework, except question two. I can't work out the answer and it's really doing my head in.
  • I hate it when people drop litter in the street - it does my head in to see so much rubbish everywhere.

Jennifer: So the computer game is doing my head in because I find it difficult. It's frustrating.

Li: You can also say that people are doing your head in, if they annoy you in some way.

  • I don't want to invite Sonia to the Christmas party. She gossips all the time. She really does my head in.

Jennifer: So 'doing your head in' is a really useful phrase to know, wouldn't you agree, Li?

Li: (ignoring Jen but playing computer game) Yes! Yes!

Jennifer: Li, I said: 'doing your head in is a really useful phrase'.

Li: (still playing the game) Hang on... If I can just match these pictures... Yes! Level 34!

Jennifer: Li, it's been five hours. I need my phone back now.

Li: But I'm on to level 79 - just let me get to level 80 and I'll give it back to you.

Jennifer: Oh Li, you're really doing MY head in. Join us again for another edition of The English We Speak from BBC Learning English. Bye!


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