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Legends are stories about people who lived long ago, right? Well, there's more to it than that. Listen to this programme to learn another way to use the word 'legend'.

A knight

Are you a legend?

The script for this programme

Feifei: Hello and welcome to The English We Speak. We're in Finn's kitchen, and he's hard at work.

Finn: Hello.

Feifei: Finn. What are you doing?

Finn: (Sawing sounds) Just sawing this table.

Feifei: Sawing the table? Why?

Finn: To make it round; a nice round shape.

Feifei: OK? Not quite sure why?

Finn: So I can have a round table. Like King Arthur...

Feifei: You mean like King Arthur in the British legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Finn, that sounds a bit weird.

Finn: OK fine, don't laugh. Actually, hang on, I'm not very good at DIY. My saw is stuck - it won't move.

Feifei: Give me that. You need to do it like this, nice and smooth.

Finn: Thanks Feifei, you're a legend.

Feifei: No problem Finn. A legend. Unlike King Arthur and characters from myths and legends, who didn't really exist - you'll also hear the word 'legend' used to describe people around you.

Finn: Yes - in British slang, we say someone is a legend if they do something very helpful, very generous or very successfully - like in these examples:

  • Thank you for that mate - you helped so much with the party today. You're a legend.

  • A: Hey, I found your car keys.
  • B: Oh great - you're a legend. I've been looking for an hour!

  • He's a legend. He drove me to the airport at 5am.

(Sawing sounds)

Finn: And there we have it, a perfect round table.

Feifei: Well done Finn. I'm impressed. Now what?

Finn: I thought we could invite a few friends round for dinner. Trouble is, I'm absolutely awful at cooking.

Feifei: Never fear - I'll do my special Sunday Roast...

Finn: Feifei, you are a legend.

Feifei: Well, you can buy the ingredients! We'll need beef, potatoes, flour, carrots. Before you go off to the shops, can you remind everyone of our website?

Finn: Of course - See you next time everyone!

Feifei: Bye.


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