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Last updated at 12:31 BST, Tuesday, 13 August 2013

What's his face?


What do you say in English if you can't remember someone's name? Listen to this programme to learn lots of different phrases you can use.

Hugh Grant with a question mark over his face

Do you know who this is?

The script for this programme

Finn: Hi Feifei. Did you enjoy the party last night?

Feifei: Yeah, great Finn. You?

Finn: Oh yeah, caught up with so many old friends!

Feifei: Yeah me too. What's his name was there.

Finn: Oh yeah, what's his name again? He was dancing crazily!

Feifei: Oh, can't remember. Erm... Thingy.

Finn: Yeah, begins with 'S'... Simon? Sandy?

Feifei: S... thingamy.

Finn: Oh, oh - and what's his face was there too!

Feifei: Oh, what's his face? The singer?

Finn: Yeah, he was singing wasn't he!

Feifei: And his new girlfriend... what's her face?

Finn: Well, hopefully your memory is better than ours!

Feifei: Yes, as you might have worked out, the phrase 'what's his face' is used when you can't remember a man's name.

  • A: Who's that?
  • B: It's what's his face.

Feifei: Or 'what's her face' for a woman!

  • Wow, isn't that what's her face?

Finn: Other phrases you might hear are:

Feifei: What's his name?

Finn: Thingamy.

Feifei: What's her name?

Finn: But of course, I'm sure you'll never have that problem.

Feifei: So you won't need to learn today's The English We Speak phrase.

Finn: Anyway. Have to go now.

Feifei: Where are you going this afternoon?

Finn: Oh you know, what's it called?

Feifei: Oh there, yeah! Say hi to what's his face for me!

Finn: Will do. And let's remind everyone to visit bbclearn... Erm... What is it?


Finn: For more phrases.

Feifei: Bye.

Finn: Bye.


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