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Last updated at 15:11 BST, Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Nosh

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Feifei spots a celebrity in the lift who says he's going to get some nosh. Rob has to explain exactly what he's going to get.

Pizza

What's your favourite nosh?

The script for this programme

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

Rob: Hello everyone, I'm Rob.

Feifei: Rob, guess who I just got in a lift with?

Rob:(Not interested) Hmmm, lots of other people who work at the BBC?

Feifei: No! You’ll never guess...

Rob:(Still not interested) Probably not.

Feifei: I am so excited, my heart is still pounding!

Rob: Come on Feifei, it's not like you have just been in a lift with Damien Lewis. So calm down, we've got some work to do.

Feifei: (Even more excited) It was, it was Damien Lewis! I WAS in a lift with Damien Lewis.

Rob:(Now interested) Really? What was he like?

Feifei: He was wearing a light blue shirt and jeans! Very tall, and... he's just so handsome!

Rob: I bet! Did you say anything to him?

Feifei: No, I was too nervous! But he was saying something about going for some 'nosh' before recording. What does that mean? What is 'nosh'?

Rob: In British English, 'to have some nosh' is a slang phrase which means to have some food or to have a meal. The word 'nosh' literally means 'food' or 'a meal'.

Feifei: OK, I see. So he was saying he would go and have some food before recording?

Rob: Yes, I believe so. Let's hear some examples on how to use the word 'nosh'.

  • Our canteen serves good nosh.
  • She likes her nosh.
  • Do you fancy a bit of nosh?
  • There was a lot of nosh at the party last night.

Feifei: So we can use 'nosh' as a noun, can we use it as a verb as well, Rob?

Rob: Yes, we can. If you 'nosh', you eat.

  • I like to nosh when I watch TV.
  • How can she ever lose weight? She noshes all the time!

Feifei: (Getting excited again) Hey Rob, I'm just getting a bit hungry, do you mind finishing the programme? I'm just going to get some nosh from the canteen.

Rob: Is that so Feifei? I know why you are getting hungry...

Feifei: What do you mean? I'm just hungry. Will be back later, bye...

Rob: Errr, hold on... wait, wait for me, I might join you for some nosh too... (talking to himself) I hope Damien is still in the canteen. Don't forget to check out bbclearningenglish.com for more The English We Speak. Bye!

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