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Charles Dickens at 200

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Charles Dickens, one of the greatest writers in English literature, was born 200 years ago. 'The Teacher' becomes Dickens for a day to take you on a trip through London, the city which featured so heavily in his books. Along the way, he teaches some words and expressions. The video starts with an extract from 'Bleak House', one of Dickens's novels.

The Teacher dressed as Dickens

The Teacher at the Old Curiosity Shop, London

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Teacher's Homework

Have you ever come across Dickensian conditions in the modern world? Or have you ever met a scrooge?

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  • 13. At 06:36am on 08 Feb 2012, alex wrote:

    When you face with Dickensian situation you shouldn't be too worry and stunning, you should react and solve the problem. This way of behavior comes to success.

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  • 14. At 09:34am on 08 Feb 2012, leslie20046 wrote:

    Hello everyone :)
    Well here I go with my example.
    I am twenty one years old and I come from Peru . I've been living here in Netherlands for 7 months already ; in fact , it's the first time I left home and since I am here alone I've realized that being on your own can be deckensian sometimes . I find myself lost sometimes and It is not as I thought haha ..
    Besides , I must agree I am a scroog every time I go shopping , I dont like to spend much money because I'll go back to Peru in June , so I'd like to save money to buy things there :)
    On the other hand , life here is easier than there and they have stuff that I've never seen in life haha You can image myself asking everytime What the dickens is that? haha
    Eventhough it's a very beautiful country , I miss my family , friends , and my country so much :)

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  • 15. At 11:08am on 08 Feb 2012, narrosgirl wrote:

    I've just heard yesterday about the two hundredth anniversary of the Dickens' born on the radio. It was said Dickens' novels go on alive: because of the crisis newborn babys are abandoned in the street, there are mafias living on begging... Some people have already a dickensian life...
    In my country, there are lot of young people can't reach their first job and can't live on their own. There're a lot of inmigrants who are losing their job and they don't think of coming back to their country because the situation is worse. Here they have public health, at least. These people aren't far from me: my nieces, my nephews, my children's friends...
    There are a lot of people can't pay their bills and their mortgage, or they hardly make ends meet. Somebody ended up in this situation because of an excess optismism: they borrowed too much money, they bought a too expensive car, they didn´t take care of their job... They didn't be farsighted. They didn't be "scrooge", of course. But they and the scrooges make the same mistake: they attach too much importance to money or to expensive things.
    I met some scrooge or another in my live. They devote their lifes to work or to save money. I think this is important. But sometimes I lost a lot of time wishing and reaching things that don't give us some happiness. We musn't forget to live, to taste the life. And the best of the live is free.

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  • 16. At 2:16pm on 08 Feb 2012, Elkagirl wrote:

    Economic crisis is everywhere nowadays. Living in Dickensian condition like now, being a scrooge is not a bad choice at all.

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  • 17. At 3:49pm on 08 Feb 2012, Tereza wrote:

    There are many people in Czech republic who hate the state in which they are and they swear a lot, but in fact, their conditions are far from the Dickensian. They should be happy that they live in Europe.

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  • 18. At 11:42pm on 08 Feb 2012, beatriz wrote:

    Thanks a lot teacher for your video!
    Here the sentences:1) Unfortunately some people in certain areas of the world still live and work under Dickesian conditions.
    2) A very negative adjective for people, not only in connection with money but sometimes there are scrooge people with their feelings.
    3) At the start of the video I was surprised and thought: "What the dickens with this video.....! Beatriz. Argentina.

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  • 19. At 06:34am on 09 Feb 2012, keti wrote:

    I can't download Text. Please. help me. I'd like to learn text better.

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  • 20. At 1:13pm on 09 Feb 2012, CuteCactus wrote:

    I have just started school in Singapore. To my surprise, the students here have not witnessed Dickensian conditions before. They even thought the movies made about such condition are just fictional. I was like: "What the dickens...?".
    I have never met a scrooge before. I can just imagine them! :D

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  • 21. At 1:39pm on 09 Feb 2012, mamyvonne wrote:

    unfortunatly, nowadays, there are more and more people living dickensin conditions, no work, .not enough money to rent a room to sleep or to live in.

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  • 22. At 3:47pm on 09 Feb 2012, abdalla wrote:

    as usual my teacher you'r lesson is the Bee's knees

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  • 23. At 10:17pm on 09 Feb 2012, Juanita wrote:

    Hello, teacher!
    An example from real life: Once a workmate invited me for a soft drink after work, and when we got to a bar, he complained about the prices and we had to leave. He made me walk for half an hour looking for a cheaper place in a street full of bars! "What a scrooge!", I said to myself. It was just a soft drink!

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  • 24. At 02:58am on 10 Feb 2012, Neuza Navarro wrote:

    Learning English through BBC is so amazing, that nothing is Dickensian. Time is money, isn't it? Then, I'm very scrooge when I spend my time studying this worldwide language.

    I hope never to say "What the dickens is that?" to BBC learning. We deserve only "Congratulations"!!!!

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  • 25. At 4:12pm on 11 Feb 2012, luc debruyne wrote:

    Many people are scrooges. I know friends who drive across the country to buy something. They're looking for cheap things. They travel four weekends to found a sort of furniture. About 200 kilometres for a cheap chair. They love the chair. They buy it, are happy and said : "The same chair was cheaper than in my own village!". They hate spending money for a expensive chair but what about the kilometres? They don't realise what the gasoil costs! Let them. They have had fun.

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  • 26. At 5:08pm on 13 Feb 2012, Serhiy Donin wrote:

    Yo Teacher!

    Of course I’ve got. Honestly speaking I've been still having Dickensian in my city (Ukraine, Odessa). Odessa's suburbs and almost every of the beautiful old architecture buildings in the city center are still in a sorrowful condition. None of them haven't been repaired for ages, whether of the ages, times, majors and local self-governments policies. As Alexander Pushkin written: “Odessa where is always dust and filthy”. As a matter of fact, according to the real statistics the approximate salary in the city still one of the lowest in all Ukraine. It's just about one thousand two hundred hryvnas (in dollars it's about one hundred and fifty one). Dickensian, isn't it?

    Well, I think I've met one of them before [Personal details removed by Moderator]. It was a man, whom I used to work during Odessa's Local election on the 31 of October with. He was so an extremely scrooge person, that he could hardly ever spent a little amount of money on the food, which we had on our time brakes while the Election Day was going on.

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  • 27. At 00:40am on 14 Feb 2012, X2 wrote:

    Dickensian is an adjective very well known to me because this is how I lived most of my life. Though it's much better now. Thank Goodness! :) I have seen a few Scrooge(s) as well. One just wonders why the Dickens do this when somebody has done their job so well so they should be paid what they have earned. As soon as this page was opened I was like: What the Dickens is that because I actually wanted to open BBC News.:) But then I looked at the address bar with my eyed wide open. Oh yes literally wide open because I was feeling really sleepy. I didn't get to have enough sleep last night as well. And when I realized that I had come across Dickens I was ecstatic because I really like him.
    It's a good site. I may not be able to visit regularly but I will try my best to come to "pay my respects":) to "The Teacher" because I myself have been one as well. :)
    Bye for now!
    Stay happy!

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  • 28. At 08:33am on 14 Feb 2012, jamaj wrote:

    Last winter I've visit India.I found this country beautifull, delicious and poor in one. There are a lot of people living Dickensian conditions. I thing it's no sens to be a scrooge during travel through India, better is to help India's people.

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  • 29. At 1:44pm on 14 Feb 2012, sdluk wrote:

    Luckily, I haven't met a scrooge and I'm not like them. But, yes, in India, if you come to villages, you'll find Dickensian conditions. People tend to struggle more here to survive their living.

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  • 30. At 04:01am on 15 Feb 2012, romeop wrote:

    still some people of Afghanistan is living Dickensian life. i pray for them that may Allah bestow his mercy upon afghan people. the people of Afghanistan are very generous to spend money on any thing except education, they are such a scrooge people in case of education.

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  • 31. At 04:26am on 16 Feb 2012, Emma wrote:

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  • 32. At 04:33am on 16 Feb 2012, Emma wrote:

    I like this web site!!! well... sometimes i feel like in dickensians in my country...also i know some scrooge :) like my cousin!! jeje he is always take care his money :/

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  • 33. At 10:37pm on 16 Feb 2012, mario wrote:

    although my father was brought up in a dickensian way he has never forgot to give back to the poor after becoming a successful business man. my mom on the other hand is a scrooge to the bone, she never likes spending money on products she claims to be unnecessary or useless. my girl friend showed me her hairless rat one time and before even glancing at the creature, i was like what the dickens is that?

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  • 34. At 10:19pm on 17 Feb 2012, mistica wrote:

    I love Dickens´ novels, Thank you for showing these idioms, you are not a SQUARE mind teacher !!

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  • 35. At 1:50pm on 22 Feb 2012, mimiya wrote:

    The reason I changed my job is because I was working in a Dickensian company, I always had to work overtime. Most importantly, the boss was a scrooge, everytime when I received my paycheck and saw the amount, I always murmured 'What the dickens is that…?'

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  • 36. At 2:52pm on 22 Feb 2012, hassan hureshi wrote:

    hi, you suppose to be actor not a teacher.
    very good way of teaching.

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  • 37. At 3:07pm on 22 Feb 2012, gem wrote:

    I never come across a Dickensian condition but heard a lot about it for many people. A friend of mine is a scrooge. Forget spending for others, she thinks thousand times before she spend money for herself an her family.

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  • 38. At 4:53pm on 22 Feb 2012, aLe95 wrote:

    I've never come across Dickensian conditions and I've luckily never met a scrooge but, however, I think that I would never go along with someone who hates spending money or takes too much care of them. I know that money should not be needlessly consummated, but I prefer to think,for example, that if I lend my money to someone who needs them, when I'll need it, the person will return the favor in the same or in another way.

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  • 39. At 4:35pm on 23 Feb 2012, AM_BARNOS wrote:

    For a scrooge, I haven't met him face to face, but i've seen alot of people who don't like to spend much more money even in vecations or happy times!!!

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  • 40. At 6:16pm on 28 Feb 2012, HARMENGOLS wrote:

    Fortunately I've never acrossed Dickensian conditions, but my parents who lived the spanish long postwar years, explain how Dickensian was their everyday's life.

    Last Sunday I invited some ralatives to have lunch at nome. Afterwards I suggested to go somewhere to have coffee, but they refused, I suppose not to to pay it. Scrooge people!

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  • 41. At 12:46pm on 01 Mar 2012, ylenia 4gl wrote:

    I believe that “scrooge” is a very negative adjective to describe people, not only in connection with money, but with feelings too.
    In reality, I don’t know if I’ve never met a scrooge because I’m very selective and every time I meet someone that I don't like, I prefer don’t continue my relationship with him or her; moreover all my friends are everything except scrooges!
    But I’ve realized that I‘m a scrooge every time I go shopping! I don’t like to spend so much money and so I prefer to save them! For example the last weekend I was looking for a pair of jeans. Most of them were very expensive. For only a moment, I remembered about my father and his hard work. At the end I decided to buy nice jeans that were cheaper than the others and I was satisfied about my choice! I don’t think that in this case “scrooge” is the appropriate word, maybe I can define me in another way.
    So now who’s a scrooge? At the moment I hope that I’ll never meet this type of person!

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  • 45. At 08:26am on 02 Mar 2012, AYTAN wrote:

    I read Dickens`s novels.i like his novels

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  • 46. At 5:12pm on 03 Mar 2012, ulusal68 wrote:

    When I became a teacher and started to earn money,I also transformed to a "scrooge". It is not easy to spend your own money that you earn by working in a Dickensian school. By the way,I am following the series of "the teacher" excitedly and looking forward to new ones. Lastly,I hope that I would be buried to the teacher's corner with the best teachers of english too. :)

    Love from Turkey,Istanbul

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  • 47. At 7:57pm on 03 Mar 2012, Filti wrote:

    A lot of people still suffer from Dickensian conditions nowadays. I think they existed in the past they exist now and they will exist in future because all classes of society have always existed. I've never experienced Dickensian conditions.

    Not everybody knows where scrooge comes from but this name has become so popular.

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  • 48. At 9:15pm on 10 Mar 2012, celymms wrote:

    ...mud...smoke...rubbish...disease...everywhere.

    Reality in some countries in the 21st century! Yes, this still can be a Dickensian world !
    Men can be villain, scrrooge, nowadays.

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  • 49. At 7:21pm on 11 Mar 2012, ayat wrote:

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  • 50. At 01:03am on 12 Mar 2012, Vinicius wrote:

    My uncle is a scrooge, he counts every penny spent.

    I´ve come across Dickensian conditions in my country, such as working conditions in a sugarcane plantation.

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  • 51. At 07:35am on 15 Mar 2012, Martí Rubio wrote:

    At the end of the video we can see that he's a dickensian worker... no, just kidding.

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  • 52. At 8:37pm on 15 Mar 2012, Pachas wrote:

    In my country and more places, the situation is Dickensian because all the people work more hours and the money is the minimum.
    This factories are scrooge because this place have much money but it doesn’t spend, because his intention is better than before because the important persons of this factories are thinking in themselves.

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  • 53. At 12:02pm on 18 Mar 2012, gouaghou wrote:

    You are the best "" The teacher"""
    i like all your videos, but i like the one which is about Mr dickens
    when i saw it i immediately looked for his novels such as: The bleak house-Carol- The story of the two cities- The heart of darkness. But what i liked the most was - Carol- in which he used
    Mr Scrooge as the the principle character. The other novels are somehow more than my level. And i hope that you continue your hard work because your have a very wonderful way to make people learn.
    Thank you so much

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  • 54. At 2:28pm on 21 Mar 2012, Enrico wrote:

    It's an amusement video!
    When i visited Kenya ,I met a lot of people,expecially chilldren,who lived in Dickensian conditions.It was very sad,i think everybody must help poor people and give them the opportunity to improve their lives.

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  • 55. At 8:53pm on 22 Mar 2012, andrea bassa wrote:

    Charles Dickens (19th century): He wrote about London describing the city as very dirty, with mud, smoke, fog and horse droppings. Also he talked about the working conditions that were awful, he described a very sad and unhappy London. The presenter wants to show the progress in the city, and then he talks about 3 expressions: The first is Dickensian, which means something is ugly, sad and dirty. The second one is scrooge, which means that someone is very mean, the name of this expression comes from Mr. Scrooge, a character from one of Dickens’s books. And the last one is What the dickens…? That is an old-fashioned expression of surprise or anger.

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  • 56. At 02:58am on 25 Mar 2012, giuseppe wrote:

    very nice indeed this movie.
    oh yes I have met lost of scrooge people in my life. Nevertheless it´s not so easy distinguish between a real scrooge and an other who is saving money for the future or for investing in something useful. The line between the two cases is not so clear.

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  • 57. At 11:14am on 25 Mar 2012, mrosa wrote:

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  • 58. At 11:24am on 25 Mar 2012, mrosa wrote:

    I would like not to find any Dickensian situation at anywhere, however I have to see some of them every day. It's a shame and people who have lots of money and power seems to be scrooge people. What the dickens is that?

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  • 59. At 1:20pm on 25 Mar 2012, SandraLaborda wrote:

    At the beginning of the video the teacher is in the past, in the old London, in Dickens time but then he realize that all have changed and he is not in the past, he is in the present. There’s no fog, there’s no smoke and there’s no horses. All is very different for him; he thought that a bicycle was a horse, he didn’t know what mechanical stairs were…
    Then he begins to teach some famous words and expressions from Dickens time. The first word he says is “Dickensian”. This word refers the hard living and working conditions of the 19th century, and it is often found on Dickens’s novels. The second word is “scrooge”. This word refers a person who hates spending money. This word came from the name of one of Dickens’s characters that was very mean with money. The third and last expression is “What the dickens…?”. It is an old-fashioned expression that is used when someone is surprised or angry.

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  • 60. At 4:38pm on 26 Mar 2012, ethem sefa wrote:

    what the dickens? how people are very luck today, they can learn english on internet with very modern methods. when I was a child , learning English was not enjoyable and easy as much as today.
    Thanks BBC,

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  • 61. At 8:01pm on 01 Apr 2012, vladimir56 wrote:

    I have met several Scrooge during my life, they were stingy not only about money but also about human empathy... they looked like the very true Scrooge.

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  • 62. At 2:39pm on 04 Apr 2012, jumao wrote:

    thanks for posting this vedio becouse it works for me . i met my old friend who was scrooge but he changed that bevaiour. this modern world becomes decansian due to polution cauded my emissions from industries. what tha decans is that wondeful watch.

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  • 63. At 5:30pm on 04 Apr 2012, angels wrote:

    Dickensian! I like how it sounds

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  • 64. At 4:11pm on 10 Apr 2012, anatare wrote:

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  • 65. At 10:34pm on 12 Apr 2012, Laosoe wrote:

    Dear Teacher,
    Thank you so much for your great effort on teaching complicted English Idoims. Your presentation have always been amazing. Me and lots of my friends (from far east) rely on your teaching a lot. Thank you indeed.. !!
    xxx

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  • 66. At 11:26pm on 16 Apr 2012, Katherine Espichan wrote:

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  • 67. At 09:14am on 19 Apr 2012, thaovy wrote:

    I like your programe although I understand a little. I like your way giving new words. Thank you.

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  • 68. At 6:07pm on 23 Apr 2012, Cesar ING wrote:

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  • 69. At 4:16pm on 06 May 2012, shiza wrote:

    yes, i've come across Dickensian condition many times. nowadays i and the whole youth of pakistan is in Dickensian condition as we are suffering from many issues and the country conditions are not good. when we go out in the morning for study, job or for what so ever, we are not sure whether we will come back home safely or not.
    i have met so many scrooges. there are some people around me who are wealthy but i don't understand why they are so scrooge, why they don't spend money on themselves. they like to keep on saving there money. what i think is in this way they don't enjoy their life, they have only passion for earning money.

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  • 70. At 7:38pm on 07 May 2012, meriem wrote:

    A Dickensian condition is pervasive and can, at any moment, hit people's life despite themselves. Personally, I have never said this word before, for everything's fine to me as long as I'm living under my Daddy's roof. On the contrary, the word " scrooge " has oftentimes come out of my mouth, particularly to rebuke my friend who always picks on our straws instead of treating himself to a limonade whenever we have lunch. I always tell him,"What the dickens ! It won't make you poor to buy a limonade. You're such a scrooge ! "

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  • 71. At 08:15am on 16 May 2012, Ulzy wrote:

    When I was 7 years old my parents were divorced. My mother must take care of three children, the oldest I was 7 years old, my younger sister was 5 years old and youngest brother was a baby. My mother had dickensian life by that time and she was a scrooge. But not at all her life. She is really hard-working woman I've ever known. Now we all grew up and our life much more better than in the past. Love you, Mom.

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  • 72. At 10:28pm on 18 May 2012, danymichele wrote:

    What such a good video! In the west indies the haitian live in dickensian conditions . In spite of the fact we are in 2012, they still found difficulties to get sheltered. They fight for eating every day .
    Some are scrooge persons but others don't have enough money to hate spending it.

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  • 73. At 06:04am on 26 May 2012, Ely wrote:

    I really enjoyed this video. It was creative and useful. I'll go to the library to borrow one of Charles Dickens books. :)
    I liked the expression " what the dickens is that?".

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  • 74. At 10:41am on 01 Jun 2012, ammuneem wrote:

    what the dickens !!!!!.........

    Most people in India live in Dickensian conditions, despite the
    fact that India is the home for many billionaires .

    :)

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  • 75. At 5:22pm on 12 Jun 2012, Ekang wrote:

    I belief it is not rare at all to come across dickensian conditions nowadays. the conditions in which some of the goods we use in the modern world are being produced are surely worst than the most scary of dickens characters.

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  • 76. At 5:24pm on 12 Jun 2012, Ekang wrote:

    According to my opinion, every boss hides a scrooge.

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  • 77. At 09:09am on 19 Jun 2012, Steve Leung wrote:

    Have I come across any dickensian conditions in the modern world? Dickensian is ubiquitous in the rural area of china. In contrast, in Hong Kong's shopping malls, we see no scrooge from the big cities of China like Beijing and Shanghai. But is China a modern world? In terms of liberty, I seriously doubt it.

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  • 78. At 09:49am on 24 Jun 2012, cooperis wrote:

    hello all,
    acoording to my opinion there are two kinds of persons: scrooges and economical persons. Real scrooges hate spend money and they are mean and stingy either to themselves or other persons. Economical persons try to save some money for future, they don't make big shopings, don't buy luxuries goods, but they are generous to other persons. Dickensians conditions will be , if Lithuania basketball team will not attend in London olympic games :)

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  • 79. At 10:02pm on 25 Jun 2012, S Knight wrote:

    I've majored in English Literature, unfortunately not in England. We used to read Dickens at university and at those times, which were literally Dickensian in Iran's educational atmosphere, I always dreamed of reading Dickens in England with a native British accent.
    The classical air of the programme induced me to try harder to make my dreams a reality.
    I heartily thank the teacher for all that I've learned from him.

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  • 80. At 1:24pm on 27 Jun 2012, Veluri Navya wrote:

    i just loved this video... and quite inspired by the way he teaches and explains the situation... though they are freaky sometimes.. an awesome teacher i've ever seen till now for english..... It's like bee's knees... :))

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  • 81. At 5:50pm on 02 Jul 2012, irinadolinka wrote:

    Hello everyone!I liked video very much!Our teacher is a very good actor!So,it's a very unusual and successful way to learn English using this videos...
    As for the question- I ve met lots of people who have money,but they are very scrooge,nevertheless poor people are more kindhearted at all.It s nonsens!)

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  • 82. At 6:31pm on 07 Jul 2012, Abdelrahman Mohammed Elkheir wrote:

    In my life I met some scrooge

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  • 84. At 9:40pm on 13 Jul 2012, Carlos wrote:

    Great this teacher is very funny he makes learning funny

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  • 85. At 10:35pm on 13 Jul 2012, MaryMag wrote:

    This is the best site to learn English.
    I've learnt a lot here, it's the most funny way to learn.
    I have tried to learn in differents pages, but they were boring.

    Although I've couldn't learn yet, every day is more simple with your help.

    Thank you so much for all.
    A huge hug from Santiago of Chile.

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  • 86. At 03:20am on 14 Jul 2012, Arianadebuenosaires wrote:

    This is the first time I visit this site and I really love it; in fact all the Learning English section is amusing and very useful. This video is great and it's a good way of learning new vocabulary and expressions.

    To say the truth I know a scrooge, he is a friend of mine. He is aware of that, but I think he'll never change.

    Teacher, thanks a lot!



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  • 87. At 03:33am on 27 Jul 2012, Mariabluzardo wrote:

    Yes, I have seen countries, cities and towns with Dickensian conditions. Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela.
    I must say, I am a scrooge, hahaha. I really hate spend my money hahaha.
    I love this page, for me it is the best idea from BBC. Thanks for all the people who help us to learn more about English.

    Cheers, Maria.

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  • 88. At 05:48am on 05 Aug 2012, doyoung wrote:

    I especially like that expression 'what the dickens'
    It sounds much elegant than 'what the heck', but maybe it will
    sound silly when i use it...?

    My favorite book of all time is 'great expectations'. It's the combination of romance,mystery and deep purpose. But best of all it made me understand Britain whole much better. English people are just so cool, with majesties, great accents, gentleman's clothes, and rich literature.

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  • 89. At 11:51pm on 10 Aug 2012, Daniel molina wrote:

    hi everyone,
    off course, i have come across dickensian, actually i see that every day in my country, i am from Colombia and it's frustrating to know that this happening because of the ambitious politicians whose govern this country.
    and yes, sometimes i have come across with a lot of scrooge people.

    cheers, Daniel

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  • 90. At 02:36am on 23 Aug 2012, tatisb wrote:

    many people have come across dickensian because their countrys some very poor, in these countrys there are many people scrooge because they have jobs so bad.

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  • 91. At 10:28pm on 04 Sep 2012, Hesham wrote:

    Hi Teacher
    i hate to spending money but i am not scrooge for my self.
    my life is dickens life and i am not old fashioned expression person
    i am trying to learn English
    thanks

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  • 92. At 09:26am on 09 Sep 2012, luisam62 wrote:

    VERY NICE VIDEO! NOW I'M VERY INTERESTING IN DICKENS ' BOOKS. I'M GOING TO LOOK FOR A NOVEL....YES NOW I KNOW THE MEANING OF THE WORD I'NE HEARD. THANK YOU .

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  • 93. At 6:19pm on 09 Sep 2012, Chrism71 wrote:

    Studying in a Dickensian environment is rewarded as the people are dedicated to the work they are doing. In some places students strive to achieve their goal, both day and night with little sleep, and trying to prove that everybody can make a difference.

    Some think that some people are scrooge, nevertheless, lacking the fact that they are trying to save money for special purposes.

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  • 94. At 12:29pm on 11 Sep 2012, Ksenia wrote:

    Hello! Thank you for the video, I enjoyed it very much! Such lessons help learn English with pleasure!

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  • 95. At 03:40am on 18 Sep 2012, zexion613 wrote:

    Yesterday I tried to ask to my boss a rise in my salary because in my country, Chile, is usual to pay a bit more in the Independence's Day. But, he is a scrooge!! He shouted me and was angry with me because according to him the enterprise doesn't give more money appart of our salary. I was upset!

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  • 96. At 09:58am on 21 Sep 2012, Sara AL jeroudi wrote:

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  • 97. At 12:06pm on 02 Oct 2012, luca wrote:

    Sure! If you go tu Genoa you can find a lot of Scrooge.

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  • 98. At 06:51am on 17 Oct 2012, abogwasm wrote:

    I have never come across a Dickensian condition. However, I can remember some of the scrooges I have met in my life: one of them was my best friend's father. I knew how bad he lived. That best friend faced lots of Dicensian conditions in his life.

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  • 99. At 06:19am on 18 Oct 2012, Marcel wrote:

    This video is amazing. I have learned English by myself, and these videos make me to improve my listening.
    My biggest difficulty to learn more and improve my learning is "hear". But, The Teacher is help me in this. Thank you very much.
    The most scrooge that I know I am. I'm very scrooge because to get money it's very hard and to spend it for nothing, it's terrible.

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  • 100. At 1:53pm on 19 Oct 2012, Lele_S88 wrote:

    Certainly economic crisis is giving us different dickensians situations all around the world. As riguard me I can say my family came across a difficult situation years ago but my parents always teached us to being happy and to being gratefully for all we had. And I can add that - in the respect of all who are losing their job or house - crisis have something to teach us: giving the right worth to stuff and being happy even if we don't have the last up to date phone or computer!

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  • 101. At 5:29pm on 22 Oct 2012, facebrooker wrote:

    In Mexico most of the population live under dickensian conditions. This is enhanced by legislative reforms such as the labour one who is currently being discussed in Congress. When I first read the reform I said "What the dickens are they trying to do?", but my inner voice quickly responded: they are favouring (as they always do) the worst scrooges who called themselves "bussinesman". Ta-dá.

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  • 102. At 2:55pm on 31 Oct 2012, ghaoth wrote:

    what a Dickens is this video about anyway?

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  • 103. At 09:09am on 02 Nov 2012, Ganery wrote:

    Dear Teacher,
    Thank's a lot for improve our english ! I have to learn hard and more and more but now, beacause of you, I want it. You aren't a Scrooge for teaching !

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  • 104. At 12:47pm on 14 Nov 2012, Ilse wrote:

    Dear Sirs,
    Congratulations on your site "BBC Learning English". It offers fantastic opportunities to immerse in the language by providing films and audio tapes as well as scripts. Furthermore, 'The Teacher' is a great programme with a very funny and talented actor. It is always a pleasure for me to work with your material. Although I have been learning English for a while now, I still feel like a learner as there is so much new coming up each time and, I am afraid there will never be an end... Anyway, with BBC Learning English it is great fun!
    Thanks a lot for your programme.
    Kind regards,
    Ilse

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  • 105. At 1:53pm on 15 Nov 2012, carlao wrote:

    in our life, sometimes we cross dickensian conditions. I´ve passed for one about for five months. I always liked to spend some money, but recently in my life i had to suspend my likes. Fortunately i backed to see a light in end of the tunnel, to be or not to be a scrooge will depend of the situation, but really i am not a scrooge man fortunately.

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  • 106. At 11:54am on 28 Nov 2012, Tareque wrote:

    Dickensian livings are common in 3rd world countries. Finding a 3rd world scrooge in 5-star hotel we must excalim, "what the dickens"!

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  • 107. At 09:20am on 07 Dec 2012, yktkc wrote:

    I really liked that video . thank you so much BBC . thanks to you I can learn many things

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  • 108. At 09:28am on 22 Dec 2012, violetta23 wrote:

    Last summer I went to Paris, one of the most beautiful and interesting cities of Europe. I was very impressed by the wonderfull places, monuments and museum that I saw, but I was completely shocked by the dimension of the Tour Eiffel...if I could come back, when I would see it again, I would exclaim...WHAT THE DICKENS!!

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  • 109. At 07:53am on 31 Dec 2012, Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy wrote:

    I was always facing with Dickensian both in material and spiritual life when the fist day I went to University . I had no friends, no relatives....I, therefore, was upset for a while. I think it's the end of the word. What the dickens! I have lots of friends right now and they all love me very much

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  • 110. At 8:28pm on 01 Jan 2013, bea wrote:

    Every other days, I drive 150 kms because I work in another village. For this reason, I wanted to comment what happened to me two days ago.. When I was driving about midnight, suddenly the sky turned into a dark landscape, it was really foggy and I had to stop in the middle of the way,due to Dickesian conditions.

    The scroogest person I've ever met is a colleague from my boyfriend who never takes money when we go to have a coffeee or when we meet for having dinner. It's incredible that someone who is working, always has an excuse for not paying.

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  • 111. At 10:32am on 15 Jan 2013, Khunsa Fatima wrote:

    Deckensian: The labourers in my country mostly have to live in a deckensian condition.

    Scrooj: It is sometimes difficult to deal with and be friend of scrooj persons.

    What the deckens? After seeing the faisal mosque, my friend said what the deckens!

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  • 112. At 11:19am on 25 Jan 2013, eirini79 wrote:

    Hello everyone!

    I come from Greece and for the last 10 years I have been teaching English as a second language. Having completed my studies and Msc in the UK, I am totally in love with the country, the civilazation, the history, the people, everything. I consider my self mor British than Greek in all aspects.
    Thank you for the great sources you provide us, helping us in our work

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