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INTRODUCTION
Michael: Must-Know English Social Media Phrases Season 1. Lesson 17 - At the Local Market.
Michael: Hi everyone, I'm Michael.
Alisha: And I'm Alisha.
Michael: In this lesson, you'll learn how to post and leave comments in English about an unusual thing found at a local market. Chris finds an unusual item at a local market, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:
Alisha: "Tell me what this is! I have no idea!"
Michael: Listen to a reading of the post and the comments that follow.
DIALOGUE
(clicking sound)
Chris: "Tell me what this is! I have no idea!"
(clicking sound)
Rick: "What the heck is that?"
Gloria: "I've never seen anything like it!"
Jennifer: "If you live long enough, you get to see everything…"
Alex: "What the??"
POST
Michael: Listen again to Chris's post.
Alisha: (SLOW) "Tell me what this is! I have no idea!"
Alisha: (Regular) "Tell me what this is! I have no idea!"
Michael: Let's break this down.
Alisha: First is the expression "Tell me what this is!"
Michael: We use "tell me" when asking others to explain something. It's used informally and can be considered rude if used in a formal situation. If you want to use it in a formal situation, you can add "Could you please" before the phrase, or follow with "please" at the end. For example, "Could you please tell me the way to the train station?" or "Could you tell me the way to the train station, please?" Listen again.
Alisha: (SLOW) "Tell me what this is!" (REGULAR) "Tell me what this is!"
Michael: Then comes the phrase...
Alisha: "I have no idea!"
Michael: "To have no idea" means not knowing or without the knowledge of something. Another way to say it is "haven't the least idea." Listen again.
Alisha: (SLOW) "I have no idea!" (REGULAR) "I have no idea!"
Michael: All together...
Alisha: "Tell me what this is! I have no idea!"
COMMENTS
Michael: In response, Chris's friends leave some comments.
Michael: His college friend, Rick, says...
Alisha: (SLOW) "What the heck is that?" (REGULAR) "What the heck is that?"
[Pause]
Alisha: "What the heck is that?"
Michael: Use this expression to show you are feeling confused and interested.
Michael: His neighbor, Gloria, says...
Alisha: (SLOW) "I've never seen anything like it!" (REGULAR) "I've never seen anything like it!"
[Pause]
Alisha: "I've never seen anything like it!"
Michael: Use this expression to show that you are in agreement with the other person’s confusion/interest.
Michael: His wife, Jennifer, says...
Alisha: (SLOW) "If you live long enough, you get to see everything…" (REGULAR) "If you live long enough, you get to see everything…"
[Pause]
Alisha: "If you live long enough, you get to see everything…"
Michael: Use this expression to show that you are being humorous about life and its curiosities.
Michael: His nephew, Alex, says...
Alisha: (SLOW) "What the??" (REGULAR) "What the??"
[Pause]
Alisha: "What the??"
Michael: Use this expression to show you are confused.

Outro

Michael: Okay, that's all for this lesson. If a friend posted something about an unusual thing found at a local market, which phrase would you use? Leave us a comment letting us know. And we'll see you next time!
Alisha: Bye!

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If a friend posted something about an unusual thing found at a local market which phrase would you use?