RUTH: Hello! Welcome to another edition of 'Say It Again.' My name is Ruth
and Aries is here with me. This is the last time for a few weeks that Aries will be
here. She is returning home to Singapore to visit her family. We hope that she'll
come back and join us when she returns. Will you, Aries?
ARIES: Yes Ruth, I will look forward to joining you again later in the series.
What are we looking at today?
RUTH: Last week, we looked at polite ways of disagreeing with a very good friend
or family member. This week, we're looking at ways of disagreeing with an older
person or maybe a friend you don't know very well. There is another in our series
of true life stories. This week's story is about a Chinese doctor. Aries, can you
remind me one of the sentences we practiced?
ARIES: I think one of them was, 'Don't be so silly.' Is that right?
RUTH: Yes, there was also, 'Come off it' and 'You can't be serious'. Today,
we're looking at ways of disagreeing with an older person or maybe a friend you
don't know very well. You must be very polite in English. You don't say, 'I
disagree!' There are two very polite expressions of disagreement. I'll say them
first and you can repeat them after me with Aries. 'I see what you mean, but...'
ARIES: 'I see what you mean but....'
RUTH: 'Perhaps, but don't you think that...?'
ARIES: 'Perhaps, but don't you think that...?'
RUTH: Aries, I'm going to make a statement, and I want you to disagree with me
using one of the two sentences we've just practiced. 'English is a very easy
language to learn.'
ARIES: 'Perhaps, but don't you think that it is difficult to learn all the tenses and
RUTH: Good, that's right. I'll make another statement and why don't you disagree
with me using the other answer we practiced. 'I think that you can learn the rules
of English grammar easily.'
ARIES: 'I see what you mean, but there are so many exceptions to the rules, I find
English very hard to learn.'
RUTH: That was really good. You used both the expressions we practiced earlier.
'Perhaps, but don't you think...?' and 'I see what you mean, but...'
RUTH: We've been looking at polite ways of disagreeing with people today. In
the drama we heard last week, Grace and her brother Jim were disagreeing with
each other. Let's hear their disagreement again just to remind ourselves how very
polite we've been today.
RUTH: The difference is very obvious. Did you notice the short sentences that
they used? 'Don't be silly'. 'You can't be serious.' In being very polite, we make
our sentences longer and show respect to the person we want to disagree with. In
English culture, you can have the freedom to disagree with people. I think most
English people would rather you were honest and disagree with them. We don't
like it when others pretend to agree, but really don't. Do you think that is true
ARIES: Yes Ruth, I have found that to be true but I've always tried to be polite
when I disagree.
RUTH: We'll practice those replies again at the end of the programme. One thing
that Aries and I agree on is that we both enjoy the true stories we hear each week.
Today's story is read by Dick and it's about a Chinese doctor. The story tells how
this doctor began to think about the creation of the world and how he found an
answer to his questions by reading a free 'good news' paper called 'SOON'.
As a doctor, I'd thought a lot about evolution and I'd believed for a long time that
Charles Darwin's theory was true. It was only when I started to read the 'SOON'
good news broadsheet that I started to think about the creation of life again.
I knew that in all of humankind, there are only four kinds of blood. I knew that
whatever the colour of people's skin, they all had one of these four kinds of blood.
I also knew that no one has blood in their body that is partly one kind of blood and
partly another kind of blood.
The 'SOON' good news broadsheet told me that a God lives that made everything.
In this free paper, it told me that God made the first man Adam, and that God
wants to supply all our needs. I thought that this 'SOON' idea was just another idea
thought up by another man.
But I began to think and wonder on the ideas I was reading. Maybe Darwin was
wrong. So after much thought I decided, 'It takes more faith to believe in evolution
than to believe in a God who made everything, like Christians believe. Now I
believe God made all things, and wants to help us all.
RUTH: Aries, today's programme has all been about disagreeing. Before we
practice again the sentences we spoke earlier, may I ask you some questions?
ARIES: Certainly, Ruth, go ahead.
RUTH: In an earlier programme, you told us about the 'Rice Dumpling Festival.'
Now that you have lived in England for a little while, what is your favorite English
ARIES: I think my favorite is Christmas. I like it because you get to prepare your
own Christmas dinner, you exchange gifts. It's more fun here as compared to
Singapore. It is really a big event here. What is your favorite festival, Ruth?
RUTH: I like Easter. We don't have a lot of presents giving and festivities but it's
very important to me in my faith in the living God because it's a time when we
remember that His Son Jesus Christ died on the cross to save us.
ARIES: The English festivals are very different from our Chinese ones though.
Maybe I'll tell you about that when I come back from Singapore.
RUTH: Well, it's almost time to go. Just before we say goodbye, Aries and I will
repeat the two sentences we've been practicing today. I'll say them first. Why
don't you say them again with Aries after me? 'Perhaps, but don't you think....?'
ARIES: 'Perhaps, but don't you think....?'
RUTH: 'I see what you mean, but...'
ARIES: 'I see what you mean, but...'
RUTH: As I said at the beginning of the programme, this is the last time that Aries
will be with us for a while. So, thank you Aries, and we look forward to you
joining us again later in the series. Next week, I have Grace back with me for
another of her visits to an interesting place in Britain. It's the town of Bath in
Avon. So goodbye from Aries and from me