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RUTH: Hello, welcome to 'Say it Again'. Last week, Grace was here with me and she was talking about 'York Minster'. We'll be hearing more from Grace in a few weeks time. This week, Aries is back with me. In this week's programme, we have some more sentences where you can 'Say it Again'. There is also more drama in our series with our brother and sister, Grace and Jim. And as always, there is another true story. Lesley is reading the story of Marti Sinclair from Lebanon. So stay with us. Firstly, Aries, if there had been no buses to bring you here today, what would you have done?

ARIES: That's an easy question to start with. If there had been no buses, I suppose I might have taken a taxi. Here in Leeds, they are usually to be found near the railway station. They are just the same as any other car, but they have a notice on them somewhere to show that they are available for you to hire them.

RUTH: How is this different from taxis in Singapore?

ARIES: In Singapore, there are taxis everywhere, meaning that you can hire them by the road. But it is not easy to get them because taxis are quite popular there. Actually, the taxis are quite similar to the taxis here in UK.

RUTH: In London, they have special taxis. They are called 'Black London Cabs'. These are not like a normal family car; they have a lot more room in them. If you want to use one, youˇll have to stand in the road to call one, but you have to be careful not to get run over! To call a taxi, you have to catch the attention of the driver. They have a clear sign to say if they are available or not. They also have a price indicator that tells you exactly how much you need to pay. 'Black Cabs' are a very common sight in London.

RUTH: Aries, what other type of transport could you use?

ARIES: Well Ruth, if I couldn't get a taxi, I would consider using a bike. I haven't my own bike here, but in Singapore, I always use a bike to get around. There is a lot more traffic here and it would seem that car and lorry drivers often don't think about cyclists. Here, it is common to see cyclists with a helmet for protection on their heads. There was something about a bike in the last drama I heard with Grace and her brother. Can I hear it again?

RUTH: Yes, Aries, here it is. Listen to their discussion about bikes. How would you have felt if you had been Jim?

Conversation

ARIES: It is difficult to say how I'd have felt if I was Jim. But I think I'd have felt very sorry for myself. As a young girl, I would often fall off my bike, but unlike Jim, I never broke my leg. I think I'd have felt very miserable if I'd broken my leg. Have you ever broken any bones, Ruth?

RUTH: No, I've been very fortunate; I've never broken a bone. Can you remember Aries, in the story, how Jim's parents felt about his accident?

ARIES: Yes, they felt sorry for him. I think that was because heˇd not only ruined his bike but he also broke his leg.

RUTH: Yes, I agree with you.

RUTH: We have next a short snatch from an interview with a person who trains people to ride bikes. He has been asked a question about punctures. He is talking about bike racing.

Interview

RUTH: That sounded fun. Can you think what it would be like if every time you had a puncture, there was someone able to help you? And so quickly too - he said 10 to 20 seconds! For me, riding a bike is fun on a hot and sunny day, with maybe a light breeze blowing. Have you ever been in a conversation with someone where you are trying desperately to think of what to say but canˇt find any words? It's very embarrassing, isn't it? Well, in our 'Say it Again' lesson today, I'm going to say some sentences that will help you out. Aries will then repeat the sentence after me. Why don't you say them with her?

RUTH: The thing is, I'm not sure what to do.

ARIES: The thing is, I'm not sure what to do.

RUTH: Let me see now, where did you say I had to go?

ARIES: Let me see now, where did you say I had to go?

RUTH: How shall I put it, I can't remember what you said.

ARIES: How shall I put it, I can't remember what you said.

RUTH: All of these sentences are good ways to allow you time to think and decide just what you want to say next. Never be embarrassed at having to use them. We all find ourselves in these situations from time to time. Why don't you think about some situations where you can use these sentences with your friends? Keep practicing. They are also polite ways of asking someone to repeat what they've said to help you understand things more clearly. I'll have more of these useful sentences for you next week.

RUTH: Well as I said at the beginning of the programme, I have another true story for you today. Marti Sinclair is from Lebanon. She was sentenced to go to prison for three years and here, she is telling us about what happened to her in prison. Lesley is reading Marti Sinclair's story.

Story Testimony

As I stood in front of the customs men, I began to shake with fear. My boyfriend had talked me into putting some drugs into the bottom of my case. It was as I watched the customs men search my case that this great fear hit me.

I was sentenced to stay in prison for three years. It was awful - the smell was terrible, I couldn't eat for days. I hated the other women in the prison with me. We slept on mats on the dirty floor. The walls had creatures walking up and down them. From within the prison, I could hear bombs falling. I was sure that the prison would be hit next. I was in a very troubled land.

One day I heard a gun shot outside. The guards had taken one of the women out of my cell; they had accused her of spying. "It was why we shot her" they said. I was afraid. A lady came to visit us and left us literature to read. She came to talk with us, but I wasn't interested. I told her I wasn't interested in any religion. One day, I was feeling lonely and ill. I picked up her literature. After reading some of it, I called out to God. "God if you're there, please help me, Iˇm sorry for all that I've done wrong." As I said this, I experienced an inner peace, something I'd never experienced before. Yes, I knew that God had heard my cry for help. God showed me that I must say sorry to everyone I'd hurt. I said sorry to the other women in my cell for hating them. My life was changed. God also showed me that I must admit my wrong doings in drugs smuggling. I told the prison officers that I'd smuggled drugs into other countries as well. I said I was sorry for all the things I'd done. When I did this, they said, 'You can go free'. This was sooner than my sentence had said. I now help people everywhere to be set free from drug-taking. I enjoy living with this new meaning and purpose in my life.

RUTH: We're almost at the end of our programme for today. But before we go, Aries and I will repeat the sentences we said earlier.

RUTH: The thing is, I'm not sure what to do.

ARIES: The thing is, I'm not sure what to do.

RUTH: Let me see now, where did you say I had to go?

ARIES: Let me see now, where did you say I had to go?

RUTH: How shall I put it, I can't remember what you said.

ARIES: How shall I put it, I can't remember what you said.

RUTH: Next week, there will be more help with asking someone to repeat what they've just said. So until then, goodbye from Aries and myself.

BOTH: Goodbye.

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