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RUTH: Hello and welcome to 'Say It Again'. My name is Ruth Lowton. In each 'Say It Again' programme, we look at a different aspect of the English language. Today, we'll continuing looking at future tenses. If you listened to our last programme, you will remember that we looked at the verb 'will' and we used it with different pronouns. Do you want to know more? I hope so. Then stay with us til the end of today's programme. I did say 'us', as each week I have a student here with me. Today, I have Lee Kee Tan. Lee Kee was here with me last week. She is from Singapore, but living and working here in England. Welcome, Lee Kee.

LEE KEE: Thank you, Ruth. I did enjoy being with you on your last programme. Is there another true story today?

RUTH: Yes Lee Kee, there is. Each week on 'Say It Again', we have a true story. The stories come from all over the world. Today, it is about Louis Pino from Spain. We'll hear his story later.

RUTH: Lee Kee, do you remember what our drama was about last week?

LEE KEE: Oh yes! It was about weddings. They are one of my favourite events. I think that Jim and Grace were talking together about a wedding they've been invited to.

RUTH: Yes, that's right. Let's listen to the drama again. Listen carefully to all the different pieces of information about an English wedding.

Conversation

RUTH: Lee Kee, do you get excited about weddings?

LEE KEE: I love going to weddings in England. But I know in China, there aren't big weddings like the ones you have here. Sometimes I think that too much money is spent on weddings here in England.

RUTH: That's very true! Often the bride's dress can cost as much as a thousand pounds. The wedding meal or reception after the ceremony can cost two or three thousand pounds.

LEE KEE: That is so expensive. We do enjoy wedding banquets when all the family come. In fact, we like to have big banquets whenever we can. Chinese people love to get together and eat lots of food.

RUTH: What happens with the wedding ceremony?

LEE KEE: We don't have a big wedding ceremony. Our custom is to go off to the office and register our marriage. We only take one day off work and there is no preparation, except for the wedding banquet that night.

RUTH: That sounds very sensible, but I think that getting married is something very important and there should be a special ceremony for it. As you heard in the drama, in England, many weddings are in the church and the bride and bridegroom make serious promises before God.

RUTH: Listen again to some of the drama we heard earlier. Lee Kee, can you listen and find out what Jill will be wearing for her wedding? Also, listen out for what Grace says she'll wear.

Conversation

LEE KEE: Grace said that Jill will wear a long white wedding dress. I wonder if Jill's dress would cost a thousand pounds.

RUTH: I don't think so. Did you hear then what Grace would wear?

LEE KEE: Oh yes! She'll wear her gorgeous new pink dress.

RUTH: Will Grace buy anything to wear with the dress?

LEE KEE: Yes, she says that she'll buy some new pink shoes and a hat. I wonder what colour that will be?

RUTH: I think she'll choose something very bright.

RUTH: I wonder if you noticed that all through my conversation with Lee Kee, we were both using the future tense. There were quite a few times when we used the verb 'will'. We'll repeat them for you again at the end of today's programme. Lee Kee asked me at the beginning of the programme about our true story. Well, today it's the story of Louis Pino from Spain. Louis was looking for real happiness in his life. He was told to try drugs but this led him into a life of theft. It was one day after a robbery that Louis looked back at his life and realised it was a mess. As he looked for what to do next, he read about the Bethel Centre. It was while he was there receiving help that he found out about God's love. Louis's story is being read by Matthew.

Story Testimony

I felt the policeman's gun sticking into my back. "Where is the gold? Where is the gold?" he screamed at me. Soon I found myself lying in a prison cell, I was in terrible pain. It was the pain you experience when you stop taking drugs.

The trouble began when I asked someone, "How do you get really happy?" He replied, "Try taking drugs, they'll make you happy." Then I was given some marijuana to smoke. I tried it and it felt good. But I noticed that I started to need more and more of the drug. And that meant that I needed more and more money to buy it. I decided to become a drug dealer. This way, I thought, I would always have enough money to buy drugs for myself. But even this was not enough and so I stole the gold, and that was when the police caught me.

Soon after my release, I saw a piece of paper on the ground, it read: "The Bethel Centre can help you beat the desire for drugs." I said to myself, "I will see if what they say is true."

I went to the Bethel Centre, and the people there were most helpful. They said, "We were like you, but we now know the true happiness that is God's love for us. God has taken away our desire for drugs. We don't need them any more." So, there and then, I asked the Lord God to come into my life and save me. "Lord, please take away my desire for drugs. Please forgive the wrong things that I have done and help me to help those who are less fortunate than myself." The Lord answered my prayer wonderfully, and I now help others to find true happiness through the Lord God, at the Bethel Centre.

RUTH: We're almost at the end of today's programme. There is a little time left for us to repeat some of the sentences we said earlier on that used the future tense verb 'will'. Do you remember that I said if you use this verb with a pronoun, then it changes to'll'? So let's practice this first. I'll say the sentence first and why don't you say it again after me with Lee Kee? 'She'll wear her gorgeous new pink dress.'

LEE KEE: 'She'll wear her gorgeous new pink dress.'

RUTH: Did you hear the 'she'll'? Let's practice using 'will' without shortening it. 'Jill will wear a long white wedding dress.'

LEE KEE: 'Jill will wear a long white wedding dress.'

RUTH: Lee Kee will you join me again for another 'Say It Again' programme?

LEE KEE: Yes Ruth.

RUTH: There's one other sentence I'll like us to practice. That is when we shorten 'will not' and say 'won't'. Grace used this word a few times in the drama. She said, 'Won't Jill look lovely?' Next week there will be another chance to hear the drama again. And there'll be more time to practice 'will' and 'won't'. Lee Kee, I hope that you will join us then. Goodbye.

BOTH: Goodbye.

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