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http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/6-minute-english/ep-171207

Neil
Hello and welcome to Six Minute English. I’m Neil and joining me today is Dan – who is weighed down with shopping bags and wearing something very… strange. What’s going on, Dan?

Dan
Hi everyone. Well, I was feeling a bit miserable so I decided to cheer myself up by going shopping!

Neil
Well that’s lucky because the link between shopping and mood is what we’re looking at in this 6 Minute English – and of course we’ll be giving you six mood and shopping-related vocabulary items. But first, our quiz:

Online shoppers in which country spend more per household than consumers in any other country, according to a report from the UK Cards Association?

a) The USA

b) Norway

c) The UK

Dan
Norway seems to come top of lots of lists, so for that reason alone I’m going to say Norway.

Neil
We’ll find out at the end of the show. Now, Dan, you said just now that you went shopping because you were feeling down.

Dan
That’s right – I like a bit of retail therapy.

Neil
Retail therapy is a humorous expression which means going shopping to make yourself feel better.

Dan
Oh I do that all the time.

Neil
Yes, I can see. And you’re not alone. According to some research done by the website moneysupermarket.com, people are more likely to buy things they’ll later regret when they’re feeling sad, bored or stressed.

Dan
Well I was feeling a bit down in the dumps. And that’s a way of saying ‘sad’.

Neil
Oh dear, Dan. Sorry to hear you’ve been down in the dumps. I only hope you don’t also get a pang of regret about your purchases when you get them home – the research suggests that you will.

Dan
pang is a sharp pain. We often hear it used figuratively to talk about strong emotions like guilt, regret and remorse. You’re making me feel worse, Neil

Neil
Sorry Dan – it’s all for educational purposes! Our audience will learn from your pain! Remorse is like regret – and there’s a good expression to describe exactly that bad feeling you get when you realise you don’t really need or want the thing you’ve bought. Buyer’s remorse.

Dan
OK, OK, OK enough about me. Let’s hear from Sam, Phil and Catherine from the Learning English team to see if their mood affects the shopping choices they make. Listen carefully. Can you hear the three types of things they say that they buy when they’re down in the dumps?

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Sam
Honestly, I tend to buy food. Anything that will bring me comfort, so it can be any sort of warm drink, hot drink but also anything kind of warm and cosy – so like a nice jumper.

Phil
Definitely, if I’ve had a bad day at work, or for whatever reason or I feel terrible, tired, I am more likely to buy something on the way home.

Catherine
Oh when I’m feeling sad, I probably buy a little bit of wine and often something to wear. I find that a bit of retail therapy when I’m sad usually does the trick at the time, so it makes me feel better. But I do find that when I look in my wardrobe, the things that I bought when I was sad – I never wear them.

Neil
Sam, Phil and Catherine there from the BBC Learning English team talking about what kind of things they buy when they’re feeling down. What were they?

Dan
Food, drink and clothes.

Neil
That’s right. Sam mentioned she buys food, warm drinks and a nice jumper to keep her cosy. That’s the feeling of being warm, comfortable and relaxed.

Dan
Catherine also mentioned drinks – this time wine. And she also said that buying clothes does the trick. That means achieves the result she intended. She feels down, she buys clothes, she feels better – it does the trick.

Neil
But what’s interesting is that Catherine said she never wears the clothes she buys when she’s feeling sad. That’s exactly what the survey found – people regret the purchases they make when they’re sad, bored or stressed.

Dan
Sounds like a case of buyer’s remorse.

Neil
Indeed. Well, time now for the answer to our quiz question. I asked this: Online shoppers in which country spend more per household than consumers in any other country, according to a report from the UK Cards Association? Is it:

a) The USA
b) Norway
c) The UK

Dan
I said b) Norway.

Neil
And I’m afraid you might need to go and buy some more stuff to cheer you up – you’re wrong! The correct answer is the UK. Apparently UK households spent the equivalent of $5,900 (£4,611) using payment cards online in 2015.

Dan
Well, I hope they were happy when they made those purchases or they may feel the pang of regret I’m scared I might get after today’s discussion!

Neil
Well, a good recap of the vocabulary from this programme might do the trick.

Dan
Shall we start with the first word? Do you ever go in for a bit of retail therapy, Neil?

Neil
Actually I try to avoid it. Especially after reading this survey – I don’t think the happiness you feel after buying something lasts very long. In fact, you can end up feeling down in the dumps.

Dan
Down in the dumps – meaning sad/unhappy. Yes and a pang of regret might follow once you realise you’ve spent a lot of money on something you don’t really need.

Neil
pang is a stab – used here figuratively to mean a sharp pain used to talk about strong emotions. And after the pang can come buyer’s remorse.

Dan
Hmm, I’m beginning to feel buyer’s remorse from this leopard skin onesie. Seemed like such a good idea at the time.

Neil
Well it does look cozy – warm comfortable and relaxed, so I think if that’s what you wanted, it does the trick.

Dan
Does the trick, meaning achieves the result you wanted.

Neil
OK before Dan heads off to buy even more stuff he doesn’t need, please remember to check out our Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages.

Dan/Neil
Bye!

Frosty the snowman

Frosty the snowman
Was a jolly ______ soul,
With a corncob pipe and a _______nose
And two eyes made out of ________.
Frosty the snowman is a ______ tale, they say,
He was made of ______
But the children ________
How he _________ to life one day.
There must have been some magic in that
Old _______ hat they found.
For when they placed it on his ______
He began to dance _______
O, Frosty the snowman
Was alive as he could be,
And the children say he could ______
And play just the same as you and me.
He led them down the ______ of town
Right to the _______ cop.
And he only paused a moment when
He heard him holler “Stop!”
Frosty the _______ man
Had to hurry on his way,
But he waved goodbye saying,
“Don’t you cry, I’ll be back again some day.”
Oh oh oh
Oh oh oh
Oh oh yeah

making a snowman

https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/es/node/18766

It’s nearly Christmas and lots of people are decorating their _____________. You might like to make a brilliant decoration like this for your house. It’s a _________ and it’s made from ___________.

Now to start you’ll need to make the ______, so take a white sock just like this and then ask your grown-up to cut it in half across the heel and it will look like this.

To weigh my snowman down, I’m going to pour some uncooked _____ into the toes. Here we go! I need to make a _________ for the snowman, so I’m going to use some cotton wool and if I pop this inside … there’s his tummy. And now I need to make a ______, so a smaller circle for the head. I’ll just pop the cotton wool in.

Once his head’s finished, you’ll need to seal the top by using an _______ band. And this bit’s a little bit tricky, so ask a grown-up to help you, and once you’ve done that, it will look like this. Our ____________ is really starting to take shape!

Take a colourful ______ and this will make the hat and the _____. Ask your grown-up to cut two pieces, so you have the hat and the scarf, and put a long cut up the middle of the _______, so it’s long enough to tie around your snowman.

So I’m going to use this piece for the hat. Here we go. Let’s pop that on, just like that, and if I curl it up … brilliant! And this piece for the _______. There we go, Mr Snowman! I’ll just tie this up for you.

It’s time to bring our snowman to life! I’m going to use a black felt-tip pen to give our snowman some _______. Here we go. There’s one eye and here is his second. Great! And now I can use an _________ felt-tip pen to give him a carrot ______. OK. Let’s start with a line there … woop! [whistles] There he is, and you could even add some coal buttons. You could make a whole ___________.

 

Sun goes down feat

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Nothing’s ever what we ________________
But they keep asking __________ we’re going next
All we’re chasing is the sunset
Got my mind on you

Doesn’t __________ where we are are are are
Doesn’t __________ where we are are are ar-are
________ ____________ no
If there’s a moment when it’s perfect
We’ll carve our names

As the sun ______ _______
Hey
As the sun  ______ _______
Hey
As the sun  ______ _______

As the sun  ______ _______
Doesn’t  _________ where we are are are are
Doesn’t  __________ where we are are are ar-are
________ ________ now

You are so lonely now [x2]

Nothing’s ever what we ______
But they keep asking where we’re going next
All we’re chasing is the sunset
Got my mind on you

Doesn’t _______ where we are are are are
Doesn’t ______ where we are are are ar-are
__________ _________ no
If there’s a moment when it’s perfect
We’ll carve our names

As the sun ______ _____
Hey
As the sun ______ ______
Hey

You are so lonely now [x2]

As the sun ______ ______