The first term is over at the University of Studies. All the students are packing up and heading home for the holidays – all except Mary, that is! She couldn’t get a flight home for Christmas so she will have to find somewhere else to stay…
Showing gratitude and clearing up confusion
Daniel’s parents come to the rescue by letting Mary stay awith them for Christmas. She shows how thankful she is by using these phrases…
- I’m very touched that you’ve allowed me to stay with you.
- I’m really grateful to have somewhere to stay.
- You’re such nice people to spend the holidays with.
But they think Mary is Daniel’s girlfriend! She clears up this mistake by saying…
- I think there’s been some confusion.
- Can I just make it clear… we’re not together.
Words and phrases used in this episode related to Christmas
- mince pies
- Happy Christmas!
Hello. It’s that time for English at University – the series that teaches some English phrases to help you through your first year of study abroad.
The first term has finished and the Christmas holidays are about to begin. The students at the University of Studies are busy preparing to go home… except for one…
Oh I can’t wait for my boyfriend to pick me up – it’s going to be great just hanging around, doing nothing for three weeks – a bit like here really. Oh, are you not packing your bags Mary – you’ve got a long journey home haven’t you?
No. I haven’t. I left it too late to book a flight home and now they’re all sold out.
No! Well what are you going to do? It’s Christmas, you can’t spend it on your own.
Don’t worry. I’m allowed to stay here – and I can do some reading and studying and watch TV – anyway, I don’t really do the festive thing…
Only me. Hi Mary… Abi… so you heard about my feedback from Professor Not then?
Yes. It wasn’t great was it…
Don’t worry about that – they only say bad things to make you work harder. Anyway, Danny boy, what are doing for the Yuletide period?
Going home to my Mum and Dad’s of course… boring. I’m catching the train at two o’clock so though I’d come and say ‘Happy Christmas’.
Hold on! You’ve got a spare bed at your parents’ house, haven’t you?
Perfect! Mary can’t get a flight home for Christmas so she can go and stay at yours, can’t she?!
What? Really? Do you really want to come and stay with me… at Christmas?
Well, with your parents – if it’s not too much trouble.
Ace! I’ll go and ring my Mum.
There you go Mary. Christmas is sorted – have a good one.
Oh Mary it’s so nice to meet you. Daniel’s never brought a girl home before.
Let’s change the subject. Fancy pulling a cracker mum?
Mary, it’s time to be polite, say how grateful you are but set the record straight – explain – about you and Daniel.
Yes, of course. Err, Mrs Smythe… I’m very touched that you’ve allowed me to stay with you. I’m really grateful to have somewhere to stay. You’re such nice people to spend the holidays with.
Ooo Jim, doesn’t she say such nice things. Daniel’s really found a treasure here.
Thank you. I’m very pleased to have Daniel as a good friend but I think there’s been some confusion. Can I just make it clear… we’re not together.
No mum, we’re not ‘an item’. Just friends, like she said.
Oh right… no wedding yet then. Ah well, you’re still a lovely girl. Would you like to carve the turkey?
Mrs Smythe seems to like you Mary. Well done for being polite and using these phrases…
I’m very touched that you’ve allowed me to stay with you.
I’m really grateful to have somewhere to stay.
You’re such nice people to spend the holidays with.
You also told Daniel’s mum you’re not mad enough to be going out with her son! Here are some of the things you said to clear up any confusion…
I think there’s been some confusion.
Can I just make it clear… we’re not together.
You can practise these phrases, pick up a few more plus learn some top tips for studying in the UK on our website at bbclearningenglish.com.
Now, Christmas Day is going well and it looks like there’s another visitor…
I’ll get it…. Professor Not, Sharon… what are you doing here?!
Yes hello. A bit of a surprise I know. It’s just… I tried to find Mary at the university but Abi said she’d come here… ah Mary… I wanted to say sorry for the confusion in our meeting last week and give you a Christmas present… so err, here you are…
Actually, me and Jim have bought you a little something too.
And I’ve just made some mince pies to eat – but go on Mary, open your presents first.
Oh right. This is so kind of you all. Oh lovely Mr and Mrs Smythe, a woolly scarf and mittens – very useful. Oh wow! Professor, a book.
Yes, it’s my latest book ‘Funny Business’ – look I’ve signed it for you.
Well as we’re doing presents, you might as well open mine now… here you are.
Goodness… it’s a small box… a lovely bow. It’s a memory stick – with my name on it! That’s brilliant – just what I wanted. Oh everybody, despite being a long way from home, it’s been great being here – a real home from home.
So professor, Sharon would you like to stay for dinner?
Oh yes please.
Happy Christmas everyone. See you next term!
Join us in the New Year as Mary, Daniel and Abi start the second term at the University of Studies.