In this The English We Speak podcast: Feifei has just returned to the office after a really relaxing holiday. So why does Finn ask her if she had a ball? Find out in the programme.
Finn: Hello Feifei. Welcome back to the office.
Feifei: Hi Finn. Back to work!
Finn: How was your holiday? You look great.
Feifei: Oh thanks, fantastic. We spent every day on the beach…
Feifei: Yeah, just relaxing, swimming, reading novels, eating fresh seafood, and my favourite new thing: playing beach volleyball!
Finn: Cool – you must have had a ball!
Feifei: Of course we had a ball. We were playing volleyball! You can’t play volleyball without… a ball.
Finn: You’re right, you do need a ball – but you see I meant…
Feifei: I know what you meant, just kidding! To ‘have a ball’ means to have a really good time, to enjoy yourself.
Finn: Yes, well did you? Have a good time?
Feifei: We had… a ball!
Finn: Listen to these other people who had… a ball.
- We went to my sister’s wedding at the weekend. Everyone had a ball – it was so much fun.
- I had a ball at the party. So many of my friends were there and the music was great.
Feifei: Of course we don’t always use it to talk about things in the past.
Finn: Yes, listen out for people ‘having a ball’, like this one:
- I’m having a ball in my new job. It’s so much better than my old one.
Feifei: Or you can combine with ‘will’ when talking about the future.
- A: I’m not sure about joining the singing class.
- B: Of course you should join – you’ll have a ball!
Finn: Anyway Feifei, it’s good to have you back.
Feifei: Good to be back.
Finn: We’re having a ball.
Feifei: I know, it’s fun to be in the studio again.
Finn: No, we’re really having a ball.
Finn: Yes, BBC Learning English is holding a ball – a formal party where people come and dance – tonight.
Feifei: Oh, that kind of ball – our ball! I’d completely forgotten! I’m playing volleyball tonight.
Finn: Well, I’m sure you’ll have a ball whatever you do!
Feifei: Haha – yes, well you have a ball, at the ball!
Finn: Very good. For more English phrases, log on to bbclearningenglish.com. Goodbye.
Feifei: See ya.
The English We Speak – Have a ball Transcript Video
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