In this The English We Speak podcast: Feifei spots a celebrity in the lift who says he’s going to get some nosh. Rob has to explain exactly what he’s going to get.
Feifei: Hello and welcome to The English We Speak, I’m Feifei.
Rob: Hello everyone, I’m Rob.
Feifei: Rob, guess who I just got in a lift with?
Rob:(Not interested) Hmmm, lots of other people who work at the BBC?
Feifei: No! You’ll never guess…
Rob:(Still not interested) Probably not.
Feifei: I am so excited, my heart is still pounding!
Rob: Come on Feifei, it’s not like you have just been in a lift with Damien Lewis. So calm down, we’ve got some work to do.
Feifei: (Even more excited) It was, it was Damien Lewis! I WAS in a lift with Damien Lewis.
Rob:(Now interested) Really? What was he like?
Feifei: He was wearing a light blue shirt and jeans! Very tall, and… he’s just so handsome!
Rob: I bet! Did you say anything to him?
Feifei: No, I was too nervous! But he was saying something about going for some ‘nosh’ before recording. What does that mean? What is ‘nosh’?
Rob: In British English, ‘to have some nosh’ is a slang phrase which means to have some food or to have a meal. The word ‘nosh’ literally means ‘food’ or ‘a meal’.
Feifei: OK, I see. So he was saying he would go and have some food before recording?
Rob: Yes, I believe so. Let’s hear some examples on how to use the word ‘nosh’.
- Our canteen serves good nosh.
- She likes her nosh.
- Do you fancy a bit of nosh?
- There was a lot of nosh at the party last night.
Feifei: So we can use ‘nosh’ as a noun, can we use it as a verb as well, Rob?
Rob: Yes, we can. If you ‘nosh’, you eat.
- I like to nosh when I watch TV.
- How can she ever lose weight? She noshes all the time!
Feifei: (Getting excited again) Hey Rob, I’m just getting a bit hungry, do you mind finishing the programme? I’m just going to get some nosh from the canteen.
Rob: Is that so Feifei? I know why you are getting hungry…
Feifei: What do you mean? I’m just hungry. Will be back later, bye…
Rob: Errr, hold on… wait, wait for me, I might join you for some nosh too… (talking to himself) I hope Damien is still in the canteen. Don’t forget to check out bbclearningenglish.com for more The English We Speak. Bye!
The English We Speak – Nosh Transcript Video
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