In this The English We Speak podcast: Finn is proud of his good eye for a picture. Feifei invited him to go to her home and take a photograph of her very special friend. Who is this friend? Listen to find out.
(Finn is visiting Feifei)
Feifei: Hi Finn. I am glad you could come to my house to take a picture of my special friend.
Finn: My pleasure, Feifei. I take pride in being a great photographer. I brought some of my best pictures.
Feifei: Let me have a look.
Finn: Yes. I took this one during a trip to Paris.
Feifei: I remember. The trip you took last summer with your girlfriend Ann.
Finn: Oh, Ann… She is out of the picture. Look at the Eiffel Tower. I bet you’ve never seen it from this angle.
Feifei: And this other one…
Finn: Yes, yes. This other one I took at a dinner party in my flat.
Feifei: Yes, with your flatmate Johnny.
Finn: My ex-flatmate “Dirty Socks” Johnny. He is out of the picture too.
Feifei: Finn, I can see him in this photo and … you keep talking about having your friends out of the picture… I want my friend to be in the picture!
Finn: Oh, Feifei, no. Ann and Johnny appear in some of my snaps. But Ann is not my girlfriend anymore. She ran away with a Frenchman…
Feifei: Oh… and what happened to Johnny?
Finn: “Dirty Socks” Johnny moved out. He used to leave his socks everywhere!
Feifei: Oh, so you are no longer in touch with them.
Finn: Exactly. In English, when we say someone is “out of the picture” we mean we don’t count on them anymore. They are no longer involved in a particular situation. Let’s hear some examples.
- Divorce was good for Mrs Jones. She looks very happy with her husband out of the picture.
- My team is bound to lose this weekend now that our best player is out of the picture. He broke his leg yesterday.
Finn: So now that this is clear, where is your special someone? Shall we go out into the garden? The lighting is really good outside. I’ll take a great picture!
Feifei: Follow me.
Feifei: Here’s my special friend!
Finn: But this… Feifei, this is a hamster!
Finn: Yes! My pet’s name is “Cutie Pie”! Oh my little sweetie, little friend! Isn’t he cute, Finn?
Finn: He is not very photogenic, I’m afraid, Feifei.
Feifei: Come on, Finn. Look at him! (to the hamster) Sweetie yummy come to mummy. You’re going to be in the picture! Yes, you are!
Finn: Oh dear! I can kiss goodbye to my career as a serious photographer…
The English We Speak – Out of the picture Transcript Video
Source: BBC Learning EnglishMore Series for You: