BBC Learning English: The English We Speak – Viral: the expression ‘to go viral’ is used for a picture or a video which has become extremely popular by being circulated quickly and broadly on the internet.
Li is proud of her cat video. She thinks her pet Fluffy is sweet and cute. But does Rob agree with her? Listen to the programme to find out
Ahhh… So cute! Sweet and cute!
Cat videos on the computer, Li?
Yes, yes Rob. They’re adorable!
What makes people so obsessed about these cat videos? Let me watch this one with you.
Oh, I’ve seen this one! It’s everywhere! Look how many people clicked on this site to see it. About one hundred thousand by now!
Yes, everybody loves Fluffy!
Fluffy. Yes. This cat is fluffy and … crazy!
Look! It’s gone viral!
What do you mean? Fluffy is MY cat and she’s very well-behaved and healthy. No virus in my cat!
In English, the expression ‘to go viral’ is used for a picture or a video which has become extremely popular by being circulated quickly and broadly on the internet.
Oh, viral… you mean it spreads quickly like a virus.
Yes. It can be used with a verb, ‘to go viral’, or just as an adjective before a noun. You can say ‘viral video’. ‘Viral’ is today’s expression in The English We Speak. Let’s hear some examples of how it’s used.
A video of First Lady Michelle Obama dancing with a turnip has gone viral on the internet. Hundreds of thousands of people have watched her video in support of healthy eating.
Viral videos are big business nowadays and even marketing companies are posting amateur-looking videos in the hope of cashing in on the trend.
So the viral part of what you said has been explained, but what about the ‘crazy cat’ part?
Li, I’m sorry. The good part is that it’s gone viral so everybody finds your cat interesting. But the bad part is…
Is that you’ve got a very angry cat! Very fluffy and very angry! I know you love your pet but you’ve got to admit it is funny. Let’s watch it again.
It is funny!
You see? There you go. Fluffy is a star!
Yes. Thank you, Rob!
You’re welcome. Bye bye.
The English We Speak – Viral Transcript Video
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