BBC Learning English: The English We Speak – It’s a steal! (with transcript video): Neil shows up with a very sophisticated mobile phone and he plays a joke on Feifei. He said it was ‘a steal’. Will he be arrested?
Hello, this is The English We Speak, with me Feifei…
… and me Neil. Hello!
Neil, what a nice mobile phone you have with you! Wow! Very flashy! Gold colour!
It’s brilliant! The battery lasts a long time. It’s got loads of memory – it has plenty of room for apps, pictures, videos… And the camera is great too!
It must have cost a fortune!
Not at all, it was a steal!
Neil!!!! Oh, you shouldn’t have done that! You’re such a nice guy. Why would you do something like that? You could have taken out a loan to buy it or something, but…
What do you mean?
(Sound of a police car siren)
They are here! They’ve come for you!
No that was just a sound effect. I’m just having a joke with you – I’m not going to be arrested! In English, when you say something is ‘a steal’ you mean it’s a bargain – so cheap that it’s almost as if you haven’t paid anything for it.
Oh, you’re so naughty!
Sorry Feifei, it was just a joke. Let’s hear examples of how this expression is used.
I got this designer shirt in the sales. At £100 cheaper than the original price it’s a steal!
This is the latest model, sir. You won’t find this new computer cheaper in any other shop in the high street. It’s a steal!
Yes. ‘It’s a steal’ means it’s a bargain.
So, as I was saying, my phone was so cheap. My phone!!! Where is it?! I had it right here where has it gone?!
Yeah – where is it? … It was right there…
(Sound of a police car siren)
Yes! Now I really do need to call the police.
No, you don’t. Your phone is here! I hid it when you got distracted.
Nice one Feifei – revenge for my phone joke at the beginning. And for the listeners – don’t steal anything. ‘It’s a steal’ is just an expression.
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