The english we speak(BBC教学)第34期:freak 怪物


Jennifer: Hi, and welcome to The English We Speak. I'm Jennifer and with me today is Feifei.


Feifei: Hi there.


Jennifer: Why do you have that big bag with you?


Feifei: Oh this? I'm going to the gym after work.


Jennifer: Again? But you went yesterday, and the day before that!


Feifei: I need to push myself! I want to get fit.


Jennifer: You're such a fitness freak.


Feifei: Hey, that's not very nice. What do you mean, I'm a 'fitness freak'? You're calling me some kind of strange monster?


Jennifer: I'm not calling you a monster, that's not what the word 'freak' means in this context. In English, you can use the word 'freak' with a noun to say that someone is obsessed by something which you think is strange.


Feifei: So when you call me a 'fitness freak', you're saying I'm obsessed by sport and fitness?


Jennifer: That's right. It's an informal phrase, usually used if the person saying it is not interested in the hobby or action. So someone might be a 'football freak' if they're watching football. My boyfriend is a 'car freak' – he's obsessed with cars and talking about them, but I'm not interested at all, I think it's weird.


Feifei: I understand. Well you might call me a fitness freak, because you don't like it. I'd say I'm a fitness fanatic!


Jennifer: Well, I have no intention of going to the gym today or any day. I don't like it and the thought of using the equipment really freaks me out.


Feifei: Hang on, you've used the word freak again.


Jennifer: Yes, in a slightly different way. 'To freak someone out' is a phrasal verb which means to make someone feel strong emotions, like panic or fear. Going to the gym freaks me out; it makes me panic.


Feifei: It freaks you out! You need to toughen up. I really do think you should come and join me for a gym session tonight.


Jennifer: No way! I'm too scared and too tired. I'd rather lie on the sofa and watch my favourite soap opera.


Feifei: Well, I think that people who sit around and watch television every night are very strange – so I guess you're a television freak! Join us again for another edition of The English We Speak from


Both: Bye!


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