Mary's a new student who has just arrived at the University of Studies, but before her lectures begin there's an important event she can't miss. It's a week of activities that'll help her get to know other new students - or 'freshers'. She can also make friends, and find her way around the campus, and hopefully start getting used to living in the UK.
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Hello and welcome back to English at University - the series that teaches some English phrases to help you through your first year of study abroad. Mary's a new student whose just arrived at the University of Studies but before her lectures begin there's an important event she can't miss…
So Mary, are you ready for Freshers' Week?
…what's Freshers' Week?
It's where there are lots of events that'll help you get to know other new students or 'freshers'. You can make friends, and find your way around the campus, and hopefully help you start getting used to living in the UK. It's fun… and it starts right now!
Right I'd better go….
Hey Mary - over here! I run the Get Fit Society – we go running, go to the gym – check out some of the hunks there – fancy joining?
Great – just sign here – and give me ten pounds. Thanks. See you later.
Hey, over here – come and join our book club…
New recruits like you get a discount… just errr… nine pounds.
Mary Mary stop! We can tell you're the new kid on the block – someone who's just started university – you don't need to join everything. You need to use some polite ways to say you're not interested – say you're busy, or you haven't got time, or you'll think about it...
Well I'll try but it's not easy saying 'no'.
Come and have a stab at Fencing Club…
Fencing? Like sword fighting? Oh interesting… but I'll have a think about it.
Would you like to join the Debating Society?
Oh sorry… I don't think I've got the time. Oh, Daniel – it's nice to see a familiar face.
Yeah, it is, hi. It's all a bit mad isn't it? I've already signed up for Get Fit Soc…
Society. And I've joined the Beer Appreciation Soc… Society.
Well that's not really my cup of tea.
Oh right. You're thinking of joining Book Club aren't you? Boring - who wants to read more books eh?
Excuse me Daniel. Hello again… I love reading so I think Book Club sounds great – sign me up please!
Err yeah… sign me up too mate.
Poor Mary, she just can't shake off that idiot Daniel – but she has managed to politely say 'no' to some of the people who wanted her to join their clubs and societies by using these phrases…
I'll have a think about it.
Sorry, I don't think I've got the time.
It's not my cup of tea.
And when she found something she liked, she said:
Great! Sign me up please.
You can practise these phrases, pick up a few more plus learn some top tips for studying in the UK on our website at bbclearningenglish.com. Now, back to novice student Mary… and it's time to let her hair down – I mean relax and enjoy herself…
Hi Mary! Thanks for joining Get Fit. Now this is the fun bit – par-ty! Time to make some new friends and dump that Daniel. Here, have a drink…
I don't really…
Go on, it's your first university party – you've got to get drunk!
No no, really… ooops
They are my new shoes!
Oh, I'm so sorry… I'm Mary… I'm doing Business Studies.
Really… well I'm Professor Not – I'm your new lecturer!
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