Would you mind? - & swear words (The daily English show)
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Another episode of The Daily English Show with three sections: Would you mind + -ing? News: Poor Phoenix. Swear words: Bloody hell, you're a spy!

If you want to read the transcript to this video you can go to Sarah's page or read it here.


Hi, I’m Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show.

Today we’re studying a scene from a movie called Mission: Impossible 2.

In this scene a guy is chasing a girl in a car and he calls her and he says: Would you mind slowing down?

That’s a structure you can use to request something.

Would you mind lending me this book?
Would you mind opening the window?
Would you mind closing the door, please? Thank you.

Remember that would you mind is followed by –ing.
But would love like hate prefer is usually followed by to + infinitive.

Would you like to come over for dinner tonight?
Would you prefer to have the meeting now or after lunch?


Kia Ora in Stick News today NASA says they haven’t heard from their spaceship on Mars since the second of November and they now presume it’s dead.

Phoenix was a robotic spacecraft on a mission to search for environments suitable for life on Mars.
Back in May NASA celebrated when Phoenix found some ice.
Yesterday, they announced Phoenix was missing, presumed dead.
They said their last communication with the spacecraft was eight days earlier.
Phoenix was a solar powered spacecraft.
CNN reported the Phoenix team knew the spacecraft wouldn’t survive the winter – but sent it anyway.

And that was Stick News for Tuesday the 11th of November.
Kia Ora.


Today’s word is: bloody.

adj. adv. a swear word that many people find offensive that is used to emphasize a comment or an angry statement

For example: Don’t be such a bloody fool.

I think it’s widely used in the UK and not so common in the US. It’s common in New Zealand too ... and it’s a pretty mild swear word... not as offensive as "the F word" say.

Bloody hell! Is a common exclamation to express emotions like surprise, anger, shock.

In today’s conversation, the girl says: Oh, bloody hell, you're a spy.

Would you mind slowing down?

Step 1: Repeat Nyah’s lines.
Step 2: Read Nyah’s lines and talk to Ethan.

Nyah- Hello.

Ethan- Hi. Would you mind slowing down?

Nyah- Where did you get this number? I don't even have it.

Ethan- Would you like it? Pull over and listen to me will you? Just listen.

Nyah- Listen to what?

Ethan- I need your help. And I think you could use mine.

Nyah- Your help? What are you talking about?

Ethan- I'm talking about Scotland Yard, Interpol, every Dutch authority. I can make them all go away.

Nyah- Oh, bloody hell, you're a spy. Well if you want me, you've got to catch me.