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Carol in Spain 1 (Little Britain)
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"Little Britain" is a humour TV series. In this chapter, Carol Beer is working in Spain as a travel agent representative in the Balearic Islands for a group of British tourists. But she doesn't seem to be too interested in her job, as usual.

 

Along with France and Germany, Spain is one of Europe's third world countries. Here in Majorca, Carol Beer is the friendly face of "Sunsearchers Holydays".
 
- Sunsearchers. Ah, this must be us, dear.
- Morning!
- 'kyou. Morning

- Hello, my name is Carol, I'm your rep, welcome to Spain! If you look to your left, you'll see Spain. If you look to your right, you'll see Spain. Now, I'm here to make sure your holiday is fun, fun, fun... fun. Any questions or problems, come to me.
 
- Excuse me. Excuse me.
- Yes, old man
- Sorry, sorry. My wife's feeling rather nauseous, do you think it would be possible just to... stop the coach for a moment so she can get out and get some air?
 
- González ¿puede parar el bus?
- Thank you. Yeah, thank you. Excuse me. Ok? All right.
- González, ¡vamos!
- Ok. Yea? Must be something you had on the plane or.... Hey! hey, hey, hey, hey, hey... It's alright.

The Spanish you can hear on this video is actually Spanglish, a mixture of Spanish and English. Carol has a very colloquial London pronunciation, and the most noticeable feature is the pronunciation of the diphthong /eɪ/, which sounds almost like /aɪ/ (like when she says "Spain", "late" or "place").

ALONG WITH= Along with France and Germany, Spain is... = Spain, France and Germany are...

COUNTRIES= /kʌntrɪz/

SUNSEARCHERS= It's the name of the travel agency and it means "people who look for the sun".

MORNING!= (coll.) good morning

'KYOU= (coll.) Thank you.

NOW= It is very common in English to start a sentence with the word NOW or SO, and they mean nothing, it is just a way of indicating that you're going to start a sentence.

REP= The travel agency representative (the person from the agency that goes along with the group and makes sure everything's ok)

- ¿puede parar el bus? (Spanish) = Can you stop the bus?

- ¡vamos! (Spanish) = let's go!

MUST BE= It must be

ON THE PLANE= With public (collective) transportation we always use the preposition ON (on the bus, on the plane, on the train, on the boat...) But we say: in the taxi, in the car.

 

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