English Bites - Series 7, Episode 30: Toy Story

Uploaded by australianetwork on 12.07.2011

This story is about collecting toys.
We'll look at the expression 'by far', the phrasal verb 'move on', and a common irregular
past tense.
We love it I think yeah. Something we have a passion for both of us, both collecting
and meeting collectors and promoting the hobby as a hobby. We're the biggest toy show in
the southern hemisphere by far. We usually get around 2,400 people over the two days.
There's 328 tables today. Each year I always vow like a month earlier, "That's it, this
is the last one." I've just, it's too much. As soon as when I walked into the hall , when
I walked into this hall, I went "Ah, this is great! This is super, you know." I know
that feeling. There's always items you hope to see. You're looking for that ultimate one
that you haven't got or the ones you don't have but you don't always think you'll
find it but you hope you do.
It's the biggest toy show in the southern hemisphere 'by far'.
'By far' means by a long way or to a large degree. It's much bigger than any other toy
show in the southern hemisphere.
The southern hemisphere is Australia, New Zealand, some parts of Africa and South America,
and Antarctica. It sounds more impressive than just saying the biggest in Australia.
And what are people looking for at the biggest toy show in the southern hemisphere?
As kids you rip it open, you play with it. To find something mint in the box still attached
- very rare. And that's why the price - $600, but, there's people with that sort of money
to spend and it just keeps going up every year.
Something mint in the box.
Here, mint means in perfect condition.
The collectors want a toy that has not been taken out of the box and played with.
Or they want something that completes a collection:
Everyone laughs at me, but I just carry that with me and it's just loaded with lots of
stuff that I didn't get. So there's probably I don't know, maybe 100 or 200 figures that
I'm just still looking for. I saw 'em here last year and I missed 'em, I said to the
guy "I'll think about it, I'll come back" and when I came back they were gone. So, I
found 'em this year, which was good.
Notice that he uses the future tense form of 'come':
I said to the guy "I'll think about it, I'll come back".
And then the irregular past tense, came:
and when I came back they were gone. So, I found 'em this year, which was good.
Now listen for 'move on':
I got a first one given to me from my aunty and it started from there. We used to just
go to markets and fairs and stuff and it grew into this obsession and I've got more under
the desk and it's just ponies everywhere. Just the enjoyment that it brought me, I just
want people to sort of have the same. Yeah, I just decided to move on.
She's decided to 'move on'. She is now interested in other things.
Why has she moved on?
I've got real horses and they're more important to me now. I'm not fussed. I'm happy to let
them go.
She's 'moved on' to real horses.
And she's 'not fussed' about selling the toy horses.
This means she's not upset about it.
So we've seen that came is the past tense of come,
that mint can mean 'in perfect condition'
and that by far means by a large amount.
We'll finish with the expression 'thrill of the hunt' which means the excitement of searching
for something you really want:
Collecting is very addictive too. So you never stop, you know. It's like a drug isn't it?
It is, it really is, you know.
It's the thrill of the hunt knowing that you're looking for something that you'd like to find
and then suddenly finding it and then the pride of ownership of that item that you have
spent a lot of time looking for, wanting to find and finding it.