BBC大学校园英语： Lectures begin 开始上课
Narrator: Hello and welcome 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 who has just arrived at the University of Studies and now after settling in, her studying can finally begin.
Mary, it's time for your first lecture - but you look like a bundle of nerves...
Mary: ...well I am a bit nervous, I couldn't sleep last night.
Narrator: Don't worry, you're not alone - everyone's in the same position. Everything will be fine - good luck!
Mary: OK, well it's time to go in...
Prof. Not: Ah Mary - we meet again. How's your head today?
Mary: Better thanks - I see you managed to err... clean your shoes.
Prof. Not: Yes, I did - they still smell a bit but I'll survive. Shall we get down to business - Business Studies - now that most of us are here?
Mary: Yes, of course.
Daniel: Oh... err... sorry I'm late. I went to the wrong room.
Prof. Not: Hmmm... the first rule of business is punctuality. As T.C. Haliburton once said "Punctuality is the soul of business." Now, what is business and why do we study it? Business is an economic system... A company transacts business activities...
Mary: Daniel, what's he talking about?
Daniel: Haven't a clue... have you got a spare pen by the way? Look, you're going to have to ask him to explain.
Prof. Not: What was that Mary?
Mary: Oh, nothing. Sorry.
Narrator: I think Daniel's a nervous wreck - he's not going to help you so I will! If something doesn't make sense, put your hand up and say 'excuse me, could you say that again please?' or 'I don't understand, can you explain that again please?' - or maybe 'could you explain that in a different way please?'
Prof. Not: Errr, yes Mary, what is it?
Mary: Prof. Not... it's all very interesting but could you say that again please? Sorry, I don't understand what you mean...
Prof. Not: Oh!
Mary: I'd appreciate it if you could explain it in a different way... please?
Daniel: I think what Professor Not means is you have to have a soul to be in business.
Prof. Not: No... Daniel isn't it? What I mean is business is a way
Narrator: Daniel's got a nerve, pretending he knows it all - perhaps it's just nervous energy that makes him such an idiot! Anyway, well done Mary - you spoke up and asked for clarification. It's a good idea to ask if you don't understand something. Don't pretend you know something when you don't - like Daniel did! Here's a reminder of the questions Mary asked...
Could you say that again please?
Sorry, I don't understand what you mean.
Could you explain that in a different way 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, the lecture is over, I wonder if things are a bit clearer for Mary?
登录BBC Learning English.com，你可以来练习这些句子，还可以学到更多关于在英国留学的相关知识。现在已经下课了，不知道玛丽有没有搞清楚学习的内容。
Mary: Thanks Professor. Everything's much clearer now.
Prof. Not: Well I recommend you get my book from the library - 'Mind Your Own Business' - oh and Mary... I hold a seminar every Monday at the local pub should you wish to join us sometime?
Mary: Yes Professor... thanks, I will.
Prof. Not: You can call me Robert.
Daniel: Ok Robert! It's a date!
Prof. Not: Oh, it's you. Well, don't forget to bring your notes.
Daniel: Oh no, my notes! I left them in the classroom.