177.- You do you. Profesor.

 

 

Summary

Do you know someone who thinks they know how things are done and won’t change? Rob’s about to find out that Feifei knows best when it comes to presenting this programme but it’s a good excuse to learn a new phrase about knowing your own mind!

Transcript

Feifei
Hello, this is The English We Speak with me Feifei and joining me is Rob. Hello Rob!

Rob
Hello. Now, I was thinking – you always start the programme – it’s never me.

Feifei
That’s right. I have always started the programme – that’s the way I like it!

Rob
Really. And you always introduce the examples.

Feifei
I do, Rob – it’s just the way I like to do it and I know what’s best!

Rob
You mean, you do you!

Feifei
I do me?

Rob
No – you do you – it means you do your own thing, you know your own mind, and you probably won’t change.

Feifei
‘You do you’ – hmm, yes. Thanks for clearing that up, Rob. I guess you’re right.

Rob
Thanks, but can I introduce the examples today, please?

Feifei
No!

Examples
Look, we can’t agree on this – you do you and we’ll talk about this again later.

I told my girlfriend to do more exercise but she wouldn’t listen, so I told her ‘you do you’, I’m off for a run!

I like the way you do you – you stick to what you think is right and are not influenced by other people’s comments.

Feifei
This is The English We Speak from BBC Learning English, and we’re talking about the expression ‘you do you’, which can be said to someone to mean they always behave in the same way and they won’t change. Of course, Rob, I couldn’t do things your way.

Rob
Oh, why?

Feifei
You’re always late so it’s best if I start the programme. And there’s another reason why I always ‘do me’… I’m always right!

Rob
Oh! In that case, maybe I can ‘do you’ too?

Feifei
It’s OK, Rob. It’s best if you do you and I’ll do me.

Rob
Who, me? Oh, this is very confusing.

Feifei
I’ll tell what you can do – you can finish the programme because I’ve got to go. Bye.

Rob
Right, that’s all for this’s The English We Speak. Bye. Feifei, where have you gone?

 

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