Hello and welcome to The Everyday Language Podcast, this is Mark, in Akita. In this episode, I’m talking to my friend Noah, in his car, about smoking.
The recording is a bit rough and a bit noisy but, hopefully, you can still hear what’s going on and you can practice your listening in a real-life situation.
Ok, let’s have a listen now.
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Mark: Alright I think that’s started already.
Noah: Ok. Yeah…
M: Yeah, right, just, like what we were talking about?
N: Oh, we were talking about cigarettes.
M: Oh, yeah, you like cigarettes?
N: Yeah I mean, talk about like, it’s probably like when you’re young and you don’t know better, the one thing you can realise, is that it’s, part of, you can see it’s like a stress relief.
You know, you see it in movies, all the way in the 1950s 1960s like James Dean movies, Rebel Without a Cause, you know.
So before you even start it you almost know it’s some kind of, it, it can help you get through tough times or something like that.
But for me it wasn’t, I don’t think it was about that, or like, peer pressure. It was also just because, you know, because it was easy to, you know, like to function to like work, you can read and smoke cigarettes, you could get your day started with cigarettes, you could take a break outside of the library, at, at college, you know when smoking cigarettes. You can…
Yeah and of course after…
M: Have they got a smoking place at, erm, at work?
N: Oh, yeah, that’s true, yeah I try not to smoke at school, yeah, at work. Just because, in fact, they just removed the smoking sections.
M: Oh right, at my work in hospital, they’ve-they’ve stopped all patients from smoking inside. Like, so obviously that’s a massive thing for patients. They love to…
you know, they’re already, like, a bit mad,
N: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
M: Depressed or whatever but having a cigarette is a really nice thing, when the whole, the government banned it in the whole of England.
M: So, oh man, people were kicking off. It was like, you know, you were getting conflicts, seriously, I was getting punched because people wanted to go for a cigarette.
And then, kind of slowly people got used to it.
M: From the government side of things because they’ve got no money, erm, they don’t want to fund the hospitals basically.
M: So they don’t want people to come into hospital. So stopping them from smoking, it’s like…
M: “Oh I’m not going to be able to smoke in hospital, I don’t want to go in there.” Cos a lot of people kind of like being there.
N: So there’s no-where for them to smoke at all, like across the street?
M: Yeah, exactly, you have to take them out. Because, like, er, some of them aren’t allowed out, without an escort.
So then, so you can only do it 3 or 4 times a day and that’s causing conflicts because, it’s like, a lack of freedom. Yeah, so you’re getting angry people all the time.
M: I understand, like, it’s a health thing, isn’t it? They don’t want to be seen to encourage it. But…
N: Yeah, yeah I mean it’s true, it’s weird like…it’s…I think it’s…it’s like there’s so much carbon-carbon monoxide, coming off like the back of cars. Like what about that? You know. I mean, why shouldn’t, like if they wanted to regulate, like the amount of clean air, why don’t they just force everybody to own K cars?
You know what I mean?
M: K cars?
N: The…you know these, kind of like, small cars, energy efficient and less polluting. And you know, I mean, people kill themselves on carbon monoxide, you know just floating in the window, you know, or something like that.
But, so it’s, I think like the amount of, the intake of the exhaust from automobiles is far more dangerous than smoking. I think it’s also a cultural, kind of like a stigma, that smoking is kind of like dirty.
M: Oh right.
You know, and stuff like that, you know people don’t like smokers because they think they’re dirty.
N: And of course you know they, you know can get cancer and stuff like that, and it’s much better not to smoke that’s guaranteed.
N: But at the same time, it’s like if people want to, I mean…you know, it’s like, it’s highly encouraged to go out and drink with friends, you know.
N: And then they get behind a wheel, they drive a car and then they can hit somebody. I just don’t, I just don’t see that’s there’s anything close, like, yeah, I don’t think that harmful like as smoking.
I mean they do damage to themselves. But the second-hand threat. I’m not sur—maybe…
M: You didn’t hear that? There’s that, there’s a guy, there’s a story from India, two workers in a restaurant and it’s quite stressful.
So one worker said, “Oh do you want a smoke?” and so he started smoking, it’s like, when he was 20, and then by 24 he was diagnosed with lung cancer.
So he went and shot his [colleague], the guy that [offered the first cigarette]. He said yeah you…he blamed him for that, I mean that’s extreme, isn’t it?
N: Yeah that is extreme, wow, he much did he smoke I wonder? I mean, you know of course if people have pre-conditions that make them more susceptible to something like that, so…
Ok, that was today’s listening practice. There I was talking to Noah about smoking.
Hope that it is useful for you. If you have any questions about the language we used, or would just like to leave a comment about smoking please do so in the comments section below. Cheers.
Stress relief – to relieve stress; cigarettes are often called a stress reliever by smokers.
Stigma – thinking negatively of someone because of something they do or have done or because of a characteristic they have, an illness, a personality trait, a physical feature.
Peer pressure – feeling forced to do something because others in your age group are also doing it and asking you to do it.
precondition – a health term that means having a susceptibility to getting an illness.