Hello, I’m Feifei and this is The English We Speak.
… and hello, it’s Rob here.
Err, Feifei, I hope you don’t mind me saying but you look a bit hot and sweaty.
That’s because I’ve been training for this ’thing’ that Dan’s having for his birthday.
A ’thing’ – what sort of thing?
Well according to his party invitation, he’s having a knees-up to celebrate his birthday.
I’m not sure what it is but I wanted to be prepared by getting fit.
Look I can get my knee up to my chin!
That’s impressive but completely unnecessary.
A knees-up is an informal way of saying a lively party where there’s usually dancing.
So he’s having a party!
So I’ve been invited to Dan’s birthday party!
Well, if there’s dancing I still need to get fit.
Let’s hear some more examples of people having a knees-up…
Sorry I’m a bit sleepy today,
we had a big knees-up last night.
It was great!
We’re planning a knees-up for Dad’s 70th birthday,
I hope you can come.
Now our exams have finished,
let’s have a knees-up at my house tonight!
So a knees-up is a lively party or gathering to celebrate something.
This is going to be fun!
Yes, there’ll be dancing…
Eating and drinking…
And lots of celebrating.
But this knees-up will be missing one thing.
Oh yes, what’s that?
I won’t be coming – I haven’t got time – I’m up to my knees in paperwork.
Up to your knees’ in paperwork!
You mean you’ve got too much work to do –
come on Rob, be honest, you haven’t been invited!
I can’t dance anyway, I’ve got a bad knee.
I’ll let you know how it goes.
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