Hello again. I’m Feifei and this is The English We Speak, and Rob’s here too…
Yes I am. Hello. And I’m feeling a bit peckish.
You know, a little bit hungry.
Well when we’ve finished, you can go down to the canteen and buy yourself a bite to eat.
A bite to eat – a snack, a sandwich and a packet of crisps maybe. And can you get me something too please?
A bite to eat——就是小吃，像三明治和薯片那种。能给我也带点儿吗？
No I won’t be doing that – not now that I’m a freegan. That means I don’t pay for food - I only eat what’s free.
Right. So Rob, how do you get it – beg for it, steal it?
Of course not, Feifei. I just eat food that’s been wasted – maybe thrown away by supermarkets or restaurants. You know, I hate seeing food being wasted.
Me too. So a freegan eats food that has been wasted - maybe because it is out of date or too much has been made. Wow, Rob. This sounds like a good idea.
Yes it is. Let’s hear from some other freegans in these examples – which are also free!
I’m trying to do my bit for the environment by reducing food that’s thrown away – so I’m becoming a freegan.
My brother was so annoyed when he saw loads of food dumped in a bin at the back of the supermarket that he decided to collect it and give it to the homeless – I suppose you could call him a freegan.
Thrown away food isn’t rubbish, it’s free food! That’s why I’m a freegan.
This is The English We Speak from BBC Learning English. Rob is telling us about being a freegan – ’that’s someone who only eats food that has been wasted or thrown away.
And Feifei, freegans like me don’t just eat free food, we give it to people who need it more than us.
Rob, you’ve changed. Why are you being so responsible and charitable?
I’m just a good person – oh and it’s saved it me loads of money.
Oh I get it. You’re not being a good person – you’re just being tight!
Tight – you mean not generous? Honestly!
You’re not a freegan – you are a freeloader. Someone who expects things for free without giving anything in return. Come on admit it Rob.
Ermm, I’m just going to the canteen. What was it you wanted? Oh and could you lend me some money to buy something please?