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This is Jane Lawson's Audio Blog #045 at DailyStep English.

Hello, I’m Jane at DailyStep English and welcome to my audio blog.


Can you believe it’s nearly mid-March already? Time flies, especially when you are busy! We have just launched the new Shop on DailyStep, so now, as well as taking regular audio lessons, you can buy one-off courses. We will add new courses regularly, and on this page you can try a free sample of our 1-hour Police Comedy Drama – Smithers & Boyle Investigate! You can also learn some slang words for the police, and how to address a police officer politely, in the Audio Word Study. There’s an Audio Proverb to remind us to act quickly, and news of what is coming soon in the DailyStep subscriber audio lessons.


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So, let’s start with Smithers & Boyle Investigate! Can you understand their London accents? This lesson will teach you how!

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..Smithers & Boyle Investigate.. by Brendan O'Connell at DailyStep.com

open vocabulary notes
It’s eight thirty in the morning at Oldtown Police Station. It’s raining
heavily outside, it’s always raining heavily[1] in Oldtown and one particular[2] persistent[3] cloud sits above the police station drenching[4] whoever[5] comes in or out. Inspector[6] Boyle is sat at his desk[7] with a cup of coffee in one hand and a cigarette in the other. His desk is covered with papers and take away food[8] wrappers. He looks agitated[9] and appears to be in a worse mood[10] than normal, if that’s possible! Smithers walks into Boyle’s office looking like a drowned rat[11] . His raincoat is soaked[12] and drops of water are running down[13] his face like tears, but it would take more than a rainy day to dampen P C Smithers’ spirit[14] . He hangs up his wet raincoat[15] and, with his customary[16] optimistic[17] smile, greets the inspector good day[18].



Good morning Inspector Boyle. It’s a beautiful day again, Sir.



No, Smithers, it’s not a good morning and it’s not a beautiful day. A body[19] has been found[20] in East Town.



A body! A dead body Sir?



Yes of course it’s a dead body Smithers. When was the last time anyone reported a live body for heaven’s sake[21] ? Now have my squad car[22] brought round[23] and let’s get down to[24] the scene of the crime[25] to find out what the hell’s going on[26] .



Yes Sir. Right away[27] Sir.

What do they find??

How to address the police, and slang words for the police

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Here is Audio Word Study #045 from Jane Lawson at DailyStep.com


This week I’m going to teach you a few words related to the police. You will certainly hear many of these words in TV and radio detective shows, and of course in Smithers and Boyle Investigate, our 1-hour Police Comedy Drama on DailyStep.com.


How to address a police officer

The best thing to call a police officer, either male or female, is Officer. So, if a policeman stops you in your car, you wind down the window and say “Can I help you, Officer?


If you are writing to a police officer, you should try to address him or her by the correct rank. The main police rank in Britain is Police Constable, usually abbreviated to PC. So if you were writing to the characters in Smithers & Boyle Investigate, you would address Smithers as ‘Dear PC Smithers’, and Boyle as ‘Dear Inspector Boyle.’


The ranks of police officers, from low to high, are:

Police Constable, Sergeant, Inspector, Chief Inspector, Superintendent and Chief Superintendent


Of course, these are the names that the Police would prefer you to use. But there are a lot of other names that they are called too, especially by law breakers!



Meaning: Police officer. This word is a little old fashioned and is polite. The word Bobby comes from the name of the politician Robert Peel, who established the modern police force in the early 1800s. Bobby is a common nickname for people called Robert. The phrase ‘a bobby on the beat’ means ‘a policeman patrolling the local area on foot.’


Cop / Copper

Meaning: Police Officer. Copper is quite rude and used in British English. You do not call a policeman a ‘copper’ to his face! Cop is more American and is not rude.


Here are some rude slang names for the police. You will definitely hear them in films and on TV, but make sure you don’t use them in front of an police officer or you might get nicked (in other words, arrested.)

The Old Bill The Pigs The Rozzers The Filth The Fuzz


Listen to some of them here, when Smithers and Boyle try to catch a gang of criminals:

Criminal 1: “Oh no, it’s the Old Bill!”

Criminal 2: “What do you want, copper?”

Inspector Boyle: “Is that your van?”

Criminal 2: “What’s it got to do with you, copper?”


As you can hear in this extract, the accents of both the criminals and Inspector Boyle are very different from mine. They both have cockney accents, from East London.


That is all for Audio Word Study #045 on DailyStep.com. © DailyStep Ltd. 2012.. .

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Disaster in the kitchen! After his washing machine breaks down, Dan buys a new one online - but even though the machine is brand new it, malfunctions and floods his kitchen, causing extensive damage and leaving Dan angry and aggrieved. These 5 lessons will teach you how to express anger and frustration, and also how to react when someone else expresses these feelings.

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I’m feeling ill! Paul has all the symptoms of a common cold but he is the kind of man who always fears that an illness is something much more serious than it really is. His friend Jenny tries to reassure him but Paul is starting to panic. He describes all his symptoms and possible illnesses, and eventually visits the doctor. These 5 lessons will help you when you need to visit a doctor or pharmacist, and also teach you idioms related to illness.

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The music was too loud! Debbie and Tim have some problems with their ears after attending a rock concert that was far too loud, so they talk about the concert and what they can do to protect their ears next time. In these 5 lessons, you will learn how to use comparison of adjectives in conversation, lots of new vocabulary and also how to give advice.

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Food and cooking. Matt decides to take some cookery classes, because he always eats junk food.  He tells Susan about the food that he cooks, and then he makes a meal for her. Will she like it? These 5 lessons will help you to talk about food and also how to compare adjectives in conversation.
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English for Students
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DailyStep Audio Proverb #044

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Here is Audio Proverb #044 from Jane Lawson at DailyStep.com. .

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Procrastination is the thief of time.

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Meaning: If you procrastinate – in other words, if you delay doing what you should be doing by filling your time with other things - then you are just wasting time.

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Example: Sally: “Why are you polishing your windows? They are already very clean!”

Jane: “Well, I am supposed be doing my tax return but I just can’t seem to start, so I keep cleaning the windows instead.”

Sally: “Well, you know what they say – procrastination is the thief of time! The sooner you start your tax return, the sooner it will be finished! Cleaning the windows is just procrastination!”.

© DailyStep Ltd 2012.

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