People!! Here we come with something new to learn. Hope you all enjoy this “expression”.

 

Summary

Do you have a false friend? In The English We Speak we get to hear how one of Feifei’s best friends isn’t a friend at all and discover that there’s a great word to describe them.

Transcript  

Feifei
Hello, welcome to The English We Speak, I’m Feifei…

Neil
…and hello, I’m Neil. So Feifei, did you enjoy Jane’s leaving party last night?

Feifei
Oh yeah, it was great. Free food and free drink…

Neil
But that was the only reason was it? Weren’t you sad to see her leave? You’ve worked with her for many years.

Feifei
Oh… right… yes. Very sad. Such a shame to see her go. We were such good friends.

Neil
Friends! Really? Didn’t she tell the boss when you took that extra-long lunch break?

Feifei
Oh yeah – but generally, we were best buddies.

Neil
Hmm, and didn’t you once punch her when she tried to chat up your boyfriend at the Christmas party?

Feifei
OK, OK, I didn’t like her that much.

Neil
Well it sounds like you were really her ‘frenemy’ – someone who pretends to be her friend but is really her enemy. It’s a combination of two words – friend and enemy. Get it?

Feifei
Yes, a fren-emy! Hmm, I’ve never had one of those before.

Neil
Really? Well let’s hear this word in action…

Examples
She seems so false, I wouldn’t trust her – she’s just a frenemy.

Tania’s been my frenemy for years – I’d go for a quick drink with her but that’s it!

Tom’s just my frenemy – I pretend to like him but really I can’t stand him!

Feifei
If you pretend to be friends with someone but in reality you don’t like each other then they are your ‘frenemy’. I wonder if I was her frenemy?

Neil
I’m afraid you were. She told me she was only friends with you so she could share your biscuits – and she didn’t really like you. She told me at the party last night.

Feifei
Thank goodness we’re real friends Neil – at least we can be honest with each other.

Neil
Well actually, I don’t like you much either. I only pretend to be your friend when I’m presenting this programme!

Feifei
Oh no! Now I’ve got two frenemies!

Neil
Oh don’t cry Feifei. I was only joking.

 

Talk to your teacher, so that he/she can help you understand the meaning and usage of the expression.