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    Help with some words I cannot grasp from a YouTube videoclip

    Hello everybody,

    I need to write down the script of a YouTube videoclip in order to create some exercises for my students.

    As there are a few words I am unable to understand, I would like to ask you to help me complete the script.

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    And here's my script:

    Now, organizers say it's a tradition that goes back generations. So, the festival in southern China is devoted to feasting on dog meat. But in recent years the festival has become increasingly contentious with animal rights supporters doing their best to disrupt it. Anna Coren tells us more, and the report, we must warn you, does contain some disturbing scenes.

    Early morning on the outskirts of Yulin in southern China, a deal is underway. A dozen dogs crammed into cages are about to be sold to slaughter. So before money is exchanged, animal rights activists ambush the meeting.

    "We want to buy them. Don't kill them please", protest organizers [XXX].

    "Go ahead, run me over!".

    This is the [XXX] and her volunteers have come to Yulin to protest against this series annual dog meat festival.

    "I'm not going to sell them to you", yells the dog meat trader. "I don't care how much money you give me".

    Another motorcycle arrives, this one carrying puppets.

    An average dog sells for approximately 60 dollars. A butcher will then double that when he sells the meat at the market.

    But as the activists negotiate to buy the dogs and some kittens stuffed into a bag, the trader suddenly triples his price.

    "This dog criminal is too greedy, we can't afford it. We have to walk away".

    For the volunteers it's another crushing defeat, as more people arrive to sell their dogs.

    "My heart hurts", cries this activist. "I'm really sad that we couldn't save them".

    China is one of several countries where dog meat is considered part of the culture and the daily diet.

    "This is our tradition and something that's been passed on for generations", explains this woman.

    As she chops up the carcass, her own dog [XXX] in the corner. She assures us, "He is not on the menu".

    In recent years the festival has brought unwanted attention. The Chinese government has even distanced itself saying it's no longer in vogue, banning signage advertising dog meat.

    But despite the negative publicity, locals remain defiant. "Don't you eat beef?", asks this man. "If you stop eating beef, we'll stop eating dog".

    "We eat it every day, all year round. It tastes good", says this diner. That's something these animal rights activists are refusing to accept.

    So far they have rescued over four hundred dogs, some still wearing collars, a sign they were once someone's pet.

    Considering the hundreds of thousands of dogs that are slaughtered across China each year, rescuing just these handfuls seems like an ineffective and piecemeal approach. But the activists hope that through education awareness and shaming those involved, they will eventually be able to bring an end to this cruel and inhumane tradition.

    Shifting a cultural mindset will be an uphill battle, but they believe that's a fight worth having. The man's best friend.

    The words I cannot grasp have been replaced with "[XXX]". Anyway, if you believe that some other words in my script are incorrect, I would be grateful if you told me.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    P.S. Please consider that the videoclip is about animal rights groups protesting against the Yulin dog-meat festival in China and it contains some disturbing scenes.

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    Re: Help with some words I cannot grasp from a YouTube videoclip

    I'll start:

    "We want to buy them. Don't kill them please", protest organizers [XXX].- This is the name of the organizer. It sound like Du Yu Fun.


    "Go ahead, run me over!".


    This is the [XXX] -This is the fourth year Du - and her volunteers have come to Yulin to protest against this series annual dog meat festival.

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    Re: Help with some words I cannot grasp from a YouTube videoclip

    Thanks. Do you know the meaning of "Du" in the expression "fourth year Du"?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 24-Jun-2016 at 09:56.

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    Re: Help with some words I cannot grasp from a YouTube videoclip

    By the way, I have managed to fill in one of the missing words:

    As she chops up the carcass, her own dog cowers in the corner.

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    Re: Help with some words I cannot grasp from a YouTube videoclip

    Quote Originally Posted by Pasquale Esposito View Post
    Thanks. Do you know the meaning of "Du" in the expression "fourth year Du"?
    It is the woman's name.

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    Re: Help with some words I cannot grasp from a YouTube videoclip

    Another expression I'm not sure I have understood correctly is "in vogue" in the following sentence:

    The Chinese government has even distanced itself saying it's no longer in vogue...

    Do you think the speaker says something different?

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    Re: Help with some words I cannot grasp from a YouTube videoclip

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It is the woman's name.
    Thanks.

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    Re: Help with some words I cannot grasp from a YouTube videoclip

    I have a doubt about the following sentence:

    "We want to buy them. Don't kill them please", protest organizer Du Yu Fun.

    Unless I'm missing something, I think we need a verb after the woman's name. Am I wrong?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Help with some words I cannot grasp from a YouTube videoclip

    Quote Originally Posted by Pasquale Esposito View Post
    Another expression I'm not sure I have understood correctly is "in vogue" in the following sentence:

    The Chinese government has even distanced itself saying it's no longer in vogue...

    Do you think the speaker says something different?
    I think I got it. The speaker actually says, "it's no longer involved", meaning that the Chinese government has now nothing to do with the dog meat trade.

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    Re: Help with some words I cannot grasp from a YouTube videoclip

    Quote Originally Posted by Pasquale Esposito View Post
    I have a doubt about the following sentence:

    "We want to buy them. Don't kill them please", protest organizer Du Yu Fun.

    Unless I'm missing something, I think we need a verb after the woman's name. Am I wrong?

    Thanks.
    So, this is the last doubt I have. All the rest has been sorted out.

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