M: I'm not an expert. But if I were to guess, if I were, the second conditional if I were to guess. You can say if I was to guess, like I'm imagining, I'm guessing, but we use the second conditional. For example, do you think climate change will affect water sports in the future?
R: Well, I'm not an expert. But if I were to guess, then probably. I imagined if the sea levels are rising, then there will be more water for water sports to happen.
M: So you see, this sentence is very good if you're asked a very specific question. This question, like climate change will affect water sports in the future. It's very specific. I'm not an expert. Okay? On climate change. I'm not an expert on watersports. Really, I don't know. But if I were an expert, I'd say, I would say that, you see? So use this phrase for a very specific question, usually for a difficult question. Alright? Another one. Is it hard to protect historical buildings?
R: Oh, well, I'm hardly an expert. But if I were to guess then I would say probably because they're made from different materials to the ones that are used to make buildings now. So you'd have to match it up somehow. Or at least be very careful that you didn't damage them by accident.
M: I'm hardly an expert. Hardly? Kind of like I'm not really.
R: It's like there's the expert and then you. Very little.
M: Like I'm hardly an expert. Really, I'm not an expert. But if I were to guess I'd say that. How does rain affect life in your country?
R: Oh, well, I'm hardly an expert on meteorology, but if I were to guess, I would say that it probably has quite a significant effect, actually, especially on the West Coast where it's more exposed. So if they have more rain over there, then that could cause quite significant disruption to traffic.
M: If you use this phrase, do not be like a robot, dear listener. I am hardly an expert but if I were to guess, just to say the phrase. No, no, no, you should mean it.
R: Yeah. Because you're confused.
M: You see? You should mean it. Okay? So no robotic usage. Okay? No monotonous usage.
R: And you can add things in. Like, I'm hardly an expert or the kind of expert you would be. So for example, I said, I'm hardly an expert in meteorology, Scottish meteorology. It's very free.
M: Sentence number three. Rory, could you read it out?