What was pop star Bruno Mars' reaction to finding pirated copies of his music on sale here in Bangkok? "WhatayaGonnaDo?"
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Bruno Mars finds illegally copied albums of his music on sale by a vendor who did not look he knew that the pop star was visiting him. Twitter/Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars in Bangkok: WhatayaGonnaDo?
How do you say "What are you going to do?" in spoken English?
If you are pop star Bruno Mars speaking with an American accent it comes out "WhatayaGonnaDo?"
That was his reaction here in Bangkok last week when he saw some of his albums on sale at the stall of a local CD vendor. The problem, of course, was that these were pirated (illegally copied) discs, so he, as the performer, received none of the money from the sales.
Instead of getting upset, he simply shrugged it off with "WhatayaGonnaDo?" meaning "What can I do?" The answer "Not much". Pirated discs are everywhere.
Mars, of course, was in Bangkok for something much more important for which he was paid very well – the Bangkok concert of the Asian segment of his "Moonshine Live" tour that took place last Thursday.
There are lot of short YouTube clips showing parts of the concert, but it seems like most of the local video makers had seats far away from the stage. Here is one that was closer and it shows short excerpts from many of the songs the superstar performed here.
Learn from listening
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accent: a way of saying words that shows what country, region, or social class someone comes from - สำเนียง
excerpt: a part of a longer story, speech, song, text, etc. - บทคัดย่อ
illegally: in a way that is against the law - อย่างผิดกฎหมาย
local: in this country (Thailand) -
pirated: illegally copied - ละเมิดลิขสิทธิ์
reaction: the way something responds as a result of something that happens - ปฏิกิริยา การตอบสนอง, ปฏิกิริยาตอบโต้
segment: a part of something - ส่วน, ตอน
shrug off: to show that something does not worry or upset you - ไม่เอาใจใส่, ไม่สนใจ
stall: a large table or a small building that is open at the front, used for selling things (or for giving people information) - รถ หรือแผงขายของ
upset: to cause to be very worried, angry or sad about something - ทำให้วิตกกังวล ทำให้หงุดหงิด
vendor: someone who sells something, but often not in a shop - พ่อค้าแม่ค้าแผงลอย