Practical English

Apologizing

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In this conversation you can find some expressions to practise ways of apologizing and giving excuses. Watch the video and then practise saying the words in red.

Mark: Mark Ryder.

Allie: Mark, can you come in?

Mark: Sure.

Allie: Thanks for the sales report.

Mark: I think there’s something more important to talk about right now.

Allie: What do you mean?

Mark: That message you sent me. You hit ‘reply to all’. You sent it to everyone in the office.

Allie: ...

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GIVING AND REACTING TO NEWS

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In this conversation you can find some useful expressions to give and react to news. Watch the video and then practise saying the words in red.

Ben: Hi.

Nicole /Jacques: Hi. / Hello.

Nicole: Did you have a nice weekend?

Ben: Oh yeah. You’ll never guess who I saw on Saturday.

Nicole: Who?

Ben: Allie…and Mark. In the Louvre…together.

Nicole: Really?

Jacques: You’re joking.

Ben: It was definitely them. And they looked ...

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MAKING SUGGESTIONS

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In this text you can find some useful expressions to make suggestions. Watch the video and read the text.

 

Allie: I got a message this morning. It’s from Jacques.

Jacques: (on the answerphone) Allie, it’s Jacques. I’m in Rome. My return flight’s been cancelled. There’s a small problem. Scarlett Scarpino is in Paris for her concert this evening. I was going to look after her today. Could you possibly take care of her? Thank you. And ...

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How to Get There

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Here you have some useful expressions when giving directions. Watch the video and read the dialogue.

Mark: Where exactly is it? I’m sorry, I didn’t catch that. OK. How far is it? OK, OK. Merçi. Au revoir.

Jacques: Any luck?

Mark: I think I’ve found an apartment. How do I get to Belleville?

Jacques: The easiest way is to get the metro at Pyramides. Take Line 14 and change ...

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Requests and Permission

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Watch and read the following conversation in which people make requests and give permission.

Jacques: Mark? Would you mind sending me those concert dates?

Mark: Of course not. Ben, are you busy?
Ben: Me? Never.

Mark: Could you help me? I can’t open this document.

Ben: Sure.

Mark: Thanks.

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Allie: Hi, Nicole.

Nicole: Could you sign these, please?
Allie: Sure.

Nicole: Is it OK if I take tomorrow afternoon off?

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Introductions

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Let’s practise some useful expressions when introducing people or meeting people again.

Listen and read the following dialogue: 

Mark: Hi. I’m Mark Ryder.

Nicole: Ah, you’re the new marketing director.

Mark: That’s right.

Nicole: I’m Nicole Delacroix. I’m Allie’s personal assistant. Welcome to Paris!

Mark: Thank you.

Nicole: I’ll just tell Allie you’re here. Allie? Mark Ryder’s here. OK. You’re from San Francisco, aren’t you?

Mark: Yes, I am.

Allie: Hello, Mark.

Mark: Allie, It’s good to see you again. How are you?

Allie: Very ...

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