Practical English

REACTING TO WHAT PEOPLE SAY

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When someone tells you something, you can react in different ways. Watch the video attached above and pay attention to the expressions the characters use to react to what they say.

Here you can find a summary of all the expressions used:

What you say when you hear… 

… something surprising: You’re kidding. / I don’t believe it.

… something interesting: Really?

… some good news: How fantastic! / That’s great news! / What a great idea!

… some bad news: Oh no! / ...

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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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