Interrupting Politely, Interjecting Opinions, and Sharing Ideas

Have you ever found yourself in a conversation where you really liked what the other person had to say and wanted to show them that you’re looking forward to hearing more? Or realized that you missed something but knew it was central to the conversation? Or maybe felt that you had something to add but you weren’t quite sure how to interject your idea without sounding rude? We’ve all been there. If you’re connecting with … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Clarifying What You Heard, Asking for Repetition, and Confirming Your Understanding

Even if you have been speaking English for years, you are going to find yourself in a situation where someone uses a word or a phrase you don’t know, speaks a little too fast, or mumbles (speaks unclearly). The other person might be using slang or a technical term you’re not familiar with. Or they simply may not have expressed themselves clearly. In situations like these, you should not feel embarrassed or assume that it … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Making Small Talk and Catching Up with a Friend or Acquaintance

Have you ever run into a friend or acquaintance whom you hadn’t seen in weeks, months, or even years? What do you say to them?  What do you begin to talk about? Let’s talk about useful phrases for making small talk with a friend after you haven’t seen them for a while! We make small talk differently depending on the person and the situation. Today, we are going to look at vocabulary you can use … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Introducing Yourself to New People and Making Small Talk

There are lots of possible situations where you’ll meet new people: at a party, in the student lounge, at a conference, on the train, while traveling, just to name a few. What do you usually say when you meet someone new? How do you introduce yourself? Do you find it difficult to continue the conversation with them after exchanging names? Even though the language we use to make small talk with new people may appear … Read the article and watch the video lesson

Making Appointments and Plans

Have you had to make an appointment recently? What about arranging plans with your friends or family? You probably make appointments and plans on a regular basis, but you’re probably wondering if you’re using the right language and expressions to schedule these meetings. If so, don’t worry – we’re going to talk all about it! Making Appointments and Plans There are many reasons that we need to make appointments. Some of the most common appointments … Read the article and watch the video lesson