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How to Have a Conversation

Want to have more English conversations in 2021? Here are some tips.   Get Yourself in the Right Mindset! (Positive Thoughts!) Be brave! Don’t worry   Be curious = ask questions   Give someone a compliment.   Find something you have in common. Then, talk about it. For example, if you live in the same city. Ask the person questions like… Have you been to __________? What is your favorite place to eat at in __________?   Talk about current events. Talk about what is going on in the world.   Talk about yourself You can talk about yourself, then ask the other person questions about the topic. For example, I have a dog. Do you have a dog? Have you ever had a dog? Do you like pets.   Talk about TV, shows, or a series. Have you seen anything good on TV lately? Do you have Netflix? Have you seen the show __________?     DON’T WORRY ABOUT AWKWARD MOMENTS.

Winter Weather

Snow: frozen crystallized water that comes down from the sky.  Snow is used as a noun and a verb. Future tense: snow Present tense: snowing Past tense: snowed   Sleet: ice pellets (a mixture of snow and rain) Sleet is used as a noun and a verb. Future tense: sleet Present tense: sleeting Past tense: sleeted     Hail: balls of ice (they can be very small or big) Hail is used as a noun and a verb. Future tense: hail Present tense: hailing Past tense: hailed

Idioms: “on the clock” & “off the clock”

“On the clock”: to be working/getting paid Example: The police officer stopped to have dinner on his break. The waitress offered him a beer. He said, “No thanks, I’m on the clock.”     “Off the clock”: not at work/off duty/not being paid to work Example: Rebecca works at a grocery store. She had just finished her shift and was leaving for the day. On her way out, a coworker asked for her help. Rebecca said, “Sorry I can’t help, I’m off the clock.”

“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”

“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”: A child does not differ from (is the same as) their parents. Examples: After meeting the student’s parents, she realized the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree; they were sarcastic too. Can you believe his behavior? Sadly, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

“It runs in the family” & “In one’s blood”

Here are two idioms that people use when talking about things that family members have in common. “It runs in the family.” Someone that many members/people in the family have, such as a quality, skill, problem and/or disease. Examples: A passion for theatre runs in the family. Diabetes runs in his family.   “In one’s blood” Something that is in-built in one’s family. Examples: Teaching runs in my blood. Playing soccer runs in his blood.

“A spitting image”

Here is an idiom that people use when they talk about people in their family or people in other families. “A spitting image” Typically, used when someone has a strong resemblance (looks just alike/similar) to another family member. Examples: Her daughter is a spitting image of her. Brad is a spitting image of his father.

“close family” / “close-knit family” / “tight family”

“close family” “close-knit family” “tight family” They all refer to a family that is connected, stays near each other, is united in love, and/or spends lots of time together. Examples: We are a close family. They are a close-knit family. They are a tight family because they spend lots of time together.

A joke…This Woman Has Four Men in Her Life.

The joke is that the woman is never lonely because she has 4 men in her life. Each of the men’s name is bolded. Charlie Horse: A Charley horse is a muscle spasm that is typically in the legs. She gets (wakes) up with a charley horse Arthur Itis: Arthritis is the swelling and tenderness of the joints in the body. She spends the day with (having) arthritis. Will Power: Is when a person uses control to not do something. She dines (eats) with will power. Ben Gay: Bengay is a cream that is used to relieve muscle and joint pain. She goes to sleep with Bengay on her body.  

A “Touchy Subject”

Touchy subject: A subject that can make people feel uncomfortable or upset. It can also offend people or cause them to feel emotional pain. It is best to deal with a touchy subject in a careful and sensitive way.   Examples: Age is a touchy subject for some people. For some people, weight is a touchy subject. Death is a touchy subject. There are people that feel money is a touchy subject.

Ways to Talk About Relaxing

If you are going to talk about yourself relaxing, you can say things like… I’m going to… relax chill chill out unwind rest destress “chillax”   Here are some phrases you can use to talk about yourself… I need to/I will… take a break “unplug” “switch off” take time for myself “put my feet up” “recharge my batteries” “clear my mind.”