For those eager to strengthen cross-border friendships but wince at either their lack of communication skills, or at the prospect of being misunderstood, this crash course of 7 scenarios — each featuring one of our extraordinary teachers — will unlock the secrets to confident self-expression in natural English.
Having trouble asking for help or politely informing someone that you just don’t have the time to help others? Did you know people are often happy to lend a hand to — or at least acknowledge the needs of — those who convey their messages affably? Let James show you how he politely invites a colleague to watch a film and turns down a similar offer in this video.
Do you get butterflies in your stomach whenever you respond to greetings in English? Overcome such nervousness and stand out from the crowd with Daniel’s selection of idioms!
Have you ever enthusiastically invited someone for dinner, but to no avail? According to Ian, all you need is to ask politely and offer an alternative.
Does your carefully prepared itinerary always end up upsetting your companions? Take Richard’s advice for a laughter-filled journey: involve travel mates in the schedule-building and planning process!
To dole out constructive and wise advice to a troubled friend, Melody recommends building your personal views and proposed solutions around two sentence patterns: “In your opinion I’d…” and “If I were you, I’d….” (The link doesn’t work for this one and not sure “In your opinion I’d…” is correct )
Not sure how to say “No” for fear it may undermine a much cherished friendship? Use common sentence patterns such as, I’d love to…but…/ No thanks I’m busy/ to politely decline people and keep hold of your friends.
For those who always end up going to the cinema alone, the manner in which James persuades a friend to join him for a nice weekend — with skilful use of conversation triggers — is definitely something we could all do with a bit more practice of.