Listen to this conversation between a very awkward host and his guest in this free English listening lesson from Oxford Online English. You’ll hear some useful phrases to make and respond to offers in English.
Man: Hey!1 Come in, come in, have a seat.2
Man: Can I get you anything to eat?
Woman: Err…3 No, thanks. I just ate.
Man: How about a pear? They’re really good right now.
Woman: I’m sure they are, but I don’t eat much fruit…
Man: Or would you like a biscuit4? Chocolate chip5—they’re really tasty!
Woman: You’re very kind, but I’m really not hungry, thank you.
Man: Tea or coffee?6
Man: Do you want a cup of tea or coffee?
Woman: Erm… Well…
Man: Or, what about just a glass of water? You can’t say no to that!
Woman: Okay, sure, I can have a glass of water.
Man: Here you go7.
Woman: Thanks. You’re a very good host8.
Man: I don’t have guests very often.
- Hey = Hello/Hi (informal)
- Have a seat = sit down (informal)
- Er/Erm = something you say when you are thinking about what to say.
- A biscuit (UK English) = a cookie (US English)
- Chocolate chip biscuits have small pieces of chocolate inside.
- The full question should be Do you want a cup of tea or coffee? In conversation, we often shorten the question.
- Here you go = something you say when you give something to someone.
- A host = someone who invites guests to his/her home.