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The Awkward Host – Listening Lesson

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by Oli Redman on September 15, 2014 , No comments

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

Woman: Thanks.

Man: Can I get you anything to eat?

Woman: Err3 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

Woman: What?

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.

Woman: Really?

  1. Hey = Hello/Hi (informal)
  2. Have a seat = sit down (informal)
  3. Er/Erm = something you say when you are thinking about what to say.
  4. A biscuit (UK English) = a cookie (US English)
  5. Chocolate chip biscuits have small pieces of chocolate inside.
  6. The full question should be Do you want a cup of tea or coffee? In conversation, we often shorten the question.
  7. Here you go = something you say when you give something to someone.
  8. A host = someone who invites guests to his/her home.
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