Free English Lessons
Natural English Conversation Responses – Video Lesson
by Gina Mares on 16 November, 2018 , Comments Off on Natural English Conversation Responses – Video Lesson
In this lesson, you can learn to how to use natural English conversation responses to improve your English speaking.
When you’re speaking a second language, you often need to concentrate on understanding what the other person is saying.
This means you might forget to respond naturally, but natural responses are important to keep your English conversation going, and also to show the other person that you care about what they’re saying.
This lesson will show you natural English conversation responses which you can use to express interest, surprise, agreement, confusion, and much more!
Whenever you want to make plans with friends, decide on a place to have dinner or plan a meeting with colleagues, you’ll need to respond to other people’s suggestions.
Let’s see how you can do this.
D: Why don’t we go for a bike ride this Saturday? S: Sorry, I can’t on Saturday. What about Sunday? D: Okay, Sunday it is!
S: It’s Rita’s birthday tomorrow. How about we buy her a bottle of wine from the team? D: I’m not sure if she likes wine. Maybe we can get her some flowers and chocolate? S: That sounds good!
D: What do you think of this colour for the living room? S: I don’t know… It looks quite dark. I think it’ll make the room feel gloomy. Can we try a lighter shade? D: Yeah, sure.
Here, you saw three phrases you can use to reject a suggestion, and three phrases to accept. Can you remember any of them?
Here are the phrases you saw; pause the video if you need more time to read:
Rejecting a suggestion:
Sorry, I can’t…
I’m not sure if…
I don’t know…
Accepting a suggestion:
(Sunday) it is!
That sounds good!
You can see that it’s common to use a vague phrase to reject a suggestion, like I’m not sure or I don’t know. This is important as a non-native speaker of English: people are often more indirect when saying ‘no’ to something.
Of course, this depends on the culture you’re in, and the people you’re with. However, it’s a good idea to remember that if you make a suggestion, and people reply in very vague ways, they will often be saying ‘no’ to your idea.
S: I’m confused about what Daniel means… If only there was some way I could ask him to clarify what he said.