Replace THOSE Basic phrases with THESE Advanced Alternatives!

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Expand your vocabulary and avoid speaking beginner English with over 50 advanced alternatives for basic daily phrases. JOIN The Vocab Expansion Challenge - https://bit.ly/ExpandYourVocab Use code YTVOCAB25 for a 25% discount! Hurry! It starts on 1st June! Don't forget to download the FREE PDF & QUIZ: https://bit.ly/DailyPhrases - there are more examples and activities! Visit my website for an interactive pronunciation tool: https://englishwithlucy.co.uk​ Check out my English courses: https://englishwithlucy.teachable.com/courses Timestamps: 0:00 Introduction 0:19 FREE PDF & QUIZ1:10 Vocabulary Expansion Challenge 3:11 Introduction 4:10 Alternatives to ‘Nice to meet you’ 5:09 Alternatives to ‘How are you?’ 5:56 Alternatives to ‘I’m fine, thanks’ 7:01 Alternatives to ‘Where do you work?’ 7:45 Alternatives to ‘Where are you from?’ 8:30 Alternatives to ‘Lovely weather today’ 9:56 Alternatives to ‘Do you want to…?’ 10:55 Alternatives to ‘Do you agree?’ 11:35 Alternatives to ‘Can I change the topic?’ 12:21 Alternatives to ‘Goodbye’ 13:40 Social Media Video edited by Polina Park 🎥 MY SOCIAL MEDIA: Personal Channel: http://bit.ly/LucyBella​​​ Instagram: http://bit.ly/lucyinsta​​​​​​​​​​ TikTok: https://bit.ly/EnglishwithLucyTikTok Email for business enquiries ONLY: [email protected]nglishwithlucy.co.uk Want to get a copy of my English Vocabulary Planners? Click here: https://shop.englishwithlucy.co.uk The best offer is the 4-book bundle where you get 4 planners for the price of 3. This product is very limited - don't miss out. The English Plan will be shipped from early August, from me here in England to you across the world! We ship internationally! Watch my explainer video here: https://bit.ly/TheEnglishPlanVideo Practice speaking: Earn $10 free italki credit: https://go.italki.com/englishwithlucy (ad affiliate) Improve listening! Free Audible audiobook: https://goo.gl/LshaPp (ad affiliate) FREE £26 Airbnb credit: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/c/lcondesa (ad affiliate) If you like my lessons, and would like to support me, you can buy me a coffee here: https://ko-fi.com/englishwithlucy #Vocabulary #EnglishVocabulary #BritishEnglish #LearnEnglish

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- Hello, lovely students,
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and welcome back to "English with Lucy".
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Today I'm going to be teaching you
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lots and lots of advanced phrases
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that you can use in daily conversation.
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We are going to take basic phrases
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and I'm going to give you advanced alternatives
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so you can really expand your vocabulary.
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Before we get started,
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It contains everything we're going to talk about today,
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the full list of alternatives.
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Plus, an extra quiz at the end
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Right. Let's start it with the lesson.
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Firstly, let's talk about introductions.
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Imagine you're in a business meeting
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and you want to introduce your colleague
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to someone you know.
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A simple way to do this is to say,
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"This is my colleague, Sarah."
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It's fine. It's just a little bit plain and boring.
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We have some better alternatives.
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You can also say,
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"Have you met Sarah? We work together."
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or, "Have you been introduced to Sarah?"
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If you want to introduce yourself to someone,
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a simple way to say this is,
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"Hello, I'm Lucy."
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Obviously, you would insert your own name.
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This is fine.
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But of course there are some other ways to say this.
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You could say, "I don't think we've been introduced,"
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or "I don't think we've met. I'm Lucy."
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Finally, let's imagine that you noticed
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that the person you're talking to doesn't know many people.
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Luckily, you do know some people so you could offer,
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do you need any introductions?
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Do you need to be introduced to anyone?
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Let's move on to alternative ways
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of saying "It's nice to meet you."
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When you meet someone for the first time,
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it's polite to say, "It's nice to meet you,"
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or just "Nice to meet you."
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An alternative way to say this is,
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"It's a pleasure to meet you."
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It's a pleasure to meet you.
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That's something I really like about the word pleasure.
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I think it's the zh sound. Pleasure.
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This is quite a formal phrase.
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You might want to use it in a work environment.
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We also have a less formal version
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which is "Glad to meet you."
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I'm glad to meet you.
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Glad means happy, pleased.
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Finally, a really good alternative to use
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with someone that you have spoken to via email
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or over the phone or via Zoom.
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It's great to finally meet you in person.
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It's great to finally meet you in person.
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I feel like I know you already
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'cause we've spoken so much via email.
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It means that you're happy to see them face to face
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and not just through a telephone line or a computer screen.
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Let's move on to another vital part of conversation,
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"How are you?".
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How are you?
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One of the most overused questions in my opinion.
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"How are you?" suitable for all occasions.
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You can use it with your CEO, with your boss,
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with your colleagues, with your friends and family.
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But if you're in less formal situations,
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then you might want to say something informal,
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like, "How's it going?"
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or "How's everything with you?"
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You could also say, "What's going on?"
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or "What have you been up to?"
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That's a really common question.
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"What have you been up to?"
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is what have you been doing lately.
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Both of these questions
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invite the person you're speaking to
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to update you on what they've been doing
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since you last saw them.
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Finally, you could ask "How's life?"
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or "How's life treating you?"
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That's very informal. I like that one.
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Okay. We have some great options for "How are you?"
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But what about the response?
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"I'm fine, thanks," is just a little bit boring.
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If you are also getting bored
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of repeating the same phrase over and over again,
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I have some alternatives.
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Ticking along. I'm ticking along.
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This means, yeah, still going.
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Another really popular one is "Can't complain".
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Nothing's going wrong. I can't complain.
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We also have "Same old, same old."
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These are always of saying that things aren't great,
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but they're okay.
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I'm fine. I'm okay.
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They're very neutral answers to "How are you?"
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If you want to give a really positive answer,
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if you are having a really great day,
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then you could say something like "I couldn't be better."
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I couldn't be better.
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Or on the opposite hand, if you're having a terrible time,
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you could say, "Could be better."
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I could be better. I'm not doing that well, thank you.
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Remember that English speakers
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don't often give honest answers
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when they're asked, "How are you?"
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So you know, the house could have burnt down
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the night before
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and they'll still say something like "Could be better.
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Yeah. Could be better."
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Let's move on to the next question.
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Where do you work?
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When you're getting to know someone,
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really common question is, where do you work?
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There are other ways of saying this.
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A really common one in British English is, what do you do?
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What do you do?
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That's shortened down from what do you do for a living?
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If you know someone quite well
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and you know that they've recently changed jobs
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or they might change jobs quite often,
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you could ask a question
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such as, where are you working right now?
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Or, what are you doing for work at the moment?
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Or even, did you end up getting that promotion?
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Or did you end up getting that job?
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You'd only asked that if they'd already mentioned
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that they were in the running for a new job.
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Another really common question is, where are you from?
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Where are you from?
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And we have some alternate ways of saying that.
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If you want to make it sound more natural,
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you could say, "Whereabouts are you from?'
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That's kind of the rough area.
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Whereabouts are you from?
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If you are wondering if someone's from same area
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that you are in right now,
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you could say something like, "Are you local?
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Are you from around this local area?"
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Are you from around here?
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Or a really informal one,
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are you from this neck of the woods?
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"Neck of the woods" means local area, common British slang.
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You can use the idiom "neck of the woods"
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in lots of different questions,
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like, how's the weather in your neck of the woods?
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In your local area?
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And of course weather,
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my favourite topic as a British person.
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Brings me on to my next topic: weather.
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The number one small talk topic in the UK is weather.
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I find myself mentioning it all the time.
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I can't help it. It's like word vomit.
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I don't know what to say. There's an awkward moment.
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So I mention the weather.
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A really common British phrase is, "Lovely weather today."
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Lovely weather today.
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Alternatively, assuming you have sunshine,
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could be "Beautiful weather out."
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Beautiful weather out.
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Beautiful out today, isn't it? Beautiful out.
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Meaning, it's lovely outside today.
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Unfortunately, most often it is not beautiful
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outside in the UK.
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We can say phrases like, "Oh, bit dreary today."
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Dreary means dull, grey, little bit depressing.
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Ugh. So dreary today.
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One thing we possibly like doing more than talking
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about the current weather
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is talking about the future weather, what it might be like.
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Our weather forecasts are hilariously inaccurate.
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Hilarious. I don't know why we bother with them.
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It says it will rain. It's glorious sunshine.
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It says it'll be sunshine. It's a thunderstorm.
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It snows.
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We love talking about the weather forecast.
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So we could say something like,
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"Can you believe it's going to be 27 degrees this weekend?"
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Or, "I can't believe it's going to rain all day tomorrow."
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Well, my personal favourite,
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"I've heard it's going to snow overnight."
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There is nothing more exciting
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than opening your window and seeing loads of snow,
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unless you have somewhere to be.
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Not exciting.
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Okay, let's discuss alternatives for the question:
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do you want to...
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Asking someone if they want to do something.
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Do you want to go for a coffee?
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Do you want to have fish and chips tonight?
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An informal but very British sounding alternative
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is, do you fancy?
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Do you fancy?
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Do you fancy going for a coffee?
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Do fancy fish and chips tonight?
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Hear me say, "do you".
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I almost say d'ya, d'ya.
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D'ya fancy a coffee?
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Do you fancy fish and chips tonight?
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You could also replace "do you fancy"
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with "what do you think about.."
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What do you think about going for a coffee?
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What do you think about having fish and chips tonight?
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Finally, if you already made a decision about something
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but you want to check that someone agrees with you,
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you could say, "Any objections to fish and chips tonight?"
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or, "Any objections to a coffee?"
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Have you got any objection to a coffee?
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And then you'll hope they say, "That'll be lovely,"
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because you've already ordered them.
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Let's move on to the question, do you agree?
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Do you agree?
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It's the easiest way to ask someone's opinion on something
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but there are some really good alternatives.
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We can say, "What do you think?"
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or the really British one, "What do you reckon?"
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What do you reckon?
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I reckon that we shouldn't go.
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Both of these are quite informal
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but we do have some nice formal ones for formal situations,
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such as "I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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I'd love to hear your thoughts on this,"
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or "I'm interested to know what you think about this idea."
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What about changing the topic?
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It's often one of the most awkward things that we have to do
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second to ending a conversation,
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which we'll talk about later.
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Instead of saying, "Can I change the topic?"
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or "Can we talk about something else?"
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We could say something like, "I wanted to ask you about X."
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I wanted to ask you about the new cafe in town.
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Another really good one is "speaking of".
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Speaking of.
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If the other person mentioned something
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that we could use to change the topic,
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we could say, "Ah, speaking of that, what about this?"
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Speaking of lunch, have you tried the new cafe in town?
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Another option, "that reminds me..."
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That reminds me, how's Julie?
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You can also use the phrase "before I forget..."
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Ah, before I forget, I must ask you this...
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And ask something completely different.
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Finally, you could say, "While I've got you here..."
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While I've got you here,
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I want to ask you about a new project.
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You'll often hear that phrase used in business contexts.
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The final conversation phrase is "goodbye".
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We have some really good alternatives for this word.
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One of the most common alternatives is "See you later."
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If we're saying this informally,
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we can shorten it to "See ya."
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See you later. See ya.
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But if you've been chatting to someone for too long
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and you want to leave,
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I have some really good examples.
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One is, "I must be off."
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Oh, I must be off, paired with looking at your watch.
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Make sure you're actually wearing a watch,
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'cause I keep doing that and I'm not wearing one
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and it's a bit embarrassing.
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Another, "I've got to run but it was great to see you,"
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or "It's been lovely chatting but I need to shoot off."
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These three phrases tell the other person
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that you have somewhere else to be.
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Of course, that doesn't need to be true,
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but that secret can stay between you and me.
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Another option you can use is,
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"Let's catch up properly some time."
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Meaning, I don't have enough time
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to properly chat to you now,
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let's do it another time.
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In the office, people will often say,
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"Right, let's get back to it," or "Let's get back to work."
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British people will often slap their knees or slap the table
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and say, "Right. Right, I've got to go,"
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or "Right, I must get some work done."
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So on that note,
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right, I must get back to it.
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I need to do some more work today,
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and you have some more work to do as well.
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You need to download the free PDF and take the quiz.
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That's it for today's lesson.
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