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  31. <title>Conversation Tips for Complaining</title>
  32. <link>https://hicafe.app/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/conversation-tips-for-complaining/</link>
  33. <dc:creator><![CDATA[hcbMatt]]></dc:creator>
  34. <pubDate>Mon, 22 Jul 2024 06:59:54 +0000</pubDate>
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  38. <description><![CDATA[<p>&#160; We&#8217;ve all been there –  you&#8217;re trying to enjoy your day, but then something goes wrong! Complaining is a natural part of life, but it&#8217;s important to do it politely, especially in English. This lesson will show you how to express your concerns effectively and avoid any misunderstandings, ensuring you get the resolution you [&#8230;]</p>
  39. <p>The post <a href="https://hicafe.app/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/conversation-tips-for-complaining/">Conversation Tips for Complaining</a> first appeared on <a href="https://hicafe.app">HiCafe</a>.</p>]]></description>
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  41. <p>We&#8217;ve all been there –  you&#8217;re trying to enjoy your day, but then something goes wrong! Complaining is a natural part of life, but it&#8217;s important to do it politely, especially in English. This lesson will show you how to express your concerns effectively and avoid any misunderstandings, ensuring you get the resolution you need!</p>
  42. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  43. <h3>Previous Conversation Tip Lesson</h3>
  44. <p><a href="/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/conversation-tips-for-talking-about-the-past/">Conversation Tips for Talking about the Past</a></p>
  45. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  46. <h2>How to Complain in English</h2>
  47. <h3>In a shop</h3>
  48. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  49. <p>You’re in a shop and the assistant gives you the wrong size/color.</p>
  50. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  51. <ul>
  52. <li aria-level="1">Excuse me, I think there might be a mistake with this purchase. This doesn&#8217;t seem to be the right size/color I ordered.</li>
  53. </ul>
  54. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  55. <ul>
  56. <li aria-level="1">Sorry, but I&#8217;m concerned that this item seems slightly damaged. Could you please have a look?</li>
  57. </ul>
  58. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  59. <h3>In a hotel</h3>
  60. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  61. <ul>
  62. <li aria-level="1">Excuse me, I&#8217;m having some trouble with the internet connection in my room. Could you please assist?</li>
  63. </ul>
  64. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  65. <ul>
  66. <li aria-level="1">Sorry to bother you, but there appears to be a leak in the bathroom.  Would you mind sending someone to take a look?</li>
  67. </ul>
  68. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  69. <ul>
  70. <li aria-level="1">I&#8217;m afraid I need to make a complaint.  I left a valuable item in the safe, but it&#8217;s no longer there.  Can someone please help me with this?</li>
  71. </ul>
  72. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  73. <ul>
  74. <li aria-level="1">I&#8217;m afraid there seems to be a mix-up with my room.  I booked a room with a view, but this one doesn&#8217;t have one.</li>
  75. </ul>
  76. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  77. <p>When people apologize, they normally say “sorry” and offer to put the situation right.</p>
  78. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  79. <ul>
  80. <li aria-level="1">Excuse me, but my drink is flat. Could you please replace it?</li>
  81. </ul>
  82. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  83. <p>I&#8217;m sorry about that. I&#8217;ll get you a fresh one right away!</p>
  84. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  85. <ul>
  86. <li aria-level="1">Excuse me, I think we&#8217;ve been waiting a bit longer than expected. Could you please check on our order?</li>
  87. </ul>
  88. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  89. <p>Sorry for the delay! Your order is almost ready. I&#8217;ll make sure you get your food as soon as possible.</p>
  90. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  91. <h4>Speaking tip</h4>
  92. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  93. <p>Using &#8220;sorry&#8221; when complaining can seem odd at first. But, it shows that you&#8217;re trying to be polite and respectful, and it&#8217;s a great way to get the situation fixed! Remember, everyone makes mistakes, and a calm and respectful approach often gets the best results.</p>
  94. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  95. <h3>Conclusion</h3>
  96. <p>Remember, even when you&#8217;re feeling frustrated, a polite and respectful tone can go a long way in getting your point across in English. By using phrases like &#8220;excuse me&#8221; and &#8220;sorry,&#8221; you&#8217;ll come across as more understanding and likely to get the outcome you&#8217;re looking for! Don&#8217;t be afraid to speak up, and remember, it&#8217;s always best to find a solution that works for everyone.</p>
  97. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  98. <h3>Next Conversation Tip Lesson</h3>
  99. <p>Conversation Tips- Hesitating Phrases in English</p>
  100. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  101. <h3>Related Conversation Lessons</h3>
  102. <p>None</p>
  103. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  104. <h2>Practice Conversation with HiCafe App</h2>
  105. <p>By using <a href="/home">HiCafe</a> App, you can join free discussion events and <a href="/practice-english-conversation/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Practice English Conversation</a> online or in-person and improve your verbal skills.</p>
  106. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  107. <h2>All Conversation Lessons</h2>
  108. <p>To see and read all of our conversation lessons, you can visit our <a href="/improve-english-speaking-skills/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Improve English Speaking Skills</a> page.</p><p>The post <a href="https://hicafe.app/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/conversation-tips-for-complaining/">Conversation Tips for Complaining</a> first appeared on <a href="https://hicafe.app">HiCafe</a>.</p>]]></content:encoded>
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  111. <title>Conversation Tips for Talking about the Past</title>
  112. <link>https://hicafe.app/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/conversation-tips-for-talking-about-the-past/</link>
  113. <dc:creator><![CDATA[hcbMatt]]></dc:creator>
  114. <pubDate>Mon, 22 Jul 2024 06:58:37 +0000</pubDate>
  115. <category><![CDATA[Tips]]></category>
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  117.  
  118. <description><![CDATA[<p>&#160; When learning to speak about your past in English, it&#8217;s important to use the correct verb forms, time expressions, and connectors to effectively communicate your experiences. By mastering these essential tools, you can share your life story with clarity and coherence. &#160; Previous Conversation Tip Lesson Tips for Talking about Probability and Making Predictions [&#8230;]</p>
  119. <p>The post <a href="https://hicafe.app/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/conversation-tips-for-talking-about-the-past/">Conversation Tips for Talking about the Past</a> first appeared on <a href="https://hicafe.app">HiCafe</a>.</p>]]></description>
  120. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>&nbsp;</p>
  121. <p>When learning to speak about your past in English, it&#8217;s important to use the correct verb forms, time expressions, and connectors to effectively communicate your experiences. By mastering these essential tools, you can share your life story with clarity and coherence.</p>
  122. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  123. <h3>Previous Conversation Tip Lesson</h3>
  124. <p><a href="/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/tips-for-talking-about-probability-and-making-predictions/">Tips for Talking about Probability and Making Predictions</a></p>
  125. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  126. <h2>Talking about your Past</h2>
  127. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  128. <p>Use these tips to help you speak about your past in English.</p>
  129. <h3>Born</h3>
  130. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  131. <p>Remember to use the past form of the verb “to be” with “born”:</p>
  132. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  133. <ul>
  134. <li aria-level="1">I was born</li>
  135. <li aria-level="1">You were born</li>
  136. <li aria-level="1">He was born</li>
  137. <li aria-level="1">We were born</li>
  138. <li aria-level="1">They were born</li>
  139. </ul>
  140. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  141. <p>Examples</p>
  142. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  143. <ul>
  144. <li aria-level="1">I was born … (in 2003)</li>
  145. <li aria-level="1">He was born … (ten years ago)</li>
  146. <li aria-level="1">They were born … (in Paris / in hospital / at home)</li>
  147. </ul>
  148. <h3>Time expressions</h3>
  149. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  150. <ul>
  151. <li aria-level="1">For the first five years of my life, we lived in a cottage. Then, we moved to the city and everything changed.</li>
  152. </ul>
  153. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  154. <ul>
  155. <li aria-level="1">I learned to read when I was 4! In total, I attended school for 10 years.</li>
  156. </ul>
  157. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  158. <ul>
  159. <li aria-level="1">In 2010, I landed my first job as a software engineer.</li>
  160. </ul>
  161. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  162. <h3>Emotions, feelings and states</h3>
  163. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  164. <p>Use the verb “to be” to talk about emotions in the past.</p>
  165. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  166. <ul>
  167. <li aria-level="1">Despite being broke, we were always laughing and having fun.</li>
  168. </ul>
  169. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  170. <p>You can also use “feel” (“felt” in the past tense) but this is less common.</p>
  171. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  172. <ul>
  173. <li aria-level="1"> I felt utterly worried when I moved to a new city.</li>
  174. </ul>
  175. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  176. <p>Use “was” or “were” to talk about jobs.</p>
  177. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  178. <ul>
  179. <li aria-level="1">My grandfather was a skilled carpenter.</li>
  180. </ul>
  181. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  182. <p>You can also use “worked as a / an”:</p>
  183. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  184. <ul>
  185. <li aria-level="1">He worked as a chef at a fancy restaurant.</li>
  186. </ul>
  187. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  188. <p>To talk about how many or how much of something, use “there was” or “there were”.</p>
  189. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  190. <ul>
  191. <li aria-level="1">There were always so many books in our house!</li>
  192. </ul>
  193. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  194. <ul>
  195. <li aria-level="1">There were many interesting places to visit.</li>
  196. </ul>
  197. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  198. <ul>
  199. <li aria-level="1">There was smoke all over the house when I entered.</li>
  200. </ul>
  201. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  202. <h3>Difficult verbs</h3>
  203. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  204. <p>Be careful how you use these:</p>
  205. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  206. <ol>
  207. <li aria-level="1">To start</li>
  208. </ol>
  209. <p>You only start something once.</p>
  210. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  211. <ul>
  212. <li aria-level="1">I started learning to code back in 2018.</li>
  213. <li aria-level="1">I started college three years ago.</li>
  214. </ul>
  215. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  216. <ol>
  217. <li aria-level="1">To meet</li>
  218. </ol>
  219. <p>You meet someone on a single or repeated occasion. It doesn’t mean “to know”.</p>
  220. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  221. <ul>
  222. <li aria-level="1">I met my best friend on a camping trip.</li>
  223. <li aria-level="1">I met my husband at university.</li>
  224. </ul>
  225. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  226. <ol>
  227. <li aria-level="1">To know</li>
  228. </ol>
  229. <p>To know someone or something is a state – not an event.</p>
  230. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  231. <ul>
  232. <li aria-level="1">I didn&#8217;t know how to swim until I was 10.</li>
  233. <li aria-level="1">I knew lots of celebrities when I lived in New York.</li>
  234. </ul>
  235. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  236. <h3>Use simple connectors to tell a story</h3>
  237. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  238. <ol>
  239. <li aria-level="1">And = adds an idea</li>
  240. </ol>
  241. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  242. <p>I went to the store and bought a new laptop.</p>
  243. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  244. <ol>
  245. <li aria-level="1">But = gives a contrast</li>
  246. </ol>
  247. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  248. <p>I wanted to go to the concert, but I didn&#8217;t have enough money.</p>
  249. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  250. <ol>
  251. <li aria-level="1">So = gives a result</li>
  252. </ol>
  253. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  254. <p>The train was delayed, so I missed my meeting.</p>
  255. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  256. <p>(When you write English, you don’t need a comma before and, but or so if both parts of the sentence are short.)</p>
  257. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  258. <ol>
  259. <li aria-level="1">Because = gives a reason</li>
  260. </ol>
  261. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  262. <p>We decided to travel to Japan because my sister lives there.</p>
  263. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  264. <p>“Because” can go at the beginning or in the middle of a sentence.</p>
  265. <p>Because the weather was so awful, we didn’t enjoy the day</p>
  266. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  267. <ol>
  268. <li aria-level="1">Then = explains what happened next</li>
  269. </ol>
  270. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  271. <p>I graduated from college, then I started working full-time.</p>
  272. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  273. <ol>
  274. <li aria-level="1">After = says what happened in a time following an event, or as a result of something else</li>
  275. </ol>
  276. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  277. <p>After the snowstorm, the roads were covered in ice.</p>
  278. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  279. <p>She left the house, after yelling at me.</p>
  280. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  281. <h3>Conclusion</h3>
  282. <p>Mastering the art of talking about your past in English opens up a world of possibilities for sharing your stories, connecting with others, and expressing yourself authentically  Keep practicing, don&#8217;t be afraid to make mistakes, and enjoy the journey of discovering your own unique voice!</p>
  283. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  284. <h3>Next Conversation Tip Lesson</h3>
  285. <p><a href="/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/conversation-tips-for-complaining/">Conversation Tips for Complaining</a></p>
  286. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  287. <h3>Related Conversation Lessons</h3>
  288. <p>None</p>
  289. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  290. <h2>Practice Conversation with HiCafe App</h2>
  291. <p>By using <a href="/home">HiCafe</a> App, you can join free discussion events and <a href="/practice-english-conversation/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Practice English Conversation</a> online or in-person and improve your verbal skills.</p>
  292. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  293. <h2>All Conversation Lessons</h2>
  294. <p>To see and read all of our conversation lessons, you can visit our <a href="/improve-english-speaking-skills/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Improve English Speaking Skills</a> page.</p><p>The post <a href="https://hicafe.app/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/conversation-tips-for-talking-about-the-past/">Conversation Tips for Talking about the Past</a> first appeared on <a href="https://hicafe.app">HiCafe</a>.</p>]]></content:encoded>
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  297. <title>Tips for Talking about Probability and Making Predictions</title>
  298. <link>https://hicafe.app/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/tips-for-talking-about-probability-and-making-predictions/</link>
  299. <dc:creator><![CDATA[hcbMatt]]></dc:creator>
  300. <pubDate>Mon, 22 Jul 2024 06:57:21 +0000</pubDate>
  301. <category><![CDATA[Tips]]></category>
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  303.  
  304. <description><![CDATA[<p>&#160; Ever wondered how to talk about possibilities and what might happen in the future? Well, in this lesson you learn about it! English has a bunch of ways to express probability, from super certain to highly unlikely.  We&#8217;re diving into the world of  &#8220;might,&#8221; &#8220;could,&#8221; and &#8220;will,&#8221; along with some handy tips to make [&#8230;]</p>
  305. <p>The post <a href="https://hicafe.app/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/tips-for-talking-about-probability-and-making-predictions/">Tips for Talking about Probability and Making Predictions</a> first appeared on <a href="https://hicafe.app">HiCafe</a>.</p>]]></description>
  306. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>&nbsp;</p>
  307. <p>Ever wondered how to talk about possibilities and what might happen in the future? Well, in this lesson you learn about it! English has a bunch of ways to express probability, from super certain to highly unlikely.  We&#8217;re diving into the world of  &#8220;might,&#8221; &#8220;could,&#8221; and &#8220;will,&#8221; along with some handy tips to make your predictions sound smart. Let&#8217;s get started!</p>
  308. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  309. <h3>Previous Conversation Tip Lesson</h3>
  310. <p><a href="/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/conversation-tips-for-telling-a-story/">Conversation Tips for Telling a Story</a></p>
  311. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  312. <h2>How to Talk about probability and predictions</h2>
  313. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  314. <p>There are many ways of saying that something will probably or possibly happen in English.</p>
  315. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  316. <h3>Probable</h3>
  317. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  318. <ul>
  319. <li aria-level="1"><strong>Bound to</strong> = certain: With all that practice, she&#8217;s bound to ace that presentation!</li>
  320. </ul>
  321. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  322. <ul>
  323. <li aria-level="1"><strong>Sure to</strong> = certain: He&#8217;s sure to win the lottery &#8211; he&#8217;s got a lucky streak!</li>
  324. </ul>
  325. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  326. <ul>
  327. <li aria-level="1"><strong>Likely to</strong> = probable: We&#8217;re likely to see a rise in online shopping this holiday season.</li>
  328. </ul>
  329. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  330. <ul>
  331. <li aria-level="1"><strong>Definite</strong> = sure: She&#8217;s a definite candidate for the promotion &#8211; she&#8217;s been killing it!</li>
  332. </ul>
  333. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  334. <ul>
  335. <li aria-level="1"><strong>Probable=</strong> It&#8217;s probable that we&#8217;ll have a snowstorm this winter, based on last year&#8217;s weather.</li>
  336. </ul>
  337. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  338. <ul>
  339. <li aria-level="1"><strong>Likely=</strong> With the current political climate, an election is likely within the next year.</li>
  340. </ul>
  341. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  342. <ul>
  343. <li aria-level="1"><strong>Will definitely happen=</strong> There will definitely be a huge party at the office for the company anniversary.</li>
  344. </ul>
  345. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  346. <ul>
  347. <li aria-level="1"><strong>Will probably happen=</strong> They&#8217;ll probably release a new phone model in the spring.</li>
  348. </ul>
  349. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  350. <h3>Possible</h3>
  351. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  352. <ul>
  353. <li aria-level="1"><strong>May</strong>: We may go to the concert tonight &#8211; depends on how we feel after work.</li>
  354. </ul>
  355. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  356. <ul>
  357. <li aria-level="1"><strong>Might</strong>: There might be a new flavor of ice cream at the store &#8211; I&#8217;ll have to check!</li>
  358. </ul>
  359. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  360. <ul>
  361. <li aria-level="1"><strong>Could</strong>: There could be a traffic jam on the highway &#8211; it&#8217;s rush hour.</li>
  362. </ul>
  363. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  364. <ul>
  365. <li aria-level="1">… <strong>is possible:</strong> Do you think they&#8217;ll raise the price of gas again? Yes, that&#8217;s possible.</li>
  366. </ul>
  367. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  368. <ul>
  369. <li aria-level="1">…<strong> is unlikely</strong>: It&#8217;s unlikely that I&#8217;ll win the raffle &#8211; I never seem to get lucky.</li>
  370. </ul>
  371. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  372. <ul>
  373. <li aria-level="1"><strong>Will possibly</strong>: She&#8217;ll possibly come over later tonight &#8211; she&#8217;s been busy all day.</li>
  374. </ul>
  375. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  376. <ul>
  377. <li aria-level="1"><strong>Probably won’t:</strong> They probably won&#8217;t make it to the meeting on time &#8211; they&#8217;re always running late.</li>
  378. </ul>
  379. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  380. <ul>
  381. <li aria-level="1"><strong>Definitely won’t:</strong> I definitely won&#8217;t eat that spicy curry &#8211; my stomach can&#8217;t handle it!</li>
  382. </ul>
  383. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  384. <ul>
  385. <li aria-level="1">…<strong> is highly unlikely</strong>: It&#8217;s highly unlikely that we&#8217;ll get a vacation this year &#8211; the budget&#8217;s tight.</li>
  386. </ul>
  387. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  388. <p><b>Note: Be careful of the word order.</b></p>
  389. <p>“Definitely” and “probably” come after “will” (in positive sentences) and before “won’t” in negative sentences.</p>
  390. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  391. <h3>Variations</h3>
  392. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  393. <p>You can add words to alter the strength of probability:</p>
  394. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  395. <ul>
  396. <li aria-level="1">Highly likely / unlikely (= very likely / unlikely)</li>
  397. </ul>
  398. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  399. <ul>
  400. <li aria-level="1">Quite likely / probable / possible (= more likely, probable or possible)</li>
  401. </ul>
  402. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  403. <ul>
  404. <li aria-level="1">Could possibly / probably</li>
  405. </ul>
  406. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  407. <ul>
  408. <li aria-level="1">Most definitely won’t (= even more unlikely)</li>
  409. </ul>
  410. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  411. <h3>Making predictions</h3>
  412. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  413. <p>When we want to say what we think will happen in the future, we can either use will followed by the verb without to, or going to followed by the verb.</p>
  414. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  415. <ul>
  416. <li aria-level="1">What do you think will happen in the next year with the stock market?</li>
  417. </ul>
  418. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  419. <ul>
  420. <li aria-level="1">This weekend is going to be packed with events &#8211; I&#8217;m so busy!</li>
  421. </ul>
  422. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  423. <ul>
  424. <li aria-level="1">There won&#8217;t be any time for relaxation this month &#8211; it&#8217;s all work.</li>
  425. </ul>
  426. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  427. <ul>
  428. <li aria-level="1">He isn&#8217;t going to win the election &#8211; he&#8217;s not very popular with voters.</li>
  429. </ul>
  430. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  431. <p><b>Speaking tip</b>: Because we also use will to talk about intentions and strong decisions, we often use going to to sound more objective.</p>
  432. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  433. <p>&#8220;He won&#8217;t help us&#8221; can imply his decision not to assist. However, &#8220;He isn&#8217;t going to help us&#8221; sounds more like a neutral prediction or stating an objective fact – perhaps he lacks the ability to help us.</p>
  434. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  435. <h4>Make Predictions based on existing knowledge</h4>
  436. <p>We can make predictions based on what we can see now. To do this, we use going to and the verb.</p>
  437. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  438. <p>For example:</p>
  439. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  440. <ul>
  441. <li aria-level="1">Watch out! You&#8217;re going to spill your coffee!</li>
  442. </ul>
  443. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  444. <ul>
  445. <li aria-level="1">It&#8217;s going to be a great day for a picnic &#8211; the weather is perfect!</li>
  446. </ul>
  447. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  448. <h3>Conclusion</h3>
  449. <p>Now you&#8217;ve got the tools to talk about the future with confidence and precision. Remember to choose your words wisely and be aware of the strength of probability.  Whether you&#8217;re predicting a sunny day or a win for your favorite team, you&#8217;ve got this! Keep practicing, and soon you&#8217;ll be a master of predictions!</p>
  450. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  451. <h3>Next Conversation Tip Lesson</h3>
  452. <p><a href="/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/conversation-tips-for-talking-about-the-past/">Conversation Tips for Talking about the Past</a></p>
  453. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  454. <h3>Related Conversation Lessons</h3>
  455. <p>None</p>
  456. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  457. <h2>Practice Conversation with HiCafe App</h2>
  458. <p>By using <a href="/home">HiCafe</a> App, you can join free discussion events and <a href="/practice-english-conversation/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Practice English Conversation</a> online or in-person and improve your verbal skills.</p>
  459. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  460. <h2>All Conversation Lessons</h2>
  461. <p>To see and read all of our conversation lessons, you can visit our <a href="/improve-english-speaking-skills/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Improve English Speaking Skills</a> page.</p><p>The post <a href="https://hicafe.app/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/tips-for-talking-about-probability-and-making-predictions/">Tips for Talking about Probability and Making Predictions</a> first appeared on <a href="https://hicafe.app">HiCafe</a>.</p>]]></content:encoded>
  462. </item>
  463. <item>
  464. <title>Conversation Tips for Telling a Story</title>
  465. <link>https://hicafe.app/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/conversation-tips-for-telling-a-story/</link>
  466. <dc:creator><![CDATA[hcbMatt]]></dc:creator>
  467. <pubDate>Mon, 22 Jul 2024 06:56:06 +0000</pubDate>
  468. <category><![CDATA[Tips]]></category>
  469. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://hicafe.app/?p=4853</guid>
  470.  
  471. <description><![CDATA[<p>&#160; Sharing a story in English is a great way to connect with others and showcase your language skills. Whether you&#8217;re telling a funny tale from your travels or a heartwarming memory of a loved one, this lesson will help you craft a captivating story that engages your listeners. Read on to discover tips for [&#8230;]</p>
  472. <p>The post <a href="https://hicafe.app/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/conversation-tips-for-telling-a-story/">Conversation Tips for Telling a Story</a> first appeared on <a href="https://hicafe.app">HiCafe</a>.</p>]]></description>
  473. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>&nbsp;</p>
  474. <p>Sharing a story in English is a great way to connect with others and showcase your language skills. Whether you&#8217;re telling a funny tale from your travels or a heartwarming memory of a loved one, this lesson will help you craft a captivating story that engages your listeners. Read on to discover tips for starting, structuring, and enriching your narratives.</p>
  475. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  476. <h3>Previous Conversation Tip Lesson</h3>
  477. <p><a href="/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/conversation-tips-for-talking-about-fears/">Conversation Tips for Talking about Fears</a></p>
  478. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  479. <h2>How to Tell a Story in English</h2>
  480. <h3>How to start</h3>
  481. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  482. <p>While &#8220;Once upon a time&#8221; is common for traditional stories, there are other ways to start if you&#8217;re joining a conversation:</p>
  483. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  484. <ul>
  485. <li aria-level="1">That reminds me!</li>
  486. <li aria-level="1">Funny you should say that. Did I ever tell you about…</li>
  487. <li aria-level="1">Hearing your story reminds me of when…</li>
  488. <li aria-level="1">Something similar happened to me….</li>
  489. </ul>
  490. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  491. <h3>How to tell your story</h3>
  492. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  493. <p>First of all, keep your story brief and use simple grammar so it&#8217;s easy to follow.</p>
  494. <p>Make it easy for the listener to understand by using sequencing and linking words:</p>
  495. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  496. <p>Sequencing words</p>
  497. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  498. <p>These words show the chronological sequence of events.</p>
  499. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  500. <ul>
  501. <li aria-level="1">First of all, &#8230;..</li>
  502. <li aria-level="1">Secondly, …&#8230;</li>
  503. <li aria-level="1">Previously (before that) …..</li>
  504. <li aria-level="1">Then…</li>
  505. <li aria-level="1">Later (on)… .</li>
  506. <li aria-level="1">But before all that….</li>
  507. <li aria-level="1">Finally….</li>
  508. </ul>
  509. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  510. <p>Linking words</p>
  511. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  512. <p>Linking words serve to connect ideas for the listener by demonstrating reasons, results, contrasting information, additional information, and summarizing.</p>
  513. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  514. <ul>
  515. <li aria-level="1">I grabbed my umbrella because&#8230;</li>
  516. <li aria-level="1">As a result, I ended up&#8230;..</li>
  517. <li aria-level="1">Although I was tired, I decided to join the dance class.</li>
  518. <li aria-level="1">I brought snacks for the road trip; besides, I packed a playlist of all our favorite songs.</li>
  519. <li aria-level="1">In short, the whole adventure turned out to be a wild ride!</li>
  520. </ul>
  521. <h3>Tenses</h3>
  522. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  523. <p>We can use a variety of tenses to tell stories and anecdotes. Jokes are often in the present tense:</p>
  524. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  525. <ul>
  526. <li aria-level="1">A programmer walks into a bar and orders a million beers.</li>
  527. </ul>
  528. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  529. <p>We also use the present tense to give a dramatic narrative effect:</p>
  530. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  531. <ul>
  532. <li aria-level="1">The air is thick with anticipation. The clock strikes midnight.  A hush falls over the crowd.  The doors of the grand ballroom swing open, and the queen, adorned in shimmering jewels, enters, her smile a beacon of hope.</li>
  533. </ul>
  534. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  535. <p>However, we generally use past forms to talk about past events. If you tell your story in chronological order, you can use the past simple:</p>
  536. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  537. <ul>
  538. <li aria-level="1">I woke up early, devoured a delicious breakfast, and then raced to the station, barely catching the train by the skin of my teeth. It was a whirlwind morning, but I made it!</li>
  539. </ul>
  540. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  541. <p>Use the past continuous to describe activities in progress at the time of your story, or to describe the background.</p>
  542. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  543. <ul>
  544. <li aria-level="1">The rain was pouring down in sheets, a relentless torrent, as we huddled together for shelter under a rickety old awning.  The wind howled, a symphony of chaos, and we shivered, hoping for a break in the storm.</li>
  545. </ul>
  546. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  547. <p>Instead of telling your story in a straight timeline, you can spice things up by using the past perfect! This lets you talk about things that happened before the main events in your story.</p>
  548. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  549. <ul>
  550. <li aria-level="1">I finally met my soulmate, a woman I had been dreaming of for years, after she had been mysteriously missing from my life for decades.  The reunion was filled with tears of joy and a bittersweet realization that our paths had finally aligned.</li>
  551. </ul>
  552. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  553. <h3>Vocabulary</h3>
  554. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  555. <p>Try to use a wide range of words to make your story more interesting. Instead of using boring words like &#8220;nice&#8221; or &#8220;bad,&#8221; use words like &#8220;beautiful,&#8221; &#8220;fabulous,&#8221; &#8220;wonderful,&#8221; &#8220;horrible,&#8221; &#8220;awful,&#8221; or &#8220;terrible&#8221; to make your story really pop! You can even exaggerate a little to make things more exciting!</p>
  556. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  557. <p>Remember, we&#8217;re not giving a boring speech here – we&#8217;re telling a story! Look at your listeners – really connect with them! Use your voice to make them feel like they&#8217;re right there in the story, you know?  Change your tone,  make your face tell the story too! Maybe even practice in front of the mirror a few times before you go live, just to get the hang of it.  You got this! Have fun!</p>
  558. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  559. <h3>Conclusion</h3>
  560. <p>So next time you find yourself in a social gathering or a casual conversation, remember the power of storytelling to break the ice and leave a lasting impression. Engage your audience with vivid details, varied vocabulary, and expressive delivery to make your anecdotes come to life. Practice and have fun.</p>
  561. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  562. <h3>Next Conversation Tip Lesson</h3>
  563. <p><a href="/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/tips-for-talking-about-probability-and-making-predictions/">Tips for Talking about Probability and Making Predictions</a></p>
  564. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  565. <h3>Related Conversation Lessons</h3>
  566. <p>None</p>
  567. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  568. <h2>Practice Conversation with HiCafe App</h2>
  569. <p>By using <a href="/home">HiCafe</a> App, you can join free discussion events and <a href="/practice-english-conversation/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Practice English Conversation</a> online or in-person and improve your verbal skills.</p>
  570. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  571. <h2>All Conversation Lessons</h2>
  572. <p>To see and read all of our conversation lessons, you can visit our <a href="/improve-english-speaking-skills/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Improve English Speaking Skills</a> page.</p><p>The post <a href="https://hicafe.app/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/conversation-tips-for-telling-a-story/">Conversation Tips for Telling a Story</a> first appeared on <a href="https://hicafe.app">HiCafe</a>.</p>]]></content:encoded>
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  574. <item>
  575. <title>Conversation Tips for Talking about Fears</title>
  576. <link>https://hicafe.app/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/conversation-tips-for-talking-about-fears/</link>
  577. <dc:creator><![CDATA[hcbMatt]]></dc:creator>
  578. <pubDate>Mon, 22 Jul 2024 06:55:01 +0000</pubDate>
  579. <category><![CDATA[Tips]]></category>
  580. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://hicafe.app/?p=4851</guid>
  581.  
  582. <description><![CDATA[<p>&#160; Fear is a powerful emotion, and English has a rich vocabulary to describe its various shades and intensities. From mild unease to absolute terror, this lesson provides a comprehensive guide to expressing fear in English, with words, expressions, and examples to help you communicate your feelings effectively. &#160; Previous Conversation Tip Lesson Tips for [&#8230;]</p>
  583. <p>The post <a href="https://hicafe.app/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/conversation-tips-for-talking-about-fears/">Conversation Tips for Talking about Fears</a> first appeared on <a href="https://hicafe.app">HiCafe</a>.</p>]]></description>
  584. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>&nbsp;</p>
  585. <p>Fear is a powerful emotion, and English has a rich vocabulary to describe its various shades and intensities. From mild unease to absolute terror, this lesson provides a comprehensive guide to expressing fear in English, with words, expressions, and examples to help you communicate your feelings effectively.</p>
  586. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  587. <h3>Previous Conversation Tip Lesson</h3>
  588. <p><a href="/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/tips-for-talking-about-beliefs-and-opinions/">Tips for Talking about Beliefs and Opinions</a></p>
  589. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  590. <h2>How to Talk about Fear in English</h2>
  591. <h3>Words</h3>
  592. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  593. <ul>
  594. <li aria-level="1"><strong>Afraid</strong>: I&#8217;m afraid of heights, so I won&#8217;t go near the edge of the cliff.</li>
  595. </ul>
  596. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  597. <ul>
  598. <li aria-level="1"><strong>Frightened</strong>: I was frightened of being left by myself in the house.</li>
  599. </ul>
  600. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  601. <ul>
  602. <li aria-level="1"><strong>Scared</strong>: She was scared to be alone in the house at night.</li>
  603. </ul>
  604. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  605. <ul>
  606. <li aria-level="1"><strong>Feel uneasy</strong>: I felt uneasy about the strange noises coming from the attic.</li>
  607. </ul>
  608. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  609. <ul>
  610. <li aria-level="1"><strong>Spooked</strong>: I’m not easily spooked.</li>
  611. </ul>
  612. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  613. <ul>
  614. <li aria-level="1"><strong>Terrified</strong>: John is terrified of heights.</li>
  615. </ul>
  616. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  617. <ul>
  618. <li aria-level="1"><strong>Petrified</strong>: I was petrified when the car skidded on the ice.</li>
  619. </ul>
  620. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  621. <h3>Expressions</h3>
  622. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  623. <ul>
  624. <li aria-level="1">A terrifying ordeal</li>
  625. </ul>
  626. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  627. <ul>
  628. <li aria-level="1">Send shivers down my spine</li>
  629. </ul>
  630. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  631. <ul>
  632. <li aria-level="1">Scare the hell out of me</li>
  633. </ul>
  634. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  635. <ul>
  636. <li aria-level="1">Frighten me to death</li>
  637. </ul>
  638. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  639. <ul>
  640. <li aria-level="1">Frighten the life out of me</li>
  641. </ul>
  642. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  643. <ul>
  644. <li aria-level="1">Shake with fear</li>
  645. </ul>
  646. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  647. <ul>
  648. <li aria-level="1">Jump out of my skin</li>
  649. </ul>
  650. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  651. <h3>Examples of talking about fear in English</h3>
  652. <ol>
  653. <li>I love watching horror movies, but I admit, I sometimes have to close my eyes during the really scary parts. I was <b>petrified</b> during that scene with the killer in the closet! It really <strong>frightens me to death</strong>.</li>
  654. <li>I&#8217;m really <b>afraid of </b>spiders. It&#8217;s not rational, but even a tiny spider can <strong>scare the hell out of me</strong>. I&#8217;m <strong>scared</strong> to go into my basement because I know there are spiders down there!</li>
  655. <li>I was <b>terrified</b> to give my presentation, but once I started speaking, I calmed down. My heart was racing, and I was s<b>haking with fear.</b> I really thought I was going to faint!</li>
  656. </ol>
  657. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  658. <h3>Conclusion</h3>
  659. <p>In English, the language is rich with words and expressions that vividly capture the essence of fear, making storytelling about frightening experiences more compelling. Whether it&#8217;s the fearful scenes from a horror film or the simple phrase that makes your hairs stand up, fear is a universal emotion that can be powerfully expressed through the diverse vocabulary provided by the English language. So next time you find yourself in a uncomfortable situation, remember the array of words and expressions available to articulate your fear effectively.</p>
  660. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  661. <h3>Next Conversation Tip Lesson</h3>
  662. <p><a href="/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/conversation-tips-for-telling-a-story/">Conversation Tips for Telling a Story</a></p>
  663. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  664. <h3>Related Conversation Lessons</h3>
  665. <p>None</p>
  666. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  667. <h2>Practice Conversation with HiCafe App</h2>
  668. <p>By using <a href="/home">HiCafe</a> App, you can join free discussion events and <a href="/practice-english-conversation/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Practice English Conversation</a> online or in-person and improve your verbal skills.</p>
  669. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  670. <h2>All Conversation Lessons</h2>
  671. <p>To see and read all of our conversation lessons, you can visit our <a href="/improve-english-speaking-skills/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Improve English Speaking Skills</a> page.</p><p>The post <a href="https://hicafe.app/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/conversation-tips-for-talking-about-fears/">Conversation Tips for Talking about Fears</a> first appeared on <a href="https://hicafe.app">HiCafe</a>.</p>]]></content:encoded>
  672. </item>
  673. <item>
  674. <title>Tips for Talking about Beliefs and Opinions</title>
  675. <link>https://hicafe.app/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/tips-for-talking-about-beliefs-and-opinions/</link>
  676. <dc:creator><![CDATA[hcbMatt]]></dc:creator>
  677. <pubDate>Mon, 22 Jul 2024 06:53:51 +0000</pubDate>
  678. <category><![CDATA[Tips]]></category>
  679. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://hicafe.app/?p=4849</guid>
  680.  
  681. <description><![CDATA[<p>&#160; In English, there are various ways to convey your thoughts, from neutrally stating your views to firmly expressing strong convictions. Understanding how to articulate your opinions and beliefs can lead to productive conversations and better mutual understanding. &#160; List of Lesson Topics Giving your opinion neutrally Giving a strong opinion English expressions for asking [&#8230;]</p>
  682. <p>The post <a href="https://hicafe.app/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/tips-for-talking-about-beliefs-and-opinions/">Tips for Talking about Beliefs and Opinions</a> first appeared on <a href="https://hicafe.app">HiCafe</a>.</p>]]></description>
  683. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>&nbsp;</p>
  684. <p>In English, there are various ways to convey your thoughts, from neutrally stating your views to firmly expressing strong convictions. Understanding how to articulate your opinions and beliefs can lead to productive conversations and better mutual understanding.</p>
  685. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  686. <h3>List of Lesson Topics</h3>
  687. <ol>
  688. <li aria-level="1">Giving your opinion neutrally</li>
  689. <li aria-level="1">Giving a strong opinion</li>
  690. <li aria-level="1">English expressions for asking someone’s opinion</li>
  691. <li aria-level="1">Talking about your beliefs</li>
  692. <li aria-level="1">Giving a reason for your beliefs</li>
  693. <li aria-level="1">Talking about your religious beliefs</li>
  694. <li aria-level="1">Talking about your political beliefs</li>
  695. <li aria-level="1">Phrase to exit an uncomfortable discussion</li>
  696. </ol>
  697. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  698. <h3>Previous Conversation Tip Lesson</h3>
  699. <p><a href="/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/100-phrases-for-intermediate-english-speakers/">100 Phrases for Intermediate English Speakers</a></p>
  700. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  701. <h2>Discussing your opinions and beliefs in English</h2>
  702. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  703. <h3>1- Giving your opinion neutrally</h3>
  704. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  705. <ul>
  706. <li aria-level="1">I think…</li>
  707. </ul>
  708. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  709. <ul>
  710. <li aria-level="1">I feel that…”</li>
  711. </ul>
  712. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  713. <ul>
  714. <li aria-level="1">In my opinion…</li>
  715. </ul>
  716. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  717. <ul>
  718. <li aria-level="1">As far as I’m concerned…</li>
  719. </ul>
  720. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  721. <ul>
  722. <li aria-level="1">As I see it…</li>
  723. </ul>
  724. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  725. <ul>
  726. <li aria-level="1">In my view…</li>
  727. </ul>
  728. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  729. <ul>
  730. <li aria-level="1">I tend to think that…</li>
  731. </ul>
  732. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  733. <h3>2- Giving a strong opinion</h3>
  734. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  735. <ul>
  736. <li aria-level="1">I’m absolutely convinced that…</li>
  737. </ul>
  738. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  739. <ul>
  740. <li aria-level="1">I’m sure that…</li>
  741. </ul>
  742. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  743. <ul>
  744. <li aria-level="1">I strongly believe that…</li>
  745. </ul>
  746. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  747. <ul>
  748. <li aria-level="1">I have no doubt that…</li>
  749. </ul>
  750. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  751. <ul>
  752. <li aria-level="1">There’s no doubt in my mind that…</li>
  753. </ul>
  754. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  755. <h3>3- English expressions for asking someone’s opinion</h3>
  756. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  757. <ul>
  758. <li aria-level="1">What do you think?</li>
  759. </ul>
  760. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  761. <ul>
  762. <li aria-level="1">What’s your view?</li>
  763. </ul>
  764. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  765. <ul>
  766. <li aria-level="1">How do you see the situation?</li>
  767. </ul>
  768. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  769. <ul>
  770. <li aria-level="1">What’s your opinion?</li>
  771. </ul>
  772. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  773. <h3>4- Talking about your beliefs</h3>
  774. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  775. <ul>
  776. <li aria-level="1">I believe in…”(the importance of free speech)</li>
  777. </ul>
  778. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  779. <ul>
  780. <li aria-level="1">I’m a (great / firm) believer in …</li>
  781. </ul>
  782. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  783. <ul>
  784. <li aria-level="1">I’m convinced that… (there’s a solution to every problem)</li>
  785. </ul>
  786. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  787. <ul>
  788. <li aria-level="1">I’m passionate about…(women rights)</li>
  789. </ul>
  790. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  791. <ul>
  792. <li aria-level="1">I’m committed to …</li>
  793. </ul>
  794. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  795. <ul>
  796. <li aria-level="1">I don’t believe in …</li>
  797. </ul>
  798. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  799. <ul>
  800. <li aria-level="1">I think that … is (true / complete nonsense, etc)</li>
  801. </ul>
  802. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  803. <p><b>Note</b></p>
  804. <p>After a preposition such as in or about, you need either a noun or a gerund.</p>
  805. <p>After “that”, you need a clause.</p>
  806. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  807. <h3>5- Giving a reason for your beliefs</h3>
  808. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  809. <ul>
  810. <li aria-level="1">There must be / can’t be .. (life after death) because otherwise…</li>
  811. </ul>
  812. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  813. <ul>
  814. <li aria-level="1">There’s no evidence for / to support …”(an afterlife)</li>
  815. </ul>
  816. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  817. <ul>
  818. <li aria-level="1">There’s no other way to explain / account for …</li>
  819. </ul>
  820. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  821. <h3>6- Talking about your religious beliefs</h3>
  822. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  823. <ul>
  824. <li aria-level="1">I’m a practicing … (Catholic, Muslim, Jew etc)</li>
  825. </ul>
  826. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  827. <ul>
  828. <li aria-level="1">I’m a non-observant / lapsed …(Catholic)</li>
  829. </ul>
  830. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  831. <ul>
  832. <li aria-level="1">She’s a devout…(Christian, etc)</li>
  833. </ul>
  834. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  835. <ul>
  836. <li aria-level="1">I’m a ‘don’t know.&#8217;</li>
  837. </ul>
  838. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  839. <ul>
  840. <li aria-level="1">I’m an agnostic.</li>
  841. </ul>
  842. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  843. <ul>
  844. <li aria-level="1">I’m an atheist.</li>
  845. </ul>
  846. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  847. <ul>
  848. <li aria-level="1">He’s an extremist / fundamentalist / evangelist.</li>
  849. </ul>
  850. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  851. <h3>7- Talking about your political beliefs</h3>
  852. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  853. <ul>
  854. <li aria-level="1">I support / back (the Labor Party).</li>
  855. </ul>
  856. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  857. <ul>
  858. <li aria-level="1">I’m a Conservative / Liberal / Socialist / Labor Party supporter.</li>
  859. </ul>
  860. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  861. <ul>
  862. <li aria-level="1">I’m a life-long (Conservative / Labor Party supporter).</li>
  863. </ul>
  864. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  865. <ul>
  866. <li aria-level="1">I’ve always voted (Tory, Liberal etc).</li>
  867. </ul>
  868. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  869. <ul>
  870. <li aria-level="1">He’s a staunch Conservative.</li>
  871. </ul>
  872. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  873. <ul>
  874. <li aria-level="1">She’s a dyed-in-the-wool Marxist.</li>
  875. </ul>
  876. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  877. <h3>Speaking tip</h3>
  878. <p>It&#8217;s generally best to keep discussions about politics and religion to close friends and family. These topics can be sensitive, and bringing them up in casual conversations, especially with colleagues, could lead to awkwardness or even offense. The British, in particular, tend to regard these beliefs as deeply personal and might feel uncomfortable with public debates on such matters.</p>
  879. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  880. <h3>Phrase to exit an uncomfortable discussion</h3>
  881. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  882. <ul>
  883. <li aria-level="1">I’m not really comfortable talking about… if you don’t mind.</li>
  884. </ul>
  885. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  886. <ul>
  887. <li aria-level="1">I’d rather not discuss my (political) beliefs if you don’t mind.</li>
  888. </ul>
  889. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  890. <ul>
  891. <li aria-level="1">I’m not sure this is the right time / place to discuss …</li>
  892. </ul>
  893. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  894. <h3>Conclusion</h3>
  895. <p>Remember, while sharing your beliefs is important, it&#8217;s crucial to be respectful of others&#8217; opinions, even when they differ from your own. By using the phrases in this lesson, you can express your views thoughtfully and engage in meaningful discussions.</p>
  896. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  897. <h3>Next Conversation Tip Lesson</h3>
  898. <p><a href="/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/conversation-tips-for-talking-about-fears/">Conversation Tips for Talking about Fears</a></p>
  899. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  900. <h3>Related Conversation Lessons</h3>
  901. <p>None</p>
  902. <p>&nbsp;</p>
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  905. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  906. <h2>All Conversation Lessons</h2>
  907. <p>To see and read all of our conversation lessons, you can visit our <a href="/improve-english-speaking-skills/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Improve English Speaking Skills</a> page.</p><p>The post <a href="https://hicafe.app/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/tips-for-talking-about-beliefs-and-opinions/">Tips for Talking about Beliefs and Opinions</a> first appeared on <a href="https://hicafe.app">HiCafe</a>.</p>]]></content:encoded>
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  910. <title>100 Phrases for Intermediate English Speakers</title>
  911. <link>https://hicafe.app/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/100-phrases-for-intermediate-english-speakers/</link>
  912. <dc:creator><![CDATA[hcbMatt]]></dc:creator>
  913. <pubDate>Mon, 22 Jul 2024 06:52:21 +0000</pubDate>
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  916.  
  917. <description><![CDATA[<p>&#160; Are you looking to level up your English conversation skills? Look no further! In this lesson, we&#8217;ll explore over 100 intermediate English phrases that you can start using right away in your everyday life. From asking for clarification to talking about the weather and discussing your favorite TV shows, these phrases will help you [&#8230;]</p>
  918. <p>The post <a href="https://hicafe.app/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/100-phrases-for-intermediate-english-speakers/">100 Phrases for Intermediate English Speakers</a> first appeared on <a href="https://hicafe.app">HiCafe</a>.</p>]]></description>
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  920. <p>Are you looking to level up your English conversation skills? Look no further! In this lesson, we&#8217;ll explore over 100 intermediate English phrases that you can start using right away in your everyday life. From asking for clarification to talking about the weather and discussing your favorite TV shows, these phrases will help you navigate various situations with ease and confidence.</p>
  921. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  922. <h3>Previous Conversation Tip Lesson</h3>
  923. <p><a href="/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/conversation-tips-for-making-advanced-suggestions/">Conversation Tips for Making Advanced Suggestions</a></p>
  924. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  925. <h2>100+ practical phrases for speaking English</h2>
  926. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  927. <h3>List of lesson topics</h3>
  928. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  929. <ul>
  930. <li aria-level="1">5 Ways to Ask for Clarification</li>
  931. <li aria-level="1">5 Ways to Check if the Other Person Understands You</li>
  932. <li aria-level="1">5 Ways to Ask for Help</li>
  933. <li aria-level="1">5 Ways to Ask Someone Else to Do Something</li>
  934. <li aria-level="1">5 Ways to Interrupt Someone</li>
  935. <li aria-level="1">10 Ways to Encourage Someone</li>
  936. <li aria-level="1">5 Phrases for Complaining</li>
  937. <li aria-level="1">10 Phrases for Remembering, Reminding, &amp; Forgetting</li>
  938. <li aria-level="1">10 Phrases for Saying Something is Easy &amp; Difficult</li>
  939. <li aria-level="1">10 Expressions about Age</li>
  940. <li aria-level="1">10 Phrases for Shopping</li>
  941. <li aria-level="1">10 Phrases for Talking about Food</li>
  942. <li aria-level="1">10 Phrases for Talking About TV</li>
  943. <li aria-level="1">10 Phrases You’ll Hear in the Airport</li>
  944. <li aria-level="1">10 Ways to Talk About Price</li>
  945. <li aria-level="1">5 Phrases for Hot Weather</li>
  946. <li aria-level="1">5 Phrases for Cold Weather</li>
  947. <li aria-level="1">5 Phrases for Talking about Rain</li>
  948. <li aria-level="1">10 Ways to Say You’re Tired</li>
  949. <li aria-level="1">5 Phrases for Promises &amp; Resolutions</li>
  950. <li aria-level="1">10 Excuses for Being Late</li>
  951. <li aria-level="1">5 Ways to Say Someone is Correct</li>
  952. <li aria-level="1">5 Ways to Say Someone is Wrong</li>
  953. <li aria-level="1">5 Ways to Say Someone is Smart</li>
  954. <li aria-level="1">5 Ways to Say Someone is Stupid</li>
  955. </ul>
  956. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  957. <h3>5 Ways to Ask for Clarification</h3>
  958. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  959. <ul>
  960. <li aria-level="1">Pardon?</li>
  961. </ul>
  962. <p>(if you didn’t hear or understand what the person said)</p>
  963. <ul>
  964. <li aria-level="1">Would you mind repeating that?</li>
  965. <li aria-level="1">What do you mean?</li>
  966. </ul>
  967. <p>(asking for more information)</p>
  968. <ul>
  969. <li aria-level="1">I’m not sure I follow you.</li>
  970. </ul>
  971. <p>(= I don’t understand)</p>
  972. <ul>
  973. <li aria-level="1">Could you explain… ?</li>
  974. </ul>
  975. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  976. <h3>5 Ways to Check if the Other Person Understands You</h3>
  977. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  978. <ul>
  979. <li aria-level="1">Do you understand what I’m saying?</li>
  980. <li aria-level="1">Does that make sense?</li>
  981. <li aria-level="1">Do you know what I mean?</li>
  982. <li aria-level="1">Are you with me so far?</li>
  983. </ul>
  984. <p>(often used in the middle of a long explanation or instructions)</p>
  985. <ul>
  986. <li aria-level="1">Is that clear?</li>
  987. </ul>
  988. <p>(often used after giving orders, or expressing disapproval or another negative attitude)</p>
  989. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  990. <h3>5 Ways to Ask for Help</h3>
  991. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  992. <ul>
  993. <li aria-level="1">I need a little help.</li>
  994. <li aria-level="1">Could you help me out?</li>
  995. <li aria-level="1">Could you give me a hand?</li>
  996. </ul>
  997. <p>(usually used for physical tasks)</p>
  998. <ul>
  999. <li aria-level="1">Could you spare a couple minutes?</li>
  1000. <li aria-level="1">Could you do me a favor?</li>
  1001. </ul>
  1002. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1003. <h3>5 Ways to Ask Someone Else to Do Something</h3>
  1004. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1005. <ul>
  1006. <li aria-level="1">(more formal) Would you mind… [shutting the door]?</li>
  1007. <li aria-level="1">Could you please… [open the window]?</li>
  1008. <li aria-level="1">(informal) Can you… [pass me the salt]?</li>
  1009. <li aria-level="1">Please… [send me the report].</li>
  1010. <li aria-level="1">I’d appreciate it if you could… [buy some flowers on the way].</li>
  1011. </ul>
  1012. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1013. <h3>5 Ways to Interrupt Someone</h3>
  1014. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1015. <ul>
  1016. <li aria-level="1">Sorry to interrupt, but…</li>
  1017. <li aria-level="1">Excuse me – could I talk to you for a minute? / do you have a minute?</li>
  1018. </ul>
  1019. <p>(when interrupting a conversation between two other people, to talk to one of them)</p>
  1020. <ul>
  1021. <li aria-level="1">Could I jump in here?</li>
  1022. </ul>
  1023. <p>(use this when interrupting a discussion among many people)</p>
  1024. <ul>
  1025. <li aria-level="1">Sorry – I just want to say that…</li>
  1026. <li aria-level="1">(formal) May I have a word?</li>
  1027. </ul>
  1028. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1029. <h3>10 Ways to Encourage Someone</h3>
  1030. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1031. <ul>
  1032. <li aria-level="1">Keep up the good work!</li>
  1033. <li aria-level="1">That was a nice try.</li>
  1034. </ul>
  1035. <p>(say this after someone made a good effort but failed)</p>
  1036. <ul>
  1037. <li aria-level="1">That’s a real improvement.</li>
  1038. <li aria-level="1">You’re on the right track.</li>
  1039. <li aria-level="1">You’ve almost got it.</li>
  1040. <li aria-level="1">You’re doing great.</li>
  1041. <li aria-level="1">Don’t give up! / Hang in there!</li>
  1042. </ul>
  1043. <p>(when someone is currently having difficulties)</p>
  1044. <ul>
  1045. <li aria-level="1">You can do it!</li>
  1046. <li aria-level="1">Give it your best shot.</li>
  1047. </ul>
  1048. <p>(best shot = best try, best effort)</p>
  1049. <ul>
  1050. <li aria-level="1">Nice job! / You did great!</li>
  1051. </ul>
  1052. <p>(after the person has done something good)</p>
  1053. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1054. <h3>5 English Phrases for Complaining</h3>
  1055. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1056. <ul>
  1057. <li aria-level="1">I’m not happy about this.</li>
  1058. <li aria-level="1">I’m sorry, but this is unacceptable.</li>
  1059. <li aria-level="1">I’m not very satisfied with… [ex. this product / this situation]</li>
  1060. <li aria-level="1">(informal) I can’t stand it when… [ex. the internet is slow]</li>
  1061. <li aria-level="1">(informal) This sucks.</li>
  1062. </ul>
  1063. <h3>10 Phrases for Remembering, Reminding, &amp; Forgetting</h3>
  1064. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1065. <ul>
  1066. <li aria-level="1">I’ll always remember… / I’ll never forget…</li>
  1067. <li aria-level="1">If I remember correctly… / As far as I can recall…</li>
  1068. <li aria-level="1">I have a vague recollection of…</li>
  1069. <li aria-level="1">It’s on the tip of my tongue.</li>
  1070. </ul>
  1071. <p>(=I’m trying to remember, but I can’t quite remember)</p>
  1072. <ul>
  1073. <li aria-level="1">My mind went blank.</li>
  1074. </ul>
  1075. <p>(= I couldn’t remember/think of anything)</p>
  1076. <ul>
  1077. <li aria-level="1">It doesn’t ring a bell.</li>
  1078. </ul>
  1079. <p>(=it doesn’t sound familiar)</p>
  1080. <ul>
  1081. <li aria-level="1">Please remember to… / Please don’t forget to…</li>
  1082. <li aria-level="1">I’d like to remind you about…</li>
  1083. <li aria-level="1">You haven’t forgotten to/about… have you?</li>
  1084. <li aria-level="1">It completely slipped my mind!</li>
  1085. </ul>
  1086. <p>(= I completely forgot about it!)</p>
  1087. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1088. <h3>10 English Phrases for Saying Something is Easy &amp; Difficult</h3>
  1089. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1090. <ul>
  1091. <li aria-level="1">It’s a piece of cake.</li>
  1092. <li aria-level="1">It’s a cinch.</li>
  1093. <li aria-level="1">It’s a breeze.</li>
  1094. <li aria-level="1">Anyone can do it.</li>
  1095. <li aria-level="1">There’s nothing to it.</li>
  1096. <li aria-level="1">It’s hard.</li>
  1097. <li aria-level="1">It’s a bit tricky.</li>
  1098. <li aria-level="1">It’s really tough.</li>
  1099. <li aria-level="1">It’s not a walk in the park.</li>
  1100. <li aria-level="1">It’s very demanding.</li>
  1101. </ul>
  1102. <p>(= it takes a lot of time and energy)</p>
  1103. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1104. <h3>10 Expressions about Age</h3>
  1105. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1106. <ul>
  1107. <li aria-level="1">She’s in her early twenties.</li>
  1108. </ul>
  1109. <p>(=20-23 years old)</p>
  1110. <ul>
  1111. <li aria-level="1">He’s in his late thirties.</li>
  1112. </ul>
  1113. <p>(=37-39 years old)</p>
  1114. <ul>
  1115. <li aria-level="1">She just turned six.</li>
  1116. <li aria-level="1">Act your age!</li>
  1117. </ul>
  1118. <p>(use this when an adult is being immature, acting like a child)</p>
  1119. <ul>
  1120. <li aria-level="1">I’m not as young as I used to be.</li>
  1121. <li aria-level="1">I’m not over the hill yet!</li>
  1122. </ul>
  1123. <p>(over the hill = an informal expression to say “old”)</p>
  1124. <ul>
  1125. <li aria-level="1">He’s no spring chicken.</li>
  1126. </ul>
  1127. <p>(= he’s not young)</p>
  1128. <ul>
  1129. <li aria-level="1">She’s wise beyond her years.</li>
  1130. </ul>
  1131. <p>(she is young, but she has the wisdom of an older person)</p>
  1132. <ul>
  1133. <li aria-level="1">I’m having a senior moment.</li>
  1134. </ul>
  1135. <p>(= I’m being forgetful)</p>
  1136. <ul>
  1137. <li aria-level="1">He lived to a ripe old age.</li>
  1138. </ul>
  1139. <p>(= a very old age)</p>
  1140. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1141. <h3>10 Phrases for Shopping</h3>
  1142. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1143. <ul>
  1144. <li aria-level="1">Do you have… ?</li>
  1145. <li aria-level="1">Where can I find… ?</li>
  1146. <li aria-level="1">I’m just browsing.</li>
  1147. </ul>
  1148. <p>(browsing = looking casually)</p>
  1149. <ul>
  1150. <li aria-level="1">I’m looking for…</li>
  1151. <li aria-level="1">How much is this?</li>
  1152. <li aria-level="1">Is this on sale?</li>
  1153. <li aria-level="1">Can I try it on?</li>
  1154. </ul>
  1155. <p>(use this to ask if you can put on clothing to see if it’s the right size)</p>
  1156. <ul>
  1157. <li aria-level="1">I’ll take it!</li>
  1158. <li aria-level="1">Do you take credit cards?</li>
  1159. <li aria-level="1">I’d like to return/exchange this.</li>
  1160. </ul>
  1161. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1162. <h3>10 English Phrases for Talking about Food</h3>
  1163. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1164. <ul>
  1165. <li aria-level="1">I’m starving!</li>
  1166. </ul>
  1167. <p>(= I’m very hungry)</p>
  1168. <ul>
  1169. <li aria-level="1">Let’s grab a bite to eat.</li>
  1170. <li aria-level="1">How about eating out tonight?</li>
  1171. </ul>
  1172. <p>(eat out = eat at a restaurant)</p>
  1173. <ul>
  1174. <li aria-level="1">I brought some snacks.</li>
  1175. <li aria-level="1">This soup is delicious!</li>
  1176. <li aria-level="1">Could I have another helping of… [potatoes]?</li>
  1177. </ul>
  1178. <p>(another helping = another portion)</p>
  1179. <ul>
  1180. <li aria-level="1">I’ll have…</li>
  1181. </ul>
  1182. <p>(use this phrase for ordering in a restaurant)</p>
  1183. <ul>
  1184. <li aria-level="1">Could we get the check, please?</li>
  1185. <li aria-level="1">I’m full.</li>
  1186. </ul>
  1187. <p>(= I’m satisfied)</p>
  1188. <ul>
  1189. <li aria-level="1">I’m stuffed.</li>
  1190. </ul>
  1191. <p>(= I ate a LOT, maybe too much!)</p>
  1192. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1193. <h3>10 Phrases for Talking About TV</h3>
  1194. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1195. <ul>
  1196. <li aria-level="1">Where’s the remote?</li>
  1197. </ul>
  1198. <p>(remote = remote control)</p>
  1199. <ul>
  1200. <li aria-level="1">Is there anything good on?</li>
  1201. <li aria-level="1">Can I change the channel?</li>
  1202. <li aria-level="1">I’ve already seen this episode.</li>
  1203. <li aria-level="1">This is a rerun.</li>
  1204. </ul>
  1205. <p>(rerun = an old episode that was already shown on TV previously)</p>
  1206. <ul>
  1207. <li aria-level="1">I love this show!</li>
  1208. <li aria-level="1">There are too many commercials.</li>
  1209. <li aria-level="1">Stop channel-surfing.</li>
  1210. </ul>
  1211. <p>(channel-surfing = changing the channel quickly)</p>
  1212. <ul>
  1213. <li aria-level="1">Check the TV guide.</li>
  1214. </ul>
  1215. <p>(the TV guide has the information about the TV programming and schedule)</p>
  1216. <ul>
  1217. <li aria-level="1">It’s the season finale!</li>
  1218. </ul>
  1219. <p>(= the final episode of the season)</p>
  1220. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1221. <h3>10 English Phrases You’ll Hear in the Airport</h3>
  1222. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1223. <ul>
  1224. <li aria-level="1">Do you have any bags to check?</li>
  1225. <li aria-level="1">Would you like a window seat or an aisle seat?</li>
  1226. </ul>
  1227. <p>(aisle = corridor)</p>
  1228. <ul>
  1229. <li aria-level="1">Here’s your boarding pass.</li>
  1230. </ul>
  1231. <p>(boarding pass = the paper that permits you to enter the plane)</p>
  1232. <ul>
  1233. <li aria-level="1">Your flight leaves from gate 15.</li>
  1234. <li aria-level="1">Your seat number is 8F.</li>
  1235. <li aria-level="1">Flight 800 is now boarding.</li>
  1236. </ul>
  1237. <p>(boarding = passengers can enter the plane)</p>
  1238. <ul>
  1239. <li aria-level="1">Your flight has been delayed.</li>
  1240. <li aria-level="1">Your flight has been canceled.</li>
  1241. <li aria-level="1">This is the final call for flight 800.</li>
  1242. <li aria-level="1">What is the purpose of your trip?</li>
  1243. </ul>
  1244. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1245. <h3>10 Ways to Talk About Price</h3>
  1246. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1247. <ul>
  1248. <li aria-level="1">It cost a fortune.</li>
  1249. <li aria-level="1">It cost an arm and a leg.</li>
  1250. <li aria-level="1">That’s a rip-off.</li>
  1251. </ul>
  1252. <p>(= overpriced; far more expensive than it should be)</p>
  1253. <ul>
  1254. <li aria-level="1">I can’t afford it.</li>
  1255. </ul>
  1256. <p>(= I don’t have enough money to buy it)</p>
  1257. <ul>
  1258. <li aria-level="1">That’s a bit pricey.</li>
  1259. <li aria-level="1">That’s quite reasonable.</li>
  1260. </ul>
  1261. <p>(= it’s a good price)</p>
  1262. <ul>
  1263. <li aria-level="1">It’s 20% off.</li>
  1264. </ul>
  1265. <p>(= there’s a 20% discount)</p>
  1266. <ul>
  1267. <li aria-level="1">That’s a good deal.</li>
  1268. </ul>
  1269. <p>(= a good value for the amount of money)</p>
  1270. <ul>
  1271. <li aria-level="1">It was a real bargain.</li>
  1272. <li aria-level="1">It was dirt cheap.</li>
  1273. </ul>
  1274. <p>(= extremely inexpensive)</p>
  1275. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1276. <h3>5 Phrases for Hot Weather</h3>
  1277. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1278. <ul>
  1279. <li aria-level="1">It’s nice and warm today.</li>
  1280. <li aria-level="1">It’s absolutely boiling!</li>
  1281. </ul>
  1282. <p>(boiling = extremely hot)</p>
  1283. <ul>
  1284. <li aria-level="1">We’re having a real heat wave.</li>
  1285. </ul>
  1286. <p>(heat wave = many consecutive days of hot weather)</p>
  1287. <ul>
  1288. <li aria-level="1">The sun’s really strong today.</li>
  1289. <li aria-level="1">It’s hot and humid.</li>
  1290. </ul>
  1291. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1292. <h3>5 Phrases for Cold Weather</h3>
  1293. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1294. <ul>
  1295. <li aria-level="1">It’s a little chilly.</li>
  1296. <li aria-level="1">It’s freezing.</li>
  1297. </ul>
  1298. <p>(= extremely cold)</p>
  1299. <ul>
  1300. <li aria-level="1">The temperature’s dropping.</li>
  1301. <li aria-level="1">Make sure to bundle up.</li>
  1302. </ul>
  1303. <p>(bundle up = put on warm clothes for protection against the cold)</p>
  1304. <ul>
  1305. <li aria-level="1">We’re expecting some winter weather.</li>
  1306. </ul>
  1307. <p>(winter weather = snow, hail, sleet, ice, etc.)</p>
  1308. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1309. <h3>5 Phrases for Talking about Rain</h3>
  1310. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1311. <ul>
  1312. <li aria-level="1">It’s drizzling.</li>
  1313. </ul>
  1314. <p>(= raining lightly)</p>
  1315. <ul>
  1316. <li aria-level="1">It’s pouring.</li>
  1317. </ul>
  1318. <p>(= raining heavily)</p>
  1319. <ul>
  1320. <li aria-level="1">It’s raining cats and dogs.</li>
  1321. </ul>
  1322. <p>(= raining heavily)</p>
  1323. <ul>
  1324. <li aria-level="1">I got caught in a downpour.</li>
  1325. <li aria-level="1">I think the rain’s letting up.</li>
  1326. </ul>
  1327. <p>(letting up = getting lighter and stopping)</p>
  1328. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1329. <h3>10 Ways to Say You’re Tired</h3>
  1330. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1331. <ul>
  1332. <li aria-level="1">I’m exhausted.</li>
  1333. <li aria-level="1">I’m dead tired.</li>
  1334. <li aria-level="1">I’m pooped.</li>
  1335. </ul>
  1336. <ul>
  1337. <li aria-level="1">I’m spent.</li>
  1338. <li aria-level="1">I’m beat.</li>
  1339. <li aria-level="1">I’m running on fumes. / I’m running on empty.</li>
  1340. <li aria-level="1">I can hardly keep my eyes open.</li>
  1341. <li aria-level="1">I’m off to bed.</li>
  1342. <li aria-level="1">I’m gonna hit the sack.</li>
  1343. </ul>
  1344. <p>(hit the sack = go to bed)</p>
  1345. <ul>
  1346. <li aria-level="1">It’s bedtime for me.</li>
  1347. </ul>
  1348. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1349. <h3>5 English Phrases for Promises &amp; Resolutions</h3>
  1350. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1351. <ul>
  1352. <li aria-level="1">I really should…</li>
  1353. <li aria-level="1">I promise that I’ll…</li>
  1354. <li aria-level="1">I swear I’ll / I won’t…</li>
  1355. </ul>
  1356. <p>(a very strong promise)</p>
  1357. <ul>
  1358. <li aria-level="1">No matter what happens, I’m going to…</li>
  1359. <li aria-level="1">Come hell or high water, I’ll…</li>
  1360. </ul>
  1361. <p>#4 and #5 express your determination to do something, even if obstacles appear.</p>
  1362. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1363. <h3>10 Excuses for Being Late</h3>
  1364. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1365. <ul>
  1366. <li aria-level="1">Sorry I’m late.</li>
  1367. <li aria-level="1">I overslept.</li>
  1368. </ul>
  1369. <p>(= I slept longer than I should have)</p>
  1370. <ul>
  1371. <li aria-level="1">My alarm didn’t go off.</li>
  1372. <li aria-level="1">I had to wait ages for a bus.</li>
  1373. </ul>
  1374. <p>(ages = a very long time)</p>
  1375. <ul>
  1376. <li aria-level="1">The bus was late.</li>
  1377. <li aria-level="1">The traffic was terrible.</li>
  1378. <li aria-level="1">I couldn’t find a parking spot.</li>
  1379. <li aria-level="1">I got lost coming here.</li>
  1380. <li aria-level="1">I was tied up in a meeting.</li>
  1381. </ul>
  1382. <p>(tied up = occupied, impossible to escape)</p>
  1383. <ul>
  1384. <li aria-level="1">I just lost track of time.</li>
  1385. </ul>
  1386. <p>(= I didn’t notice what time it was)</p>
  1387. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1388. <h3>5 Ways to Say Someone is Correct</h3>
  1389. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1390. <ul>
  1391. <li aria-level="1">That’s right.</li>
  1392. <li aria-level="1">That’s spot on.</li>
  1393. <li aria-level="1">You’ve hit the nail on the head. / You’ve nailed it.</li>
  1394. <li aria-level="1">I suppose so.</li>
  1395. </ul>
  1396. <p>(use this when you agree, but you are not completely convinced)</p>
  1397. <ul>
  1398. <li aria-level="1">I’m afraid you’re right.</li>
  1399. </ul>
  1400. <p>(use this in response to bad news, to say the bad news is correct)</p>
  1401. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1402. <h3>5 Ways to Say Someone is Wrong</h3>
  1403. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1404. <ul>
  1405. <li aria-level="1">I’m afraid that’s not quite right.</li>
  1406. <li aria-level="1">I’m afraid you’re mistaken.</li>
  1407. <li aria-level="1">No, you’ve got it wrong.</li>
  1408. <li aria-level="1">No, that’s all wrong.</li>
  1409. <li aria-level="1">(informal – rude) / Bullshit.</li>
  1410. </ul>
  1411. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1412. <h3>5 Ways to Say Someone is Smart</h3>
  1413. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1414. <ul>
  1415. <li aria-level="1">He’s really sharp.</li>
  1416. <li aria-level="1">She’s brilliant.</li>
  1417. <li aria-level="1">He’s very bright.</li>
  1418. <li aria-level="1">She’s a genius.</li>
  1419. <li aria-level="1">He’s a smart cookie.</li>
  1420. </ul>
  1421. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1422. <h3>5 Ways to Say Someone is Stupid</h3>
  1423. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1424. <ul>
  1425. <li aria-level="1">He’s not the sharpest tool in the shed.</li>
  1426. <li aria-level="1">She’s a few cards short of a deck.</li>
  1427. <li aria-level="1">He’s a bit slow.</li>
  1428. </ul>
  1429. <ul>
  1430. <li aria-level="1">She’s a complete idiot.</li>
  1431. <li aria-level="1">He’s really dumb.</li>
  1432. </ul>
  1433. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1434. <h3>Conclusion</h3>
  1435. <p>With this extensive collection of phrases, you’ll be ready to express yourself more confidently in a wide range of everyday situations. Remember, right practice makes perfect! Use these phrases in your daily conversations and you’ll soon find yourself speaking English with greater ease and fluency.</p>
  1436. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1437. <h3>Next Conversation Tip Lesson</h3>
  1438. <p><a href="/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/tips-for-talking-about-beliefs-and-opinions/">Tips for Talking about Beliefs and Opinions</a></p>
  1439. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1440. <h3>Related Conversation Lessons</h3>
  1441. <p>None</p>
  1442. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1443. <h2>Practice Conversation with HiCafe App</h2>
  1444. <p>By using <a href="/home">HiCafe</a> App, you can join free discussion events and <a href="/practice-english-conversation/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Practice English Conversation</a> online or in-person and improve your verbal skills.</p>
  1445. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1446. <h2>All Conversation Lessons</h2>
  1447. <p>To see and read all of our conversation lessons, you can visit our <a href="/improve-english-speaking-skills/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Improve English Speaking Skills</a> page.</p><p>The post <a href="https://hicafe.app/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/100-phrases-for-intermediate-english-speakers/">100 Phrases for Intermediate English Speakers</a> first appeared on <a href="https://hicafe.app">HiCafe</a>.</p>]]></content:encoded>
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  1449. <item>
  1450. <title>Conversation Tips for Making Advanced Suggestions</title>
  1451. <link>https://hicafe.app/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/conversation-tips-for-making-advanced-suggestions/</link>
  1452. <dc:creator><![CDATA[hcbMatt]]></dc:creator>
  1453. <pubDate>Mon, 22 Jul 2024 06:48:14 +0000</pubDate>
  1454. <category><![CDATA[Tips]]></category>
  1455. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://hicafe.app/?p=4845</guid>
  1456.  
  1457. <description><![CDATA[<p>&#160; This lesson will explore seven advanced phrases for making suggestions that sound more natural and less forceful, allowing you to offer advice without sounding preachy. By incorporating advanced phrases, you can sound more natural and considerate in your communication. &#160; Previous Conversation Tip Lesson Conversation Tips for Making Generalization &#160; English Phrases for Making [&#8230;]</p>
  1458. <p>The post <a href="https://hicafe.app/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/conversation-tips-for-making-advanced-suggestions/">Conversation Tips for Making Advanced Suggestions</a> first appeared on <a href="https://hicafe.app">HiCafe</a>.</p>]]></description>
  1459. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>&nbsp;</p>
  1460. <p>This lesson will explore seven advanced phrases for making suggestions that sound more natural and less forceful, allowing you to offer advice without sounding preachy. By incorporating advanced phrases, you can sound more natural and considerate in your communication.</p>
  1461. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1462. <h3>Previous Conversation Tip Lesson</h3>
  1463. <p><a href="/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/conversation-tips-for-making-generalization/">Conversation Tips for Making Generalization</a></p>
  1464. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1465. <h2>English Phrases for Making Suggestions</h2>
  1466. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1467. <h3>How to make suggestions</h3>
  1468. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1469. <ul>
  1470. <li aria-level="1"><b>I thought we might / could …</b></li>
  1471. </ul>
  1472. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1473. <p>When suggesting something, using past modals like &#8220;might&#8221; and &#8220;could&#8221; creates a sense of distance and makes the suggestion sound less forceful. This allows the recipient to disagree without feeling pressured or offended, promoting a more open conversation.</p>
  1474. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1475. <ul>
  1476. <li aria-level="1">I thought we might try that new coffee shop downtown. They have amazing pastries.</li>
  1477. <li aria-level="1">I thought we could take a weekend trip to the mountains. It would be nice to get away.</li>
  1478. </ul>
  1479. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1480. <p>You can also use this phrase with “I”:</p>
  1481. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1482. <ul>
  1483. <li aria-level="1">I thought I might enroll in a drawing class this year.</li>
  1484. </ul>
  1485. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1486. <ul>
  1487. <li aria-level="1"><b>Can’t you ..? / Couldn’t you ..?</b></li>
  1488. </ul>
  1489. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1490. <p>Using the negative form of &#8220;can&#8221; or &#8220;could&#8221; transforms a suggestion into a more forceful request, often implying that the listener should consider the action as a necessity rather than an option. For example:</p>
  1491. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1492. <ul>
  1493. <li aria-level="1">Can’t you just try sending the email again? Maybe there was a connection issue.</li>
  1494. <li aria-level="1">Couldn&#8217;t you ask Sarah to help with the project? She has experience in that area.</li>
  1495. </ul>
  1496. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1497. <ul>
  1498. <li aria-level="1"><b>You could always…</b></li>
  1499. </ul>
  1500. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1501. <p>This is a good alternative to saying “You could”. For example:</p>
  1502. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1503. <ul>
  1504. <li aria-level="1">You could always try taking a break from work and spending some time with family.</li>
  1505. <li aria-level="1">You could always ask your neighbor for help if you need to borrow some tools.</li>
  1506. </ul>
  1507. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1508. <ul>
  1509. <li aria-level="1"><b>You could do worse than…</b></li>
  1510. </ul>
  1511. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1512. <p>When you say this, remember that the verb following “than” is in the infinitive form without “to”:</p>
  1513. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1514. <ul>
  1515. <li aria-level="1">You could do worse than apply for that internship at the tech startup. They’re really innovative.</li>
  1516. <li aria-level="1">You could do worse than try joining the local book club. They have interesting discussions.</li>
  1517. </ul>
  1518. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1519. <ul>
  1520. <li aria-level="1"><b>You may / might as well…</b></li>
  1521. </ul>
  1522. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1523. <p>Remember that the verb following this phrase is also in the infinitive form without “to”. It’s a great phrase for making suggestions because it shows that the suggestion is logical. For example:</p>
  1524. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1525. <ul>
  1526. <li aria-level="1">You might as well finish the project while you&#8217;re at it. It&#8217;ll be off your mind.</li>
  1527. <li aria-level="1">You may as well get a second opinion from a doctor just to be sure.</li>
  1528. </ul>
  1529. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1530. <ul>
  1531. <li aria-level="1"><b>I’m thinking out loud here…</b></li>
  1532. </ul>
  1533. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1534. <p>This phrase is commonly used when someone wants to share an idea or suggestion, but they haven&#8217;t fully fleshed it out yet. By saying it&#8217;s just a thought &#8220;out loud&#8221;, they create space for the other person to offer feedback or critique.</p>
  1535. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1536. <ul>
  1537. <li aria-level="1">I’m thinking out loud here, but maybe we could repaint the kitchen a brighter color.</li>
  1538. <li aria-level="1">I’m thinking out loud here… What if we tried hosting a potluck dinner next month?</li>
  1539. </ul>
  1540. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1541. <ul>
  1542. <li aria-level="1"><b>Well, if you want my opinion…</b></li>
  1543. </ul>
  1544. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1545. <ul>
  1546. <li aria-level="1">Well, if you want my opinion, you should definitely go for the job interview. It seems like a good fit.</li>
  1547. <li aria-level="1">Well, if you want my opinion, I think you should try to save some money for a rainy day.</li>
  1548. </ul>
  1549. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1550. <h3>How to respond to suggestions</h3>
  1551. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1552. <p>Here are some common ways to respond to suggestions:</p>
  1553. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1554. <ul>
  1555. <li aria-level="1">I thought we might / could…</li>
  1556. </ul>
  1557. <p>Yes, good idea.</p>
  1558. <p>Yes, I’d be up for that.</p>
  1559. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1560. <ul>
  1561. <li aria-level="1">Can’t you / Couldn’t you..?</li>
  1562. </ul>
  1563. <p>Well no, I can’t actually.</p>
  1564. <p>Well I could I suppose, but…</p>
  1565. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1566. <ul>
  1567. <li aria-level="1">You could always…</li>
  1568. </ul>
  1569. <p>May as well.” / “Might as well.</p>
  1570. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1571. <ul>
  1572. <li aria-level="1">You could do worse than…</li>
  1573. </ul>
  1574. <p>Yeah, you’re right.</p>
  1575. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1576. <ul>
  1577. <li aria-level="1">You may / might as well…</li>
  1578. </ul>
  1579. <p>Good point.</p>
  1580. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1581. <ul>
  1582. <li aria-level="1">I’m thinking out loud here…</li>
  1583. </ul>
  1584. <p>Hmm, interesting, but don’t you think…</p>
  1585. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1586. <ul>
  1587. <li aria-level="1">Well, if you want my opinion…</li>
  1588. </ul>
  1589. <p>Actually, I don’t!</p>
  1590. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1591. <h3>Conclusion</h3>
  1592. <p>Next time you want to offer a suggestion or respond to one, consider using these advanced phrases. Remember, communication is not just about what you say, but how you say it! So, remember to respond appropriately to suggestions, whether you agree or disagree. By using these phrases, you&#8217;ll be able to express your ideas with greater finesse.</p>
  1593. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1594. <h3>Next Conversation Tip Lesson</h3>
  1595. <p><a href="/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/100-phrases-for-intermediate-english-speakers/">100 Phrases for Intermediate English Speakers</a></p>
  1596. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1597. <h3>Related Conversation Lessons</h3>
  1598. <p>None</p>
  1599. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1600. <h2>Practice Conversation with HiCafe App</h2>
  1601. <p>By using <a href="/home">HiCafe</a> App, you can join free discussion events and <a href="/practice-english-conversation/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Practice English Conversation</a> online or in-person and improve your verbal skills.</p>
  1602. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1603. <h2>All Conversation Lessons</h2>
  1604. <p>To see and read all of our conversation lessons, you can visit our <a href="/improve-english-speaking-skills/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Improve English Speaking Skills</a> page.</p><p>The post <a href="https://hicafe.app/practice-english-speaking/speaking-tips/conversation-tips-for-making-advanced-suggestions/">Conversation Tips for Making Advanced Suggestions</a> first appeared on <a href="https://hicafe.app">HiCafe</a>.</p>]]></content:encoded>
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  1606. <item>
  1607. <title>Idioms Related To People are Liquid</title>
  1608. <link>https://hicafe.app/learn-english/words/essential-idioms-for-speaking-en/idiom-related-to-people-are-liquid/</link>
  1609. <dc:creator><![CDATA[hcbMatt]]></dc:creator>
  1610. <pubDate>Sun, 21 Jul 2024 14:50:45 +0000</pubDate>
  1611. <category><![CDATA[Idioms]]></category>
  1612. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://hicafe.app/?p=5559</guid>
  1613.  
  1614. <description><![CDATA[<p>This is lesson 12 from Idiom Part 1. Each idiom is followed by its definition and examples. After you learn them, you can use them in your daily conversation. &#160; Previous English Idiom Lesson In our previous English idiom lesson, we cover below: Idioms Related To Organizations are Garden &#160; English Idiom Part 1- Lesson [&#8230;]</p>
  1615. <p>The post <a href="https://hicafe.app/learn-english/words/essential-idioms-for-speaking-en/idiom-related-to-people-are-liquid/">Idioms Related To People are Liquid</a> first appeared on <a href="https://hicafe.app">HiCafe</a>.</p>]]></description>
  1616. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>This is lesson 12 from Idiom Part 1. Each idiom is followed by its definition and examples. After you learn them, you can use them in your daily conversation.</p>
  1617. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1618. <h2>Previous English Idiom Lesson</h2>
  1619. <p>In our previous English idiom lesson, we cover below:</p>
  1620. <p><a href="/learn-english/words/essential-idioms-for-speaking-en/idiom-related-to-organizations-are-gardens/">Idioms Related To Organizations are Garden</a></p>
  1621. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1622. <h2>English Idiom Part 1- Lesson 12</h2>
  1623. <p><b>1- Teeming with people= </b>full of people</p>
  1624. <p>The whole area around the stadium is <b>Teeming with people.</b></p>
  1625. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1626. <p><b>2- A ripple of laughter=</b> small wave</p>
  1627. <p>Because of Emma&#8217;s joke, there was<b> a ripple of laughter</b> <i>across the room</i><b><i>.</i></b></p>
  1628. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1629. <p><b>3- Surge= </b>to move quickly and powerfully</p>
  1630. <p>I heard shouting and there was a sudden <b>surge</b> in the crowd.</p>
  1631. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1632. <p><b>4- Make a splash= </b>to get a lot of public attention</p>
  1633. <p>He has already<b> made a splash</b> in New York for his design of the store interior.</p>
  1634. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1635. <p><b>5- Go with the flow=</b> be relaxed and accept a situation, rather than trying to alter or control it.</p>
  1636. <p>Just relax and <b>go with the </b><b>flow</b>!</p>
  1637. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1638. <p><b>6- A stream of people= </b>a continuous flow of people</p>
  1639. <p>There&#8217;s a constant<b> stream of people </b>coming in and the stadium starts to fill up.</p>
  1640. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1641. <p><b>7- A sea of faces= </b>a large crowd of people</p>
  1642. <p>He scanned<b> the sea of faces</b> in the audience and spotted only a handful of black people.</p>
  1643. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1644. <p><b>8- Stem the tide= </b>stop something bad, from increasing</p>
  1645. <p>We have to do something to <b>stem the tide</b><i> of</i> violence.</p>
  1646. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1647. <p><b>9- Pour/flood in= </b>to get in a place as a large crowd</p>
  1648. <p>Everybody <b>pours/floods in </b>fifteen minutes before the game starts.</p>
  1649. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1650. <p><b>10- Overflowing= </b>filled with</p>
  1651. <p>The local pubs are <b>overflowing</b> with people having their drinks outside on the pavement</p>
  1652. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1653. <p><b>11- Trickle in= </b>to arrive or move somewhere slowly and gradually, in small numbers</p>
  1654. <p>I go into the stadium early and watch people slowly<b> trickling in</b>.<b> </b></p>
  1655. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1656. <h2>Next English Idiom Lesson</h2>
  1657. <p>In our next English idiom lesson, we cover below:</p>
  1658. <p><a href="/learn-english/words/essential-idioms-for-speaking-en/idiom-related-to-animal-/">Idioms Related To Animals</a></p>
  1659. <h2 align="center"></h2>
  1660. <h2>Related Idioms</h2>
  1661. <p>Here is the list of idioms related to this lesson.</p>
  1662. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1663. <h2>Idiom Part 1 Outline</h2>
  1664. <p>If you wish to explore all lessons that are covered in <a href="/home">HiCafe</a> Idiom Part 1, you can visit the <a href="/learn-english/practice-english-skills/essential-and-popular-english-idioms-part-1/">Essential and Popular English idioms- Part 1</a> page.</p>
  1665. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1666. <h2>English Fluency Resources</h2>
  1667. <p>If you like to read all of lessons related to English expressions, phrases, idioms, proverbs, slang and words, you can visit our <a href="/improve-english-fluency/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Improve English Fluency</a> page.</p><p>The post <a href="https://hicafe.app/learn-english/words/essential-idioms-for-speaking-en/idiom-related-to-people-are-liquid/">Idioms Related To People are Liquid</a> first appeared on <a href="https://hicafe.app">HiCafe</a>.</p>]]></content:encoded>
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  1669. <item>
  1670. <title>Idioms Related To Organizations are Gardens</title>
  1671. <link>https://hicafe.app/learn-english/words/essential-idioms-for-speaking-en/idiom-related-to-organizations-are-gardens/</link>
  1672. <dc:creator><![CDATA[hcbMatt]]></dc:creator>
  1673. <pubDate>Sun, 21 Jul 2024 14:48:58 +0000</pubDate>
  1674. <category><![CDATA[Idioms]]></category>
  1675. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://hicafe.app/?p=5560</guid>
  1676.  
  1677. <description><![CDATA[<p>This is lesson 11 from Idiom Part 1. Each idiom is followed by its definition and examples. After you learn them, you can use them in your daily conversation. &#160; Previous English Idiom Lesson In our previous English idiom lesson, we cover below: Idioms Related To Economic Is Flying &#160; English Idiom Part 1- Lesson [&#8230;]</p>
  1678. <p>The post <a href="https://hicafe.app/learn-english/words/essential-idioms-for-speaking-en/idiom-related-to-organizations-are-gardens/">Idioms Related To Organizations are Gardens</a> first appeared on <a href="https://hicafe.app">HiCafe</a>.</p>]]></description>
  1679. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>This is lesson 11 from Idiom Part 1. Each idiom is followed by its definition and examples. After you learn them, you can use them in your daily conversation.</p>
  1680. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1681. <h2>Previous English Idiom Lesson</h2>
  1682. <p>In our previous English idiom lesson, we cover below:</p>
  1683. <p><a href="/learn-english/words/essential-idioms-for-speaking-en/idiom-related-to-economics-is-flying/">Idioms Related To Economic Is Flying</a></p>
  1684. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1685. <h2>English Idiom Part 1- Lesson 11</h2>
  1686. <p><b>1- Dig out= </b>trying to find or search for</p>
  1687. <p>We might want to <b>dig out</b> the sales figures.</p>
  1688. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1689. <p><b>2- Stem from= </b>originate from, caused by</p>
  1690. <p>Most of her health problems <b>stem from</b> an accident she had when she was younger.</p>
  1691. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1692. <p><b>3- Weed out= </b>find and remove</p>
  1693. <p>We need to <b>weed out</b> the weaker employees and re-train our best staff.</p>
  1694. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1695. <p><b>4- Cut back on= </b>reduce</p>
  1696. <p>They&#8217;ve <b>cut back on</b> costs.</p>
  1697. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1698. <p><b>5- Branch out into= </b>expand and diversify</p>
  1699. <p>The company is <b>branching out into</b> Europe.</p>
  1700. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1701. <p><b>6- Plough into= </b>invest a lot in sth</p>
  1702. <p>They <a href="https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/ploughed"><b>ploughed</b></a> all <a href="https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/their">their</a> <a href="https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/savings">savings</a> <b>into</b> <a href="https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/their">their</a> daughter&#8217;s <a href="https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/business">business</a>.</p>
  1703. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1704. <p><b>7- Cross-fertilization= </b>importing and mixing ideas to produce better products and services.</p>
  1705. <p>There will be an exhibition on <b>cross-fertilization</b> of advertising and art next week.</p>
  1706. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1707. <p><b>8- Up-rooting= </b>moving to another place</p>
  1708. <p>We&#8217;re planning to relocate in Scotland but the<b> up-rooting </b>process will be difficult for many of the workforce.</p>
  1709. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1710. <p><b>9- Dead wood= </b>a useless or burdensome persons or things</p>
  1711. <p>If we want to be more efficient, we have to get rid of the <b>dead wood</b> in middle management.</p>
  1712. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1713. <p><b>10- To flourish= </b>to give results or come to fruition</p>
  1714. <p>As a result of the government&#8217;s new monetary policy, the economy is now <b>flourishing</b>.</p>
  1715. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1716. <p><b>11- Cut back on=</b> to <a href="https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/spend">spend</a> less, do less, or use less of something</p>
  1717. <p>The <a href="https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/government">government</a> has <a href="https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/announce">announced</a> <a href="https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/plan">plans</a> to <a href="https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/cut"><b>cut</b></a><b> back on</b> <a href="https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/defence">defense</a> <a href="https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/spending">spending</a> by 10 <a href="https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/percent">percent</a> next <a href="https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/year">year</a>.</p>
  1718. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1719. <p><b>12- Spadework= </b>hard, sometimes <a href="https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/boring">boring</a> <a href="https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/work">work</a> done in <a href="https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/preparation">preparation</a> for something</p>
  1720. <p>Now that the <b>spadework</b> is all done, we can <a href="https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/start">start</a> to write the <a href="https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/report">report</a> itself.</p>
  1721. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1722. <p><b>13- Offshoot= </b>something that has <a href="https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/developed">developed</a> from something <a href="https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/large">larger</a> that already <a href="https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/exist">existed</a></p>
  1723. <p>Our subsidiary in Papua is one of our main <b>offshoot </b>companies in Malaysia.</p>
  1724. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1725. <h2>Next English Idiom Lesson</h2>
  1726. <p>In our next English idiom lesson, we cover below:</p>
  1727. <p><a href="/learn-english/words/essential-idioms-for-speaking-en/idiom-related-to-people-are-liquid/">Idioms Related To People Are Liquid</a></p>
  1728. <h2 align="center"></h2>
  1729. <h2>Related Idioms</h2>
  1730. <p>Here is the list of idioms related to this lesson.</p>
  1731. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1732. <h2>Idiom Part 1 Outline</h2>
  1733. <p>If you wish to explore all lessons that are covered in <a href="/home">HiCafe</a> Idiom Part 1, you can visit the <a href="/learn-english/practice-english-skills/essential-and-popular-english-idioms-part-1/">Essential and Popular English idioms- Part 1</a> page.</p>
  1734. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1735. <h2>English Fluency Resources</h2>
  1736. <p>If you like to read all of lessons related to English expressions, phrases, idioms, proverbs, slang and words, you can visit our <a href="/improve-english-fluency/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Improve English Fluency</a> page.</p><p>The post <a href="https://hicafe.app/learn-english/words/essential-idioms-for-speaking-en/idiom-related-to-organizations-are-gardens/">Idioms Related To Organizations are Gardens</a> first appeared on <a href="https://hicafe.app">HiCafe</a>.</p>]]></content:encoded>
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  1738. <item>
  1739. <title>Idioms Related To Economics is Flying</title>
  1740. <link>https://hicafe.app/learn-english/words/essential-idioms-for-speaking-en/idiom-related-to-economics-is-flying/</link>
  1741. <dc:creator><![CDATA[hcbMatt]]></dc:creator>
  1742. <pubDate>Sun, 21 Jul 2024 14:47:35 +0000</pubDate>
  1743. <category><![CDATA[Idioms]]></category>
  1744. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://hicafe.app/?p=5412</guid>
  1745.  
  1746. <description><![CDATA[<p>This is lesson 10 from Idiom Part 1. Each idiom is followed by its definition and examples. After you learn them, you can use them in your daily conversation. &#160; Previous English Idiom Lesson In our previous English idiom lesson, we cover below: Idioms Related To Project is a Race &#160; English Idiom Part 1- [&#8230;]</p>
  1747. <p>The post <a href="https://hicafe.app/learn-english/words/essential-idioms-for-speaking-en/idiom-related-to-economics-is-flying/">Idioms Related To Economics is Flying</a> first appeared on <a href="https://hicafe.app">HiCafe</a>.</p>]]></description>
  1748. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>This is lesson 10 from Idiom Part 1. Each idiom is followed by its definition and examples. After you learn them, you can use them in your daily conversation.</p>
  1749. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1750. <h2>Previous English Idiom Lesson</h2>
  1751. <p>In our previous English idiom lesson, we cover below:</p>
  1752. <p><a href="/learn-english/words/essential-idioms-for-speaking-en/idiom-related-to-a-project-is-a-race/">Idioms Related To Project is a Race</a></p>
  1753. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1754. <h2>English Idiom Part 1- Lesson 10</h2>
  1755. <p><b>1- A lot of turbulence= </b>a lot of change and variation in price and market</p>
  1756. <p>There is <b>a lot of turbulence</b> in financial markets at present.</p>
  1757. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1758. <p><b>2- Soft landing= </b>when economy is able to bring inflation down</p>
  1759. <p>Despite the present difficulties, economists think the British economy will make a <b>soft landing</b> in the autumn.</p>
  1760. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1761. <p><b>3-  Free-fall=</b> uncontrollable fall in the value of sth</p>
  1762. <p>Reports show a <b>free-fall</b> in housing prices.</p>
  1763. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1764. <p><b>4- On schedule=</b> at the planned and expected time</p>
  1765. <p>All three projects were completed <b>on schedule</b> and within budget.</p>
  1766. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1767. <p><b>5- Going through the roof=</b> increase</p>
  1768. <p>There is a fear that interest rates will <b>go through the roof.</b></p>
  1769. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1770. <p><b>6- Regain control= </b>to gain back control over sth</p>
  1771. <p>The government has <b>regained control</b> over the cryptocurrency markets.</p>
  1772. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1773. <p><b>7- Cimb out of=  to get out of sth</b></p>
  1774. <p>Japan has proposed an aid package to help Asian economies <b>climb out of</b> recession.</p>
  1775. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1776. <p><b>8- Plunging= </b>decreasing by a large amount</p>
  1777. <p>Several Asian currencies are <b>plunging</b> to their lowest levels this year.</p>
  1778. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1779. <p><b>9- Back on course=</b> likely to succeed</p>
  1780. <p>After 6 months of recession, the market is <b>back on course</b>.</p>
  1781. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1782. <p><b>10- Soaring=</b> a quick increase</p>
  1783. <p>The price of petrol has<b> soared </b>in recent weeks.</p>
  1784. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1785. <p><b>11- Nosedive = </b>a sharp fall in economy</p>
  1786. <p>Employees had panicked as profits <b>nosedive.</b></p>
  1787. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1788. <p><b>12- To get off the the ground= </b>to start to succeed</p>
  1789. <p>The rescue plan never really <b>got off the ground. </b></p>
  1790. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1791. <p><b>13- On collision course=  </b>doing things that lead to serious disagreement</p>
  1792. <p>The Bank of England is <b>on a collision course</b> with the industry.</p>
  1793. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1794. <h2>Next English Idiom Lesson</h2>
  1795. <p>In our next English idiom lesson, we cover below:</p>
  1796. <p><a href="/learn-english/words/essential-idioms-for-speaking-en/idiom-related-to-organizations-are-gardens/">Idioms Related To Organizations are Garden</a></p>
  1797. <h2 align="center"></h2>
  1798. <h2>Related Idioms</h2>
  1799. <p>Here is the list of idioms related to this lesson.</p>
  1800. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1801. <h2>Idiom Part 1 Outline</h2>
  1802. <p>If you wish to explore all lessons that are covered in <a href="/home">HiCafe</a> Idiom Part 1, you can visit the <a href="/learn-english/practice-english-skills/essential-and-popular-english-idioms-part-1/">Essential and Popular English idioms- Part 1</a> page.</p>
  1803. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1804. <h2>English Fluency Resources</h2>
  1805. <p>If you like to read all of lessons related to English expressions, phrases, idioms, proverbs, slang and words, you can visit our <a href="/improve-english-fluency/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Improve English Fluency</a> page.</p><p>The post <a href="https://hicafe.app/learn-english/words/essential-idioms-for-speaking-en/idiom-related-to-economics-is-flying/">Idioms Related To Economics is Flying</a> first appeared on <a href="https://hicafe.app">HiCafe</a>.</p>]]></content:encoded>
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  1807. <item>
  1808. <title>Idioms Related To A Project is a Race</title>
  1809. <link>https://hicafe.app/learn-english/words/essential-idioms-for-speaking-en/idiom-related-to-a-project-is-a-race/</link>
  1810. <dc:creator><![CDATA[hcbMatt]]></dc:creator>
  1811. <pubDate>Sun, 21 Jul 2024 14:46:52 +0000</pubDate>
  1812. <category><![CDATA[Idioms]]></category>
  1813. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://hicafe.app/?p=5549</guid>
  1814.  
  1815. <description><![CDATA[<p>This is lesson 4 from Idiom Part 1. Each idiom is followed by its definition and examples. After you learn them, you can use them in your daily conversation. &#160; Previous English Idiom Lesson In our previous English idiom lesson, we cover below: Idioms Related To The Office is a Battlefield &#160; English Idiom Part [&#8230;]</p>
  1816. <p>The post <a href="https://hicafe.app/learn-english/words/essential-idioms-for-speaking-en/idiom-related-to-a-project-is-a-race/">Idioms Related To A Project is a Race</a> first appeared on <a href="https://hicafe.app">HiCafe</a>.</p>]]></description>
  1817. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>This is lesson 4 from Idiom Part 1. Each idiom is followed by its definition and examples. After you learn them, you can use them in your daily conversation.</p>
  1818. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1819. <h2>Previous English Idiom Lesson</h2>
  1820. <p>In our previous English idiom lesson, we cover below:</p>
  1821. <p><a href="/learn-english/words/essential-idioms-for-speaking-en/idiom-related-to-the-office-is-a-battlefield/">Idioms Related To The Office is a Battlefield</a></p>
  1822. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1823. <h2>English Idiom Part 1- Lesson 9</h2>
  1824. <p><b>1- At a steady pace= </b>happening gradually and consistently</p>
  1825. <p>Public spending continues to rise<b> at a steady pace.</b></p>
  1826. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1827. <p><b>2- Handed the baton=</b> handing the job over to someone else</p>
  1828. <p>He&#8217;s<b> handed the baton</b> over to Jeff until he&#8217;s well enough to return to work.</p>
  1829. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1830. <p><b>3- On the home straight=</b> the last part of a long and difficult activity</p>
  1831. <p>It&#8217;s taken three months, but we&#8217;re<b> on the home straight </b>now.</p>
  1832. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1833. <p><b>4- Deserve a medal= </b>said when a job is well done</p>
  1834. <p>You finished your department&#8217;s annual report in only four days. You<b> deserve a medal </b>for that.</p>
  1835. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1836. <p><b>5- A major hurdle =</b> great obstacle</p>
  1837. <p>Getting the Board of Directors to agree to the changes we want to make could be<b> a major hurdle.</b></p>
  1838. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1839. <p><b>6- On the last lap = </b>almost finished</p>
  1840. <p>Don&#8217;t worry. Only two hundred more addresses. We&#8217;re <b>on the last lap </b>now.</p>
  1841. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1842. <p><b>7- On the starting blocks= </b>on the primary stages</p>
  1843. <p>The shareholders&#8217; report hasn&#8217;t been written yet. I&#8217;m afraid we&#8217;re still<b> on the starting blocks</b></p>
  1844. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1845. <p><b>8- A race against time= </b>in a hurry</p>
  1846. <p>Everything needs to be finished by Friday, so we&#8217;re in<b> a race against time.</b></p>
  1847. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1848. <p><b>9- Working overtime= </b>when someone works more than the usual required time</p>
  1849. <p>The project won&#8217;t be finished if we keep this pace. We gotta<b> work overtime.</b></p>
  1850. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1851. <p><b>10- The finishing line is in sight= </b>The end of process, development or endeavor</p>
  1852. <p>I&#8217;m pleased to say <b>the finishing line is in sight</b>. The book will be published in the spring.</p>
  1853. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1854. <p><b>11- (Turn into or become a ) Marathon= </b>when a task is taking too long to finish.</p>
  1855. <p>This project is taking ages. It&#8217;s turning into a<b> marathon,</b> hasn&#8217;t it?</p>
  1856. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1857. <p><b>12- In a record time= </b>rapidly, very fast</p>
  1858. <p>Everyone worked so well together that the brochure was designed, printed, and in the shops<b> in a record time.</b></p>
  1859. <p><b>13- Fall at the first hurdle=</b>It goes wrong or fails at early stage (like starting point)</p>
  1860. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1861. <p>The idea could<b> fall at the first hurdle</b> if they fail to secure the investors approval</p>
  1862. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1863. <h2>Next English Idiom Lesson</h2>
  1864. <p>In our next English idiom lesson, we cover below:</p>
  1865. <p><a href="/learn-english/words/essential-idioms-for-speaking-en/idiom-related-to-economics-is-flying/">Idioms Related To Economic Is Flying</a></p>
  1866. <h2 align="center"></h2>
  1867. <h2>Related Idioms</h2>
  1868. <p>Here is the list of idioms related to this lesson.</p>
  1869. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1870. <h2>Idiom Part 1 Outline</h2>
  1871. <p>If you wish to explore all lessons that are covered in <a href="/home">HiCafe</a> Idiom Part 1, you can visit the <a href="/learn-english/practice-english-skills/essential-and-popular-english-idioms-part-1/">Essential and Popular English idioms- Part 1</a> page.</p>
  1872. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  1873. <h2>English Fluency Resources</h2>
  1874. <p>If you like to read all of lessons related to English expressions, phrases, idioms, proverbs, slang and words, you can visit our <a href="/improve-english-fluency/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Improve English Fluency</a> page.</p><p>The post <a href="https://hicafe.app/learn-english/words/essential-idioms-for-speaking-en/idiom-related-to-a-project-is-a-race/">Idioms Related To A Project is a Race</a> first appeared on <a href="https://hicafe.app">HiCafe</a>.</p>]]></content:encoded>
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