Category Archives: Conversation in daily life

Expressing Emotions in our conversation – example sentence

A -   What a beautiful saree!

B -   Good heavens’ Seven thousand rupees for a saree like that’

C -    My goodness!

A -   I saw the ‘Titanic’ last week

B -   Wasn’t it marvellous?

C -   Great! The music and photography were superb!

A -   Hello, what a surprise! Fancy seeing you here! I’m just going up the cliff

B     Oh dear! How terrible! He’s going to fall!

A -   Ooh   Help! Help!

C -   OK, we’re coming. Don’t worry.

Example conversation

A-Ajit   B-Balu   J – Jothi   M – Mean

A- Cold drinks will make you hotter and give you hiccups

B- Yes. I think Ajit is right. Can I offer you some fruit instead?

J- A good idea! Shall I give you some graphs?

M – Yes, please.

F – Father       S – Soorya       R – Raja

F- what’s wrong with the TV? The pictures are not coming.

S – Is it the power cable?

R – I’m not sure.  Anyway I’ll check if Ah’ I’ve got it. It’s the
cable from the antenna… It’s snapped. I can fix it in no lime
that’s marvellous! How did you detect it?

R- Don’t you know that I’m a student of electronics…

A – Oh dear! You’ve hit the ball too hard.

B – It’s gone right over the fence and it’s broken the office window

A – Now you’ve had it! Look! The Principal has come out and seen us.

B – We’re now in real trouble.

A – Do you like the countryside Neela?

B – It’s wonderful here! Cool and quiet. Oh! Look at that bird over there! How very         beautiful it is! What a long bright tail it has!

A – Sec what I have here for you Neeta!

B – Ah! How lovely…! The red roses are gorgeous! Thank you…
Mmm… I love these. They smell very nice.

Expressing Likes and Dislikes in conversation

There ore o number of ways of expressing  our likes and dislikes and preferences.

The following language expressions are widely in use to perform this function.

Likes

1. I like/Father likes.

2. I love / Mother low.

3. I am found of.

4. I am crazy.

5. I prefer.

6. I’d like to have

7. I d rather have

8. Yum I

9. It is interesting.

10. I want some…

11. I have a taste for….

12.I enjoy.

Dislikes

1. I don’t like…

2. I hate

3. I’m fed up with…

4. It is disgusting.

5. Yuk!

6. It is boring.

7. I don’t want

6. I wouldn’t like.

9. I’m not interested.

10. I don’t have the taste for it.

11. I don’t have the inclination

Conversation with other people by some basic question

A – Could you lend me your pencil?

B – Of course, here you are.

A – Thank you very much.

B- Will you lend me your dictionary for a while?

A- I’m sorry. I’m afraid I can’t. I’m going to use it myself now.

B – Never mind. I’ll ask someone else.

A -   Would you move along a bit please?

B – Sure!

A – Thank you.

A – Could you tell me the time, please?

B- Certainly, It’s half past eight.

A- Could you possibly change fifty rupees please?

B – I’m sorry, I can’t. The cashier may be able to help you

A – Thank you, I’ll try him.

IN A TRAIN

A- Could you possibly look after my bag?

B- I’m sorry I’m getting off at the next station. That boy may be able to.

A- Never mind, I’ll carry it to the restaurant car.

A- I wonder if you could lend me your bike for some time?

B- I’m sorry, I’m afraid I can’t. I’m getting ready to go to the town.

A- That’s all right, I’ll go by bus.

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

A – Could you tell me the way to the HSBC Bank please?

B – Yes, you walk as far as the temple and take the second right.

A – Mm… Second right, then.

B – There you will see the HSBC bank opposite the post office.

A – Thank you very much.

B – You’re welcome.

A – Where’s the nearest bus stop please?

B – You turn left into the main road and walk straight up to the traffic lights.

A – Then….?

B – You’ll find the bus stop a 50 meters beyond the traffic lights.

A – Thank you.

B – Not at all.

A – Do you have the time, please?

B – Yes, it’s getting on to 4.

A – I wonder if you could tell me how to get to the Public Library?

B – Yes. You take 47A bus and get off at the Eye Hospital.

A – Yes. Eye Hospital,… and then… ?

B – You walk across the cross road along the flyover…

A – Fly over…. Okay….

B – You’ll see the Library on your right as you go past the Maternity Hospital and the       commissioner’s office on your left. You can’t miss it.

A – Thanks… a lot.

B – Not at all…

A – Where’s the post-office, please?

A -   Where’s the post-office, please?

B -   It’s near the temple.

A-    Is there a pharmacy near here?

B-    Yes, there is one on Flower’s Road and another on Nelson’s Street.

A-    Any idea as to where the Apollo studio is?

B-    Yes, it’s over there… you can see it.

A-    Ah… Thank you.

Extending our help by asking questions

A -   Could I fill it up, please?

B -   Sure, shall I check the oil as well?

A -   Yes, I want the tiers also checked.

B –   Certainly, I’ll do it sir.

A -   Thank you.

A -   Could I have the bill, please?

B -   Certainly sir, I’ll bring it straight away.

A -   Shall I take these trays away sir?

B -   Wait, I’ll finish my coffee, quickly.

A-   It’s a present. Do you think you could gift wrap it for me?

B –   Yes, indeed, I’ll take the price tag off.

A -   Put a nice name tag please.

B -   Yes, I’ll do that, madam.

A -   I’ll give you a lift if you like.

B –   That’s great. Would you drop me at the bus stand please?

A -   Oh, yes.

A-    Would you mind opening the window?

B-    Not at all, it’s very stuffy in here.

A -   Could I have extension 2387, please?

B -   I’m afraid the line is engaged at the moment Do you want to hold?

A -   Never mind, I’ll call again after fifteen minutes.

A -   Yes, madam, can I help you?

B -   Yes l bought these sandals two days ago and the heels have come off. Can            you change them?

A -   Oh, dear. I’m sorry. I’ll just see if we’ve got another pair for you.

A -   Turn that wretched music down will you?   Or better still turn it off.

B -   Oh, all right.

A -  It’s really sickening son.

Some basic English sentence to offer our help

A -   Jaya, will you come here a minute?  Could you get me the file on sales in                 Andhra? I just need to check something.

B -   Here you are, sir.

A -   Oh, and Jaya, I’d love a cup of tea, if that’s at all possible

B -   Yes. Mr. Mano.

A -   Good evening sir.

B -   Good evening, Mano.  I sent for you… because I want to have a discussion              with you.

A -   What’s it about sir?

B -   It’s about launching our new product…

A -   Which one sir? The soap powder or the toothpaste

B -   It’s the new soap powder. I think we need an advertising campaign on T.V.and         in the press.

A -   That’s fine sir. We can really push this product that way.

B -   Would you mind looking after the TV. Mano! Is that all right?

A -   Certainly sir, it’s a pleasure.

B -   And I’ll deal with the press and the F.M. Radio if it’s very necessary.

A -   I think the F.M. Radios too have a wider reach these days.

B -   Then well have that as well Mano.   I hope this campaign would bring us the           desired results.

A -   I’m sure, it will sir.

B -   Thank you Mano and get started today itself.

A -   Okay sir.

B -   All the best Mano.

SENDING OFF SOMEONE AT THE AIRPORT

G – Ganga       P – Preethi       S – Sekar

G -   Goodbye Preethi. Have a good flight. I’ll miss you very much
P -   Ganga dear. It’s been nice seeing you in Pans again. I’M ring you up as soon            as I get back

G -   I’ll call you too Give my love to everyone at home in Chennai

S -   Goodbye Preethi. Have you got everything? That’s good.
G -   Goodbye Sekar   Thank you for everything (Preethi goes through the departure         gate).

S -   Ganga, you look sad. Come on, cheer up! Preethi will come again. Let’s get            back to the car park I hope I left the doors locked.

G -   I hope you did too. There are sometime bad elements around at these                   airports…

A -   Bye – mum, see you soon!

B -   Well, goodbye son.   Look after yourself. Don’t forget to write darling.

I) Other casual forms of saying ‘Goodbye’
a) Among friends or younger boys and girls
.

See you later guys

Yes O.K. Bye

b) One student might say to another.

A -   ‘Well I’m off now’. I’ll see you.

B -   ‘Yes, sure next week possibly. . Okay, fine. Bye.

C – Cherio-Bye

Some more formal or polite forms of goodbye

a) To someone you know a little, for example somebody you have met on the road.

A – Well, I look forward to seeing you again.

8 – Yes, that would be nice.

A – Bye bye … (Goodbye)

B – Bye bye. {Goodbye)

b) To someone you have met just now.

A -   Well, It’s been really nice meeting you I hope we meet again
sometime. Goodbye.

B – Goodbye.

C) We say ‘Goodbye’ on leaving someone at night or when going to bed.

A – It’s time to go to sleep, Sita.
B – Yes, Goodbye, mum.
A – Bye darling.

d) A – Goodbye Kalyani.

B – Goodbye Narmada. Have a nice evening.
A – Thanks Kalyani. See you tomorrow.

At weekends to school and college mates, colleagues, teachers

A – Goodbye Soorya. Have a good journey.

B – Thank you very much Haran. See you next Monday.

A – Yes, of course. Goodbye.

Basic English conversation AT A RESTAURANT

AT A RESTAURANT

W – Waiter        C – Customer

W- Yes, please. What next

C – Hello. Can I have chicken and fried rice please?

W – Salt and pepper?

C – Yes please.

W – Anything else?

C – Yes, two plantains and a milk shake.

W – Twenty, Thirty, Thirty five rupees.

C – Here you are. Thank you.

A – Anu        F – Father        S – Sindhu

A -   I really enjoy rice and curry.

F -   You’re sure it wasn’t too hot?

A – No. It was quite hot, but not too hot. I wouldn’t mind a cold drink, though.

F – I’m not sure a cold drink is the best thing, if you found the
curry a little hot for you it’ll probably make you hotter and give you hiccups

S – Yes I think he’s right. Can I offer you some fruit instead?

F – A good idea. Why not have slice of pineapple? They are
very sweet and juicy just now. Shall I cut you a slice?

A – Yes. Please it looks very nice.

A – Shop assistant       C – Customer

A -   Good morning Madam!

C -   Good morning!

A -   Can I help you?

C -   Mmm.   I’m looking for some gift articles

A-     Would you like to look at some wood carvings? Here are some ivory statues…          Some silver bangles…

Example sentence to make suggestion – shall we

We can use many language expressions to make suggestions.

1. Why don’t you take to sports as your profession?

2. Shall we go for a movie this evening?

3. What about calling the doctor?

4. Let’s go by train.

5. I don’t think we should continue our journey?

6. Let’s have lunch now.

7. Wouldn’t you like to take some rest?

8. What about your future?

9. You’d better see a doctor

10. You ought to have some good sleep.

Some of these expressions have the effect
of an advice as well,
eg: (1,5, 8, 9,10)

A- Help! Help! What shall I do?

B- Hurry up and do something!

C- Why don’t you try to move back?

D- I don’t think we should touch the car.

E- We’d better pull the car back onto the road.

F- What about calling the police?

G- Yes, let’s do that. Shall I look for on STD?

A- I’m so grateful that you saved us.

B- Shall we go out for a meal?

C- Why don’t we have dinner at the Chinese restaurant?

Red Dragon?

D- Yes, let’s.

A- It is a lovely day. What shall we do?

B- Let’s play tennis!

A- It is raining again. What shall we do! Let’s stay at home and watch a video.

B- That’s a good idea!

A -   I’m hungry.

B -   Then let’s go to ‘Hot chips’.

A -   What shall we have?

B- Let’s have some Purl and Samosa. Come on let’s go.

A- It’s warm and sunny today.

B- Where shall we go?

C- Well, let’s go to the beach.

D- That’d be fine.

B- Yes, we can play beach ball, play in the sand and go swimming

C- Ooh… Let’s go…

A- Shall we go to a movie this evening!?

B- O.K. What’s on at Rohini Cinema?

C- Rush Hour’, Jackie Chan is in it:

B- Ah’… that’d be fine.

A -   Are you coming to play cricket?

B -   Oh no! It’s too hot to play cricket now.

C – Why don’t we play in the evening?

D -   If you want to while away the time stay indoors and play chess.

A -   O.K. I’ll get the chess board.

Example sentence – how to invite others

Salesman: Here you are.

Bindu     : Thank you. How much do I pay?

Salesman: Two hundred rupees.

Sentences for Practice

1. Can I have a ball-point pen, please?

2. Can you give mc three black refills, please?

3. Do you have a copy of Oxford Dictionary?

4. Could you give me change for a five-hundred?

5. Do you sell cordless telephones?

6. Could you lend me hundred rupees. I’ll return it on Saturday.

7. Can I have a look at that TV over there?

8. May I borrow your dictionary for a while?

9. Can I borrow your cycle for an hour?

10. Can I have an extra bottle of milk today?

8. Inviting

(Mrs. Buvana rings up her friend Mrs. Pushpa. She invite her for her
daughter’s betrothal.)

Asha    : Hello!

Buvana : May I speak to Pushpa, please?
Asha   : May I know who’s calling?

Buvana: I’m Buvana.

Asha   : Please hold on for a moment. I’ll call her.

Pushpa: Pushpa here.

Buvana: Hello, Pushpa! Buvana here.

Pushpa: Hello, Buvana! You’re calling after quite some time.

Buvana : I’ve been a bit busy with some personal matters. But now I have some good
news. My daughter Rani is getting married.

Pushpa : It   is   nice   to   hear!   Who is the bridegroom?

Buvana: He’s a computer engineer in Bangalore.
Pushpa : Good. I’m very happy.
Buvana : The engagement is on the 5lh, that is next Friday. We’ll be glad if you could
join us on that day.

Pushpa : What time is if?

Buvana : 9.30 in the morning at our residence. I know we should have come and
personally invited you, but……

Pushpa : I don’t believe in such formalities. We’ll definitely come. Meanwhile, convey our
wishes from us to Rani.

Buvana: Thank you. Pushpa. Bye!
Pushpa; Bye?

Conversation – how to ask direction, example sentence

(Krishna wants to find out where the post
office is. He asks Kapil for directions.)

Krishna: Can you tell me where the post office is?

Kapil   : Please go up this street and lake the third turn to the right,
krihhna : Is it far from here?
Kapil:    Not very far. It’s about ten minutes’ walk.

Krishna: Did you say the third turn to the left?
Kapil    : No. The third turn to the right.
Krishna: Thank you.

Sentences for Practice

1. Could you tell me where the GPO is?

2. Can you tell me how to go to the railway station?

3. Is there a medical store nearby?

4. Excuse me. Where’s the nearest telephone booth?

5. Where’s Valluvar Kottam?

6. It is near T.Nagar Bus Terminus.

7. It is about one and a half kilometer down the street.

8. Please go along that road beside the temple

9. You can go to that bus stop and take No, 5 A

10. I think there’s a telephone in that complex over there.

7. Asking for Things

(Hindu wants to buy a few books. She goes to
a bookshop and asks for the books.)

Salesman: Can 1 help you?

Bindu    : I think so. Do you have a copy of R.K.Narayan’s latest book?
Salesman: Do you mean The Malgudi Days?

Bindu:    Yes, that’s the one.

Salesman: I’m afraid we’ve sold out all the copies. But we’re getting some copies
by next week.

Bindu:     Do you think I can get a copy in week?

Salesman: Certainly, In fact, I’ll reserve a copy for you.

Bindu :    That’s very kind of you. Have you got copies of Written English?

Salesman: Sure. We got fresh stock only yesterday.

Bindu     : Please give me four copies.