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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.