University English: the blog for ESL students

March 7, 2011

How you should talk

Filed under: lessons — richardlstansfield @ 2:43 am

Watch the conversation between G.NA (Gina Choi) and Yoo Hee Yeol.

What do you think about how Yoo Hee Yeol’s talks? What would you change? (Begins at 3:40.)

G.Na: Hello. Hi, Yoo Yeol.

Yoo Hee Yeol: Hi, teacher.

G.Na: Hi. How are you today?

Yoo Hee Yeol: Good.

G.Na: Good. Um … What did you do today?

Yoo Hee Yeol: Uh?

G.Na: Um … What did you do today?

Yoo Hee Yeol: Uhhh … today.

G.Na: Mm hm.

Yoo Hee Yeol: Mm … sing …

G.Na: Mm hm.

Yoo Hee Yeol: Meet people …

G.Na: Oh. So you met people today.

Yoo Hee Yeol: Yes.

G.Na: Right. OK. What people? Who?

Yoo Hee Yeol: What?

G.Na: Who did you meet today?

Yoo Hee Yeol: Ah … Friend.

G.Na: Friend! Ah …

Yoo Hee Yeol: I busy. Bye bye!

G.Na: OK. I’ll talk to you later then.

Yoo Hee Yeol: Thank you.

G.Na: OK. Bye bye.

Yoo Hee Yeol: Bye bye.

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1. If you don’t understand someone, you should not say, “Uh?” or “What?”

You should say, “Pardon?” or “Excuse me?” or “I’m sorry. What did you say?”

You could also repeat what was said as a question. For example …

A: Did you enjoy the movie?
B: Did I enjoy the movie?

2. You should answer in complete sentences.

3. Don’t finish a conversation so quickly. Say, “Excuse me …”

——————–

G.Na: Hello. Hi, Yoo Yeol.

Yoo Hee Yeol: Hi, teacher.

G.Na: Hi. How are you today?

Yoo Hee Yeol: Good.

G.Na: Good. Um … What did you do today?

Yoo Hee Yeol: Uh? –> Pardon me?

G.Na: Um … What did you do today?

Yoo Hee Yeol: Uhhh … today. –> What did I do today?

G.Na: Mm hm.

Yoo Hee Yeol: Mm … sing –> I sang.

G.Na: Mm hm.

Yoo Hee Yeol: Meet people –> I met people.

G.Na: Oh. So you met people today.

Yoo Hee Yeol: Yes.

G.Na: Right. OK. What people? Who?

Yoo Hee Yeol: What? –> I’m sorry. What did you say?

G.Na: Who did you meet today?

Yoo Hee Yeol: Ah … Friend. –> I met a friend.

G.Na: Friend! Ah …

Yoo Hee Yeol: I busy. –> Excuse me, but I am busy. Bye bye!

G.Na: OK. I’ll talk to you later then.

Yoo Hee Yeol: Thank you.

G.Na: OK. Bye bye.

Yoo Hee Yeol: Bye bye.

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