Now let’s look at some of the words and phrases from the conversation in more detail.
- “What’s the matter?” is a way of asking what’s wrong with someone and what’s happening for them at the moment. It’s like saying “What’s the issue?” or “What’s the problem?” and is often said to show sympathy.
- “Don’t let it bother you” is a way of telling someone not to let something make them feel unhappy. This is again frequently said in a sympathetic way.
- Lea says, “I think you’ll feel better once you’ve made up your mind”. To “make up your mind” means to decide on something. Another way of saying this is, “You’ll feel happier when you have made a decision”. Practise creating your own responses using this phrase.
- Saying “Good luck” is a way of wishing someone well, and saying that you hope things go well for them. You could say “Good luck in your exams”, “Good luck in your new job” or “Good luck in the football match”. Practise making up your own sentences starting with “Good luck…”.
- “It’s great news!” is a way of showing enthusiasm and support for someone. You could say, “It’s great news that you’ve passed your exams!” or “It’s great news that you’ve got a new job!” Practise making up your own sentences starting with “It’s great news that…”.
- After being invited to Theo’s house for dinner, Lea says, “Would you mind waiting a few minutes?”. “Would you mind” is a polite phrase used to make a request. “Would you mind waiting” is a polite way of asking someone to wait for you. Practise making up your own sentences starting with “Would you mind…”.
- “Would you like to join us?” is a polite way of asking if someone would like to do something with you. You could say, “Would you like to join us at the party?” or “Would you like to join me at the market?”. Practise making up your own questions starting with “Would you like to join…”.
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