Friday, September 3, 2010

English basic expression - how to speak

Let’s listen to the conversation:

Srinath : Good morning, Sir. (greeting-formal)

Headmaster : Good morning Mr. Srinath.

Prabhu : Hello, Srinath. (greeting-informal)

Srinath : Hello Prabhu. how are you?

Prabhu : I’m fine. How are you?

Headmaster : I am glad you both have come on time.
(expressing happiness)

Srinath : Sir, it is very kind of you to have invited us.
(thanking-formal)

Headmaster : It’s a pleasure! (responding to thanks) My wife
suggested that we ask you both over to tea.

Prabhu : We too have been wanting to visit you.

Headmaster : Thanking you. (neutral)
Shall we start with the slices of cake?

(suggesting) Would you like these plum cakes?

Srinath : I would love to. (expressing liking)

Headmaster : Help yourselves with these sandwiches.
(offering)

Prabhu : They are really delicious!

Headmaster : Mr. Sri, how do you like your tea? Strong
(asking for liking)

Srinath : Not very strong Sir. Thank you. (thankingneutral)
Headmaster : Welcome! (responding to thanking
you Mr. Prabhu?

Prabhu : A little strong, (stating slight preference)

Headmaster : I think you take more sugar.

Prabhu : Yes Sir, two spoonfuls.

Headmaster : Here you are. By the way, how’s our students’
performance?

Srinath : We can expect better result this year.
Headmaster : That’s fine.

Prabhu : I can assure you a minimum often centums in
Mathematics.

Headmaster : Oh, really. That’s great! (expressing satisfaction)

How about another cup of tea? (suggestinginformal)

Prabhu : That’s very kind of you. Sir (thanking- formal)

But I am afraid I am full. (refusing politely)

III. FOCUS ON COMMUNICATION

Note here the two ways of thanking:
Mr. Srinath, an assistant teacher expresses thanks in a formal for
having been invited over to tea.
‘It’s very kind of you to invite us.’
The Headmaster expresses thanks in an informal way.
Certain expressions for thanking:
Formal:
It’s very kind / nice of you.
I am really very grateful / obliged to you.
Neutral:
Thank you, thank you very much.
Thanks, a lot.

Informal:
Thanks, thanks a lot.

1 comment:

Patrick said...

I never thought there would be formal and neutral ways of saying things. Thank you! I learned a lot from this blog.

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