Saturday, October 15, 2011

Spoken English - Saying our preference in conversation


Indian government prefers negotiation to confrontation
with Pakistan for solving the Kashmir problem.

Discuss -
1) What do we mean by ‘negotiation’ and ‘confrontation’?
2) Why does the Indian government prefer negotiation to


In a stationery shop

Student : Have you got pens?
Shopkeeper : Would you like a ball pen or a micro tipped
Student : I prefer a micro tipped pen.
Shopkeeper : What colour do you want?
Student : I want green.
Shopkeeper : Here are some green colour pens. You can
choose from them.
Student : (Chooses a pen) How much does this pen cost?
Shopkeeper : Cello pen? This costs Rs.11/-
Student : Here you are.
Shopkeeper : Thank you.

A telephone talk between a VIP and the Principal of a
college. The VIP will be the chief guest for a function in the

VIP : Hello, Good morning, I’m Chandrasekar
speaking from Bangalore.
Principal : Hello, Good morning, Sir. I’m the Principal of CAT
College at Chennai. This is about your stay.
The choice is yours, Sir. Our guest house or a suite
in a hotel.
VIP : I generally find a suite in a hotel more satisfactory.
Principal : We’ll book a suite in the Hotel Alankar.
VIP : That’s very kind of you. I’ll be there on Wednesday
morning by nine.
Principal : We’re looking forward to your visit, Sir.
VIP : Thank you, see you bye.
Principal : Good-bye, Sir.

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