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11 Everyday Conversational Expressions Encouragement p.1

 

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* 11 Encouragement (p.1 of 3)

 

11.1 When you encourage somebody to try something

 

Give it a try. Listen <Bill invited me to play for our football team. Do you think Im strong enough? Give it a try. Youve got nothing to lose.>

Go for it! Listen A Give it a try! <There will be a tennis competition in our school. Do you think I stand a chance of winning in it? Sure you do! Go for it!>

Go on, you can do it. Listen <The fans encouraged the runner by shouting Go on, you can do it.>

Give it a shot. Listen A Make a try at it. Make an attempt to do it. <A dancing competition has been scheduled. I know youre a good dancer. Give it a shot.>

Take a shot at it. Listen <Ask the boss about the managers position while its still open. Take a shot at it.>

Take your chances. Listen A Try it although failure is possible. <If you like the girl, ask her out. Take your chances.>

Try your luck. Listen A Try it although you depend on luck. <Oh, youre going to Las Vegas? Try your luck. Make a million bucks.>

See what you can do. Listen <Your opponent is very strong. He has several important wins under his belt. See what you can do.>

It wont hurt you to try it. Listen <You are a talented writer. Your short stories are popular. Why dont you write a novel? It wont hurt you to try it.>

Keep on trying. Listen A Continue trying. <I think Im making progress. Keep on trying, youll get there.>

Dont quit trying. Listen <I keep getting turned down. Dont quit trying. No pain, no gain.>

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11.2 When you encourage somebody to show some action

 

Lets see some action. Listen <You may lose, but its worth trying. Lets see some action.>

I expect to see some results soon. Listen <I hope you have completed your preliminaries. I expect to see some results soon.>

Arent you going to do something? Listen <It looks like our team is losing this game. Arent you going to do something?>

Are you going to stand there all day? Listen <Are you going to stand there all day? The girl is probably waiting for your phone call.>

Are you just going to sit there? Listen <Are you just going to sit there? If you do nothing, you can lose your money.>

Get going already. Listen A Get started. Get busy. <Get going already. You cant sit there all day.>

Get moving. Listen <Come on, everybody! Get moving.>

Get off your ass. Listen <Come on, get off your ass. Take a chance on it.>

Look alive! Listen A Act in a lively manner! <Come on, boys! Look alive! shouted the coach of our football team.>

Its now or never. Listen <Youve got to do it! Its now or never.>

No pain, no gain. Listen <Boys, I know its tough, but weve got to win this game. No pain, no gain.>

Thatll be the day! Listen A The day when we see your action will be outstanding! <Im going to start looking for a decent job. Thatll be the day!>

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11.3 When you encourage a person who is preparing for an important event

 

This is the moment youve been waiting for. Listen < OK, Ill give it my best shot.>

This is the big moment. Listen < Ill do my best. Wish me luck.>

This is your big night. Listen <This is your big night. Its now or never.>

This could be your lucky day. Listen <This could be your lucky day. Make us proud of you.>

This is it! Listen A This is your important moment! <Do your best tonight. This is it!>

Break a leg. Listen A Since it is traditionally viewed as bad luck to wish a performer good luck before a performance, Im wishing you bad luck in a hope you will get good luck. <Im nervous about my presentation tonight. Everything will be OK. Break a leg.>

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11.4 When you wish a person success

 

Good luck! Listen A I wish you good luck! <Im glad youre giving it a try. Good luck!>

Good luck on your test. Listen A I wish you good luck on this particular occasion. <Im having an English test tomorrow. Good luck on your test.>

Best of luck to you! Listen <This competition is important for your professional sport career. Best of luck to you!>

Lots of luck! Listen <Im trying hard to lose weight. Lots of luck! You need it.>

Im sure you will make us proud of you. Listen <Its so important to receive good education these days. It may be tough, but Im sure you will make us proud of you.>

Make us proud of you Listen <I expect your phone call after the tennis match. Make us proud of you.>

Do your best. Listen <Your opponent is very strong. Do your best.>

Do the best you can. Listen <Take a chance on your opponent. Do the best you can.>

Work hard. Listen <Work hard. Youll succeed in the end.>

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11.5 When a person is too timid

 

Show some courage. Listen <Ask the girl out. Show some courage.>

Show some spirit. Listen <Boys, we are losing the game. Show some spirit.>

Show a little resolve. Listen <Be brave enough to defend your position. Show a little resolve.>

Show some spine. Listen <Man, attack your opponent. Show some spine.>

Dont be spineless. Listen <Dont be arrogant with people. But dont be spineless.>

Dont lose your nerve. Listen A Dont be afraid. <Youve got to finish the work you started. Dont lose your nerve.>

Are you afraid of you own shadow? Listen A Are you scared? <Dont have a panic attack. Are you afraid of your own shadow?>

Have you got cold feet? Listen A Are you afraid? <What happened? Today is your wedding day. Have you got cold feet?>

Come on, loosen up. Listen A Dont be so stressed out. Relax. < Cmon, loosen up. Its your wedding, not your execution.>

You really chickened out! Listen A You got out because of fear. <Your opponent was strong. Apparently, you were afraid of him. You really chickened out!>

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