4 Everyday Conversational Expressions Starting and Ending a Conversation p.2


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* 4 Starting and Ending a Conversation (p.2 of 2)


4.7 When you make a person interested in a topic


You wont believe this. Listen A I have incredible news. <You wont believe this! Airlines are cancelling flights as we speak. Something extraordinary has happened.>

You wont believe what Jane has just told me. Listen <You wont believe what Jane has just told me. Our company was sold to an overseas corporation.>

Have you heard? Listen A Have you heard the latest news? < What? Our flight was cancelled. And what are we going to do now?>

Have you heard the latest? Listen < No. Whats going on? They are moving our department to another building.>

Did you hear what happened? Listen < No. Tell me. There is a major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.>

Did you hear the news? Listen < No. What happened? The stock market dropped three hundred points in one hour.>

Youll never guess what I heard. Listen < What is it? The CEO of our company had an affair with his secretary.>

Guess what Ive just found out. Listen < What? They are going to build a high-speed rail system across California. Our company can be a part of this project.>

Get this. Listen A Listen to this news. < What? Im going to continue my education in Europe.>

Are you ready for this? Listen A Are you ready to listen to my incredible news? <I have to tell you something. Are you ready for this? I can hardly wait. You have been voted the employee of the month.>

You know what? Listen A Have you heard what happened? < No. What? I think our daughter is pregnant.>

Do you want to know something? Listen < What? Somebody bent the rear bumper of your car.>

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4.8 When you direct somebodys attention to an object


Look here. Listen <Look here. The local newspaper published a new article about our school.>

Look at this. Listen <Look at this. Isnt this view majestic?>

Take a look at this. Listen <Take a look at this. Ive never seen such an animal.>

Look what we have here. Listen <Look what we have here. Its a fox with cubs.>

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4.9 When you respond to an invitation to talk


What is it? Listen A What do you want to talk about? <I need to talk with you. OK. What is it? Your dog pooped on my lawn again.>

Whats up? Listen A What is going on? <Do you have a minute? Sure. Whats up?>

Whats the problem? Listen A What problem do you want to talk about? <Bob, we need to talk. Its urgent. Whats the problem?>

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4.10 When you confirm that you are paying attention


Im listening. Listen A I am listening to you. You have my attention. <Id like to tell you something. Im listening.>

I hear you. Listen <What I told you is very important. Do you understand? I hear you.>

I heard you. Listen <This threat is imminent. We have to take action immediately. I heard you.>

I am all ears. Listen <Have you heard the latest? Its awesome! Keep talking. Im all ears.>

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4.11 When you reprimand your listener for not paying attention


Youre not listening. Listen <How can I explain it to you? You are not listening.>

Youre distracted. Listen <Ive repeated it twice. You still dont understand. Youre distracted.>

Youre a million miles away. Listen A You are far away. You are not paying attention. <Im talking to you, and youre a million miles away.>

You seem to be absent-minded. Listen <How can I make you listen? You seem to be absent-minded.>

Im not finished with you. Listen A You are not listening already while I still have more to say. <When the father stopped yelling, Bob thought the scolding was over. But the father said, Young man, Im not finished with you.>

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4.12 When you signal the end of a conversation


Well, its really good to see you, but I have to go. Listen < It was nice talking to you.>

Im sorry, but I have to go now. Listen < Well, see you next time.>

It was so good to see you again. Listen < I was glad to see you, too.>

Well, its getting late. Listen < I have to go, too. >

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4.13 When you end a conversation abruptly


Oh, look at the time! I must go. Listen < Im glad you stopped by.>

I have to run. Listen < I hope to see you again sometime.>

I have to say good-bye now. Listen < OK. Come again when you can stay longer.>

Sorry, but I have to leave now. Listen < Drop by sometime.>

Im late. Ill call you. Listen < OK, Ill be waiting for your call. Dont forget our conversation.>

Im gone. Listen A I am leaving right now. <OK, you guys. Thanks for the evening. Im gone. See you around.>

Im off. Listen <Well, its getting late. Im off. Im off too. Good-bye.>

Im out of here. Listen <Its time to go. Im out of here. Thanks for coming. Bye.>


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