5 Everyday Conversational Expressions Directing a Conversation p.1


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* 5 Directing a Conversation (p.1 of 8)


5.1 When you signal that you are getting to the point


Let me be perfectly clear. Listen <Let me be perfectly clear. I dont want any trouble, neither for you nor for me.>

May I be frank? Listen <May I be frank? The way you are conducting business is unacceptable.>

To make a long story short. Listen A To avoid details of secondary importance. <To make a long story short, we got to the airport just in time.>

Lets call a spade a spade. Listen A Lets give a thing its short definition. <Lets call a spade a spade. The company is bankrupt.>

Heres the bottom line. Listen A Here is the conclusion. <Heres the bottom line. We have lost competition.>

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5.2 When you make sure that your point is understood


Do you understand? Listen <If you flunk this test, you can get kicked out of the school. Do you understand?>

Understand? Listen <Get out of my way and stop following me around. Understand?>

You know? Listen <This mineral water is really beneficial for your health. You know? Yes, the local doctor told me that.>

Do you know what Im talking about? Listen A You can figure out what I am talking about, cant you? <There is an old ruin north of the town. Do you know what Im talking about?>

Do you know what I am saying?   Listen   <“The view of the valley from the mountain peak is majestic. Do you know what I’m saying?” – “Yes, I know. I‘ve been there. I‘ve seen it.”>

Do you know what I mean? Listen <Its not just hot in Sahara, its really hot! Do you know what I mean? Yes, its one of the hottest places on the planet.>

If you know what I mean. Listen <Ive got to purchase some of those high-intensity electric light bulbs, if you know what I mean. Halogen lights. I need them, too.>

Do you see what I mean? Listen <If our airplane arrives late, well get stuck at the airport. There will be no bus or taxi available until next morning. Do you see what I mean? Well, I dont like it.>

Do you see where Im coming from? Listen A Do you understand my logic? <Unemployment causes lack of demand, and low demand causes unemployment. This vicious cycle should be broken. Do you see where I am coming from?>

Dont you see? Listen A Dont you understand? <Why have you done that? The circumstances forced me to. Dont you see?>

Do you hear what Im saying? Listen <This deal is bad. Weve got to get out of it. Do you hear what Im saying?>

Do you hear me? Listen <We need to solve this problem as soon as possible. Do you hear me?>

Does that make any sense? Listen <We have to introduce new products to the market one at a time. Otherwise, we create competition between our products. Does that make sense?>

Am I making sense? Listen <If we neglect a slightest detail, the entire project can be ruined. Am I making sense?>

Am I right? Listen A Is what I am saying correct? <Using the same logic, you should come to the same conclusion. Am I right?>

Do you follow me?   Listen   A “Do you understand the continuity of my thought?”   <“First, prepare dough. Second, beat three eggs. Then, chop onions. Do you follow me?”>

Do you follow? Listen A Do you track my thought? <If you open a savings account with our bank, you will earn 1% more in interest plus youll get an annual bonus. Do you follow?>

Are you following me? Listen A Are you keeping up with what I am saying? <Cross the bridge and keep driving until you see a large cornfield on both sides of the road. Turn left at the intersection. Are you following me?>

Are you with me on this? Listen <As you see, theres no chance we could win that fight. We simply didnt have adequate resources. Are you with me on this?>

Are you with me so far? Listen <I explained you how I came to this conclusion. Are you with me so far?>

Do you get the message? Listen A Do you understand what I am telling you? <People dont behave like that at your age. Grow up! Do you get the message? I guess so>

Do you get the picture? Listen A Do you understand the situation? <If we fail to make a good presentation, they will close our project. Do you get the picture? Yes, I get it.>

Do you get it? Listen <The boss ordered us to complete the project by the end of the month. Do you get it? Yes, I do. Well, then, get to work.>

Do you agree? Listen <We need to save our strength for the final game. Do you agree?>

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5.3 When you are ready to make a statement


Please be advised that Listen <Please be advised that due to stormy weather, your flight is cancelled.>

For your information, Listen A This is to inform you. <For your information, all airplanes are grounded until further notice.>

Its a pleasure to inform you that Listen <Its a pleasure to inform you that our team won the school competition.>

I regret to inform you that Listen <I regret to inform you that our project was cancelled.>

I hate to disappoint you, but Listen <I hate to disappoint you, but we have to cancel our trip.>

I apologize for the inconvenience, but Listen <I apologize for the inconvenience, but we have to delay your flight for technical reasons.>

If I may say so, Listen <If I may say so, you are the kindest person I know.>

If its okay with you, Listen <If its OK with you, I would like to spend our next vacation in Brazil.>

If it pleases you, Listen <If it pleases you, I suggest that we eat dinner out tonight.>

If I may be so bold, Listen A If I am allowed to make such a bold statement, <If I may be so bold, the government has got to get its act together before this country falls into a massive deficit.>

As you know, Listen <As you know, I dont like airplanes. Lets take a train.>

As you might know, Listen <As you might know, our company manufactures high-tech electronic equipment.>

As you may already know, Listen <As you may already know, there was an accident in the Gulf of Mexico.>

As you are aware, Listen <As you are aware, money doesnt grow on trees.>

As you are no doubt aware, Listen <As you are no doubt aware, the boss made a decision to close down your project.>

Not that its any of my business, but Listen <Not that its any of my business, but the way you spend money is not necessarily an example of frugality.>

Im just saying Listen <Im just saying that State Law should not contradict Federal Law.>

What I would like to say is Listen <What I would like to say is theres nothing new in this new theory.>

Let me just say Listen <Let me just say that this small technical improvement didnt go unnoticed by the leading scientists.>

I just wanted to say Listen <I just wanted to say that theres no accounting for taste, thats all.>

I want to bring up the following... Listen A I want to introduce, submit, mention... <We discussed the notion of allegory. Now, I want to bring up the notion of parable.>

By the same token, Listen A By analogy, similarly, likewise. <When my sister likes a man, she loves him, and, by the same token, when she dislikes a man, she hates him.>

By the way, Listen A Following the same train of thought and in addition to it. <Thank you for your reminder about the rain. By the way, this year we have had more rains than usually, dont you think so?>

Incidentally, Listen A As a new related topic... <The boss is going to have a party this weekend. Incidentally, I have never received an invitation to this party.>

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