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July 2017

English Conversation- Talking about a Holiday.

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Let us take Holidays as the topic for English conversation. Holidays are joyful. We go on a holiday to meet are closed ones. Since, talking about holidays is one exciting topic in any social gathering.Also, we even talk about them casually in any semi-formal gathering. So, when your boss/colleague/ friend is sharing his holiday trip with you, won’t you share one of your holiday experiences with them? So, How will you describe a holiday trip and what is that you should mention in the English conversation?

Talking about your holidays

Some main points you need to discuss when Talking about holidays.

1. See, The most important parameter is ‘Place’. Hence, while Talking about holidays the first thing you should tell us which place did you go for a holiday.

2. Furthermore, When we go on a Holiday it is more likely that we meet new people or you go to meet your closed ones. So,If you are sharing a Holiday experience you should describe the person you met so that they are aware of whom you are talking.

3. Also ,they are meant for time to enjoy, have fun, explore new places with new people or with your loved ones. Especially, when you talk about your holiday, your experience is most important. So, how much did you enjoy your trip? Hence, This is what will make the conversation interesting while you are talking about holidays.

4. Meanwhile, share your craziest experience in while Talking about holidays. Let them feel the same excitement that you have felt when they hear about it. Also, You can also talk about the specialties of that place. So, next time they go there, they are aware of what is best served.

Here is a sample audio of Talking about holidays:

This is a semi-formal English conversation where Susan shares her holiday trip experience with Urvashi.

Test your Comprehension.

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If you are asked to share a Holiday experience, what would you like to tell?

(Share with us your holiday experience in the comment box.)

English Conversation Chat- Talking about films.

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Let us look at one more topic for English conversation. Friday’s mandatory topics are the movie which is going to release. We all have a chat about the upcoming release of any movie or a released one. It can be a chat with your colleague, friend, parents or anyone else. When we have English conversation on such a generic topic what is that you have to discuss. You will be some time hesitant to speak about a movie or give a review. How can you have a good conversation while you talk about films? We give you an English conversation example where Sunil and Aakash are discussing a newly released film.

Fluent Life | Talking about film

Fluent Life | Talking about film

Read the English conversation carefully.

Sunil: Hi, Wassup.

(An alternative: Hi, How are you?)

Aakash: Hi, I am good. How are you?

(An alternative: Hi, I am good. Wassup with you?)

Sunil: All well. How’s work going on?

(Do not say: Good. What’s going on with work?)

(This is not the most appropriate way to ask. You can ask in a better way.)

(An alternative: I am all well. How is your work going on?)

Aakash: In this season work is always slow.

(Do not say: Summer season is always like the cold.)

(This is not the most appropriate sentence.)

(An alternative: It’s off season going on.)

Sunil: Oh yes! Did you see that movie?

(You can use a more appropriate word.)

(An alternative: Oh yes! Did you watch the movie?)

Aakash: Which movie?

Sunil: Jagga Jasoos

Aakash: No, Did you watch the movie?

(This is not the most appropriate sentence. The better way can be.)

(An alternative: No I haven’t watched it yet. What about you?)

Sunil: Yes, I did it was good I liked it.

(This is not the way you say. The better way can be.)

(An alternative: I did watch the movie and I found it good.)

Aakash: I did not go because I read the reviews. The movie has got only 3.5 stars.

(There can be a better way to communicate the same sentence.)

(An alternative: The review of the movie are not good. It has got just 3.5 stars that’s why I didn’t feel like going.)

Sunil: Grow up. Have your own choice dude. Go and watch the movie.

(This isn’t the best way to say the sentence. Here is a better way.)

(An alternative: Oh Common Grow up. You should not depend on them totally.)

Aakash: Okay fine.

Sunil: The movie is for us especially, Katrina is a journalist and it’s an interesting investigation.

(Do not say: It is for us only because Katrina is a journalist and there is an investigation.)

(There can be a more appropriate way to say the sentence.)

(An alternative: You will find it interesting as Katrina is a journalist and the story is based on an investigation.)

Aakash: Journalist is it?

(Do not say: Journalist is she?)

Sunil: Yes! The movie is full in a song.

(An alternative: All the dialogues in the movie are scripted in a form of a song.)

Aakash: Oh! That seems interesting.

(Do not say: Oh song.)

(This is not appropriate you need to so some verbal expressions.)

(An alternative: Oh Woah! That’s interesting.)

Sunil: The best part is the locations of the movie.

(Do not say: Locations are the best of the movie.)

(An alternative: The best part in the movie are the locations in which the movie is shot.)

Aakash: I should go to see the movie or you are going to tell me everything?

(An alternative: Should I go to watch the movie or you gonna tell me everything?)

Sunil: Oh! Sorry. Go watch the movie.

Test your Comprehension.

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Discuss the latest movie you have watched. Write the English conversation.

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English Conversation Chat- Talking about Past experience.

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Let us go through one more topic for English conversation. The topic is talking about a past experience. So, It’s a Sunday morning. Juhi and Riya are best friends. They are spending a good time together in a nearby cafe. On a weekend we often tend to move out of our homes meet some friends and gossips.Also, share some happy moments and experiences. And, We share our past experiences. Probably, This happens often you do not have the right words to talk fluently about your experience. Also, You can refer some conversations at that time. So, Here is one example:

Fluent Life | Talking about Past experiences

Fluent Life | Talking about Past experiences

Read the conversations carefully.

Juhi: Hi, How are you?

(Here, Use An alternative: Hi, Wassup.)

Riya: Hi, I am all good. You tell me, Wassup.

(So, Do not say: Hi, all good. Tell me.)

(Also, An alternative: Hi, I am good.Wassup with you.)

Juhi: Nothing interesting. Work, that’s all.

(Here, An alternative: Nothing new.)

r : Oh! Alright.

J: How was your trip to Rajasthan?

R: It was a success. Everyone is so happy in the office.

(Also, This can be a better way.)

Furthermore, (An alternative: It was a successful trip. All my bosses are happy with my work.)

J: Great yeah! Congratulations.

(This is not a formal meet you can express freely to your best friends.)

(So,An alternative: Woah! Congratulations.)

Riya: OH, What is it exactly?

(Also,This is not the most appropriate sentence. The better way can be.)

(Here, An alternative: What was the meeting all about? or What was the purpose of the trip?)

J: So, I had to present the product to our new investors through a presentation.

(An alternative: I had to give a presentation to our new investors. It was a detailed analysis of our product.)

R: oh! Sounds interesting.

(An alternative: That sounds interesting.)

Juhi: There was a lot of time and energy invested in this project. I gave my 3 months for this project.

(Do not say: In this project my time and energy is invested. I took 3 months.)

(The above sentences aren’t appropriate. There better one can be.)

(An alternative: I have invested a lot of my time and energy in this project. Approximately 3 months.)

Riya: Also, 3 months? For one presentation?

J: Yes! I was so happy that it was a success or else all my energy would be wasted.

(Also, Do not say: I am successful or else it would be all a waste of time.)

(An alternative: It would be a waste of 3 months if this project wasn’t successful.)

R: Did you explore Rajasthan?

(Do not say: Did you roam in Rajasthan?)

Juhi: Yeah we did. We also had a success party thrown by boss where the new investors were invited.

(So, This sentence is not an appropriate one. The better one can be.)

(An alternative: Yes of course.We visited a few places nearby. Our boss also threw a success party with our new investors in Taj Lands.)

Riya: That’s amazing. Finally, your trip was a success.

J: Yes finally.

Here, Test your Comprehension.

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Also, We would love to hear an English conversation about your past experience.

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English Conversation Chat- Introducing your friend.

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Introductions are really thoughtful. Especially in English conversation. Introductions will take place every time you meet a new person. It can be to anyone a boss, a friend, a family member or anyone. The way you introduce is important. This is the first impression that you create of a person which should be good from your side. When you introduce, how do you present a person is what we will learn here. In this example, Karan introduces his friend Farid to Rahul at a party.

Fluent Life | Introducing a friend.

Fluent Life | Introducing a friend.

Read the English conversation carefully.

(The characters in the conversation are good friends with strong bonding. If it had to be a business partner what would be the conversation- Refer the alternatives.)

Karan: Hi, Wassup.

(An alternative: Hi, How are you?)

Rahul: Hi, I am all good.

(The above is not the most appropriate sentence.)

(An alternative: Hi, I am doing very well.)

Karan: You are on time today. How come?

(An alternative: This is the first time you are on time.)

Rahul: I am always on time. Okay.

(An alternative: I am late, but not always.)

Karan: Yes, yes. I know, now let’s go.

(The above one is not the most appropriate one.)

(You can say: Yeah alright. C’mon lets go.)

(An alternative: I am Kidding. Can we go now?)

Rahul: At least, introduce your friend to me.

(This isn’t the most appropriate sentence.)

(An alternative: Don’t you think we need an introduction?)

Karan: Sure. He is my school friend.

(You can say: Oh Yes! He is my school friend.)

(An alternative: Meet him, He is my business partner.)

Rahul: Oh! You are that childhood friend. I have heard a lot about you.

(Karan: You were telling me about him?)

Farid: Same here, Bro.

(The above sentence isn’t appropriate.)

(You can say: Even I have heard a  lot about you.)

Rahul: Hi, I am Rahul.

Farid: Hi, I am Farid.

Rahul: Would you like to have a drink?

(You can say: What’s your poison? or Do you consume alcohol?)

Farid: Yes, sure.

Rahul: Karan, your vodka with soda is fixed, right?

Karan: You know me well.

Test your Comprehension.

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If you had to introduce your business partner or colleague to your friend. How would you do?

(Share with us the conversation in the comment box. You can check the fluent life for more such conversations.)

English Conversation Chat- Talking about your symptoms.

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If you feel unwell, the first thing you need to do is visit a doctor. You cannot avoid going to a doctor for a long time. When you are with the doctor you need to communicate. If you do not tell your symptoms to the doctor, he might not be able to treat you well. There shouldn’t be any communication gap. It isn’t as difficult as you think.

Fluent Life | Talking about symptoms

Fluent Life | Talking about symptoms

Read the conversation carefully.

Patient: Good evening, Doctor.

(Do not say: Hie, Doctor.)

Doctor: Good evening. When did you come back to Mumbai?

(An alternative: When did you come back from the tour?)

Patient: I came back on Tuesday.

(An alternative: I was back on Tuesday.)

(Do not say: I am back on Tuesday.)

Doctor: Okay. Tell me, What happened to you?

(Do not say: Okay, What’s the problem?)

Patient: After coming back from Shimla there are many changes in my body.

(The above sentence is not appropriate.)

(An alternative: I came back from Shimla and observed there are changes in my body.)

Doctor: Changes? What changes? Can you explain me in detail?

(An alternative: What are the changes you feeling?)

Patient: I am not feeling hungry. There is always a headache.

(An alternative: I don’t feel hungry and there is a constant headache while I am working.)

(Wrong sentence: I am not having anything and also there is a headache.)

Doctor: Okay, anything else? Body ache or Stomachache?

(Not appropriate: Okay, anything more? Bodyache? Stomachache? )

(An alternative: Is there anything more that you feel?)

Patient: Yes, There is Body ache.

(An alternative: Yes, Body ache too.)

(Wrong sentence: Also Body ache.)

Doctor: Did you have something spicy?

(An alternative: Did you have any spicy food?)

Patient: No.

Doctor: Okay, I’ll check. If you still feel unwell, you have to get the blood test done.

(An alternative: You might have to get a blood test done if you don’t feel better.)

(Wrong sentence: A blood test may be if you remain same.)

Patient: Blood test?

(An alternative: Oh! Blood test?)

Doctor: Don’t worry. You will be fine.

(An alternative: You will be fine. You don’t have to bother much.)

(Not appropriate: Don’t worry there is nothing you need to worry about. You will be fine soon.)

Test your Comprehension

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If you were in the same situation, How would you communicate to the Doctor?

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English Conversation Chat- Planning a Picnic.

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One more topic for English conversation topic is planning a picnic. Woah! It’s vacation time. Arjun and Neeta are siblings. Arjun is a student and Neeta is working. It’s a Sunday evening they both are planning for a family picnic. The conversation is taking place in the dining hall. Mutually, they are figuring out for a destination which is worth visiting in monsoon season. It’s often that you are in the same situation planning for a family picnic.

Fluent Life- Planning a Picnic

Fluent Life- Planning a Picnic

Read the conversation carefully.

Neeta: Hi, Wassup.

(An alternative: Hello, How are you?)

Arjun: Bored at home. That’s why I have called you.

(An alternative: I am too bored at home.)

Neeta: Vacations started?

(An alternative: Oh yeah! Vacation started. Join some classes.)

Arjun. Yes, I said Mom & Dad yesterday, only to plan a family trip.

(Do not say: I wanna go for a trip.)

Neeta: I won’t  get a holiday on weekdays.

(Do not say: But I won’t get holidays on weekdays.)

Arjun: Don’t worry. We are planning for a weekend only.

(An alternative: Is weekend cool with you?)

Neeta: Suggest a good place.

(An alternative: Then suggest me a good place nearby.)

Arjun: It’s monsoon season. We should explore the nature.

(An alternative: Let’s explore the nature. It’s monsoon season.)

Neeta: You want to go some Hill station?

(An alternative: Hill station? What say?)

Arjun: Let’s go Panchgani. It’s not far we can take our car.

(An alternative: Would you want to go Panchgani?)

Neeta: Sounds exciting. I have heard about the place from my friends too. It’s beautiful.

(An alternative: Oh yeah! It’s beautiful. My friends told me once.)

Arjun: Yes, it is. Especially in the monsoon season.

(An alternative: We should go in the monsoon season, surely.)

Neeta: Great then. Let’s talk to Mom & Dad in evening.

(An alternative: Amazing! I am already excited.)

Test your Comprehension

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How would you plan a picnic?

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English Conversation Chat – Conversation with Bench mate

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Let us look at one more topic for English conversation. We all have missed a lecture in school due to some or the other reason. The next day it is difficult to understand what is being thought. What should you do in such a  situation? Ask help from your bench mate or classmate. They will help you the best. If you are thinking how should you start the conversation? Or How to ask help for notes? Here is a small example which can guide you.

Fluent Life- Conversation with Benchmate

Fluent Life- Conversation with Benchmate

Read the English Conversation   carefully:

Rohan: Good morning, Harshit.

(If he is your close friend you can go for the alternative.)

(An alternative: Hi, Harshit)

Harshit: Good morning.

(Do not say: Hi, Wassup.)

(An alternative: Good morning, Rohan.)

Rohan: Are you fine? You look dull.

(There could be a better alternative.)

(An alternative: Are you unwell? Your face looks dull.)

Harshit: I am all fine but there is a problem.

(There can be a better alternative.)

(An alternative: I am good but a bit tensed.)

( Do not say: No not good. There is a problem.)

Rohan: Problem? What is it? Can I help you?

(Do not say: May I help you?)

(An alternative: What’s the problem? Tell me.)

Harshit: I need your book.

(Do not say: I want your book. [Ask for the book])

Rohan: Which book?

Harshit: I was absent on Tuesday. I don’t have the Grammar notes.

(This isn’t the most appropriate sentence.)

(An alternative: I was absent on Tuesday for the Grammar lecture.)

(I don’t have the Grammar notes because I was absent on Tuesday.)

Rohan: There is no Grammar lecture today.

(This isn’t the most appropriate sentence.)

(An alternative: We don’t have a Grammar lecture today.)

(Do not say : But there is any Grammar lecture today.)

Harshit: Okay. Can you please bring the book tomorrow?

(Do not say: Bring the book tomorrow. [you should request him])

Rohan: Sure. There is a test next week on this chapter.

(This isn’t the most appropriate sentence.)

(An alternative: We have a test next week in this chapter. )

Harshit: I don’t know anything. I need your help.

(This isn’t the most appropriate sentence.)

(You can say: When is the test? I know nothing. You have to teach me.)

Rohan: Don’t worry it’s next week and not this week.

(You do not say: Don’t worry. I am there.- You should give him all the needed information.)

Harshit: Okay. Thank you.

Test Your Comprehension

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 If you were Harshit, what you would have said?

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How to identify adverbs in a sentence in English communication?

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English communication is a vast subject. So, while you have to get the right vocabulary for adverbs. Before going to the technical aspects of what is an adverb? Let us know the basic with the help of real life example. You hear your mom shouting loudly to your younger brother for the mistake he made.

-What is your mother doing? Shouting, which is the verb.

-How did she shout? Loudly which is your adverb.

An adverb is something which describes your verb. It is a word which will modify your action. In your daily life, there are many examples:

Situation: My Saturday night in Mumbai.

1. The cab driver drove swiftly.

2. The music was loud.

3. They walked slowly to the corner of the pub.

Why do you need to learn Vocabulary for adverbs?

While we pronounce adverbs, it sounds as add+verbs. The name says it all, but to describe a situation well there is going to be a use of adverbs. Adverbs are grammar concept. What you need to learn is which adverb fits right to describe your verb in the most appropriate way.While you have a conversation it is important that you speak fluently with proper vocabulary. The first thing you need to know how to identify an adverb.

How to identify an Adverb in a sentence?

The first thing you need to learn about adverbs is to identify them in a sentence. We try to understand it with some basic rules:

Basic Rules to identify adverbs:

1. Many adverbs end in -ly but many do not.

Example 1: We performed badly. ( You need to ask the question How? How was the performance?)

Adverb- Badly ( It describes how the performance was.)

Example 2: The lion roared ferociously. (How did the lion roar?)

Adverb- Ferociously (It tells us how the lion roar)

2. It isn’t compulsory that an adverb has to end in -ly.

Example 1: She flew the plane yesterday. (You need to ask the question When? When did she fly the plane?)

Adverb- yesterday (It mentions when the job was done.)

Example 2: Anil rode his horse last Tuesday. (You need to ask the question When? When did he ride the horse?)

Adverb- Last Tuesday (It states when the job was done.) (Note: You can make a mistake by thinking that only Tuesday is the adverb but it is ‘Last Tuesday’.)

3. Adverbs are identified with the verbs or the types.

Example 1: I looked for it everywhere. (You need to ask the question Where? Where did I look for it?)

Adverb- everywhere (It states where they have searched.)

Example 2: There are many flowers outside. (You need to ask the question Where? Where are many flowers?)

Adverb- outside (It states where is the object.)

How to use adverbs in a sentence?

Now after understanding the basic rules of how to identify the adverbs we need to know how to use the adverbs. We try to understand this with the help of a scenario:

Scenario: An emergency situation in a zoo.

I can see the fire spreading on the streets. Sir, We should take due action or else there could be a worse situation. It isn’t easy Raju to shift all the animals from the zoo. Cheetahs can run very quickly. Bhalu cannot run fast. Birds will fly higher but the baby species cannot fly high. It is a critical situation we need to think twice Raju.

Adverbs used- worse, quickly, fast, higher, high, critical.

Test your grammar

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English Conversation Chat- Conversation with a new employee.

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Here is a conversation which will remind you of your first day of your job. You enter a new office and don’t know whom to talk. You want someone to welcome you with warm regards to the company. There is an existing employee who comes and starts talking to you. You cannot stay quiet at that time. This is surely not going to give a good impression of you. If you want that you are fluent while you have a conversation in your new office. In spite of feeling awkward, you should read the below conversation.

Fluent Life- Conversation with colleague

Fluent Life- Conversation with colleague

Read the conversation carefully:

Sushant: Hi, What’s your name?

(The below sentence can sound better.)

(An alternative: Hi, May I know your good name?)

Sanket: Hi, My name is Sanket.

(An alternative: Hello, My name is Sanket and yours?)

Sushant: I am Sushant. What are you here for?

(Do not say: Sushant here. What’s your profile?)

Sanket: I have been appointed as a Content Writer.

(Do not say: I am as a Content Writer.)

(An alternative: I am here as a Content Writer.)

Sushant: Content Writer. Sounds interesting. Are you a fresher?

(This can sound more interesting.)

(An alternative: Content Writer. Oh Woah! That’s something creative.)

Sanket: I was as an intern in a Digital Media Company. I was working as a Content Writer there.

(Do not say: Interning at Digital Media Company as a Content Writer.[Interning- Present Tense])

(An alternative: I was interning with a Digital Media Company.)

Sushant: Okay. That’s great.

Sanket: Thank you. From how long are you working here?

(Do not say: How much time you are working here?)

(An alternative: It’s been how long you are working here?)

Sushant: Probably 3months that’s all. I am working as a Business Developer here.

(An alternative: Approximately 3months not much.)

Sanket: Okay.

Sushant: What’s your qualification? Are you studying?

(An alternative: Are you still studying?)

Sanket: I have given graduation in BMS.

(This isn’t the appropriate answer)

(An alternative: I have just completed my graduation in BMS.)

Sushant: From which college?

Sanket: NM College in Vile Parle.

(This can sound more interesting.)

(An alternative: Oh nice! That’s a really good college.)

Sushant: Great. Nice meeting you.

Test your Comprehension

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If you were Sanket, what would you do?

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English Conversation Chat- Talking to a stranger.

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While we travel, we meet unknown people. There is always an awkward situation while talking to new people. You have so many thoughts wandering around. What is most important that you speak fluent English. You cannot be silent, that’s not how you behave with a stranger you meet on a trek. What conversation would be right? How should you start? We answer these questions for you.

Fluent Life- Conversation with a stranger

Fluent Life- Conversation with a Stranger

Read the conversation carefully:

Raj: Hi

(Do not say: Hi, Bro! Wassup.) (An alternative: Hi, What’s your name?)

Seema: Hi

(An alternative: Hi, What’s your name?)

Raj: Are you a Trekker?

(Do not say: You are a Trekker.)

Seema: No no this is my first trek.

(An alternative: This is my first trek. What about you?)

Raj: Oh, that’s great! This is my third trek.

(Do not say: Mine is also third.)

Seema: Okay. Are you studying or working?

(Do not say: Studying or Working?)

Raj: Currently, I have taken a break from studies and joined a company.

(An alternative: I have recently joined a company.)

Seema: Oh nice. Where do you work?

(Do not say: Where you working?)

Raj: I work at Andheri and you?

(Do not say: In Andheri)

Seema: Andheri. Where in Andheri? Even I work in Andheri.

(An alternative: Even I work in Andheri. )

Raj: Oh! My is office is in Sakinaka and yours?

(Do not say: I work in Sakinaka.)

Seema: I work at Andheri (West).

Raj: I think it’s going to rain we need to complete the trek soon.

(An alternative: The cloud looks dark. It might rain heavily.)

Seema: Yes, it’s my first trek I am already scared.

(Do not say: Yes, my first trek)

Raj: Don’t worry. We all will complete the trek safely. Let’s go.

(An alternative: You don’t have to worry. I am there here. Let’s go.)

Seema: Sure.

Test Your Comprehension

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If you were Seema, what would you do?

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