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How To Talk About A Fashion Trend That You’re Glad Is Gone

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Do you have fashion trends that you don’t like?

We’ve all hopped on the fashion bandwagon from time to time, experimenting with the latest styles and trends is a lot of fun! Especially when we find styles that suit us. Occasionally though, a new fashion trend may roll around that we’re not exactly comfortable with. In fact, sometimes we may really dislike the latest trends, there are a lot of trends that we’re glad have been abandoned. Have you ever wanted to talk about such trends?

Sometimes though, we all face problems when trying to accurately convey exactly what we’re trying to say.

Read on to learn exactly what to say, to make your conversational partner understand what is it that makes you dislike that particular fashion trend. Happy learning!

So, let’s start by taking a basic situation that all of us can relate to, and work from there.

*You and your friend are going to a party with the theme ‘Fashion From The Past’. You’re doing some internet surfing to see what you could wear, when you notice some really questionable fashion trends. You talk to your friend about how you’re glad such fashion trends don’t exist anymore*

Read on to find the overall flow, specific vocabulary, phrases, and expressions that can be used for an effective and fluent conversation on this topic. Right below is your guide to having an engaging conversation!

A conversation has specific phases that it goes through. Here is a quick look at we will teach you, to guarantee you a smooth conversation.   

Content : What is it that you are going to talk about?

Use the wh questions along with the keywords to help you put together the content.

  1. What is the old fashion trend? – Bell Bottom jeans, Ripped jeans, Crop tops etc.
  2. Who was seen wearing it? – Singer, Sportsperson, Actress etc.
  3. When was it popular? – Last year, In the 90’s etc.
  4. Why do you dislike it? – Doesn’t suit your body type, sense of style etc.
  5. Where did you come across this trend? – On TV, In a magazine, On YouTube etc.

Choosing Contextual Vocabulary

Choosing contextual vocabulary to suit the scenario you’re talking about can be very important when it comes to giving depth and clarity to what you’re trying to say, as well as piquing your partner’s attention. In this case, you’re talking about an old fashion trend.

Listed below are a few words and phrases that could come in handy while elaborating on the fashion trend.

  1. Style
  2. Model
  3. Type
  4. Cloth/Fabric
  5. Accessibility
  6. Price
  7. Quality
  8. Appearance
  9. Creativity
  10. Utility
  11. Critical
  12. Designer
  13. Frills
  14. A-line
  15. Collars

Similarly, given below are a few descriptive words and phrases that you could use to make your conversation more interesting!

  1. Changing styles
  2. Shifting trends
  3. Body type
  4. Limited accessibility
  5. Retro themes
  6. Decreased quality
  7. Over-the-top appearance
  8. Lacking creativity
  9. Devoid of utility
  10. Critically panned
  11. Designer samples
  12. Ornamental frills
  13. Plain A-line dresses
  14. Stiff collars
  15. Silky fabric

Organizing the Content : Putting it all together to create a comprehensive picture

Now that we know what to talk about and the words to use, let us put them in a logical order.

Initiate the conversation by bringing up the old trend

I came across this trend while surfing the internet, did you know men and women in the 90’s wore geometric patterned shirts?

Express your dislike over it

In my opinion, the mismatched mess of colours in geometric patterned shirts is truly an assault on the eye.

Say something about the trend – Here are five examples of things you could say

  1. Crop tops were all the rage back then, they were thought to be perfect for curvier body types.
  2. The popularity of converse shoes was at its peak in the 80’s, especially among young men.
  3. Remember last year? Ripped jeans were so famous, guys used to wear them everywhere.
  4. The single colour fad was started by Madonna back in the 2000’s, needless to say it was a disaster.
  5. The whole ‘denim on denim’ movement was started by accident. You should check it out, the story is on wikipedia.

Talk about why you like/dislike the trend

  1. Bell-bottoms weren’t made for people with larger body types, that’s why I don’t like them.
  2. Denim jackets are so expensive, I could never afford them
  3. In my opinion, Suspenders make men look very childish.
  4. The white dress trend was the worst because white clothes are so hard to maintain.
  5. I’m so glad men wear clothes that fit, back then they used to wear deliberately oversized clothing and it was awful!

You could end by asking your conversational partner what he/she thinks about the fashion trend

So, what do you think of Geometric-patterned shirts? Redeemable or Fashion Failure?

A model answer would be as follows

I came across this trend while surfing the internet, did you know men and women in the 90’s wore geometric patterned shirts? In my opinion, the mismatched mess of colours in geometric patterned shirts is truly an assault on the eye. Geometric-patterned shirts were famous in my parents’ time, although they’re quite out of date now. I could show you a picture if you want. Geometric-patterned shirts were usually made with no reference to the colour wheel. As a result, it just resulted in a random mix of too many colours that was honestly an eyesore. They also just generally look awful, I mean, I certainly wouldn’t wear them. So, what do you think of Geometric-patterned shirts? Would you wear them?

How To Introduce Yourself In An Informal Group Setting

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Have you ever been nervous when meeting someone new?

Introducing yourself to someone new can be a daunting task. Whether you’re introducing yourself in an interview, to a superior, to a friend or to a group of people you don’t know, introductions are always important. It is often said that ‘First impressions are the best impressions.’ A truer statement has never been spoken! First impressions are very important, as they enable your partner, or group of people to gauge your behaviour, personality etc. It can be a great indicator of your dynamics with the rest of the group as well. So, introductions can be of pivotal importance during social interactions.

Sometimes though, we all face problems when trying to accurately convey exactly what we’re trying to say.

Read on to learn exactly what to say, to make your conversational group get the best first impression of you. Happy learning!

So, let’s start by taking a basic situation that all of us can relate to, and work from there.

*You have gone with your wife’s family on vacation to her hometown. She has taken you to meet her friends, you have to introduce yourself to them*

Read on to find the overall flow, specific vocabulary, phrases, and expressions that can be used for an effective and fluent conversation on this topic. Right below is your guide to having an engaging conversation!

A conversation has specific phases that it goes through. Here is a quick look at we will teach you, to guarantee you a smooth conversation.   

Content : What is it that you are going to talk about?

Use the ‘wh’ questions along with the keywords to help you put together the content.

  1. What is your name? – Kevin, John, Susan etc.
  2. Where are you from? – Chennai, Delhi, Bombay etc.
  3. How are you related to the person who has introduced you? (if at all) – Husband, wife, friend etc.
  4. Why are you in that situation? – Party, Family introductions, Wedding etc.
  5. What makes you interesting? – You’re good at singing, painting, playing the piano etc.

Choosing Contextual Vocabulary

Choosing contextual vocabulary to suit the scenario you’re talking about can be very important when it comes to giving depth and clarity to what you’re trying to say, as well as piquing your partner’s attention. In this case, you’re talking about yourself.

Listed below are a few words and phrases that could come in handy while elaborating on the topic.

  1. Character
  2. Personality
  3. Likes
  4. Dislikes
  5. Hobbies
  6. Skills
  7. Talents
  8. Qualifications
  9. Interests
  10. Awards
  11. Beliefs
  12. Feelings
  13. Emotions
  14. Ideas
  15. Thoughts

Similarly. given below are a few descriptive words and phrases that you could use to make your conversation more interesting!

  1. Novel thoughts
  2. Unconventional ideas
  3. Easily emotional
  4. Strong beliefs
  5. Honorary awards
  6. Varied interests
  7. Professional qualifications
  8. Soft character
  9. Cheerful personality
  10. Specific likes
  11. Vehement dislikes
  12. Firm advocacy of own ideas
  13. Tolerant/Intolerant attitudes
  14. Interesting hobbies
  15. Practiced skills

Initiate the conversation with a greeting and your name

Hello, my name is Adarsh.

Tell them how you came to be in that situation/How you know the mutual friend who made you two meet

I’m Katherine’s husband, it’s a pleasure to meet you. Katherine was telling me about how I absolutely had to come down to Nantucket and meet all of her friends so here I am!

Comment on the situation, or talk about yourself as the situation requires

  1. This is fantastic party, very well-organised.
  2. The food in this restaurant is so sumptuous, I’m on my third round!
  3. I work with Karen (the hostess) at Selcom Research Institute, we study the theory of evolutionary biology with respect to aquatic organisms.
  4. I love snorkelling, I’m so glad Katherine decided to have a beach party.
  5. This is a beautiful park, I love how quiet and peaceful it is.

Acknowledge your conversational partner in the context of the situation

  1. It was so nice of you to invite us over, thank you so much.
  2. You have a lovely home, I have to admire your colour scheme and interior design, it looks like the work of a professional!
  3. It was very kind of you to drive my wife and I to the beach today, we had lots of fun.
  4. Your cooking is delicious! Please tell me the recipe you used for your lasagne, my wife says it’s a secret but I’m sure you wouldn’t mind sharing, right?
  5. I can’t help but notice what a prime location your house is in. It’s close to a really good school, and your office is just two blocks away! I must say this is very fortunate indeed.

You could end by asking the other person to tell you about themselves.

So, tell me a bit about yourself. How do you know Katherine?

A model answer would be as follows

Hello, my name is Adarsh. I’m Katherine’s husband, it’s a pleasure to meet you. Katherine was telling me about how I absolutely had to come down to Nantucket and meet all of her friends so here I am! I’m so glad you decided to host a beach party, I love snorkelling. The party was fantastic. It was very kind of you to drive my wife and I to the beach today, we had lots of fun. Your cooking is delicious! Please tell me the recipe you used for your lasagne, Katherine says it’s a secret but I’m sure you wouldn’t mind sharing, right? Anyway, tell me a bit about yourself. How did you and Katherine meet?

How To Talk About Your Hobby

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What’s your favourite hobby?

All of us have hobbies, whether it’s playing sports, reading books, listening to music, so on and so forth. Pursuing hobbies is a productive and engaging way to spend one’s time, which can also be a lot of fun! It can also be the perfect means to bond with new people who share the same interests as you. To that effect, we’re sure that all of you love to talk about your hobbies.

Sometimes though, we all face problems when trying to accurately convey exactly what we’re trying to say.

Read on to learn exactly what to say, to make your partner understand why you love your hobby. Happy learning!

So, let’s start by taking a basic situation that all of us can relate to, and work from there.

*You’ve just met someone new at a party, and you’re trying to make friends with them. They have asked you what your hobbies are.*

Read on to find the overall flow, specific vocabulary, phrases, and expressions that can be used for an effective and fluent conversation on this topic. Right below is your guide to having an engaging conversation!

A conversation has specific phases that it goes through. Here is a quick look at what we suggest, to guarantee you a smooth conversation.  

Content : What is it that you are going to talk about?

Use the wh questions along with the keywords to help you put together the content.

  1. What is your hobby? – Reading books, Listening to music, Playing sports etc.
  2. How long have you had this hobby? – Since childhood, developed a few years ago etc.
  3. How do you pursue and fulfil this hobby? – Join sports teams, Buy books periodically etc.
  4. What do you like about your hobby? – Relaxing, Engaging, Exciting etc.
  5. Does your hobby grant you special skills? If so, what are they? – Better grasp of the language through reading, Improved hand-eye coordination through playing tennis etc.

Choosing Contextual Vocabulary

Choosing contextual vocabulary to suit the scenario you’re talking about can be very important when it comes to giving depth and clarity to what you’re trying to say, as well as piquing your partner’s attention. In this case, you’re talking about your hobby.

Listed below are a few words and phrases that could come in handy while elaborating on your hobby.

  1. Skills
  2. Talents
  3. Productivity
  4. Time
  5. Energy
  6. Passion
  7. Pursue
  8. Support
  9. Relaxation
  10. Reprieve
  11. Past-time
  12. Showcase
  13. Perform
  14. Results
  15. Feedback
  16. Praise

Similarly. given below are a few descriptive words and phrases that you could use to make your conversation more interesting!

  1. Welcome reprieve
  2. Multifarious talents
  3. Supportive environment
  4. Encouraging feedback
  5. Promising outcomes
  6. Development of skills
  7. Inculcation of talents
  8. Improvement in productivity
  9. Proper use of time
  10. Personality development
  11. Passionate work
  12. Occasional past-time
  13. Relaxing activities
  14. Health benefits
  15. Self-care/Mental Health improvement

Organizing the Content : Putting it all together to create a comprehensive picture

Now that we know what to talk about and the words to use, let us put them in a logical order.

Initiate the conversation by bringing up your hobby, this could be done in many ways. One such way is given below.

I love reading books, it’s my favourite hobby!

Talk about what you do to facilitate your hobby – Here are 5 examples

  1. My yoga instructor comes home every day in the mornings to do yoga with me, it’s really refreshing.
  2. I’m a part of a book club at my local library, I attend meetings every Tuesday and Saturday.
  3. I go for a lot of open mics in restaurants, pubs etc. so I can practice my singing.
  4. I’ve joined the rock band in college, I play bass guitar, it’s great!
  5. I’m a part of my department’s cricket team, we organise matches once a month against other departments in the hospital, it’s loads of fun.

Give reasons for why you love your hobby – Here are five examples

  1. Yoga relaxes my body and calms my mind, giving me the strength I need to face my day.
  2. I love reading, as it is the perfect way for me to escape reality. I can always escape my problems between the pages of a book.
  3. I’d really like to hone my singing talent, I hope to be on The Voice someday.
  4. I love playing guitar because I’m quite good at it, I love composing tunes and coming up with variations and such. It’s so engaging.
  5. Cricket has been my favourite sport since childhood, whenever I play it, I get really nostalgic, as I am reminded of my school days.

End by asking your conversational partner about their hobbies

So, tell me about yourself. Do you have any hobbies?

A model answer would be as follows

I love reading books, it’s my favourite hobby! It is the perfect way for me to escape reality. I can always escape my problems between the pages of a book. My favourite authors are Blyton, Smith and Keenan. I love their writing style, they have a way with words that is truly beautiful. I’m a part of a book club at my local library, I attend meetings every Tuesday and Saturday. I enjoy it, it’s a lot of fun. Anyway, tell me about yourself. Do you have any hobbies?

How To Talk About A New Fashion Trend

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Any fashionistas out there?

Fashion, something everyone is into today. Whether you’re a girl or a boy, fashion is for everyone. With the advent of changing trends and modernism, new trends in fashion have also come into existence. Whether you’re into retro, vintage, 60’s rock, goth or anything, we’re sure we can agree that all of us have our own unique fashion sense. However, we also do keep in touch with the latest trends that crop up from time to time. We also love to talk about them.

Sometimes though, we all face problems when trying to accurately convey exactly what we’re trying to say. Read on to learn what to say, to make your conversational partner understand exactly what you think about the latest fashion trends. Happy learning!

So, let’s start by taking a basic situation that all of us can relate to, and work from there.

*A celebrity has just been seen wearing bell-bottom jeans, a vintage trend that hasn’t been around since the 90’s, you want to talk about it with your friend*

Read on to find the overall flow, specific vocabulary, phrases, and expressions that can be used for an effective and fluent conversation on this topic. Right below is your guide to having an engaging conversation!

A conversation has specific phases that it goes through. Here is a quick look at what we guarantee you, to have a smooth conversation.  

Content : What is it that you are going to talk about?

Use the wh questions along with the keywords to help you put together the content.

  1. What is the new fashion trend? – Bell Bottom jeans, Ripped jeans, Crop tops etc.
  2. Who was seen wearing it? – Singer, Sportsperson, Actress etc.
  3. When did it come out? – Last month, Few weeks ago, Two months ago etc.
  4. Why do you like/dislike it? – Doesn’t suit your body type, sense of style etc.
  5. Where did you come across this trend? – On TV, In a magazine, On YouTube etc.

Choosing Contextual Vocabulary

Choosing contextual vocabulary to suit the scenario you’re talking about can be very important when it comes to giving depth and clarity to what you’re trying to say, as well as piquing your partner’s attention. In this case, you’re talking about a new fashion trend.

Listed below are a few words and phrases that could come in handy while elaborating on the fashion trend.

  1. Style
  2. Model
  3. Type
  4. Cloth/Fabric
  5. Accessibility
  6. Price
  7. Quality
  8. Appearance
  9. Creativity
  10. Utility
  11. Critical
  12. Designer
  13. Frills
  14. A-line
  15. Collars

Similarly, given below are a few descriptive words and phrases that you could use to make your conversation more interesting!

  1. Changing styles
  2. Beautiful model
  3. Body type
  4. Limited accessibility
  5. High price range
  6. Top-tier quality
  7. Grand appearance
  8. Exuding creativity
  9. Devoid of utility
  10. Critically acclaimed
  11. Designer samples
  12. Ornamental frills
  13. Plain A-line dresses
  14. Stiff collars
  15. Silky fabric

Organizing the Content : Putting it all together to create a comprehensive picture

Now that we know what to talk about and the words to use, let us put them in a logical order.

Initiate the conversation by bringing up the new trend

Have you heard? Bell-bottoms are making a comeback, can you believe it?

Express your like/dislike over it

Bell-bottoms were famous in my mom’s time, they’re so out of date now, I have no idea why Rihanna wore them.

Say something about the trend – Here are five examples of things you could say

  1. Crop tops are all the rage now, they’re perfect for curvier body types.
  2. The popularity of converse shoes is growing, especially among young men.
  3. Guys are finally jumping on the ‘ripped jeans’ bandwagon, they seem to be wearing it everywhere!
  4. The single colour fad was started by Madonna back in the 2000’s, needless to say it was a disaster.
  5. The whole ‘denim on denim’ movement was started by accident. You should check it out, the story is on wikipedia.

Talk about why you like/dislike the trend

  1. Bell-bottoms weren’t made for people with larger body types, that’s why I don’t like them.
  2. Denim jackets are so expensive, I can’t afford them
  3. In my opinion, Suspenders make men look very classy.
  4. I love overalls, they’re so cute, I could wear them all day!
  5. Crop tops and sweats are my favourite combination, they’re so comfy.

You could end by asking your conversational partner what he/she thinks about the fashion trend

So, what do you think of Bell-bottoms? Redeemable or Fashion Failure?

A model answer would be as follows

Have you heard? Bell-bottoms are making a comeback, can you believe it? Bell-bottoms were famous in my parents’ time, although they’re quite out of date now. I wonder why celebrities have started wearing them again. In case you didn’t know, Bell-bottoms are these kind of trousers or jeans that flare at the end, I could show you a picture if you want. Bell-bottoms weren’t made for people with larger body types, that’s why I don’t like them. They also just generally look awful, I mean, I certainly wouldn’t wear them. So, what do you think of Bell-bottoms? Would you wear them?

How To Talk About A Birthing Centre

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How many of you have visited birthing centre?

A birthing centre is an institution comprised typically of nurse, midwives, doctors etc. It is a healthcare facility that provides intensive one-on-one care to mothers in labour, and emotional support through the services of doulas. Using birthing centres can give you a more homely and supportive environment while giving birth, as opposed to the austerity and strict protocol of a hospital.

If you’ve used a birthing clinic, we’re sure you can attest to the above. . We’re also sure that anyone who has used a birthing clinic would love to spread the word to all prospective moms out there, including you!

Sometimes though, we all face problems when trying to accurately convey exactly what we’re trying to say.

Read on to learn exactly what to say, to make your conversational partner understand the ins and outs of a birthing clinic. Happy learning!

So, let’s start by taking a basic situation that all of us can relate to, and work from there.

*Your sister is pregnant and wondering if she should use a hospital or a birthing centre to assist with the birth. You want to advise her to use a birthing clinic.*

Read on to find the overall flow, specific vocabulary, phrases, and expressions that can be used for an effective and fluent conversation on this topic. Right below is your guide to having an engaging conversation!

A conversation has specific phases that it goes through. Here is a quick look at we will teach you, to guarantee you a smooth conversation.   

 Content : What is it that you are going to talk about?

Use the ‘wh’ questions along with the keywords to help you put together the content.

  1. Who works at a birthing clinic? – Qualified professionals such as nurses and doctors as well as midwives, doulas etc.
  2. What are the benefits provided? – Individual subjective care, Relaxed Environment, Emotional Support etc.
  3. How is a birthing centre different from a hospital maternity ward? – Amenities, Private Rooms, Kitchens for private use, Comfort Measures (Massages, Hydrotherapy) etc.
  4. Who can use a birthing centre? – Women with no significant complications in their medical history, Low-risk pregnancies etc.
  5. Who cannot use a birthing centre? – Women older than 35, Women with breech-positioned babies etc.

Choosing Contextual Vocabulary

Choosing contextual vocabulary to suit the scenario you’re talking about can be very important when it comes to giving depth and clarity to what you’re trying to say, as well as piquing your partner’s attention. In this case, you’re talking about birthing centres.

Listed below are a few words and phrases that could come in handy while elaborating on the topic.

  1. Anesthesia
  2. Parenting
  3. Family-centred care
  4. Nurses
  5. Midwife
  6. Complications
  7. Birth
  8. Medicine
  9. Labor
  10. Doctors
  11. Health
  12. Babies
  13. Prenatal Care
  14. Postnatal Care
  15. Amenities/Facilities

Similarly. given below are a few descriptive words and phrases that you could use to make your conversation more interesting!

  1. Post-pregnancy problems
  2. Difficult pregnancies
  3. Sufficient mental health care
  4. Effective post-natal care.
  5. Significant complications
  6. Minimal medical intervention
  7. Continuous fetal monitoring
  8. Healthcare provider
  9. Accredited birth center
  10. Natural birth
  11. Familial and Peer support
  12. Insurance coverage
  13. Working medical equipment
  14. Comfort measures
  15. Professional Consultants

Initiate the conversation by enquiring about the pregnancy.

I heard the good news, is it true? Congratulations on your pregnancy!

Ask if your conversational partner requires assistance concerning where to deliver the baby.

Do you need any help with deciding the place of delivery? I had to go through it when my son Adarsh was born, so I’m pretty well-versed with the procedure.

Tell your partner why you think she should/shouldn’t use a birthing centre

  1. Using birthing centres isn’t conducive for people over 35, so I don’t think it’d be safe for you to use one.
  2. You don’t have any complications in your medical history right? A birthing centre would be much more relaxing and stress-free for you.
  3. Birthing centres offer a lot of facilities for giving birth like hydrotherapy, massages, cold compresses etc. I found it a good experience, especially with the pain of giving birth.
  4. Since your baby is in breech position, I don’t think you can use a birthing clinic. You’ll need intensive doctoral care to deal with that.
  5. I would’ve recommended a good birthing centre to you, but you have high blood pressure right? I don’t think using a birthing centre would be suitable for you in that case.

End by telling your friend to ask you for anything if she has questions

‘Please don’t hesitate to ask me for help if you need anything’

A model answer would be as follows.

I heard the good news, is it true? Congratulations on your pregnancy! Do you need any help with deciding the place of delivery? I had to go through it when my son Adarsh was born, so I’m pretty well-versed with the procedure. Birthing centres offer a lot of facilities for giving birth like hydrotherapy, massages, cold compresses etc. I found it a good experience, especially with the pain of giving birth. You don’t have any complications in your medical history right? A birthing centre would be much more relaxing and stress-free for you. I definitely think you should consider using one for your delivery.

How To Talk About Your New Kindle

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Have you ever owned a kindle?

How many of you like reading books? I’m sure all of us have read books, whether we’re casual readers or avid enthusiasts. Have you ever owned or used a kindle? It’s a very unique experience, with a user interface designed for readers to make the most of their reading journey. In recent years, the kindle has been designed and geared towards a variety of uses that expand beyond the scope of your traditional reading device.

It has now moved away from being a solely book-related device, to a loosely predominantly reading device. Now, one can do a host of things on a kindle, ranging from reading books to updating oneself on the latest news, playing games to listening to music etc. Owning a kindle can be great fun! If you own a kindle, we’re sure you would have wanted to talk about it to lots of people.

Sometimes though, we all face problems when trying to accurately convey exactly what we’re trying to say. Read on to learn exactly what to say, to make your conversational partner understand exactly what it is that makes your kindle, so interesting. Happy learning!

So, let’s start by taking a basic situation that all of us can relate to, and work from there.

(Note – this article is with reference to a kindle, but the same template can be used to describe any device)

*Your grandmother has just bought you the latest Kindle Fire HD, and you are excitedly telling your friend about it*

Read on to find the overall flow, specific vocabulary, phrases, and expressions that can be used for an effective and fluent conversation on this topic. Right below is your guide to having an engaging conversation!

A conversation has specific phases that it goes through. Here is a quick look at what we will be following.

Content : What is it that you are going to talk about?

Use the wh questions along with the keywords to help you put together the content.

1.   Where did you get the Kindle from? –Online, From the store, secondhand, gift etc.

2. How did you come across the Kindle? – TV advertisement, Celebrity endorsement, Newspaper etc.

3.   What do you like about the Kindle? –User-friendly interface, Special features, Book catalogue etc.

4.   What is special about the Kindle? – Library system, reduced prices of books, easy mobility, lightweight etc.

5.   What do you use the Kindle for? – Reading, Listening to music, Playing games etc.

                                        Choosing Contextual Vocabulary

Choosing contextual vocabulary to suit the scenario you’re talking about can be very important when it comes to giving depth and clarity to what you’re trying to say, as well as piquing your partner’s attention. In this case, you’re talking about your new kindle.

Listed below are a few words and phrases that could come in handy while elaborating on the kindle.

  1. Features
  2. Concepts
  3. Books
  4. Reading
  5. Variety
  6. Library
  7. Perks
  8. Interface
  9. Utility
  10. Cheap
  11. Book-exchange
  12. Deals
  13. Discounts
  14. Pre-order
  15. Online bookshelf

Similarly. given below are a few descriptive words and phrases that you could use to make your conversation more interesting!

  1. Exciting features
  2. Novel concepts
  3. Diverse books
  4. Easier reading
  5. Variety of applications
  6. Online library
  7. Useful perks
  8. User-friendly interface
  9. Increased utility
  10. Cheaper prices
  11. Book-exchange ideas
  12. Best deals
  13. Bargain discounts
  14. Pre-ordering feature
  15. Effective online bookshelf

Organizing the Content : Putting it all together to create a comprehensive picture

Now that we know what to talk about and the words to use, let us put them in a logical order.

Initiate the conversation by bringing up your kindle, this could be done in many ways. One such way is given below.

My grandmother bought me a new kindle recently, I’m so excited, I can’t wait to use it!

Express your excitement over the kindle this could be why you brought him/her up in the first place.

It’s the latest version, the Kindle Fire HD, it’s got so many new nifty features.

Talk about why you like your kindle – here are 5 examples of things you could say

  1. The Kindle allows me to carry around a lot of books, all in one device, which is much easier than carrying them separately.
  2. The Kindle store offers so many new deals on books, if you books online, you can save a lot.
  3. I love my Kindle because it’s like a mini-bookshelf that I carry around with me all the time.
  4. My kindle is so cool because I can do all sorts of things on it, like reading, listening to music etc.
  5. I’m sentimentally attached to this Kindle, because my grandma bought it for me, and she passed away.

Tell your conversational partner why they should buy a Kindle

  1. I know how you love reading books, you should definitely buy the kindle.
  2. The new kindle has so many features that you would love, you should definitely upgrade from your old kindle.
  3. The Kindle is so easy for travel, it’s convenient because you can carry all the books you want in one small device!
  4. The Kindle has an interface that doesn’t affect the eyes, so you don’t need to worry about spoiling your eyes if you read for too long!
  5. There’s this new library feature on the Kindle that you would love, it allows you to borrow books from the Kindle library for free!

A model answer would be as follows

My grandmother bought me a new kindle recently, I’m so excited, I can’t wait to use it! It’s the latest version, the Kindle Fire HD, it’s got so many new nifty features. The Kindle store offers so many new deals on books, if you books online, you can save a lot. I love my Kindle because it’s like a mini-bookshelf that I carry around with me all the time. My kindle is so cool because I can do all sorts of things on it, like reading, listening to music etc. I know how you love reading books, you should definitely buy the kindle.

How To Talk About A Paediatrician

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Have you ever visited a paediatrician?

We’re sure we’ve all visited the hospital numerous times for various purposes, especially if you have a kid. If you have a kid, we’re 100% sure that you’re no stranger to the paediatrics department! A child’s health can be of paramount importance to a parent, especially in today’s day and age, with the rise of easily communicable and newer types of diseases. As a parent, you would have plenty of experience with choosing the right medical professional for your child. We’re also sure you’d like to help out other struggling parents with making the right choice over such an important decision.

Sometimes though, we all face problems when trying to accurately convey exactly what we’re trying to say.

Read on to learn exactly what to say, to make your conversational partner understand the importance of choosing the right paediatrician. Happy learning!

So, let’s start by taking a basic situation that all of us can relate to, and work from there.

*Your friend’s daughter is sick, you want to direct her to your usual paediatrician whom you visit for your son*

Read on to find the overall flow, specific vocabulary, phrases, and expressions that can be used for an effective and fluent conversation on this topic. Right below is your guide to having an engaging conversation!

A conversation has specific phases that it goes through. Here is a quick look at we will teach you, to guarantee you a smooth conversation.   

Content : What is it that you are going to talk about?

Use the ‘wh’ questions along with the keywords to help you put together the content.

  1. Who is the paediatrician? – Any name – Dr. Kamala, Dr. Dheepak etc.
  2. Which hospital are they affiliated with? – Apollo Hospitals, CMC Hospital etc.
  3. Why do you recommend them? – Child friendly attitude, Skill etc.
  4. How have you come to the above conclusion? – Personal experience, Secondhand accounts etc.
  5. How can you secure an appointment? – Office hour visit, Secretary calling etc.

Choosing Contextual Vocabulary

Choosing contextual vocabulary to suit the scenario you’re talking about can be very important when it comes to giving depth and clarity to what you’re trying to say, as well as piquing your partner’s attention. In this case, you’re talking about a paediatrician.

Listed below are a few words and phrases that could come in handy while elaborating on the topic.

  1. Parenting
  2. Doctors
  3. Health
  4. Medicine
  5. Injections
  6. Amenities
  7. Infants
  8. Vaccination
  9. Adolescents
  10. Child-friendly
  11. Prescriptions
  12. Helpful
  13. Sickness/Illness
  14. Cure
  15. Advice

Similarly. given below are a few descriptive words and phrases that you could use to make your conversation more interesting!

  1. Proper parenting
  2. Skillful doctors
  3. Reliable healthcare
  4. Medical prescriptions
  5. Administering injections
  6. Amenity provision
  7. Sick children
  8. Child-friendly environment
  9. Effective cures
  10. Informed advice
  11. Helpful attitudes
  12. Accommodating procedures
  13. Efficient research
  14. Accurate diagnosis
  15. Professional qualifications

Initiate the conversation by enquiring about your friend’s child

Hey, I heard your daughter was sick. I’m really sorry to hear that.

Introduce your paediatrician to your friend

If you were looking for a good paediatrician, I recommend Ms. X. I visit her whenever my son is sick.

Give reasons for why your friend should visit that paediatrician

  1. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Ms. X, she is truly great at what she does.
  2. Ms. X is so well-versed with medicine, she always manages to cure my son within a few days!
  3. My paediatrician, Ms. X, is such a charming and child-friendly doctor. My son loves her! She can get him to take injections, unpleasant medicines, anything, which I can never get him to do.
  4. Ms. X won the Best Doctor Award recently, awarded by the Medical Council of India, she’s one of the most skilled professionals I’ve ever met.
  5. Ms. X has undergone a lot of specialised training in the field of child psychology, I think she’d be really helpful for your daughter.

End by asking if your friend would like your pediatrician’s contact details

Would you like Ms. X’s contact details? I have her number and office address in case you want it.

A model answer would be as follows

Hey, I heard your daughter was sick. I’m really sorry to hear that. If you were looking for a good paediatrician, I recommend Ms. X. I visit her whenever my son is sick. My paediatrician, Ms. X, is such a charming and child-friendly doctor. My son loves her! She can get him to take injections, unpleasant medicines, anything, which I can never get him to do. I’ve heard a lot of good things about her, she is truly great at what she does. Ms. X has undergone a lot of specialised training in the field of child psychology, I think she’d be really helpful for your daughter.

How To Lift Someone’s Spirits When They’re Sad

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Ever tried cheering someone up?

It can be hard, right? Cheering someone up when they’re down, lifting someone’s spirits. We’ve all been there, whether it’s a friend, a family member or a sibling. It can be awkward sometimes, we might not know what to say or what to do. But, the one thing we do know is that when someone who is close to us is hurt, we must alway be there for them. Ever had trouble about what to say to cheer someone up? Look no further, here at Fluentllife, we help you get a grip on everything you need to know to lift your conversational partner’s spirits in no time.

So, let’s start by taking a basic situation that all of us can relate to, and work from there.

*Your friend had applied to her dream college, but she did not get through*

Read on to find the overall flow, specific vocabulary, phrases, and expressions that can be used for an effective and fluent conversation on this topic. Right below is your guide to having an engaging conversation!

A conversation has specific phases that it goes through. Here is a quick look at we will teach you, to guarantee you a smooth conversation.   

Content : What is it that you are going to talk about

Use the ‘wh’ questions along with the keywords to help you put together the content.

  1. What was the incident that  made you sad? – Friend passed away, Parent’s divorce, College application rejection etc.
  2. When did the incident happen? – Yesterday, A few weeks earlier etc.
  3. How did it happen? – Car accident, Huge fight etc.
  4. How are you coping? – Well, Not very well, Terrible etc.
  5. How can someone help? – Talking, Distracting etc.

                                       Choosing Contextual Vocabulary

Choosing contextual vocabulary to suit the scenario you’re talking about can be very important when it comes to giving depth and clarity to what you’re trying to say, as well as piquing your partner’s attention. In this case, you’re trying to cheer someone up.

Listed below are a few words and phrases that could come in handy while elaborating on the topic.

  1. Optimism
  2. Sunshine
  3. Distractions
  4. Advice
  5. Consolation
  6. Coping mechanism
  7. Friendship
  8. Relationship
  9. Heartbreak
  10. Emotions
  11. Wisdom
  12. Insight
  13. Assistance
  14. Support
  15. Guidance

Similarly. given below are a few descriptive words and phrases that you could use to make your conversation more interesting!

  1. Overly optimistic
  2. Ray of sunshine
  3. Distractions from grief
  4. Helpful advice
  5. Healthy/Unhealthy coping mechanisms
  6. Strong friendship bond
  7. Supportive relationship
  8. Recovering from heartbreak
  9. Emotional support
  10. Insightful guidance
  11. Promising reassurances
  12. Active initiative to help
  13. Shoulder to cry on
  14. Listening to rants
  15. Strengthening bonds

Initiate the conversation by expressing your sympathy.

Hey, my mom told me that your college application didn’t get through, I’m really sorry to hear that.

Ask them if they would like to talk about it.

Do you want to talk about it? I’ve heard talking helps alleviate sadness, you might feel better.

If they agree, then proceed. Ask them what happened.

Tell me about it, what happened?

They may answer like this

I had worked really hard to get into X college, it had been my dream to get in there. I tried my best, I attended coaching classes and devoted two hours every day to entrance exam preparation. However, I guess with the board exams and the pressure of school, I slacked off towards the end, when it mattered the most. Now I am facing the consequences, my parents are so disappointed.

Try to answer based on the context given.

I’m so sorry to hear that, if you ever need any help, please don’t hesitate to ask. In the meantime, what are your plans for college? I think you should take a gap year and study for the exams again. You’re young, you’ve got your whole life ahead of you, it doesn’t matter if you lose this one year. Think about it like this, by sacrificing this one year, you’ll gain a lifetime of happiness and satisfaction. Just because you didn’t get through doesn’t mean you never will, and it’s better to take time and do something you love than directly go into something that you’re not passionate about. I will be with you every step of the way, to motivate and support you. I believe in you, you can do this, if you try harder, you will surely succeed.

How To Talk About Your Guilty Pleasures

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What’s your guilty pleasure?

All of us have guilty pleasures. Whether it’s eating that extra slice of cake when you’re on a diet, or watching just one more episode of your favourite TV show instead of working, guilty pleasures are a part of all of our lives. Admitting to them might be hard, but once we get past that, talking about your guilty pleasures can be a great way to bond with people.

Sometimes though, we all have problems when trying to convey exactly what it is we want to say. Read on to learn exactly what to say, to make your conversational partner understand your guilty pleasures. Happy learning!

So, let’s start by taking a basic situation that all of us can relate to, and work from there.

*You’ve just met someone new at a party, and as a conversation starter, they ask you what your guilty pleasures are*

Read on to find the overall flow, specific vocabulary, phrases, and expressions that can be used for an effective and fluent conversation on this topic. Right below is your guide to having an engaging conversation!

A conversation has specific phases that it goes through. Here is a quick look at we will teach you, to guarantee you a smooth conversation.   

Content : What is it that you are going to talk about

Use the ‘wh’ questions along with the keywords to help you put together the content.

  1. What is your guilty pleasure? – Eating too much cake, Binge-watching TV shows etc.
  2. How does it affect you? – Trying to lose weight, Being less productive etc.
  3. What have you done to curb this guilty pleasure? – Eat less, Work more etc.
  4. When did this guilty pleasure develop? – From childhood, After an incident etc.
  5. Where do you indulge in this guilty pleasure/With whom? – Out with friends, At home by yourself etc.

Choosing contextual vocabulary to suit the scenario you’re talking about can be very important when it comes to giving depth and clarity to what you’re trying to say, as well as piquing your partner’s attention. In this case, you’re talking about your guilty pleasures.

Listed below are a few words and phrases that could come in handy while elaborating on the topic.

  1. Reading
  2. TV-shows
  3. Binging
  4. Secret
  5. Embarrassment
  6. Social exclusion
  7. Society
  8. Indulgence
  9. Addictive
  10. Funny
  11. Belief
  12. Pleasure
  13. Weakness
  14. Feelings
  15. Advice

Similarly. given below are a few descriptive words and phrases that you could use to make your conversation more interesting!

  1. Helpful advice
  2. Shameful weakness
  3. Greatest weakness
  4. Individual beliefs
  5. Funny stories
  6. Addictive habits
  7. Occasional indulgences
  8. Accepting society
  9. Major embarrassments
  10. Quiet secret
  11. Secretive acts
  12. Continuous binging
  13. Ignoring work
  14. Procrastinating for extended periods of time.
  15. Convincing yourself

Initiate the conversation by stating your guilty pleasure.

My biggest guilty pleasure is binge-watching Netflix

Talk about how it affects you

  1. I’ve been trying to lose weight, but I can’t stop eating cake!
  2. I have so much work to do, but there’s this new book series I discovered and I want to finish it.
  3. If people find out I read trashy romance novels they’d be so mad at me, after all the criticising I do about them in public.
  4. Reality TV shows are so addicting! They’re such a waste of my time though.
  5. I’m so broke but I can’t stop shopping, it’s a huge waste of my money.

(Optional)

You could end by asking your conversational partner what their guilty pleasure is.

A model answer would be as follows

My biggest guilty pleasure is binge-watching Netflix. I love watching Crime Drama on Netflix. I started out quite recently, I know, I’m jumping on the bandwagon really late. There’s something about watching detectives work to solve crimes that really gets me going. I especially love the episodes when they get inside the minds of the criminal and explain his motives to the watchers. It’s so interesting, I watch it for hours on end! It’s a real waste of my time though, I’ve got a big presentation coming up at work and I really can’t afford to be distracted by Netflix. Anyway, what’s your guilty pleasure?

How To Talk About Your Fears

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What are you afraid of?

All of us have things we’re afraid of, right? Some of us are afraid of heights, some of us cannot go anywhere near water, some of us are deathly scared of insects etc. A lot of us have quite a few ‘silly’ fears too. They can be situation specific. For example, you could have fallen off a boat and into the water while going boating, and have been afraid of boats ever since. There are numerous possibilities!

We’re sure you would like to talk about it too. Sometimes though, we all have problems when trying to convey exactly what it is we want to say.

Read on to learn exactly what to say, to make your conversational partner understand your fears. Happy learning!

So, let’s start by taking a basic situation that all of us can relate to, and work from there.

*You’re in a meeting with your therapist, she has just asked you what your fears are, whether you think they’re silly or not. You have to answer her*

Read on to find the overall flow, specific vocabulary, phrases, and expressions that can be used for an effective and fluent conversation on this topic. Right below is your guide to having an engaging conversation!

A conversation has specific phases that it goes through. Here is a quick look at we will teach you, to guarantee you a smooth conversation.   

Content : What is it that you are going to talk about

Use the ‘wh’ questions along with the keywords to help you put together the content.

  1. What is the fear? –  Fear of boats, campfires, lizards etc.
  2. How did you acquire this fear? – While boating, camping etc.
  3. How do you deal with this fear? – Counting down, closing eyes, thinking about something else etc.
  4. How long have you had this fear? – Since you were born, After an incident etc.
  5. What have you done to try and overcome this fear? – Gone boating, Made a campfire etc.

Choosing contextual vocabulary to suit the scenario you’re talking about can be very important when it comes to giving depth and clarity to what you’re trying to say, as well as piquing your partner’s attention. In this case, you’re talking about your fears.

Listed below are a few words and phrases that could come in handy while elaborating on the topic.

  1. Phobia
  2. Help
  3. Mind
  4. Situation
  5. Society
  6. Social stigma
  7. Medication
  8. Counselling
  9. Advice
  10. Awareness
  11. Assistance
  12. Anxiety
  13. Mental health
  14. Nervousness
  15. Experience

Similarly. given below are a few descriptive words and phrases that you could use to make your conversation more interesting!

  1. Diverse phobias
  2. Essential help
  3. Clear mind
  4. Urgent situation
  5. Accepting society
  6. Ignorant social stigma
  7. Medication for treatment
  8. Therapeutic counselling
  9. Helpful advice
  10. Spreading awareness
  11. Professional assistance
  12. Aggravated anxiety
  13. Mental health problems
  14. Extreme nervousness
  15. Situational experiences

Initiate the conversation by stating your fear.

I am extremely afraid of boats and ships

Talk about how you developed this fear

  1. I was born with a fear of spiders.
  2. I went boating with my dad once, and fell into the river. I almost drowned, I’ve been afraid of boats and water ever since.
  3. When I was a child, I tried paragliding with my cousins. It was really fun but then my straps broke and my parachute wasn’t working. Luckily I landed on a trampoline and was relatively unharmed. I’ve been scared of heights ever since.
  4. Closed spaces make me nervous. Especially elevators, I underwent a traumatic experience in an elevator in my teens.
  5. I went on a jungle safari in Africa with my extended family. It was really exciting, but a snake almost bit me. After that I developed a phobia for snakes.

Conclude by talking about how you would deal with this fear

  1. I count to ten slowly in my head.
  2. I close my eyes and pretend I am somewhere else.
  3. I listen to relaxing music.
  4. I stare at one fixed spot and focus all my attention on it.
  5. I get the support of whoever is with me at the time.

A model answer would be as follows

I am very afraid of heights. It’s my biggest phobia. When I was a child, I tried paragliding with my cousins. It was really fun but then my straps broke and my parachute wasn’t working. Luckily I landed on a trampoline and was relatively unharmed. I’ve been scared of heights ever since. Whenever I’m in a place at a high altitude, I close my eyes and try to count to ten. It helps me calm myself and slow my breathing. If that doesn’t work, I pretend I’m somewhere else, in a nice flat low-lying area. That usually does the trick!