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How to talk about a weekend trek to an office colleague who has just moved in the city and loves trekking

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Is it real enough?

Joining a new company, shifting cities, meeting new colleagues, exploring new your new city on weekend. What is not familiar about this story? Well, nothing. We all have shifted cities or seen new people coming to our cities. This is commonly occurring scenario in our lives and you can expect to be on either side of this conversation sooner or later.

Here is a detailed analysis of one such situation, where a newly shifted colleague seeks your advice.

“Your colleague is new in town. He loves trekking and so do you. You want to share your experience of trekking in and around the city.”

Read on to find the overall flow, specific vocabulary ,phrases , expressions that can be used for an effective and fluent conversation on this topic.

Your guide to having an engaging conversation!!!

A conversation has specific phases that it goes through.Here is a quick look on what we are going to cover to stir up  a smooth conversation

 

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

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

  1. Where did you go ? – Kalsubai Peak, Sinhagad Fort, Vikatghad
  2. How was the experience? – Memorable, Adventurous, Tiring.
  3. Who did you go with?- Friends, Colleagues, Group
  4. Where did you stay?- Camp, Hotel
  5. How did you go?- Drive, Took a flight

Contextual Vocabulary

Choosing Vocabulary to suit the particular context or scenario. In this case, it is a weekend trip.  This is where you weave in the content using the right vocabulary, Phrases, Metaphors and Similes and frame into well-structured sentences.

Some words you can choose from related to trekking

  1. Trekking club
  2. Trekking Equipment
  3. Trails
  4. Endurance
  5. Adventure
  6. Nature
  7. Altitude
  8. Meadows
  9. Adventure
  10. Backpacking
  11. Elevation
  12. Campsites
  13. Bulky Gear
  14. Mountain

Expressions for describing a trek

  • Outstanding cliff-top view of the hills and lakes
  • Trail starts climbing, moderating and dropping at points
  • Hills are ablaze in color
  • Scenic and wild
  • Sections of trail that is challenging
  • Descended the trail
  • Barrier of bushes and trees on either sides
  • Easy to navigate
  • Intersecting roads
  • Serene natural beauty, lush green forests, crystal clear springs and stars twinkling through the night

Some examples of phrases if you talk about a trekking equipment

  • Insulated, waterproof Gloves
  • Durable backpack
  • Fit is excellent and highly adjustable backpack
  • Insulated water bottle holders
  • Hiking shoes that has a toothy lugged sole that provides excellent traction
  • Roomy forefoot to keep your toes comfortable.
  • Ultralight tents
  • These tents Provides privacy and protection from wind

Organizing the Content : Putting it all together for a smooth flow in conversation

Now that we have the know what to talk and the words to choose, let us put it in a logical order

Initiate the conversation by talking about where you went.

“ I went to ….. For a trek this weekend”

Explain how you reached the place.

“ It is best accessible by road. Or you could fly down to … airport which is the nearest to …. And from there you can take a taxi. It takes around 3 hours by road.

Describe 5 things you really liked about the place. This can include some facts as well.

  • What is good about this trek is that unlike other treks in and around the state, we Pass through the remote villages. The local villages offer homestay to trekkers for a minimal cost.
  • <name of point> where most people get back. The trek from here onwards is tough but I would not say its impossible if you have the right gear and lots of energy bars stashed in your backpack. It is worth it because from top you can see the splendid view of the <name> ranges.
  • What is nice about this trek is that it offers a variety of trekking trails making it perfect for beginners and expert trekkers.
  • If you are into photography, do not miss capturing photos at these points…. <name of the places>
  • Stop by at this little shop on the way back. Perfect place to buy…

You have visited the place, you have first hand experience of trekking there. It is imperative that you give some tips based on your experience.

“ As much as you are tempted to stop at the trail on the way from the airport, avoid doing it. The trail gets extremely dangerous after 5 pm. Come again the next day. Will take hardly 30 min from the city.”

“ I would not recommend…  restaurant . Not worth the money”

“Don’t forget to pack your trekking pole. There are many steep ascends and descends on the trek.”

“ It is a plastic free zone. Don’t carry plastic bottles or any other plastic wrapped packaged item. You aren’t allowed to throw them once used and that ultimately adds on to the baggage weight”

Give information on necessary resources – like shop where to buy trekking gear from, clubs to join, whatsapp groups that post regular updates

 

The Model Answer

So I went to this beautiful trekking spot last weekend. It is around 130km from pune. Driving till there was pretty smooth – took the pune expressway all the way to Pali village. . The attraction here is Sarasgad Fort. Went with my trekking group. Remind me to add you in that group.

We went to Balleshwar Pali temple. parked our car there and started our trek. So, there are two ways which leads to the top of the fort – North and from south. Since we had a lot of beginners  in our group, we took the north route. It is a little easy because it gradually inclines. But yes towards the end of the climb there are huge rocks that we need to climb and they are pretty steep and it needs some basic rock climbing skills. This was the most interesting part of the climb as per me… hopping from one boulder to the other. Got pretty hot up there.. no trees at all. It was all worth it. View from up there was beautiful. You can see these neighboring  lush green hills around you and the tiny village down from there. The fort it itself has a huge history attached to it. Read about it before you head there. It was given a new look apparently during Shivaji’s rule. If you talk to the villagers they can tell you a lot about it. And yes they refer to it as Pagadicha Killa – Pagadi meaning turban.

I know you love camping but this one is not ideal to camp. Planning a camping trip next weekend. I will tell you how that goes or better still  – Join us !

 

 

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?

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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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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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English Conversation Chat- Meeting a Friend.

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Friends are someone wit whom you can share all your problems. This often happens when you have met a really old friend you go blank. It is difficult to communicate with such a person. With friends, you do not have to communicate formally. How should you communicate with fluency in English? What kind of conversation can happen? There is an example which will clear all your doubts.

Fluent Life- Conversation between friends

Fluent Life- Conversation between friends

Read the conversation carefully.

The conversation is in a Cafe. They are meeting for breakfast.

(If you are meeting a colleague or a business partner. Refer the Do not say)

Raj: Hi, Wassup (Say: Hello, How are you?)

(An alternative: Hello, How are you?)

Abhishek: I think it’s a bad day for me.

(An alternative: The start of the day was so bad.)

Raj: Why? What happened the day has just started.

(An alternative: What happened morning, morning?)

Abhishek: Bro, I forgot my wallet at home.  (Do not say: Bro)

(Do not say: Bro)

Raj: How did you reach here then?

Abhishek: Don’t ask, I had to ask someone for a lift.

(An alternative: I had no other option but asking for a lift.)

Raj: Seriously? Did you get one?

(An alternative: Oh damn! Did you get a lift then?)

Abhishek: Fortunately, yes! I saw my colleague on the way.

(An alternative: I saw my colleague on the way,  he gave me a lift)

Raj: That’s great.  Lucky.

Abhishek: Yes, Or else today it would surely be a long morning walk.

(An alternative: If I wouldn’t have got a lift. I had to walk so long.)

Raj: Hahaha! Now have a seat you have reached safely.

(An alternative: Have a seat you must be tired.)

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