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Vocabulary: meeting and inviting people
Living in society, you have to know what to do and what to say when meeting people or being introduced to them. There are codes, and they should be known.
I) MEETING and INTRODUCING people:
|To meet, I met, met||To show * somebody in/ out|
|To welcome||To wave to somebody|
|To receive a poor welcome||To shake * hands with|
|To nod to somebody||a handshake|
|To kiss someone||To slip away|
|To kiss somebody goodbye||To blow * somebody a kiss|
* to show, I showed, shown.
* to shake, I shook, shaken.
* to blow, I blew, blown.
- May I introduce Tommy Parkson (to you)?
- Do you know my uncle Tim?
- Have you met Susan?
- Make yourself comfortable!/ at home!
II) INVITING people:
|To invite someone to dinner||To ask somebody in for a drink|
|"Would you like to come to dinner...?"||"How about coming for a drink?"|
|"Are you free for lunch on Friday?"||"Do come in for a moment!..."|
|"It's so kind of you to invite us."|
"We accept with pleasure..."
|"I have no plans for next week..."||"I look forward to seeing you again..."|
|"I'm sorry I can't accept your invitation."||"I can't make it before 10 o'clock."|
|"I'm afraid I have a previous engagement..."||"I'm tied up all day..."|
|To entertain friends||a host/ hostess//a guest|
|A house-warming party||a fancy dress ball|
|To call on somebody||To drop in on somebody|
|A gathering/ a go together||To throw a party|
|dull/ boring||To be bored stiff|
To shake hands/ a handshake
III) CONVERSATION :
|To speak to/ to address someone||To talk to somebody about|
|To listen to somebody||To ask after someone|
|To confide in somebody||To ask whether/ enquire after|
|To answer/ to require/ to retort||To start up a conversation|
|a chat/ to have a chat with||To gossip|
|To buttonhole= monopolise||small talk|
|To talk for the sake of talking||To be articulate|
|To be talkative/ chatty/ garrulous||To be at a loss for words|
|To abuse someone= insult||To be tongue-tied|
- As far as I'm concerned...
- I'd like to point out that...
- I don't see what you're driving at...
- I reckon that...
- It depends on how you look at it.
A chatterbox To be at a loss for words
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