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How To
 

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- Extending a conversation

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- Closing topics

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- Likes

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- Dislikes

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- No strong feelings

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- Responding to compliments

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- Funny incidents

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- Gossiping

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- Getting back on topic

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- Serious incidents

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- Chatting someone up

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- Being sarcastic

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- Agreeing in informal situations

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- Showing interest

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- Telling a story

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- Being vague

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No strong feelings

In this programme, we look at language you can use to answer a simple question about something which you don't have strong feelings for. You neither like it or dislike it.

This programme is suitable for elementary/pre-intermediate learners.

When you've listened to the programme, don't forget to practise what you've learned with the quiz below!


Expressions from the programme
It's OK
I can take it or leave it
I don't mind it
so-so


Pronunciation - Consonant to vowel linking

Most of the phrases from this programme have consonant to vowel linking.

ok

take it or leave it

I don't mind it

To find out more about this and other kinds of linking visit the Connected Speech section of our Pronunciation area.



Pronunciation - Weak forms

In the phrase:

I can take it or leave it

the word 'can' is not stressed. When it is stressed it's pronunciation is:

can stressed

When it isn't stressed it's pronunciation is:

can weak

This is called a 'weak' form. Weak forms are very important to the natural rhythm of English

To find out more about weak forms visit the Schwa section of our Pronunciation area.





WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT?

Arranging words
Re-arrange the letters to answer each question. The answers are all expressions from the programmes on expressing likes, dislikes and this one.



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