Everyday English Conversations Practice : Lesson 30 – Giving Advice

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LAYLA:

Thanks for meeting with me during your lunch hour. I appreciate it.

 

MONICA:

No problem. I’m happy to help. What’s going on?

 

LAYLA:

Oh you know, the usual. Should I take this new job? Or do I
stick with my current one?

 

MONICA:

Well, I think it’s time for a change, don’t you? They pay you late and you are unhappy.

 

LAYLA:

Do you really think so?

 

MONICA:

I know so. And I’ve been listening to you complain for over a year now. Trust me. Take the job. What do you have to lose?

 

LANGUAGE NOTES

  • In formal conversation, giving advice is often suggested through modals: ought to/
    should / could / If I were you. In informal conversations people tend to use words such
    as I think that/ I feel that/ in my opinion.
  •  Listen for the emphasis on I know so and Trust me. These common phrases can be
    used to convey both positive and negative emotions. “I know so” conveys a deep belief
    or certainty. “To know” shows more certainty than “to think.”
  •  Notice the use of command forms: Take the job. /Trust me./ Go for it! The command
    form can be used to gently persuade someone.

Souce: Embassy of the United States of America


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