Everyday English Conversations Practice : Lesson 22 – What Are You Good At?

SANDRA:

So … what should we do?

 

JULIE:

Well, I like to do arts and crafts, and I’m really good at drawing. What do you think?

 

SANDRA:

Hmm … how about playing a board game? That would
be more fun

 

JULIE:

OK. Let’s play Scrabble! I’m really good at spelling, too!

 

SANDRA:

Oh, yeah? We’ll see about that!

 

LANGUAGE NOTES

  • So … Notice how the “o” sound is drawn out here, combined with the intonation, which
    shows boredom.
  • I’m really good at “Really” means “very” and is used to emphasize “good.” It goes before
    the adjective.
  • What do you Notice the pronunciation here — it sounds like “Whaddaya.”
  • Hmm … is used to show that the speaker is thinking. It is also used to show that the speaker
    disagrees with an idea.
  • How about is used to make a tentative suggestion. The speaker is introducing an idea and
    doesn’t want to sound too strong.
  • Let’s is used to make a strong suggestion. The speaker feels confident about the plan.
  • Oh, yeah? We’ll see about that! “Oh, yeah?” is used in a joking way to show a bit of friendly
    competition. Notice the emphasis on “that,” which refers back to “good at spelling.”

Souce: Embassy of the United States of America


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