Learning to speak English? During November and December ShareAmerica presents a daily conversation for you to practice, complete with audio and notes in your language. The series continues through December 26; today’s conversation is about giving advice.
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?
- 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.