Learn English Conversation – Social English Vocabulary & Expressions


Hello. My name’s Benjamin, and I want to help
you to have a really fun time when you come into an English-speaking country, like England,
or America, or Scotland, or Wales, or Ireland. Okay? So we’re going to concentrate on words
that help you in social situations. Okay? Whether that’s Facebook, asking someone out
on a date, or how to answer when someone asks you to join them. Okay? Good. So, Facebook. Love it or hate it, it’s a bit
like Marmite, huh? Now, you know when it comes to that page and it asks you what you’re thinking?
Well, one thing you could say, a phrase that might be useful: “To catch up with…” So you
could say: “I’ve been catching up with…” Okay? Past perfect tense. “To catch a film”,
okay? So, I caught a film. I caught a film with Heath Ledger in it. It was really good.
Okay? So we got two uses, here, of “catch”. One, it refers to seeing a friend, talking,
talking, talking, hearing what they are doing; and another use of “catch” when we are catching
a film, catching a play. It means “going to”. Okay? So: “catch up”, talk or
go to, that’s the meaning. Now, this is an interesting point, because
when you are saying something, when you are talking normally, you talk about the past
tense: “I saw a film. I caught a film. I did this. I did that.” But when you’re on Facebook,
you’ll probably use the present if you are using a picture. Okay? So, I… “Catching
a film with my friend”, and I give them a picture of us at the cinema, outside the movie
theatre. Okay? So that’s just a little thought. When you’re using Facebook
and you’ve got a picture, you might want to use
the present tense. Now, another little phrase you
might put on your Facebook posts: “A night out with Dominic, Jane, Charlotte”, and
you got a picture of them all having a great time. So: “A night out with…” Or,
you could have a fun day. Okay? So a night or a day. Good. Now, we’ve got “chilling” or “relaxing with”.
“Chilling”, taking it easy. Having a nice time. Okay? Relaxing. “Chilling/relaxing with…”
and then again, you have the person’s name here, if you want to, if you’re
that well inclined. Or you could have: “Grabbing
a beer with”, grab. You could say: “I’m
grabbing a beer with”, or “Grabbing a quick meal with my
mom.” Don’t do that, by the way. “Burning up the dancefloor!” That’s when you’re
really dancing around, got a little picture of that. “Burning”, fire. You’re
fire on the dancefloor, I know. Now, someone’s really been enjoying these
Facebook posts, they’ve been messaging you, so you pick up the phone and you’re asking
them out on a date. “Come along! We’re going to the disco tonight.” Okay? A lot of these
request/invitations, they use “come”, okay? “Come along!” “Come out, it will be such good fun. We’re
going to have a really great time.”, “Come out”, “Come along!” Okay? They’re
encouraging ways of saying. Okay? “We’re eating at Domino’s in-house
pizza place. Come join us.” Or: “We’re eating at the Chicago Rib Shack.
Come.” Okay? Again: “Join us.” “Do you want to come?” if you’re going to ask
a question. So these are sort of demands: “Do this, do that.” If you want to use a question:
“Do you want to come?” Okay? Nice and natural. A nice, natural question. Now, imagine someone is asking you, if you
don’t like that person, you could say: “No. I’d like to stay in, actually. I think I’ll
just watch the telly, and have a meal. Thanks. See ya.” Okay? You
don’t like them. If you like them, you could say: “Yeah, okay.
You can call in at mine… At my house at 8 o’clock.” Okay? “Call in”,
you come to me. You call in. Or, more casual, informal way of saying that,
I would say: “Yeah, okay, swing by at mine in half an hour/in 30 minutes.” Swing by,
come to my house first. I don’t want to walk. You come to me. Okay? Or you could say: “Sure. Meet me in the town
square at 9 o’clock.” So you tell them where you’re going to meet them. Okay, great. Just a little reminder: You can
meet us by doing the quiz, doing a little recap, remembering what you’ve
learnt about your social life. Do the quiz, it’s on the engVid site.
If you want to get a bit me of more… A bit more of me, even, my name’s Benjamin, do subscribe
to my YouTube channel. Thanks. Bye.

62 thoughts on “Learn English Conversation – Social English Vocabulary & Expressions

  1. Great video, very very useful!! Thanks a lot Teacher. By the way I think that this is not past perfect tense right? > "I've been catching up with…" Okay? Past perfect tense. "<

  2. A simple, straightforward, useful video, as usual. thanks. although, every time I watch your videos I dont know whether you are using voc. and expressions proper from britain or you´re being general.

  3. Just amazing Ben, really usefull. You could teach us slang British English and even British accent. Keep it up! Tky.

  4. I love you lessons and youtube videos, Back to responses, especially, "if you do not like the person", Please add, Bye!!!!, Felicia!!!!! ( Must be said with a southern accent, and kinda drawn out) Byyyyeeee! Felicia, another words, nobody give a crap where you go or if you ever come back, see ya, I just think it would be so cool hearing you say it, Either way keep working it i enjoy your lessons

  5. I like your voice and style of speaking 🎶🎶🎶🎶🎵🎵🎵🎶🎶🎵 Your voice is music to my ear 😀
    How would it be, if you sing ?

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