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Functions: At a youth hostel

1. Start a conversation

I’d like to talk to those girls over there.
Well, why don’t you go over and ask for some salt?
Hello! /Hi!
I'm..... . What’s your name?
My name is .....
Nice to meet you.
How are you?
I’m fine.

2. Ask for help.

Will you lend me two eggs?
Does this tin opener belong to you? Can I borrow it?
ER, whose tin is it?
Would you pass me the ............, please?
Can you lend me some ......., please?

3. Answer the request for help.

I’ll give you some eggs if you give me some bacon
Yes, I will/do/there is.
OK
No, I won’t/don’t/there isn’t/ there aren’t
Here you are.
Sorry, I don’t have one/any ......
Sorry, it’s all gone
Why? Where is yours?
Talk about your problem
I’m very thirsty. / This tastes awful. /I’ve lost my purse. /I don’t have any money. /I can’t find my .../I haven’t got any ......

4. Offer something or make a suggestion

Perhaps I can help you
I’ll help you.
Let me...
Would you like some milk for your tea?
Would you like a piece of/some/ a cup of/ a/one .........?
Let’s open this tin of beans.
Well, you can..
Why don’t you....

5. Answer an offer or a suggestion

No, thank you. I don’t like milk.
Good idea. /OK
Yes, I will/do/there is.
Here you are.
Sorry, I don’t have one/any ......
Sorry, it’s all gone
Why? Where is yours?
No, I won’t/don’t/there isn’t/ there aren’t any.
All right then. Use mine.
No thank you. I’m not hungry/thirsty/
I don’t like/take/I’ve had enough

6. React to a rejection (Ablehnung)

Never mind, I’ll ask somebody else.
I’ve lost/eaten/broken / forgotten it
Oh, forget it!

7. Make a plan

It’s nice. Tomorrow we’ll climb Ben Bracken.
Yeah; and if it rains, I’l catch the next train home.
Would anyone like to go rock- climbing tomorrow?
Would anyone ...?

8. Take a picture
Say cheese!
Cheese
Gorgonzola!

9. Say "thank you."

Thanks.
Thank you very much.

10. React to thanks

You’re welcome.
It’s OK.



 
 


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