When someone is talking to you in English and tells you “Hey I just got a new job,” what do you say?
b) A new job? That's great. When do you start?
Of course the correct answer is b).
So how can you respond quickly and easily and avoid looking like a complete idiot with a blank look on your face?
Here is the secret:
Echo. Adjective. Question.
Repeat the important information from what the other person said.
“I'm going for lunch.”
You repeat: “Lunch?”
“I'm picking up my new car later.”
You repeat: “New car?”
This is where you need to use one of these phrases:
That sounds ______________
You must be (for present situations) / you must have been (for the past) _____________
Which adjectives can you use?
Nice (we can use this for everything)
You must be...
You must have been happy... excited / pleased / sad / angry / terrified
Now add a wh- word question to keep the conversation going.
(By the way, wh- questions also include questions with how!)
Imagine I say to you:
“ It's my last class of the semester today.”
“Last class? You must be happy. How were your students this semester.”
Now respond to these:
“Let's go to the cinema tonight.”
“I”m going skiing this weekend.”
“I have a terrible headache.”
“I bumped into George Clooney this afternoon.”
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