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How to… show understanding

How to… show understanding

When you’re listening to someone explain something or tell you something, how can you show that person that you understand him or her? How can you indicate that you are following what is being said – or not following it? In this programme, we look at...

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How to… show annoyance

How to… show annoyance

In this programme, we look at language used to express annoyance or anger about something. There are all sorts of very strong words in English used to show annoyance (some of which you probably already know!), but we’ll be focusing on those expressions...

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How to… make a complaint ( informal)

How to… make a complaint ( informal)

In a previous episode, we looked at how to tell someone you’re not happy about something and ask them to change their behaviour in a polite way, with phrases like ‘Would you mind…?’ In this programme, we look at more direct ways to tell someone you’re...

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How to… accept apologies

How to… accept apologies

Amber: Hello, I’m Amber with another edition of ‘How to…’ the series that gives you useful language to do things in English. In an earlier programme we looked at simple ways to apologise – to say sorry when you’ve done something wrong. In this programme,...

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How to ask someone to repeat something

How to ask someone to repeat something

Man: (Mumbling “Have you seen a green pen anywhere?”) Woman: I’m sorry, I didn’t quite catch that. Man: (Mumbling) Woman: Could you say that again? Man: (Mumbling “Green pen, see it anywhere?”) Woman: I’m sorry… er I still didn’t get that. Man: (Trying...

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How to turn down an invitation

How to turn down an invitation

Man: Oh no! Woman: What is it? Man: “Josh and Henrietta would like to have the pleasure of your company at a drinks party, next Saturday evening...” Woman: Oh no, Josh and Henrietta... they’re not that couple who...? Man: Yeah exactly! And it gets worse......

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How to... saying goodbye

How to... saying goodbye

Jackie: Hello, welcome to How to… with BBC Learning English and me, Jackie Dalton. This programme is about ways of saying goodbye… there are plenty of expressions in English you can use, other than just goodbye, of course and we’ll look at some of the...

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How to… say sorry

How to… say sorry

There’s an old saying in English: ‘Manners maketh man’. It means that having good manners, or being polite to other people, will make you a successful and admirable person. Well, in this programme we look at one important way of being polite – how to...

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How to… respond bad news

How to… respond bad news

In the last episode, we looked at natural ways to react to someone’s good news. But imagine that a friend tells you some very sad or tragic news. How can you respond? What words and phrases can you use to show support for your friend? William: Hello and...

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How to… respond good news

How to… respond good news

What’s the best way to respond to someone’s good news? Most people know how to say ‘congratulations’ – but what other words, phrases and strategies are useful? William: Hello and welcome to How to… your weekly instruction manual for saying and doing things...

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How to… greet people

How to… greet people

Jackie: Hello, welcome to How to, with me, Jackie Dalton. In this programme: how to greet people in informal contexts. There are lots of different phrases and expressions you can use and today you’ll learn some of the most popular and useful ones. One...

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How to… make a complaint

How to… make a complaint

William: Hello, and welcome to How to… The BBC Learning English phrase book for everyday situations… William: My name’s William Kremer. Now, it’s often said that we English people hate making complaints – but, just for you, I’m going to make a programme...

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How to… ask for and give directions

How to… ask for and give directions

Jackie: Hello, welcome to BBC Learning English dot com. I’m Jackie Dalton. Today’s programme is all about giving and understanding directions. Our reporter Helen is new to London and has been out asking people for directions to various different places....

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