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Functions: At a youth hostel

1. Start a conversation

Iíd like to talk to those girls over there.
Well, why donít you go over and ask for some salt?
Hello! /Hi!
I'm..... . Whatís your name?
My name is .....
Nice to meet you.
How are you?
Iím 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.

Iíll give you some eggs if you give me some bacon
Yes, I will/do/there is.
OK
No, I wonít/donít/there isnít/ there arenít
Here you are.
Sorry, I don't have one/any ......
Sorry, itís all gone
Why? Where is yours?
Talk about your problem
Iím very thirsty. / This tastes awful. /Iíve lost my purse. /I don't have any money. /I canít find my .../I havenít got any ......

4. Offer something or make a suggestion

Perhaps I can help you
Iíll help you.
Let me...
Would you like some milk for your tea?
Would you like a piece of/some/ a cup of/ a/one .........?
Letís open this tin of beans.
Well, you can..
Why donít you....

5. Answer an offer or a suggestion

No, thank you. I donít like milk.
Good idea. /OK
Yes, I will/do/there is.
Here you are.
Sorry, I don't have one/any ......
Sorry, itís all gone
Why? Where is yours?
No, I wonít/donít/there isnít/ there arenít any.
All right then. Use mine.
No thank you. Iím not hungry/thirsty/
I donít like/take/Iíve had enough

6. React to a rejection (Ablehnung)

Never mind, Iíll ask somebody else.
Iíve lost/eaten/broken / forgotten it
Oh, forget it!

7. Make a plan

Itís nice. Tomorrow weíll climb Ben Bracken.
Yeah; and if it rains, Iíll 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

Youíre welcome.
Itís OK.



 
 


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