Discuss with your partner why you believe in one of the following:
Films of violence shouldnít be shown on TV. Your partner may ask for clarification:
What I donít quite understandÖ?
So does that meanÖ?
Could you explain howÖ?
Use the following expressions to give clarification:
In other words, Is that clear?
To put it another way, What I mean is
(What) That means, What Iím trying to say
What Iím getting at, I mean, etc.
Work with your partner.
You want to share two problems with your partner. Explain the situations and ask your partner for advice.
- You have lent your brotherís favourite CD to somebody, but you canít remember who borrowed it.
Use the following words and expressions: must (not), ought (not) to, should (not), could (not), have got to, need to, Thereís no point, what tips, advise, If were you, itís important, can be counter-productive, etc.
You have found yourself in the following situations. Ask your partner for help. Remember to be polite. Your partner will either agree or refuse to fulfil your requests.
- Your father has asked you to go to the airport to collect his friend from Frankfurt who doesnít speak English. You donít speak German, but your friend does. Ask him/her to help you. .
Useful expressions: Would it be possible Ö? Could you (possibly) Ö? I wonder if Ö? I was wondering if Ö? Will you be Ö? Is it all right if Ö? If youíd like to, Do you think Ö? Iím afraid, Iíd prefer not, etc.
Read the following problems. Think of the possible reasons why such problems have occurred and make a few suggestions as to how to improve them. Talk to your partner and find out about his/ her opinion.
- The local park is dirty and is no longer a place for recreation..
Useful expressions:Letís, How about, Iíd change, why donít they/we Ö?, What would be great/good is, I wish theyíd, they/we ought to, Itís about time, Iíd be a good idea if, Itíd be better to, What we need, There could be, what about, etc.
Work with your partner
You have a few complaints about your partnerís behaviour. Talk to him/her about them. Take the suggested roles and try criticizing, contradicting, refusing, suggesting and threatening if necessary.
Parent to child: You always come home late.
Useful expressions: Just stop, I wish you wouldnít, Why donít youÖ?, Why do you alwaysÖ?, I donít see whyÖ, If you do that, Why should I...?, If you donít, Iíll, You never, etc.