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Socializing - Part 1 - Arriving and Leaving

Socializing - Part 1 - Arriving and Leaving


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Socializing - 1 – Arriving and Leaving

Hello! In this lesson, we will practice some English that is associated with socializing. In this lesson, we will concentrate on arriving and leaving.

David and Jennifer come to door of Elizabeth and Joe Anderson. Joe and Elizabeth have invited Jennifer and David to their home for dinner.

Joe Smith: Hi you guys, come on in!

Jennifer: Thanks for inviting us.

David: Hi Joe, it's nice to see you.

Elizabeth: Hi! David! Hi Jennifer! Long time, no see!

Jennifer: Thanks for having us over!

David: Hi Elizabeth! It's been a while.

(Time elapses, it's time to go)

David: (looking at watch, surprised ) It's already ten o'clock. We'd better get going.

Jennifer: Is it ten o'clock? We have a lot of work to accomplish tomorrow!

Elizabeth: Thank you both for coming.

Jennifer: Thanks for having us. I loved the dinner. Can I get the recipe for your Swiss steak?

Joe: Everybody asks for that recipe!

David: It was really good. It's been good catching up.

Joe: Thanks for coming, you two.
(going toward the door)

Jennifer: Thanks again for having us over. Our turn next time. (hugging)

Elizabeth: I'm so glad it worked out. (still hugging)

David: Bye, Joe . You guys should come to our place next time. (masculine pat on back)

Joe: Good to see you again. Let's get together for game of basketball.

David: Okay, tell me when and I'll be there.
(Jennifer and David are further down the driveway)

Everybody: Bye!

Elizabeth: Good night!

Jennifer: Night!

Joe welcomes Jennifer and David by saying "Hi you guys! Come on in!". He could have said "Hi you two! Come in!" or "Hi Jennifer! Hi David!". Joe holds the door open as Jennifer and David enter the house.

Jennifer thanks Joe by saying "Thanks for inviting us.".
David tells Joe, "Hi Joe, it's nice to see you.". He could have said "It's good to see you." Or "I'm glad to see you.".

Elizabeth greets them by saying "Hi! David! Hi Jennifer! Long time, no see!" "Long time, no see" is a common greeting when people haven't seen each other for quite some time. She could have said "I haven’t seen you for a long time!".

Jennifer answers "Thanks for having us over!". She could have said "It's great to see you again!" or "Thank you for the invitation."

David says "Hi Elizabeth. It's been a while.". He means that he hasn't seen her for awhile. He could have said "It's been a long time." or "I haven't seen you for quite a while." or "Long time, no see."

At ten o'clock, David looks at his watch and looks surprised at the time. In fact, he might not be surprised that it is already 10:00. By acting surprised, he is showing his host that time has gone very fast at their house because they are such interesting hosts. He says "It's already ten o'clock. We'd better get going.". Whether he is ready to go or not, he expresses some reluctance to leave.

Jennifer says "Is it ten o'clock? We have a lot of work to accomplish tomorrow!". She is also surprised at the time, and gives a reason for having to leave now – that they both have a lot of work to accomplish tomorrow.

She could have said "It's probably time to get some rest.". Some guests say "Can we help you clean up?". Some guests start helping the host to clean up the table, taking their plates into the kitchen, rinsing plates, and similar tasks.

If you know your hosts well, you can help clean up without asking. Some people have a certain way of doing things in their kitchen and prefer that guests stay out of the kitchen.

Elizabeth says "Thank you both for coming.". She could have said "It has been so much fun to see you." or "I'm so glad you could come see us.". If the guests wore coats or jackets, the hostess can say "I'll get your coats." or "Let me get your jackets.".

Jennifer says "Thanks for having us. I loved the dinner. Can I get the recipe for your Swiss steak?". She thanks Joe and Elizabeth and compliments them on the food.

One of the nicest compliments is to ask if you can have the recipe for a dish you enjoyed at their house. You could ask "Would you share your recipe for the green bean salad?" or "Can you email me your recipe for barbecued ribs?".

Joe is happy. He says "Everybody asks for that recipe!". He could have said "That dish is popular with our friends!" or "Everybody likes Jennifer's Swiss steak!".

David says "It was really good. It's been good catching up.". "Catching up" means hearing the latest news in someone's life and sharing your news. David could have said "Good conversation. I enjoyed our talk.".
Joe says "Thanks for coming, you two.". He could have said "It was great to see you both." or "I'm glad it worked out.", which would mean something like: I'm glad we were all able to fit this dinner into our schedules.

Jennifer says "Thanks again for having us over. Our turn next time." She means that she and David will host Elizabeth and Joe the next time they get together. She could have said "Come to our house next time." or "Let's get together at our house next week (or next month).".

Elizabeth says "I'm so glad it worked out.". She could have said "I'm happy you were able to make it." or "I'm so glad we got together." Or "I'm happy we were able to get together." Or "I always enjoy seeing you." Or "I always have fun with you.".

Elizabeth and Jennifer hug when they say goodbye to each other. It is very common for American women to hug good friends when they greet each other, especially when it has been some time since they have seen each other.

If they were co-workers who saw each other every day, they would not hug. But if they were old friends who have not seen each other for a month or two, they would possibly hug. Sometimes even new women friends hug each other to express affection after a nice long

conversation about something of mutual interest, possibly with some emotional content.

American women friends generally do not greet each other with a kiss as women in some countries do, nor do they usually hold hands in public.

Men hug each other in public much less often than women. They tend to punch each other lightly and playfully or pat each other on the back or arm as signs of friendship.

David gives Joe a pat on the back and says "Bye, Joe . You guys should come to our place next time.". By saying that he wants Joe and Elizabeth to come to their house, he is telling them that he wants to continue the relationship.

He could have said something like "We should do this more often." or "Let's do this more often.".

Joe says "Good to see you again. Let's get together for game of basketball.". He could have suggested any activity that both like. This means that the two men have a friendship which does not include their wives, so Joe is affirming that friendship with this statement.

He could have suggested any activity which both men enjoy. He could have suggested a game of golf, an adventure movie, working on cars, running, anything which both of them enjoy.

David agrees by saying "Tell me when and I'll be there.". With this sentence, he is telling Joe that the friendship is important and he will drop other things in order to spend time with Joe – since Joe just has to tell him when he wants to get together again.

Everyone continues saying "Bye" and "Good night" as David and Jennifer walk down the driveway. Elizabeth and Joe do not close their front door until after David and Jennifer drive away.

Keeping the door open for awhile in good weather or standing on the porch as the guests leave shows that Joe and Elizabeth enjoyed spending time with David and Jennifer.

If they shut the door as David and Jennifer were still standing on the porch, it could seem that Joe and Elizabeth had other things to do and that they were relieved that David and Jennifer were gone.

So David and Jennifer feel that they were welcome and that Joe and Elizabeth enjoyed the visit. On the way home in the car, they will probably say something like "That was a lot of fun." and "We should get together with them more often." and "I always have such a good time with them." and "We have to get the recipe for their Swiss steak! It's so good.".

Great! Now you are ready to arrive at someone's home and to leave someone's home. In another lesson, we will practice some social conversation. "It's always great to see you!"