Useful expressions: Socialising!
Listen to the language to increase your range of vocbaulary. Then, try the QUIZ to see how much you can remember.
1. Have a chat
If you “have a chat” with someone, you talk to them in a friendly, informal way about things that aren’t really important.
“We had a chat with Pete in that bar you recommended.”
2. Go out for a drink
If you “go out for a drink” with someone, you go to a bar, café, etc. and have a drink with them.
“We went out for a drink last night and didn’t get home till about three in the morning .”
3. Break the ice
If you “break the ice”, you do or say something to make a situation less tense and more relaxed.
“I thought a funny joke might break the ice, but it only made things worse.”
4. Look familiar (a person)
If someone “looks familiar”, you think you recognise them, but you aren’t entirely sure.
“His face looks familiar, but I can’t recall where we first met.”
5. Ring a bell (a name)
If someone’s name “rings a bell”, you think you recognise it, but you aren’t sure.
“Her name rings a bell, but I can’t remember where we first met.”
6. Have a lot in common
If you “have a lot in common” with someone, you’ve been to the same places, you like the same things, you
know the same people, etc.
“After about half-an-hour of chatting to her, I soon realised that we had quite a lot in common.”
7. Mutual friend
If friends A and B have a “mutual friend” (C), A and B both know C, although A, B and C have never been together at the same time.
“I think we’ve got a mutual friend. You know Charles, don’t you?”
8. Get to know someone
If you “get to know someone”, you start learning things about them and discovering what they’re like.
“After spending a week together at the conference, we got to know each other quite well.”
9. Not have a clue who someone is
If you “haven’t got a clue who someone is”, you really can’t remember who they are, and you aren’t even sure if you’ve met before.
“I haven’t got a clue who she is. In fact, I don’t even think we’ve met before.”
10. Put your foot in it
If you “put your foot in it”, you do or say something silly.
“I put my foot in it when I said I hated the restaurant – I never knew it was his mum’s restaurant and his dad was the chef.”