We’ve all been there. It’s your birthday, or Christmas or your friend comes to your house for dinner and gives you a present that you really dislike. What can you say?
You don’t want to offend them. After all, it’s the thought that counts!
You don’t want to lie and at the same time, you don’t want to offend anyone. In this podcast, we’ll give you some ideas.
Maxi from Argentina
“I’m very glad because I found your podcast” You can also say, I’m very glad to HAVE found your podcast.
You have a LONG COMMUTE.
I listen TO music.
Cristina from Madrid
Commenting on episode 452 in which we asked you to describe where you live and practise some of the vocabulary.
https://www.inglespodcast.com/452/ – Types of Houses
I live in a block of flats near Madrid/close to Madrid (not X
This city is a dormitory city
100 square metres
have a lot of parksX IT HAS a lot of parks
What to say when you get a present you don’t like, but you think it would be rude to reject it.
Wow! This is so unusual! How interesting!
I’ve never seen anything like this!
I don’t know what to say!
You’re far too kind.
You shouldn’t have.
How did you find it?
I’ll waste no time using it!
This must have been difficult to find.
Thank you so much for thinking of me. It’s very kind of you.
You shouldn’t have gone to so much trouble.
Thank you for the gift, I’ll definitely find a good use for it.
Thank you for taking the time to choose a gift for me. I really appreciate it.
Wow, this is really generous of you. Thank you so much.
I must say I wasn’t expecting this.
I’m touched that you went out of your way to get me a gift. Thank you.
Thanks for thinking of me and getting me a gift. I’ll definitely treasure the thought behind it.
I appreciate the effort you put into choosing a gift for me. Thank you.
How to reject a present politely
I really appreciate the gesture, but I’m not sure if this is quite my style.
This is very thoughtful of you, but I don’t think it’s something that I can use.
I’m afraid I can’t accept this, though I appreciate your kindness.
Thank you for the lovely gift, it’s just not quite my taste.
This is such a kind gesture, but it’s not quite what I was expecting.
Thanks for the gift, it’s very sweet of you. However, it’s not really my thing.
Thank you for the gift, it was very considerate of you. I hope you don’t mind if I exchange it for something that suits me better.
I’m grateful for your thoughtfulness and generosity, even if this gift isn’t quite my cup of tea.
Practice these expressions by shadowing us.
Repeat the expressions one by one and copy our pronunciation and intonation.
Choose 2 or 3 that you like the most and repeat them many times. Use them next time you get a gift that isn’t exactly your cup of tea!
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English.
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