Showing Surprise in English – Mostrar sorpresa al hablar – Conversation Strategies 7


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Conversation Strategies #7: Showing Surprise and asking Follow up Questions – Mostrar sorpresa

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Thank you for your visit. Today we have a new lesson brought to us by Ayleen Woodhouse who is our teacher collaborator from WeSpeakidiomas.com. This is her seventh lesson on her section CONVERSATION STRATEGIES. In this lesson she will be teaching us some ways of showing surprise and asking follow-up questions.

Conversation Strategies es una sección en donde nuestra profesora Ayleen nos da consejos de como mejorar nuestras habilidades comunicativas con lecciones completamente en inglés. Hoy es la séptima entrega en esta sección. Hoy nos enseña diversas formas de como mostrar sorpresa y de hacer preguntas consecuentes.

Si quieres clases privadas con Ayleen pueden contactarla por email. Toda la información de contacto la puedes encontrar al final de esta lección. Pueden también agregarme a Whatsapp a +51997746013 y pedirme más información.

Showing surprise and asking follow-up questions

Use expressions like these to show surprise when talking to people you know well:

– Oh! Gosh!
– Really? Oh, my gosh!
– Wow! You’re kidding!
– Oh, wow! Are you serious?
– No way! No!

For example:

A: I’m working two jobs this semester.
B: You’re kidding! Two jobs? Wow.

A: I just got married, nobody knows!
B: Really? Are you serious?

A: My sister’s taking her driver license test for the third time.
B: No way!

Now, to keep the conversation going it’s a good idea to ask follow-up questions. We often use follow-up questions to show that we are interested and engaged in the conversation.

To show surprise when talking to people you don’t know well, use Oh! or Really!
A: I’m working two jobs this semester.
B: You’re kidding! Two jobs? Where are you working?

A: I just got married, nobody knows!
B: Are you serious? When are you telling your parents?

A: My sister’s taking her driver license test for the third time.
B: No way! Hadn’t she been practicing for a while?

So, remember to ask follow-up questions to show that you are a good listener. One tip is to remember the question words what, when, where, why, who..?
Here’s an example of how not to have an English conversation:
A: How was your weekend?
B: Pretty good, yours?
A: It was OK.
Unfortunately, the conversation stops here because there’s no natural way to continue it. Now take a look at these examples.

A: how was your weekend?”
B: Pretty good! I went to the movies.”
A: Really? What did you see?
B: Aladdin, have you seen it yet?
A: No, I’m not into animated films.
B: No way! They’re amazing!

A: “Hey, how was your weekend?”
B: “Pretty good! I went to a soccer match with my brother.”
A: “Really? Who was playing?
B: Colombia vs.Argentina. You know, the Copa America match.
A: I know next to nothing about Copa America. I’m don’t care for soccer.
B: Are you serious?
A: Yeah, I’m just not into it.

Acerca de Ayleen:

Ayleen Woodhouse,tiene 14 años de experiencia en la enseñanza del inglés como lengua extranjera, en la actualidad es profesora de inglés online y fundadora de Wespeak (wespeakidiomas.com). En sus clases incorpora interacción en vivo en una clase (trabajo sincrónico) y trabajo trabajo autodidacta (asincrónico) realizado por cada alumno desde el lugar de su conveniencia y en el horario de su preferencia.