English Conversation Skills: Learn Expressions For Interrupting

English Conversation Skills: Learn Expressions For Interrupting

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Did you take the trash out? I’ll do it in a few minutes. The garbage truck will be here any minute, so… Wait. Sorry to cut you off, but I need to reply to this message. We all know it’s rude to interrupt, but there are times we still do it. Is there a way to at least reduce the risk of angering those we’re interrupting? I think so.

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Listen to an exchange between a husband and a wife. Try to catch some phrases that the man uses when he interrupts the woman. Did you take the trash out? I’ll do it in a few minutes. The garbage truck will be here any minute so… Wait. Sorry to cut you off, but I need to reply to this message.

No, this can’t wait. The truck will be here and… I know and I’m sorry to interrupt again, but I need to concentrate. Oh, forget it. I’ll do it myself. Did you catch any useful expressions in that first dialog? Now listen to another conversation.

This one takes place at work. So, Maria, I was thinking we could meet next Monday. I’m sorry, but I couldn’t help overhear your conversation. Are you talking to Maria? I’m sorry, Maria. Michael just came in and wanted to tell me something. One second, please.

Yes, it’s Maria. We’ll talk again after the call, okay? Maria, does Monday morning work for you? I’m sorry, but I have to jump in here and tell you that Paul just scheduled a department meeting for next Monday. Maybe Maria can meet on Tuesday. Maria? Michael just told me that we have a meeting here on Monday. Are you free on Tuesday? … Great. Let’s… I’m really sorry for interrupting again, but could I just say something? I just need to tell you and Maria about the attachment I emailed earlier.

Oh, let me just put this call on speakerphone. Let’s add some expressions to our list. Let’s see if you can recall the expressions that I highlighted. That’s all for now. I hope you found this useful. Thanks for watching and happy studies…

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Comment (16)

  1. Hello Jennifer. This video is great. These are very helpful expressions. Interrupting people never is easy – but in a foreign language it is much harder… Thank you!

  2. Hello Mam I am from India and I watch your video on regular basis and I learn a lot of thing with you but plz upload videos on parts of speech in sequence

  3. Hi, Jennifer, thanks for the great tips. In everyday conversation, such phrases are quite important. Learners including myself often forget to use those expressions and tend to carry on their talk. I’ll use them one of these days when opportunity comes.

  4. First, the subject is good. I wonder how could you find the subject this easy . Second, I see that you started to use a new method to demonstrate the lesson and its brand new, I encourage you. You are a creative teacher, but I had a little problem here, it’s the font that you’ve used, I hardly could read it, may be I need to improve my reading skills, or may be you need to change this font. Big thank you Jennifer.

  5. Dear Jennifer, thank you for the video!
    But the speech in the dialoges is too fast for me. I couldn’t understand anything.
    And the pictures (the clouds with words over the heads) changes too fast. I think that even a native-speaker is not able to read so fast what is written there ))
    I like your speech because you are speaking clearly and at the normal speed.
    From Russia with love!

  6. Dear jennifer, I would like to ask you about word that I often hear it in American movies and series but I still look for its spelling but no way to get it, I think it is a slang, as I hear it they pronounce it as ” sax ” and the subtle in my language shows meaning like bad thing or unwantd action? did you get it?

  7. Interrupting is a very important part of interviewing as it prevents rehearsed lectures and keeps the conversation interesting for the viewer. . This lesson puts me in mind of the interrupting sheep joke:

    SHEEP: Knock knock
    YOU: Who’s there?
    SHEEP: The interrupting sheep.
    YOU: The interrupting……

    Oh well, I tried!


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