Christmas related conversations

source: Twominute English
# Christmas is coming.
--Christmas is just a few days away. I really like this time of the year!
--Yes, I like it too. You know, my parents are coming for Christmas.
--Wow, that's great news. I wish my parents were here too.
--Well, if they're not coming, why don't you guys go and visit them?
--Can't do it this year. Claire hasn't been feeling very well lately. I think she needs to rest.
--Well, there's always next year.
--Yep! Enjoy your Christmas reunion.
# buying gifts together
--Hey Angela, are you done shopping for gifts?
--No, Teresa. I was so busy last week. I had tons of work to do. I haven't done any shopping yet and Christmas is just around the corner.
--Why don't you join me? I need to go shopping too. I used to go to Hamleys for toys, but the kids are all grown up now so I need to find another shop.
--Yeah, your kids and mine are about the same age. We can find the gifts together.
--Oh yeah, that would be great. We can also shop for our husbands.
--Yes, sure. I'll pick you up around 4 tomorrow, okay?
--Sure. See you.
# at church
--Hi Tracy. Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year to you and your family.
--Merry Christmas to you and all your family too.
--Thank you so much. What are you guys doing for lunch today?
--Nothing special. Our relatives are coming over for dinner though.
--Why don't you join us for lunch then? After church?
--That'd be nice. We'll see you at your place then. I'll bring some pie.
--Sure, thanks. See you soon.
# wishing someone over the phone
--Maddy? Hi! Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you and your family.
--Hey, Lucy! Thanks! I wish you the same!
--So, what are you doing?
--I was just opening the presents that my parents gave me.
--I've just opened mine as well. I got a new iPad. So happy! What did you get?
--Oh, wow! I got new headphones and some clothes and accessories.
--That's really cool! See you later, Maddy!
# buying gifts together
--Can I help you?
--Yes. I'd like a nice Christmas tree, please.
--You came to the right place. How big of a tree do you want?
--Well, not too big. I want to keep it in my hall. A small one will do.
--Okay. I have just the one for you. It's the last small tree so you're in the nick of time.
--I'll take it then.

Greeting People - Social English Language

source: Twominute English    2013年10月29日
Before you get into a conversation with anyone, you need to greet them properly to strike a positive chord. You can greet people in different ways depending on the occasion, the people and the place. In this video, we'll learn some important phrases that'll help you greet people nicely.
# greeting in a business meeting
--Hello. I'm Gibson Washington.
--Hello, Gibson. I'm Fred Harris. How are you doing?
--I'm fine, thanks. Pleased to meet you. And thank you for taking the time to meet me today.
--It's my pleasure. Would you like to have some tea or coffee?
--No, thanks. I'm good.
# greeting your classmate
--Hey, I'm Mason.
--Hi, I'm Amy.
--Nice to meet you, Amy. Where are you from?
--I'm from Chicago. What about you?
--I'm from Massachusetts.
--I've always wanted to visit there. How long have you been in Detroit?
--I got here a week ago.
--Really? Then today is probably your first day at the campus. Well, you'll love it here.
# greeting at a party
--Hi, I'm Amy. Have we met before?
--Hi Amy. No, I don't think so. I'm Sarah.
--Hi Sarah. Good to meet you. So, how do you know Jimmy?
--Oh, he's my first cousin. I came to visit my aunt for the holidays.
--Cool. It's always nice to visit relatives.
--That's right. And how do you know Jimmy?
--Actually, Jimmy and I work at the same ice cream parlor.
--No way! He never told me he works. I thought he was just a student.
--We do. We work and study.
# greeting someone you met unexpectedly
--Hey Mason! Long time no see! How have you been?
--Oh man, what a surprise! How are you?
--I'm very good. It's good to see you again, buddy.
--Do you come here often?
--Not really. I'm here for a meeting today.
--Why don't you join me for dinner?
--I would love to, but right now I'm with some company. Let's catch up again sometime.
--Oh, sure! Anytime!