Work Sheet: Spoken English
People judge a person by his behavior as they judge a tree by its leaves and fruits. A person of polished behavior has better chances of success in life. Remember the following important words and use them at the appropriate occasions.
Sir, Madam, Thank You / Thanks, Sorry, Regret, Please, Excuse Me, Pardon, Allow Me
- Yes sir
- No sir.
- Okay sir.
- Definitely sir.
- The phone is ringing; sir.
- We all miss you too much, sir.
- I did very well in the test, sir.
- I follow what you say, sir.
- I may have been wrong, sir.
- Raina has barely got pass marks, sir.
A formal way of addressing a woman:
- You rang, madam.
- I picked up English easily, madam.
- My English is getting better, madam.
- I got good marks in English, madam.
- We’ve got a new computer, madam.
- My teachers always encourage me, madam.
- I won a prize in the competition, madam.
- Classes start early these days, madam.
- You look exactly like my mother, madam.
- You’ve great dash, madam.
[Thank you / Thanks]
Never forget to say ‘Thank you’/ ‘Thanks’/ ‘Thank you very much’/ ‘Thank you so much’ or ‘Many many thanks to you’ when you have received some favour or help from others.
- Thank you for your pains.
- Thank you for this honour.
- Thank you very much for listening to my words patiently.
- So much thanks for a warm welcome.
- Many many thanks for your nice dealing.
- We’re bound to thank God always.
- Thanks to Heaven.
- Thanks ever so.
- We received the parcel yesterday, thanks.
- I’ll thank you to go away.
POINTS TO REMEMBER
1. If someone has thanked you, reply him in a polite way as:
- It’s a pleasure.
- My pleasure.
- That’s all right.
2. When someone declines an offer of something, he says as:
- No, thank you. / No, thanks.
- Not this time, thanks.
- Need not, thanks.
- Not any more, thanks.
- That’s very kind, but I won’t, thank you.
- Would you like to have a drink?
- Would you like to have a cup of tea?
3. If someone demands something from you, say ‘With great pleasure’, ‘Take it please’ or ‘It’s yours’.
- With great pleasure.
- Take it please.
- It’s yours.
- It’s for you
May I take your bike?
On doing something wrong, You say sorry / I’m sorry / I’m very sorry or I’m so sorry/ I’m terribly sorry/ I’m awfully sorry/ I’m afraid.
- I’m sorry.
- I’m very sorry. / I’m so sorry.
- I’m terribly sorry.
- I’m awfully sorry.
- I’m afraid.
- Sorry, my mind went blank.
- I’m sorry I couldn’t call you.
- I’m so sorry to know about your failure.
- I’m very sorry to bother you.
- I’m sorry for what I’ve done.
- I’m really sorry that I can’t help you.
- I’m sorry if there’s been any mistake.
- Sorry, I did not want to interrupt you.
- It’s a sorry sight.
- Sorry to disturb you.
You use ‘Regret’ to say you are sorry or sad about something.
- He regrets selling his house.
- I regret that I forgot.
- I regret what I said to her.
- I regret his absence from school.
- Ahmed heard with regret of his father’s death.
- I regret to say that Mr. Shafiq is very ill.
- I regret to say that you are wrong.
- She refused to marry with many regrets.
- The chairman regretted he would not be attending.
- He feels deep regret about his friend’s death.
Say ‘Kindly’ when you talk in a friendly way.
- Kindly speak slowly.
- Kindly move a bit.
- Kindly leave me alone.
- Speak the child softly.
- Kindly don’t chuck me out.
- Kindly commit yourself.
- Kindly do it immediately.
- Kindly grant me leave for the days.
- Kindly take care of your health.
- Kindly take measures to restore peace.
Say ‘please’ when you talk to someone politely.
- Attention please.
- Come in, please.
- Two cups of tea, please.
- Please write tender verses.
- Open the envelope, please.
- Please do as I tell you.
- Please wait, I attend the bell.
- Please see who’s at the door.
- Stretch out your hand, please.
- Please find a seat and sit down.
Say ‘Excuse me’ when you want to politely get someone’s attention.
Use ‘Excuse me’ to apologize for interrupting someone.
- Excuse me for losing my temper.
- Excuse me, I’m too tired. / I’m dead tired. / I’m exhausted.
- Excuse me, I’ve interrupted you.
- Excuse me, I shouldn’t have said that.
- Excuse my French.
- Excuse me for speaking rudely.
- Excuse me, are you Lubna?
- Excuse me, we don’t go to each other’s house.
- Excuse me, I’ll be back in a moment.
- Excuse me, do you speak English?
Say ‘Pardon/ Pardon me or I beg your pardon’ as a way of apologizing for doing something wrong.
When you say someone to repeat something you’ve not heard or understood, use ‘Pardon’, ‘I bet your pardon’ or ‘Please repeat it’.
- Pardon me sir, I need a copy of judgment.
- Allama Qadri refused to pardon the Chief minister.
- Pardon me, I’ve spoiled the bird’s nest.
- I can’t hear anything, Pardon me.
- Pardon me God for my bad deeds.
- Pardon, can I open it?
- I didn’t mean to do that, I beg your pardon.
- I couldn’t lift the sack, I beg your pardon.
- The Govt. pardoned all his political opponents.
- You had to wait for me, I beg your pardon.
Say ‘Allow me’ when you see permission to go or to do something.
- Allow me to contact the police.
- Allow me to use your phone.
- Allow me to pack my luggage.
- Allow me to rest here for a while.
- Allow me to call the doctor.
- Allow me to see the match.
- Allow me to go home early.
- Allow me to ask a couple of questions.
- Allow me to arrest drunk driver.
- Allow me to ask someone.
Frame at least five sentences of your own by using each of the following words.
- Excuse me
- Allow me
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