Social Interaction

Part 1: In small groups, use appropriate formal and informal language to role-play similar conversations for these three situations. Include body language. Then perform your best scene for the class.

Part II: Some social occasions celebrate special events. Here are some examples of phrases of congratulations that are appropriate to these situations. The most common response is "Thank you."

Phrases of Congratulations (starting with formal versions and moving to informal versions)

  • I'd like to offer my congratulations on ...(your new job, your marriage, your new baby, your new house).
  • Congratulations on ...(your new job, your marriage, your new baby, your new house).
  • You must be really happy about...(your new job, your marriage, your new baby, your new house).
  • I'm very happy for you. I hope you enjoy...(your new job, your marriage, your new baby, your new house).
  • Happy birthday!
  • Happy Anniversary!

Here are some examples of compliments used in social situations.

  • This is the nicest apartment!
  • You have a beautiful house!
  • I like your furniture (new dress, etc.).
  • This soup/salad  (is, looks, tastes) wonderful/delicious.
  • What a (good idea, great dessert)!

In many social situations, it is appropriate to express appreciation. Here are some examples of expressions of thanks and answers (starting with formal versions and moving to informal versions).

Expression of Appreciation Response
I (really) appreciate...(your coming, dinner, your gift) You're (quite) welcome.
Thank you (very much) for...(coming, dinner, your gift) It was my pleasure.
Thanks (a lot) for (coming, dinner, your gift) Don't mention it.
Thanks. It was a terrific party. Glad you enjoyed it.
Thanks. I had a great time. Sure. Any time.