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Welcome to a new English Express episode. In this episode, we will talk about idioms on social relations when we want to describe social relations. But we use idioms to do that. Well. We do that every day. And I’m not going to tell you about idioms you will never use no just the idioms you’re going to need in everyday English. You can find the transcript of this episode on my website English plus podcast calm and better yet, if you are a patron, you will get exclusive Episodes Series and resources to take your English and learning to the next level, you can find the links you need in the description of the episode. And now without further ado, let’s talk about social relations idioms.
So first, let’s talk about friends. We’re talking about social relations, right? And what’s better to talk about social relations than a friend, a good friend, actually, what do you think a good friend should be like? Well, a good friend is someone who will always be there for you when you need them. Don’t you agree? But what is that be there for was be there for just be there? Or does it have a different meaning? Or does it have a deeper meaning? That’s what I’m talking about. A good friend is indeed someone who will always be there for you when you need them. And when you say be there for that means be ready to help not just be there. I just stand there. When someone is there for you. That means this person is ready to help if you decide to be there for people, for your friends for your family, that means you are ready to help them is just be there be in the room. That’s a different story. Be there for someone that means be ready to help. And what about this one? You might not agree with it completely. But it’s an opinion. After all, you might agree you might disagree. It’s up to you. But we’re focusing on the idiom Don’t forget about that. A good friend is someone who sees eye to eye with you on most things. What does that mean? When you see eye to eye with someone that means you agree with them. Now, of course, a good friend doesn’t have to agree with you, especially not all the time. But you will need to have a lot of things in common, right? You need to see eye to eye on many things, maybe not most things, but many things. If you don’t have anything in common with this friend, I find it hard to believe that you will ever become good friends. But here let’s focus on the idiom we just learned see eye to eye with someone that means you agree. And a good friend is not perfect and not the same as you obviously not but is good at give and take. When you are good at given take what does that mean? That means you’re good at compromise and cooperation. You just say no. And you’re just stubborn, you never change your mind, you know, you’re good at give and take when you’re good at given take, you have one of the qualities needed to be a good friend. So of course, we’re not saying that these are the only qualities of a good friend. But these are some of them. And we learned to be there for someone to see eye and eye with someone and to give and take. And this was talking about social relations. Let’s talk about something else. And what we can say in certain situations, social situations, obviously. Now, how can you say no to an invitation, especially if you want to keep the invitation open for another time. Now, of course, sometimes you might be invited to something, it might not be a date, it might be just an invitation. But anyway, it’s a social invitation. And you just don’t want to say no. If you say no, that means this person is never going to ask you again, especially if it is a date. But you really can’t do it this time. But you want to keep this invitation open for another time. What do you say? What’s the idiom? What’s the expression? You can say? Can I take a raincheck? Can I take a raincheck? That means keep the invitation open. That means I can’t do it right now. Or I can’t do it when you want to do it. But I would really love to do it at some other time. I want to keep the invitation open. Can I take a rain check? That’s an expression. Let’s talk about another situation. What can you say if someone invites you to an event that is dependent on something else such as good weather? What do you say? Because you really want to go and you’re really hoping that the weather is good and you can go so you can use the expression fingers crossed or let’s keep our fingers crossed. Now you don’t have to say let’s keep on you can just say fingers crossed, fingers crossed because you’re hoping for the best. That’s the meaning of this expression Fingers crossed. And finally, if someone offers to pay for drinks or a meal, but you really want to pay yourself what do you say? You can simply say this is on me. When you say this is on me that means I’ll pay and never say that in If you don’t really mean it, because people might simply give in and tell you okay, if you don’t really mean it, don’t say it. Because when you say it and you mean it, you will have no problem when people say no problem, okay? You pay but when you say this is on me, that means I’ll pay so don’t forget, we talked about take a raincheck fingers crossed and on me and of course, we talked about a good friend, and I hope you learned something useful in today’s episode, because that was everything I wanted to share with you in this English Express episode. 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