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When you’re having a conversation in English, you often need to respond to things so you can show surprise, sadness, agreement or anger. Here are 12 expressions for doing just that! In each case, the comment or expression is made by person B.


Listening activity: The hotel stay

1 Pre-listening

What can happen in a hotel? Add some positive or negative ideas to the list. For example: they give you the wrong key, you have a wonderful time, they overcharge you, the swimming pool is closed, you try some delicious new food for the first time…

2 Listening I

You’re going to listen to a conversation, with someone talking about their hotel experience. Listen once. Were any of the things you thought of for the Pre-listening task mentioned?

3 Listening II

Listen again. Then, choose the correct answers.

1. How does the speaker describe the hotel stay? It was... a) a disaster b) wonderful

2. When had the speaker made the booking? The previous… a) month b) week

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The latest issue of Hot English (178 – the March issue) is out now! Learn over 300 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: Improve your spoken English! Learn 12 useful expressions for responding to comments + 10 “money” words, 8 useful maths terms, 16 words to use to describe films, 10 expressions for describing an object, 20 “furniture” words... plus: • Quiz – are you greedy? • Food – unusual restaurants • Grammar – the use of the word “like” • Books – Twilight book review • Cinema – a film extract from Dead Poets Society • Finance – famous billionaires • History – the Great Depression • Celebrities – Paris Hilton versus Naomi Campbell • Culture – an Indian festival • Entertainment – learn how to play poker • Crime – the Ponzi Scheme • Phone English – ordering something by phone • Language – the second English language: Globish • Money – some great money quotes • The environment – the rise of the Scuppie • Education – classroom phrasal verbs AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 300 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!