Descubra como dizer “não é para ser” e, também, um dos jeitos de reagir a uma má notícia em inglês neste Walk ‘n’ Talk Level Up!
Hey you! How are you doing?
Welcome to another episode of Walk ‘n’ Talk Level Up, our all English podcast! No diálogo de hoje, dois colegas conversam sobre alguns “perrengues” que um deles está passando, com algumas más notícias e muitas expressões úteis.
Não se esqueça de repetir todas as frases, em voz alta, com a teacher Becs para praticar bem a pronúncia, e confira o material extra que preparamos para você aqui abaixo!
Nos vemos na próxima semana, see you! Have a great week!
In this episode of Walk 'n' Talk Level Up you learned some new constructions and new expressions! You can continue studying here by checking out the dialogue, the expressions with written explanations, and repeating all the sentences!
Nancy: Hey, David, you look a bit off today. What's wrong?
David: Oh, Nancy, I have so much on my plate. First, I think I'll get fired.
Nancy: Oh, no! Why would you think that?
David: My boss has been acting weird, but that's not all.
Nancy: There's more?
David: Yeah. Mary and I had been fighting and she broke up with me yesterday.
Nancy: I'm sorry to hear that. Maybe she'll come around.
David: I don't think so. I guess it just wasn't meant to be.
When you want to say that a person doesn’t look well, or looks distracted and bothered by something, you can use the expression “look off”; it focuses on how a person looks (or seems). It is very common to use intensifiers or mitigators in the middle of this structure, as you saw in the dialogue:
She looks a bit off today. I wonder what happened.
You look really off, maybe you should take a break.
Everyone looks a little off. I’ll bring them some coffee.
This construction is quite similar to Portuguese and it is a good one. As you saw during the episode, it can be used with any verb and it can refer to something that has already happened, something that a person said, or something that someone is thinking of doing:
I can’t believe you called her. Why would you do that?
She really trusts him. Why would he lie to her?
I know that Jane left them there, but why would she do that?
Reacting to bad news
There are several sentences that are common reactions to bad news, but here are the top most common options in daily life, for everyday unfortunate events:
I'm sorry to hear that.
That sounds awful, I’m sorry.
That sucks. Let me know if you need help.
That’s very unfortunate, I’m sorry.
Oh no. Is there any way I can help?
Listen to this episode as many times as you wish, and follow it up with these extra examples. That way, you'll be able to improve your English and memorize all the expressions you've learned! Remember: daily contact with the language is the best way to learn, so make sure you don’t miss our next episode!
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