English Lesson: Paying a Compliment

Reading, watching videos, listening to music, and even taking classes– these are all the mediums you’re probably used to when it comes to language acquisition. They all have their perks to a certain extent, but there is one glaring flaw: passive learning.

So if you’re serious about being a better English speaker, you need to find more ways to actively engage. This means starting conversations rather than waiting for someone else to speak and reacting to it.

One of the easiest ways to initiate a conversation is to pay a compliment. And in order to over-simplify it, let’s approach the model like this:

  1. Use OMG
  2. Did you ~?
  3. I love ~ !

Putting the combination together, it might sound like, “Oh my God. Did you get a haircut? I love your hair.”

This method works because you have a the attention grabber (OMG), followed with curiosity (Did you~?), and the compliment (I love~). It’s not about being right or wrong either because this dynamic opens the door for more conversation.

If you’re interested in learning more conversational English like this, connect with Jon to sign up for online private English coaching or face-to-face sessions in Boston. We’ll work on making you sound like a native speaker.

Published by Jon Dao

Formerly, the Conversation Coach

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