Topic: Friendship

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Warm-up

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: Friendship. First, go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

got on like a house on fire Two people who get on like a house on fire have similar interests and quickly become good friends
e.g. As soon as I met my boyfriend’s sister, we got on like a house on fire.
floormate Person with whom one shares a floor in a building.
e.g. My floormates in college became best buddies in the freshmen year, but after a few became items and others were at odd with those involved in the romantic relationship everyone became each other’s frenemy.
become items To say that two people are an item means that they are involved in a romantic relationship.
e.g. My floormates in college became best buddies in the freshmen year, but after a few became items and others were at odd with those involved in the romantic relationship everyone became each other’s frenemy.
be at odds with People, facts and political parties can all be at odds when they are in a state of disagreement
e.g. My floormates in college became best buddies in the freshmen year, but after a few became items and others were at odd with those involved in the romantic relationship everyone became each other’s frenemy.
frenemy Someone who’s a friend and an enemy at the same time.
e.g. My floormates in college became best buddies in the freshmen year, but after a few became items and others were at odd with those involved in the romantic relationship everyone became each other’s frenemy.
speak the same language If two or more people speak the same language, they have similar opinions or ideas, so they understand each other very well.
e.g. My best friend and I know each other inside out; we speak the same language and are thick as thieves.
thick as thieves To say that two people are as thick as thieves means that they are very close friends who are very loyal to each other.
e.g. My best friend and I know each other inside out; we speak the same language and are thick as thieves.
one-up (someone/something) To make a point of outdoing, outperforming, outclassing, etc., someone.
e.g. If your friend always dismisses or one-ups your successes, puts you down, and/or doesn’t believe you can succeed, then they aren’t a true friend — kick their unpleasant attitudes to the curb.
put someone down To belittle or degrade someone or something.
e.g. If your friend always dismisses or one-ups your successes, puts you down, and/or doesn’t believe you can succeed, then they aren’t a true friend — kick their unpleasant attitudes to the curb.
kick something to the curb To discard, abandon, or dismiss someone or something that has become redundant, obsolete, useless, or unwanted
e.g. If your friend always dismisses or one-ups your successes, puts you down, and/or doesn’t believe you can succeed, then they aren’t a true friend — kick their unpleasant attitudes to the curb.

Conversation

Use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  1. Who is your best friend?
  2. Who were your best friends in school years? Are you still close friends with them?
  3. What kind of qualities do you look for in a good friend?
  4. Are any of your friends completely opposite to you or are most of them similar to you?
  5. Do you make friends easily or do you find it difficult to make new friends?
  6. What are the most common reasons for friendships to fall apart?
  7. What is the best way to meet new friends?
  8. What separates true friends from acquaintances?
  9. Are you a good friend? Why or why not?
  10. Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer. — Jean de La Fontaine. Do you agree or disagree? Use specific reasons to support your answer.

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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