Lesson 26: Recommend Something

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Dialogue

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over this topic: recommend something. First, read the following dialogue out loud with your tutor, then switch roles and try again. 

Dorothy and Kevin are talking about getting a new job.

Dorothy:
Kevin, I want to work for Cambly. Can you put in a good word for me?
Kevin:
Yes, I can. I know a lot of people that speak highly of you.
Dorothy:
Thanks, I appreciate it. Perhaps I should talk with the owners.
Kevin:
I highly recommend it.
Dorothy:
Maybe we could talk with them together?
Kevin:
That’s a good idea, but if I were you, I would talk to them by yourself first.
Dorothy:
Ok, I will. What about my resume? Can you give it to them?
Kevin:
I can, but I think it’s best for you to give it to them in person.
Dorothy:
I understand. Can you look at my resume first? You could recommend some changes.
Kevin:
I would be more than happy to do that for you. Just remember to be confident when you talk to the owners.

Vocabulary

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

put in a good word (expression) to say something good about someone
Can you put in a good word for me with your boss? 
speak highly of (expression) to speak well about someone; say really good things
Your boss always speaks highly of you.
perhaps (adv) used to express a possibility of doing something; to recommend a possibility
Perhaps you should edit your resume.
highly (adv) to a great degree
I highly recommend that you see the doctor about your cough.
maybe we could (expression) to express the possibility of doing something; a way to recommend
Maybe we could finish the research paper tomorrow.
if I were you, I would (expression) to express what you would do
If I were you, I would say yes.
what about (expression) used to recommend or suggest something
What about taking a vacation to Italy?
I think it’s best (expression) to express what you think is the best thing to do
I think it’s best we end the meeting.
you could (expression) used to recommend or suggest something
You could always apply for another job.
just remember (expression) used to tell someone not to forget something
Just remember to include a cover letter with your resume.

Exercise

Practice answering the following questions with your tutors. You can use the sample answers to come up with your own answer. You can use the phrases you learned above.

  1. Your best friend wants to buy a car. What would you recommend?
    1. I think it’s best to buy a car that saves gas.
    2. Just remember to test drive it first.
    3. Your answer:
  2. Your spouse wants to go on a vacation next year. Where would you recommend?
    1. What about going to Saint Petersburg, Russia? I heard there are lots of things to do.
    2. Maybe we could go to Italy? They have lots of historical places to visit.
    3. Your answer:
  3. A co-worker wants a job in your department. How would you tell him you’ll put in a good word.
    1. My boss likes me so I will put in a good word for you.
    2. I will talk to my boss and put in a good word.
    3. Your answer:
  4. A student is trying to decide which university to attend. What would you recommend?
    1. Perhaps you should pick the university closest to home.
    2. I highly recommend Cambridge University.
    3. Your answer:
  5. Your brother wants to study English abroad. What would you recommend he do?
    1. Maybe you could go to New Zealand. My friend went there to study English and liked it.
    2. You can always ask your English teachers what they think.
    3. Your answer:

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. Which city would you recommend I visit in your country? Why?
  2. Would you recommend learning English on Cambly to your friends? Why or why not?
  3. Tell me about a time you made a recommendation to someone.
  4. Which car would you recommend for me to buy? Why?
  5. Have you ever put in a good word for someone? If yes, who and why? If no, would you?

Wrap-up

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

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