One Close Friend vs. Group of Friends

Conversation

After a quick greeting, 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.

  • Some people prefer to spend time with one or two close friends. Others choose to spend time with a large number of friends. Compare the advantages of each choice. Which of these two ways of spending time do you prefer? Use specific reasons to support your answer.
    • Do you feel more comfortable when you’re surrounded by a group of people or with just one or two?
    • What are the benefits of spending time with a large group of people?
    • What are the benefits of spending time with just one or two close friends?

Vocabulary

Skip this section if you have 15 minute plan. 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

Expression Definition
acquaintance (n) a person one knows slightly, but who is not a close friend
She hung out with both friends and acquaintances on the weekends.
friendship (n) the state of being friends, mutual trust and support
She treasured her friendship with each of the people in the group.
amiable (adj) having or displaying a friendly and pleasant manner
She always wanted to hang out with people who were amiable and cared about what she had to say.
overwhelmed (adj) to give too much of a thing to someone
She felt overwhelmed when she was in a large group of people for a long period of time. 
confide (v) to tell someone about a secret or private matter and trusting them
Her friends were people she could always confide in.
dine (v) to eat dinner
My friends always want to dine at fancy restaurants when they go out.
agree with (expression) to have the same opinion as someone else
She had a tendency to agree with whatever her group of friends said.
bump into (expression) run into unexpectedly
While rushing off to work, he bumped into his best friend from college.
call back (expression) return a phone call
He wanted to call her back so she didn’t forget about the appointment.
see eye to eye (expression) to agree with someone
She could always see eye to eye with her two best friends she had since elementary school.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.”
― Hubert H. Humphrey

Wrap-up

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

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