In this week’s club, we are talking about Relationships – the different types of relationships we can have and how to describe the good ones as well as the bad ones. We’ll also see some idiomatic expressions based on relationships.
All mpec courses are based on Conversation, Communication and Interaction and our main goal is to give our students the confidence to approach any topic or idea in English. Below, you will find vocabulary, expressions related to Relationships as well as questions that will oblige you to use the same vocabulary immediately!
Some Expressions To Get Us Started
- Blood is thicker than water – Family relationships and loyalties are the most important ones
- You can choose your friends but you cannot choose your family – this one is self-explanatory!
- To be like chalk and cheese – to be fundamentally different or incompatible
- To get off on the wrong foot – make a bad start in a relationship
- To give someone the cold shoulder – to treat someone in a cold and unfriendly way
- To go back a long way – to exist for a long time
- To Rub someone the wrong way – to iritate someone
PART 1: Warm Up
- Is blood really thicker than water? Or can other relationships become more important than family?
- If you are cheese, who is your chalk? Why?
- Have you ever given or been given the cold shoulder? What happened?
PART 2: Relationships can be positive or negative – let’s talk about the negative ones!
- Do you have any enemies? (someone you don’t like /don’t get on with) Talk about them?
- Is there anyone if your life, family, friends or professional, who simply rubs you the wrong way? Talk about this person.
- Do you have or does anyone you know have an unhealthy sibling rivalry? (competition between brothers & sisters)
PART 3: Let’s Zoom In On the Details!
- What order would you put the different types of relationships into and why?
- Are there any types of relationships that you could not do without? (To do without – to ‘survive’ without)
- Are some people better at relationships than others? Why do you think so?
- Do you think being an extrovert or introvert has an impact on your relationships? How?
All mpec students are welcome to join our Conversation Club Zoom Sessions which take place every Tuesday, 6pm to 6.30 pm and Thursday from 1 to 1.30 pm from October to June. If you are not a part of the mpec community yet, please get in touch with us and we will partner with you to create the right course for your needs and goals. Live English Courses via Streaming
Self Study Suggestion:
If you have some free time, why not watch the video below on “The difference between healthy and unhealthy love”