In this business English podcast lesson we explore language that you can use to socialize with colleagues during happy hour or during other informal occasions.
Whether you drink alcohol or not, in many places around the world you will likely be invited to the bar or pub with colleagues. Itâ€™s important to know how to offer to buy drinks for others and how to make polite excuses when youâ€™ve had enough or when itâ€™s time to go. The same skills are also useful for other types of after-work social activities.
In the dialog, we join Greg, a manager, and three people in his team â€“ Joanna, Gary, and Ben â€“ as they order.
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Phrases & Practice
|BEP 77 INT – Happy Hour – Quiz|
At the beginning of the dialog, Greg signals heâ€™s paying for the first round of drinks by saying â€œThis oneâ€™s on me.â€
Joanna doesnâ€™t drink. She says though she likes a drink once in a while, tonight she is meeting friends, so sheâ€™d better not.
Joannaâ€™s excuse has a four-part structure: 1. Interrupt if necessary; 2. Polite comment; 3. Excuse; 4. Say thank you. In Joannaâ€™s case, her excuse is that she has to meet with friends, which she was careful to mention at the beginning so that no one would be caught by surprise.