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  • Hi, I'm Gina.

  • Welcome to Oxford Online English!

  • In this lesson, you'll learn how to compliment someone in English.

  • If you like someone's clothes, or you're invited to someone's home and want to tell

  • them how nice it is, would you know what to say?

  • Complimentswhen you say something nice to someoneare important if you want to

  • seem friendly.

  • However, the tone of compliments is important.

  • You can sound strange if you get it wrong.

  • In this class, you'll see how to compliment people in a natural way in English!

  • Before we start, don't forget to visit our website: Oxford Online English dot com.

  • You can use our free lessons to improve your English, or study with one of our professional

  • teachers in one-to-one online classes.

  • But now, let's start by looking at how you can compliment someone's appearance in English.

  • Is that a new top?

  • It looks really nice!

  • Thanks!

  • Where did you get it?

  • That colour suits you.

  • Actually, I got it from a market.

  • I have no idea where it came from originally.

  • Did you get your hair cut?

  • Yeah!

  • I like it.

  • Shorter hair looks good on you!

  • Thanks!

  • A common way to compliment someone's appearance is to notice something new about them.

  • For example: 'Is that a new top?'

  • 'Did you get your hair cut?'

  • You heard these in the dialogue, but you could also say: 'Are those shoes new?'

  • 'You look nice.

  • Have you lost weight?'

  • Of course, you should be careful when you comment on someone's weight or body shape.

  • It's safer to avoid such comments with people you don't know well.

  • You can also say that someone looks good with phrases like these: 'It looks really nice.'

  • 'That colour suits you.'

  • 'Shorter hair looks good on you.'

  • You can use these phrases in different ways.

  • For example: 'Your shoes look really nice.'

  • 'That jacket suits you.'

  • 'Green looks good on you.'

  • You can use a colour like this to refer to clothing.

  • So, you can say 'red looks good on you,' meaning that red clothes look good when you

  • wear them.

  • Of course, appearance isn't everything!

  • Maybe you want to compliment others on their personalities, too.

  • Let's see how you can do this.

  • Wow!

  • Look at this.

  • You're so organised.

  • How do you keep everything so tidy?

  • I don't know.

  • I've always been tidy, I think.

  • I wish I was like that.

  • My office is always in a mess.

  • I like how patient you are.

  • It's important for someone in your position.

  • Well, thanks for saying so.

  • I don't know how you do it sometimes.

  • The way I see it is: you don't gain anything by getting angry or stressed.

  • I appreciate that you were so honest about this.

  • Not everybody would have handled things the same way.

  • It just seemed like the right thing to do.

  • Sure, but I still think it was brave of you to speak out.

  • You can compliment someone's personality in a very simple way.

  • You heard: 'You're so organised.'

  • You can use this with other adjectives; for example: 'You're so generous!'

  • 'You're so hard-working.'

  • You can also use other phrases, such as: 'I like how patient you are.'

  • 'I appreciate that you were so honest about this.'

  • 'It was brave of you to speak out.'

  • Again, you can use these in different ways, like this: 'I like how cheerful you are.'

  • 'I appreciate that you always listen carefully to everyone's ideas.'

  • 'It was nice of you to bring a gift.'

  • OK, at this point, you've learned some language to compliment someone's appearance and personality.

  • We have an exercise for you!

  • Think of someone you know well.

  • This person could be your friend, family member, or colleague.

  • Imagine you want to compliment this person on his or her appearance and personality.

  • Can you make two sentences?

  • Pause the video, and say your sentences out loud.

  • Could you remember what to say?

  • Remember, you can always go back and check if you've forgotten something.

  • Next, let's imagine that someone has invited you to their home for the first time.

  • It's good manners to compliment your host on their home; lets see how you can do that.

  • Wow!

  • I love your living room.

  • It's so cosy!

  • Thanks!

  • It didn't look like this when we moved in, but we've done a lot of work on it.

  • I especially like that lamp.

  • Did it come with the place?

  • No, it was a wedding present.

  • I don't know where it came from.

  • It's really colourful.

  • You have a very nice place.

  • Thank you!

  • I like how spacious it is.

  • I live in the centre, and my apartment is a shoebox.

  • Yeah, I guess that's the plus of living in the suburbs.

  • It's much further away, though.

  • True.

  • If you want to compliment someone on their home, you could make a general comment, like:

  • 'You have a very nice place.'

  • 'I like how spacious it is.'

  • You heard these in the dialogue, but you could also say:

  • 'You have a very beautiful home.'

  • 'I like how bright your apartment is.'

  • You could also compliment specific things about someone's home.

  • In the dialogue, you heard: 'I love your living room.

  • It's so cosy!'

  • 'I especially like that lamp.'

  • Here's a question for you: what other adjectives could you use to compliment someone's home?

  • There are many possible answers, but you could use words like 'warm', 'modern', 'beautiful',

  • 'airy' or 'stylish'.

  • So, you might say: 'I love your terrace!

  • It's beautiful.'

  • 'I especially like your sofa.

  • It's so stylish.'

  • If you're at someone's home, there's a good chance they'll serve you food.

  • For our next topic, let's see how you can compliment someone's cooking!

  • This soup is amazing!

  • What's in it?

  • It's a Caribbean recipe, with vegetables, beef stock, coconut and thyme.

  • It's so tasty!

  • Quite spicy, though.

  • Mmm, well

  • It does have a couple of habanero peppers in, too.

  • Maybe I should have warned you

  • Mmm!

  • The pizza is delicious!

  • Did you make it from scratch?

  • I did!

  • Glad you like it.

  • You even make the dough yourself?

  • Yep.

  • It's not so difficult, actually, and I think the end result is better.

  • Do you want more?

  • Yes, please!

  • To compliment someone's cooking, you can use words like 'tasty' or delicious'.

  • You can also use more general adjectives, like 'amazing', 'great' or 'fantastic'.

  • For example, you could say: 'This soup is amazing.'

  • 'The pasta is really tasty.'

  • 'I love the pie.

  • It's fantastic!'

  • 'The potatoes are delicious.'

  • As you heard before, part of complimenting something is showing an interest.

  • So, you can ask questions like: 'What's in it?'

  • 'Did you make it from scratch?'

  • 'You even make the dough yourself?'

  • If you make something from scratch, you don't use any pre-made ingredients.

  • For example, if you make a pizza from scratch, then you make everything yourself: you mix

  • flour and water to make the dough, you make the tomato sauce yourself, and so on.

  • Now, you should know several ways to compliment someone in English.

  • For homework, go out and say something nice to someone!

  • Thanks for watching!

  • See you next time!

Hi, I'm Gina.

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