Friday, 18 September 2009
Dialogue 1: A: What´s your name?
B: My name is John
Dialogue 2: A: What´s your name?
Which one sounds more natural to you? Dialogue 1 or dialogue 2? Of course dialogue 2 sounds more friendly, conversational and simply more natural. That´s not to say that dialogue 1 isn´t correct or even possible. (And that´s the way many students still learn.) But the linguistic phenomenon represented in dialogue 2, the omission - or ellipsis - of unnecessary information is one of the areas which are key to spoken fluency.
Match the dialogues:
1 - You´re Brazilian, right?
2 - I wasn´t hurt because
I was wearing my helmet.
3 - How do you like this table?
I made it myself
4 - Oh, I have an idea! We can get there faster
if we take the tunnel.
5 - Yes, I know what you mean. The Internet
is a source of stress sometimes, but
it also helps a lot of people.
a - Good thing.
b - Good job.
c- Good thinking.
d - Good point.
e - Good guess.
Adapted from Como dizer tudo em inglês - Avançado by Ron Martinez