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In this episode, Carolina returns. What happened with her and Jamie? What is new in Emily's life? Plus, Adam and Rob talk about the recipes you shared after last week's show.

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How do you say hello to your friends? Do you shake hands? Kiss? Hug? Bow? Perhaps you wai ​like people do in Thailand!

Write to us in the comments and we'll discuss your answers in the next show.

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Intermediate: B1

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The way how I say hello to my friends depends on how close we are. For example I kiss and hug my best friends, but I just shake a hand to my colleagues and familiars.

In Benin, to greet someone, we use to shake hands if it's between friends and colleagues . but, you should bow if you want to great an elder person.

Hi! In my city (Krasnoyarsk) we hug :)

Hi, I can say that in Colombia kisses between mens and womens and womens its normal with your closer work's partners everyday, not all; always we shake hands with new people, and hugs just with close friends or family.

In Colombia generally the people is very warm with all, they always greet good morning or good afternoon, but when it's about the friends or near persons the way to grett change. Normally you greet with a shake hand, with a hug or kiss depending the grade of trust. The age also determine the way of greet for example some young people greet their friends or classmates hitting the fist or the old people greeted only shaking the hand.

In Colombia we usually give a kiss or hug to our friends and relatives but if we do not know the person or it is the first time we see him/her, we shake hands.

In this conversation, we hear Carolina say "when I go out with Jamie", and it's obvious in this case that they had a date on some day in the future. My question is that the phrase "go out with sb" necessarily mean to have sexual relationwhip with sb, or you can also use this phrase if just to go on a date?

Hello Tomoaki Hachiya,

The answer is that it depends on the context. We can use the phras to mean both of these.

Generally, when we speak about a concrete event, it could be romantic or platonic:

I'm going out with Sue tonight.

 

When we speak in general terms without a time reference we understand that we are talking about a romantic relationship:

Did you hear? Paul's going out with Sue!

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Peter,

Sorry by last message, my question is oriented to know if to say "He's going out with her" to your friends is a polite phrase or have different connotation. could it offend her if she hears him? thanks

Hi jonancbr,

The phrase 'going out with (sb)' is not offensive in any way. It is a neutral to informal phrase; a more formal way to say two people are romantically involved would be to say 'Sue is seeing Paul at the moment'.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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