1. What makes a good friend?

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Joanne: I live in a different country to a lot of my friends, so we don't see each other all that often. So for me, the sign of a good friendship is when you get together again and it feels as if you just saw each other yesterday.
Elena: In my opinion a good friend is someone who is loyal, supports you and likes to spend time with you. 
Kirk: My friends are people I have some kind of special connection with. It could be that I've known them for a long time and we've been through a lot together. It could be a relatively short relationship, but a specially intense one in some way. 
Jo: I think for me a good friend is someone that really, really knows me and appreciates me, is a good listener and is there in tough times. Someone that's there for you. 
Elena: Also, a good friend is someone who is honest and helps you to understand when you have made mistakes. 
Jo: I think it's also good to have interests in common, so a lot of my friends share my interests in music, culture, literature, politics, and have kind of similar values, so we have really interesting conversations.
Kirk: People that I can trust. People who help me when I need help, people who I help when they need it.
Jo: I also really appreciate my friends that make me laugh. I've got some hilarious friends.
Tina: A good friend to me is someone that, it doesn't matter what you wear, what you look like, if you're in your old pyjamas or you've got a pinny on, they take you as you are. And especially if your house is a mess. That's another one. A friend doesn't even notice that. Even better.


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Submitted by rlparmarrlgmail.com on Sat, 24/02/2024 - 10:24


You can not choose your parents, siblings etc., but you can make your own choice of friends depending on several criteria such as common interest, 

habits, attitudes etc.


Submitted by kareemhamza on Thu, 22/02/2024 - 18:20


ok , about me i think we all need at least two or three friends in our life. they can help us in any thing like learning a new language, improve our skills, pass exams and advice us. so i think a good friend is who loyal to me and can help me in funny or sad times.

Submitted by pao091114 on Tue, 20/02/2024 - 16:47


I believe that a friendship has good and bad moments the important thing is always to find a solution. So a true friend is loyal and honest.

Yeah I agree with you! We don’t have to see the things in the same way with our friends but we need to be able to discuss our own thoughts and our view with them.

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Submitted by binata13121986 on Sat, 17/02/2024 - 12:30


First of all my frind will never have some interests or love relathionship with my ex :)) that`s the base.
For me friend is not only a person you can have fun and hang out with. Now for me is more important is support and helpnes.
Also some of my friends live in another countries, so we can not see each other everytime we want. But we are always in touch. we always communicate. Now i live in Turkey and my best friends are everytime welcome to my appartment for theire holydays! I enjoy our time together. For me it`s the best time.

Submitted by Ramon Vilasboas on Tue, 13/02/2024 - 19:07


i think a real friendship it must happen naturally. the friend needs to be present, to share the good and bad moments, help whenever possible, to hear, to help, support and be true.

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Submitted by dindineuses on Tue, 13/02/2024 - 01:29


Friendship expresses the linkage between two or more people, without abiding by the grades of Personal and material interests, and this relation is based on trust and understanding in any way possible or at any time

Submitted by Jemyyy Berto on Mon, 12/02/2024 - 16:00


a friends is someone who can make you laugh and forget your problems for a moment.

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Submitted by Diana_Lizeth. on Wed, 07/02/2024 - 03:43


For me, a good friendship make You confident and motivate for the Best version and it's have to be always reciprocal.

Submitted by Mira-Alshamali on Tue, 06/02/2024 - 21:02


I think a good friend is someone with whom you feel at ease, someone who won't judge you or make fun of you, and someone with whom you can open up.

Submitted by Rambu Orsi on Mon, 05/02/2024 - 05:34


a good friend for me is someone who is honest and trustworthy

Submitted by Ladyf58 on Thu, 01/02/2024 - 13:36


For me a true friendship is à friendship which doesn't disappear even when you are separated for a long time from your friend. Fidelity is the most important thing for me. A friend must be present in the difficult and sad moments of the other's life but also in the happy events.

Submitted by esmaeelz on Mon, 29/01/2024 - 19:36


I think a good friend is someone reliable and honest so you can trust them and they will help you when you need it.

Submitted by LucVinh on Mon, 29/01/2024 - 03:39


Here's the corrected version of your essay:

"What is important for me in friendship?

The most crucial aspect of friendship for me is the sharing of values and interests. While respect for differences is important, having common values and interests, such as hobbies and activities, provides opportunities for creating lasting memories. Trust is also the foundation of a healthy friendship, allowing for open communication and the sharing of thoughts without the fear of judgment.

What makes a good friend?

Communication skills are essential for any relationship. A good friend is a good listener, expresses themselves clearly, and is open to discussing any concerns that may arise."

Submitted by _Dasha_ on Thu, 25/01/2024 - 15:07


In my opinion, good friends are a person who always loyal and honest. It's when you can share anything with this person and it will remain secret.

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Submitted by Eylül37 on Tue, 23/01/2024 - 14:08


A good friend is someone you can truly be yourself with.

Submitted by Polovynka on Sun, 21/01/2024 - 08:52


Friendships it is a good thing. It is a very big gift from God. For me true friend should share my interests. Real friend stays with you in all situations. It is can be good or difficult. And you can trust your friend.

Submitted by Anneke on Fri, 19/01/2024 - 22:35


What is important for you in a friendship? For me, it's the confidence and the loyalty.
What makes a good friend? Well, a good friend is someone which you never feel the time pass, laugh a lot, you feel in peace in your sould, in your heart... And, of course, they give you emotional support when you need it :)

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Submitted by Erick Estrada on Fri, 12/01/2024 - 06:47


What is important for you in a friendship? be loyal and be a good listener. Help each other when he or she need it

What makes a good friend? spend time and trust in each other, and be honest. Maybe have some common interests like music, literature, films, politics and so. A good friend is like a family member.

Submitted by Alliyth13 on Thu, 04/01/2024 - 08:25


Good friend who can listens to me and help me when I need help

Submitted by savchenko.zlata11 on Wed, 03/01/2024 - 10:40


Good friend is someone who accepts you just as you are and you have fun with this person

Submitted by a1jenab on Sun, 31/12/2023 - 18:14


A good friend is someone who listens to you when you are facing difficulties and helps as much as they can.

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Submitted by JERRY ELEVEN on Sat, 30/12/2023 - 20:38


I think That we can make a Good friends in the School, High Schools and at our work.
However, for me the friendship is important for help us to do things for any People o in our days infront of problems.

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Submitted by hananbadnjki on Tue, 26/12/2023 - 06:17


my impotent things for me are spend a joey time and give me gifts I love so much any one gives me gifts and appreciates me.

Submitted by lotus454 on Thu, 21/12/2023 - 12:04


a true friend will do anything necessary even at the risk of their own life ,well mine did


Submitted by doha_gasim on Thu, 14/12/2023 - 02:08


A good friend is a good listener , the one who didn't judge you whatever you did ,is a someone that you can rely on , a friendly and lovely friend who we can called a family member that doesn't relate to us genetically .

Hi  doha_gasim,
Thanks for your comment! I agree with you that a really good friend feels like family, even if we're not actually related :-)

Jo (LearnEnglish team)

Submitted by daanzwx on Sat, 09/12/2023 - 15:17


I think the most important things in a friendship is to trust each other, help in hard time and celebrate an incredible stuff together. Makes a good friends is also be like sibling or native person for own partner.

Submitted by SHYRAILY on Fri, 08/12/2023 - 11:31


Good friends is someone whom you can trust everything and who is there when you need it and never think worst about you.

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Submitted by farzad59 on Wed, 06/12/2023 - 16:21


With a good friend we can be relax. no need to talking , manythings feel with telepathy

Submitted by dafmaciasg on Tue, 05/12/2023 - 20:56


In my opinion is important that you can believe in your friend, and your friend could be loyal with you.

A good friend give to you goods advice for you be better person everyday.

Submitted by JuttaWoFu on Mon, 04/12/2023 - 17:10


For me, a good friend is someone who is empathetic, who listens to me, who is simply there for me when I'm not feeling well. A good friend is also someone with whom I don't have to pretend and can be just the way I am. Somehow my friends are just like me in terms of their nature. :-)

Submitted by sonyalbl on Sat, 02/12/2023 - 01:27


a good friend is someone which I can talk about confidential things about family, work or another people.

Hello "sonyalbl"

Yes, you are right! :-)

By the way, I'm pretty sure that you have to say: A good friend is someone (who/ with whom) I can talk to about ...
When we talk about people, we have to use 'who' and when we talk about things 'which'. In this case, it is also possible to omit this pronoun!

Kind regards,

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Submitted by kuanysh-astana on Wed, 29/11/2023 - 01:30


True friend is someone who can help you when you face difficulties.

Good friend is someone who listen to you help you at toughs time and hoest with you also standing with whatever happend this actually the real friendship