【Kim’s Note】When Americans speak they like to use as few words as possible to get their meaning across.
Learning these spoken elements will make you sound natural and more like a native speaker. These are the
sentences that appear in movies and TV shows because they are the most authentic1 American English. These
sentences are the way people really talk to each other! The formal dialogues in most traditional textbooks
sound very unnatural2 and are more difficult to learn.
1. Any more(还有吗? 还要吗?)
2. Are you alone(你一个人吗?)
3. Are you ready(你准备好了吗?)
【Kim’s Note】I always use this sentence to encourage someone who is taking too long. Teacher Li has heard
me use this sentence hundreds of times!
4. Be my guest.(别客气! 请用!)
【Kim’s Note】 If you use these three little words when someone makes a request, you will amaze people with
your English. In fact, if you say this when someone is just looking at an empty seat beside you, they will
feel grateful and relieved! It is much more eloquent3 than saying “Sit down please!”