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Tác giả Bilingo Học tiếng anh online 2
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Hôm nay 11 Bilingo Sẽ Giới Thiệu Với Các Bạn Đọc Về Mẫu Câu Tiếng Anh Chủ Đề Thích Và Không Thích.
Conversation #1 – Expressing Likes & Dislikes
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Denise and Robert are business partners. They're evaluating a new design for a website for their online store.
Denise: The designer sent us three possibilities for the site. Here's the first one – I think it looks good.
Robert: Hmm... I like the colors, but I'm not crazy about the format. It seems kinda disorganized.
Denise: Actually, I didn't like it at first either, but then it grew on me. The design is a bit unusual, but once you start exploring the website, it's easy to get the hang of it.
(get the hang of it = learn a new skill)
Robert: Let me see the next one.
Denise: I love the way this design highlights the photos of our products. They're really eye-catching. But I don't care for the font he used; it's too small and hard to read.
Robert: This one has potential. We can just ask him to increase the size of the text. But I don't like the logo at all.
Denise: Okay... well... here's number three. I'm not a big fan of this look; I think it's too formal. What do you think of it?
Robert: Well, don't rule it out yet - the design is pretty sophisticated. I'd rather have a professional-looking website than one that looks amateurish. I can't stand the animated logo on the top though. It's distracting. Could you ask the designer to take it out?
Denise: Well, I don’t mind the animation... but if it bothers you, I guess I'll ask him to make some changes and then send us new designs. But I hate to delay the project any further...
Denise và Robert là đối tác kinh doanh. Họ đang đánh giá một thiết kế mới cho một trang web cho cửa hàng trực tuyến của họ.
Denise: Nhà thiết kế đã gửi cho chúng tôi ba khả năng cho trang web. Đây là cái đầu tiên - tôi nghĩ nó có vẻ tốt.
Denise: Thực ra lúc đầu tôi cũng không thích nó, nhưng sau đó nó lớn dần lên trong tôi. Thiết kế hơi khác thường, nhưng một khi bạn bắt đầu khám phá trang web, bạn sẽ dễ dàng hiểu rõ về nó.
(get the hang of it = học một kỹ năng mới)
Denise: Tôi thích cách thiết kế này làm nổi bật các bức ảnh về sản phẩm của chúng tôi. Chúng thực sự bắt mắt. Nhưng tôi không quan tâm đến phông chữ anh ấy đã sử dụng; nó quá nhỏ và khó đọc.
Robert: Điều này có tiềm năng. Chúng tôi chỉ có thể yêu cầu anh ấy tăng kích thước của văn bản. Nhưng tôi không thích logo chút nào.
Denise: Được rồi... à... đây là số ba. Tôi không phải là một fan hâm mộ lớn của cái nhìn này; Tôi nghĩ nó quá hình thức. Bạn nghĩ gì về nó?
Robert: Chà, đừng loại trừ nó - thiết kế khá phức tạp. Tôi muốn có một trang web chuyên nghiệp hơn là một trang trông nghiệp dư. Mặc dù vậy, tôi không thể chịu được logo hoạt hình ở trên cùng. Nó làm mất tập trung. Bạn có thể yêu cầu nhà thiết kế lấy nó ra không?
Denise: Chà, tôi không phiền về hoạt hình... nhưng nếu nó làm phiền bạn, tôi đoán tôi sẽ yêu cầu anh ấy thực hiện một số thay đổi và sau đó gửi cho chúng tôi các thiết kế mới. Nhưng tôi ghét phải trì hoãn dự án thêm nữa...
Conversation Vocabulary & Phrases
In this dialogue, we hear a number of phrases for expressing likes, dislikes, and preferences. You learned a few of these expressions in the lesson about hobbies - but not every expression can be used in every case.
Phrases for liking something:
I like... Italian food / rock music / learning languages.
Your sentence: I like ________________
I like... this restaurant / my teacher ...a lot.
I really like... my new apartment / playing tennis / my boyfriend’s parents.
Your sentence: I really like _______________
I love your haircut! / I love to read. / I love the way he writes.
Your sentence: I love ______________
I absolutely love this dress. / I absolutely love traveling with my family.
Your sentence: I absolutely love ________________
These are the most common expressions. “I like” is the weakest, and “I absolutely love...” is the strongest. You can use “like” and “love” for both nouns (like food, houses/apartments, music, movies, books, etc.) and verbs (reading, learning, playing tennis, etc.)
As mentioned in a previous lesson, after “like” and “love” you can use either the “to” form or the –ing form of the verb with no difference in meaning. Ex : I like to read = I like reading.
By the way, be careful not to make the common mistake of saying “I like very much this city” – the correct way to say it is: “I like this city very much.”
Here are a few phrases for liking things that are used in more specific situations:
This phrase is used when you have a special, warm, emotional attachment to something. For example, you could say, “I’m fond of this photo. It was taken on our honeymoon.” The expression “I’m fond of...” can also be used for people.
Your sentence: I’m fond of _______________________
Both of these phrases are informal.
Your sentence: I’m crazy about _____________________
This expression means that some activity is perfect for a person’s personality and interests. If Denise enjoys marketing and design, then the new website project is “right up her alley.”
Your sentence: _________________ is right up my alley.
Use this phrase when you didn’t like something initially, but then you began to like it as time passed.
Your sentence: I didn’t like ________________ at first, but then it grew on me.
Phrases for disliking something:
We don't usually say "I dislike" in English. It's more typical to say "I don't like..." However, depending on the situation, you might want to express your dislike more indirectly. These phrases are diplomatic and polite ways to say you don’t like something:
I’m not a big fan of horror movies.
Your sentence: I’m not a big fan of _______________.
I’m not crazy about this painting.
Your sentence: I’m not crazy about ________________________.
I don’t care for spicy food.
Your sentence: I don’t care for ________________________.
I don’t really like going to parties where I don’t know anybody.
I don’t really like my sister-in-law.
I don’t really like video games.
Your sentence: I don’t really like ____________________________.
Skiing is not my thing.
Going to nightclubs is not my cup of tea.
These expressions are used only for activities, not for people or objects.
Your sentence: _____________________ is not my thing.
The first three phrases are most typically used with objects. The last phrases are used for activities. And the phrase “I don’t really like...” can be used for people, objects, or activities.
If you want to express strong dislike, you can use these phrases:
I can’t stand Margaret. She talks too much!
I can’t stand it when people call me and don’t leave a message.
Your sentence: I can’t stand _________________________.
I don’t like this hotel at all.
I don’t like Peter at all. He seems dishonest.
Your sentence: I don’t like ____________________ at all.
I hate tomatoes.
I hate going out in the rain.
I hate it when my kids fight with each other.
Your sentence: I hate ________________________.
The expression “I can’t stand...” is used more for annoying things. “I don’t like it at all” is a strong statement of dislike, and “I hate...” is the strongest statement. A few other words for “hate” are loathe, detest, and despise, although these are less common.
One very common structure is to say “I hate it when...” or “I can’t stand it when...” and then describe the situation that angers or annoys you.
In the conversation, we actually heard a less strong way to use the word “hate” – Denise said, “I hate to delay the project any further.” This way of using the word “hate” means something more like “I don’t want to delay the project any further” or “I think it’s unfortunate to delay the project any further.”
Conversation #2: Expressing Preferences
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|After weeks of work, Denise and Robert have two designs and need to make the final decision between them.
Denise: Okay, here are the final designs - let's call them A and B. Which one do you prefer?
Robert: They're really quite different. Design A is very colorful and fun, and design B has a more formal look. I like the logo on A better, but I prefer the layout of B.
Denise: Robert, we need to just make a choice. I'd really rather not ask for any more
changes. I think the designer's getting fed up!
(fed up = annoyed)
Robert: Hold on now... I'd rather take our time and not rush the decision. What do you think?
Denise: I strongly prefer A. It's still professional-looking, but it has more personality. Plus, I like the way the menu is set up, and I think it's easier to navigate.
Robert: See, that's where we differ. I tend to favor a more traditional format, whereas you like to experiment and be creative.
Denise: Actually, I asked a bunch of our employees too – and they all prefer Design A.
Robert: Oh – well... I guess I'm outnumbered! All right then – let’s go with A.
Sau nhiều tuần làm việc, Denise và Robert có hai thiết kế và cần đưa ra quyết định cuối cùng giữa họ.
Conversation Vocabulary & Phrases
In this dialogue, we hear a few different phrases used to express preference. They are the same in meaning, but there are a few details that are different.
After the expressions I prefer... and I’d prefer..., you can use a noun or a verb:
prefer + noun
prefer + -ing form of the verb
prefer + to form of the verb – used for a general preference
I’d prefer + to form of the verb – used for a specific situation
After the expression “I’d rather...” you can only use a verb – WITHOUT “to”: Would rather + Verb không cần đi với To
The expression “I tend to favor (Thích cái gì hơn)...” is used for general preferences – preferences that you usually have all the time, not just in one specific situation:
A simple and informal way to express your preference is: Cách để nói về thứ mình thích.
Finally, what do you say if you have no preference? Here are a few options: Cách để nói về thứ mình không thích.
Which one do you prefer? Which one do you like better?
These phrases – especially the second one – are a little bit rude.
Say these when you don’t have a preference, and you want the other person to make the decision.
THANK YOU FOR READING.
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