Practice English Speaking&Listening with: English Conversation Skills: Learn expressions for interrupting

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Did you take the trash out? - I'll do it in a few minutes.

The garbage truck will be here any minute, so...

Wait. Sorry to cut you off, but I need to reply to this message.

We all know it's rude to interrupt, but there are times we still do it.

Is there a way to at least reduce the risk of angering those we're interrupting?

I think so.

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Listen to an exchange between a husband and a wife.

Try to catch some phrases that the man uses when he interrupts the woman.

Did you take the trash out?

I'll do it in a few minutes.

The garbage truck will be here any minute so...

Wait. Sorry to cut you off, but I need to reply to this message.

No, this can't wait. The truck will be here and...

I know and I'm sorry to interrupt again, but I need to concentrate.

Oh, forget it. I'll do it myself.

Did you catch any useful expressions in that first dialog?

Now listen to another conversation.

This one takes place at work.

So, Maria, I was thinking we could meet next Monday.

I'm sorry, but I couldn't help overhear(ing) your conversation. Are you talking to Maria?

I'm sorry, Maria. Michael just came in and wanted to tell me something. One second, please.

Yes, it's Maria. We'll talk again after the call, okay?

Maria, does Monday morning work for you?

I'm sorry, but I have to jump in here and tell you that Paul just scheduled a department meeting for next Monday.

Maybe Maria can meet on Tuesday.

Maria? Michael just told me that we have a meeting here on Monday. Are you free on Tuesday? ...Great. Let's...

I'm really sorry for interrupting again, but could I just say something?

I just need to tell you and Maria about the attachment I emailed earlier.

Oh, let me just put this call on speakerphone.

Let's add some expressions to our list.

Let's see if you can recall the expressions that I highlighted.

That's all for now. I hope you found this useful.

Thanks for watching and happy studies.

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