making social plans in English

8 great phrases for making social plans in English

Today’s conversation focuses on making social plans in English and it will give you some common useful phrases to use in everyday conversation.

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1) READ IN ENGLISH

Quickly read the conversation in my photo and decide what type of plan the friends are making (a surprise party plan, a weekend plan, a holiday plan….) Now read it again and answer the questions

  • What is the first suggestion?
  • Why doesn’t her friend want to do that?
  • What do they decide to do instead?
  • Why is this a good decision?
  • When are they going to meet?

2) LEARN ENGLISH VOCABULARY FOR MAKING SOCIAL PLANS

Spend some time looking at the useful phrases taken from the conversation. Can you understand the meanings and uses? These phrases are very common in real English. Now try to complete the gaps below without looking at the photo

  • What a____ y____ u____ t____ next weekend?
  • Do y____ f____ meeting for lunch?
  • I can relax tonight because I____ a____ done my homework!
  • You should go to Bangkok. The market is definitely w____ seeing!
  • If you don’t want to get an Indian takeaway, h____ a____ Chinese food i____?
  • Let’s go and see the new Jason Bourne film. I____ h____ it’s really good.
  • I’m starting piano lessons next week. I____ a____ w____ t____ learn how to play so I’m really excited.
  • I think we need some time off work. I’ll get on the internet this weekend and I____ b____ u____ a relaxing holiday.

Check your answers against the photo – Did you make any mistakes?

3) PRACTISE YOUR WRITING

Now try to write your own example sentences using the useful phrases. If you are working with a friend you can test each other by making an exercise like mine.

4) PRACTISE YOUR SPEAKING 

Find a friend, flatmate or family member to practise the conversation with. One person is a) and one person is b). Keep going until you can do it without the photo! Extra challenge – When it’s perfect, swap roles or change the plans. You can also try recording yourself on your mobile phone to hear your pronunciation!

What do you think of these phrases for making social plans? Leave me a comment below if you found them useful 🙂

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Nicki is a Cambridge qualified, experienced English teacher for foreign learners. She loves helping English learners to learn real English and communicate with confidence!

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