假期前 Before the holidays
If I don’t see you before, have a lovely Christmas!
Have a great Christmas, won’t you!
Have a good one!
Happy Christmas to you!
詢問人們他們的計劃 Asking people about their plans
What are you up to over Christmas?
Got any plans for Christmas and New Year?
Are you at home over Christmas, or are you going away?
假期後 After the holidays
What did you do over Christmas?
What did you get up to?
Do anything exciting / special over the holidays?
Have you made any resolutions?
You could also ask about Christmas gifts (especially to children).
What did you get for Christmas?
Did Father Christmas bring you what you wanted for Christmas?
模稜兩可地回應 Giving a vague reply
Oh, the usual…
Same old (= nothing new)
回應 Giving more information
(Did you have a good Christmas?)
It was great / fantastic / wonderful / lovely / thanks.
Really relaxing / Just what I needed.
We saw the in-laws / some of the family.
We got away for a couple of days.
We had a quiet one at home.
繼續話題 詢問其他問題 Asking the other person
To keep the conversation going, try returning the question.
What about you?
(Did you have a) good Christmas?
Have you seen the story about…?
Have you heard about the guy who…?
Did you read the story of…?
I’ve just read about…
The paper’s reporting a story about…
Wait til you hear this!
I can’t believe this…
You’ll never believe it, but…
“Man dies in fire.” (Newspaper heading.)
“A man has died in a house fire caused by a faulty gas oven.” (Announcement on TV news.)
They’ve just said on the news that…
They’ve just announced…
That’s just sensationalist!
They should check their facts!
I think they’re completely biased.
They shouldn’t be allowed to say / write things like this!
You shouldn’t believe everything you read in the paper!
“The World Today” usually has well-balanced coverage of the news.
There’s some very fair reporting about the protests.
“News at Nine” is usually objective / impartial.
This is a really in-depth article about the economy.
to report (to report a story, to report that…)
to announce (announce a result, announce a decision)
to state (= more formal equivalent of “say)
to go on the record as saying (to say something publicly)
to be off the record (to not be “official”)
to leak (to make public certain information which should be confidential – especially political strategy)
to publish (publish findings, publish the results of a survey, publish financial results)
to publicise (make something public, often to increase awareness – publicise the risks, publicise a new film)
to broadcast (a TV channel broadcasts programmes)