INT English Podcast #07 – Friend and friendships

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1. Do you have many friends?

Yeah, I have quite a large circle of friends. I think I’m quite amiable and reliable. I have a lot of friends at work and at school, I even keep in touch with some of my friends from childhood.

2. How often do you see your friends?

Well, I suppose now probably not as often enough as I would like to because I have a very hectic schedule and so do my friends. We hang out like once every couple of weeks or so, often in our favorite coffee shop. Sometimes we go out for some drinks at weekends or we go to the movies. If there’s a special occasion, like a birthday or something like that, we will throw a party at one of our houses. However, most of the time, I keep up with my friends via social media such as Facebook or Instagram. 

3. What kind of people do you like to make friends with?

To be honest, I don’t have set criteria, but I think people who share something in common with me are more likely to win me over. Besides, I’m often attracted to people who have a great sense of humour. It’s great fun to be around those who can make you laugh, isn’t it. I also really like people who are disciplined and determined. They are often very successful and I think I can be inspired by them and I can learn a lot from them if we are friends. But of course, a close friendship takes time to develop. 

4. Do you think you are a good friend to others?

I try to be, you know. I hope my friends find me reliable and interesting. I’m always willing to give my friends a helping hand when they are in need. I think it’s part of being a good friend, isn’t it. I’m also usually quite fun to be around. So yeah. 

5. Do you keep in touch with your childhood friends?

Yes, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m still friends with some of those from my primary school and secondary school. In fact, one of them is my bosom friend, we are so close that I believe our ties of friendship will never be broken. I can confide everything in life to her without fear of being embarrassed. 

6. Do you think friendship is important?

Absolutely. Friends are those who make you feel good about yourself, who will laugh at the most embarrassing moment of your life to make you feel lighter. They are the ones who will be there for you during happiness and at times when you need them most. Besides family, when the world turns back at you, friends will be there right by your side. The importance of friendship in our life is beyond any description, I believe.

  • A close friendship/ a lifelong friendship/ a solid friendship
  • The ties/the bonds of friendship – eg: The ties of friendship between us will never be broken.
  • To establish a friendship with sb = to strike up a friendship with sb 
  • A close friend = a dear friend = a bosom friend
  • A circle of friends
  • To develop/cultivate a friendship – eg: friendship needs time to develop
  • To keep in touch with sb = to stay in touch with sb = to keep up with sb
  • To confide sth to sb
  • To hang out with sb
  • To go out for some drinks
  • To go to the movies
  • To throw a party = to organize a party
  • To share/have sth in common with sb
  • To win sb over
  • To be inspired by sb
  • To give sb a helping hand when he/she is in need.
  • To be there for sb.

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