Softening 2

This is a very simple idea but we find that our students have a lot of problems doing it.

So the explanation is very short but we are giving a lot of practice activities.


If you use a negative adjective, it can sound aggressive and insulting.

You are small.

It’s dirty.

He is stupid.

It is often much better to use not very plus a positive adjective.

You are not very big.

It is not very clean.

He is not very intelligent.


As I said, a simple idea that can make you sound much more professional.

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    1. Obviously, that is expensive. I normally charge sixty dollars for a 45 minute conversation class on Skype. I was considering offering my subscribers here some lessons at half-price, thirty dollars, but I am not sure that there is a demand.

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