What better way is there to enjoy a coffee or cup of tea than with a friend who drops in on you to spend an hour or so in your company? Catching up with the gossip and chilling out on a Saturday or Sunday morning may just be the tonic you need to get over the week day blues of office politics!
Alternatively a scheduled meeting with friends in a city centre coffee shop or even in the gym gives you the chance to find out about the comings and goings of your mutual acquaintances and mates. Learning about old school or university colleagues who you have not come across for a few years is better than traipsing around a shopping mall packed with shoppers. You might even find the time to chat up a new “friend”.
In this short extract, which has been written informally, I have used many common everyday phrasal verbs a feature of modern day English.
Socialising with Friends Vocabulary - English for Socialising
Close knit – a few friends who are special friends who know you and each other well. We can also refer to a tight circle of friends.
To unwind from – to relax and get rid of any stress.
To drop in on – someone who visits you or who you visit without making an arrangement or appointment.
ex. I was passing his house so dropped in on him to see how he was.
Catching up with – to find out all the gossip and information. What has been happening since you last spoke or met each other.
Chilling out – relaxing in a friendly atmosphere away from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
To find out about – to get the information you were looking for or needed.
ex. I spoke to Mary’s father to find out about the arrangements for the wedding.
To come across – used positively or negatively. I came across his name in an old diary. I had not thought about him for years. Or I haven’t come across him since I moved to another town. This means I have not met him since I moved to another town.
To traipse around – to wander/ walk with out any real purpose trying to find something you want or need.
ex. I traipsed around every shop in the high street looking for that book but could not find it anywhere.
To chat up – to talk casually to someone in a slightly flirtatious way with the hope you might get a date.
ex. He chatted up the new secretary last week and is taking her to the cinema this weekend.
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