Questions about the Video File:
- What are friendships based on?
- How can an opposite friend help you?
- What is the downside of having opposite friends?
- How can you resolve an argument with an opposite friend?
- Why do you need to compromise?
- Do you tend to pick friends who are similar to you or those who are opposite? Why is it so do you think?
- To what extent are you similar to or different from your best friend?
- How often do you argue with your friends? What do you usually argue about?
- What do you do to handle your disagreements with your friends?
- If you had the opportunity to make friend with anyone, what type of person would you pick? Why?
- Do you consider yourself a good friend? When was the last time you did a favor for your friend?
- If you could change one thing about your best friend, what would it be? Why? Have you ever told him/her so?
“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself”. Jim Morrison
“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” F. Scott Fitzgerald
Related Idioms and Expressions:
- When the going gets tough: when a situation becomes hard
- She is a true friend, you can trust that she remains in your side when the going gets tough.
- For the sake of sth/sb: because of, for the purpose of
- Do it for the sake of friendship. You know that your friendship is too valuable to be ruined by a simple mistake.
- Be two sides of the same coin: to be very different but related
- Love and hate are two sides of the same coin.
Related Words and Phrases:
To be into sth (n) to be interested in something
- She’s really into jazz. She goes to lots of jazz concerts every year and she buys almost every new jazz album.
Comfort zone (n): a situation in which you feel comfortable and you are not in danger or under pressure
Conflict (n) disagreement between people caused by having different ideas.
- There has always been a conflict between Mary and her mother. They are always arguing about everything.
Turn into (ph v): change something into another thing
- Turn your fears into motives. They can encourage you to take action.
Resolve (v) to find a solution for a problem
- You need to resolve your problems with Mr Rayan before you start a new project with him.
Frustrated (adj) feeling irritated especially because you couldn’t get what you wanted
- She was really frustrated when she found out she couldn’t get the job because of her poor qualifications. .
Genuinely (adv) really; truly
- She was genuinely sorry for braking his promise, one could hear it in his voice.
Dash (n) a bit; a little; a small amount of something
- I need a little salt in the soup. A dash of salt will make it perfect.
Crucial (adj) very important; vital
- It’s crucial to take care of your health when you are young and strong.
Step back (phv) to stop being involved in a situation for a while to think about it more
- You need to step back from your work problems and give them a rest. Think about new ways to handle them later.
Composed (adj) calm and in control of your feelings
- Surprisingly she stayed composed during the debate and didn’t lose her temper.
Appreciate (v) to understand the value of something and praise it
- You must learn to appreciate art, it can be really enjoyable to understand art.
Grounded (adj) logical; reasonable
- Teenagers are hardly ever grounded, they normally dream about everything and are not really realistic.
Considerate (adj) if you are considerate you care for the other’s feelings and ideas
- She’s not very considerate, she says whatever comes to her mind without regarding their feelings.
Compromise (v) to decrease your demands in order to achieve an agreement
- You can’t simply get all you want, you have to compromise on some issues.
Mutual interests (v) an interest that you share with someone else
- Skiing was their mutual interest. They both enjoyed it very much.
Offer of conversation (n) to suggest someone to talk about an issue, especially a problem in order to resolve it
- She made an offer of conversation to find a solution for their free time problems. They talked about finding an activity which they both liked.
Do the talking (v) to talk
- Let’s go to Maya together, I’ll do the talking. I know how to convince her to come with us.
Please leave a response to the following question as a comment:
What do you do to handle your disagreements with your friends?