I/ Talking about your close/ best friend
1. Have/share something in common:
My best friend and I have a lot of things in common. We both love shopping and playing sports.
2. to argue (with somebody somebody about something) = to quarrel
I sometimes argue with my BBF about study but we always end up with laughing and understand each other more.
3. to hang out with
I love hanging out with my friends after work or on the weekend
4. To get together
Let’s get together on Friday and go for a drink or something
5. Reliable (adjective) = trustworthy
6. to get to know
7. to get on well
8. to be close to
9. to stay beside
Types of friends in English:
- Close friends
- BFF = best friends forever
- Best mate (“mate” is slang for a friend in British and Australian English)
- Buddy (American slang)
- Old friend
- Real / true / good / loyal / trusted friend # fake friend
- School friend
- Family friend
- Childhood friend
- Acquaintance /əˈkweɪntəns/
- Colleague /ˈkɑːliːɡ/
- Flatmate/roommate (“Flatmate” is British English)
- Boyfriend # male friend
- Girlfriend # female friend
- Just friends
Practice talking about your best friend/ close friend by answering these following questions:
1/ How do you describe a true friend?
2/ Do you believe that a man and woman can be just friends?
3/ Do you have any BFF or or close friend?
4/ Who is she/he?
5/ What does she/ he look like?
6/ How did you meet her/him?
7/ When did you meet her/him?
8/ How often do you meet this person?
9/ What’s she/ he like?
10/ Do you and she/ he share anything in common?
11/ What do you and he/she do together?
12/ Have you and he/she ever argued/ quarreled?
13/ Do you tell your best friend everything?
I have a lot of friends, but only few close friends and one best friend.
My best friend is Leah. She’s in her mid-thirties. She’s a little bit chubby but cute. Leah has an average height. She has an oval face, a small nose, big brown eyes, a large mouth and thick lips. She has medium wavy black hair. Her skin is fair.
Leah is my ex office mate at my last company. And we have been good friends for almost 10 years.
Before we used to see each other very often, but now only once or twice a year because we live far away from each other.
Leah is a kind, friendly, quiet and patient person. We have a lot of things in common like traveling or shopping.
We often go hiking/ trekking or shopping together when we meet each other. Sometimes we argue, but finally we always end up with laughing and we understand each other more:)
II/ Verbs Related to Friendship
- To make friends
I love making new friends whenever I travel to a new place/ country.
- To have friends
- To build a friendship # To destroy / to break a friendship
- To develop a friendship
- To keep in touch with
- To keep good/ healthy relationship
- Misunderstanding (noun)
Some more questions to practice talking about friendship:
1/ Do you make friends easily?
2/ How do you make new friends?
3/ Do you make any friends over the Internet? Have you ever met them in person?
4/ Do you have many female/ male friends? Is your girl friend/ boy friend jealous if you have many female friends/ male friends?
5/ Do you think it’s a good idea to borrow money from a friend?
- Why not?
6/ Do you have any long distance friends?
- How do you keep in touch with your long-distance friends?
- How often do you see your long-distance friends?
7/ Are you still friends with your ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend?
8/ What do you do when you have a misunderstanding with your friend?
9/ Do you trust all of your friends? Why?
III/ Sayings & Expressions about Friendship
- A friend in need is a friend indeed
- Frenemy /ˈfrenəmi/ = friend + enemy
- Fair-weather friend (a friend that is only there when things are going well for you)
- Man’s best friend (used in reference to a dog)
Here are some questions you can ask when talking about friends.
1/ "How long have you guys been friends?"/ "How long have you known each other?"
For 10 years.
Since we were students/ kids/ 5 years old.
"We've been friends since elementary school."
"I think it's been like 20 years."
2/ "Did you go to school together?"
"We grew up together. Our parents lived pretty close so we were neighbors."
"We went to the same school since the 5th grade."
"We met in middle school and started going to the same school from the 7th grade."
"We started going to the same school at the University of Washington."
3/ "So how did you meet?"
"We met at church when we were young. We have been close friends."
"We met in high school in our English class."