Conversation Lesson 17: Expressing Dislikes. Tony: Hey, Jane, why aren’t you ready? It’s almost 7 o’clock! Jane: I’m sorry, Tony. I’m not going. I have to study. Tony: But you can study later. Don’t you want to go? Jane: No, not really. I don’t like dinner parties.
Tony: Hey, Jane, why aren’t you ready? It’s almost 7 o’clock!
Jane: I’m sorry, Tony. I’m not going. I have to study.
Tony: But you can study later. Don’t you want to go?
Jane: No, not really. I don’t like dinner parties.
Tony: But what can I tell the Millers?
Jane: Tell them I’m sick.
Tony: But you aren’t sick. Come on, Jane. I don’t like to lie.
Jane: And I don’t like to go to dinner parties.
I’m not fond of . . .
I don’t (particularly) care for . . .
I don’t enjoy . . .
I don’t like . . .
I dislike . . .
I can’t stand/bear . . .
I hate . . .
I’m not either. / I don’t either. / I can’t either.
Neither am I. / Neither do I. / Neither can I.
I am too.
So am I.
I do too.
So do I.
To Disagree with Other’s Dislikes You Can Say . . .
Oh? / Really?
You and your classmate.
You and your classmate are standing in front of a dining hall on campus. You tell your classmate that you don’t like eating at this dining hall and you give him/her your reasons. Your classmate agrees with you and he/she also tells you why he/she doesn’t like to eat at this dining hall.
You and your friend.
Another week-long holiday is drawing near. You and your friend are planning a tour away from home and discuss how to travel together. You hold different opinions: you are in favor of a group tour, but he/she insists that the two of you should travel on your own. Give reasons for your preference.
You and your business partner.
Because your company is growing, you have to find a new office building but you don’t want to have your new office in a tall and modern building in the downtown area. After you tell your business partner why you have such an idea, he/she disagrees. He/She tells you why he/she prefers to work in a tall and modern building in the downtown area.
You and your colleague.
You don’t like your boss. After your boss is promoted and is about to leave next week, your colleague wants to give him/her a going-away gift. However, when he/she explains to you why he/she plans to do so, you dislike the idea and give your reasons.