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What friendship really means with Simon Sinek
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What friendship really means with Simon Sinek
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  • Do you have many friends?
  • What does it mean to be a true friend?
  • What does the saying “a friend in need is a friend indead” mean?
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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 00:05 What isn’t friendship like?
  • ⌚ 00:19 Do friends owe each other anything?
  • ⌚ 00:28 What does friendship mean?
  • ⌚ 00:34 What do you need to be confident about in a friendship?
  • ⌚ 00:42 How can we build friendships?
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STUDY SECTION

Study the language for talking about friends and friendships.

WORDS THAT MEAN 'A FRIEND'
  • mate
    They’ve been best mates since school.
  • buddy
    I’d like you to meet an old college buddy of mine.
  • pal
    We’ve been pals since we were at school.
  • companion
    For ten years he had been her constant companion.
  • chap
    Come on, chaps, let’s go for a drink!
COLLOCATIONS WITH 'FRIEND'
  • somebody’s best friend
    Fiona was her best friend.
  • a firm friend
    They had remained firm friends ever since they first met.
  • a lifelong friend
    The two men were lifelong friends. They knew each other for years.
  • a mutual friend
    They went to a mutual friend’s home for dinner.
  • a trusted friend
    She told only a few trusted friends.
MORE ADVANCED WORDS FOR 'A FRIEND'
  • shoulder to cry on
    He was a fatherly shoulder to cry on when things went wrong. She could always go to him when she was feeling down.
  • to go back a long way
    We go back a long way, don’t we John? It’s been more than twenty years now, hasn’t it?
  • a fair-weather friend
    When Jack lost his fortune, many of the people around him turned out be fair-weather friends.
B2 - DESCRIBING A FRIENDLY RELATIONSHIP
  • get on well with somebody
    She’s never really got on with her sister.
  • hit it off with somebody
    We hit it off straight away. Did you know that Derek also loves sailing?
  • get on like house on fire
    It didn’t come as a surprise that Sue and Jane got on like house on fire. They had a lot in common.
  • have a good rapport with somebody
    He had an excellent rapport with his patients.
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PRACTICE

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DISCUSSION

  • Have you ever 1. fallen out with a friend? How did it end?
  • How do you 2. get along with your parents/children/workmates?
  • Have you ever 3. struck up a friendship with someone you knew very little about?
  • What can a person do to widen their 4. circle of friends?
  • Is it easier or more difficult to have true  friends these days?
  • What do you think true friendship is based on?

to stop being friends because you have an argument

find it easy to talk to somebody and feel relaxed when you spend time together

to make friends with someone very quickly, especially if you do it intentionally

the people you know, especially a group of friends who all know each other and often meet socially

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