English Klett Wortschatz, 23.1 Kommunikation Sprachabsichten, sprachl. Handlungen

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communication (uncount)

The authors were in regular communication with their publisher.
communicate

The news of the president`s death was communicated to the public by the mass media.
verbal

verbal communication
verbal skills
         
approach

You might approach Professor Harding about your exam paper.
touch (uncount)

Tim got in touch with his old school mate Steven ten years after they had left school.

I haven`t actually seen Elaine in years, but we still keep in touch.
talk

All Sharon could talk about was her holiday in South Africa.

talk to (phrasal)
talk with (phrasal)
Frank talked to/with his father and explained to him why he was going abroad.
         
chat

I`d love to stay and chat with you, Kate, but I have to go!

They weren`t chatting about anything important - just their husbands!
talk

My mother and I sat down and had a long talk.


I think I`m going to have a talk with Brian; he still comes home too late!
speak, spoke, spoken

Have you spoken to/with your sister since her accident?

It still isn`t easy for him, but Stuart can now speak about his cancer openly.
         
tell, told, told

Mummy, can you tell me a story about horses?


Dora told her children to clear up their rooms.
interpret

We`re expecting guests from Turkey. Do you think Ayse would interpret for us?
speaker

a native speaker
         
chat

The women stopped and had a chat about their children.
gossip

Have you heard the latest gossip about Margaret and Cliff?

Oscar`s an awful gossip, isn`t he?

On Saturday mornings, many people meet in town and gossip a bit before doing their shopping.
ask

The pupils asked each other questions.
         
question


The police questioned the mugger about his friends.
answer

Could you please give me your answer by tomorrow?

Could you just answer the question, please?
express

Sometimes I find it difficult to express myself well.


expression
         
fluent

Clara speaks fluent Russian.
topic
discuss

The managing director did not discuss his plans with the staff.
         
discussion

Geoff tried to find another topic of conversation.
state

The managing director stated that her firm would no longer pay any bonuses to management.
comment

She accepted his criticism without comment.
         
remark

Our English teacher made a critical remark about our speaking skills.
side

Do you think Debbie will tell us her side of the story?
recommendation
         
version

Let`s wait until we`ve heard Keith`s version of the story.
claim

Police are investigating claims of theft within bank management.

Sarah claimed to be the owner of the building site.
request (form)

All requests are sent to our help desk immediately.
         
demand

The bank manager demanded that David paid back his loan in full.
command

At her command all work stopped.
indicate

Cynthia indicated that she would like to go back to work.
         
clear

Our business partners made their intentions quite clear.
emphasize

I`d like to emphasize that I`m not interested in this job at all.
insist on (phrasal)

The customer insisted on making her point.
         
accept

We must accept the fact that Celia wants her money back.
confirm

The plan to reduce income tax was officially confirmed by the government today.
refuse

The barman strictly refuse to serve them at all.


refusal

Nick`s refusal to join the army shocked his father.
         
invitation

Jessica received an invitation to Arthur`s birthday party.

a written invitation
welcome
introduction

I`ll welcome the guests and you can make the introductions.
         
congratulate

Many people congratulated Pam on passing her final exam.
greet

We waited at the door to greet our guests when they arrived.
compliment

Ron`s always paying Lara compliments on her appearance.
         
promise

Sam`s always making promises he can`t keep.
persuade

The workers were persuaded to work longer hours for lower wages.
convince

Glen couldn`t convince me of his innocence.
         
truth (uncount)

It`s generally easier to tell the truth than to lie.
secret

Don`t tell Freddie anything about your new love! He can`t keep a secret!
lie

Cindy`s very honest; she`d never tell lies.

Tim was certain his brother would never lie to him.
         
admit

The young man admitted that he had stolen the money.
excuse

Paula always makes excuses when she`s late.


Brian excused himself and left the meeting to make an important phone call.
justify

The Prime Minister had to justify the latest tax increase in the House of Commons.
         
apology
shout

Jim always shouts at his children when he`s angry.
whisper

Muriel whispered something to Anne who looked totally surprised.
         
swear, swore, sworn

The boss was so angry he shouted and swore at the sales managers.
insult

I refuse to stand here and let you insult me like that!
yell
         
whisper

She spoke in a whisper because there were people in the next room.
insult
complain

Our neighbours often complained to us about our dog.
         
criticize

criticism
disagreement

They had a serious disagreement about politics yesterday.
warning

Let`s hope this`ll serve as a warning to him.
         

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