In Proceedings By Irina

Bad habits. Learn to talk about bad habits in English

Since childhood, the adults tell us how to behave that well and indecent. Children whose mother tongue is English — is no exception. Even doshkolyata be able to tell you what you can not do, for which they were blamed. Learn English has to learn everything on their own.

Bad habits, associated with body

So, let’s begin. One of the most common habits of children — is a slouch (slouching). It is hard all the time to keep your back straight (to keep the back upright) and do not stoop (not to hump). I remember as a child I used to say: «Sit up straight, and then you’ll be like a question mark.» And I had to sit, of course.
In life anything can happen. Some situations make us nervous and looking for ways to throw out negative emotions. Sometimes children and adults find comfort in their nails and start to bite them (to bite nails). If for some reason they do not like your nails, you can bite the lips (to bite lips). I sprinkle ashes and I must confess that she often bite my lip, especially when I reflect. But nails ever!

If the situation is not critical, and we just annoying and does not require the intervention of our nails and lips, we can «roll your eyes» (to roll eyes). Not a pleasant sight for your companion.

Some people like to warm up their fingers if they are about something to think hard or just having nothing to do. In everyday life this habit is called simply — crunching fingers, neck, back (to crack knuckles, neck, back). Doctors, by the way, are not advised to do so.

Another, quite frankly, unpleasant action — is picking your nose (to pick your nose). What it is in the nose, called boogers. C also make the nose sniff, sniff that is (she sniffs — she sniffs).

Another unpleasant sight — to see a man who goes and spits saliva (to spit) directly under their feet. When this you see, is a sense of disgust: Well, why like this? People can chew gum very loud (to snap their gum), which is also annoying.

It does not cause approval and those who are in public places talking on the mobile phone (to talk on the phone). There are, of course, and pressing business, but in most cases, the cause of such phone calls — boredom. Another habit that occurs because of boredom or nerves — clicking a ballpoint pen (to click a pen).

Bad habits in speech

Bad habits are not only in everyday life but also in everyday speech. Each language or dialect has its own word-parasites. The most common «parasite» in the English language — the word well. It is usually used at the beginning or middle of a sentence when right in the head did not come, and awkwardly silent. This is the most well similar to our Russian «well», and he is very difficult to get rid of in a speech:

How was your meeting? (How was the meeting?)
Well, I am not sure. I think they liked our project. (Well, I do not know. I think they liked our project.)

— How long does it take to get to the city centre? (How long does it take to get to the city center?)
Well, let me think. Maybe, about 20 minutes. (Well, let me think. 20 minutes)

Another widespread phrase sort of / kind of. Most often it comes to help when they need something to describe, but that’s the right word, or unknown, or out of my head. And then comes to the aid of sort of / kind of, which in Russian can be translated as «type» or «like that».

— It’s … well, it’s a sort of musical equipment. You drop a coin inside and it starts playing the song you’ve chosen. (Well, that’s the type of music equipment. You have to throw a coin inside, and he begins to play the song you’ve selected.)
Is it a juke box? (This jukebox?)
Yes, that’s right! (Yeah, right!)

— It’s kind of silly, but I’d like you to say those three words. (It’s kind of silly, but I would like you to say those three words.)

In English, there is an analogue of Russian «Well, you know,» which we often use when you do not want to go into detail and explain something. We look forward to the awareness of the person or just trying to fill a pause in the conversation. In English it sounds like you know.

Well, I’m not happy with what he has said, you know, but there’s little I can do to improve the situation. (Well, I’m not too happy that he said, but, you know, I almost can not do anything to make a difference.)

No less popular is the expression anyway. In a speech, it helps to steer the conversation in another direction, and finish some topic. In Russian it sounds like the word «and in general».

— What was he doing there, anyway? (And indeed, what he did there?)

I suggest to watch a video about the bad habits of the native speaker Ronnie. Her manner of the story should amuse you.

Of course, this list of all the bad habits and words-parasites ends. Everyone knows that smoking is harmful (smoking), alcohol abuse (alcohol abusing), drugs (abusing drugs). Here we present a list of the most common bad habits. Maybe you can help us fill up this list? We would be grateful!

Bad habits
Biting nails, lips Biting nails, lips
Rolling eyes Roll eyes
Procrastination Leave everything on the last day
Gambling Gamble
Picking your nose Picking his nose
Spitting in public Spits in public places
Smoking Smoking Allowed
Alcohol abusing Excessive use of alcohol
Cracking knuckles, neck, back Crunching his knuckles, neck, back
Mumbling Slurred talk
Cursing Cuss
Speaking too fast Talk too fast
Talking with your mouth full To speak with a full mouth
Denying personal responsibility Do not take responsibility
Slouching Slouch
Picking a wedgie Corrects underwear under your clothes
Twirling hair Screw hair on toes
Always complaining Unceasingly complain
Always being late Always late
Talking on the phone in public places Talk on the phone in public places
Never asking for help Never ask for help
Clicking a pen Clicking a pen
Snapping a gum Loud chew gum



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