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INTRODUCTION
Michael: Must-Know English Social Media Phrases Season 1. Lesson 22 - At a Birthday Party.
Michael: Hi everyone, I'm Michael.
Alisha: And I'm Alisha.
Michael: In this lesson, you'll learn how to post and leave comments in English about birthday greetings. Jennifer goes to her birthday party, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:
Alisha: "Thank you for the fantastic party! I'm a year older!"
Michael: Listen to a reading of the post and the comments that follow.
DIALOGUE
(clicking sound)
Jennifer: "Thank you for the fantastic party! I'm a year older!"
(clicking sound)
Chris: "You don't look a day older than 21!"
Wendy: "You're only as old as you feel!"
Rick: "Happy birthday!"
Gloria: "Have the greatest time on your big day!"
POST
Michael: Listen again to Jennifer's post.
Alisha: (SLOW) "Thank you for the fantastic party! I'm a year older!"
Alisha: (Regular) "Thank you for the fantastic party! I'm a year older!"
Michael: Let's break this down.
Alisha: First is the expression "Thank you for the fantastic party!"
Michael: "Thank you forโ€ฆ" is a phrase used when thanking people for something. For example: "Thank you for the wonderful dinner." Listen again.
Alisha: (SLOW) "Thank you for the fantastic party!" (REGULAR) "Thank you for the fantastic party!"
Michael: Then comes the phrase...
Alisha: "I'm a year older!"
Michael: This is a phrase often used jokingly by someone who's just had their birthday, suggesting they've aged. It's said by middle-aged people the most and is commonly seen on birthday cards with jokes. Listen again.
Alisha: (SLOW) "I'm a year older!" (REGULAR) "I'm a year older!"
Michael: All together...
Alisha: "Thank you for the fantastic party! I'm a year older!"
COMMENTS
Michael: In response, Jennifer's friends leave some comments.
Michael: Her husband, Chris, says...
Alisha: (SLOW) "You don't look a day older than 21!" (REGULAR) "You don't look a day older than 21!"
[Pause]
Alisha: "You don't look a day older than 21!"
Michael: Use this expression to show you are being kind about someone's appearance.
Michael: Her high school friend, Wendy, says...
Alisha: (SLOW) "You're only as old as you feel!" (REGULAR) "You're only as old as you feel!"
[Pause]
Alisha: "You're only as old as you feel!"
Michael: Use this expression to show your optimism about growing older and that age isn't a big deal.
Michael: Her college friend, Rick, says...
Alisha: (SLOW) "Happy birthday!" (REGULAR) "Happy birthday!"
[Pause]
Alisha: "Happy birthday!"
Michael: Use this expression to show you are giving someone your best wishes on their birthday.
Michael: Her neighbor, Gloria, says...
Alisha: (SLOW) "Have the greatest time on your big day!" (REGULAR) "Have the greatest time on your big day!"
[Pause]
Alisha: "Have the greatest time on your big day!"
Michael: Use this expression to show you are feeling warm-hearted and wishing someone a wonderful celebration.

Outro

Michael: Okay, that's all for this lesson. If a friend posted something about birthday greetings, which phrase would you use? Leave us a comment letting us know. And we'll see you next time!
Alisha: Bye!

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If a friend posted something about birthday greetings which phrase would you use?