Complaining to a Friend - Free English Communication Lessons

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In this lesson, we will see phrases you can use while complaining about things people did to you.

Did You Talk Behind My Back?

Freddy: Hey, Ness. Is what I’ve been hearing true?

Ness: What have you been hearing? Is everything all right?

Freddy: Well, I heard you gossiped like a girl behind my back.

Ness: What are you saying? Who told you that?

Freddy: Unlike you, I don’t talk about people behind their backs. I just want to warn you that if you want this friendship to last, you’d better not repeat the things that you said last night at the party.

Ness: Oh man. I was drunk last night. I didn't know what I was doing.

Freddy: Ness, let me tell you something: no matter how drunk I am, I’ll never say anything bad about my friends in front of others. You have a problem with me, come to me and sort it out.

Ness: I’m sorry dude. I seriously got carried away. I’m really sorry.

When Your Best Friend Lies to You

Amie: Linda, did you go to “Rock ‘n’ Roll” last night?

Linda: No, I didn't. Why do you ask?

Amie: I ask because I thought that at least you wouldn’t lie to my face about it.

Linda: I’m not lying!

Amie: Really? I saw your picture in one of our mutual friend’s cellphone. Why did you have to lie to me and ditch me for that stupid party?

Linda: Err... I’m so sorry. I just wanted to have a little fun. You had some other plans, and I didn’t want to hurt your feelings... so I said I was sick.

Amie: Linda. We are really good friends. Don’t you think we can be honest with each other? Why do you feel like you have to lie?

Linda: Gosh. I’m really sorry, Amie. You’re right, of course. I’ll never lie again! I promise.

Amie: I hope you won’t. It’s really sad to see your friend ditching you, and lying about it, because of a stupid party.

Someone Broke Your Trust

Ness: Why do you look so annoyed? What happened?

Linda: I asked you not to tell anyone about the party. Why did you tell all your friends?

Ness: I didn't do anything. I didn’t tell anyone anything.

Linda: Oh, yeah? Everyone in school is talking about Saturday’s party. How did that happen?

Ness: Look, I just talked about it with my best friend. He may have told others.

Linda: Couldn’t you keep such a small thing to yourself? I trusted you and shared many party plans with you, and now look, the entire school knows about it.

Ness: I’m sorry. I just got carried away last night on the phone. I didn’t think he’d tell anyone. I’m so sorry for ruining your surprise party, Linda.

Linda: Well, I hope you learn a lesson from this…next time I won’t let you in on my plans. You’ll have to earn my trust back.

Ness: I feel really bad about this. What can I do to make it up to you?

Linda: You’ll have to earn my trust back…

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