Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Are you going to any New Years parties this year? If so, where are you going? Who will you be spending time with on New Year’s Eve?

If you have been invited to a party then you need the right phrases to be able to offer help to the host and to thank the host for opening up their home to you.

Today we’ll show you three key English phrases to do that.

Phrase #1: Give you a hand

This could mean two things. In Example 1 it means to help someone. In Example 2 it means to congratulate someone on their work or accomplishment.

Example 1: “Could you give me a hand with these potatoes?”

Example 2: “Isn’t this amazing? We have to give her a hand!”


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Phrase #2: Hand it to you

This means to congratulate someone on something that they have done well or to say “great job!”

Example: “I’ve gotta hand it to you. I don’t think I could get my house looking this good for a party!”


Phrase #3: Hands down

This means completely or without a doubt.

Example: “That was hands down the best meal I’ve ever had!”


Please listen to the episode to hear the role plays and get more explanations of their meanings.

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