34: Funerals – English Conversation Podcast

03.01.2016 - By Real English Conversations Podcast - Listen to English Conversation Lessons

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In this conversation we discuss the sensitive topic of death and funerals. We wanted to make sure that you had access to the best things to say to someone to express your sympathy for their pain and loss. We also know that these situations are very difficult to talk about and we give you a few examples of how to say the right things to people that are going through this part of life.

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Amy:  Hey guys, this is Amy and Curtis here. And we thought today we would discuss a topic that is pretty difficult, even for native speakers to talk about in a sensitive way. And that is talking about someone who has recently died.

Curtis:  Right.

Amy:  To a family member or a close friend, somebody who knew that person.

Curtis:  Yeah.

Amy:  That is probably suffering from a loss.

Curtis:  Um-hum. Of some sort.

Amy:  Yeah. Like they're having some pain associated with that person not being in their life anymore.

Curtis:  Yeah.

Amy:  So what is a common word, that...or a verb that we use instead of saying someone has died?

Curtis:  Someone has passed away.

Amy:  Yeah, or passed on.

Curtis:  Yeah.

Amy:  Those are...those are really common. So when we do say to die though, it's just...we use that more when we're talking about someone that we didn't know.

Curtis:  Yeah, something less personal.

Amy:  Yeah, so if it's somebody, like you're talking to somebody, and it was their relative or their friend, you'd probably want to use the word pass away.

Curtis:  Yeah.

Amy:  But if it's just talking about a news event that happened, like for example, there was a tragic1 accident on the highway, and three people died on scene, or whatever. You know, I guess you could say three people passed away, but it doesn't...it doesn't sound right.

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