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English in the Airport: Agreeing in the Security Line



I recently traveled by plane to visit family and, since it’s been awhile, I noticed all kinds of English language learning opportunities for traveling musicians. For example, reading the Arrival and Departure boards out loud is a great way to practice the English alphabet (so many acronyms for airport names!), time and numbers. But what also struck me was language I overheard in the LONG security line: single-word responses for agreeing with your conversation partner(s).


Here's what I overheard:


Example 1:

Speaker1: I hate carrying this backpack. Gimme a duffle any day.

Speaker 2: Same.

“Same” in this case is a single word response for: I feel the same way. I agree with you.


Example 2:

Speaker 1: They should still let you check 1 bag for free.

Speaker 2: 100%.

“100%” in this case is a single word response for: I think that’s right. I completely agree with you.


Example 3:

Speaker 1: I hope there’s more leg room than the last time I flew.

Speaker 2: Totally!

“Totally!” in this case is a single word response for: I hope so, too! I agree with you.


Which of these expressions have you used or heard? Which are new to you? Can you think of more single-word responses for agreeing with someone?


Next up: Using single-word responses to disagree 😊

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