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Hi,

I might be asking a silly question.

But I really feel that I am like a robot.

Some people say 'This is my new puppy.' or 'this is my new ...'

Then I would react by saying 'She's so cute.' or 'That's very good.'

Maybe they are the common replies.

But I just want to ask the native speakers about what other things (e.g. attribute) do you or can you say with the common expressions above?

I want to say more, well, I have tried, but in the end, I was only saying 'she's so cute' or 'that's very good.'

How do native speakers react to such a thing?

Oh, maybe it's about communication skill...but still want to hear any suggestion to improve my communication skill.

There was one time that people were talking about new things, new experience and new culture stuff and that time I didn't know how to react or respond.

So I said, 'that's very nice' or 'really? Very good.' to show them I was listening with a lot of interest. ( even though sometimes I wasn't)

I knew that these kind of reponses are very boring, but what could I do?

Then I watched a TV show, and someone responded by saying 'That's very interesting.' and I learned it.

So do you get what I mean?

I hope someone could help me this.

Thanks in advance.
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Oh, how sweet. Oh, she's so cute! Is she chewing you out of house and home?

Actually, I'm usually so busy petting the puppy that words aren't really necessary.
Well, if it's something that they might be said to enjoy, such as a new car, you could ask about that. "Are you having a good time driving it?" Think about some attributes the new thing might have for you, and then ask about them. New high-definition tv - "Wow, now you don't have to go out to the movies any more!" New coat: "Oh, it looks so soft and comfortable. How nice for these dreary, wet days we've been having." Whatever.

A couple of more conventional responses are "Congratulations!" for a really big new thing, like a car, a job, or even a baby Emotion: smile I have a friend whose standard response to most good news is "Oh, lucky you!" Unfortunately I know she also uses this to shut up braggarts, so it makes me a little nervous when she says it to me Emotion: smile
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Thanks, Mrs. GG and Delmobile.

It's always nice to learn new things!

Thanks, it did help!!

I guess there isn't any easy way to master so many things at once.

However, I believe I will be able to learn many things, not only grammer but also cultures and other new stuff as long as great teachers like you, Mrs. GG and Delmobile stay here and teach us.

I thank God for letting me have the great teachers in touch.

Thanks again, have a wonderful day, Mrs. GG and Delmobile!
VC, this last weekend, we were on a walk and came across a couple with a new puppy. It was just monstrously cute - all ears and paws and fur and nippy little teeth. When I saw your post, I was seeing this little puppy in my mind. It made me smile all over again.
want to ask the native speakers ... what other things ... can you say ?
The same sorts of things you would say in your own language. There may be a slight difference based on the differences in culture, but I don't think that sort of thing should present too great a problem. No matter what language, there comes a point in the conversation where you have to get more specific than just general comments like "That's interesting". Asking questions is always a good way to show that you are interested. And it's an excellent way to learn language. You ask, then listen to the answer. You can pick up a lot of new words and ways of saying things just by listening.

Concerning the puppy:

Where did you get it?
How long have you had it?
What breed is it?
Will it grow to be a very large dog?
How big will it get?
Is it already house trained?
Is it hard to train that kind of dog?
Is it going to be an indoor dog or an outdoor dog?
Is it a male or a female?
Does he bite?
Does she eat a lot?
How old is she?
Is she gentle around children?
Is that kind of dog a good hunting dog?
Does it have to be groomed often?
Do you already have a doggy door for it?
Do you have other pets?

... and about a thousand others!

(If you have trouble thinking of such comments to make in your own language, you'll have trouble in English as well. In that case it may be that it's not a language problem -- it's just a personality difference. Don't worry about it. Just make an effort to push yourself a little. Emotion: smile)

CJ
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Thanks very much, Mrs. GG and Jim!
Maybe:


"This is my new puppy." Emotion: smile

"That was my new carpet." Emotion: sad
MrP