Catch Word #248 – Thanks, but no thanks

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In this interesting Catch Word episode, Andrew and Kassy will teach you some useful expressions to use when talking about things you don’t want to do.

Catch Word is a great series that focuses on key vocabulary and phrases used in all sorts of common everyday English conversations. This episode focuses on phrases that you might use when talking about things you don’t want to do or places you don’t want to go. Tune in to learn these new phrases and boost your English fluency to the next level!

Fun facts

Life is too short to waste time doing things you really don’t want to do, so the next time your friend invites you to a party that you don’t want to go to or begs you to join a club that really doesn’t hold your interest, just say NO! The relief of skipping these events will far outweigh the potential awkwardness or disappointment of saying no to your friend.

Expressions included in the study guide

  • Thanks, but no thanks
  • To give off a weird vibe
  • Suit yourself
  • To rag on [someone]
  • Wouldn’t be caught dead
  • Rather die than [something]

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Music Credit: Something Elated by Broke For Free, Step On by Jahzzar
Photo Credit: Daniel Herron n on Unsplash

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9 months ago

Hello team,

What do you think about responding in this way? “I wish I could but I don’t want to” 🙂


Andrew from Culips
Andrew from Culips
Reply to  winterfresh74
9 months ago

Good question! It sounds a little rude, to be honest. I would recommend saying something like, “I wish I could but I just can’t right now, sorry.” It sounds softer and more polite.

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