In a Jiffy

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Learn the phrase in a Jiffy in just a few minutes. This conversation simulation will help you to see just how we use the common English phrase, in a jiffy. A conversation simulation is the closest you can get to a real live conversation with a native English speaker. You will hear how a native English speaker might respond to a series of questions or statements and can practice your own speaking when working your way through this conversation. Conversations simulations are created using the latest e-learning technology and can give you a learning experience unlike anything you can find in a book, and quite unlike most of the material you find on other English learning websites.

Hi, I'm Britlicious. Welcome to this English in a Jiffy lesson. | What does "in a jiffy" mean? | Great. Let's get started. | I already know what "in a jiffy" means. | What do you think it means? | I think it means in a short time. | I think it means slowly. | I don't have any idea. | Yes, that's exactly what it means. | So, this English lesson can be done in just a few minutes. It's great if you don't have much time to spare. | What things can be done in a jiffy? | making a cup of tea | baking a loaf of bread | doing the weekly shop | If I said that we can get started in a jiffy, what would I mean? | We are going to start very soon. | We are not going to start for a while yet. | Something is going to be done quickly. | It means to do something quickly or soon. | Which of the following sentences is correct? | We'll get this lesson done in a jiffy. | We'll be done in a jiffy. | We can start this lesson in a jiffy. | That's right! | Do you think that in a jiffy is a formal or an informal expression? | I think it's formal. | It think it's informal. | I think you could use it both in formal and in informal situations. | Yes, it's an informal British expression. | Which of the following situations could you use in a jiffy in? | When writing a letter to your bank manager or boss. | When speaking to friends. | When writing to a member of your family. | No, you don't want to use "in a jiffy" in formal communication, only for informal communication. | Which expression should you use for formal communication instead? | soon | immediately | right away | That's right. Soon, immediately, or right away, would be more formal ways of saying "in a jiffy". | Are there any other expressions to use in a formal setting? | No, "in a jiffy" means in a short period of time or very soon. | Which of these things could be done in a jiffy? | brush your teeth | make an apple pie | fry an egg | Yes, you can use "in a jiffy" in any informal situation, but not in a formal situation. | Which of these expressions could you use in a formal situation? | at once | directly | forthwith | I'm afraid that would take a while and could not be done in a jiffy. | Which of these things could be done in a jiffy? | scramble an egg for breakfast | swim  lengths of a swimming pool | paint the whole house | I'm afraid that would take ages and could not be done in a jiffy. | Which of these things could be done in a jiffy? | write a short shopping list | comb your hair | prepare a meal for six people | At once, directly, or forthwith, are more formal ways of saying "in a jiffy". | Can we try using "in a jiffy" in a conversation? | I don't have any more time for this lesson, sorry! | Yes, that could be done in a jiffy. | Do you think that in a jiffy is a formal or an informal expression? | I think it's formal. | I think it's informal. | I think you could use it both in formal and in informal situations. | Thanks for doing this lesson. I hope you found it useful. There will be more new material added to the Britlish Library every week, so I hope to see you soon. | Of course we can. | Would you like a cup of tea? I can make one in a jiffy. | I'm going to the shops for some eggs. I'll be back in a jiffy. | Jane went to Japan for a month's holiday yesterday. She'll be back in a jiffy. | Yes, I'd love a cuppa. | It'll be done in a jiffy. | Oh, no! I've run out of milk. Don't worry, though, as I can ask my neighbour for some. I'll be back in a jiffy. | No, that's not the correct use of "in a jiffy" because the thing you are talking about is too long. | So, in a jiffy only talks about a very short space of time. A few minutes, in fact. | Okay. I'll see you in a few minutes. | I think I understand how to use "in a jiffy" now. | I think I should go back and try this again. | Yes, that's right. | Can we try this conversation again? | That's a good use of "in a jiffy". Would you like to go through it with me again? | Yes, please. | No, thank you. I think I've got it. | Not quite. If I say we can get started in a jiffy, it means that we are going to start very soon. Something which will be done in a jiffy will be done very quickly. | Oh, I see. So if we are going to get started in a jiffy we are just about to begin. | Can you explain what it really means, then? 

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