Hi there! This is Jesse from Wall Street English.
In Hong Kong, everything is a rush. We try to cram as much into every minute of the day as possible, where if we are not busy, we feel unproductive and lazy. Think fast, talk fast, and act fast – this is how Hong Kong people have been living all these years. Is it necessary to hurry all the time to get things done?
It’s easier to everyone sometimes if things slow down a bit. And I am going to share with you some expressions of telling people not to hurry.
1. There is no hurry.
This is used for telling someone they do not need to do something soon or quickly.
e.g. You are waiting at the cinema for your friend for a movie an hour later. He is late and calling you to apologize. He says he will take a taxi to rush there. You can say, “There is no hurry, the movie won’t start in an hour anyway.”
2. What’s the hurry? Time is on your side.
This is used for telling someone they are doing something too soon or quickly and the situation actually allows them a lot of time to do it.
e.g. Your friend is driving you to the airport and your flight won’t be departing in 4 hours. He’s speeding and you want to ask him to slow down. You can say, “What’s the hurry? Time is on your side.”
3. No rush. Take your time.
This is used for telling someone that you are not in a hurry for them to complete their task.
e.g. You are at the supermarket checkout. The cashier has just come on duty and is putting her code into the till. She apologizes for holding you up. You can say, “That’s ok, no rush. Take your time.”
That’s all for today, see you next time!