Saturday, August 8, 2009

English Trainer Chronicles: Blah, blah, blah

Our lesson was on using phrases for interrupting politely. He spoke English quite well, but he wasn't sure how to use the phrases.

Me: "Let's pretend I'm talking, and then you have to interrupt me. Okay?"
Him: "Okay."
Me: "So, blah, blah, blah, blah--interrupt!"
Him: "Excuse me, but I have a point to add."
Me: "Good!" (Pause, as I waited for him to make his point. Silence.) "And what is that point?"
Him: "Oh..." (Thinks.) "Blah, blah, blah, blah."

After I stopped laughing...

Me: "That's not really English, you know."
Him: "Yes, I'm not sure I'm improving, but I made you laugh!"