Saturday, October 07, 2006

I've got two more

I have a class with some elderly ladies once a week and we were discussing expressions for dissapointments the other day. Things like, "O well" and "What can you do" and some more serious ones like, "I'm so sorry to hear about your Wife/Dog."
They were having a hard time distinguishing what levels of severity each expression conveys, especially "O Well." The example that I gave (wrote it on the board) was this:

Correct:
A-san: "I lost your pen."
B-san: "Oh, well."

Incorrect:
A-san: "I lost your baby."
B-san: "Oh, well."

How did it go you ask? If I make them laugh like that again two of them will probably die.

(at which point the class would respond, "oh, well.")

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