Sunday, July 01, 2012

Lesson 118: How to talk about your failure or frustrations in English

This blog has been running for the last five years, helping people learn the skills of spoken English. This is lesson number 118 on this blog now.

In this lesson, we are posting a sample conversation between two gentlemen. One of them is depressed and the other is trying to cheer him up.

This is an example of how a person reacts when he is sad and frustrated as also the manner in which the other person should try and get him out of the abyss.

So read and practice. Do write to us if you find this lesson useful.


Peter: Nice to see you Joe
Joe: I am also glad to see you man.

Peter: Hey what's the matter? You look...I mean such a cheerful man....like you and today you look upset....
Joe: Yeah, I feel really hung up about things [hung up means depressed or miserable]

Peter: What's the matter dear
Joe: It's the factory. Nothing seems falling in place for the last few months.

Peter: That's part of the game. Don't feel so miserable.
Joe: Don't know. I think I am responsible. I totally messed up.

Peter: Its not your fault. Didn't you do your best? The situation is same everywhere.
Joe: I never anticipated it would turn this bad. I should have sold the factory long back.

Peter: Come on. Don't sound a pessimist. I tell you, the government is about to offer a package for industry.
Joe: Are you sure! Haven't heard as yet.

Peter: Bro, look at the bright side of things. Take it easy. We are all in doldrums, you are not alone.
Joe: You are right. I must not lose heart.

Peter: Exactly. No need to get so worked up. [worked up means 'getting tense' or upset]
Joe: You are sure an optimist. Shukriya [Urdu word for thanks used in India, England]. Must get rid of the thoughts and wait for package.

Peter: So, we're meeting at the billiard....
Joe: Yes, I sure will. Thanks buddy for pepping me up. 

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