English Lessons

English Lesson: He would be the state's first openly gay legislator.

There's an election coming up soon. One of the candidates for your state's congress is gay. This hasn't happened before in your state, so you're talking to a friend about it.

English Lesson: I've got to hand it to you: you've really stepped up these last few weeks.

You coach a girls' basketball team. One of the players on the team usually causes problems, so you yell at her a lot. But recently she's been working hard and behaving herself. You compliment her for it.

English Lesson: I give up. What color is it?

You are playing a guessing game with your children. They think of a color and you have to guess which color it is. You make 3 guesses but don't get the right answer. You want them to tell you the answer, so you say this.

English Lesson: You seem awfully young to have a son in his teens.

You're talking with someone who seems to be in her 30's, but she says that she has a teenage son. You can't believe that she's old enough to have a child that age. You say this, surprised.

English Lesson: If I had to pick something, I'd say that I could probably be a little more vocal in meetings and group decisions.

You're being evaluated by your boss at work. She asks you whether you think you have any weak areas. You don't really think so, but you think of something to criticize anyway. You say that you should speak up more.

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