J - Janice, R - Reiko
A GV and a learner talk about break-ups.
J: Hi, Reiko. How are you?
R: Pretty awful, if I’m going to be perfectly honest.
R: Well, I think I need to break up with my boyfriend.
J: Oh, I’m terribly sorry to hear that. Would you like to
talk about it?
R: I’m not really comfortable with divulging the details.
J: Sorry, I didn’t mean to pry.
R: It’s fine. Thanks for your concern.
J: Well, what would you like to talk about?
R: Have you ever broken up with someone before?
J: Well, I’ve never been in a serious relationship before.
But, well...someone was interested in me back in college.
I had to let him down easy.
R: I see. What’s the best way to go about it? You know,
without hurting their feelings.
J: Well, always be considerate of their feelings. Be honest,
but don’t be too harsh.
J: And then try not to get too emotional. He’d probably
be upset, so it’s best to be the calm one in this situation.
R: Yeah. (sighs) I’ll really miss him. But… (shrugs)
J: I know. I’m sorry.
R: Well, then. Thanks for the relationship advice, I guess.
J: No problem.
R: (changing the subject): So I bought the most adorable
Emotional baggage 感情的な荷物
Break up 別れる
Thank you for your concern. ご心配ありがとうございます
Let ~ down easy. 簡単に
No problem. 問題ない
Change the subject 話題を変える
1. Why does Reiko feel awful?
a. She got into a bus accident.
b. She had stomach flu.
c. She wants to break up with her boyfriend.
2. What advice did Janice give Reiko?
a. Be positive.
b. Be considerate of the other person’s feelings.
c. Don’t forget to put the milk back in the refrigerator.
3. What happened at the end of the dialogue?
a. Reiko changed the subject.
b. Janice gave her cookies to make her feel better.
c. They went drinking.