Apologies, Arguments and Forgiveness

Hi Everyone,

We are human, we all make mistakes. So, when we make mistakes we can either ignore them; stress out over them; apologize; make excuses; and make promises. We talked about whether it’s important to apologize. Does it matter the way you apologize? Is it hard to apologize? Or does it depend to whom you are talking? And lastly, how do you feel when someone does not apologize for something wrong they have done?

We did a quick review of expressions to apologize and make excuses, and then did a listening to 6 mini-dialogues of apologies and determined what they really meant. Take a look at the apology exercise with answers and click on the link to listen to those dialogues again.

Ok, now on to arguments – what do most couples argue about?Image result for couples arguing

We came up with a list of things including money, love, communication, household chores, children, jobs, family, habits and behaviors, and differences in tastes, politics, friends, activities like trips and vacations, and money…oh, we already said that!

So, what expressions do people use to express disagreement in an argument – are you kidding??, absolutely not, listen to me, calm down, shut up, I don’t believe you, how can you say that, get lost……

Next we watched this film about a couple, Jack and Lauren, who are at a restaurant having an argument, and there is a surprising turn of events at the end. Take a look here at the film “Table 7” 

After watching we talked about the argument between this couple, what was it about? What was with the guys in the basement? And what was the message of the film? Basically we all argue and when we are in a relationship it can sometimes be hard to forgive one another.

At the end of the film, Jack gets a fortune cookie with the message: A simple sorry between lovers can prevent life-long regrets and Lauren’s message in her fortune cookie is: To blame is Human, but to forgive is Divine. We discussed the interpretations of these two fortunes and whether we agreed or not.Related image

So, apologizing or saying sorry is asking for forgiveness and receiving forgiveness. Forgiveness(noun) means the act of forgiving, and to forgive (verb) means to stop feeling anger toward someone who has done something wrong : to stop blaming someone. 

Forgiveness can be difficult sometimes, but, here is the true extraordinary story about a woman, Mary Johnson, who forgave the man, Oshea Israel, who murdered her only son. Take a look at their story 

It’s hard to believe this is a true story and it was hard to understand how a mother could forgive her son’s murderer. But forgiveness is a two-way street and can often be very complicated. So, forgive and forget, which is easier to do? Do we need to do both to move on?

Words of the day

mishap (noun) : a small mistake or small amount of bad luck                                             Their wedding ceremony proceeded without mishap, despite the rainy weather.

rambunctious (adjective) : uncontrolled in a way that is playful or full of energy            The playground was full of rambunctious children, all having fun on the slide and swing set!    

zilch (noun) : {informal} nothing at all                                                                                    I know zilch about that new guy she’s dating.Where did she meet him anyway?

Remember to relax and practice!

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This is the last weekend for the free performance of Romeo and Juliet on the Boston Common click http://commshakes.org/performances for performance times and other information. 



Crime Doesn’t Pay

Hi Everyone,

Today we started off with a review of using more than one adjective before a noun. Believe it or not, we put these adjectives in a specific order. For example, I like pink Dutch tulips. The “pink” is the color and “Dutch” is the origin, which describes where the tulips came from. Most people put these adjectives in order without much thought because it just sounds right. But there is an order we follow and here it is with some examples:Image result for osascompJust try to remember that acronym OSASCOMP and you will be in great shape! Here’s the practice exercise with the answers we did together in class. The easiest way to remember this is just to practice it.

 Today’s topic was “Crime Doesn’t Pay” which means – if you do something illegal, you will probably be caught and punished. We reviewed some vocabulary about types of crimes and criminal activities.Image result for crime vocabulary

We all considered this following situation – “You are coming home after a hard day at work when you are held up at knifepoint by a teenager.” (“to be held up at knifepoint means that someone is threatening you with a knife and wants to take your money”)

We then discussed how would you feel in this situation? What would you do? Well, this did happen to Julio Diaz, a social worker from NYC. First listen to Julio’s story here Julio Diaz Talks About His Mugging. After listening we talked about Julio’s actions and why he did what he did and why it was unusual. Julio’s narrative was a little difficult to follow, with a lot of slang, so we watched this video which has Julio telling his story with the transcript. Take another look here:

We talked about this strange encounter between Julio and the teenager, would we do something like this? We agreed that Julio showed a lot of kindness, bravery and empathy for the teenager, and seemed to really want to help him. In the end Julio got his wallet back and the teenager’s knife, and the teenager got $20 from Julio.  As Julio said,”I figure, you know, if you treat people right, you can only hope that they treat you right. It’s as simple as it gets in this complicated world.”  Here’s a copy of  the Transcript Julio Diaz so you can read along and listen. Thanks to you all for sharing your personal experiences and thoughts on today’s topic.

Words of the day

mischievous (adjective) : causing or tending to cause annoyance or minor harm or damage                                                                                                                                      Our new puppy is very mischievous, he keeps chewing on my shoes!

mope (verb) : to behave in a way that shows you are unhappy and depressed              After her divorce, all she did was mope around the house all day.

baggy (adjective) : { of clothing} – very loose: not tight                                                         He likes to sleep in baggy cotton pants and a T shirt.

Remember to relax and practice! (Don’t forget OSASCOMP)

Don’t let this rainy weather get you down, we need it for those May flowers!!

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