Apathetic Dialogue

08 May 2002

I did some skits in class today. They were supposed to use some of the slang I had taught them, and I told them to make them love stories. (Nothing excites Chinese college kids like romance.) The following is a telephone dialogue from one of their skits:

> BOY: Hello, may I speak to Angel?
> GIRL: This is Angel.
> BOY: Angel, I need to talk to you.
> GIRL: What is it?
> BOY: I need to tell you that I think we should break up.
> GIRL: OK, see ya.
> BOY: …because I found another girlfriend who is more beautiful and nice.
> GIRL: OK, see ya.
> BOY: Bye.

I guess it’s a lot funnier to see the real thing… The girl’s apathy was hilarious.

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John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.

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