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Old 12-07-2012, 12:44 PM   #3911
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Being that English is not my first language, it is even harder for me to understand when people talk in riddles. I hate that. Speak your mind, say what you mean, don't go around beating on a bush (or whatever the expression is). I feel your pain, Skittle.
Charlie, I love listening to folks who don't use English as their first language. Sometimes some of the American expressions they try to use are very laughable. They just come out funny. But it tells me one thing. They are paying attention and trying to learn our language. Like yourself. It is like listening to a child learning at an early age. Some of the ones my kids came out with would make anyone laugh. Mark and blue black (Black and blue marks) On purples (on purpose) the stairs climbed up and I fell down (self explanatory). It is a language of its own. I call it Childrenese. But it doesn't matter. We know what you mean and love hearing from you.

And it is "beat around the bush."
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Old 12-07-2012, 12:46 PM   #3912
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That sucks Skittle. I hope she fixes it soon.

Maybe when she makes an assignment, you should just assume that she is being confusing and ask for a better explanation or more details. Don't make her feel that it is her fault, you know that wouldn't have good consequences.
That's what I was thinking, but it's very possible that was the last assignment of the year. Hopefully the final exam will keep me above that 94% if the points from the discussion bring me down. There aren't very many assignments in this class, so if you miss any points it's a disaster.
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:45 PM   #3913
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Well, I'm kind of ticked because the same vacuum cleaner that I bought at Costco 6 weeks ago is $55 off this week. Had I known about this upcoming sale I would have waited to make the purchase.
I'm going there this evening to see if I can get a credit for the difference. Knowing Costco's excellent return policy I'm sure they'll honor the sale price and hand me over $55 plus tax. I'll hand that money right back at them by my purchasing some Prime cuts of meat....LOL...
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:03 PM   #3914
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Well, I'm kind of ticked because the same vacuum cleaner that I bought at Costco 6 weeks ago is $55 off this week. Had I known about this upcoming sale I would have waited to make the purchase.
I'm going there this evening to see if I can get a credit for the difference. Knowing Costco's excellent return policy I'm sure they'll honor the sale price and hand me over $55 plus tax. I'll hand that money right back at them by my purchasing some Prime cuts of meat....LOL...
I hope it works. I'll send some vibes for luck in your direction. Let us know how it goes.
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:10 PM   #3915
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Old 12-08-2012, 02:02 AM   #3916
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Well, I'm kind of ticked because the same vacuum cleaner that I bought at Costco 6 weeks ago is $55 off this week. Had I known about this upcoming sale I would have waited to make the purchase.
I'm going there this evening to see if I can get a credit for the difference. Knowing Costco's excellent return policy I'm sure they'll honor the sale price and hand me over $55 plus tax. I'll hand that money right back at them by my purchasing some Prime cuts of meat....LOL...
Good luck RF, hope you get the credit
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Old 12-08-2012, 02:07 AM   #3917
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Danged wrist is inflamed again. It's bad enough that I can't use my right hand to drink tea. I'm starting the Voltaren tonight. I think I better talk to my doctor about this. I can see from this thread that the last time it happened was 2012-11-18.

This is making me rethink the idea of getting a powerful mixer. I figured I wouldn't use it enough, but I can't even make banana bread at the moment.
Hope your doctor can find out what is wrong Taxy
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:23 AM   #3918
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Being that English is not my first language, it is even harder for me to understand when people talk in riddles. I hate that. Speak your mind, say what you mean, don't go around beating on a bush (or whatever the expression is). I feel your pain, Skittle.
My father's first language was not English, neither were any of my girlfriend's mothers when I was a kid. At one point, as we were traveling, my husband asked me, "Is her mother French, too?" Yes. "your father is French-Canadian, and all your childhood friends had French war brides as mothers?" Yes. All of them. No, I had one friend in Germany who's mother was French Canadian.

If you find yourself in a place or position where you need to deal with people who are not native English speakers, or are hard of hearing, you need to learn to look that person in the face while talking, and use your hands and an expressive face. Part of my youth was spent in France and Germany, and we took trips to Quebec and Slovenia. The latter language is very, very difficult (since, as I've mentioned, I came from a French-speaking background, although I'm not anyway near good at it, my ear is more attuned to it). I guess I'm saying I didn't have an "ear" for Slovene. But you'd be amazed at what you can "get" from body language. Make eye contact. Do not mumble into your collar. Sounds obvious, but, in fact, people do. Bank tellers, checkout people at the grocery store. They don't look you in the face. Look the person you're dealing with in the face. Do you want to be understood? Then look that person in the face when you are talking to them.
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Good luck RF, hope you get the credit
Thanks, I got the credit, no problem.
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Thanks, I got the credit, no problem.
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