Conversaciones en un Autobús

LOS CURSOS DE INGLES GRATIS PREFERIDOS POR LOS HISPANOHABLANTES

Wife and Husband

 STEP 3

Listening and Checking with transcription

In this last step, listen to the conversation again while you read the transcription. Finally, read the glossary information and notes at the bottom. This step also means good practice for your reading comprehension skills.

This man has been probably fired from his job. There is a list of different emotional responses in their conversation: defensive, angry and hurt for the husband; scared and accusing for the wife. Let's listen to them...

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WIFE

And you didn't say anything?

HUSBAND

No. It wasn't worth it.

WIFE

Why not?

HUSBAND

The damage had been done. I couldn't do anything about it.

WIFE

You could have complained.

HUSBAND

But it was already done. And anyway, it was late and I was tired...

WIFE

And so you let them get away with it.

HUSBAND

It's not a matter of getting away with anything...

WIFE

Well, they did.

HUSBAND

I don't think they actually planned it.

WIFE

You don’t have to plan it to get away with it.

HUSBAND

"Getting away with something" implies an intention to deceive.

WIFE

Look, don't play lawyer with me. They cheated you and you let it go by.

HUSBAND

I did not let it “go by”... and they did not cheat me. There was no intent to cheat and there was no cheating.

WIFE

You didn't get what you should have...

HUSBAND

... might have.

WIFE

Should have. And instead of insisting on your rights you just walk away.

HUSBAND

Look...

WIFE

And then have the nerve to play lawyer with me... Well?

HUSBAND

Well, what?

WIFE

Well, aren't you going to say something? Or are you just going to sit there?

HUSBAND

You're paranoid.

WIFE

Paranoid?

HUSBAND

You think...

WIFE

Me paranoid? Me?

HUSBAND

You think that just bec...

WIFE

Me ... paranoid.

HUSBAND

You think that every misfunction is directed against you. That people are trying to cheat you.

WIFE

Not me ... you. And not trying to... but doing it.

HUSBAND

Not cheating. A mistake which you call cheating because it bothers you.

WIFE

And not you.

HUSBAND

It bothers me too, but I realize these things happen and I don't take them as personal attacks.

WIFE

Maybe not personal attacks, but mistakes which affect me directly... and I just get angry when you don't say anything. You just let them get away with it.

 

GLOSSARY & NOTES

fired = dismissed

defensive: Attempting to justify or defend; being "on the defensive".

scared = made afraid, frightened

accusing = incriminating

get away with: to be successful in avoiding punishment or repayment for something done; to avoid discovery of a questionable or evil deed.

play lawyer: behave as if he was a lawyer.

cheated you: betrayed you; deprived you of something by deceit.

let it go by: not to make an issue of it; not to notice or complain about it.

should have: Notice how the meanings of the auxiliaries should and might correspond to the difference in attitude: should implies an obligation, whereas might indicates a neutral possibility.

paranoid: afflicted with paranoia, a psychological disorder characterized by delusions of persecution.

misfunction: malfunction. Fail to function or function improperly.

bothers: annoys, causes disturbance.

Source: English Teaching Forum - Authors: Kathleen Seley & Lewis Barnett

 

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