Hello everyone and welcome back to English with Lucy.
Today I have a very important lesson for you.
We’re going to talk about what you should say
if somebody is rude to you in English.
There’s nothing worse than somebody insulting you
or being rude to you in a language that is not your own.
Today I’m going to bring you seven comebacks,
seven things that you can say in response to different rude situations.
They are quite sassy.
They’ve got a lot of attitude.
And hopefully they’ll come in very, very useful.
They are best delivered with a straight face
and they are best served very, very cold.
As always, if you are aware of any other particularly clever comebacks,
please comment them down below.
Let’s help each other out.
So, this video is perfect for improving your vocabulary.
But if you want to take your listening and your pronunciation even further,
I highly recommend the study method
of combining reading books
with listening to the audio book version on Audible.
Let me explain this method.
Take a book that you have already read in English
or a book that you would like to read in English.
I have lots of good recommendations in the description box below.
And read this book whilst listening to the audiobook.
Reading alone will not help you with your pronunciation.
English is not a phonetically-consistent language
so the way you might see a word
is not necessarily the way you pronounce it.
If you listen to a word as you read it,
your brain will start to make connections.
And the next time you see that word,
you’ll know how to say it.
And the next time you hear that word,
you’ll know how to spell it.
It is such an effective method.
I really recommend that you try it.
And you can get one free audiobook
that’s a 30-day free trial on Audible
by clicking on the link in the description box and signing up.
Then you can download one of my recommendations.
Give it a try and let me know your feedback.
Right, let’s get started with the comebacks.
So, number one.
What should you say if somebody gives you an unwanted opinion?
Maybe they comment on the way you’re dressed
or what you do for a living, or your choice about marriage
or the fact that you’re single
or the fact that you don’t have children yet.
All very annoying things that tend to happen at family parties.
Well, a great way to respond to this
if somebody gives you an unwanted opinion is to say,
“Do you remember when I asked for your opinion?
Apply ice to the burned area.
Is that how that mean goes?
I hope so.
I think that’s a fairly standard way of replying to an unwanted opinion
Okay, number two.
What should you say if somebody is being really ignorant and idiotic.
Maybe they are making ridiculous political statements.
Maybe they are really uneducated
on a hot topic in the news.
They’ve got the wrong end of the stick,
they don’t know what they’re talking about, and they sound stupid.
Well, if somebody is being very ignorant and idiotic,
you could say, “You have your entire life to be an idiot.
So why not take the day off?”
One-nil to you.
You just took them down.
What should you say if somebody is taking advantage
of the fact that you are not a native English speaker,
that you’re not completely fluent in English?
Maybe they’re speaking very quickly
and trying to make sure that you don’t properly understand everything.
Maybe they’re trying to use big words
that they think you don’t know.
In this situation, if you don’t understand them
but you would like them to repeat something
and you’d also like them to know
that you are not happy with how they are treating you,
You can say, “Sorry, I didn’t quite catch that.
I don’t speak utter crap.”
Obviously the word “crap” you can change for a less family-friendly alternative.
But I’d quite like my videos to be monetized.
So, “crap” is fine.
This situation is kind of similar.
What should you say
if somebody is using a lot of big words
to sound intelligent, to try and confuse you,
to make themselves seem better than you.
Let’s just face it,
it’s so annoying when somebody just
reels off a load of big words
trying to appear more intelligent than they are.
How can you shoot them down?
What should you say?
Well, one thing you could try is,
“It’s a lot of fun watching you try to fit your entire vocabulary
into one sentence.”
You’ve taken them down with one shot.
What could you say if somebody is being very closed-minded?
Maybe they’re being racist, sexist, sizeist,
他们可能是种族歧视者 性别歧视者 身材歧视者
all of the ists.
Maybe they’ve insulted a group or subgroup that you care about.
Maybe they’re just being unwilling to accept that we live in a modern society.
Maybe they’re just being doofuses.
Well, you could say,
“If only closed minds came with closed mouths.”
Adios, closed-minded person.
What should you say if somebody keeps interrupting you?
Somebody that just keeps butting in mid sentence,
obviously what they have to say
is much more important than anything you have to say.
This could be particularly frustrating
if you aren’t a native speaker.
Because it’s almost them saying,
“I don’t have time to listen to you
because you’re too slow.”
And it can be a real confidence knock.
In a place I used to work there was a guy,
he spoke very grammatically correct English
but it took him a little
bit longer to get his sentence out
and there was this other girl that would interrupt him
and finish his sentences all the time,
and it annoyed him, it annoyed me,
and I wish I had this following comeback to deal with her.
If somebody keeps interrupting you,
you can say, “Oh, I’m sorry.
Did the middle of my sentence
interrupt the beginning of yours?”
Give them a few seconds to
process it all in their head
and then I guarantee there will be no more interruptions.
The last one, number seven, is
what you should say to somebody
if they’re just being a bit nuts,
if they’re behaving in a very weird
and maybe inappropriate, a bit crazy way.
Just saying,”You’re nuts, you are?” doesn’t quite cut it.
如果只是说 “你疯了是不是？” 并不够爽
I think we should go for something a bit more direct,
a bit more cutting.
How about this?
“I’m not sure what your problem is,
but I imagine it’s very hard to pronounce.”
I’m gonna have such a cringe fest editting this video.
I think that would work, don’t you?
Side note, make sure they don’t actually have a problem,
because that would be very hurtful. [laughs]
Right, guys, that’s it for today’s lesson.
好了 伙伴们 今天的课就到这里
I hope you enjoyed it.
I hope you take everything I said
with a pinch of salt,
a slice of lime, and a shot of tequila.
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And I shall see you soon for another lesson.
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