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* 5 Directing a Conversation (p.7 of 8)


5.33�� When you used vulgar language inadvertently


Pardon my French.�� Listen�� AI am sorry for my impolite words.��� <The neighbor�s cat got into a rattrap in their backyard. The damned animal screamed all night, pardon my French.�>



5.34�� When somebody has asked you about the source of your information


I have my sources.�� Listen�� <�The Mayor is going to resign.� � �How do you know that?� � �I have my sources.�>

I have my ways of finding these things out.�� Listen�� <�The stock market is about to fall.� � �How can you be so sure?� � �I have my ways of finding these things out.�>

News travels fast.�� Listen�� <�The President is going to fire the Secretary of Defense.� � �Who told you that?� � �News travel fast.�>

Bad news travels fast.�� Listen�� <�There is a disaster going on in the Gulf of Mexico.� � �How do you know?� � �Bad news travel fast.�>

Good news travels fast.�� Listen�� <�Our team is winning the championship.� � �What makes you think so? I haven�t heard anything yet.� � �Good news travels fast.�>

Word travels fast.�� Listen�� <�Desmond and Molly eloped last night.� � �Desmond and Molly eloped only last night. Then, why does everyone in town know about it this morning?� � �Word travels fast.�>

It�s common knowledge.�� Listen�� AIt is widely known.��� <�Are you sure that the Earth is round?� � �It is common knowledge.�>

I put two and two together.�� Listen�� AI figured it out myself from the information available.��� <�Food is going to get more expensive this year.� � �Why?� � �I put two and two together. Dry summer, rainy fall, and cold winter kill crops.�>

Just never mind.�� Listen�� AIt�s not important. You don�t need to pay attention.��� <�How did you find out about Tom and Merry?� � �Just never mind.�>

None of your business.�� Listen�� AIt is none of your concern.��� <�How did you learn about it?� � �None of your business.�>

I�m not one to kiss and tell.�� Listen�� AI am not one who develops trustful relationships with a person and then tells about it to somebody else. I am not a person who discloses private information received in confidence.��� <�Tell me about your informant.� � �No, I won�t. I�m not one to kiss and tell.�>

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5.35�� When you want to sound believable


That�s the truth.�� Listen�� A �I am telling the truth.��� <�I have nothing to do with what has happened. That�s the truth.�>

That�s the gospel truth.�� Listen�� A �I am telling the absolute truth.��� <�I didn�t break your bicycle. That�s the gospel truth.�>

That�s the honest truth.�� Listen�� <�The hurricane destroyed the entire city. That�s the honest truth.�>

That�s the honest-to-goodness truth.�� Listen�� <�Is Sue going to marry Tom? I don�t believe that!� � �That�s the honest-to-goodness truth.�>

Honest to goodness.�� Listen�� <�Are they going to demolish the factory and build an amusement park in its place? I can�t believe that!� � �Yes, they are. Honest to goodness.�>

Honest.�� Listen�� <�I want to start a jazz band. Honest.�>

Honestly.�� Listen�� <�My darling, you have the sweetest voice. Honestly.�>

True.�� Listen�� <�When I grow up, I will have my own auto repair shop. True.�>

Truly.�� Listen�� <�I sincerely believe that you will have success in life. Truly.�>

I swear.�� Listen�� <�That was a silly thing to do. I swear.�>

I swear to you.�� Listen�� <�This information is reliable. I swear to you.�>

I swear on my mother�s grave.�� Listen�� <�Whatever happens in life, I�ll always be there for you. I swear on my mother�s grave.�>

I swear to God.�� Listen�� <�If you harm my child, you�ll regret about it. I swear to God.�>

Would I lie?�� Listen�� <�Boss, your management style is excellent.� � �I think you are exaggerating a little.� � �Would I lie?�>

Would I lie to you?�� Listen�� <�Your friend is making stories behind your back.� � �I don�t believe you.� � �Would I lie to you?�>

Why would I lie?�� Listen�� <�No, I didn�t steal your pencil. Why would I lie?�>

I�m not kidding.�� Listen�� <�Something was wrong with the airplane and it landed on the river! I�m not kidding.>

Believe it or not.�� Listen�� A �Whether you believe it or not, this is true.��� <�Believe it or not, this little kid saved my life.�>

Frankly speaking,��� Listen�� A �I am going to make a straightforward statement.��� <�Frankly speaking, I don�t think you can afford this car.�>

Speaking candidly,��� Listen�� <�Speaking candidly, I think last night�s party was a disaster.�>

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5.36�� When you request somebody�s trust


Trust me.�� Listen�� A �I am telling you the truth. I am not trying to fool you.��� <�Are you sure this road will bring us to our destination?� � �Trust me. I know this forest like the back of my hand.�>

Believe me.�� Listen�� A �Accept what I am telling you as true.��� <�Believe me, this little bakery bakes the best bread in the world.�>

You better believe it.   Listen   A “I recommend you to trust this statement because to doubt it is not in your interests.”   <“They say he is a good doctor. Can he really help me?” – “You better believe it, because if he can’t, you are in trouble.”>

You had better believe it.�� Listen�� <�The economic situation is improving.� � �Is it?� � �You�d better believe it. It won�t without your trust.�>

You have my word on this.�� Listen�� A �You have my assertion on this.��� <�If you go for it, I�ll tell no one. You have my word on this.�>

You have my word.�� Listen�� <�I won�t tell a soul about it. You have my word.�>

I give you my word.�� Listen�� <�I�ll take this secret to my grave. I give you my word.�>

I give you my word of honor.�� Listen�� <�This is just between you and me. I give you my word of honor.�>

Take my word for it.�� Listen�� <�This is the best hotel in our town. Take my word for it.�>

You can count on it.�� Listen�� A �You can rely on this.��� <�I�ll help you when you need it. You can count on it.�>

You can bank on it.�� Listen�� <�If you complete your part of the deal, I�ll do mine. You can bank on it.�>

I promise you.�� Listen�� A �You can consider my word as a reliable basis for your expectations.��� <�Next Sunday we will go to the zoo. I promise you.� � �Promises, promises��>

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5.37�� When you request silence


Quiet!�� Listen�� A �Stop talking and making noise.��� <�Children, quiet! You�re too noisy.�>

Be quiet!�� Listen�� <�Be quiet, please. I�m on the phone.�>

Keep quiet!�� Listen�� <�Keep quiet! You are too noisy.�>

Silence!�� Listen�� A �Stop talking.��� <�You�re not supposed to talk in church. Silence!�>

Shut up!�� Listen�� <�Hey, I�m trying to sleep. Shut up!�>

Shut your mouth.�� Listen�� <�You are such a scoundrel. Shut your mouth and get back to work.�>

Hold your tongue.�� Listen�� <�You can only abuse people. Hold your tongue.�>

Not another word!�� Listen�� <�Children, it is 11 p.m. Go to sleep. Not another word.�>

Button your lip!�� Listen�� <�I don�t need your empty talk. Button your lip!�>

Clam up!�� Listen�� <�They can question you. Don�t be a blabber. Clam up!�>

Hush!�� Listen�� <�Hush! I can�t hear the speaker.�>

Hush your mouth!�� Listen�� <�Your teacher is speaking! Don�t talk back. Hush your mouth!>

Pipe down!�� Listen�� A �Be quiet!��� <�Stop talking so much. Pipe down.�>

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