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* 7 Negative Attitude in a Conversation (p.2 of 4)


7.5�� When you express disbelief


I don�t believe that.�� Listen�� <�Arctic ice isn�t melting anymore.� � �I don�t believe that. Scientific data confirms melting.�>

I find that hard to believe.�� Listen�� <�Martha and Thomas are together again.� � �I find that hard to believe. I remember the scandal well.�>

I find that hard to imagine.�� Listen�� <�Scientists predict climatic changes in Europe.� � �I find that hard to imagine. What could cause those changes?�>

I find it hard to swallow.�� Listen�� AI find it hardly believable.��� <�Your story doesn�t sound right. I find it hard to swallow.�>

I�ll believe it when I see it.�� Listen�� <�So, you are saying they will build a base on the Moon? I�ll believe it when I see it.�>

I remain skeptical.�� Listen�� <�You think the government will raise taxes at the time of recession? I remain skeptical.�>

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7.6�� When you express disbelief with a question


Are you serious?�� Listen�� ASince this is so unbelievable, I have to make sure that you are not joking.��� <�I�m going to quit my job. It�s too boring.� � �Are you serious? Do you have another source of income?�>

Are you for real?�� Listen�� <�If economy doesn�t improve in California, I will have to look for work elsewhere.� � �Are you for real?�>

Are you pulling my leg?�� Listen�� AAre you telling a lie? Are you joking?��� <�A casting director is inviting me to Hollywood. I�m going to be a movie star.� � �Are you pulling my leg?� � �Here�s the letter. Do you believe me now?�>

Truly?�� Listen�� <�There were seventy thousand fans at the stadium.� � �Truly?�>

Really?�� Listen�� <�I�m moving to California.� � �Really?�>

For real?�� Listen�� <�I�ll be an astronaut.� � �For real?� � �I got accepted by NASA�s training program.�>

For sure?�� Listen�� <�When I grow up, I want to be a police officer.� � �For sure?�>

No kidding?�� Listen�� <�When I was in Washington, D.C., I had a chance to shake hands with the President.� � �No kidding?�>

No fooling?�� Listen�� <�In our garden, I can show you a pear growing on an apple tree.� � �No fooling?� � �Why would I lie? It was done by grafting.�>

Do you expect me to believe that?�� Listen�� AThis is so unbelievable that you can�t really expect me to believe it, do you?��� <�I�m going to quit college and open a computer business.� � �Do you expect me to believe that?� � �I guess not. But this is what I�m going to do.�>

You don�t expect me to believe that, do you?�� Listen�� <�I got selected by NASA�. � �You don�t expect me to believe that, do you?�>

You�re not making this up, are you?�� Listen�� <�Some scientists assert that the Earth is round.� � �You�re not making it us, are you? I can clearly see that the Earth is flat.�>

You�re making this up, aren�t you?�� Listen�� <�A long time ago, there was a man who could see the future.� � �You�re making this up, aren�t you? What did he foresee?� � �You know, there are different opinions about it.�>

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7.7�� When the speaker�s point is outrageous


I can�t believe that!�� Listen�� A �I can�t believe your outrageous statement!��� <�This company used to be a leader in its market segment, and now you�re saying it�s closing its doors? I can�t believe that!�>

How dumb do you think I am?�� Listen�� A �How stupid do I need to be to believe you?��� <�So, you�re saying that you got drunk, and the next morning you woke up in another town. How dumb do you think I am?�>

I wasn’t born yesterday!   Listen   AI have sufficient experience. It is hard to make me believe.”   <“What are you trying to convince me of? I wasn’t born yesterday!”>

You make me laugh.�� Listen�� A �Your statement is so ridiculous that it makes me laugh.��� <�I am opening my own business.� � �You? A business? You make me laugh.�>

Don�t make me laugh!�� Listen�� <�You are late for work again.� � �I was up all night with a sick friend.� � �Don�t make me laugh!�>

You can�t be serious!�� Listen�� A �Your statement is so ridiculous that I don�t think you are serious.��� <�I�ll be a millionaire by the age of forty.� � �With your attitude towards money? You can�t be serious!�>

Give me a break!�� Listen�� A �Give me a rest from your fantasies.��� <�I�m going to quit my job and join a moving circus.� � �What? Give me a break!�>

You�re kidding.�� Listen�� A �You are trying to deceive me.��� <�I�m getting married.� � �You�re kidding. You�re still in college.�>

You�ve got to be kidding!�� Listen�� <�Do you know that the temperature in Antarctica is always below the freezing point?� � �You�ve got to be kidding! How do people live there?� � �People don�t live in Antarctica.�>

You�ve got to be kidding me!�� Listen�� <�Your daughter is pregnant.� � �You�ve got to be kidding me! She is only nineteen!�>

Get out of here!�� Listen�� A �Leave me alone and give me a rest from your fantasies.��� <�I�m late for work because a giant gorilla is loose in the city.�� �Get out of here! How dumb do you think I am?>

Get out of town!�� Listen�� <�I�m going to win a lottery.�� �Get out of town! Do you know the odds?�>

Come on! or C�mon! ��Listen�� AStop saying things like that!��� <�Our boys are playing against these professionals tomorrow.� � �Do you really believe these suckers have a chance against experienced veterans? Come on!�>

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7.8�� When you want to sound sarcastic about the speaker�s point


Thank you for sharing.�� Listen�� AI mockingly thank you for an annoying remark.��� <�Thank you for sharing. I really need to hear that.�>

I�m so glad you told us that.�� Listen�� <�Such a wonderful story! I�m so glad you told us that.�>

Isn�t that special?�� Listen�� <�You told us every detail! Isn�t that special?�>

Is that right?�� Listen�� A �I hear your declaration, but I don�t believe it.��� <�I found several errors in your recent article.� � �Is that right? Why don�t you tell us about those errors?�>

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7.9�� When you don�t like what the speaker is saying


What right do you have to say that?�� Listen�� <�This TV anchor is one of the worst I�ve ever seen.� � �What right do you have to say that? I like him. And he has a high rating.�>

How could you say such a thing?�� Listen�� <�You stole money from me!� � �How could you say such a thing? No, I didn�t. And you don�t have any proof.�>

Why would you say such a thing?�� Listen�� <�I like to read The Washington Post.� � �Why would you say such a thing? I write for The Los Angeles Times.� � �I was joking. You are my favorite journalist, darling.�>

That�s easy for you to say.�� Listen�� A �You can say that easily because it isn�t you who has to deal with an issue.��� <�This project turned out to be more expensive than we had anticipated. Then, why don�t we spend more money on it?� � �That�s easy for you to say. It�s not your money you�re offering to spend.�>

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