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    #1

    probably we are not gonna be pairs again.

    Hey,

    I major in chemistry, so I am taking a lab course now.
    And I had a American woman partner, and I am 100% sure that she instantly realized that my English is bad.
    She must have been bored, because I just spoke when I needed, because I really want to speak about personal stuff except lab procedures,
    but I couldn't because I am poor at speaking.

    Anyway, at the end of the lab, we said goodbye, and she said

    "I was glad that we were paired. But probably we are not gonna be pair again"

    Is that an rude saying? Actually today we paired because my lab partner and her partner didn't come. And probably next week too. So I thought we are going to be paired again.

    And...should I say before the lab start if I meet some other partners?

    "Hey, although I am senior, I am transferred from a university in Korea, so a little bit poor at English. But I can understand almost all things, please understand if I stammer or ask you to say it again. I will do my best on lab. Thanks"

    But I don't want to say those because I don't want to look timid or something.

    I need your help and advice.

    Thank you guys.

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    #2
    Nothing at all rude about it. I think she was simply referring to probabilities. Possibly, however, she was giving a hint that she likes (AmE) or fancies (BrE) you.
    Last edited by probus; 04-Sep-2013 at 04:28.

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    #3

    Re: probably we are not gonna be pairs again.

    From where you pick out that she was giving a hint that she likes me? It's ... totally impossible;; She noticed that I was trying not to speak a lot to hide my poor speaking ability...

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    #4
    Quote Originally Posted by layla0302 View Post
    From where you pick out that she was giving a hint that she likes me? I
    "She was glad" for example. Also my refined sense of smell. Try your luck. You have nothing to lose. :)

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    #5

    Re: probably we are not gonna be pairs again.

    I think she was merely being polite. Leave it at that.

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    #6

    Re: probably we are not gonna be pairs again.

    Stop beating yourself up about your spoken English. If you can get your message across, it doesn't matter if you make mistakes.

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    #7

    Re: probably we are not gonna be pairs again.

    "Going to be paired again." Not "pair again." I agree that she was probably talking about probabilities. But it is hard to say just from reading the words.

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