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    Something left me all at sea.

    Dear teachers.

    I have heard the following English dialogue on the tape but found the sentences in blue difficult to understand. Could you kindly explain to me. Thanks a lot.

    (A telephone conversation)
    "Hello, Pete, is that you? Are you okay?
    Huhuh~, I got a terrible cold.
    You too. I have news for you. We're in the same boat. Bless you. Thanks.
    Why don't you come over and keep me company? I haven,t talked to anyone all day long.
    I'd like to but I can't stop sneezing. I have a _______(don't know what it is, but it sounds like "short role"). I thought I have to go to bed.
    I know what you mean. Do you have a fever. I don't know for sure but I think so.
    I was going to take my temperature but I dropped the therometer and it broke.
    It sounds like you should just, (sneezing) excuse me, you should just take two aspirins and go to bed.
    Chances are you'll feel better in the morning.
    I hope so and I hope you get over your cold soon.
    Are you going to school tomorrow? I don't think so. I'm really in bad shape. I may have to be absent for a few more days.
    Listen to us, we feel sorry for ourselves today, don't we?"(Why did the speaker say it in this way?)


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    Re: Something left me all at sea.

    (A telephone conversation)
    "Hello, Pete, is that you? Are you okay?
    Huhuh~, I got a terrible cold.
    You have a cold too? I have news for you-so have I. (Other man on phone sneezes) Bless you/gesundheit .
    (Other man on phone responds)Thanks.
    Why don't you come over and keep me company? I haven't talked to anyone all day long.
    I'd like to but I can't stop sneezing. I have a SORE THROAT. I thought I have to go to bed.
    I know what you mean. Do you have a fever. I don't know for sure but I think so.
    I was going to take my temperature but I dropped the therometer and it broke.
    It sounds like you should just, (sneezing) excuse me, you should just take two aspirins and go to bed. Chances are you'll feel better in the morning.
    I hope so and I hope you get over your cold soon.
    Are you going to school tomorrow?
    I don't think so. I'm really in bad shape. I may have to be absent for a few more days.
    "Listen to us(=and how we must sound to anyone else listening to us talk), we feel sorry for ourselves today, don't we?"(Why did the speaker say it in this way?)
    (Because he is meaning :"Anyone listening to this conversation would be thinking, boy just listen to those two moaning, feeling sorry for themselves, hard done by, such a tragedy just because they've got a bit of a cold!") (He's being humourous - he's saying it as if with a big smile in his voice. It's as if he's suddenly just seen what all of this must sound like from a third person's point of view.)

    in the same boat : to be in the same unfortunate circumstances as someone else. You've got a cold? So have I! We're in the same boat,because we're both feeling rotten, sneezing, sore throats, stuck at home unable to go out and enjoy themselves etc.
    short role = shortrole = sorthrole : sor - throle = sore throat (with the final 't' swallowed, so it sounds like 'throw')
    Last edited by David L.; 12-Jan-2008 at 08:32.

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    Re: Something left me all at sea.

    Oh, wonderful. It sounds as if you were the author of this conversation.
    Thank you very much for your detailed explanation. I got it now.

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