Hi everyone, how's it going? It's been a really busy week for me, but how about you?
When I teach at the junior high school, I am usually so active moving around the class, talking loudly, and trying to keep everyone's attention, so it was nice to sit down and have some enjoyable conversation with our guests today.
Before I came here, my Japanese friend told me that staff members in shops (like clothing stores) often come to you and try to sell you something or encourage you to try something on. This makes me a little bit uncomfortable, because I like to decide on my own. Often, if the staff member keeps talking to me, I feel more and more like I don't want to shop there anymore. In the U.S., persistent salespeople aren't very common in shops like this, but car salesmen are known for this.
One of our guests told us about her experience with some bank employees. I was really shocked to learn that they actually came to her house! Does this ever happen to you? Anyway, they asked her many times about signing up for a sort of fund, but she kept refusing. However, in the end, she caved in and applied. Although she said she may have partly applied because felt sorry for them, she did do lots of research and made an informed decision that worked out well for her, too.
If this ever happens to me, I think I wouldn't let them in my house!
Here are some useful words from today's free talk:
persistent: This is an adjective to describe people who never give up, and always keep trying. The meaning sounds more positive if it's referring to someone's personal efforts.
cave in/ give in: This is when you refuse many times, but in the end, you agree. For example, "My daughter was crying so much that I finally gave in and let her watch cartoons."
feel sorry for them. If you feel sorry for someone, it means that you think that person must be having a hard time.
Have a good week!