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"Actually, I had a question about the previous slide. Could you go back to that?"
on July 1, 2017 at 12:00 am
You're watching a presentation in a meeting at work. The presenter showed some information on a slide, but quickly moved on to another slide. You want to see the earlier one again and ask a question […]
"This might sound sexist, but I do believe a woman should stay home and take care of the children."
on June 29, 2017 at 12:00 am
You're in a discussion with some friends about women who are focused on their careers. You hold pretty traditional ideas about women working. You want to state your opinion, but you know that some of […]
"I hear some kind of siren in the background."
on June 28, 2017 at 12:00 am
You're talking on the phone with your friend and you hear a loud noise from his phone that sounds like a police car. You say this about the noise. I hear some […]
"There's fierce competition among photographers for clients."
on June 27, 2017 at 12:00 am
You're a professional photographer. You're talking to someone who's not a photographer about your industry. You say this to describe how difficult the field of photography is. […]
"I got in an accident and messed up your car."
on June 25, 2017 at 12:00 am
You were driving your parents' car and crashed it. Now say this as you're telling your parents about it. I got in an accident and messed up your car. […]
"It's starting to come together."
on June 24, 2017 at 12:00 am
You're building a new house. The construction started a few weeks ago. A friend asks about how it's going, so this is your answer. It's starting to come together. […]
"I'm just auditing it, so it doesn't count toward my major."
on June 23, 2017 at 12:00 am
You're a university student studying Business. You're taking one art class this semester just for fun. But you're only attending the class, not getting a grade for it. Another student in the class […]
"Sure, I'll add him to the distribution list."
on June 22, 2017 at 12:00 am
You're having a phone conference with several people at work. One of the managers says that one of her employees hasn't been getting any e-mails about a certain project. She asks you to make sure […]
"I hope he's able to fit in at his new school."
on June 21, 2017 at 12:00 am
Your son is starting at a new school next week. He's nervous because he doesn't know anyone who goes to this school, and he's not sure whether he'll be able to make friends there. You're concerned […]
"I've been getting all these random friend requests lately. Do you get those?"
on June 19, 2017 at 12:00 am
You're looking at your Facebook account. Some people who you don't know have asked to add you as a friend. You ask your roommate if this happens to her. I've […]
"Child soldiers in these countries have been forced to witness and carry out extreme acts of violence."
on June 17, 2017 at 12:00 am
You work for a nonprofit company which offers help to children in violent countries. You're explaining the company's mission to a person who you're trying to get a donation from. […]
"Believe it or not, I had never even traveled abroad when I moved here."
on June 16, 2017 at 12:00 am
You're chatting with someone that you just met at a party. She knows that you're from another country, so she asks about why and how you moved here. This was actually the first foreign country you […]
"What if someone tries to deposit a check, but the date on the check is later than the current date?"
on June 15, 2017 at 12:00 am
You just got a job at a bank. You're being trained by your manager. She's explaining how to deposit customers' checks into their accounts. You have a question. […]
"I got it on a whim one day a few years ago."
on June 14, 2017 at 12:00 am
You have a tattoo on your arm. You didn't think very carefully about it when you got it. You're on a date, and your date asks about your tattoo. I got it on a […]
"We're constantly inundated with advertisements in our society."
on June 12, 2017 at 12:00 am
You're involved in an intellectual discussion about society. You think that having too many advertisements is harmful. We're constantly inundated with […]