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QW 012812 “Half-baked answer”

It’s becoming my Saturday morning routine to have a 25 minute Skype lessen. Today’s tutor was Eric, whose class I booked last Thursday but I couldn’t take his lesson, I thought, due to some mechanical failure. It turned out that there was sudden power outage in the area in his neighborhood just 5 minutes before my class was going to start. He lost access to Skype and canceled all his lessons that night. In fact, that night I was the most exhausted in recent years (hyperbole alert!), so it was sort of fortunate or me not to have a lesson and obtain one make-up lesson instead.

Today’s topic was the article on sports officials reprimanded by IOC (the International Olympic Committee). The following is one of the discussion questions, “Viewpoint Discussions” as they call them, I was asked after going over the article. How would you answer the question?

Q: What do you think should be done to an official or important person who shows negative behavior?

My initial response was something like “I think you should punish those people severely to prevent future wrongdoings. Officials and important persons can elicit public attention, so it can be effective to treat them in such way.” And Eric responded to my statement like “But what if they didn’t do something that deserves such punishment? They might want to claim that they did nothing wrong or you’ll need to prove that they actually did something.” Then I seconded like “Yeah, it depends on how you define negative behavior. So what I said earlier was for the case that they did something almost like a crime or much more severe.” Reflecting what I had said listening to the recording, I guess that I didn’t understand the question as I should. My response was half-baked and unelaborated, which reminds me that it’s a good communication strategy to ask back your speaking partner by restating or redefining the question yourself, or asking him or her to put the question in a different way, or you just can give up answering the question like “I haven’t given any serious thoughts to that. Sorry.” Shouldn’t be so bad, huh?

(40 minutes / 362 words)

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