AEE 460: How a Charismatic English Speaker Reacts to an Obvious Comment

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Today find out how to react with charisma to an obvious and annoying comment in English.

What’s an annoying and obvious comment?

  • “Your face is red”
  • “What happened to your face?” (if you have a burn or a mark)
  • “You look tired”
  • “You’re soaking wet”
  • “You’re in a cast”
  • “You don’t look like you feel well”

Usually when people make these annoying comments they don’t mean to offend you.

Maybe they are feeling awkward and they don’t know what else to say or they are trying to figure out how to make conversation.

Today we’ll show you how to “brush off” the comment but in a polite way.

We’ll show you how to receive the comment then diffuse the situation by not giving the comment any more attention than it deserves.

3 Phrases to react to an annoying comment:

  • “Yeah, yeah it’s no big deal. My face gets red all of the time. So what’s going on with you?”
  • “Ha ha what else is new. Anyways, what have you been up to?” (be careful with this one- it could come off as rude if it’s used in the wrong tone of voice. To make sure it doesn’t sound rude you could say “What else is new, right?” to make it sound like you are including them in the joke and that they know you.
  • “Yeah it happens (happened). What’s the update in your life?”

Most of these phrases are a great way for you to change the subject in English.

*Listen to the episode to hear examples of how these phrases can be used in a real conversation between Lindsay and Michelle.

How do you normally react to annoying comments?

Let us know in the comments below.

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