AEE 675: Shhh! The Secret to Telling a Good Secret in English

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Do you like to tell secrets?

Do you know how to tell a good secret in English?

Find out in today’s episode!

When you tell someone a secret, or talk  about sensitive information that you don’t want them to talk about, do you usually preface what you are about to say by letting them know it’s a secret?

We need to signal to people that what we are about to say is private information.

 

What kinds of secrets are we talking about today:

  • Gossip
  • Serious story or fact
  • For younger kids, a crush or something romantic

 

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Phrases to tell a secret:

  1. Now, don’t tell anyone this, but….
  2. (Just) between you and me/us…
  3. Don’t spread this around, but…
  4. Please keep this information to yourself

 

Here is a phrase that Michelle learned when she was young: “Secrets, secrets are no fun, unless they are shared with everyone!”

 

Is telling secrets a cultural thing?

Is it rude in your culture?

Is it rude when people whisper in front of others?

What’s your opinion?

Let us know in the comments below.

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