So you're talking to someone in Hebrew, and you're catching most of the conversation, which you feel pretty good about. [Insert pat on back here.] Then, suddenly, theybegintalkingveryveryfast. And you are quickly losing track of the conversation. "...something....something....bathroom....something.....something.....batteries...something... something... vaccination...." Huh? you start asking yourself, feeling your hold on things slipping quickly and decisively. You nod, throw in the occasional grunt, but this is way out of your league. Did she just say "fettucine?????"
Suddenly, the conversation comes to a screeching halt. And she's looking at you expectantly. Oh god, you realize, with a fear akin to seeing the Great White swimming right for you, she's waiting for a reaction. She wants you to say something! And you, of course, lost the thread of this conversation someplace in between "tablecloths" and "Netanyahu." (At least that's what it sounded like.) Is she expecting a hearty guffaw? an expression of outrage? a murmur of sympathy? You have no clue whether her dog just died, her husband was promoted, or she's against the conversion bill. Or maybe for it?
Readers, Loyal and otherwise! Never be stuck in this quandry again! Learn the patented aliyahbyaccident Vague Response, appropriate for all situations and scenarios! It works like this:
1. Smile slightly, in away which can be construed as sympathetic or agreeable (and really those are your only two choices, because let's face it, even if she just expressed admiration for Cruella de Ville, or announced her intention to come to work wearing only undies, are you really in a situation to debate this? We thought not.)
2. Raise your eyebrows just a touch, to vaguely indicate surprise
3. Mumble, "Haha...mmmm...ahem...ahem."
Trust me, after two years, I can assure you this works. Contact us if you would like private lessons.
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