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Engelska to Japanska


Finalists:2

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The problem of being awkward with introductions is not, for many, an “unusual situation.” You may find that you are often uncertain about whether to introduce someone using their first name, last name, or both; about whether to use a qualifier (“this is my friend, ______”); even about whether or not it is in fact your responsibility to introduce two people in a given situation. But all of this is small potatoes compared with the seemingly inevitable mingling nightmare of having to introduce someone whose name you have forgotten.

It’s one thing to forget someone’s name if you’ve met them only once or twice, or if you haven’t seen them in a while. But all too often it’s someone whose name you really should know, and who is going to be insulted to find out you don’t. In other words, a faux pas in the making.

This is absolute agony when it happens, and I’ve watched hundreds of minglers try to deal with different ways, ranging from exuberant apology (“Oh GOD, I’m so sorry, JEEZ, wow, I can’t believe I’ve forgotten your name!”) to throwing up their hands and walking away. But there are better ways to deal with this kind of mental slip. Next time you draw a blank while making introductions, try the following ploy:

Force them to introduce themselves. This is the smoothest and most effective way to handle your memory lapse. When it’s done well, no one will ever suspect you. If you have forgotten one person’s name in the group, turn to that person first and smile. Then turn invitingly to a person whose name you do remember and say, “This is Linden Bond,” turning back casually toward the forgotten person. The person whose name you haven’t mentioned yet will automatically (it’s a reflex) say “Nice to meet you, Linden, I’m Sylvia Cooper,” and usually offer a hand to shake.


Entry #808 - Points: 0
Yoshihiro Kobayashi
多くの人にとって、自己紹介の時にぎこちなく感じてしまうのは、“不慣れな状況”に遭遇してしまったからではありません。誰かに自己紹介をする時に、姓、名、もしくは両方を使用するのかどうか、“これは私の友人 の___です)といった、お決まりの定型句を使用するのかどうか、状況によっては2人の人を紹介するのかどうかといった事柄において、どのように Show full text

Entry #998 - Points: 0
Noriko Miwa
多くの人が人を紹介するときにぎこちなくなるのは、それが「普段と違う状況」だからではありません。苗字か名前か、それとも両方を紹介するのか、説明をつけるか(「こちらは私の友人の○○さんです」など)、そも そもその状況で二人を紹介すること自体が自分の役目なのかどうか確信がないことが多いからです。しかしこういったことは、名前を忘れてしまった Show full text

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