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March 18, 2013

Rejoinders

Filed under: conversation strategies — richardlstansfield @ 12:37 am

Rejoinders are special phrases. We use them for three reasons:

1. to show that we are listening
2. to show that we understand
3. to show that we are interested

For each example, choose the best rejoinder.

Example #1

A: My dog died last night.

B:
(a) That’s great!
(b) That’s nice.
(c) I’m sorry to hear that.
(d) Oh, really?

Example #2

A: I won the lottery last night. (Lottery = “lotto” in Konglish)

B:

(a) That’s great!
(b) Oh, yeah?
(c) I’m sorry to hear that.
(d) Oh, really?

Here are the different kinds of rejoinders.

Happy:

– That’s great!
– Terrific!
– Wonderful!

Sad:

– That’s too bad.
– I’m sorry to hear that.
– Oh, no!

Interested:

– I see.
– That’s nice.
– Oh, yeah?

Surprised:

– You’re kidding!
– I can’t believe it!
– Oh, really! / Oh, really?

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Introductory Exercise ?Answers

3. A: That’s great!

5. A: I see.

7. A: That’s too bad.

9. A: Oh, yeah?

11. A: That’s nice. / I see.

13. A: I see. / That’s nice.

15. B: You’re kidding!

17. B: Wonderful!

19. B: Oh, I’m sorry to hear that.

21. B: Oh, no!

23. B: I can’t believe it!

25. B: Terrific!

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