MEETING AN OVERSEAS FRIEND

MEETING AN OVERSEAS FRIEND. My dear students of class six, hope you are keeping well. Today I’m going to discuss about UNIT 11 MEETING AN OVERSEAS FRIEND. So, let’s see-

11.1 Read the following conversations. Discuss in pairs and write how Depok addresses and greets different people in different situations. You can write using the following table. One is done for you.

A pair discussion is given below :

Saimon : Hello, Rabbi! How do you do?

Rabbi : I am fine. And you?

Saimon : I am fine. By the way, have you read the conversations of Depok?

Rabbi : Yes, I have. Why?

Saimon : How does Depok address and greet different people in different situations?

Rabbi : We see both formal and informal expressions in the conversations. At the time of talking with friend and younger sister, Depok used informal expressions for addressing and greeting. But when the conversations are with teacher, Helal Chacha and an unknown person, Depok used formal expressions.

Saimon : Excellent! You said very well. Thank you very much.

Rabbi : Thank you too

11.2 In pairs/groups discuss the following questions. Then, write the answers in the table below. One is done for you.

  • a. Who do you talk to every day?
  • b. How do you greet them?
  • c. How do you address them?
  • d. How do you accept or refuse someone/something?
  • e. How do you end the conversations?

A pair discussion is given below

Sadia : Hi, Mim! How do you do?

Mim : I am fine. What about you?

Sadia : I am fine too. By the way, let’s discuss the following questions.

Mim : Okay, no problem. Who do you talk to everyday?

Sadia : I usually talk to my parents, brothers and sisters, friends, uncles and aunties everyday. Sometimes, I talk to unknown people.

Mim : How do you greet them?

Sadia : Actually, when I talk to elders or unknown persons, I greet them formally. But when I talk to my younger brothers or sisters and friends I greet them informally.

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Mim : Excellent ! How do you address them?

Sadia : I address different people differently. When I talk to my father, I address him as Baba but when I talk to my friend I address him by his name.

Mim : Well, how do you accept or refuse someone/something?

Sadia : Good question. When I accept someone/something, I say ‘thanks’. But when I refuse someone something. I say it politely. I also explain why I refuse someone/something.

Mim : We all should do the same. How do you end the conversations?

Sadia : Actually, it depends on the relationship between me and the other person. When I talk to my father, I say ‘Thank you, goodbye. But when I talk to my friend, I say ‘see you later, bye!.

Mim : Nice to talk to you. See you later. Bye.

Sadia : Nice to talk to you too. Bye.

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11.4 Here are some words from the above conversation. The meanings of these words/phrases are given below with alternatives. Choose the best answer among the four.

A. I find it interesting the way you address the people you meet. Here the underlined word means-

  • i) valuable
  • ii) familiar
  • iii) different
  • iv) rare

ANSWER : iii) different

B. We say hello to elders and strangers. Here the underlined word means-

  • v) Elderly persons
  • vi) Youngers
  • vii) Seniors
  • viii) Unknown persons

ANSWER : viii) Unknown persons

C. We have cultural differences around the world. Here the underlined word means-

  • ix) Exchange
  • x) Choices
  • xi) Varieties
  • xii) Practice

ANSWER : xi) Varieties

D. We usually say no directly. Here the underlined word means-

  • xiii) Personally
  • xiv) Simply
  • xv) Straightly
  • xvi) Lately

ANSWER : xv) Straightly

E. I used to think that everyone greets the way we do. Here the underlined word means-

  • i) Never in the past
  • ii) Sometimes in the future
  • iii) Always in the past
  • iv) Always in the future

ANSWER : iii) Always in the past

11.5 Now in pairs/groups, ask and answer the following questions.

A. Who are Leonard and Dalia?
B. What interesting thing did Leonard find in addressing people?
C. In Canada, how do they call their teachers?
D. How do Muslims and Hindus greet each other in our country?
E. How do the people of Canada say ‘no’ to others?

ANSWERING QUESTIONS

A. Leonard is a Canadian and Dalia is a Bangladeshi. They both are students in class six.

B. Leonard found interesting in addressing people that at the time of addressing someone we add something after we call a name.

C. In Canada, they call their teachers by their last names. In Canada, it is common for students to address their teachers by their last name with the honorific “Mr.” or “Ms.” for men and women, respectively. For example, a student might address their teacher as “Mr. Smith” or “Ms. Jones.”

D. In our country, Muslims usually greet each other by salam and Hindus by namaskar. We also say adaab to people from other religions. It is important to note that these are just a few of the many ways that Muslims and Hindus greet each other in Bangladesh. The specific greeting that is used will vary depending on the specific situation and the cultural background of the people involved.

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E. The people of Canada do not say ‘no’ directly. They use words such as ‘apology’, ‘I am afraid, ‘sorry, but’ and then they explain why they are refusing.

It is also important to note that Canadians may use humor or sarcasm to say “no” without actually saying “no.” For example, they might say something like, “I would love to, but I’m afraid I’m going to have to say no.” This is a way of saying “no” in a way that is still polite and humorous.

Ultimately, the best way to say “no” to someone in Canada is to be polite and indirect. This shows respect for the other person and helps to avoid any awkwardness.

11.6 Read the conversation again and, in pairs/groups,write the cultural differences in the communication you have found between Bangladesh and Canada.

Bangladeshi CultureForeign/Canadian Culture
Addressing eldersCall by first name and add brother, sister, uncle, aunty laterCall by first name
Addressing strangersCall as brothers, sisters or uncles and auntiesCall by last name and add Mr/Mrs in the beginning
Addressing teachersCall as Sir or MadamCall by last name
Greeting teachersSalam, Namasker, Adaab, good morningHello, good morning
Greeting eldersSalam, Namasker, Adaab, good morningHello, good morning
Greeting strangersSalam, Namasker, Adaab, good morningHello
Greeting friends/
younger
Hello, Hi, HeyHi
Refusing something/
someone
Say ‘no’ directlyUse the words ‘apology’, ‘I am afraid, ‘sorry, but’ and then explain the reason of refusal

11.7 Now read the following conversation in pairs/groups and complete it with the appropriate words/expressions. Practise the conversation in pairs. And later, act it out in front of the class.

ANSWER

Rakib : Hello!

Scott : Hi!

Rakib: I see that you are holding a book on birds. Are you interested in wildlife?

Scott: Yes, I,m. What about you?

Rakib: Yes indeed. That’s why when I saw you with this book, I had to ask you whether you are also an animal lover? I am Rakib by the way.

Scott: Nice to meet you, Rakib. My name is Scott.

Rakib: Nice to meet you too, Scott. What do you think about this book fair?

Scott: I read about this book fair earlier, but I did not know that there would be more than 400 stalls. There are so many books to check out and buy.

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Rakib: Right you are. The more stalls I visit, the more I want to buy.

Scott: I understand how you are feeling. I feel the same way. A copy of wildlife was the last book on my list. I will go home now. Let’s go together, Rakib.

Rakib: I still have a book to buy. After that, I will go home. If you have no problem, you can with a little bit, Scott.

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