Why I Microwaved a Book

I wanted to take a book apart (to take something apart means to disassemble it). I wanted to scan each page, and make it into a digital file.

And then…

I went to Youtube, my primary source of inspiration, and saw a video of a lady microwaving her comic book. She took the comic book out, and started to tear off the pages effortlessly.

Since the heat in the microwave melted the glue on the spine, it was easy for her to tear off the pages.

I tried to do the same. Instead of setting the heating time to 30 seconds, I dialed to 3 minutes and 30 seconds. Then I went to the bathroom.

When I came back to the kitchen, I smelled something burned.

It was my book. My book was burned.

Different Kinds of Mistakes

So I made a stupid mistake. I ruined my book. But you could also make other kinds of mistakes. You could make:

  • stupid mistakes
  • silly mistakes (similar to stupid mistakes, but in less degree)
  • embarrassing mistakes (you feel humiliated)
  • common mistakes (mistakes that people often make)
  • easy mistakes (similar to common mistakes)
  • uninformed mistakes (you made a mistake because you didn’t know)
  • careless mistakes (if you were more careful, you wouldn’t have made the mistake)

I put my book in a microwave oven and burned it. It was a stupid mistake.

How to Respond when Someone Does Stupid/Terrible/Shocking Things

My friend, Sam, went to a school reunion. Most of his old classmates were married and had children. He saw one of his old classmates, Mina, and she had a large belly.

Sam said, “Congratulations! When is the due date?”

Sam thought Mina was pregnant. But Mina wasn’t pregant. She was just a little overweight.

If you were Mina, what would you say to Sam? How would you have felt?

When you see someone doing or saying something that’s stupid, silly, useless, ineffective, or bad, you could respond by saying one of these phrases:

  • “I was dumbfounded by what he just said.”

to be dumbfounded means that you are astonished and surprised. In this case, you are speechless and shaking your head because he said something terrible.

You could also try these phrases:

  • “I was struck dumb by such an unprofessional conduct of the server.”
  • “I’m lost for words by his careless remark.”
  • “I don’t know why the government made the policy that rewards the rich and punishes the poor. It boggles the mind.”
  • “When Michelle heard about what Josh did in public, she rolled her eyes in disbelief.”
  • “Every time I see Josh do that, I just facepalm.”

“Facepalm” is a recently invented word.

Today’s Homework

What mistake have you made before?

Tell your story.

End your story by saying, “It was such a [silly] mistake!”

(Replace the word in [ ] with any adjective that’s appropriate for your story)

Example: “I put my book in a microwave oven and burned it. It was a stupid mistake.”

Your turn.

About Josh

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언어와 문화 학습을 좋아하는 일본계 미국인 Josh 입니다. 영어와 일본어를 하고 제3개국어인 한국어는 20대에 배웠습니다. 통번역사, 프로젝트매니저, 마케터로서의 경험을 바탕으로 여러분이 스마트하게 보일 수 있는 영어 스피킹 노하우를 공유하고 있습니다. 비즈니스 영어와 발음과 엑센트에 관한 강좌를 실시하고 있습니다. 분야: 비즈니스 영어, 프레젠테이션, 발음 교정 現: 유튜브채널 SplashEnglish 운영前: 서울교육대학교, 김미경 영어 스피치 트레이너. 협동: EBSe, JEI 재능, 메가스터디, 제주항공, 캠블리, 코어소리영어, AranTV. 다룰 줄 아는 악기: 탬버린.좋아하는 음식은 타코스.

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