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1,101 - Problems Getting Along With Family

May 8th, 2015

Episode 237 of 489 episodes

Do your family parties look like boxing matches? Then you’ll enjoy this episode about getting along with your family members. Slow dialog: 1:14 Explanations: 3:12 Fast dialog: 14:37 Oscar: So you’re back from your mother’s birthday dinner. How was it? Priscilla: Same old, same old. It isn’t a family gathering without a major meltdown or blowup. Oscar: Yikes, what happened? Priscilla: You know how it is. It starts out with bickering and somebody taking offense at some slight or dig, or bringing up some old grievance. Oscar: Well, that happens in most families. Priscilla: Yeah, but in mine, they often turn into screaming matches. We all raise our voices and somebody always storms out. Oscar: Even at your mother’s birthday dinner? Priscilla: The occasion doesn’t matter. My mother tries to be the peacemaker, but it doesn’t take much for tempers to flare. Oscar: That never happens in my family. Priscilla: What?! Your family doesn’t fight when it gets together? Oscar: No, we try to sweep things under the rug and put on a brave face. Priscilla: What happens when you get mad at each other? Oscar: Nothing. Priscilla: What do you mean nothing? Oscar: A lot of our family meals are eaten in stony silence. Priscilla: Wow, I think I prefer our knock-down, drag-out fights! Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

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