Good evening, Fellas! I hope your tummies are okay after what they have been through these past few days. :p
So, how was your Eid al-Fitr? Do you have anything interesting to share?
Meeting relatives is fun, but also has its downsides. For example: Frequently asked nosy questions.
Yes, “Where’s your girlfriend/boyfriend?”, “Have you graduated yet?”, and so on. Sometimes it gets really annoying, doesn’t it?
How do you usually respond to these questions? I have compiled few tips that might prove useful.
Welcome to today’s session #EngTips: Nosy Questions and How to Answer Them!
Before we start our session today, please do tell what nosy/annoying questions you got lately! We will retweet you. ;) #EngTips
- Answer with another question. #EngTips
This one is a rather aggressive approach in answering the questions. It may be impolite to some people, so be careful. #EngTips
If you’re asked by cousin or a relative of the same age, you can use this method. #EngTips
Don’t forget to add laughter or a smile to make it less threatening. #EngTips
- Comment on the question rather than answering. #EngTips
“That’s a good question.” sounds like you’re answering a question regarding your presentation. #EngTips
But it works most of the time, because the people who ask you these questions mostly just making small talk. #EngTips
Or you could simply say “Let’s just hope for the best.” and add a meaningful smile at the end of your statement. #EngTips
- Pass the answer to said question to another person. (my personal favorite) #EngTips
Almost every time someone drops an annoying question, I directed the question to anyone around me. #EngTips
Q: When are you going to get married? A: Just ask Mom. She’s my decision maker. #EngTips
Another form of this method is to direct the question to someone that isn’t even there. #EngTips
For example, direct it to your boyfriend or girlfriend or anyone that isn’t related to you but might influence your decision. #EngTips
- Pretend you don’t understand the question. #EngTips
Act puzzled. Act dumb. Or at least ask the questioner to repeat the question. #EngTips
As I said before, most people aren’t that curious with your life. They are just making small talk. #EngTips
But if they insist, they will be baffled by your inability to respond to their question. They will get tired eventually. #EngTips
- Answer honestly, if you want to. #EngTips
This is probably the best approach if you want to convert the small talk into something more serious. #EngTips
If you have the honest answer and are not tired of answering the question, just answer the question. #EngTips
- Just smile (and wave). #EngTips
Smile. Smile. Smile. And then probably divert the question into another subject. #EngTips
It’s just like The Penguins of Madagascar: Just smile and wave, boys. Smile and wave. #EngTips
Do you have more tips to add, Fellas? We will retweet you if you do!
Well then, it’s a wrap, Fellas! Don’t forget to visit our website http://englishtips4u.com for more tips! See ya!