136 Arguing with a stranger


Listen to six people discuss if they have ever gotten into an argument with a stranger in public.

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Lindsay / United States
speakerI have gotten into an argument with a stranger once. We were sitting in the wrong seats at a Laker game, and the man got so upset and started yelling at us, "Why don't you move?" And it was really just a simple misunderstanding, and I didn't understand why he was yelling at us, so I started fighting back and saying, "It's the holiday season. Please calm down. We're moving seats now," and then, he got even more upset. Finally, we just walked away while he was screaming at us.

Katia / Mexico
speakerI don't remember getting into an argument with a stranger. Usually, it takes me a while to talk to somebody and then start a conversation, then an argument. So, if I have been in a argument, it's been with somebody that I have known.

Kat / Germany
speakerYes, I've gotten into many arguments with strangers. One thing I cannot abide is people cutting in line. When that happens to me, I get in fights with complete strangers.

 

Warren / Canada
speakerYeah, I remember. Actually, it was in a pub, and I was talking about the lead singer of Guns and Roses, Axl Rose, and I mentioned that he can be difficult to work with. I guess a fan of his nearby overheard that and he came over and started arguing with me and actually wanted to take it outside. But luckily, I managed to talk it through with him and we ended up having a beer together.

Sarah / England
speakerThe only time I've gotten into an argument with a stranger was when I was part of a car accident, and we had difference in opinion about whose fault it was, so it escalated a little bit. But we sort of both backed down, so it was under control and it was okay.

Rese / Botswana
speakerNo, I've never gotten into an argument with a stranger. I'm not really confrontational, so I normally try and just walk away from any type of confrontation, especially with people that I don't know. It's really difficutl for me to even get in an argument with family. So, with a stranger, I don't think I could ever get into an argument with a stranger.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

calm down

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It's the holiday season. Please calm down.

You tell someone to calm down if you think they are too angry, anxous, or energetic. Notice the following:

  1. You are too loud. You need to calm down.
  2. The teacher tried to calm down the lively class.

cut in line

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One thing I cannot abide is people cutting in line.

When you cut in line, you go before people who have been waitng in a line to get something. Notice the following:

  1. Did you see that man just cut in line in front of me?
  2. In some cultures it is common to cut in line, while in others it is a big offense.

difference in opinion

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We had difference in opinion about whose fault it was.

When people have a diffence in opinion, the think differently about something. Notice the following:

  1. We have a difference in opinion about that movie.
  2. Even best friends often have a difference in opinion.

backed down

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We sort of both backed down.

When people back down, they withdraw from a conflict. Notice the following:

  1. The man threatened to hit me, but he backed down once he saw the police arrive.
  2. I started to yell at my boss, but then I backed down when I realized I needed my job.

under control

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It was under control after a few minutes.

When something is under control, it is managable. Notice the following:

  1. The fire fighters got the fire under control.
  2. Things were crazy for awhile, but eventually everything got under control.

 

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Complete the sentences with the words below.
calm down • cut in line • opinion
back down • under control
  1. She acts tough but always when someone challenges her.
  2. Did you see that man in front of us?
  3. We have a difference in , be we agree to disagree.
  4. The police have the fight .
  5. The police told the men to or they would arrest them.