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说话要留有余地

作者:admin 发表于:2017-05-14   点击: 评论: 0

  Leave Room for a Change

  

  The son was too straightforward in what he said and never knew how to leave room for a change.About this, his father was worried.He decided to help his son.”Remember to speak in another way round.Never be too straightforward and rigid.” the father told him.

  Not knowing what his father meant, the boy blinked and kept silent.

  However, the father was patient.He tried to teach the dull boy again and again.”For example,” the father explained. “What did you say when the neighbor came to borrow things yesterday? You said ‘ No, we haven’t.’ That won’t do.That’s too rigid.If anyone comes to borrow something next time, do not say ‘No, we haven’t', nor ‘Yes,we have. ‘Just say ‘Some of them are at home. Some are not.’ That’s a good way to speak. Can you remember?”

  The son seemed to understand.

  A few days later, a man came and called on them.

  ”Is your father at home?” the man asked.

  The boy kept silent for a moment, thinking of what his father had taught him, and then replied calmly, “Some of them are at home. Some are not.”

  

  儿子说话很直,从来不知道说话要留有余地。爸爸为此很担心,于是决定好好地教导教导儿子。他对儿子说:“以后说话一定要灵活些,千万不要把话说得太绝对。”

  儿子还不太明白其中的道理,只好眨巴着眼睛看着爸爸。

  不过,爸爸很有耐心,他不厌其烦地一遍遍开导这个迟钝的孩子。他对儿子解释说:“比如说吧,昨天邻居来借东西,你是怎么说的?你说:‘没有!’这可不行,话说得太绝对了。今后如果再遇到这类事情,不要直接说‘没有’,也不要说‘有’。就说‘有的在家,有的不在家’。这就把话说灵活了。记住了吗?”

  儿子似乎明白了。

  几天后,他家来了一位客人。

  “你爸爸在家吗?”客人问道。

  儿子默默地思考了一下爸爸对他的教导,然后非常镇静地回答说:“有的在家,有的不在家。”

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