130.- Ghosting (profesor)

130.-ghosting

Ghosting

Transcript
Neil
Feifei, why are you cutting holes in that bed sheet?
Feifei
Oh, just getting my costume ready for tonight, Neil. I’m coming as a ghost. What about you?
Neil
I don’t really feel like it, Feifei.
Feifei
I thought you were bringing your new girlfriend?
Neil
Sadly not. She hasn’t replied to any of my messages for a whole week.
Feifei
Oh, sorry Neil. Looks like she’s ghosting you.
Neil
No. Like I said, she’s not coming tonight. You’ll be the only ghost at the party, I’m afraid!
Feifei
Neil, ‘ghosting’ is a slang word. If you ghost someone, it means you suddenly stop all communication with them, with no explanation.
Neil
Oh right. Yes, she doesn’t answer my calls, doesn’t reply to my texts.

Feifei
That’s ghosting. Some people do it to end a relationship.
Neil
So, are you saying she wants to split up with me?

Feifei
I don’t know, but it’s not a very nice way to treat people. We even use the word ‘ghosting’ between friends when one stops contacting the other, it’s not only for romantic relationships. Anyway, help me cut this second eye out of my ghost costume while we play some examples.
Examples
Katia felt awful for weeks after being ghosted by a guy she really liked.
Keiko wanted to break up with her boyfriend but didn’t want to upset him. So when he suddenly started ghosting her, she actually felt relieved.
Jorge and Rafa used to hang out all the time at school. But once they started university, Jorge just ghosted Rafa.
Feifei
You’re listening to The English We Speak from BBC Learning English. The expression we’re looking at in this programme is ‘ghosting’. And, Neil… there we are! One ghost costume. Thanks for your help.
Neil
I just want to know why, Feifei. Why is she ghosting me? What did I do wrong?
Feifei
Neil, that’s the difficult thing about ghosting. You won’t get those answers. Sorry.

Neil
Oh, it’s her.
Feifei
What is she saying?
Neil
“Sorry Neil. I lost my phone last week and only just found it again. Call me. Kiss.”
Feifei
There you go!
Neil
She sent a kiss! Feifei, let’s make her a costume – I’m going to invite her to this party.
Feifei
OK! One more ghost costume?
Neil
No, I think I’ve had enough ghosts for one day.
Both
Bye.

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