My assistant at work has this habit. . .
whenever I speak with her. . .
of repeating everything I say. . .
in short phrases. . .
as if she were doing simultaneous translation. . .
from English to English.
You know how sometimes a telephone will have an infuriating echo, so it’s hard to concentrate on what you’re about to say, because the phone is constantly repeating what you just said? When that happens to me I’ll usually hang up, call again and hope for a better connection. Well this is the same way, except I can’t hang up and call again. In response, I find myself speaking to her in short phrases and pausing between them, so she can assimilate it, repeat it, and get ready for the next phrase.
It’s not that her English is bad. It’s fairly decent. Certainly a lot better than my Chinese, and I give her due credit for that. It’s just that she’s a damn annoying habit of repeating every frickin word that I say.
How about you? Encountered any annoying habits lately?