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Crystal: What's up, George?
George: So, there's this like red-headed girl in class and I kind of got a crush on her but ...
George: Uuurr! But, yeah, I don't know, you know, how to ask her out. I don't even know if she knows my name, but yeah.
Crystal: Ah, come on!
George: You got any advice?
Crystal: I would personally just be natural and just go straight-forward?
George: Go straight-forward and ...
Crystal: And ask her out?
George: How I do that?
Crystal: I don't know. For my personal advice I think you should just go straight forward and say "Hi, my name is George" and give her an appearance.
George: Hold on. I'm gonna write this down.
Crystal: OK. And next step is "If you are free" oh, you always have to check if she's either married, or if she's a lesbian, or if she is single.
Crystal: So, number three is what you're looking for.
George: OK, number three.
Crystal: So, if she is single, just say, hey, how about we go out for a cup of coffee or something.
George: OK, coffee.
Crystal: And, yeah, that's how you get her.
George: So, yeah, what if she doesn't like coffee though? I mean, what else could we do we on a date? Assuming she will say yes. What's fun to do on a date anyway?
Crystal: Fun to do on a date! It's just the fact that you're being with her and just try to get to know her more.
George: Wait, wait, wait one second. Do I need to pay for this?
Crystal: I don't think you should pay on the first date. I think sometimes that can be offensive to women.
George: Oh, that's great because I'm totally broke.
Crystal: I think you should just ask her casually, not like a date-date, just say, "Hey, I would like to know you a little bit more, and just go out for a small little drink, like go to that new cafe that's open, like a lot of girls think that place is so cute. I think you should take her there.
George: But I think cafe's are boring.
Crystal: Cafe's are boring. Men! Women don't think so. This is the point. Write it down.
I've kind of got a crush on her.
A crush is a very strong temporary feeling of liking someone. We often use this phrase to talk about someone we know, but not very well. Notice the following:
- She has a crush on one of her professors at school.
- I kind of have a crush on this girl in my English class.
Ah, come on!
When someone says something that's difficult to believe we respond with 'come on'. It's very informal. Here are two samples:
- You run two hours, twice a day? Come on, really?
- He wants to quit school? Ah, come on! I can't believe it.
Just be straight-forward with me.
We usually use the phrase 'straight forward' to talk about moving forward in a straight line. It also means to be honest and direct. Notice the samples:
- Just be straight forward: do you have a crush on my new boyfriend?
- In some cultures, being straight forward with your opinions is impolite.
Assuming she will say yes.
When we assume someone will say yes, we think about the situation that follows. Here are two samples:
- Assuming your parents will say yes, we'll leave for the party about 8:00.
- I will ask my dad for some money. Assuming he will say yes, I'm gonna' buy a new iPad.
That can be offensive to women.
Something that is offensive causes negative feelings. Notice the following:
- His sexist comments were offensive to the women in the office.
- The short, skimpy cheerleader uniforms were offensive to some of the girls on the team.
It's not like a date-date.
Here, not like a 'date-date' means not like a serious date. Here are two samples:
- She sometimes translates documents for extra money. It's not like a job-job.
- I'm going to the Chagall exhibit with Mei. It's not like a date-date, we both just love art.