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Dear John

Maggio 2013
You can write to John Peter Sloan about your problems in love, life, everything. Write to him (in English, please! And put “Dear John” as the subject) at: webmaster@speakupmagazine.it By the way, John doesn’t enjoy answering questions about grammar and language. So, if you have any, please post them on language blog

di John P. Sloan

John Peter Sloan
John Peter Sloan

Dear John,
I’ve had just two girlfriends in my life. My relationship with my first girlfriend was 12 years ago: we had been dating for one year when she moved to another city, 1,000 kilometres away from my home. As a result of this, I became single and we lost contact.
Nine years later I started dating my second girlfriend, and we’ve now been together for two years. We love and trust each other very  much and the idea of marriage has become a daily issue for both of us.
Strangely, sometimes I think I’ve still got some feelings for my first girlfriend, even though we haven’t had any contact for  a long time.
Is this kind of feeling for one person who doesn’t matter anymore normal, even though I really love my current girlfriend? Why are we always attracted to something that we can’t have?  

Your first love is your first love and will always have a special place in your heart. This is normal, but let’s talk about the most important thing. Marriage. Don’t do it! I don’t really understand why people get married anymore... it’s not even fashionable these days. The money you would spend on a wedding could be much better spent on a lovely holiday or a new car or a new oven... ANYTHING but on a wedding! You don’t need a piece of paper to show you love her.

Dear John,
Last November I was on holiday in New York City. I went there to visit my friend Mike who provided me with hospitality at his apartment in  SoHo.
Before leaving for New York I booked an English course. One morning before going to school a funny thing happened.
I was preparing to go to school but... I couldn’t find my RUBBER. Mike noticed this and he asked me, “What are you looking for?” “I’m looking for my RUBBER,” I said. “Your what?” “My RUBBER!” “Your RUBBER?” “Yes, my rubber, to erase mistakes, you know?” “Dude,” he said, “in American English it means CONDOM!“
We both started laughing.
After that I said, “Can you imagine me telling the teacher, “I’m sorry, I’m late because I was looking for my rubber. I couldn’t find it... what a pity, I only used it twice!!!“

Ironic though, isn’t it? How both rubbers protect you from making embarrassing mistakes ;)

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