- AG8 - ADVICE
Dix Advice Letters
often see advice columns in magazines. People write in and
ask for help with all kinds of things. Teenagers want help
with romance or skin problems. Adults want help with financial
affairs or with health problems.
often call these kinds of letters 'Dorothy Dixers.'
Dix was one of the pioneers of these kinds of magazine columns.
Her real name was Elizabeth Gilmer, but she used the pen
name (or alias) Dorothy Dix and her columns became very
well known. So today we sometimes still use her pen name
in this context.
at the letter below. What advice would you give this girl?
seriously need your help. A few months ago I met a
boy. We became good friends. We exchanged friendly
emails. He seemed to understand me, so in my emails
I told him about some things that had been bothering
me. I hadn't been able to tell anyone else about them.
I really appreciated having someone to talk to. He
was sweet and understanding.
I found out that he had shown my emails to some of
our friends. I was devastated. I immediately broke
off our friendship.
he wants to be friends again. What should I do?
do you think? What should she do?
Look at the kind of language that we often use when
we give advice.
I were you, I would ..
I think you should ...
I wouldn't ...
You could ...
Why don't you ...
are often used in this context; would, should, could
at the two replies. Which one do you most agree with?
is young. He made a mistake. If I were you,
I'd give him another chance. The fact that he
still wants to be friends suggests that maybe
he knows he has done wrong. Maybe he wants to
should forgive him, but be careful. Make sure
you stay in control of the relationship. He
has to build trust again.
could give him another chance, but I wouldn't.
Once bitten, twice shy. If I were you, I'd be
strong and say, 'No!'
it clear that his behaviour was a betrayal and
that it isn't acceptable.
isn't worth risking your heart and emotions
over. He had his chance and blew it! Forget