Tuesday, May 1, 2012

amusing things from the world of language learning

My Brazilian student, who can't understand why no one understands her, informed me the other day that she loves drinking cock. She drinks cock all the time.

I hurrried to correct her, and retold the story yesterday, when I as bravely teaching them the words for genitals.

Backstory: one is a young Spanish guy who likes hunting. I'm trying to stop him saying Hhhhhello! like Inigo Montoya, and I told him he sounds like a Romantic Spanish Man when he does. Especially when he keeps telling us he sings flamenco all the time. And he's very tactile. Thankfully, he has a good sense of humour, and we've started a running 'Hhhello! joke.

As soon as I mentioned the 'drinking cock' story, he laughed and suggested using it as a chat up line in a nightclub, following up with a delighted, HHELLO!

Fantastic. I hope noone was listening at the door...

Another teacher then reported an ex Japanese student of mine, whose pronunciation isn't so hot, saying 'copulation' instead of cooperation. And the whole class jumping in to help her get it right. Then later she talked about a Japanese masturbation charity and they all rushed to stop her, until it turned out that she really did mean masturbation volunteers- they're called White Hands, for their latex gloves, and they perform the very worthy service of helping out disabled with hand jobs. More power to them, I think this is really excellent, and honest, and ... right.