Tuesday, 8 November 2011

pronunciation - karma

The other day I came across this and had a bit of chuckle. I admire her spirit...she's probably never had an English lesson but as struggling almost monolingual tried to avoid smug feelings....  but nonetheless it is quite funny.

Yesterday one of the students came to class with a bottle of coke.  I don't mind if they eat their breakfast in the first few mins of class  - most of them eat at home but the ones living alone tend to   buy breakfast at a convenience store on the way to uni.  I draw the line at coke - it has to be something nutritious.  I said to the student in question.... "next week, if you need to eat, please come with onigiri instead.  (onigiri being a rice ball).  He looked at me with more than a bit of surprise...with  my Anglicised pronunciation.... he heard "Please come with geri instead"   geri = diahorrea.....


Theresa said...

What's so funny about this video is how confident she is.
Tonight the MIL called out of the blue and I was right in the middle of something and my brains weren't calibrated for Japanese so I stuttered and sounded moronic -- it was embarrassing, my version of Kan Lee.
When I used to teach English I tried not to say "I'll show you" because everybody heard "shoyu" and wondered what I was saying about soy sauce.

Cecilia said...

That's like my classmate from Ohayo oops Ohio.