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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Pardon???

Last week, a 4th grade beginner ESL student, a Japanese girl me :
"Um.... Ms. D, what is rokaa-ru go-baa mentoo?"
"Excuse me, what??" I say as I go over to her. She is reading from her social studies text.
"What is this Ms.D? Ro...kaa-ru.... Go-baa.....mentoo?" She reads slowly this time, hoping it will help me understand.

You wanna know what the word was??


really??


Ok... if you do, then read on, but do stop by to comment and congratulate me on NOT laughing out loud but controlling myself (very hard for me) and helping this girl pronounce it right.

The word??

LOCAL GOVERNMENT
RO-KA-RU GO-BAA-MEN-TOO

6 comments:

  1. What the heck?! That is exremely hilarious. I just came across your blog, and I really enjoy reading about your teaching moments. I run an ESL and Literacy Program in Southeastern North Carolina.

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  2. That sounds more like Bengalooru English rather than Japanese. LOL

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  3. Except for the "R" and "L" thing :-)

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  4. Loved it and how appropriate. Even the young know not to trust the words. Hehe.

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  5. And yes, congratulations for not laughing! I wouldn't have been able to contain the mirth.

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