Wednesday, October 05, 2005

They make me happy

One of my students surprised me yesterday, several times. His English isn't that great. Like most of my students his grammar is pretty awful, and he has trouble putting a sentence together. However, he knows a few juicy phrases. I don't know where he gets them from, but he has learned them by heart and takes every opportunity to use them. It takes me aback every time, because the phrases are so perfect, and yet so ... wrong.

He told me that he was taking French as well as English, and I asked him how he was getting on with the pronunciation. He looked pleased, and replied,

"I'm afraid that it's totally beyond my powers of comprehension."

The whole class gasped with admiration.

He came out with several of these during the class, but I forgot to take notes. I'm starting to be wary when he gets that pleased look. It always means he's about to say something staggeringly literate. Nobody will understand him except me, and I won't know how to respond.


Another student wrote about taking driving lessons over the summer. She wrote,

My counselor, Mr Hashimoto, was very interesting person and I could enjoy driving. First, I put my foot down hard. Mr Hashimoto's face was blue and he said, "You are tremendously scary person." But finally, I could get driver's license and I drive very well now.


Lisa said...

I too am a tremendously scary person when i drive!

Ms Vile File said...

There is something quite pefect about that paragraph that makes me think that student should write a novel. It would probably win the Booker prize.

She Weevil said...

thanks for the imperfect perfection and a belly laugh this morning. You should be on the National Health.

Wiccachicky said...

I had a guy like that in one of my classes last year. It took me a few weeks to figure out how to regulate him.

Pkchukiss said...

I really share your feelings about these kind of "universal" sentences. Some of the guys in my platoon do their utmost to annoy by winning all kinds of arguments just by asking, "So, what is your point?"