Their Language Skills Will Periodically Surprise You

| Vancouver, BC, Canada | Learning | February 2, 2017

(I teach at a school for English as a second language. My class is the advanced level, but obviously many of the learners are not so proficient. One day, one of my students is absent, and a different young woman who I know is friends with her comes to find me at the break.)

Student: “Um, teacher? [Absent Student] says, tell you she is sick today.”

Me: “Well, I hope she’s all right.”

Student: “Oh, yes, not a big problem. She has… um… woman month pain?”

Me: “Uh. Yes, I see. Thank you for letting me know.”

(Proof that clear communication is possible even with a limited vocabulary!)

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