This Will Require A Drumroll

| Japan | Learning | July 18, 2015

(I am teaching English to high-schoolers in Japan. In this exercise, students are asked to talk about their siblings.)

Student: “This is my older brother… he is…” *thinks for a moment* “He is Parkinson’s.”

Me: *taken aback* “What?!”

Student: “You know? Parkinson’s!” *he waves his arms vigorously in the air to either side of him*

Me: “I… I don’t think I follow.”

Student: “He is in band! He plays drum… plays drums! You know! Parkinson’s!”

Me: “Oh. You mean he plays percussion…”

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