When English Fails You

| Melbourne, VIC, Australia | Learning | September 17, 2016

(I am a substitute teacher looking after a year-six class, all 12 years old. I am from England.)

Student: “Miss, what language do you speak in England?”

Me: “We… We speak English.

Student: “Oh, so you got your language from Australia, then?”

Me: “Uh, no. England is the origin of English. That’s why it is called English…”

(I go on to explain history in a maths lesson. Some things are more important than lesson plans!)

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