What is your favorite written or spoken gaffe made by your students?
“My government spends a lot of money to build pubic transportation.”
–Pubic transportation? Is this yet another euphemism for having a shag?
Last week’s favorite:
“We should take care of our lovers, expecially our fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters.”
—A very close family indeed!
This is not meant to be mean-spirited. I respect anyone trying to learn a foreign language. My students also have a good laugh at their own errors.
Have any of you ever tried to politely preface a question in Mandarin and ended up asking for a make-out session? I once mispronounced “raised bridge” as “orgasm.” Seems I instructed the taxi driver to take the orgasmic route.