May 30, 2007

ESL Teacher Extraordinare!

Today I taught various Italians the following:

1. What a lug-handled lamp is. Granted, this is random archaeological jargon, but you attempt to explain what a lug handle is to a couple of Italian archaeologists hanging on every word and see how well you do.

2. After learning that Italian children play "C'e lai" (tag, you're it!), I mentioned that we have a game called Marco Polo, played in a pool. I was asked, "Does the next person say, 'Cristoforo... Colombo...'?"

3. As an ever-diligent representative of my culture, I taught the following song to my roommate and his friends after dinner: Beans, beans, they're good for your heart / the more you eat, the more you fart / the more you fart, the better you feel / so why not eat beans for every meal. It went over well in English and, surprisingly, even better in the Italian translation. I also learned the Italian word for fart.

It was a good day. :)


American Nationalist said...

I know an ESL teacher in Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools. He wanted to do Latin, but apparantly kids from Latin America are what he got. Go figure.

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