Saturday, August 23, 2008

I like to juggle

Today is the second day back at work. It was a long day, but I feel better. I still sound like a frog, but I've got my wits about me and my head no longer feels like it's in a bubble.

Today made me laugh. It was a series of things that tested my maturity and of course, I failed miserably.

The sentence pattern for my K10 class was:

What does the blank know how to do?
The blank knows how to blah, blah, blah.

What can the blank do?
The blank can blah, blah, blah.

All was well and good until we came to the clown.

Teacher: What does the clown know how to do?
Students: The clown knows how to juggle balls.
Teacher: *giggles* No, no the clown knows how to juggle.
Teacher: What can the clown do?
Students: The clown can juggle balls.
Teacher: *giggles* The clown can juggle. No balls *giggles again*
Students: TEAcher, WHATa?!
Teacher: What does the clown know how to do?

Etc, etc until the whole class understands that the clown does not juggle balls. Even though he does, but you can't tell 10-year-olds that balls are slang for testicles because I don't know how to say testicles in Mandarin. And while I am willing to attempt to draw lopsided pictures of a lot of vocabulary in the course of an EFL class, drawing testicles for 10-year-olds will not be one of those things

5 comments:

Todd said...

I don't see a problem with drawing testicles on the board and labeling the "balls." The more lopsided, the better.

Jason said...

heh, heh, you said, "balls," heh, heh.

otis said...

this type of thing will happen a lot :)

Jiba dan= Testicles
I think you can use treasures (bao) or balls (qiu) to be more euphemistic. I'm not sure how much slang changes accross the streight.

Alliya said...

Todd - glad to see you finally caved and came to the google dark side. Hmmm, gives a whole new perspective on including realia in the classroom.

Jason - This really makes me miss sitting on the couch drinking beers with you.

Otis - Thank you. I'll add testicles to the seven Chinese words I already know. My conversation skills are improving by the day, haha.

Nathalie said...

Just spent the afternoon in the sunny Glen Park talking about you, we miss you !

And balls is "couilles" in french, you never know, that might help you one day ... (As for me, I was totally aware of the true meaning of Juggling balls at 10 !)