Conversation in the Language School

Nothing’s more irritating than somebody who doesn’t speak English trying to teach me English.

Student A: I’m studying a Master’s degree in VAWlin.

Me: In what?

Student A: A Master’s degree.

Me: Yes. A Master’s degree in what?

Student A: [Making a violin-type gesture] VAWlin.

Student B: I think he’s trying to say violin.

Me: Oh, yeah. Violin. Listen to the pronunciation. What’s the strong syllable in violin?

Everybody but Student A: The last one.

Student A: But I’ve seen videos of American people. They say VAWlin.

Me: No they don’t. Unless they’re mentally retarded.




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