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.