Conversation with an EFL Student … English minimal pairs

Student: Pardon me for just one minute, Daniel. I’m going to take a shit… (searches for word)

Me: (Incredulous laughter.)

Student: From the printer. (Exit.)

Me: (Incredulous laughter.)

Student: (Enter, paper in hand.) Pardon me, Daniel. Please, let me rephrase that previous sentence. I meant that I needed to go and catch this shit from the printer.

Me: We’ll talk about the verb “catch” later. First, say sheeeeet.

Student: Shiiiiit.

Me: Sheeeeet.

Student: Shiiiiit.

Me: Sheeeeet

Student: Shiiiiit.

Me: Maybe you should just call it a piece of paper.


See also: Don’t Shoot the Translator!


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