tales from the English abyss

One of the things I do in my class is pretty standard; hold up a flash card with the Chinese word for something, then ask a student to give me the English word. Fairly simple, right? So I hold up the flash card for 海滩, which is ‘beach’.

Me: What does this say in English?

Student: I know!!

Me: Yes?

Student: ‘Asscrack.’

Me: …

Student: Ass-crack.

Me: What.

Student: Ass. Crack.

Me: What.

Chinese teacher: *explains something to the student in hasty Chinese*

Student: Oh. Beach. 海滩 means ‘beach’.

Me: ….yes, good job.

Desk, meet forehead.


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