I've been quite serious lately. Now it's time for some funny stuff. ^^
Some stories I collected, experienced and heard about language learning:
1. I'M SORRY SEVEN!
A Vietnamese guy who knew some English words bumped into an American one. "i'm sorry" he said. "i'm sorry, too" the American replied.
"i'm sorry three" the V said. the A asked "what are you sorry for?". The V answered "i'm sorry five". The A got angry "oh, shit!". "i'm sorry seven!" the V replied. :D
2. THIS JOKE is taken from "American Accent Training" by Ann Cook - a very interesting book I've bought with the determination to train my accent to sound more nativelike :D.
What do you call a person who can speak three languages?
What do you call a person who can speak two languages?
What do you call a person who can only speak one language?
3. ITALIAN SPEAKING ENGLISH
Extremely funny! (minimal pairs including some sensitive words ^^)
4. TEACHER - STUDENT
Teacher: Can you tell me what the plural of "baby" is?
Teacher: George, name two pronouns in English!
George: Who? Me?
Teacher: Excellent! Well-done.
5. THAI PRON
Some Thai people have problems with the sounds "r" and "l". Some may pronounce "r" into "l" and vice versa. For example, when tasting something delicious they often go "AaLooy" instead of "AaRooy" which is the correct one. The same thing happen when they speak English. A classic example of this is: "the American Presidential eLection". Ahem, the "eLection" may be pronounced into...:D
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