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Monday, January 29, 2007

Lost in Translation

Teacher: "You're crazy"
Students: "Ah-hahhaha!"

"Crazy" directly translates to "mentally deranged" or "psychopathic" in Hangul. But it's part of my vocabulary. I often say, "that's crazy," as a synonym for "unusual," "strange" or "silly." I never consciously apply it to be funny, but it's like laughing gas in the classroom.

I suppose a native English speaker calling people and things "psychopathic" could get a laugh.

The boys are especially fascinated by the word. Here's a story written by Bill and Perry:

One day a CRAZY man went to the mad hospital. The doctor was an alien and the nurse was a predator. It was a cloudy, rainy, scary day and the crazy man, who had a crazy girlfriend, wanted medicine. The alien-doctor was kind but the nurse predator was hungry. MMM. The nurse ate the girlfriend! Crazy man was very angry...

Point made.

4 comments:

Josh said...

You look like such a fun teacher.

Eva Karrin McKinnon said...

Thanks ; )

Sam said...

alien doctors and predator nurses? what are you teaching those kids Eva? hahaha

great blog by the way!!

Eva Karrin McKinnon said...

Hey Sam,

hahahha... I only teach them things they'll need to know in the real world.

Send me the link to your blog, will ya?