June 2, 2008

Ahh..foreign accents

I have a student whose first language is Russian. When she speaks English, she has the gutteral "h" and everything (which always gives me a giggle whenever she says the word "homework") and substitutes her "w" with a "v". She speaks fluent English which she claims she learned from cartoons, and she has a very curious and amusing personality while also being extremely vain. I completely adore her.


Today I was allowing them to watch a movie, so as I was getting it ready I heard some whispering and snickering behind me. It doesn't bother me when my students talk if I'm just getting ready for the next activity, unless they completely get out of hand. So I didn't think anything of it. Then my little Russian friend (Aziza) tells me to turn around and I see this lying on the floor in front of me:







It looked like a big fuzzy rat. I made an "ugh!" sound which of course made the class laugh, and then they asked Aziza why she has it. This is a phonic transcription:

"Ven I vas talkink vith my grrrendmahther she esk me vhat I vant for my berrrthday and I telled hkher I vant the hkhair clip but she thinked I said HKHAIRY clip."

I was dying.

5 comments:

dana said...

Please tell me you tried it on.....

The Hyer Family said...

I almost couldn't understand the translation!

Jana said...

You'd look Mahvelous in that!
(Hilarious that she brought it to class and left it for you as a love offering.)

curg said...

i have a bulgarian friend named vania vassileva -- go ahead say it, it's fun -- who talks with a very similar accent. i especially like the rolling r's. i still don't get how grandma decided THAT was a "hairy clip". crazy russians.

Valerie Nicol Bunker said...

Um, if she's not going to use it...

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