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A most hilarious video!

Views: 207

Location: Sao Paulo

Comment by Ellen Pham on April 28, 2009 at 8:52pm
Whoa- EFL teachers gettin' rowdy! :D The selections are a little tamer, but we have some funny commercials in a blog post of David's, here.
Comment by Eduardo Rossato on April 28, 2009 at 10:44pm
The reason I find this video interesting and relevant is that in non-speaking countries people tend to sing songs without the slightest idea of what the words mean. The other day, I saw a most respectable old lady wearing a t-shirt which boasted the following sentence: I am a wanker, and proud of it! Needless to say, she had no clue of what those words meant.

Comment by Ellen Pham on April 29, 2009 at 12:17am
Having a Vietnamese husband, I have a few experiences with that... the most memorable being the time I was determined to find out what a certain phrase meant, and took the opportunity of a dinner party with 5 other couples to do it. My pronunciation was so bad that it took me repeating it about 5 times before a gleam of recognition came over a young man's face, and he said to my husband, in English, You don't! Well, I turned to said husband and said, You better tell me, now!

It meant 'pussy-face'. Shit. I held my head high, it didn't reflect on me! And you know what? He has never used that phrase since... about 25 years now... I won :D
Comment by Victoria Bolton on February 29, 2012 at 11:59am

Although I realize that vernacular English is vulgar, crude, and universal, I could not show this video in my classroom. I'd get fired. Period.

Comment by ddeubel on February 29, 2012 at 3:00pm

Yep, so true Victoria.  It's something we all have to do - have our filter up and make sure it is appropriate for the culture/environment in which we are teaching. Gets easier with experience and begins to work unconsciously. 

I tell the pre service teachers I teach, this is something they should consciously ask themselves always - after awhile it will become second nature.But you'd be surprised how many new teachers do get into hot water based on what materials they use in class. 

This commercial could be used to highlight some language points (and laugh) but only in the right classroom/course.

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