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167667 Ana Bolena : but, regarding smartphones, allowing them to keep their mobiles with them in the table, works. Since they have the smartphones there, they don't use them
167668 Ana Bolena : Oh yes, absolutely
167669 Ric : only sometimes?
167670 Ana Bolena : I was very worried about that
167671 Ric : 1 out of 10 has an fairly good command of the language
167672 Ana Bolena : and that's the reason why I first came here
167673 Ric : the other 9 just manage to get by
167674 Ana Bolena : it depends on the level you are teaching
167675 super : I used to give private classes for failing students. The first thing I would say is from now on you must behave perfectly in class. The second thing was don't tell them you have a private teacher.
167676 Ana Bolena : yeah, yeah
167677 Ana Bolena : absolutely!
167678 super : It is probably enchufismo. People get a job because of who they know.
167679 Ana Bolena : I gave some of my students a modals chart and the teacher saw it and said: oh Celia, this chart is pretty good, where did you get it?
167680 Ana Bolena : Celia's answer: my academy teacher gave it to me. She is great, I understand everything she explains but I don't understand you at all
167681 Ric : I used to proofread my friend's son essays and compositions for his English class and it used to be a battlefield between me and his teacher
167682 super : For table the say TAB LAY not TAY BULL
167683 Ric : he marked down a lot words and set phrases just because he had never heard them lol
167684 Ana Bolena : yes, Ric, it happens to me too
167685 Ric : he didn't even care to check
167686 Ana Bolena : one of my students had to write a dialogue once and they had to use informal English. I told her to use "go nuts"
167687 super : It is a delicate issue. The answer is not to make the teacher hate the student because they are a "clever clogs"
167688 Ana Bolena : and the teacher said "las nueces qué pintan"?
167690 Ana Bolena : a 9 year old kid brought me an essay
167691 super : Some translations of films have many mistakes in the subtitles and books have many errors too.
167692 Ana Bolena : she was describing something, a landscape I think
167693 Ana Bolena : and there weren't commas. I asked her why she hadn't used commas and she said the teacher said there are no commas in English
167695 Ana Bolena : I thought: ok, she must have missunderstood something
167696 Ana Bolena : and she gave me her notebook and there was a "No usamos comas en inglés" note
167697 Ric : didn't you write her note asking her to please step down and let her position to somebody else better qualified?
167698 Ana Bolena : No way
167699 Ana Bolena : English teachers in Primary school must have a B2 level
167700 Ana Bolena : but the B2 level is from the University not from Cambridge or so
167701 Ana Bolena : so, imagine
167702 super : Correct me if I am wrong but I was told it is not possible to advertise for a "native speaker teacher" for a job in Spain.
167703 Ana Bolena : why not?
167704 Ric : of course you can
167705 Ana Bolena : Ric, once a student told me: can you give me a "shuringan"?
167706 super : Maybe it is not true
167707 Ana Bolena : what do you think was a shuringan?
167708 Ana Bolena : what do you think "a shuringan" was?
167710 Ric : that comes from non native speaking English teachers moaning about being left aside
167711 Ana Bolena : ah yes
167712 Ana Bolena : I think it is in fact related to just native English speakers teaching without being actually teachers
167713 super : What is it? A type of Japanese steamed fishcake.
167714 Ana Bolena : no, a chewing gum
167715 Ric : Yes, that's it
167716 Ana Bolena : mm chewing gum in English is uncountable?
167717 Ana Bolena : some chewing gum
167718 Ric : uncountable yes
167719 Ric : a stick of chewing gum
167720 Ana Bolena : yep, like Ice creams
167721 Ric : or bubble gum
167722 Ana Bolena : *ice cream
167723 Ana Bolena : shuringan xD
167724 bob : ice cream?
167725 Ric : ice cream is both countable and uncountable
167726 bob : in a cone is countable
167727 Ric : you can say "Can I have an ice cream"?
167728 Ana Bolena : yes, but when they study that word, is uncountable for them
167729 Ana Bolena : I had to check it a few months ago
167730 Ric : see, bobz is well-versed in his native language
167731 Ric : there are some words countable or uncountable depending on how you use them
167732 Ana Bolena : I feel bad sometimes because I think maybe my English level is not good enough
167733 Ric : some coffee or two coffees
167734 super : I come from Birmingham in the UK. Spanish people always say Bir nin han. So if you ask me where I am from I say Bir Nin Han it is just easier. It should be pronounced BURR MING HUM
167735 bob : believe me......i wouldn't be able to tell that you were not a native speaker
167736 Ric : why don't you just tell them you're a brummie
167737 super : Good idea.
167738 Ana Bolena : because a "brummie" for a Spanish speakes would sound like he is a "brownie" or something like that
167739 Ana Bolena : thanks bob
167740 Ana Bolena : it means a lot
167741 super : With a Birmingham accent it would be. BRUMM EYE
167742 Ric : funny I've never met anybody from Birmingham
167743 Ric : literally from else where in the UK but not from there
167744 super : I best Jugador has a good Geordie accent.
167745 super : *bet
167746 Ric : he does have one
167747 Ana Bolena : Jugador recorded a listening for my students hahaha
167748 Ric : but he tries to hide it when he has to talk to any of us
167749 super : People from Birmingham don't usually leave.
167750 Ana Bolena : well, he likes talking to me that way
167751 Ana Bolena : so I don't get a word ¬¬
167752 super : Ozzy Osbourne is a Brummie.
167753 Ric : the only English accent that sends me right up the wall is the liverpudlian
167754 Ric : the first time I heard somebody from there speak I though he was german
167756 super : I like Liverpudlian
167757 bob : one advantage of British television is that you get to hear al the various accents
167758 super : The only accent I don't like much is London.
167759 Ana Bolena : Liverpudlian is like murciano for us
167760 Ric : my boyfriend still have a trace of london accent
167761 super : One of the strogest possible accents is some parts of New Zealand.
167762 super : *strongest
167765 Ric : he still says "nofin" instead of "nothing"
167766 Ric : it's so funny
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