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Anecdote: An outing

Type: Anecdote

Station names cause confusion for John Byrne's students.

I teach in an English School in Hanwell, West London and took a group of TEFL students to Oxford a couple of weeks ago.

They all loved the city and really enjoyed Christchurch College, although most only knew that the dining room was used in scenes for the Harry Potter movies. After visiting the College a group of us had our picnic lunches and then strolled to the river, where a student, upon seeing a pair of swans, commented loudly, 'This is very big ducks.'

Later, on the way back to London, the train stopped at a station and a student called out, 'What station is this?'

There was a short pause whilst several students tried to read the station name and one leaned towards a the window and replied, 'Waiting Room.'

There was silence for a few seconds and then most of the 'stiff upper lipped' English commuters who were sharing the carriage with us burst into laughter.

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