Number one for English language teachers

Anecdote: Uncomfortable moment

Type: Anecdote

Whilst teaching English to a small group of foreign businessmen of different nationalities, we began a role play based upon the report we had just seen. The subject concerned smoking - cancer and the resulting lawsuits initiated by those afflicted. Casting the German student in the role of cancer victim and his Dutch classmate as a rich tobacco executive, I sat back to watch the action unfold.

Unfortunately, my grasp of German is minimal, so I had no idea what the word ‘cancer’ is in this language (though it now explains the zodiac a little more). Imagine my horror and surprise when he opened the debate with the line "I've got crabs and it's all your fault!" Falling off my chair in hysterics took some explaining too.

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