I'm currently compiling a list of my favourite student mispronunciations. More than just being amusing, they also serve the purpose of learning common mistakes that students make in English which can be invaluable when you're teaching.Some are a little bit rude but as they were innocent mistakes and happen quite frequently, I've included them. I'll update this page regularly as and when I hear more.
"Oscar Wilde is bored in his grave" (buried)
'Is there any desecrated coconut?' (dessicated)
'I've got wind' (overheard while playing weather bingo with 6 year olds)
'I've had many problems with wind' (Note: Wind is the name of a major phone company in Italy)
"Teacher! I love your herrings!" (ear rings)
"My uncle has a big bird on his face" (beard)
"If you go into the forest, you might be attacked by a big beer!" (bear)
"I spend a lot of time in the chicken" (kitchen)
"I've got piles. I will have bigger ones next week" (Pies - she was making meat pies for a special lunch)
Student: Do you like cocaine?"
Me: "err could you repeat that please?"
Student: "Yes, do you like coca... err... cooking"
Child: 'The air conditioning is too cold. I feel like a polar bee!' (bear)
Student: "I am not a grape!" (Rather surprisingly this was meant to be "I don't agree")
"I've got the shits teacher" (sheets)
"I have two chickens. Marco is my favourite chicken because we play football together" (cousins)
An 80 year old man: "Can you explain what 'kinky' means? No scuse me, I mean kick off" (phew! That one could have been awkward)
"I feel such a penis!" (happiness)
'He is my new poo' (I never did work out what this child was trying to say...)
I hope these tickled your funny bone! I'd love to hear your opinions or any snippets
you've overheard in the classroom so feel free to leave comments in the box below.
For more amusing posts, check out Italian vs English: False Friends!