Wednesday, January 15, 2020

How Do You Say...?


Seventh grade world history, first period. They were starting their unit on Asia, so they had a map to work on. They were to identify the countries, cities, rivers, oceans, and features listed on the map.

Sometimes I forget how young they are and how much they don't know.

"Wait. Russia is in Asia...?"

"Is that where Indians come from?"

"Why do so many countries have -stan in their name?"

I spent several minutes trying to get a kid to stop saying "boo-dee-ism" for Buddhism. (This was the same child that wouldn't show me his paper. It was on his desk until I went over to talk to him. Then it vanished from his desk. He swore that he had done quite a bit of work, but he wouldn't allow me to see it.)

But the most repeated question was "how do you say...?" I was called to several desks and asked how various countries' names were pronounced. Pakistan. Turkmenistan. Uzbekistan. Etc.

If I had been covering more than one period of this (the teacher returned later that day), I would have taken the time with each class to read through all the names. Although, maybe not. There were a couple Chinese cities that I wasn't sure how to pronounce. (I'm so glad they didn't ask me those.)

10 comments:

  1. I remember doing similar assignments when I was in school. At least the kids were trying to learn for the most part how to say the countries correctly. I agree, I'm sure some of those Chinese names would have been tongue twisters indeed!

    betty

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  2. I'm curious why he didn't want you to see his paper.

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    1. Because there was nothing on it. It was more than halfway through the period, and he claimed to have been working. I go to check, and suddenly his paper is nowhere to be found? He didn't want me catching his lie.

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  3. It's not just the names that show how young..."I'll hide the paper so she doesn't know I haven't done anything" forgetting that the only reason someone would hide their paper would be because they hadn't done anything.

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  4. I'm glad I wasn't there. I'm terrible at knowing how to pronounce things, even after I hear them spoken! I think I laughed the hardest at "Is that where Indians come from?" though.

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  5. Some are a challenge to pronounce. Good thing they weren't doing cities. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch in Wales is fun to figure out!

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  6. I sure hope they learn there history and geography. There so much going on in world

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  7. Hi Liz - at least they were taking some interest ... and one hopes keep an appreciation of the world at large. I agree Chinese would defeat me too ... but Alex's word above - perhaps it's a good thing I live in Eastbourne! Cheers Hilary

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  8. I wonder how much work that kid had really done. LOL

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    1. Until he shows me, I believe he's done nothing.

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