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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangYushi View Post
    The 2-week post-orientation honeymoon (adjustment period at the start of the new school year) is over. All the kids in all my main classes got an earful from me in 4 languages today: Buck up now or prepare to explain yourselves to your parents in two weeks when the interim assessments come out.

    Yes, this teacher means business.
    They are only 6 years old. Poor kids.
    什麼是朋友?朋友永遠是在你犯下不可原諒錯誤的時候,仍舊站在你那邊的笨蛋。~ 王亞瑟

    和諧唔係一百個人講同一番話,係一百個人有一百句唔同嘅說話,而又互相尊重 ~ - 葉梓恩

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangYushi View Post
    All the kids in all my main classes got an earful from me in 4 languages today:
    Which 4 languages and why the need for 4 ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkeej View Post
    Which 4 languages and why the need for 4 ???
    Why not 4 languages? Only in America are people so stupid as to know only 1 language.
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    So what if 1000 arrows are targetted at our wuxia hero? LHC's missile breaking stance can deflect thousands of projectiles in 1 stance and send them back to the enemy. The more arrows the better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PJ View Post
    Why not 4 languages? Only in America are people so stupid as to know only 1 language.
    That's what my Sociology professor said. Though he's Caucasian, he seemed more interested in other cultures than his own.
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    There's a running joke about the average American's ignorance of other's languages: When foreigners go to America, Americans expect them to speak English. When Americans go to foreign countries, we still expect them to speak English. I have seen this behavior in action.

    What should have been a 45 minute commute turned out to last 6 hours. Snow. The mid-Atlantic region was just not prepared for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ByTmE View Post
    There's a running joke about the average American's ignorance of other's languages: When foreigners go to America, Americans expect them to speak English. When Americans go to foreign countries, we still expect them to speak English. I have seen this behavior in action.
    Historically, it's not a uniquely American characteristic. Each dominant civilization has imposed a lingua franca upon the lands it dominated. The ancient Romans expected Latin (and/or Greek) to be universal throughout the lands it ruled.

    Technically, the U.S. "rules" nothing except its own national territory and domains under its direct political control, but its cultural hegemony has been so dominant over such a great part of the globe for so long (about a century now) that, rightly or wrongly, its people regard English as the world's unofficial, but practical lingua franca.

    Americans aren't perfect, but sometimes, people take the "ugly American" thing too far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wkeej View Post
    Which 4 languages and why the need for 4 ???
    The kids are multiracial.
    什麼是朋友?朋友永遠是在你犯下不可原諒錯誤的時候,仍舊站在你那邊的笨蛋。~ 王亞瑟

    和諧唔係一百個人講同一番話,係一百個人有一百句唔同嘅說話,而又互相尊重 ~ - 葉梓恩

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    I was reading an article about funny names. One of the names listed is Ima Hogg.

    Why is Ima Hogg funny? Can anyone explain?
    什麼是朋友?朋友永遠是在你犯下不可原諒錯誤的時候,仍舊站在你那邊的笨蛋。~ 王亞瑟

    和諧唔係一百個人講同一番話,係一百個人有一百句唔同嘅說話,而又互相尊重 ~ - 葉梓恩

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidd View Post
    I was reading an article about funny names. One of the names listed is Ima Hogg.

    Why is Ima Hogg funny? Can anyone explain?
    "I'm a hog."


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    Oic.. Thanks Ken. Never thought of that. I just read it as 'ee-ma' hogg.
    什麼是朋友?朋友永遠是在你犯下不可原諒錯誤的時候,仍舊站在你那邊的笨蛋。~ 王亞瑟

    和諧唔係一百個人講同一番話,係一百個人有一百句唔同嘅說話,而又互相尊重 ~ - 葉梓恩

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidd View Post
    Oic.. Thanks Ken. Never thought of that. I just read it as 'ee-ma' hogg.
    How about these favorites?

    Harry Dick (not going to post an illustration of that one, though LuNaR might - don't do it, Lune...I swear I'll ban you if you do!).

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    Praise-God Barebone, who was originally christened Unless-Jesus-Christ-Had-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned Barebone, has a son name Nicholas If-Jesus-Christ-Had-Not-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned Barbon.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Barbon
    什麼是朋友?朋友永遠是在你犯下不可原諒錯誤的時候,仍舊站在你那邊的笨蛋。~ 王亞瑟

    和諧唔係一百個人講同一番話,係一百個人有一百句唔同嘅說話,而又互相尊重 ~ - 葉梓恩

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cheng View Post
    Ben Dover
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    What can I say? I'm still standing! No weapon against me shall prosper! I am more than a conqueror!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cheng View Post
    How about these favorites?

    Harry Dick (not going to post an illustration of that one, though LuNaR might - don't do it, Lune...I swear I'll ban you if you do!).

    Ben Dover
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    Quote Originally Posted by kidd View Post
    The kids are multiracial.
    Even that is the case, there should be a common medium for communications, right? A teacher can't be speaking in four languages on the same thing???

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    I think Yushi explained this before. In Malaysia there are schools that teach Malay, Mandarin and Tamil. Yushi's school teaches all three along with English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cheng View Post
    Harry Dick (not going to post an illustration of that one, though LuNaR might - don't do it, Lune...I swear I'll ban you if you do!).
    Wasn't it already illustrated in the "food" topic with the penis-like dish?
    Quote Originally Posted by CC
    So what if 1000 arrows are targetted at our wuxia hero? LHC's missile breaking stance can deflect thousands of projectiles in 1 stance and send them back to the enemy. The more arrows the better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PJ View Post
    Wasn't it already illustrated in the "food" topic with the penis-like dish?
    Yes, which is why I worry that Lune will post an image of a *real* one...

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    Today was supposed to be the first day of school for me. However, classes have been cancelled due to inclement weather. I'm actually somewhat disappointed.
    I like me.

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    If only I can be smart without trying so hard...

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