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Okay, so, after lobbying to be allowed to teach a Christmas song to my fourth graders, we finally settled for teaching a song but not testing on it.

We went with "Deck the halls," because it's more in the spirit of the season than the holy spirit...

Anyway... I have now discovered that 90% of my students can't say the word "Deck".

Most of them, thankfully, say "Duck" instead, which I can work with.

But around 25% seem to be running with "Dick the ho's with boos of hoary."

Dammit.

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Date: 2010-12-03 11:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sigrundora.livejournal.com
ROFL!!!

I tried teaching American high school students "Hin gömlu kynni" cause I knew it in English and it didn't have a lot of the Icelandic 'r'

Little did I know that the 'll' was far far more troublesome than the 'r' :D

Hín gomlú kinni glæmast æ
en glóah vín á schkál....
...me gúl í múnd...

I had no idea what they were singing :D

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Date: 2010-12-03 12:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarka.livejournal.com
Oh god, trying to teach foreigners to say "Skál" is impossible. And yeah, the double L - which tended to have my Icelandic students in the Czech Republic all "fuck, where did the D come from?"

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Date: 2010-12-03 01:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jazzqueen.livejournal.com
And what about "au"? You go all "um, yes, that's actually exactly how you're supposed to pronounce 'á', but 'au' is more like, um... well it's... um."
And the poor fools end up talking about Brædholtsbrát and Hringbrát :D

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Date: 2010-12-03 09:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarahblack.livejournal.com
Oh dear... That's unfortunate. Teehee!

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Date: 2010-12-03 12:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] msdillydally.livejournal.com
Hahahaha, that's equal meassures awkward and hilarious :D

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Date: 2010-12-03 05:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rosestoo.livejournal.com
XD Oh god. Well... at least its amusing when you aren't trying to correct pronunciation.

I hope you are having a fantastic time over there either way! I've been drowning too much to harass you and make sure things are all going well.

(also, the conversation about trying to teach American Highschool students Icelandic songs---Yeah... Kurt and I still pronounce the volcano as "I forgot my yogurt". I might find Icelandic words and sagas etc. fascinating but its not a well kept secret that my pronunciation is balls on even the simplest of things)

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Date: 2010-12-03 06:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] salixbabylon.livejournal.com
OMG - i needed that laugh this morning. Thank you. :)

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Date: 2010-12-03 09:11 pm (UTC)

amusing anecdote sparks a question

Date: 2010-12-03 10:35 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
where are you teaching?

i get that it's a non-native-speaking english area

but where?

also why would they have problems you teaching them a christmas song?
what's wrong with christmas songs?
From: (Anonymous)
let's hope there's no English speakers where the kids will be singing that or i bet it will get very, very awkward.

on a computer screen however, it is highly amusing to read to oneself

but sorry to hear that it's frustrating,

good luck on them achieving the right pronunciation

I am amazed

Date: 2010-12-07 05:59 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
How has no one pointed out this link to you yet?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTq20prt0K8

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