Thursday, October 05, 2006
Save The Wales
Hiroshi is a 66 year-old ex-advertising director. He is probably a millionaire. His English is pretty poor but nevertheless he insists on “free conversation”, ie no text book, just chat. Difficult when he can’t understand a word you’re saying.
Today, in a bid to spice up the lesson, I decided to give him a bit of a UK geography lesson. He seemed unaware of the concept of Britain, and so I crudely drew a map of the British Isles on the whiteboard, dotting in all the borders.
“Where’s this?” I asked him, pointing at England
“England?” he replied
“Good. Where’s this?” I asked, pointing at Scotland
“Good. Where’s this?” I asked, pointing at Wales
“er......” he struggled
“Begins with W” I prompted
“Ah” he said in moment of realisation “West Scotland”