2010年12月9日木曜日

memorable quotes

30 something mums at cooking class yesterday on seeing a whole chicken for the first time and being asked to drain it:
"Ooh look! It's weeing!"

60 something neighbour on meeting me and the new foreign wife in the neighbourhood together (to her friend) "Yes! There's two of them living in our area now!" (I sooooo wanted to reply all innocent and wide-eyed "two beautiful young women?")

Meg randomly in the car "You're very useful mummy. Especially in the mornings. You do lots of things to help us get ready. I think you're a very useful person."

Amy on me refusing to buy her some random piece of plastic junk she found in a toy catalogue: "I know you always say you don't have enough money to buy things but if you ask daddy really nicely maybe he could share some of his money and then you could by me lots of toys!"

9 year old student on me not using the cheat sheet of words when playing boggle "that's not fair! You didn't use the sheet!" "I don't need to use the sheet, I know the words." His 7 year old brother "She's really old. She's been learning English a lot longer than us."

4 year old student on his way out the door as my next class came in: "Heather-sensei, ganbatte kudasai ne!" Kind of like "do your best", or "you can do it". It was just soooo sweet I smiled through the whole next class!

And finally Meg tonight after getting home to heavy snow, dark and frigid cold. Amy and I raced from the car to the house. Meg?

"How long do you have to stand still before you turn into a snowman?"

6 件のコメント:

Vicky さんのコメント...

Funny! I love the things your kids say. They will grow up to be lawyers. Well, Amy will... They are both BRIGHT girls!

I had two good student ones this week.

One, I was doing "Where's the ...." with first and one second grader. We sent one kid out at a time and took turns hiding a strawberry, then brought the seeker in, and said "hot, warm, cool, cold" to indicate how near they were to the strawberry. The second grader is quite sharp and he went last, so I put the strawberry in my pocket so each time he got near me the kids would be screaming "HOT HOT!" then he'd stay still and I'd sidle away so they'd go through the "WARM, COOL, COLD!!!!" thing.

He twigged that I was holding the strawberry but couldn't see it. One of the girls got impatient and yelled in Japanese "Pokkon to shiteiru tokoro da yo!" (It's sticking out!!) and he made an instant grab for my fat stomach. Sigh.... Truth is painful.

The other one was from a first grader yesterday. I don't usually use Japanese in class with them but one of the boys chucked a load of glitter and sequins (yes, it's Christmas) at another one which was messy and dangerous so I told him off in Japanese. When he'd apologised and cleared up, I let them get on with quietly decorating their craft. I was sat to one side when a little girl said to her friend "Vicky sensei is really good isn't she?" (Little glow....) "She's learned Japanese really fast. She was useless a few weeks ago."

Sigh

gaijinwife さんのコメント...

god your kids say the best things. I had a five year old say, after I had said that no but sadly I didn't turn into Santa, 'but you tummy's big enough'. Well actually it was more like おなかが大きいからサンタさんになれるんじゃねえええええ

Nice that there are now two of you in the area. I wish iI had another one down here a bit closer by.

Enjoying that snow are you :)

gaijinwife さんのコメント...

Oh Vicky - I jest read to the end of your comment. Fabulous. Congratulations on perfecting your Japanese in just two short weeks :)

Lulu さんのコメント...

They are all brilliant!

My favourite was the "get daddy to share his money" one... Classic!

achan さんのコメント...

'How long would you have to stand theer to become a snowman?" I'd like to no the answer too!!

Our classic this week was pulling up next to a very long double carriage Arnotts semi trailer at the traffic lights. I mentioned that the truck had biscuits on it. Miss Sunshine pipes up with "gee biscuits are really long in Australia" we both laughed all the way home!

My mum kept a notebook with all the funnies that my neice said, she's hoping to embarrass her one day!!

thefukases さんのコメント...

Ohhh Vicky and GW you guys are strong!! Those kind of comments really get to me! I think I wrote about it but I was racing Amy to class to a chorus of 'wow, Amy's mum is fast!!' and feeling all chuffed (because I need validation from 5 year olds...) then running back from seeing her off (encore performance) I got a 'whoaa her butt is big- and it wobbles!!' mortified!!!

Lulu- the stupid thing is we have joint finances. It'S just that it's a lot easier to get daddy to get his wallet out than me so they're convinced daddy is the go to guy for money!

Achan- I love it!! Bet your kids will be heading for the bikkie aisle next time you go to the supermarket!