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Teaching North American Slang?
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shenyanggerry



Joined: 02 Nov 2003
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Location: Canada

PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2003 3:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did teach a class on the words they WILL NOT use - based on the famous seven words. I told them what they mean and how they were usually used. I explained that they knew bad words in Chinese even if they never used them.

They need to know the what is unacceptable in English and they will hear the words - in movies if nowhere else. The emotional baggage of obscenity is learned in childhood. No L2 English speaker will understand the emotional difference between 'f*ck' and 'making love'. It's easier to say if you NEVER use 'f*ck', you'll never go wrong.
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sprightly



Joined: 07 May 2003
Posts: 120
Location: England

PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2004 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

haha sherri... my first year in korea, we used to go to a restaurant called, "oh my God! (mexican food) "

which was exactly what the local expat crowd would say whenever they ate there. (sadly, the shop was killed by the price of cheddar and tequila.)

i rarely teach taboo words unless they come up. i also don't teach slang-of the moment, because it changes so fast--sometimes i don't even know what it is.
i do teach idiomatic phrasal verbs; i think those are used and manipulated so often in english, but are not logical.
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Capergirl



Joined: 02 Feb 2003
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Location: Nova Scotia, Canada

PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2004 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sprightly, what part of Eastern Canada are you in? Smile
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