Amparo Bertram (spacealien_vamp) wrote,
Amparo Bertram

Out of the pens of babes...

I've been grading several more stacks of papers today. In particular, I graded a short quiz from a chapter on health. The #1 mistake is that students insist on calling the big toe a "finger" or even "thumb." (In Japanese, "toe" and "finger" are the same word.)

Spelling also gets creative. One example is that "foot" was often spelled "hut" because the "f" sound in Japanese is written with the character "hu." The word "knee" was spelled a number of ways, ranging from "nie" to "kenn."

But this one takes the cake. One question instructed the students to look at a picture of a man pressing his hand to his forehead and then answer the question "Are you okay?"

Answer: "I am a hedick."

(She was, of course, trying to say "I have a headache." ...I couldn't stop laughing for a while after reading it.)
Tags: things students say
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