I generally try not to speak Japanese around the students, and prefer they not know how much I may or may not understand. It was tested today though, when I was chatting in the hallway with some students.
One girl pointed at herself and said “神!” and pointed at her friend and said “ゴミ!” The second girl then punched the first. She had it coming though–kami essentially means God, and gomi essentially means garbage. I couldn’t help laughing!
Later though, my supposed lack of Japanese came in pretty handy…
Student: “Alice-sensei, お酒を飲みますか?”
Me: Uh…is this kid asking if I’ve been drinking? I not hungover or anything! No, he’s probably just being a twit…“No Japanese! I don’t speak Japanese!”
Student: “Alcohol! Alcohol…飲みますか?”
Me: “Sorry, I don’t understand!”
Then I taught his friends how to say “Crazy boy!” in English. It was a good day!
Anyone have any fun teacher moments? I love those times when I look at a student and can’t believe what just came out of their mouth!