Recently at my school, we had the rather tedious task of teaching the second graders (13 year olds) tag questions. After wowing them with such fascinating examples as,
You are from Japan, aren’t you?
You can play baseball, can’t you?
they seemed ready to have a go themselves. So, on the board we wrote,
You _______ her, don’t you?
The usual eager students (3 of them) put their hands up, and the chosen one confidently shouted out his answer, adding extra emphasis to the missing word.
You DO her, don’t you?
Sadly, in a class full of schoolboys (and schoolgirls), it was left to the 34 year old English teacher to laugh furtively. A great opportunity missed.
You would have found it funnier if you’d been there, wouldn’t you?
No, it’s pretty funny even if you weren’t there.
This is really really fun. Just as funny as the Japanese pronounciation for professional cooks (people who cook). They call them ‘kok-k-san’ that souunds “Mr. Cock”.
Yeah, no matter how many times I hear kokku-san, it always manages to raise a smile.
hilarious.. wish i had been there.. haha!