French Kids Say The Darndest Things

When you're learning a new language, you're bound to make mistakes - especially silly and even embarrassing mistakes. Whether it be using the wrong grammar, vocabulary word or even pronunciation, it can completely change what you mean to say. Sometimes it can be really bad, but sometimes it's just plain funny. I've found that geography words and names have proven to be a little sticky for my French high schoolers. Here's a few examples over the last few months:

Me: Which U.S. state is President Obama from? (no response) Me: It begins with an H and there are islands. Student: Haiti?

Me: Can you name some other cities in California (besides San Francisco)? Student: San Diego, Los Angeles, Sacramento... Another student: Chicago? Third student: New Jersey?

Me: Can you name the largest state in the U.S.? Student: Canada?

Only time will tell on the last one...