Sometimes I think it’s a joke and I laugh, I realize it isn’t and I get sad.

I once had a student ask me the a question.  First, I laughed to myself, then I got really sad because this student has no learning disabilities nor does he speak any other languages, yet he needed help with the following:

 

“How spell ‘in’? It ‘e-n’ or ‘i-n’?”

 

So many things wrong with that sentence…it hurts.

 

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3 thoughts on “Sometimes I think it’s a joke and I laugh, I realize it isn’t and I get sad.

  1. There were times when small words would stump me. Even now having not been around English speakers full time and having not read many books I get tripped up on simple words like “fourth”.
    This is sad though.

  2. Are you teaching in the south? My family moved from NY to Houston when I was 5, and it used to confuse me when people asked things like “Do you have an ink pen?” I asked once, “Don’t all pen’s have ink?” The response was “No, some are stick pins, safety pins, and ink ‘pins’.” That’s when I realized they pronounced “pen” the same as “pin.” It wouldn’t surprise me if they had trouble spelling either word.

  3. I find I have challenges with that word sometimes, too. But then I realize that I can speak in full sentences like “How to spell,” not “How spell.”

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