Some girl I’ve never seen

Ukrainian, as it happens, not that it matters.

My student: “Can you draw me a picture? Make it really nice?”
Me: Sure. What?
“I dunno. This girl.” *shows a picture of her class, points out a classmate*
…uh ok. Got any pens?
“This felt-tip. And glittery pens!”
I’ll see what I can do. *scribbles rapidly*
“Also there’s a table and she’s playing ping-pong!”
…a bit late for that. I’ll finish this one and draw a second picture with ping-pong table, OK?
Well let me finish this one, it’ll only take a minute. What I can I put in her hand…
“AAAAAH why did you put an axe in her hand why is there blood”
Well because I’m going to draw another one.
“NO no more pictures. How am I going to give this to her now?”
What…? Look let me draw that one you wanted with ping-pong –


So I scribbled a little note on the picture and told her to tell her friend that her English teacher was slightly crazy, and surely her friend would be ok with it. I suppose I’ll find out how that went in the new year.


Educational Materials

An image I have sketched for numerous classes for a pronunciation exercise:


The woman above is (to judge by the act she is performing on a cow) a doctor to livestock. The veil indicates recent bereavement. For reasons beyond the scope of this discussion, she is riding on the back of a cetacean, and thus is a long way from dry.

Thus we have a vet in a veil getting wet on a whale.

If you’re a native English speaker, this is not a difficult phrase. For Eastern Europeans, on the other hand…