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What Did They Say!?


Oh my goodness! One of the perks of my job is that I get to be part of or at least listen in to these precious conversations. Here is my funniest one to date. . . .
Let me set the scene for you:
First Grade. We are out at recess one little guy is following me around chattering away.
My classroom is nearly 50% ELL. This little guy speaks with some broken English, a little bit of an accent, and probably that subtle speech impediment that nearly ALL primary kids have.

So were walking around the playground.

Boy: Guess what I got. My cousin gave me a KEE NEE.
Me: (Racking my brain, trying to figure out what a KEE NEE is) Oh, that sounds exciting.
Boy: (Nods his head in agreement) Yes. I got one and my cousin have one too. I don't like it.
Me: (Now having determined that he is talking about ZUCCHINI

Me: Oh, it's delicious. You'll like it.
Boy: (Looks at me incredulously).
Me: (Now trying to encourage him to try this new food). Oh, it's so good! You can fry it. . . Mmmmm!
Boy: (Now looking at me as though I have grown another head). We're not going to EAT it!
Me: (Trying again to encourage him to try this food) Oh, but it's so good. You can cut it up and dip it in ranch dip. Yum!
Boy: (Looks a little disgusted)

He continues following me around. After a bit, he begins talking about the KEE NEE again.
Boy: It's black.
Me: (Aha! I think. . .not zucchini.. . .must be EGGPLANT. . .so I ask him:)
Me: (Trying to confirm that I am correct) What does it look like?
Boy: It has fur.

Me: (FUR? FUR? WAIT A MINUTE!!!!) Are you talking about a

Oh my goodness! I couldn't believe it! No WONDER he looked at me as if I'd just sprouted another head!
I had just told him to
FRY his pet guinea pig!!

No-- that wasn't good enough. . .
He should CUT IT UP and dip it in ranch!

This HAS GOT to be the funniest moment in my teaching career! What made it even better is a few days later, I walked into my room & found that one of my wonderful teamies had plastered my room with pictures of guinea pigs. Guinea pigs with speech bubbles. . . . . .

"Eat more chicken!"
"Got ranch?"
"We want to live!"

What a great way to start the day. I kept the guinea pigs up for days. Loved it!

I'm linking up with A Turn to Learn's fantastic linky, What Did They Say?
Make sure you check out the things kids say in other classrooms. Better yet, link up one of your stories!


  1. Oh my gosh, I just burst out laughing eating my breakfast! I can only imagine the look on that child's face when you say to fry it! It really makes me wishing would remember to think twice before I respond!!!!

    Thanks for linking up!

  2. Hahaha that is hilarious! What a great story!

  3. Too funny! I'm sure that he was thinking, "I don't want her to get around my kee nee." The other day I was working with a small group stretching out CVC words. We had written several and the current one was /cap/. I said, "Oh I know what we can write, let's write yo yo yo rap." I said it while doing my best gangsta interpretation. One of my ELL Littles looks at me concerned and said "yo yo yo rap" is a BIG word. :)
    Mrs. Holder’s First Grade