Sorry, this isn't going to be a brilliant post based on weeks of study. I just felt that I had to tell you about the situation that took place in my class last night, because it's too funny to pass up!
Class had just ended and we were all gathering our things to walk out the door. One of the students casually asked me if I had gone on a paintball outing that several of the teachers had recently. I said no because I'm more of a sit down and drink a cup of coffee with a good book kind of gal -- running around dodging balls of paint isn't exactly my idea of a good time. I then added that on top of that, I had heard that paintballs hurt when they hit you. Then she looked at me and in front of the entire class said, "Oh, because you have boobs."
"Because I have boobs???" I asked, somewhat surprised. Granted, students say things like this all the time because they watch American movies and think we all talk like this on a regular basis. And I really don't mind because they're just trying to figure out how to speak English. But this time I was a bit surprised because I was subing this class -- this was the first time I had met them, and they were already talking about "boobs!" Usually they wait a few days before they shyly begin to try out their English slang vocabulary. I also thought she had a good point. If a paintball hit me in that area, I'm sure it would hurt.
So after my little outburst (I had repeated her question rather loudly -- that's just how a teacher talks) the students looked at each other. They seemed scared, as if they didn't know what to do. Then the girl said in a very uncertain sort of way, "Um, because you have bruise."
And this sort of thing happens almost every day! My job is definitely interesting.
P.S. Pronunciation is very important!