Each time I go to teach at the primary school I greet the classes with something like ‘Hello, everyone! How are you?’ Every single time, they all respond #inunison ‘I’m fine, thank you. And you?’ which really sounds like ‘I’m-a fine, sankyou and-ayou?’ #lovetheaccents. I decided to make the lesson this week ‘slang terms,’ aka new answers for the ‘how are you’ question..
The best of the responses I taught #slangin’it:
Howdy: Complete with the air-cowboy-hat tip (After explaining what a cowboy is they seemed to like this one) #everyoneinChinalovescowboys
What’s up?: The response being ‘nothing really. What’s up with you? (Accompanied by the double point for emphasis.)
Sweet, cool, awesome, groovy, swell, fabulous, wonderful, good: New answer options to the ‘how are you’ question #eachwordaccompaniedbyagesture #groovyisobvious #peacesign
(I was so tempted to throw in the ‘how YOU doin’? A la Joey Tribbiani, but I figured that could be saved for high school #notquiteageappropriate)
So long, farewell: Mentally, of course, this was followed with auf wiedersehen, goodbye. I made up for not singing the song by incorporating sweeping gestures #kidslovedit.
See you later, alligator. After a while, crocodile: This was the final goodbye #piecederesistance. It turned out to be a great success for several reasons. A) I explained what crocodiles and alligators are and where they live #Florida. B) Since the last words in each phrase rhyme, le students had fewer problems pronouncing ‘while,’ which was giving them all issues #soundedliketheyweresaying’will’. C) I made them use arms-as-teeth when I called on them #participationisalwaysfun. D) Everyone likes rhyming.
I can’t wait to go back and be greeted with so many new answers!