Friday, April 15, 2011

A Woman's Tool

In our last mini-quiz, students were asked to create sentences with new words. One of the words was herramienta which means a tool.

A student came up with the following sentence: "Since I'm a woman, my only tool is a knife that I use in the kitchen."

It took a great effort on my part not to ask her on the margins whether she was also barefoot and pregnant while she was doing that.


Natasha from Russia said...

And you ask it, what for to it then the nobility as sounds a knife in Spanish. After all it is possible to cut and without knowledge of a foreign language. Even, if the husband the Spaniard this work can be made silently

Spanish prof said...

Ough... and students don't usually have a sense of irony so that one can assume it was something more subtle (I started thinking about those possibilities, though).

Anonymous said...

Hopefully consciously she doesn't think like this. Learning languages sometimes makes one aware of certain subconscious information one has absorbed from the environment: family, society, culture, etc.

Perhaps, further learning of the foreign language help her free her self from the cliches buried in her subconscious.


Rimi said...

This reads like Agatha Christie. "Poison or small knives are women's weapons. Men prefer a more honest, direct and virile method, like a shot through the head for male enemies, or impassioned strangling of traitourous lovers". Entire plots were built around this hypothesis.

Lindsay said...


@Spanish prof - there are at least some students who try to be funny; I know I'd always try to include puns in the titles of my English papers.

Pagan Topologist said...

It is easy, in a foreign language course, to make up sample sentences that are grammatically easy and have nothing to do with one's own attitudes and beliefs. I have done this, when I realized I did not know either vocabulary or grammar to say what I really wanted to say.

Natasha from Russia said...

Yes, it is valid so.
What nonsenses I spoke English, when learned it. My purpose was to tell correctly and what exactly I speak value had no.
Then I have understood that speaks absolutely not correctly with a heap of errors is better, but to say that I want to tell.
Language is necessary to us that interlocutors would understand our thoughts, and we have understood our interlocutors. And correctly or incorrectly we speak isn't of great importance.