Saturday, April 28, 2007


I've just been teaching a private student and we were having fun turning out our handbags - for I am a great believer in doing something as you learn, where possible, to fix it in your mind - in order for her to practise a / some / any. You may imagine the sort of thing:
"Is there a lipstick in your bag?" - "Yes, there's a lipstick in my bag."
"Are there any coins in your bag? - "Yes, there are some coins in my bag."
"Are there any stamps in your bag?" - "No, there aren't any stamps in my bag."
"Is there a mobile phone in your bag?" asked I and at that very moment, reader, the student's mobile rang! So there you have it. The Italians not only invented everything worth having - now they have come up with a telepathic mobile phone!


Anonymous said...

Funny. It rang right on time.

jmb said...

Italy, grand kingdom of the cell phone. Il telefonino or il cellulare, depending where you are. When travelling around by train I find it impossible to read because everyone is yakking loudly on his/her cellphone and breaking my concentration as I'm unabashedly trying to understand what they are saying.
Maybe all will quiet again when we can read each other's minds wirelessly.

Lovely story Welshcakes, are you teaching Italian in this case or English? From the sounds of the exercise Italian.

Unknown said...

Great teaching technique (of course ;-) and what a perfect way for the phone to join in reinforcing the lesson! :-)

Janejill said...

More fun than "ou est la plume de ma tante" I think ... I would have to clear my bag out somewhat before taking on that exercise..

Jeremy Jacobs said...

Reminds me of the Monty Python Hungarian/English phrase-book sketch.

"Can you direct me to the railway station" was translated into Hungarian as "may I fondle your buttocks?"

James Higham said...

Now that's very clever, Welshcakes. Check out the contents of the bag and next time, WC strikes!

Why didn't I think of doing that?

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Steve. Yes, the lesson rather went to pot after that as we both got the giggles! Hi, jmb. I was teaching English this time. I think babies are born with cellphones strapped to their heads now. Hi, Gary. Yes, very sporting of the phone, wasn't it?! janejill, my handbags aren't usually too bad but my shopping bags collect junk! JJ, that says it all! Hi, James. Glad you liked it!

Crushed said...

Hungry just looking at it.
Very naughty of you. I had loads more people to visit and now I just want food.
Might just print the picture out and eat it.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, crushedbyinsoc. I think the comment was meant for the next post but thank you. Glad you like the look of the dish.

Ballpoint Wren said...

I think I would get the giggles after something like that happened, too.

By the way, Welshcakes: April featured you in her Domingo Delicioso!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Thanks, Bonnie!

Shani said...

I had to empty my handbag quite recently in the office, to the embarrassment of other male members.

It was observed that a woman (particularly one still menstruating !!) could live in a nuclear bunker for a number of weeks on the contents of mine.

I didn't have the heart to tell him it was containing a number of items that belonged to my daughter-in-law because her tiny little designer purse could not accommodate !!


Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Shani. Nice one! I always have a fight with a little bag and must look very inelegant trying to squash everything in. Sanitary supplies! How glad I am not to have to worry about them any more!


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