What’s in a Name?

July 1, 2008 at 8:47 pm 4 comments

I once entered this class of rowdy students (who had this aversion to English) with a battery of what I thought would be interesting activities. As with most well-prepared lessons, they did not turn out as expected because students are after all unpredictable.

I knew they loved watching Chinese films. And so I asked them to name me those actors who had an impact on them. I remember one boy shouting out, “Air Kencing!”

Quickly I went to him but I didn’t notice any wet splotches on his pants. He even shouted all the more. I knew something was amiss for this student was not known to play the fool.

He then took out a newspaper clipping with this face:

That wasn’t the end of it because years later, I bumped into this old friend of mine. Guess what she’s called? You Reen but it sounded much better in Mandarin.


Entry filed under: Lang Kong (So they say).

British Humour A working Sponge

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. suituapui  |  July 1, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    LOL!!! That’s a good one!

    The funny thing was everyone in the class knew what he was talking about. Guess they would have pronounced his name the same way.🙂

  • 2. wens  |  July 5, 2008 at 12:41 am

    haha….How is she doing? I haven’t heard anything about her since we graduated.

    No idea as I met her sometime back.

  • 3. Periwinkles  |  July 8, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Ekin Cheng… poor him.

  • 4. funnygirl  |  August 7, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    great, usefull 0_0

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