Teaching English

About a month ago we started offering English classes at our church. You might ask, "why would a missionary in Peru want to teach someone English?" Well, honestly we don't have a real desire to teach anyone English. If some of our students manage to pick up a few words or are able to carry on a simple conversation that will be great! Our main goal is to interact with our community, make them feel welcome in our church, and to have opportunities to share the Gospel with them. So far we have about 8 adults that are attending our classes. The best part is they are all new contacts for our ministry. Pray for these students as they study. Pray that we can be an influence in their lives and that we have opportunities to help them with their spiritual needs. We meet each Tuesday evening.

During our classes it is often interesting to hear the questions that come along. I found this humorous list of strange English questions and post them here for your enjoyment. Let me know if you figure out how to explain all of these to new English students!

  • There is no egg in the eggplant, no ham in the hamburger and neither pine, nor apple in the pineapple. English muffins were not invented in England. French fries were not invented in France.
  • Why does quicksand take you down slowly? Why are boxing rings square? Why are they called guinea pigs if they are not from Guinea and they're not pigs?
  • If the plural of tooth is teeth, shouldn't the plural of phone booth be phone beeth?
  • If the teacher taught, why didn't the preacher praught?
  • If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what in the world does a humanitarian eat?
  • Why do people recite at a play, yet play at a recital?
  • Why do we park on driveways and drive on parkways?
  • Why does a house "burn up" as it burns down? How can you fill in a form by filling it out?
  • Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery?
  • Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?
  • Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist, but a person who drives a race car not called a racist?
  • Why are wise men and wise guys opposites?
  • If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn't it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, tree surgeons debarked and dry cleaners depressed?