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This student was impressed by
the ESL department's
We can't be sure
that this Korean student
didn't mean to offer precisely
this interesting observation
about animals in an urban setting.
We should never doubt
our students when they
tell us about their
arduous life outside
of the classroom.
One student describes how his father relaxes after a stressful day on the job.
The mother of more than one student is reported to be deeply concerned about clean entertainment for the family.
Students often reveal a touch of vanity when discussing their school friendships.
We are often puzzled about some of the course work done by our students in their home countries.
The recent boom in genetic research has prepared us for somewhat surprising reports like this one.
Students are capable of making shrewd, clinical observations about different personality types.
We are pleased to see our students finding varied and pleasurable activities in their newfound home.
Perhaps this student's friends live in a river basin or some easily flooded plain.
Urban immigrants often have concerns about local law enforcement tactics.
In addition to learning English our students often undertake developing their skills in the fine arts.
Our students are often proud of their ideas but still suffer from self doubts.
Students often show deep concern about the health of familial units.
This student showed her appreciation of the diverse attractions in a major urban environment.
Sometimes students come to significant realizations, even at the end of a hard work day.
Occasionally, students come to significant realizations about the North American continent's over-hyped attractions.
We're wondering what kind of family has parents offering this kind of encouragement to their young scholars.
Students can be extremely resourceful when it comes to preparing for vacations.
This student's aunt displayed the intensity of her concern for a husband involved in an unfortunate accident.
This student reports on a former classmate who may have had second thoughts about entering medical school.
This student at least knew to use a transitive verb when necessary, although perhaps this one was not the precise one intended.
This answer for a fill-in sentence on a two-word verb test may be correct for this student who might have financial problems leading to extreme measures.
And this answer on the same fill-in test (see #024, above) may reveal a student's only means of helping out an unfortunate relative.
Students often attend college with hopes of pursuing careers that are not always valued by Americans.
ESL teachers are privileged to learn about many countries' celebrations that Americans might find quaint or strange.
This student was clearly interested in America's recent sociopolitical history, albeit with some details in need of further clarification.
Another student (see #028, above) may have been reading the wrong tabloids concerning some earth-shattering events in America's checkered past.
On this relative clauses test, the student may have been educating us about her home country's funereal customs, which would surprise most Americans.
Sometimes students show candor in their writings by revealing darkly motivated personal wishes.
This student's uncle reacted dramatically to a common form of urban environmental pollution.
We're not sure what attributes this student's sibling exhibited, but we know she was special.
Depending on the student's religion, this statement may have been an accurate expression of her future goals.
We're glad to see this foreign student's appreciation of American styles of family diversity.
We can only wonder if this student sent her child to a school whose methods of discipline were a bit severe.
It is not for us to question our students' varied, and idiosyncratic, personal goals in life.
Sometimes sexual harassment at the work place is by the employee and not the employer.
This student's best friend seems to be endowed with an interest in the clairvoyant arts.
Our students are constantly reminding us that personal pleasures vary widely from person to person.
Sometimes our students' friends and relatives come to discover marvels of US technology that many Americans know nothing about.
This student's sister may be involved in serious feral research.
Our students and their relatives often help introduce hobbies and games to America's shores, some of which may catch on while others probably will not.
Our students don't always respond to local domesticated wildlife in precisely the same way as Americans do.
We often find ourselves marveling at students who have seen parts of America that have escaped our attention, despite our being native-born.
The newly arrived student must often deal with severe periods of loneliness especially when they are restricted to meeting only certain kinds of people.
We often hear of rigorous pedagogical standards that our students were exposed to in their home countries.
We can't help but feel that a location adverb would clarify this student's statement of national pride.
Likewise (see #048, above), that location adverb might clarify this patriotic claim.
We might do well to borrow from one country's motivational qualification system that goes beyond the humdrum repertoire of numbers and letters.
We are sometimes surprised by games from our students' home countries that we might find a bit mean-spirited.
This student was possibly lucky to receive beneficial tutoring in entomology.
Students often invoke their local deity for scholastic assistance, albeit in ways sometimes strange to us.
Sometimes success in college fosters extremely narcissistic tendencies among our students.
We can't be sure that this student doesn't intend to work for NASA.
Sometimes it's difficult for us to understand the peculiar structuring of our students' home countries' educational system hierarchies.
We often don't appreciate how difficult it is for immigrants to obtain the precise equipment needed to get a desirable job here.
There may be some languages that use onomatopoeic terms for certain well-known geographical points.
Either this student has misread her book of American idioms, or she is being extremely blunt about her marriage goals.
It is not uncommon for foreign students to characterize local American politicians in ways that are less than flattering.
This student may have decided to come to America after enjoying the movie, Easy Rider.
We can't be sure that our students will always receive American symbols of endearment in the manner we might hope for.
Students who come to America often like to mix technology with traditional pastoral activities.
This student may have been watching a bit too much of the Cartoon Channel on cable TV.
Foreign students display a variety of responses after trying American cuisine.
This student is impressed by the effect that annual climatic changes typically have on Americans' fashion habits.
We never cease to be amazed by the variety of after-school jobs that our students undertake in order to further their education.
An ESL teacher quickly learns that schools around the world differ dramatically in their school costume and uniform requirements.
If natives constantly misuse this noun as an adjective, why should we be surprised when our students also turn it into a verb?
Some of our students' parents wanted them to learn from the "school of hard knocks."
We doubt that this student attends a community college in NYC's warehouse district in order to pursue a career in agriculture.
This student's father may be failing to match up to the standards set by his employers at his job working for the Seagram's Company.
We wonder if this student is revealing his full gamut of emotions felt after engaging in this certainly unpleasant activity.
It's possible that this student indeed meant that her classmate's father was happy to help out with her lab fee for her entomology course.
We can't exactly determine which relative this student was planning to see during intercession.
It's sad to see this student disparaging her unfortunate brother's physical appearance.
This future political scientist opines that a nation's military arsenal should be well-defined.
We are often surprised to hear that religions we assumed to have strict behavior codes may also contain rules that promulgate amusement.
Perhaps it is this student's mother's illicit activities which are helping him pay his ever-increasing tuition.
No angler is ever surprised at what might be bobbing up and down in the ocean, waiting to get hooked.
This student seems to be advocating "getting high on nature."
We can't determine whether this student is celebrating or bemoaning her theatrical past.
A classroom should have good ventilation and good acoustics, and we know that this student's classroom has at least one of them.
This student is admitting to a lack of personal networking skills.
Here is sound advice for practically anybody on a job hunt.
We know the student grew up in a single-parent household, but we're not exactly sure of the circumstances.
This serious social observation might have been made once before by Jeffrey Dahmer.
This student may be missing a letter or may be hoping to get a job working for the hemp lobby.
It's always easier in hindsight to reflect on the right and wrong way to deal with law enforcement officers.
This famed NYC politician seems to lack strong support among certain immigrant population groups in the city he governs.
Often, a dining experience is enhanced by ancillary services provided by a concerned management.
This student wants parents to be explicit when discussing would-be ramifications of drug use by their children.
The orthography is wrong but this finding about low-level local criminal activity remains true nonetheless.
Sometimes we learn that a religion we thought dour turns out to be even more so than we had suspected.
The freedom America offers its people gives them a chance to explore every possible new angle on how to pursue happiness, no matter how strange it may seem to others.
This student is hoping for more open and honest political stands by our elected representatives.
This student's friend either has an automobile storage problem, or an unusual, and unsatisfied, fetish.
Grooming habits among women can be painstaking, regardless of nation.
This student's branch of a noted worldwide religion has restrictions placed on its followers that would seem to most of us nearly impossible to comply with.
We learn from this student's character portrait that there are many ways to become popular in a given society.
This student has obviously never seen the real estate of certain municipalities on Long Island's north shore.
Students often feel free to write intimate details about friends outside of school.
We hope this student's organs weren't being harvested when she was little.
Many colleges prepare students for careers that are unknown to most of us, but (we assume) fulfilling nonetheless.
This is one game where people probably didn't ask and didn't tell.
From country to country, men differ on what they find erotic in women.
This student may be subtly revealing his own attitude toward the prospect of getting hitched.
This may be a mistake or an appropriate physics metaphor.
This could be an opinionated statement about young people's misguided musical tastes.
Despite "Just Say No," some students still attest to the positive effects of some drugs.
This student may be describing an extremely nouveau style of interior decorating.
We always knew prepositions were tough. Tough on this student, and even tougher on her grandpa.
This student observes how Americans often get married after an extremely brief, but spirited, engagement.
This student's friends seem to enjoy engaging in behavior in public restaurants that might cause concern to the management.
Every culture has its own standards of personal aesthetics.
Students are often confused when referring to the game of soccer.
[See #116, above.]
[See #116, above.]
This student's best friend clearly has young-spirited parents.
There's no accounting for preferences in Saturday afternoon entertainment.
This student loves his mother either despite, or because of, a particular trait she has.
While some students go for the "heavy metal" sound, others apparently have more sedate tastes, like Nikos, for example.
Sometimes a woman's possessions, in addition to her appearance, make her attractive to a man.
We are always happy for our students when they overcome financial difficulties and make a longtime dream come true.
Students whose languages lack definite articles sometimes go overboard once they get the hang of them.
Most mothers are neatness freaks, but apparently not all.
This student could have been talking about Jeffrey Dahmer's compatible twin sister.
Apparently, there are many different types of escort work a woman can do.
This student didn't make a mistake in describing a hallowed native tradition, but she might want to trade in that British English dictionary.
It's always compelling to learn about various superstitions in different cultures. Most Americans would have great difficulty participating in this one.
Sometimes students enjoy a class despite, or because of, a really tough teacher.
We often learn of surprising new brand names and new products by reading our students' essays.
Some family units are so close-knit that the goings-on of one relative are known to all.
This student would probably not enjoy living in San Francisco.
Sometimes students get more excited about their work than even we teachers had hoped for.
Bad company? Birds of a feather?
Some people like to relax by planning an itinerary.
Perhaps this student lives with the Addams family.
Transplant operations have come a long way.
Students really appreciate the efforts of good samaritans who help them with their education.
This student describes a Romeo and Juliet romance with dire consequences.
Animal metaphors and similes vary from country to country.
Military service is never the same from one army to the next.
This student's girlfriend has a habit she probably needs to break.
There's no telling what will cause an officer of the law to give somebody a break.
Here we learn about our nation's infatuation with a particular candy bar.
Dull people often lack perception, according to this student's essay.
This student's anxious friend might have been asking her boss for one favor too many, possibly calling into question her suitability as a receptionist.
This student tells about a teacher who might have seen her college students as younger than they really were.
This student is unhappy about the treatment she gets from her employer, who is quite possibly Croatian.
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GOLDEN ERRORS edited, written, web-designed
by Prof. Rick Shur
LaGuardia Community College
ELA Dept.- Room E200
31-10 Thomson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
created February 25, 1997
last update February 26, 1997
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