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explanation of “the perils of textbook language learning”

The student has studied English language dialogues in textbooks so well that even in a life-or-death situation, the immediate response to “How are you?” is “I’m fine, thank you!” This unfortunate conditioning leads to the student’s demise.


our house’s rat



Child: Mommy, what is that?

Mother: That’s rat poison.

Child: Mommy, is our house’s rat sick?


老鼠药, lao shu yao- rat poison

生病, sheng bing- to get sick