Laughing Matter!

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Every time I speak, I would hear them laugh.

Well, sometimes, I just wanted to be me and say something funny but it was irritating to hear them laugh especially if it was obvious they were laughing at me! BULLIES! Well, maybe, because they hear different diction and well, Filipino-English accent and they were not used to it! The truth was they very well understood what was being communicated, they just chose to be bullies!

I remember back in New Orleans, our students were all Black-Americans and every time they would hear us, their Filipino teachers, talk to each other,they would mimic and joke aloud, "ching chang chung ching ching chang". It was funny at first, but annoying really.

As usual, I just had to stop it and let them taste a dose of their own medicine.

Loudly, I confronted my two lovely girls and said aloud (this time in an American accent and "I-am-kidding-no-more" and "You-must-know-how-MEAN-I-really-am" acting skills).


"Laugh some more, C'mon, LAUGH all you want, because in the end, I'll be the one to laugh the loudest.
IF you DON'T finish your work,you just wasted your time! YOU will get an F.
It's not even a laughing matter if I sound different to what you're used to hearing; the LAUGHING MATTER is that BOTH OF YOU are here because you FAILED the course!
Now, DO your work!"


I loved how they blushed, bowed their heads and closed their mouths!

I hear them laugh no more.

Total meanness for a cause! Lol!

visit me here too!

36 comments:

  1. Sometimes ,we have to do what we got to do. It is really irritating to hear them laughing at our accent, so better give them something to laugh if they still can.

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    1. I agree! I guess they needed that, para matauhan. Lol!

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  2. jejeje sbi nga ng mga beki "na chrva sila". cguro hindi na rin issue ngaun ang accent, in singapore mas balikott cla magsalita satin, most of the japanese are not fluent in English- dapat lang teacher yung ginawa mo- nagblush tuloy cla :)

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    1. parang mas madami ka maexperience pag andito ka sa America, may superiority complex kasi!

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  3. That's letting them know who's boss. Sometimes, you just have to set the tone or else people will take you for granted.

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    1. True! It happens all the time, minsan kahit sa mga professionals they'd look down on you kasi pinoy ka.. sila puti! hindi din maalis.. until you prove to them that you are worth it!- which is the case naman palagi, in the end tameme naman sila (iba kasi magtrabaho pinoy e); pero not true to all.. individual differences pa din..

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  4. hahaha... same with me but it's ok them laughing at me or with at least, I made them not only to smile but laugh...hahah :D

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    1. it's totally different if people laugh AT you.. best if they laugh WITH you pero degrading if they laugh at you.. esp if uncalled for.

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  5. whoa. scary...hehe... I guess they won't laugh at you anymore. :)

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    1. True. Respect earned, I guess. Baliktad kasi system dito sa America, sa Pinas automatic respetado natin teachers natin, dito hindi, you need to earn their respect..until then hindi mo makuha attention nila.

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  6. Kids/students nowadays are bullies more than ever. Great action you took for them to stop!

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    1. They are!!! esp if you let them be! It was needed, hindi pede palampasin otherwise ako din mahirapan, now e ayun nga focused na sila sa pag aaral nila.. good, would love to see them prove their worth! lol!

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  7. That was really cool! Filipino teachers working abroad really deserve the respect and admiration from their kababayan. It's really a tough job to teach the youths nowadays, how much more in dealing with different nationalities and cultures. Teachers are really indeed role models of the nation today. Thumbs up to all teachers especially to my mom who is also one of them. :)

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  8. They're so mean ah! Give them a lot of homeworks and long tests nga!

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  9. You are so right! It is they who will feel the weight of their misconduct.. At least you gave them a piece of your mind while still being professional. :)

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  10. I bet if we were in their place, medyo matawa din but not in the sense na very obvious. Good thing you took action. ;)

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  11. buti naman po ma'am gemma sinabihan niyo po sila in a way na mararamdaman talaga nila ang epekto na bumagsak sila if di nila matapos ang kailangan nilang gawin dahil sa pagtawa. nice to know 'di niyo po pinalampas.

    cheers.

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  12. Tough teacher but I hope you talked to them afterwards and explained why it was rude of them.

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    1. ..actually short cut na ung ipinost.. kasama sa litanya talaga ang message about differences in diction, dialect and language differences, pati na ang respect - actually they understand very well what was being taught and communicated - they were really just being bullies! at sobra dami students na ganyan dito! so if pahina hina ang teacher talo at kawawa.

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  13. students abroad is far different from students here in pinas. =)

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    1. super true! ma culture shock ka sa start.. tapos u learn na din pano mo sila paikutin para ma bring out mo ung best in them.. sobra challenging un!

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  14. Hah! good for you. Those American brats need to be taught good manners. Living and working among your own is already hard enough, ano pa kaya in a different culture. I will keep you in my prayers, stay strong and be proud!

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    1. I agree.. sana nga may Values Education subject sila kaso wala e.. thanks! :))

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  15. Every time I speak, I would hear them laugh. - i can totally relate!

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  16. I guess those students should learn a lesson or two about respect.

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  17. DEDICATION is the name of the game.
    You have this characteristic that's why
    you are so adaptive with their behavior
    and you seem to have the virtue of
    PATIENCE... Good job!

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  18. such a fighter..
    I work with a lot of Americans, only a few would actually comment on my accent.
    The truth really is that they could understand us very well,
    our accents allows us to enunciate syllables which they sometimes take for granted.
    What I notice sometimes is that people who complain about someone else being racist are the first one's to actually make a side comment about my heritage.

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  19. It's good you used humor to teach them a lesson too :D

    It's sad that they only think Asia is about China and Chinese people. I'll probably be sarcastic to them, and say, "You know, you should study geography more :)"

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  20. iF ONLY i can tell the same lines to my THAI students with all the acting skills needed..but i can't because they would never understand it for sure...i need to translate it in Thai first and do some more practice for me to be effective in it.

    Thanks for this mS. gEMMA.

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  21. Gee, I can totally understand what you felt! They are not only bullies but Stu*** kids who doesn't know any better! oops, sorry :)

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  22. Wow! a typical Filipino attitude! palaban! Kayang magpasensya pero wag aabusuhin dahil kung hindi, alam mo na... Nice! At least they behaved!

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