For my American Literature class, my students are required to keep a reading response journal to chronicle their thoughts and feelings about the different texts that we read. It’s been interesting for me to hear their takes on The Declaration of Independence, Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” and Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I’m really trying to encourage them to state their opinions and think critically about what they read, rather than just answering a bunch of comprehension questions.
Recently, I collected their notebooks to grade their journals. As I was sifting through the pile, I was pleasantly surprised with their writing, but also very entertained by their notebooks. You see, almost every notebook had some sort of English phrase that made absolutely no sense. Chinglish is at it’s finest when accompanied by random pictures, so these notebooks hit the jackpot. I whipped out my camera and began photographing the best ones. Enjoy!
…And these are only pictures from ONE class! I have plenty more notebooks to read through and laugh at. I think someday I’d like to work for a company that makes these notebooks and see the process that goes into deciding what Chinglish phrases should appear on the cover.