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Minimal Pairs: The Italian Man Who Went to Malta

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Task Description
Recognizing why correct pronunciation is important to prevent misunderstanding and avoid insulting people.
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Scene summary
An Italian man gets hot under the collar when he is misunderstood due to his very thick accent.
Video length
1 minute 14 seconds
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Reaction videos
Language goals
listening
Listening comprehension
Grammar topic
Level
The above lesson is a great teaching resource for:Intermediate (B1)
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This resource is intended for:Adults
adults
Adults
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This resource does not contain any images, words or ideas that would upset a reasonable person in any culture.
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This resource is licensed by TeacherDianaRenke under the Creative Commons Attribution License.
Upload date
3/24/2018
Video quiz questions (printable)
1. Choose the correct options.
Where did the misunderstanding occur? The waitress...
thought he needed to go to the toilet.
didn't realise he had asked for 2 pieces of toast.
only brought one piece of toast.
brought two pieces of toast.
2. Choose the correct options.
What were the minimal pairs?
/ʌ/ & /ɔː/
/i:/ & /ɪ/
3. Choose the correct options.
Where did the misunderstanding occur? The Italian man thought the waitress...
...called him a song of a beach.
...called him a son of a bitch.
...called him a son of a beach.
4. Choose the correct options.
What were the minimal pairs?
/ʌ/ & /ɔː/
/i:/ & /ɪ/
5. Choose the correct options.
Where did the misunderstanding occur? (Risqué, I know). The waitress thought the man...
...needed the toilet.
...was suggesting they have sex on the table.
...was a son of a beach.
6. Choose the correct options.
What were the minimal pairs?
/ʌ/ & /ɔː/
/i:/ & /ɪ/
7. Choose the correct options.
Where did the misunderstanding occur?
The word "sheet" sounded like "shit".
The manager thought the man was a son of a beach.
The manager thought the man wanted toast.
8. Choose the correct options.
What were the minimal pairs?
/i:/ & /ɪ/
/ʌ/ & /ɔː/
/ʊ/ & /uː/
9. Choose the correct options.
Where did the misunderstanding occur? The man thought the hotel clerk...
...told him to go to the toilet.
...told him to have sexual relations with himself.
...said "piss on you" instead of "peace on you".
10. Choose the correct options.
What were the minimal pairs?
/ʌ/ & /ɔː/
/i:/ & /ɪ/
Discussion questions
1. Please note: due to its risque nature, this might not be suitable to all students, especially those who might be easily offended by rude language. Your discretion is advised!
2. See vocabulary list for IPA spelling of misunderstood words.
3. Transcript: “One a day ama going to Malta to picka ‘otel. In da morning I goa down to eata da breakfast. I tella da waitress “I wanna 2 pieces of toast.” She bringsa only 1 piece. I tell her “I want 2 piece.” She tells me to go to the toilet. I say “you no understand, I wanna 2 piece on my plate!” She say “you better not piece on the plate, you soon of a beech!” I don’t even know the lady, an she call me a soon of a beech! Later I go to eat at a the biggera restaurant. The waitress brings me a spoon and a knife, buta no fork. I tell her “I wanna the fork!” She tell me “everybody wanna fork!” I tell her “you no understand. I wanna fork on the table.” She say “you bettera not fork on the table you soon of a beech. I go back to my room ina hotel and there is no sheets on the bed. I call the manager and say “I wanna sheet!” He tells me to go to the toilet. I say “you no understand, I wanna sheet on the bed.” He says “you bettera not sheet on the bed, you soon of a beech!” I go down to a checkout and the man at the desk saya “peace on you!” I saya “peace on you too, you soon of a beech!” I’ma going backa to Italia!”
Vocabulary list
piece
/piːs/: a part that has been cut, broken, or separated from something larger.
piss (informal)
/pɪs/: to get rid of waste liquid from your body. A more polite word is pee or wee. The formal word is urinate.
bitch
/bɪtʃ/: an insulting word for a woman.
beach
/biːtʃ/: an area of sand or small stones beside the sea.
fork
/fɔː(r)k/: a metal or plastic object used for eating, consisting of a handle with three or four sharp points on the end.
fuck
/fʌk/: an extremely offensive expression that means to have sex with someone.
sheet
/ʃiːt/: a large piece of thin cloth that you put on your bed and use for lying on or covering your body when you sleep.
shit
/ʃɪt/: solid waste from a person’s or animal’s body.
peace
/piːs/: a situation in which there is no war between countries or groups.
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