Spanish Teacher Starts Classroom Debate – Hilarity Ensues
There are certain debates that seem to be timeless, and are passed down from one generation to the next. Some are lighthearted in nature, like comparing cats and dogs, while other debates about things like politics tend to be more serious. One discussion that always seems to get heated is debates about men verses women, and one Spanish teacher recently decided to put this to the test with her class, only to get hilarious results.
A Spanish teacher was informing her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.
“House” for instance, is feminine: “la casa.” “Pencil,” however, is masculine: “el lapiz.”
A student asked, “What gender is ‘computer?'”
Rather than give the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether “computer” should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.
The men’s group decided that “computer” should definitely be feminine (“la computadora“), because:
1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;
2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;
3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval;
4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.
(JUST WAIT, THIS GETS BETTER!)
The women’s group, however, concluded that computers should be masculine (“el computador“), because:
1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;
2. They have a lot of data but still can’t think for themselves;
3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem;
4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.
Needless to say, the women won!