After my 12th session of testing the 1st year students today (still four more to go) repeating the same oddly worded questions and receiving much the same responses well over 300 times this week, as I descended the stairs back to the office I began humming then singing a very comforting and uplifting song that gets me through times like these.
I was still singing it as I entered the teacher’s office, where upon the following conversation took place:
Co-Worker: (In Japanese) What’s that you’re singing?
Me: (smiling) Oh nothing. Just a song I sing to get me through the rough patches.
Co-Worker: It sounds familiar…?
Me: It’s from a movie called “The Wedding Singer”. Have you seen it?
Co-Worker: never heard of it. Maybe it has a different title in Japanese.
CW: Who is the singer?
Me: Do you know Adam Sandler?
CW: Yes! He is a singer, too?
Me: Sometimes he sings funny songs.
CW: I see…what’s it called?
Me: Somebody Kill Me Please…
CW: (In English) Pardon???
(I start singing at a low volume but other teachers were tuning in…even the principal’s radar rises…)
Me: …somebody kill me please…I’m on my knees, pretty, pretty please kill me…I want to dieeeeeeee! Put a bullet in my head!
CW: Ehhhhh! What does it mean?
One of the Japanese English teachers starts giggling and explains the words…for the whole damn office!
Everybody has a laugh…the teacher who had asked originally pats me on the shoulder.
CW: Please teach me that song!
Me: Sure, no problem