Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Donn. Two n's.

When you train to be a tutor with the Literacy Council, they request that you shadow a tutor and their student before you begin with your own student.

I did not do this.

Well, I tried. I showed up, talked to people, but when it came time for observation, everyone gave me a dirty look. So, I kinda wondered around and then left.

Anyway, I walk into Literacy Council today, to meet with my students, and I notice a new guy there. He immediately speaks to me, and I have no idea what the intentions were behind his question. I know he said something, I just wasn't sure what kind of a response he was looking for. (I do this all the time with my Grandma. She says something, and I have to figure out what kind of an answer she wants. It is easier than asking her to rephrase the question into Normal People.)

So I ask a question instead of answering, and I come to find out (after much of him not making any sense) that he was just finishing his tutor training and was there to shadow.
I remember how everyone was mean to me, so I was super friendly to this guy. So we start chatting and I'm not sure what he is saying, and the Japanese girl who was there to learn English really has no chance to know what he is saying, when suddenly he asks me, "What's your name?"

I tell him, he sings the song, and then mentions all he knows about Mariah Carey, and says, "My name is Donn, two n's," and he holds up two fingers. Then he says again, "Two n's," and holds up the same two fingers.

Now, the first time when he held up two fingers I thought to myself, "why is this guy making a 'v' when he is talking about 'n's'?" But thankfully he told me the "two n's" part twice, so I was able to clear it up in my mind.

While we were talking he mentioned he was from New York. I said, "Oh, what part?" He says with a little nod of the superior, "New York." So I act all impressed and say, "Ohhh! The City!"

He says, "Why don't I have an accent you ask?"

umm.... no.....

"Well, you see, when I was younger, I had a lisp, (and he acts out a lisp for the Japanese girl) and my teachers sent me to a special speech therapist at my school. But you see, my speech therapist was from Ontario."

and he looks at me with great anticipation. I don't know what that was all about.

He continues, "So instead I came away with a Canadian accent."

I decided to say something, so I said, "Boy, I bet your parents were surprised."

And indeed they were.

He never said, "I bet you're wondering why I don't have a Canadian accent," which is something I really was wondering.


Jodie said...

This explains why you can't tell what I'm saying all the time! Oh...now I know it's my accent. Thanks for clearing this up Donn.

Ky said...

Donn, Donn, Donn...he is really an interesting fellow, isn't he? I'm sure you two will be very happy together. Keep an ear open for that accent!

Tara said...

I wonder if he he thinks "donn with 2 n's" is more refind like "anne with an e"
Also FYI: he probably never had an accent...alot of New Yorkers dont. Wow I really liked that you were able to so quickly come up with "boy, I bet your parents were surprised" such wit...I don't think I could have done it.