The following question appeared on my grammar quiz this week:
Apple is bringing ____ its newest iPod.
Any idea what the answer is? I was teaching a lesson about verbs that take prepositions (which seem to become adverbs when used with these verbs...long story...), and the students needed to fill in the correct preposition/adverb.
Give up? The answer is "out," as in "bringing out."
But the students were puzzled by something else. They did not know what an iPod was.
It seems I have done the impossible. I have found a high school student that didn't know what an iPod was. Call Guinness.
I guess when you zoom out and look at the situation, it kind of makes sense. Most of the major Western corporations haven't made their way into Somaliland yet, and most of my students have never left the country before. One of my colleagues teaches finance classes for university students, and he says that in his examples, he can never mention McDonald's, Burger King, RiteAid, Dunkin Donuts, or Starbucks because it just confuses the students. Also, iPods play music, which (depending on who you ask) is "against Islam!" So I guess they wouldn't have a need for those things.
But seriously: no music, no iPod, and no McDonald's where you can eat a burger while you listen to your iPod. What a strange place to be a teenager.