At the beginning of my classes, I give my students the opportunity to talk about whatever they want for a few minutes - free conversation.
This week one of my students pointed to his thumb and told me he hurt his finger playing volleyball on Sunday. I asked if he hurt his finger and pointed to my four fingers. He said no, he hurt his finger, and again pointed to his thumb. I asked if he hurt his thumb or his finger, and he again pointed to his thumb and said he hurt his finger. I told him that was his thumb and held up my fingers and thumbs - eight fingers and two thumbs. He had never heard the word "thumb" before. He also didn't know about "toes". He told me that English has too many words.
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