Nice Work, WINKY!

Roll call gets crazy when Chinese students choose English nicknames

| November / December 2006

On a cold, gray morning in China's Hunan province, I met a Unicorn. And then a Pepsi and a Strawberry. Next, an Angel King, and a No Foot Bird. These middle school students all stood around me in their red-white-and-blue uniforms, smiling sweetly, launching questions like cannon fire.

Do you like basketball?

'Well, Jackrary, I am actually very bad at sports . . . '

Do you watch Friends?

'Yes, Killer, sometimes I watch Friends-it's a pretty funny show!'

In American high school, do girls and boys go out on dates?

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