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A wonderful portrayal of a language class
on 27 November 2000
This really is hysterically funny! The teacher's wry observations of his student's irrepressible approach to life in general and the logic (or lack of it) of language in particular is just wonderful. As someone who has both taught and studied in language schools, I find so much that is instantly recognisable. All of the characters, whether "First I was born" Kaplan, the loyal Pinsky, their adversaries or the teacher himself live from the moment you meet them. And this is no patronising xenophobic mockery of foreigners doing their imperfect best to master a difficult language; the jokes are at least as often on the long-suffering teacher as they are on his students. I would recommend this to anyone.