Cats And Dogs, by Russell Conover
“Whew--it’s raining cats and dogs out there!” I took off my raincoat and shook out my umbrella.
My English as a second language students looked at me blankly.
“Oh. Sorry.” I smiled. “Just an expression meaning it’s raining really hard.”
“So no cats? Or dogs?” one student asked.
“No. I’m afraid not.”
“You sure about that?” The student pointed out the window.
Looking out, I saw meowing cats and barking dogs falling from the sky with the raindrops. I blinked, disbelieving. Soon after, the animals scurried into the sewers.
Must’ve had too much caffeine this morning. Or not enough.
It inspired Jane Reid to offer up the following:-
ESL Class, by Jane Reid
Russell's students hurried to the window, but no cats or dogs fell from the heavens. They turned back to him in puzzlement.
English has many idiosyncrasies," he told them, "and homophones are among the most confusing. I was referring to many of the world's rulers. Some of them make fierce noises at anything unusual, and others frequently criticize their counterparts."
Just them, the bell rang. The class was over. Russell hurried out for an appointment.
The students milled about the hall, now totally, hopelessly confused.