Ziyi: 'Eminem Was My English Teacher'

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MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA star Ziyi Zhang's method of learning English nearly landed her in trouble, as she picked up the language by listening to and repeating obscene Eminem lyrics.

The Chinese screen beauty studied music and commercials to learn words and phrases, but she admits she wasn't initially aware of how offensive her Eminem-style English was.

She explains, "It was television commercials and Eminem.

"I loved to watch the commercials because they pronounce their words so clearly.

"I don't always know what (Eminem) is talking about, so I write down the lyrics and repeat them.

"Later, I understood how rude they were."


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couldn't she use a dictionary?
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I doubt that all of Eminem's idiomatic uses of the language are in the dictionary. Besides, endlessly looking up words in a dictionary is not the fastest way to acquire a foreign language. Finally, since people are writing words and lines for her, she probably is primarily concerned with just pronunciation and intonation.
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Never make the same mistake fourtimes.
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