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I was testing a pupil's French at the secondary school where I teach in New Romney, Kent, trying to get him to describe what his town was like and what there was for tourists and young people.

The conversation went as follows (in French): Me: Tell me, where do you live?

Him: In New Romney Me: And what is there for young people in New Romney?

Him: Nothing.

Me: Where is New Romney exactly? (I was expecting something like "in the south-east of England".) Him: (With an extremely puzzled look on his face)...Here.

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