In my favorite class, we were talking about Titanic being re-released in theaters. They started motioning with their hands the sinking of a ship and I provided the vocabulary ‘sink, sank, sunk.’ They then launched into an energetic discussion in Russian, and I had to pull them back into English so they could tell me what they were talking about.
“The dog can’t swim.”
“The dog was in the water.”
“He is deeef-mute”
Meghan: “I don’t remember a dog in Titanic….”
“No. Not this film.”
“Mu Mu. The only sound he can make. He is deeef-mute.”
“He calls to the dog ‘mu mu’ and the dog comes.”
“Throw in river.”
“He is slave.”
“Woman master don’t love this dog.”
In case you didn’t get that, this is a Russian film about a deaf-mute slave who had a little dog named Mu Mu. His master didn’t like the dog, and ordered it to be thrown into the river and drowned.
“It’s very melancholy Russian story.”