Can You Hear Me Now? Chinese Teacher Terminates Cellphone Call in Class

This video of a Chinese teacher responding to a student speaking on his cellphone has appeared on the Internet. I must confess considerable sympathy (and, yes, a degree of vicarious pleasure) in watching her response to a rude student.

Every trip that I take to China shows exponential growth in cellphones — and the thoughtless use of the devices. This is, of course, not unique to China. It is very common for people in many countries to be at a lunch with a group and suddenly start to talk loudly to someone on a cellphone. This student was particularly rude in taking a call in the midst of a lecture. The result no doubt had professors around the world cheering.

24 thoughts on “Can You Hear Me Now? Chinese Teacher Terminates Cellphone Call in Class”

  1. My Chinese friend says that “that woman is not speaking Manadarin, and may not be Chinese”.

  2. eniobob and Lotta,

    I heard somewhere … I think it was while I was flipping thru the channels last night … maybe Sawyer … that the donation was to offset the new movie being released in which he portrayed as ruthless.

  3. Elaine,

    My 2 year old granddaughter is nick named the Swedish Chef … her jibberish while banging pots and pans in her little kitchen is an experience we all enjoy.

  4. Fnorgby.
    We shouldn’t be surprised if the school backs the teacher – we should expect it.
    FFEO. Thanks for the clip – one of my all time favorite examples of perfect comic timing.

  5. FF Leo & Blouise,

    Here’s one of my favorite Swedish Chef bits:

  6. FFLEO,

    Wonderful … I am a huge Muppet fan and Animal is one of my favorites (reminds me of Mick Fleetwood)

  7. Now, that is my kinda worman! (like Rita Moreno in this video I’ve posted once previously)

  8. … I never seem to post links properly … I must be on the right path now for it worked

  9. I wouldn’t call that an outburst. Some Asian cultures expect a lot more formality, especially towards teachers. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the school back the teacher and reprimand the student.

  10. It does appear as though she says something in a different tone of voice directed to the student sitting closest to where the cell phone was destroyed…maybe an apology? I agree, she appears unflappable.

  11. Zach,

    “The best part is how quickly she resumes the lecture! She doesn’t even meet a beat!”

    Brings back memories of my days teaching elementary school. I had to take things away from students (albeit inconspicuously) quite often…while forging ahead with a lesson. I never, however, broke anything I removed from a student’s hands.



    “She’s one cool customer.”

    Most of us teachers are!


  12. I get right back to you phones ringing…….back…..sorry another call……ok now what were you saying……hey…man I am sorry I missed you last call…..

    Does it not really surprise you that people are that rude….not at all….they are the same ones that slightly tap on pedals at intersections…..

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