History Series / MindYourLanguage

21st Jul '17 6:04:38 PM foxley
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* YouAndWhatArmy: Mr. Brown realises that the headmistress is about to be conned, and confronts the ConMan by himself - "what army" turns out to be all his male students standing there and looking menacing.
13th Jan '17 5:41:26 PM mlsmithca
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* EpicFail: Turns out that in Season 2, all of Mr Brown's students managed to fail the Lower Cambridge Certificate exam.

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* EpicFail: Turns out that in Season 2, all of Mr Brown's students managed to fail the Lower Cambridge Certificate exam.exam, as they enter the classroom one by one in an inadvertent HumiliationConga for their teacher. At first, Zoltán is in the room on his own, and when Anna and Ranjeet arrive, Jeremy thinks they have stopped by to visit - until they explain they failed their exam and have to re-take the class. Still, Jeremy notes, two failures out of ten isn't bad - then he has to change it to four out of ten when Jameela and Taro arrive, then five when Juan arrives. Ingrid's arrival briefly interrupts the embarrassment, but Ali's arrival resumes it, and then Giovanni, Max, and Danielle all arrive together... and just as Jeremy is berating his returning students for nine out of ten of them failing their exam, Su-Lee arrives late to make it an imperfect ten out of ten.



* GermanicEfficiency: Invoked and discussed.
-->'''Mr Brown''': ''(Taking register)'' And you?
-->'''Anna''': Anna Schmidt. German. ''Au pair''.
-->'''Mr Brown''': Ah! Good old fashioned Germanic efficiency.
-->'''Anna''': Germans are very efficient.

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* GermanicEfficiency: Invoked and discussed.
discussed - in an EstablishingCharacterMoment, Anna delivers all the information Mr Brown needs to know for the register in as little time as she can manage, but it turns out the Germans have national rivals for efficiency...
-->'''Mr Brown''': ''(Taking register)'' ''[taking register]'' And you?
-->'''Anna''':
you?\\
'''Anna''':
Anna Schmidt. German. ''Au pair''.
-->'''Mr
pair''.\\
'''Mr
Brown''': ''[writing]'' Ah! Good old fashioned Germanic efficiency.
-->'''Anna''':
The usual German efficiency.\\
'''Anna''': ''[proudly]''
Germans are very always efficient.\\
'''Taro''': ''[raises hand]'' Not-to so. ''[stands up, bows]'' Japanese much more efficient-oh.\\
'''Anna''': ''Nein'', Germans are ze best!\\
'''Taro''': Japanese make-a much better television and-oh... ''[indicates the case around his neck]'' camelas! ''[he and Anna begin arguing]''
5th Jan '17 11:58:26 AM mlsmithca
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* AllMenArePerverts[=/=]AllWomenAreLustful: When Brown's away from class, his students will either be messing around or reading something racy. With the exception of Jamila, who'll probably be reading something about knitting, and Anna, who seems to be the only student to take the class seriously.

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* AllMenArePerverts[=/=]AllWomenAreLustful: When AllMenArePerverts: Combined with AllWomenAreLustful; when Mr Brown's away from class, his students students, male and female alike, will either be messing around or reading something racy. With the exception of Jamila, who'll probably be reading something about knitting, and Anna, who seems to be the only student to take the class seriously.



* MistakenForPregnant: One episode involved Anna fearing that she would have to go back to Germany after her visa expires, leading to this trope when Jeremy misunderstands her statement that she is "in trouble"

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* MistakenForPregnant: One episode involved Anna fearing that she would have to go back to Germany after her visa expires, leading to this trope when Jeremy misunderstands her statement that she is "in trouble"trouble".



* ThemeTuneCameo: During the school's talent night, Jeremy (dressed in a Union Jack coat) leads the students (dressed in the stereotypical costumes of their various home countries), as "Jeremy Brown's United Nations", in a chorus of the series' theme tune.

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* TemptingFate: In the first episode, Miss Courtney checks in on Jeremy's class after he has registered his first nine students, and notes that at least she won't have to worry about any sexual tension in this class, as there is no "foreign beauty" for whose attention the male students can compete. Seconds later, Danielle enters the room, to whistles of appreciation from the male students (and some of the studio audience) and a look of disgust from Miss Courtney.
* ThemeTuneCameo: During the school's talent night, Jeremy (dressed in a Union Jack coat) leads the students (dressed in the stereotypical costumes of their various home countries), as "Jeremy Brown's Brown and his United Nations", in a chorus of the series' theme tune.
5th Jan '17 10:14:25 AM mlsmithca
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* Ingrid Svenson (Anna Bergman), a Swedish nymphomaniac au pair who competes with Danielle for Jeremy's affection (which he is too shy to return)

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* Ingrid Svenson (Anna Bergman), Bergman[[note]] Daughter of renowned Swedish director Creator/IngmarBergman by his second wife, Ellen Lundström.[[/note]]), a Swedish nymphomaniac au pair who competes with Danielle for Jeremy's affection (which he is too shy to return)



* GotMeDoingIt: Jeremy frequently inadvertently begins using the foreign students' {{Verbal Tic}}s during conversations with them and has to quickly correct himself. Sometimes this involves their pronunciation (R/L confusion with Su-Lee, ending words with "-o" with Taro, "v" for "w" with Anna, "s" for "th" with Danielle, etc.), sometimes their grammar and syntax (which, as beginning foreign language students often do, the students often assume is the same in English as it is in their native languages).

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* GotMeDoingIt: Jeremy frequently inadvertently begins using the foreign students' {{Verbal Tic}}s during conversations with them and has to quickly correct himself. Sometimes this involves their pronunciation (R/L confusion with Su-Lee, ending words with "-o" with Taro, "v" for "w" with Anna, "s" for "th" with Danielle, etc.), sometimes their grammar and syntax (which, as beginning foreign language students often do, the students often assume is the same in English as it is in their native languages). For example, when he meets Ingrid for the first time in "All Present if Not Correct", this trope collides with DistractedByTheSexy:
-->'''Ingrid:''' Good afton!\\
'''Jeremy:''' Good ''evening''.\\
'''Ingrid:''' I here come to English learn.\\
'''Jeremy:''' "I come here to learn English."\\
'''Ingrid:''' ''[taking Jeremy's arm]'' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint We together sit?]]\\
'''Jeremy:''' No, we can't do that.\\
'''Ingrid:''' ''[taking off her jacket, thus emphasising her chest]'' Well what is matter, there is wrong something with me?\\
'''Jeremy:''' ''[his eyes straying to her chest]'' No, there's wrong nothing with you! ''[shrugs off his mistake]''\\
'''Ingrid:''' ''[cosying up to Jeremy]'' I very much like you.\\
'''Jeremy:''' Yes, well, I am your teacher.\\
'''Ingrid:''' ''[gasps]'' Teacher? You're too young to be teacher!\\
'''Jeremy:''' Thank you. ''[points to her T-shirt]'' Is that your name?\\
'''Ingrid:''' ''Ja.'' ''[indicating the name written across her chest]'' Ingrid Svenson.\\
'''Jeremy:''' ''[writing in his register]'' Ingrid Svenson. I take it you're, er, Svedi- ''[grimaces and shakes his head]'' Swedish?
3rd Jan '17 10:00:27 PM mlsmithca
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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: A lot.
-->'''Mr Brown''': After William the Conqueror came his son, William the Red-\\
'''Ali''': Oh blimey! You are having a communist king?!\\
'''Su-Lee''': ''(open mouthed grin and waving a Chinese flag enthusiastically)''\\
'''Mr Brown''': What? Oh no, he was called "the Red" on account of his red hair.\\
'''Su-Lee''': ''(sullenly stops waving and sits down)''



* ComicallyMissingThePoint: A lot.
-->'''Mr Brown''': After William the Conqueror came his son, William the Red-\\
'''Ali''': Oh blimey! You are having a communist king?!\\
'''Su-Lee''': ''(open mouthed grin and waving a Chinese flag enthusiastically)''\\
'''Mr Brown''': What? Oh no, he was called "the Red" on account of his red hair.\\
'''Su-Lee''': ''(sullenly stops waving and sits down)''



* GotMeDoingIt: Jeremy frequently inadvertently begins using the foreign students' {{Verbal Tic}}s during conversations with them and has to quickly correct himself. Sometimes this involves their pronunciation (R/L confusion with Su-Lee, ending words with "-o" with Taro, "v" for "w" with Anna, "s" for "th" with Danielle, etc.), sometimes their grammar and syntax (which, as beginning foreign language students often do, the students often assume is the same in English as it is in their native languages).



* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Season 4 had a number of these to replace the departed students from previous seasons: Farroukh for Ali, Wong Fung Chang for Su-Lee. Danielle had ''two'' Suspiciously Similar Substitutes (Michelle and Marie.)

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Season 4 had a number of these to replace the departed students from previous seasons: Farroukh for Ali, Wong Fung Chang for Su-Lee. Danielle had ''two'' Suspiciously Similar Substitutes (Michelle and Marie.) Marie).
3rd Jan '17 9:45:28 PM mlsmithca
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* BirthdayEpisode: "Come Back, All is Forgiven" begins on Jeremy's birthday; Gladys saw his birthdate on his personnel file and wishes him a happy birthday, claiming not to have told anyone else. Inevitably, she has told the students, who greet Jeremy with a chorus of "Happy Birthday to You" and each give him a present: a salami from Giovanni, an ''apfelstrudel'' from Anna, ''eau de toilette'' from Danielle, a cowbell from Jameela (inspired by the sacred status of cows in India), a copy of ''Thoughts of Chairman Mao'' from Su-Lee, a voucher for a secondhand shop in Camden from Ali, and pens from Max, Ranjeet, Taro, and Juan. Miss Courtney - who flatly announces that she doesn't believe birthdays are worth celebrating anyway - gives him a rather less welcome present: the non-renewal of his trial employment.
26th Dec '16 7:03:38 AM talltalltree
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-->'''Anna''': Anna Schmidt. German. ''Au paire''.

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-->'''Anna''': Anna Schmidt. German. ''Au paire''.pair''.



* MistakenForPregnant: One episode involved Anna fearing that she would have to go back to Germany after her visa expires, leading to this trope when Jeremy misunderstands her statement that she is "in trouble"



* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Season 4 had a number of these to replace the departed students from previous seasons: Farroukh for Ali, Wong Fung Chang for Su-Lee. Danielle had ''two'' Suspiciously Similar Substitutes (Michelle and Marie.)



-->'''Juan''': Por favore?

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-->'''Juan''': Por favore?favor?



-->'''Juan''': Por favore?

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-->'''Juan''': Por favore?favor?
21st Dec '16 9:18:52 PM mlsmithca
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Politically incorrect BritCom that ran between 1977 and 1979. The show was about a hapless class of students learning English as a [[FunWithForeignLanguages foreign language]]. It has been much criticized for its xenophobic outlook and heavy use of ethnic stereotypes, but at the time it was appreciated that the show [[FairForItsDay gave actors of colour a bigger presence on TV.]] Hilariously, it was outsourced abroad to great acclaim. To this day it is still re-run on Comedy Central in India and elsewhere.

Four main characters worked at the college of adult education where the show is set:
* Jeremy Brown (Barry Evans), teacher of English as a foreign language
* Miss Courtney (Zara Nutley), strict principal of the college
* Sid (Tommy Godfrey), the Cockney caretaker
* Gladys (Iris Sadler), a tea lady with a penchant for gossip

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Politically ''Mind Your Language'' was a politically incorrect BritCom that ran for four series, three on London Weekend Television between 1977 and 1979.1979 and one on Granada in 1986. The show was about a hapless class of students learning English as a [[FunWithForeignLanguages foreign language]]. It has been much criticized for its xenophobic outlook and heavy use of ethnic stereotypes, but at the time it was appreciated that the show [[FairForItsDay gave actors of colour a bigger presence on TV.]] Hilariously, it was outsourced abroad to great acclaim. To this day it is still re-run on Comedy Central in India and elsewhere.

Four main characters worked at In the college of adult education where the show is set:
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first episode, Jeremy Brown (Barry Evans), Evans) is hired as a teacher of English as a foreign language
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language at a college of adult education run by strict principal Miss Courtney (Zara Nutley), strict principal of the college
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Nutley). Other college employees include Cockney caretaker Sid (Tommy Godfrey), the Cockney caretaker
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and gossip-loving tea lady Gladys (Iris Sadler), a tea lady with a penchant for gossip
Sadler). The other episodes focus on Jeremy's hit-and-miss attempts to help his internationally diverse class of students navigate the mazes of the English language and British culture.



* Giovanni Cupello (George Camiller), a macho Italian chef
* Danielle Favre (Françoise Pascal), a French nymphomaniac au pair
* Anna Schmidt (Jacki Harding), a humourless German au pair
* Juan Cervantes (Ricardo Montez), a Spanish bartender with hilarious '70s sideburns
* Maximillian Papandrious (Kevork Malikyan), a stereotypical Greek shipping company employee
* Jameela Ranjha (Jamila Massey), an Indian housewife

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* Giovanni Cupello (George Camiller), a macho Italian chef
chef who becomes the students' designated leader and spokesman
* Danielle Favre (Françoise Pascal), a French nymphomaniac au pair
pair who regularly flirts with Jeremy
* Anna Schmidt (Jacki Harding), a humourless German au pair
pair who tries to take the class seriously
* Juan Cervantes (Ricardo Montez), a Spanish bartender with hilarious '70s sideburns
sideburns who initially speaks very little English
* Maximillian Papandrious (Kevork Malikyan), a stereotypical Greek shipping company employee
employee whose rivalry with Giovanni turns to friendship in later episodes
* Jameela Ranjha (Jamila Massey), an Indian housewifehousewife who is among the few students to make real progress in her English skills



* Chung Su-Lee (Pik-Sen Lim), a fanatical Chinese communist and embassy secretary
* Ingrid Svenson (Anna Bergman), a Swedish nymphomaniac au pair

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* Chung Su-Lee (Pik-Sen Lim), a Chinese embassy secretary and fanatical Chinese communist and embassy secretary
* Ingrid Svenson (Anna Bergman), a Swedish nymphomaniac au pair
Communist


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* Ingrid Svenson (Anna Bergman), a Swedish nymphomaniac au pair who competes with Danielle for Jeremy's affection (which he is too shy to return)
18th Dec '16 9:06:03 AM mlsmithca
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* Giovanni Cupello (George Camiller), a macho Italian
* Danielle Favre (Françoise Pascal), a French nymphomaniac
* Anna Schmidt (Jacki Harding), a humourless German

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* Giovanni Cupello (George Camiller), a macho Italian
Italian chef
* Danielle Favre (Françoise Pascal), a French nymphomaniac
nymphomaniac au pair
* Anna Schmidt (Jacki Harding), a humourless GermanGerman au pair



* Maximillian Papandrious (Kevork Malikyan), a stereotypical Greek
* Jamila Ranjha (Jamila Massey), an Indian housewife
* Ranjeet Singh (Albert Moses) and Ali Nadim (Dino Shafeek), an Indian Sikh and Pakistani Muslim (respectively) who constantly fight
* Chung Su-Lee (Pik-Sen Lim), a fanatical Chinese communist
* Ingrid Svenson (Anna Bergman), a Swedish nymphomaniac
* Taro Nagazumi (Robert Lee), a Japanese businessman

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* Maximillian Papandrious (Kevork Malikyan), a stereotypical Greek
Greek shipping company employee
* Jamila Jameela Ranjha (Jamila Massey), an Indian housewife
* Ranjeet Singh (Albert Moses) and Moses), an Indian Sikh who works for the London Underground
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Ali Nadim (Dino Shafeek), an Indian Sikh and a Pakistani Muslim (respectively) between jobs who constantly fight
fights with Ranjeet
* Chung Su-Lee (Pik-Sen Lim), a fanatical Chinese communist
communist and embassy secretary
* Ingrid Svenson (Anna Bergman), a Swedish nymphomaniac
nymphomaniac au pair
* Taro Nagazumi (Robert Lee), a Japanese businessmanelectronics company executive



* JapaneseRanguage: Subverted, it was Su-Lee (Chinese) who had this.

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* JapaneseRanguage: Subverted, it was Su-Lee (Chinese) who had this.struggled to differentiate between R and L sounds. Taro instead added "-oh" to the end of every word that would otherwise end with a consonant.
18th Dec '16 8:58:36 AM mlsmithca
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* Jeremy Brown, teacher of English as a foreign language
* Miss Courtney, strict principal of the college
* Sid, the Cockney caretaker
* Gladys, a tea lady with a penchant for gossip

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\n* Jeremy Brown, Brown (Barry Evans), teacher of English as a foreign language
* Miss Courtney, Courtney (Zara Nutley), strict principal of the college
* Sid, Sid (Tommy Godfrey), the Cockney caretaker
* Gladys, Gladys (Iris Sadler), a tea lady with a penchant for gossip




* Giovanni Cupello, a macho Italian
* Danielle Favre, a French nymphomaniac
* Anna Schmidt, a humourless German
* Juan Cervantes, a Spanish bartender with hilarious '70s sideburns
* Maximillian Papandrious, a stereotypical Greek
* Jamila Ranjha, an Indian housewife
* Ranjeet Singh and Ali Nadim, an Indian Sikh and Pakistani Muslim (respectively) who constantly fight
* Chung Su-Lee, a fanatical Chinese communist
* Ingrid Svenson, a Swedish nymphomaniac
* Taro Nagazumi, a Japanese businessman
* Zoltán Szabó, a Hungarian with a strange tendency to burst into song

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\n* Giovanni Cupello, Cupello (George Camiller), a macho Italian
* Danielle Favre, Favre (Françoise Pascal), a French nymphomaniac
* Anna Schmidt, Schmidt (Jacki Harding), a humourless German
* Juan Cervantes, Cervantes (Ricardo Montez), a Spanish bartender with hilarious '70s sideburns
* Maximillian Papandrious, Papandrious (Kevork Malikyan), a stereotypical Greek
* Jamila Ranjha, Ranjha (Jamila Massey), an Indian housewife
* Ranjeet Singh (Albert Moses) and Ali Nadim, Nadim (Dino Shafeek), an Indian Sikh and Pakistani Muslim (respectively) who constantly fight
* Chung Su-Lee, Su-Lee (Pik-Sen Lim), a fanatical Chinese communist
* Ingrid Svenson, Svenson (Anna Bergman), a Swedish nymphomaniac
* Taro Nagazumi, Nagazumi (Robert Lee), a Japanese businessman
* Zoltán Szabó, Szabó (Gabor Vernon), a Hungarian with a strange tendency to burst into song



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