Two days ago, one of my students came late to class. The class started at 9.30 but he arrived to class at 10. I told him that I had marked him as "absent" on the attendance list. He was not satisfied with my decision and argued with me at the end of the class. I was firmed with my decision as it's part of the school rule that 30 minutes late is considered being absent. He kept begging me and his good friend (one of the classmates too), begged on his behalf. He said, "Please teacher". "I know that you have a white heart". I smiled and replied, "How do you know that I have a white heart?". "Have you ever seen my heart?". Then only he realized his mistake of literally translating what he wanted to say. I found it cute when they made that kind of mistake and I didn't want to discourage them from using English as long as they want to try. So, I ended up correcting the mistake by saying, "I think it's better if you say that I'm a kind teacher". "BUT a rule is a rule and it's not supposed to be broken". He couldn't beg anymore as I just dismissed him by telling him that I won't change my decision even when he and his friend tried to flatter me!