So, we were learning the grammar for "because of/as a result of/that's why." It's really important to understand the grammar because the word order might not tell you what you need to know about the meaning of a sentence.
Here was the example used:
I ate ice cream. I have a sore throat.
Now, where I come from, cold is a noted treatment for painful swelling. I'm no doctor, but I think this is because it reduces blood flow to the inflamed area. When kids get their tonsils out, they get ice cream, right?
So I constructed the following sentence:
Because I have a sore throat, I ate ice cream.
Imagine my confusion when the teacher tried to explain to me that there's no way the grammar I used could be correct when the idea I was expressing was patently false. Not only did I commit grammatical crimes, I also violated basic Turkish medical principles. Everyone knows eating cold things -- ice cream, cold water, ice -- can make you sick. The correct sentence:
Because I ate ice cream, I have a sore throat.
There were the people in the class who could see no other way to construct the sentence than the way I did it, and a much greater number who could see no other way to construct it than the way our teacher demanded.
No amount of cultural assimilation will ever close the gap between our peoples on the uses and abuses of cold.