Taiwan_Student wrote:What goes on in these locals' head. When I was a boy.. I was really annoying. I thought all places were romantic. I would listen to my shortwave radio of distant lands. Every time I ran into a "foreigner" I would attack them. Not really, I'd have a conversation with them. I'd try to suck their brain dry and learn about what it was like where they came from. These kids are not the least bit curious about what adventures we went through, languages we speak, foods we tried (unless it was Taiwanese Food) and all that...
Actually quite the opposite. By approaching you, she is curious about the Westerners and the English language no different than you, as a kid, were interested in "foreigners".
Aside from maybe her teachers, she wants to test her English with someone else, or "suck your brain dry".
And by you speaking Chinese to her (albeit a good practice for you), it hardly helps her improve her own English, or test her own understandings of "foreigners".
Many times kids do what adults consider "stupid things" because they are still learning.
It reminds me of the time when I saw some 3rd graders take off their shoes and they would smell each other's feet.
This of course is idiotic to adults, but it occurred to me that these 3rd graders probably never smelled a feet before and probably just accepted the words that feet smell bad from their parents.
But what exactly is "bad smell", those 3rd graders probably did not have a reference point to compare with, so they had to experience it first-hand to understand.
But with you being the adult, you should be the one with more patience and understanding, and not let this agitate you.