Muzha Man wrote:
touduke wrote:...a question is seen as a test of one's ability to find a platitude that does not answer the question.
I'm not sure if that's true but it's a damn funny statement.
Yeah, recommended the whole post pretty much for that bit at the end
Not sure if I agree with the general thesis- I think most of my Taiwanese friends are somewhat reflective.
As far as not answering questions though, I had a student who, when I asked about her day, would give a 10 minute monologue, the content of which ran along the lines of:
"It is very serious concept discuss real meaning today, even more this potentially result controversial discussion. When we are to facing difficulty challenge cruelty in our life is make us to remember the keep of splendid attitude, is best thing for realize inspiration. Some hypocritical event make hard to me build warm interaction connect together with other. LIfe fraught hardship when find fiend or opponent in public space. How defense staple arguments express what you want talk for express certain purpose."
After listening, hard, for five minutes, I'd realize that she had some kind of conflict with either her sister, her co-worker, or an old classmate that day. Hard to say who. But she was deeply upset about it. Then she'd start in on what she remembered of English platitudes:
"But is knock to lose the door then window will being opening. The cloud have border of fluorescent. My meaning is, falling from horse must ride again. Are you understand?"
The rest of the class would get really restless as she was talking but I was riveted out of pure linguistic interest. It was all I could do not to record her or take notes. I was fascinated to learn how she had learned English. Turned out she read the dictionary a fair amount and wrote her own personal blog in English everyday (thereby permanently solidifying her own form of English grammar into the depths of her brain)
She's been coming to my class for three years and I do have to say there's been a profound improvement. Nice lady too.
Anyways about the staring, just think of it this way- it'll totally make up for any attention you lacked in your childhood.