2014年6月8日 星期日

Fruits and Vegetables 水果跟蔬菜 (中 / 英)


ME: OK class, we'll be talking about fruits and vegetables today.  Do you know what fruits and vegetables are?

CLASS: Yes, teacher.

ME: Great!  Now I want to remind everyone to speak English in class!  Speaking English will help you to learn more English!

CLASS: Yes, teacher.

ME: Repeat after me: "Apple."

CLASS: "Apple."

ME: "Orange."

Class: "Orange."

ME: "Pineapple."

Class: "Pineapple."

A student raises his hand.

ME: Yes?

STUDENT 1: Teacher, how to say 釋迦 in English?

ME: That is "Buddha-head fruit," or "sugar apple," or "custard apple."  It has more than one English name.

STUDENT 1: OK teacher.  Thanks.

ME: "Banana."

CLASS: "Banana."

Another student raises her hand.

ME: Yes?  You have a question?

STUDENT 2: 老師, 火龍果英文怎麼說?

ME: I'm sorry, can you ask that question in English?

STUDENT 2: Yes, teacher.  Sorry.  How to say 火龍果 in English?

ME: That one is "dragonfruit" or "pitaya."  It also has more than one English name.

STUDENT 2: Thanks, teacher.

ME: "Dragon eyes."

CLASS: "Dragon eyes."

STUDENT 3: 老師, dragon eyes 是什麼?

ME: Who knows how to say "dragon eyes" in Chinese?

STUDENT 1: It's 龍眼.

STUDENT 3: Oh, OK.  真是奇怪 . 

ME: "Pear."

CLASS: "Pear."

STUDENT 3: 那如果"dragon eyes"就是龍眼, 荔枝怎麼叫leechee呢?

ME: Can you ask me that question again?  In English?

STUDENT 3: 我不會. 

ME: What you want to say is: "If the English name for 龍眼 is 'dragon eyes,' why is the English name for 荔枝 leechee?"

STUDENT 3: 你看!  老師也會講中文!

ME: Yes, but this is English class.  Can you ask me the question again in English?

STUDENT 3: Huh?  你說什麼?  我聽不懂!

ME: I said: can you ask me one more time?  In English?

STUDENT 1: 老師叫你用英文問問題.

STUDENT 3: 什麼問題?  他不是已經回答我的問題嗎?

STUDENT 2: 還沒.  他只是叫你上課的時候要講英文.

STUDENT 3: 好.  可是我忘記我問過什麼問題.

ME: Ahhhhh.  Forget it.  Repeat after me.  IN ENGLISH.  "Strawberry."

STUDENT 2: 老師, "strawberry" 是什麼? 是草莓嗎?

ME: 是.  I mean yes!  I mean: can you ask that question in English?

STUDENT 2: 老師為甚麼要再問一次?  你不是已經回答了嗎?

ME: 氣死我了!

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  1. This is a hilarious post! I've been reading through the blog and I'm loving it. Fun and informative (and it makes me work on my abysmal 中文)I'll actually be coming to Taiwan this summer to teach English and I'm so excited! I just wanted to say how much blogs like this mean, sure you can never give all the answers as we are all different in our desires and perceptions, but you have definitely given me some insight and got me even more excited to head over! Best of luck with the blog, and maybe I'll see ya around Taiwan!

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    1. Thanks for the good thoughts my friend. See me in Taiwan? Well if you're in Taitung City, and a certain local bar, when the moon is full, perhaps!

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