|One of these two people is me! Maybe the one wearing the flower?|
I am an American, though I don't usually self-identify as such. I usually just tell people I'm from Seattle, and let them work out my nationality for themselves. Believe it or not, I've met more than a few Taiwanese people who think Seattle is in Canada. 我是美國人, 可是我不常這麼介紹自己. 我通常跟新朋友說我是從西雅圖來的, 讓他們猜想我來自哪個國家. 你可能無法相信, 因為我碰過不少台灣人覺得西雅圖是在加拿大.
I arrived in Taiwan September 1999, which is now 15 years ago. Yes, 15 years is a long time to be in Taiwan, but not so long as you might think. I was 25 when I first got here, and now I'm 39. 我在十五年前的1999年9月來到台灣. 十五年真是一段蠻長的時間, 這幾年過得好快. 我25歲來台灣. 現在已經39歲了.
I have green eyes, but many people tell me they are blue. I don't know why this is. Maybe people just want to believe that all foreigners have blue eyes. Under "eye color" it says "green" on my US driver's license. 我的眼睛是綠色的, 可是我不知道為什麼, 很多人覺得它們是藍色的 . 有可能很多台灣人認為白人應該有藍色的眼睛. 我的美國駕駛照上"眼睛的顏色"這一項寫的是"綠色".
A lot of Taiwanese friends are curious to know what my favorite Chinese food is. It is fried onion cake, or tsong yo bing. I like to eat them with a lot of hot sauce. Yes, there are foreigners who like spicy food. 很多台灣朋友問我最喜歡的中國菜是什麼. 我最喜歡的是蔥油餅. 我最喜歡加辣的蔥油餅. 沒錯! 有許多外國人喜歡吃很辣的東西.
I also like snakes. Really. I am fascinated by snakes. I become very excited when we catch them in our school, and I like to see them when I am out riding my bike. I think that snakes are very interesting animals. 我也很喜歡蛇. 真的. 我對蛇很有興趣. 我們在學校裡抓到蛇的時候我很高興. 我也很喜歡在騎單車的時候看到牠們. 我覺得蛇是一種很有意思的動物.
Today is September 23, 2014 and I am a little tired. I am tired because I am trying to drink less coffee. I am also tired because I didn't sleep so well last night. I had one class this morning, and three classes this afternoon, but today's lesson is easy and I don't expect any trouble. My only trouble is sitting here, trying to think of things about myself that I haven't said before. 我在9月23日2014年的今天有點累. 這是因為我試著少喝一點咖啡. 也是因為我昨天晚上沒睡好. 我今天早上有一節課, 下午有三節, 今天的課都很順利. 唯一的困擾是我坐在這個地方努力想我還沒有寫過的事.
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