|I am "Dopey Bashful Heffalump."|
1. What's your name? 你叫什麼名字?
My name? Well, if you know me, then you know my name. If you don't know me, you might be able to use the Internet to find out. If you aren't able to use the Internet to find out, maybe you can guess. If you can't guess, maybe you can ask a friend to help you find out. If you don't have any friends, perhaps you and I can be friends one day. 我的名字? 如果你認識我, 你應該知道我的名字. 如果你不認識我, 你應該可以使用網路找到我的名字. 如果你不能利用網路找到, 或許你可以猜猜看. 如果你猜不到的話, 你可以找朋友幫忙. 如果你沒有朋友的話, 也許我們兩個人以後有機會當朋友.
2. What's your address? 你的地址是什麼?
It will be obvious from this blog that I live in Taiwan. It will also be obvious that I live in Taitung, on the east coast. If you research a little further, you'll discover that I live in an apartment building, and that I work in a public elementary school. Taitung isn't that big. You can probably find me if you try. 從這個部落格就知道我住在台灣. 我住在東海岸的台東也很明顯. 如果你再多留心一點的話, 你會發現我住在一棟公寓大樓裡面, 在公立國小上班. 台東很小. 找到我應該沒問題.
3. What's your phone number? 你的電話幾號?
I thought you already had my phone number. Why haven't you called? I've been waiting and waiting! 我以為你已經有我的電話. 你為甚麼沒打電話給我? 我等很久了!
4. Where are you from? 你從哪裡來?
I am from Seattle. Seattle is a city in Washington State. Washington State is one of the fifty states that comprise the United States of America. The United States of America is one of 197 countries in the world, or 193 if you only count countries that are members of the United Nations. 我從西雅圖來的. 西雅圖在華盛頓州. 華盛頓州是美國50州的其中一個. 美國是世界上197個國家中的一個, 或是聯合國193個國家的其中一個.
Taiwan, sadly, is no longer a member of the United Nations. 很可惜台灣不是聯合國的國家之一.
5.Where's the cat? 貓在哪裡?
The cat is in my apartment. It's sleeping. Please don't bother it. It's had a long day. 我的貓在我的公寓裡面. 牠在睡覺. 請你不要把牠吵醒了. 牠很累.
6. What are you doing? 你在做什麼?
Right now I am typing. I am also drinking coffee. In about one hour I will go teach a class. About two hours after that I will eat lunch. After lunch I will teach another class. After I teach the second class I will probably be typing this again. At 4:30 I will teach a class at the Taitung County Government building. Then I will go home. Then I will eat dinner. Then I will watch a movie. Then I will go to bed. Good night. 我正在打字喝咖啡. 我一個小時後要上課, 上完課後兩個小時要吃午餐. 午餐後我還要上一節課. 教完課後大概繼續打字. 我4:30的時候要去台東縣政府那邊多上一節課. 然後我回家,吃晚餐, 看電影. 那之後我去睡覺. 晚安.
7. Are you busy? 你在忙嗎?
Right now? No, not really. I will be much busier tomorrow. 現在嗎? 不是很忙. 我明天會比較忙.
8. Are you tall or short? 你是高的還是矮的?
Most Taiwanese people would say that I am tall. I have some foreign friends, however, who would say that my height is average. I don't think anyone would think of me as short. 大部分的臺灣人會說我很高, 可是我有一些外國朋友會說我的身高普通. 不會有人覺得我很矮吧.
9. Are you young or old? 你年輕還是年紀大?
At 41, I don't think of myself as young. But I'm not old yet - I can still get around pretty well. 41歲的我不算什麼年輕人, 可是我還沒到年紀大的時候. 我的身體還是很健康.
Most Taiwanese people would try to be very polite and tell me that I am young, but I don't tend to believe them. 很多台灣人很有禮貌地跟我說我還是很年輕, 可是我不相信這種話.
My opinion? If you think 41 is old, you probably haven't gotten there yet. If you think 41 is young, you're probably older than 41. If you're telling someone they're old or young, you're probably either trying to either make yourself feel better, or them feel worse. 我的意見? 你如果覺得41歲很老的話, 你大概還沒到這個年齡. 如果你覺得41歲很年輕的話, 你大概過了這個年齡. 你如果跟別人說他們年老還是年輕, 原因大概是想讓自己舒服一點, 或是讓他們的心情差一點.
10. Are you fat or thin? 你很胖還是很瘦?
Some guys were joking about me being "fat" the other day, so I must be thin. I think compared to a lot of guys my age I'm in good shape. 某天我的朋友們開玩笑說我"胖", 所以我大概是瘦的. 跟同年齡的男人比, 我的身材是不錯的.
11. Who is she? 她是誰?
I don't know who she is. You'll have to be more specific. The only female in the office right now is one of our school's English teachers. 我不知道她是誰. 你要再具體一點. 目前在辦公室的女人只有我們學校的英文老師.
12. Where's the restaurant? 餐廳在哪裡?
Which restaurant? My favorite restaurant? My favorite Western restaurant is the Dulan Diner in Dulan. My favorite Chinese restaurant is the He Nan Wei on Shin Sheng Road. I also like the Chen Hong Shin Pork Noodle restaurant on Chuan Guang Road. 哪一家餐廳? 我最喜歡的餐廳嗎? 我最喜歡的西式餐廳是都蘭那邊的都蘭食堂. 我最喜歡的中國餐廳是新生路上的河南味. 我也很喜歡傳廣路上的陳紅心豬肉麵店.
13. Excuse me, I'm looking for a shirt. 不好意思. 我在找襯衫.
Then I think you should go to Uniqlo. That's where I buy most of my shirts. Or you could go to Giordano, or Hang Ten, or any of those other ones. I don't really buy clothes anymore. Maybe I should? 那你要去Uniqlo吧. 我在那裡買大部分的襯衫. 你也可以去Giordano, 還是Hang Ten, 還是其他的地方. 我最近很少買衣服. 可能我應該多買幾件衣服.
14. What languages do you speak? 你會講什麼語言?
I speak English and Mandarin. I can understand a little bit of Taiwanese and German. The Taiwanese is from listening to my wife's relatives' drunken conversations on Chinese New Year. The German is from studying it in high school. I can't speak Taiwanese or German well though. Never got the practice. 我會講英文跟國語. 台語跟德文知道一點點. 我懂一點台語的原因是以前跟太太的家人過中國新年. 我懂一點德文的原因是我在高中的時候學過. 其實我不大會講台語或是德文. 我的練習不夠.
15. What do you do every day? 你每天做什麼?
Monday to Friday I go to work. I run on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I usually go bicycling on Saturday mornings, and swimming on Sunday mornings. On Friday and Saturday evenings I enjoy beer. Lately I watch more movies than I read books, though this may change at any time. 禮拜一到禮拜五是我的上班日. 我禮拜二跟禮拜四去跑步. 通常禮拜六早上騎單車, 禮拜日去游泳. 我禮拜五, 六晚上喜歡喝啤酒. 我最近看比較多的電影, 看比較少的書, 可是這個狀況隨時會改變.
16. What kind of movies do you like? 你喜歡哪一種電影?
For me, nothing beats a good horror movie. But good horror movies are hard to find. I watch all the superhero movies, though I have to say they've been about 50/50 this year. Lately I've been watching a lot of movies from the 1970s. The last good movie I saw was All the President's Men, from 1976. 我超喜歡好看的恐怖電影. 可是好看的恐佈電影很難得. 我看過所有的超人電影, 可是今年的超人電影只有一半是好看的. 我最近看很多1970年代的電影. 我覺得1976年的 "大陰謀" 滿好看.
17. Who's your favorite movie star? 你最喜歡的影星是誰?
That's a tough one. Maybe Sean Connery, but he's been in a lot of bad movies. Or maybe Idris Elba. Or Charlize Theron? I'd have to think about that some more. I'll get back to you. 這個問題很難. 有可能是史恩·康納萊, 可是他也出現在很多很差的電影裡. 有可能是伊卓瑞斯·艾巴, 還是莎莉·賽隆. 這個問題我還要再想想. 以後再跟你講.
18. What kind of books do you like? 你喜歡哪一種書?
If we're talking about fiction, my favorite genre is science fiction, hands-down. If it's non-fiction, I like books about space, books about space travel, books about time travel, books about quantum mechanics, books about Taiwan's animals, books about Taiwan's plants, books about Taiwan's history, books about magic/witchcraft, books about economics, books about comic books, books about ancient history, or books about strange religions. If I'm reading in Chinese, I prefer topics that are both more "local" and more "serious." If I'm reading in English, I prefer books that are strange. 如果是小說的話, 我最喜歡的是科幻小說. 如果是非小說類的書, 我喜歡的主題包括外太空, 太空旅行, 時間旅行, 量子力學, 臺灣野生動物, 臺灣植物, 臺灣歷史, 魔法, 經濟, 漫畫, 古代歷史和奇奇怪怪的宗教. 我看中文書的時候喜歡比較 "當地的" 和比較 "嚴肅" 的題材. 如果看英文書, 我喜歡奇怪的內容.
19. What kind of sports do you like? 你喜歡哪一些運動?
My favorite sport to watch is American football. I also used to watch a lot of road cycling when I had cable. I enjoy taking in a baseball or soccer game, too. Not fond of basketball. 我最喜歡看的運動就是美式足球. 我以前有MOD的時候也很喜歡看單車比賽. 看棒球還是足球也不錯. 我不喜歡看籃球.
My favorite sport to play? Soccer can be fun. I run, swim, and bike a fair amount, so of course I enjoy those activities most of the time. I know a lot of guys who are into surfing, and I like attempting that sport, but I am an exceedingly poor surfer. 我最喜歡玩什麼運動? 足球不錯. 我通常跑步, 游泳, 還有騎單車, 所以我當然喜歡這些運動. 我有很多朋友喜歡衝浪. 我也喜歡這麼做, 可是我的技術很爛.
20. Do you usually wash your car on Saturday? 你通常在禮拜六的時候洗車嗎?
No, I never wash our car. I barely drive the thing. My wife uses it to drive back and forth to Guanshan every day, so it's usually just me and my bike. I really don't care if that thing's clean or not. If it works, great. If it's dirty, it's not a problem for me. 不. 我不洗我們的車. 我很少開它. 我太太每天利用它到關山, 我通常騎單車. 我不在乎車子是髒的還是乾淨的. 可以開就好了. 它很髒也沒有關係.
|My car, the Nissan Tiida. In the States known as the Versa.|
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