2020年6月16日 星期二

Some People I Know in Taitung County, Viewed Through the Side by Side Textbook, Unit 9 and My Line Account


1. Where does he/she live?

I'm not sure where he lives now.  Years ago he was renting a house not far from where I spent my first two years in Taitung, but after that he moved (I think) to a place near the ocean.  After that he moved (I think) to another house in Beinan.

What language does he speak?

He speaks English and Chinese, though I've only heard him speak Chinese a handful of times.

What does he do every day?

I wonder about this sometimes.  What would a day in his life be like?  Is he spending his days "chatting up babes online?"  Or is he studying obscure websites?  Maybe he drives up into the mountains, where he meditates upon "mysterious Asia?"


2. Where does he/she live?

He lives up the coast, in Beinan or Dong He Township, I'm not sure which.  I know where the turnoff from the highway is, but I've never visited the house he's living in now.  I'm not even sure if he's still living there.  I know he has a piece of land further up the coast.  Maybe he's living on that.

What language does he/she speak?

He speaks English and Chinese.  He might also speak Portuguese.  Seems likely.

What does he/she do every day?

He's into programming, so he probably spends parts of his weekends tweaking programs.  He also surfs and plays guitar.  I'm guessing he spends a fair amount of time driving up and down the coast.  I see his wife in Carrefour now and then, so maybe he sometimes follows his family into the city.


3. Where does he/she live?

She lives in a gated community near the airport.  Several other people we both know also live inside that place.  It's an alright place to live, but the floor plans inside most of those houses are weird.  My family used to venture inside that community every Halloween (it was the only place you could go trick-or-treating), but my daughters have since grown out of that, and I haven't any reason to go back there.

What language does he/she speak?

She speaks English - haltingly - and also Chinese and Taiwanese.  She's very humble about her English ability, but she speaks it - and understands it - much better than she thinks.  If I don't speak English to her more, it's only because she prefers conducting conversations in Chinese.

What does he/she do every day?

She spends a lot of time driving her daughters around.  On the weekends she used to go bicycling, but she hasn't done that in a while.  She also runs and occasionally goes on outdoor excursions with our coworkers.  Walking up Dulan Mountain?  In that kind of heat?  I'm glad I stayed home.


4. Where does he/she live?

I just realized I have no idea where she lives.  Her husband works at the hospital next to our school, so I assume they live somewhere in the city.

What language does he/she speak?

She speaks English very well.  Her English is probably the second-best in the school where I work.  When we talk we sometimes slip into Chinese when discussing work or certain local places, but she has no problem talking to me in English.  I'm assuming she also speaks Taiwanese.

What does he/she do every day?

She's an argumentative person, and probably finds work very stressful.  I think she probably stays home on the weekends.  I never see her in local restaurants.  I never see her outside of school.  I suppose she likes to keep her private life private, and that's completely understandable.


5. Where does he/she live?

She lives behind the Christian Hospital.  I've been to her house many times.  I used to teach her son English in their living room.

What language does he/she speak?

I taught her English a few times, but I can't remember if her English was good.  Outside of class we always spoke in Chinese.

What does he/she do every day?

I know she likes plants, gardening and travel.  I think she probably reads about these things in her free time.  She used to spend a lot of time on her son, but he's older now so she probably worries about him less.  She works very hard as a teacher, so perhaps she also spends time on her professional development.


6. Where does he/she live?

No idea.  I really don't know him that well.

What language does he/she speak?

I believe it's only English.  He might have picked up some Chinese since I last saw him.

What does he/she do every day?

Plan his future?  I heard he was thinking about Taichung, primarily because he had dramatic aspirations.  Taichung isn't paradise, but if you're looking to read poetry or perform one-man plays Taichung is the place to be.  Hope it works out for him over there.


7.Where does he/she live?

Also no idea.  Who is he/she?  Did I work with him/her at some point?

What language does he/she speak?

I'm guessing by his/her Line profile that Chinese is his/her first language.

What does he/she do every day?

Again, no idea.


8. Where does he/she live?

I want to say out by the Naruwan Hotel but I could be wrong.  He and I don't talk much these days, mostly because I have no desire to do so.  Not a bad guy, just boring.

What language does he/she speak?

Chinese, Taiwanese and English for sure.

What does he/she do every day?

I went biking with him once.  It was agony.  The whole time he complained about how tired he was, and how fast we were going - and we only went 20K.  He probably does family-related stuff on the weekends.  I heard he has a whole other family in another part of Taiwan.


9. Where does he/she live?

He lives somewhere off of Chang Sha Street, not far from the school where we both work.  Last I heard he was having some kind of problem with his neighbors.

What language does he/she speak?

He's a puzzling mix of shy and assertive.  He's incredibly opinionated at work - opinionated to the point of stubbornness - and he's alienated many coworkers for this reason.  He and I always speak Chinese, and when he speaks in that language he sounds very forthright.  When he speaks English, however, it's like he becomes a different, meeker person.  Does he speak Taiwanese?  I assume so.  I also once heard him sing a song in Amis.

What does he/she do every day?

I'm guessing he sits around and obsesses over work.  It probably drives his wife crazy.  I know he has at least one kid, but I can't remember if this kid is a boy or a girl.  It's been a long time since I've seen him or his family outside of work.


10. Where does he/she live?

Don't know.  Has to be somewhere in the city though.

What language does he/she speak?

He speaks Chinese and Taiwanese.  His English is nonexistent.  Sometimes when he talks to me he uses that infuriating "foreigner accent" that instantly tells me when someone's never going to be my friend.

What does he/she do every day?

He's probably busy with his kids.  He used to be into triathlon-type sports, but I think he's given up on that.


11. Where does he/she live?

She lives with one of the other people discussed here.  They're married.

What language does he/she speak?

Chinese and Taiwanese.  Does she speak any English?  If she does I've never heard it.

What does he/she do every day?

I'm sure she's busy with her family.  She's very outgoing at work, but I get the feeling she doesn't spend much of her leisure time with coworkers.  That's fine.  These days neither do I.


12. Where does he/she live?

She lives in the community near the airport mentioned above.  She lives there with her husband.  I don't think their sons live with them now.  They're sons have probably gone off to school somewhere.

What language does he/she speak?

Chinese and Taiwanese.

What does he/she do every day?

Not really sure.  She substitutes in our school sometimes, and besides that she works in a buxiban (cram school) near Sam's Burger.  She once told me her dream was to open a restaurant in or around Chr Shang.  Maybe she's laying plans for that?  She retired not long ago, so I'm sure she has a lot of time to think about the future.


13. Where does he/she live?

Don't know.  He and I are never going to be friends so it doesn't matter.  He's scared of foreigners, and I find him completely uninteresting.

What language does he/she speak?

Chinese and Taiwanese.  Everybody thinks his English must be "better" because of his job, but this is not true.

What does he/she do every day?

I know he exercises.  Bicycling, running and swimming seem likely.  He's one of those dudes that show up at everything, but those attending any event/gathering are likely to forget that he was there.  He's one of the most forgettable people I've ever known.


14. Where does he/she live?

She lives out by the Naruwan Hotel.  I believe she lives next to the kindergarten near the bike trail.

What language does he/she speak?

Chinese and Taiwanese for sure.  She's from a small village on the other side of the island.

What does he/she do every day?

She's one of those women who pretty much sold themselves into slavery by getting married.  You can guess the rest: cooking, cleaning and raising kids.  I applaud loyalty, but some people suffer a lot for the choices they make.


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