Posted in Taiwan, tagged Chinese, funny, language, me, scooter, Taiwanese on Friday, 4 November 2011|
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On Sunday, I intend to ride my scooter to Sanxia with my 9-foot-tall coworker riding pillion, and since I haven’t run that little machine in a good six months, I took it in for a check-up. Since I wasn’t able to start it, I wasn’t surprised to find it needed a new battery, but I took care of that and got it washed and pumped up, all for just $850.
Since the washing took a bit of time, I was able to chat with the two mechanics, and as usual, answered a lot of questions about myself, especially since they see me basically every night as I walk home. At one point, they broke into Taiwanese and I understood a bit. When it became obvious I was sort of following, the conversation turned to speaking Taiwanese, whereupon I began bitching about the crazy difficulties. The mechanic washing my scooter promptly shut me down by telling me that I just need to practice more. As we finished the transaction, he invited me to stop by and practice any time. How can I resist?
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I should have just lettered them off A-Z, my new class of travel agents. There are 26 and it’s possible that I might have more next week (I’ll go into Greek letters). Then again, it’s possible I might have less, but I’m not hopeful. This class has nearly two times what a standard corporate class should have, but am I being paid for two classes? Of course not! I work for a company where my cataloging proposal for the teacher’s resource shelf has to get past the CEO.
All that aside, it was not a terrible class. I was able to wrangle a better classroom right off the bat and there are multimedia capabilities, so I’m thinking of working in plenty of video. Do they have Muzzy for English? How magnificently creepy that would be!
Now for the pun: some weeks ago I went for a Kung Fu Panda 2/X-Men: First Class double feature. It was fun enough, but the best part was reading and comprehending a Taiwanese joke on a movie poster. It puns “we” and “blue” and I love it (probably too much). My Taiwanese teacher and classmates were not as impressed as me (except possibly the other American), but that’s okay. For your enjoyment, I present a dark, slightly fuzzy poster for the Smurfs movie’s Taiwan release. Have fun!
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I went to see a movie with a friend from work today, and it was the most unique movie-going experience I’ve ever had. Jenny found a budget theater called the Dynasty, and it was amazingly close to my house. We met up after work and found a little place to have dinner that I’m definitely going back to, and showed up a few minutes late to the show.
Sucker Punch was the first movie, and let me tell you, that movie is not improved by missing the first few minutes. Honestly, it’s probably only improved by not watching, but we had paid our 100元 and were set on having a good time. I’m not sure how dark the palette of the film was in its original release, but it was probably not as dark and muffled as the print we saw. However, something about the utter sleaziness of the movie and the squalor of the theater combined to make a perfect experience for my first legal double feature.
Because this theater doesn’t “clean out” between screenings (Jenny and I couldn’t think of the best way to translate this because neither of us has enough experience with sketchy second-run theaters), we finished Sucker Punch, horrified and in dire need of cheering up and just scooted into better seats to await the next movie. It turned out to be an animated animal movie that put me in mind of Shark Tale: a lot of names and not a lot else. It was formulaic but still funny, and much needed after the bizarre yet intriguing mess that was the first movie.
I want to try this theater again: it’s so convenient and atmospheric! Perhaps too atmospheric, though: now I feel all itchy. I hope it’s just the heat…
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Today was a good day, if I consider the start of the day to be 11:40! I finished up a two week subbing stretch which means BANK!, plus the kids were great. I’ll soon be finished with my own little …bunch, which I’m not too bothered about, though I think I’ll miss the original few or perhaps more accurately, the ones I consider the core class.
In other news, I saw the Hello Kitty car again today, wedged up into a parking spot I didn’t know existed in front of the PX Mart.
In other news, my Taiwanese teacher/fried food vendor now has an older buddy who has the thickest accent in the world. I had been starting to wonder about when my ability to detect accents in Chinese would emerge (beyond the most basic this is Beijing and this is Taiwan), but I’ve totally got it down with this guy. Half of his words sounded like he was speaking Taiwanese! He was very helpful, but food words don’t get you far with building useful grammatical sentences. I really want to buy this Taiwanese book, but I haven’t had the money or the time to get into Taipei and find these people. Maybe next weekend!
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