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who curls their tongue when they speak
and who doesn’t. what thoughts
occupy the insides of our wet
language is keeping you in chains—what brand
of syllables crash relentless into the backs
of pearl teeth. which ocean
rages against emerald rock, foaming
Today we spent the day hanging out with my McGill buddy Marianne and her friend Jonny. He volunteered to show us around a few touristy spots in Taipei! The first place we went to see was Longshan temple. There were lots of people there because of the "ghost festival" that happens in July. There were lots of fruits, incense, and paper items that decorated the grounds.
We wandered around ...
... our first drop out today! A Kiwi who decided it wasn't the right fit for him so left for home. A highlight of training though was definitely when myself and the Irish lad on our course managed to convince a poor unsuspecting American lad that Leprechauns were actually real...much to general hilarity!
Thursday was assessed demo day, so once we got that out the way the trainers took it easy on us and we had a much more relaxed day. Previously, I'd been told to start bringing my ...
... listen to the basic Mandarin audio lessons I downloaded. I in no way expect them to make me capable of holding even basic conversations while here, but it would be good to know the appropriate polite noise words to make. Perhaps it's just me, but I'm a firm believer in at least knowing how to say "hello," "yes," "no," "please," "thank you," and "excuse me" in the language of the place where you're visiting. It's simple common courtesy.
... with the foreigner'.
This happens more often then you know.
There are also drive-by 'hellos'. While walking down streets, people driving by in their cars, scooters and even bicycles will wait until they have nearly pulled up beside you...shout out 'HELLO!!!' and then drive right by before you can see what they look like or say 'hello' back. If I had
$1 for every time this happened...I would be quite rich. Seriously.