小洋妞在杭州体验中式英语

有个叫Chantel,芳龄20的小洋妞正在杭州体验中国的生活,准备用2个学期的时间环游世界:Around the world in 2 semesters。她在杭州的学习很快就要结束了,不过遗憾的事情发生了:自行车被盗。

So… my bike got stolen! 🙁 Frankly I’m not surprised, as people have been warning me about this since before I even got here, but still, it was kind of a downer. It happened on campus, right outside of one of our classroom buildings, in the hour and a half that we were inside. Crazy! China must be mad at me or something. My poor bike… I never even got a picture with it! Oh well. At least I had it for a good three months, and there’s only a bit left. Plus, it only cost about US$30, so it’s not a huge loss. However, I’ll be walking everywhere for the next month… 真糟糕!

她在到达杭州之前就被人警告有人偷车,这次车虽然丢了,她也挺想得开:首先她已经使用了3个月,她在杭州的生活也很快就要结束了。再则呢,这车很便宜,才30美刀。无论如何接下来的一个月她只能步行了。。。真糟糕!

看看这段,非常有意思。We go to the track every morning, where there are usually about 10 or 15 Chinese people there exercising. And by exercising, I mean exercising the Chinese way. This includes, but is not limited to:

– standing still and rotating your pelvis around in circles… for 30 minutes straight

站直,旋转骨盆。。。长达30分钟。



– 太极拳 (tai chi)

打太极拳。

– repeatedly hitting (your own) various body parts, fairly violently, for long stretches of time

反反复复敲打自己身体的各个部位,非常用力而且时间超长[幸好小洋妞没说中国人有自虐倾向]。

– rehearsing English speaking assignments on the sidelines while surreptitiously watching the 老外 run around the track

在路边朗诵英文,同时偷看老外跑圈。

– jogging in your normal day wear (i.e., jeans and high heels)

穿着日常装束跑步(也就是牛仔裤和高跟鞋)。

– walking at a leisurely rate in groups of 2 to 3, carrying a blaring transistor radio in a plastic bag

2-3人一组以休闲速率漫步,携带着一个塑料包,里面放有收音机。

– yelling, “你们疯了!” (“You’re crazy!”) when the whities run by at 8 am in T-shirts and shorts

当中国人看见他们这群洋人早晨8点穿着短衫短裤跑步时会大叫:你疯了!

-Thus is the track culture here. It’s pretty amusing, and makes the time go by relatively quickly.

小洋妞很享受这里的生活,所以感觉时间过得很快。她马上就有一次大考,结束之后就要去上海度周末,而且已经惦记上了上海的小笼包。Okay… back to studying for the big exam. It’s on Thursday, and immediately afterwards Josh, Janice, Rachel and I are departing for a weekend in Shanghai to blow off some steam! It should be great. Shanghai is known for its 小笼包 (delicious little steamed dumplings full of goodness) and I am of course already excited for those.

(原文发表于2007-11-11)


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