Oh, thank got the weekend's almost over! Probably not a phrase too many of you utter.... but for me the weekend is nothing but work. Seeing as I work at a private school, our students have to come when they're not at regular school - hence the weekends being packed. Wednesday they finish at noon, so that's a busy day too and I don't get to finish til 7:30.
Anyhoo, what's new? I'm starving. Got some leftovers in the fridge. Gong bao ji ding, and yu xiang chie zi. Sounds scrumptious, no?
So my obnoxious student is transferring to another class - woohoo! Guess she hates me as much as I hate her. Good riddance!
You know what's funny? No? Come on, don't tell me you don't know anything funny! Yeesh, that's terrible. Okay, here's something funny. Funny strange, not so much funny haha. People don't say "um.." here. Or "uh.." or any of those types of stalling while you think words. When there's a pause - or the place where a pause would be - they say "Nigah". I'll give you an example, although obviously they'd be saying ALL the words in Chinese, not just the 'nigah' part. "What do you want to do?" "I don't know. We could, nigah, go to the movies, or, nigah nigah, out for dinner." It just seems so wierd! I mean, saying 'um' or 'uh' is more of a sound, but here it's like a whole word!
Another amusing little word/sound/phrase that my kids use all the time is when they correct their mistakes. At home, if we said something, then realised it was wrong and wanted to quickly retract it, we might say "no no" or perhaps something along the lines of "oops"...Here the kids often say "beh-dee" Like Porky Pig's beh-dee beh-dee beh-dee That's all folks! It's so funny! Although my theory is that it's sort of a slangy way of saying Bu dway, which means "no". Man, I should be a linguist with insights like that!
Anyway, I'm always worried that if I babble on too long people will get bored and then think I'm boring and then of course they won't want to read a boring blog that bores them (who likes being bored?) so they'll never come back!!! Nooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!
Quick, making a hasty exit! Beh-dee beh-dee beh-dee.....