English Accents As Viewed By Young Taiwanese ESL Learners

-So which teachers are Canadian? asks Student A.
-T. Range, T. K, and T. R., answers Student E.
-How about T. Br?
-He’s American, as is T. J., I interject.
-How about T. Be?
-He’s from England.
-What’s the difference between them all?
-It’s the way that they all say “out”. Canadians will say it this way. The English say it this way and Americans say it this way.
(Student E demonstrates to Student A, quite hilariously while I listen in. This whole conversation took place in Mandarin.)

New Beginnings

I love the blues, but the bottom needs to be lightened with Photoshop. Taken in Danshui.

I’ve started working at a new buxiban in the afternoons and early evenings. It’s pretty convenient, since it’s about 5 minutes away and the classes are no stress.

In fact, in the beginning I didn’t know how much I would enjoy it, so I didn’t really commit to anything and delayed the paperwork until I was sure that everything was all right.

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