Being a Chinese educated person, I always thought I’d never regret knowing the language. Although to claim that I know the history and culture inside out would definitely be a baseless boast (I would not want that either), at least according to Jinn, Melissa and Kathryn, Fai is eligible to the title ‘lala’.
For once in my life, I actually regret understanding the Mandarin language. For all the wrong reasons, if you asked. Hint: people from Mainland China. My landlady in particular, speaks in a very
fucking annoying tone, pitch and pace. Trust me, you wouldn’t wanna press the ‘talk’ button on her system. The tone is disturbing, pitch is high and the pace, Mach 100000. “Anything she says, she would sound like your house is on fire.” (Esther, 2007) Rightly put Esther. Hey Jinn, you think Roy & Mili is a nuisance? Try her. Your Roy & Mili, wet wet water only lah…
“So what does all that have to do with understanding the language?”, you may ask. If I didn’t understand Mandarin, I would only find her speeches maddening. Since I do understand what she has to say, I have to bear with the fact that she is a very stubborn and downright stupid woman. What are the bases of my accusations? Well she loves doing things the hard way when there is an easy way out. For example, she saves on all the wrong things – money for a new sponge when the old one is dying to be incinerated; and spends on all the wrong things – daughter spending/smoking like there’s no tomorrow but she says not even a word, stocks up groceries like there’s gonna be a war tomorrow (and stops me from doing it because it takes up space). If I were to list down everything, this whole blog would not be enough for me to be exhaustive.
So Jinn, the next time you find the two infuriating, try imagining that you understood every single thing they say and said. In a situation like that, sucks to be me man.
I wouldn’t wanna be
bitching discussing about tutors and lecturers on my blog like Sook Yan does but hey, just to share something interesting ok?
My ‘Commercial Banking & Finance’ tutor is out-and-out evil. Whether Kym Brown is bent in a good or bad way, is entirely up to your interpretation. When the assignment was gonna be due the next day, pretty reasonable to foresee massive absence in tutorials right? Well I was pretty much done with the assignment so I went. On the sight of the puny number of students in class, she announced that she was gonna do a short revision for the final exam in which the topics covered during the short discussion, will never be repeated on week 13. We were warned not to tell absent students that we did revision and she justified her actions by saying that this would only be fair to students who attended all the tutorials. Well I was there so I’m not complaining.
And during last week’s tutorial, she insisted that two (China) Chinese students read an article that was about one page in length. When a guy reads ’90s’ (in the context of an article about the failures of risk management systems in the past) as ’90 seconds’, throughout the paragraph, you know he has some issues with the lingua franca don’t you? The two of them were struggling with the task and she just kept quiet, occasionally correcting them when the error was too ‘enlightening’. By enlightening, I mean you’ll be dumbfounded by their ability to pronounce words in ways you can’t even imagine. Ok fine my friend and I were laughing our asses off (he’s Caucasian so he’s forgiven, makes me the hypocrite there) but I honestly think Kym should have stopped them from being the laughing stock.
Disclaimer: I’m not saying she’s a bad tutor, she has done a very good job at tutorial-ing, just a little evil at times.
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