More Nanchong weirdness

Over the past two months I’ve been adjusting to china…. and apparently Nanchong has been getting used to me as well.

There is a lady that had a little stand right in front of the gate for my apartment building. She sells instant noodles, cold tofu, drinks, snacks and other essentials. I go there for the oreos and drinks, but she used to give me the worst looks. I assumed she was just a horrible person tired or shy. Well now I’ve been here long enough when she sees me she just waves packets of oreos at me and gets oddly excited if I buy beer

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this is at the grocery store and not her stand.

I also go to the same street stand most mornings for a sweet roll and hot cup of bean juice (soy milk… I think anyways) and the couple that works the stand knows I’m really bad about keeping my place in line. I just can’t seem to shove 4ft tall 90yo women out of my way no matter how much I want my bean juice, so they yell at people to not cut me which I think is hilarious. I can’t understand what they’re saying exactly but I know they say something about me being American. I used to order by pointing but I finally learned the names of the food and the first day I ordered it in Chinese they got excited and started clapping.

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Its not a latte and bagel… but its definitely growing on me

There is a bakery I go to on Sundays to get a latte and they’re so used to me now they just wave me to a table and bring the latte over to me. (It takes them 15 minutes to make it-hopefully none of them want to make it big in the barista world) Its a big change from the first day when I tried to order and there were 5 workers (also all about 4ft tall) in their matching outfits just staring at me completely confused.

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Which part is more strange? The bare baby butt or the non child friendly transportation?

My students are also getting used to me. They are the best and supposedly the brightest of Nanchong. My favorite thing is when they don’t believe me when I correct their grammar. They were supposed to answer the question “Who took those photos” and they all answered “The photos were took by me” and I corrected them saying it should be “Taken” (In reality they should say “I did” but no one asked me to write a grammar text book). My students refused to believe me and insisted on looking it up it up online – 10 minutes later were all “Tea-chah, you were right tea-chah!”…. Um yeah, I knew I was right.

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I was trying to escape out of the classroom

I do appreciate how hard they work to make fun of me. Teasing me in Chinese is no fun and their English is pretty limited so it takes them a pretty solid effort to make sure I understand their mocking. Sometimes they need to get up and draw on the board to illustrate it, or my favorite is that they pretend to be me on a phone and say things like “Hello, this is American Rebekah, I cannot open computer” because the most hilarious thing the evil dumplings have ever seen is my struggle to turn on the computer screen.

Clearly my students are bad people.  

 ImageI still like exploring the city and finding new places, but having small corners of Nanchong start to feel familiar is definitely a nice thing.

 

 

 

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15 responses to “More Nanchong weirdness

  1. Your post made me chuckle. What are the wee beasties ready for consumption? Rabbits, rat?

  2. It looks like you are becoming like a local there, that must feel good indeed! 🙂

    • I love it and they’re using their English which is really all I want them to do in class anyways. They’re really good kids.

  3. Awesome- you’re a local now and everyone knows you 🙂 I remember when I used to teach English in Korea and Venezuela and there would sometimes be mistakes in the books. The students would never believe me because if it’s in the book it must be right..!

    • its so funny. The Chinese teachers do the same thing sometimes. I might not know the specific grammar rule but I know how to speak my language correctly at least 90% of the time… Its really nice not to be so foreign ALL the time

  4. For me, Chinese sweets are tasteless. I tried many different cakes, muffins and sweet buns and bread, but there isn’t enough sugar in there! However, I find chocolate oreos so delicious and yummy. I love the little ones and I often have them with my students! Mmmmm! I agree, soy milk in the morning is so gooood!

    • They have so many amazing foods but they really don’t do deserts so great. Oh well. There’s always snickers and oreos

    • the bare butts I don’t mind so much… its when they go on the street right in front of me that I get a little unsettled. China is always a good time!

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