Language Boat Guest Post

A while back, Amy Estrada, a blogger from California now living in Taiwan, asked me to write a guest post for her fantastic blog Language Boat. She runs a series called Perspective Collective, in which the contributors talk about their language learning approaches, their motivation, and what advice they would give to other language learners.

Here is what I wrote, plus a rather strained-looking photo of me.

But Amy’s blog is not just about language stuff. Oh no. Posts entitled What American Guys Do To Women That Taiwanese Guys Won’t, I Will Never Date Taiwanese Women Again!,Β  and I Actually Did Want To Have Sex With Him! are compulsive reading, whether you have any interest in languages or not πŸ˜‰

Language Boat’s latest post, Public Nose Picking In Taipei, ended with this whopper of a cliff-hanger:

A Taiwanese friend recently called me out on a behavior he finds offensive and gross, so in a future post, I will share what I, and many of my fellow Americans do, that Taiwanese people regard as disgusting.

How the hell am I meant to sleep until then?!? Damn you Amy!!!

Picture of a lamp, just to add a splash of colour:

Taken in a Toledo tea house

Taken in a Toledo tea house

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38 thoughts on “Language Boat Guest Post

      1. ladyofthecakes Post author

        The local police always seem far too busy chatting with everybody… maybe they are extracting bribes?!? Thing is, the punters tend to have a cheery smile on their faces, so unless they actually LIKE paying fines, I don’t think that’s what’s going on here…

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  1. linnetmoss

    That was a great article on language learning–lots of good insights. I’ll have to read her post about “what American guys do to women.” It sounds alternately sexy and scary. BTW, great picture of you. Love the flirtatious curls!

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      I love all that cross-cultural stuff on her blog – what a minefield!
      Curls schmurlz. I end up with great big hair mats every three months, which have to be surgically removed.

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      1. linnetmoss

        Ah yes, the vagaries of Fashion! Remember the 70s when long, stick straight hair was so popular? Followed by the permed 80s. I trust that the wheel will keep spinning indefinitely, but I’m afraid it left me behind decades ago. And when I recall the hideous perm I had ca. 1989, I’m extremely thankful…

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      2. ladyofthecakes Post author

        I escaped the hideous 80’s perm for obvious reasons, but I had some hairdo that required about half a bottle of hairspray to hold it in suspended animation. You could actually knock on my hair like you would on a garden shed door…!

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  2. barbedwords

    Feeling slightly embarrassed about my own attempts to learn foreign languages now… Although I did manage to translate ‘pelvic floor’ in a Pilates class today so I quite impressed myself, if no one else!

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