highways: [A bright, gold-colored sunrise over a winding road.] (STOCK ☌ on a long and lonesome highway.)
這個禮拜我在練習這篇「女人的地位不同了」的課文,好笑的啦。雖然以前不少人歧視女人,但是現在大家都很平等。聽到我們就知道了。

My Chinese is terrible and I should feel terrible. I do, though, so it's all good. Somehow discouraging is the fact that I think I've finally acquired all of the Mandarin I actually need for survival in Taiwan—today I was talking to a security guard and pointing and gesturing at the ATM machine while saying the word for money, and he was all, "提款機?" which is a word I knew all the pieces of already. And I think that's pretty much it for words I need almost every day. From here on out it's all stuff like 'abortion' and 'the democratic party' and 'career woman' and shit.

Though, hilariously, this textbook occasionally throws us totally new and exciting slang words like 幹嘛—imagining, somehow, that you could have lived in Taiwan for months or even years without knowing what 幹嘛 means. Maybe everybody doesn't learn like half their vocabulary from the television, I dunno man.

To cheer myself up, because my life is terrible, I walked to 大買家, the closet supermarket, and bought myself some books. I got a map book of Taiwan I'll never be able to read and this book of astronomy with lots of pictures. I usually jump at books with 注音 ruby text but this time I avoided it, because I wanted to get books for grownups and anyway it can be damn annoying. I mean, I take my Chinese copy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory around with me pretty much everywhere but sometimes I'm all, "Arrg, self, you can stop sounding out every freaking word and read like a goddamn adult anytime, now."

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