Peter (柯益友) (peterintaiwan) wrote,
Peter (柯益友)

Teaching "English"

One of the perks of my job is sometimes having very strange and interesting conversations with my students. Especially about me and America in general. This last week a student asked where I was from (this poses a difficult answer for me because I was born and lived in California for 8 years, lived in Michigan for over 15 years and then in the last year lived in both Oregon and Pennsylvania). I told him America (versus Canada). He then said, "Not England? You sound like you are British."

I think I stared at him for a little bit and blinked a few times. Maybe I laughed, I don't remember exactly how I responded, but I do know it included reassuring him that I indeed was American.

One of my other students then asked, "Are you Mormon?"

This further perplexed me and I asked what made her think that (I don't look different or anything).

"You talk like you are a Mormon."

So evidently Mormons talk a certain way.

She continued, "The first day of class when you started to talk you reminded me of those nice Mormon boys on their bikes. I have talked to a couple of them and they talk just like you." So whatever that means, I talk like I am a Mormon. :)
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