Saturday, May 09, 2009

Dear Chinese Friend

Dear Chinese friend,
I do not know yet know enough Chinese to discuss stock markets, economic problems, or swine flu. If you bring up these topics, and I'm staring at you blankly, it's because I have no idea what we are talking about.

Also--reciting ancient Chinese poems at me is not at all helpful to my Chinese study. If you also then insist we act out the ancient Chinese poem, I will be scared to meet with you ever again. Thank you for your consideration.



Anonymous said...

Dear Portia, I am eager to hear the whole story behind this one!


Melanie said...

Portia! Hilarious! People actually have had those conversations with you. They must think your Chinese is most excellent! Thinking of you!