In the Dream of the Red Chamber, the classical Chinese novel, entered a clumsy Granny Liu.
The country bumpkin, Granny Liú, or Liu laolao, visited the Grand View Gardens, and was totally overwhelmed by new experiences and opulence.
Today I feel like Granny Liu in the north of the country, clumsy and excited. This is the first time I have visited the unknown north as a tourist. I still wear a thick fur jacket to try to fight the northern rain and wind.
This place is rich in history. I was already introduced to Stockport Air Raid Shelters today. The presence of the Second World War remains real.
I had a wonderful discovery today. My friend and her family speak English rather differently. English is their mother tongue, but they seem to drop the ‘t’ sound whenever they say the word ‘but’. Perhaps they are just a bit lazy, so they just say ‘bu’ all the time. If I had pronounced ‘bu’ as an English student, I would have failed my English oral test. Then I wouldn’t have been able to go abroad to study, to marry and have a child in England. My life would have been totally miserable. Therefore I think my friends should start taking the pronunciation of ‘but’ very seriously. Luckily my friends speak with pleasing musical intonations with a marked rising tone. They will make excellent Chinese speakers one day.
Of course I don’t mean my northern friends are lazy. My friend fixed a new toilet seat all by herself and it didn’t wobble. She made me four cups of tea in 8 hours, of different flavours and strength. I think she recycled her tea bags for her own family, but for her friend, she is generous enough to make me fresh tea each time with a new tea bag.
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- Stockport Air Raid Shelters
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- Perfect tea
- Oxo cube: good or evil?
- Laughter and love
- The north south divide
- English in the north: dropping consonants
- Food, glorious food!
- How many ways can you view Tilly?