Had coffee this morning with Hensley and Annie, the Dutch/Chinese couple. She's super pregnant and very cute. Can't wait to see that baby. They are so sweet. Gave me their telephone number in case I need anything and offered to get together on a regular basis to relieve boredom. Now wonderful. His mother is coming to visit soon for the baby and he said she and I would really get along. Can't wait. Old fashioned Dutch coffee and pastries. They came in to meet Peter and Peter was really pleased. They promised to bring the baby by when it's old enough. He'll love it.
Peter is getting his extra physical therapy now. Whoo-hoo! He came back from that exhausted, but that's good. Had a big misunderstanding down there. His therapist speaks some English and I asked her if she had any idea when he might be ready to walk. She said never. Huh? I was crushed and couldn't handle the disappointment. Wong saw the tears and wanted to know what was wrong. I used my translator app to tell him and he ran to her. She came over and said, oh, no, no ,no. She said she didn't know the correct meaning of that word and didn't mean that. She said he'll walk, we just don't know when. Boy, talk about lost in translation.
Qinninbo (that's his name), the clerk from the bakery that wanted to better his English, has been coming by most afternoons when he gets off. Pam, Adrian and I teach him English and he is teaching us tai chi. It's very complicated and I feel pretty awkward but I hope to get better. His English is improving by the day. I learned that English is taught in peculiar ways. They teach words but not their usage or pronunciations. He was just unsure of how to use the words that he already knew but hearing them has made him more confident. It's great to watch him develop. I'm sure he'll learn English better than I'll learn tai chi.
Annie, the Chinese wife of the Dutch guy told me something about their methods of teaching English too. It seems many teachers don't even speak it. They just write down a word and ask which form of a verb goes with it. Almost all choose one ending in ing and they're done. No meaning, no context, nothing. Very stupid. No wonder so few of them can speak it. She also told me that people here are paying native English speakers a lot of money just to converse with them to learn it better. Hmmmmm. Qinninbo is getting off cheap!!