Episode Summary: I talk with a Canadian friend about stereotypes and identity.

Note: This episode is dedicated to Thekla. She reminds me every week that curiosity and genuine interest in others are possible at any age.

English Level: B2 🇨🇦🇨🇦

Show Notes:

  1. What was it like to be a Chinese-Canadian in Canada? (1:56)
  2. How influential was your banana identity? (7:20)
  3. Where are you really from? (12:24)
  4. How would you like people to interact with you the first time they meet you? (15:34)
  5. Can you tell us about your life in Vienna? (19:20)
  6. Can you tell us the story of the Chinese restaurant? (23:40)
  7. Final thoughts (31:49)

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Nuance (noun): a subtle difference in or shade of meaning, expression, or sound.
  2. Reflect (verb): think deeply or carefully about.
  3. Influential (adj.): having great influence on someone or something.
  4. to crave (verb): feel a powerful desire for (something).
  5. Sensitive (adj.): easily offended or upset.
  6. Distinction (noun): a difference or contrast between similar things or people.
  7. To offend (verb): cause to feel upset, annoyed, or resentful.

Phrases to Remember:

  1. In a nutshell: Use the phrase in a nutshell when you want to make it clear that you’re going to sum something up in just a few words. Another way to say this would be “to make a long story short.”
  2. to stick out: be extremely noticeable.
  3. to give pushback: resistance or opposition in response to a policy or regulation especially by those affected.
  4. formative years: periods of early childhood and youth
  5. two sides of the same coin: If two things are two sides of the same coin, they are very closely related although they seem different
  6. to come across: (of a person) appear or sound in a specified way; give a specified impression.
  7. take something the wrong way: To misunderstand or misinterpret something, especially in such a way as to take offense at what is said or done.
  8. to know better: to be smart or sensible enough not to do something.
  9. to follow up: pursue or investigate something further.
  10. to get someone: to understand someone
  11. to poke fun at someone/something: to make someone or something seems ridiculous by making jokes about the person or thing.

Mistake to Avoid:

(incorrect verb) to be offended NOT get offended

Comprehension Questions:

  1. What does it mean to be a banana?
  2. What is a FOB?
  3. What do people ask Anran when she’s in China?
  4. What does Jorge do when he starts to miss Canada?
  5. What surprised Anran when she lived in Austria?
  6. What did a German friend ask Anran when they walked by a restaurant?


Question to consider:

How do you see yourself? Ex. I see myself as a teacher, writer, counsellor, athlete, motivator, witness.


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