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 🇨🇦🇨🇦
- What was it like to be a Chinese-Canadian in Canada? (1:56)
- How influential was your banana identity? (7:20)
- Where are you really from? (12:24)
- How would you like people to interact with you the first time they meet you? (15:34)
- Can you tell us about your life in Vienna? (19:20)
- Can you tell us the story of the Chinese restaurant? (23:40)
- Final thoughts (31:49)
- Nuance (noun): a subtle difference in or shade of meaning, expression, or sound.
- Reflect (verb): think deeply or carefully about.
- Influential (adj.): having great influence on someone or something.
- to crave (verb): feel a powerful desire for (something).
- Sensitive (adj.): easily offended or upset.
- Distinction (noun): a difference or contrast between similar things or people.
- To offend (verb): cause to feel upset, annoyed, or resentful.
Phrases to Remember:
- 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.”
- to stick out: be extremely noticeable.
- to give pushback: resistance or opposition in response to a policy or regulation especially by those affected.
- formative years: periods of early childhood and youth
- 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
- to come across: (of a person) appear or sound in a specified way; give a specified impression.
- 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.
- to know better: to be smart or sensible enough not to do something.
- to follow up: pursue or investigate something further.
- to get someone: to understand someone
- 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
- What does it mean to be a banana?
- What is a FOB?
- What do people ask Anran when she’s in China?
- What does Jorge do when he starts to miss Canada?
- What surprised Anran when she lived in Austria?
- 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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