No, I haven't been writing for nearly a month. There's something wrong with the Flash application on my mini laptop and I have been too tamasic to fix it.
Today, an episode at a potential "job" site reminded me of all the stereotypes of Enigmatic Asians. I totally understand how these notions got started. You can ask a question, but unless you ask it EXACTLY the right way, you don't get an accurate answer.
Is Antonio in?
"Yes." (enigmatic half-smile)
Pause. "May I speak with him?"
"He is in the class right now."
Okay, when will he be free?
"Five o clock."
Yeah, but you close at five, right?
So when can I see him?
"At four pm." (I should add that it was 3.50 pm at the time)
She couldn't just go ahead and say "He's not available now, can you wait ten minutes?"
I guess it was really my fault. I didn't ask the question exactly the right way. i should have asked, "When will this class end?" and the answer would have been, "At four."
This all took place at a language institute, so it was not (as I can already hear some people saying) a "language problem."
You can teach language, but you I'm not sure you can teach communication.
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