【潔西家英文】時態日記 2020/4/23

又出賣學生了的潔西,影片封面是很久很久前科見的學生,2004 年聖誕節交換禮物的樣子,真開心的日子啊!應該沒有學生會剛好看潔西的影片吧?有的話來認親啊!影片內容是講到家教學生,下午喝伯爵茶的時候突然想到。因為剛好昨天喝完了喝了好幾個月存貨用盡的加了抹茶的玄米茶,去年去了日本兩次,今年應該蠻難有機會去的,只能去百貨公司的超市補貨了。找茶喝的時候發現了兩包伯爵茶包,超開心的,很久沒喝了,然後就想到在喜來登大廳喝的那個伯爵奶茶,真的是我喝過最好喝的,改天再來去喝。

在飯店的酒吧大廳上課應該是少有的經驗吧?潔西學生本來還想說要晚上上,不過那邊晚上燈光太暗了,實在不太適合,所以就選了中午學生比較有空的時間。不過呢,當老闆的連中午都常常要開會,所以也很容易取消上課,影片有說到,有時候還是直接從機場趕來上課,有一次還從龜山監獄趕過來,當然是去監獄談生意的,大家不要胡思亂想。學生戴了一隻看起來就超名貴的手錶,設計很特別,潔西超喜歡的。

飯店飲料一杯大約三百元,是學生出的錢,有一次客滿,生意超好的,只剩下包廂的位置,低消三千元,學生居然想都沒想就說那就坐那裡吧,真的是大老闆。然後學生跟潔西都各點了飲料跟午餐,兩個人也才點了不到兩千元,剩下的金額學生讓潔西點餐點外帶回家,有吃又有拿,真的超不好意思的啊。同樣的事又發生了一次。還好大部分的時候都是有位置的。不過課沒有上很久,因為學生去紐約看女兒後回來就沒聯絡了。

想到日語的「自然消滅」,昨天重看家族的形式這部日劇裡面看到的,指的就是說男女分手就也不說清楚,就自然而然地失去聯絡分手了。就可能是一方想分手又不想說太清楚,就可能不接電話不回訊息,到最後另外一方就會死心這樣子。

潔西也還蠻常被學生自然消滅的,就是上課上一上可能請假或有事或出去玩,然後就消失了。有時候因為想確認學生究竟還有沒有要上,因為沒有要上的話時間就可以空出來給別人上,但是呢有些學生會已讀不回。英文現在有個詞叫做 ghost 鬼?不是啦,是當動詞用,可以說是神隱吧?就是一個人突然呢就消失了,怎麼樣都找不到,不回電話不回訊息,也有翻作人間蒸發的,哈哈。

總之呢就是失聯了,最後面用的 wish 表示跟過去事實相反的假設,真的很希望學生跟潔西說一下,我不上了,不然被拋棄真的感覺不太好啊,雖然很可以理解有時候很難開口啦。所以呢後來潔西就沒問了,因為是臉皮比較薄的人,只要學生請假之後沒傳訊息來要再上課,潔西就知道大概是不上課了。其實大家真的好聚好散,因為時間留給這個學生就不能再上其他的課,所以儘早講清楚會是最好的。

突然那天想到客氣這個字要怎麼說呢?潔西那天要上家教課前還有十分鐘,突然想上洗手間,但是呢那天是比較特別去學生家上課,實在很不好意思一去人家家裡就跑洗手間,所以就特別跑去捷運站上洗手間,真的是很客氣,這個客氣英文要怎麼說呢?想不到比較好的,大概用 polite 有禮貌的?不要太沒有禮貌 not rude?英文學了這麼久,有時候要表達還是蠻有難度的,今天這篇寫好久。

對了包廂的英文也覺得很難找到合適的,裡面有提到 booth 的這個字在一般餐廳指的是卡座,就是兩個人位置面對面的那種,打圖片就會看到,所以影片裡面是用解釋的方式。

天氣變好冷喔,不過呢潔西現在穿的是無袖洋裝,潔西在家的話,一年三百六十五天大概有三百天以上穿洋裝,冬天有長洋裝,不然就是睡衣。今天外面變很冷,但是潔西的房間還是超級溫暖,大約有五度的溫差,而且不是家裡跟外面,是潔西房間跟打開門之後的溫差。可能是房間一直關著除濕機開著,所以呢房間就是個溫暖穿背心裙剛剛好,但是只要一打開房門,馬上就是冷空氣迎來,要穿運動外套,不然走到客廳就超冷的,但是呢一進房間穿著外套的話真的超熱,就是這樣的天氣,大家注意保暖啊!Stay warm!

對了,假設學生是沒有看潔西部落格的,而且寫得很不明顯應該看不出來是誰吧?應該沒有隱私的問題吧?有異議的話請通知潔西,馬上全部刪,感恩:)

 

 

 

 

 

I used to teach in language schools, and I became a full-time tutor two years ago after I had had a neck surgery. Tutoring isn’t as easy as most people think, but it’s fun. One of the best things is that I get to meet different kinds of people who I might not have the chance to meet in a language school. 我原本在補習班教英文,在我兩年前動了頸椎手術後,我就變成全職家教。家教沒有大家想的那麼容易,但是很好玩。其中最棒的事之一就是我會遇到很多不同的人,我在補習班可能沒有機會遇到的人。

This afternoon I found an Earl Grey tea bag while I was looking for the right tea to drink. I ran out of my green tea, which I had been drinking for the past few months. I hadn’t had Earl Grey tea for a long time, and I thought of the best Earl Grey tea I had was the one I had at the Lounge at Sheraton Hotel, where I had a few classes with a student. 今天下午我在找想喝的茶時找到一個伯爵茶包。我這幾個月都一直在喝的綠茶喝完了。很久沒喝伯爵茶了,想到我喝過最好喝的伯爵茶是我在喜來登大廳酒吧喝的,我在那裡個個學生上過幾次課。

The student owns a company, and he wanted to study English because his daughter was studying in New York at that time. He wanted to be able to to use it when he visited his daughter in the U.S. We didn’t have many classes because he was always busy. He had to cancel classes or sometimes he was late because of work. One time he told me he just came straight from the airport, and the other time he told me he was in the the prison before he came to class. Of course he was there for business. 那個學生是公司的老闆,他想要學英文是因為他的女兒在紐約唸書。他想要能夠去美國看女兒的時候能夠用英文對談。我們沒有上很多堂課,因為他總是很忙。他為了工作必須要取消上課或者有時候他會遲到。有一次他跟我說他直接從機場過來的,還有一次他說他上課前在監獄。當他是去談生意的啦。

The Lounge at the Sheraton Hotel was always busy around noon, the time we had our classes, so one time we were told it was full. However, there was an empty sofa with a table separated from the dinging place, and my student pointed at that place and asked, “How about that place?” We were told that area required a minimum charge of NT$3,000. My student told the server we wanted to have that seat then right away without thinking, which surprised me. Normally we would order a drink, which cost around NT$300 each. On that day we each ordered drink and lunch, and because that was not enough for the minimum charge, my student told me to order some food to take it home. Therefore, after that class, I brought home two dishes. The same thing happened one more time, and I felt kind of embarrassed that he had to pay more for a table than his tuition. 喜來登的大廳酒吧中午,我們上課的時間,總是很忙,所以有一次我們被告知客滿了。然後有一個空的包廂,我學生指著包廂問說那個地方呢?我們被告知那裡要低消三千元。我學生想都沒有就跟服務生說那我們要坐那裡,嚇了我一大跳。通常我們會各點一杯三百元左右的飲料。那天我們各點了飲料跟午餐,而且因為還不到低消,我學生讓我點一些東西帶回家吃。所以下課後我帶了兩道菜回家。後來又有一次,我覺得有點不好意思他必須要付比學費還貴的錢在一張桌子上。

The student was really nice and it was too bad that he didn’t continue after he visited his daughter. He was probably too busy. I had to tell myself that. Actually quite a few students just disappeared or ghosted me after they went somewhere on vacation. I really wish they could have just told me that they wanted to quit the class. 學生人很好,太可惜他後來去看他的女兒後就沒繼續上了。他大概是太忙了。我必須要這樣跟自己說。說實在的,有好些學生去度假後就消失了或已讀不回我。我真的很希望他們能跟我說他們不上了。

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