One of the more tedious aspects of language learning is that you are forced to use reasonably simple and boring examples as you come to grips with new grammar points. Today in class we were informed by our Taiwanese chum that ‘Robber’s rob’. Over the next couple of weeks we will no doubt find out that Builders build, bears defecate in the woods, and that the Pope is in fact Catholic.
As well as the delights of basic comprehension, today also saw us participating in a mock tea ceremony. Whilst the experience (which took place in a purpose built Japanese style room that is on campus) was an enjoyable one, we were expected to sit in the Seiza position for the duration. This involves sitting with one’s legs tucked under the body, and after 10 minutes I could no longer feel anything below my waist. After 15 minutes it became something of a challenge to channel the pain to the far reaches of my mind, and after 20 minutes I had entered a state of Nirvana where pain and pleasure existed in equal harmony. When I was finally instructed to stand I looked like Bambi on ice, although I can’t remember her ever having to try and squeeze into a pair of winklepickers afterwards.