A British secondary school has recently recruited many
Chinese students. You have been asked to help as an interpreter for some of the
parents at a parents’ evening. The following is a dialogue between a Chinese
parent and an English parent. The English speaker starts first.
E Nowadays I really find it
difficult to understand young people’s popular culture. // And these youngsters
don’t respect the things that we
did when we were their age.//
E No, these days they will switch
on their dreadful music as loud
as they can: // they simply don’t care about anyone else. I really can’t stand
them at all!//
E Try to understand their culture?
You must be joking! I can’t even understand a word they say! // The other day my
son said to me: “Dad, you’re sad.” // And I said: “Who wouldn’t be sad to have
son like you.” You know what? All his friends laughed their heads off. //