#272 steve & alex – alex returns from his trip to china – (intermediate)
Alex talks about his trip to China and Steve and Alex discuss learning foreign languages.
Category: Travel, Language Learning
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I mean the great thing there is that you’re in a closed space with two native speakers. Nobody is in a hurry to go anywhere or do anything, so if they’re willing, which isn’t always the case. I mean they might.
Like I can imagine myself, I’m in a train compartment and I’ve got my books and my stuff and maybe I want to listen to Russian or whatever and the person across from me wants to practice his English. I’m not sure that I’d be that interested in spending the next hour and a half. But, of course, in China you’re more of a rarity, you know, so there would be more interest.
You’re lucky. I mean you’re very lucky that they were so accommodating. But it is a great opportunity because, otherwise, if you go to a store they’re in a hurry, you know, they haven’t got time for you.
I mean I always this, you know, it’s great to find someone that you can talk to, but you can’t control that situation. You can’t control whether they’re patient, not patient, have time for you, don’t have time for you.